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Soup Recipe: Skinny New England Clam Chowder

October 20, 2015

The fall and winter months can become challenging when trying to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine.聽 Colder temps force workouts indoors and comfort foods tend to become more of a main staple at the dinner table.聽 Eating nutritious meals and snacks is so important to people with bleeding disorders.聽 A variety of vitamins […]

Tips to Stay Healthy this Cold and Flu Season

October 9, 2015

For most of us, fall and winter means less time outdoors in the fresh air, and more time spent in close quarters with those that we work, play, learn, and live with. It is a great opportunity for cold and flu viruses to work their way from one person to the next. While we all […]

Keep Kids Active this Summer

June 5, 2015

School is out, so now what?聽 Summer is a great time to keep kids busy with physical activity because the weather allows for many聽outdoor activities.聽 The CDC recommends that kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.聽 Children with bleeding disorders need to exercise too.聽聽Physical activity helps聽to strengthen their muscles and keep […]

You’re Never Too Old

April 17, 2015

Let鈥檚 face it, we are all getting older.聽 People with hemophilia who have access to factor replacement therapy now have a normal life expectancy and are having to deal with the issues of aging.聽 One of the most important things we can do for ourselves is to stay physically active.聽 For individuals with hemophilia or […]

Dear Addy: New Year, New Goals

December 29, 2014

Dear Addy, My company is having a New Year鈥檚 Resolution exercise drive in 2015. I want to participate like everyone else, but with my hemophilia I have limitations and joining a gym is expensive. What can I do to get involved and exercise like everyone else? 聽Signed, 聽Ben, Adult Male with Hemophilia B   ________________________________________________ […]

FitFactor Video: Putting A Face to Martial Arts

November 20, 2014

When considering a physical activity for themselves or their family members with a bleeding disorder, many people overlook the possibility of martial arts.聽 It is a sport that can be considered for its many benefits beyond building muscle tone, flexibility and general health.聽 Some of the biggest benefits that come from practicing any of the […]

Six Ways to Be Safe and Healthy This Halloween

October 31, 2014

This guide was put together by the聽Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is聽a great addition to our recent FitFactor post on聽watching how much sugar is in your food.聽We hope that you and your family stay safe this Halloween. Don鈥檛 let your health get tricked this Halloween! Here are a few ways to stay […]

Mens Health Magazine: Vaughn Ripley

October 28, 2014

Earlier this year we encouraged the bleeding disorders community to vote for Vaughn Ripley, fitness guru living with hemophilia and HIV, during a聽Men’s Health聽cover contest. Due to your support, Vaughn received nearly 30,000 votes, earning him the below article in the November edition of the magazine! This article helps to bring awareness and education about […]

Walking is the Superfood of Fitness

October 10, 2014

Running and walking are generally considered safe activities for individuals with a bleeding disorder.聽聽They are聽frequently recommended because聽they don鈥檛 take a lot of time or cost a lot of money, but聽can make a big difference in how you feel and in聽your overall health. The following article from Reuters discusses how walking is the natural movement of […]

Important Information About Respiratory Illness EV-D68

September 12, 2014

Cooler weather and back to school triggers the start of virus season.聽 More time spent indoors in close proximity to those that we work, play, learn, and live with聽provides a great opportunity for viruses to work their way from one person to the next.聽 While we all try to stay healthy, it is especially important […]

Never Let What You Can’t Do Define You

August 8, 2014

Exercise has always been pretty important for hemophiliacs, especially severe hemophiliacs like my brother and I. My parents felt that living an active life would go a long way toward fulfilling that goal. However, exercise is a series of trade-offs. Growing up I was told to, 鈥渆xercise those muscles, in a less impactful way that […]

FitFactor Video: Bicycle Safety for Kids

July 25, 2014

Riding a bicycle is聽 a great way to have fun, exercise and聽stay聽healthy.聽 Whether your child is just learning to ride or has been on a bicycle for years, it is always important to encourage him or her to ride safely.聽 Teaching children聽how to stay safe on a bike聽when they are young聽can create safety habits they […]

