The Strange and Wonderful Livingston Manor Trout Parade

LARD performs at the Livingston Manner Trout Parade 2014

We all know that fish is heart-healthy, but sometimes it's also good for a laugh. Recently, I was in upstate New York to attend the 11th annual Trout Parade, an obscure annual parade designed to tout the trout. My friends have a summer home there, and the unique event has become something of a yearly tradition for us. This flamboyantly fishy ... Read More...

What’s Your Medical IQ? Survey Says…

Archival photo of a doctor on a ship in 1941. From the Samuel J. Hood Studio Collection

  Americans have a pretty high perception of their medical IQ. When surveyed, 42% of respondents said their medical IQ was probably in the top 80th to 100th percentile. In practice, however, the hubris doesn't line up with the results. Many Americans do not know basic information about their doctor's training. During our survey, 66% of ... Read More...

How To Manage Summer Sports Injuries

Men running through the woods. Summer Sports Safety. Injury Prevention.

Summer’s the season in which “weekend warrior” reaches a whole new level. Full-time athletes take to the outdoors to become part-time athletes, be it on the golf course, the tennis court, the pool or the beach. But far too often, summer sports enthusiasts take to the links, the court or the water without adequate preparation or equipment and ... Read More...

Summer Sport Safety for Kids (and Adults too!)

Kids playing stickball in the street

I count myself lucky that neither my kids nor I have sustained any major sports injuries so far. I still vividly remember calling a time-out during a soccer game I played in at age eight after getting stung by a bee, and I was hit by more than my fair share of pitches in my days of baseball ignominy. Aside from a few scrapes and sprains, I emerged ... Read More...

Your favorite apps and wearables revealed

Vitals Health Hack Fitbit Contest Winner

In preparation for our panel on digital health at Internet Week, we ran a contest to give away a free fitbit! Vitals followers submitted their favorite #HealthHacks on Facebook, and we published about 13 of our own (you can find them at the end of this article). From analog to digital, you told us your favorite health tricks and devices. Then we ... Read More...

What Health Apps Do Vitals Employees Use?

Vitals Fit Team Exercising in Lyndhurst New Jersey

  In 2012, we asked our employees what their favorite health-related apps were. With 2014 being dubbed The Year of the Wearable, more and more people are using health apps which pair with devices like the Fitbit and Jawbone. According to one study, 46 million people used fitness apps in January alone. It makes sense, then, that more of ... Read More...

What’s the right way to weigh yourself?

right way to weigh yourself

Oh, that anxiety-ridden moment when the nurse asks you to step up on the scale. Perhaps this upsets me so much because (unlike my home scale) I know the doctor’s office scale is going to be accurate. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even get to take your shoes off. For some people, weighing themselves is a big motivating factor for losing ... Read More...

6 Grandma Approved Natural Health Remedies

natural health remedies

Grandma’s remedies have stuck around for generations, mainly, because they work. She always believed in using simple, natural ingredients that made you feel better. Many of them can be found in your kitchen cabinet, and, in fact, one remedy is at the tip of your tongue. (Did you know that placing your tongue on the roof of your mouth cures brain ... Read More...

How birth order affects your child’s personality?

birth order affect on personality

I have five siblings and we all have very distinct personalities. As I have grown up, I have noticed there are definitely shared traits in people, depending on where they fall in the order of their family. In fact, some researchers believe birth order is as important as gender, and almost as important as genetics. The major influencer is ... Read More...

Medical spa vs. Day spa. Do you know the difference?

medical spa vs. day spa

We’ve come to realize that optimal health is a balance of body, mind and spirit. Imbalances whether due to stress, poor diet or medical conditions can throw an entire system out of kilter. Spas can be a great place to regain some balance by decreasing stress, relieving aching muscles, making lifestyle changes, and boosting self-esteem with ... Read More...