USDA’s Summer Meal Program

July 17, 2014

The financial strain of dealing with a bleeding disorder can be felt on many levels.聽 It is not always easy to pay the medical bills and make ends meet.聽 Summer time can be even harder for some families who are trying to eat healthy but are having a hard time putting food on the table. […]

HFA’s FitFactor Swimming Pool Safety-Video

June 13, 2014

Summer is finally here!聽 As the kids head off to their summer activities it is important to keep safety measures in mind.聽 This FitFactor swimming video segment shows how pools can be a great place for kids (and adults), especially those with hemophilia聽or other bleeding disorders聽to play, how water can help protect vulnerable joints, and […]

Positive Life: Barry Haarde Road Tripping Again

April 20, 2014

(Positive Life): Bob Leahy:聽Barry. You鈥檙e off on another trip. Tell us about this one. Barry Haarde: This year鈥檚 ride is the shortest but fastest ride of the three and departs from L.A. on Easter Sunday and rolls all the way to Savannah, GA, which amounts to about 2,900 miles over a period of 27 days, […]

All In for Gears for Good!!

March 14, 2014

The purpose of HFA鈥檚 FitFactor program is to provide the bleeding disorders community with services that are designed to improve health, fitness, and quality of life through regular physical activity and proper nutrition. Each year, in an effort to promote physical activity in the community and raise money for individuals and families in the bleeding […]

Holiday Makeovers with MyPlate

November 22, 2013

It is important to聽try not to聽let holiday meals sabotage the healthy聽eating habits you have formed, but with so many delicious and tempting options, it is hard聽to decide what is best.聽 Let FitFactor and the USDA help!聽聽Check out our聽many healthy recipes on聽the FitFactor recipe page聽and then head over to a new blog from the USDA, “Makeover […]

Nia鈥檚 鈥楿sers Guide:’ Taking Care of Your Body!

October 11, 2013

by Jule Aguirre, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, Nia Black Belt Somatic Educator & Trainer You LIVE in a body and it is the only one you will be given!聽 To keep it running and in good repair, you are charged with taking care of it.聽 With 206 bones, 700-ish muscles, 75 trillion cells, and numerous body […]

It’s Not Too Late-Gears for Good 2013

September 25, 2013

It鈥檚 not too late to make a difference! The Gears for Good bike ride is this Saturday, September 28th, 2013. 聽FitFactor encourages physical activity in individuals with bleeding disorders.聽 HFA provides an opportunity for those who are physically active to benefit the bleeding disorders community in our annual charity bike ride-Gears for Good.聽 You don鈥檛 […]

Nia Dance Gets Us Moving at Symposium 2013

May 17, 2013

The FitFactor program encourages physical activity for individuals with bleeding disorders to strengthen muscles and joints and help reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes.聽 We understand that choosing an exercise routine is very personal and that a 鈥渙ne size fits all鈥 philosophy just doesn鈥檛 apply when choosing a physical activity program that is right for […]

Symposium 2013 Gets Kids Cooking Healthy

May 9, 2013

HFA鈥檚 Symposium provides an opportunity for children with bleeding disorders and their siblings to come together for fun and play.聽 There is also opportunity for the FitFactor team to provide education and fun regarding healthy eating and physical activity.聽 At this year鈥檚 Symposium each family of a 5-12 year old was given a complimentary copy […]

A Stronger and Healthier Body Means Less Bleeding

January 31, 2013

  I have hemophilia. When I was a in school, my parents told me that I couldn鈥檛 play football, baseball, soccer, or other contact sports, because I was a 鈥渂leeder.鈥 I always wondered growing up, what does being a bleeder even mean? All I knew was that I bruised easily and wasn鈥檛 going to die […]

Terry Lamb

July 2, 2011

Terry talks about growing up with hemophilia and how staying active has helped him live a wonderful life!


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