Self Inflicted Wounds Mistreating Acne


Cuts and punctures aren’t the only wounds that break the barrier of the skin. Mistreating acne can, too. “You start out with a simple acne, and you end up with a secondary infection with staph or strep, or it turns into impetigo that requires aggressive care with internal antibiotics,” said Doctor, a dermatologist in her own practice, Cosmedical, in Paramus, N.J. Read more »

Breaking the Smoking Habit


The good thing about bad habits is that you can break them using the idea behind Ivan Pavlov’s research. Forming a connection between a certain situation and smoking created your habit. Now, you just need to reverse this process. The main way to break the connection is by practicing not smoking in the very situations in which you used to smoke. Read more »

Postpartum Contraception Is Necessary


When you’re pregnant, the last thing you may want to think about is birth control after the baby is born.
I can’t tell you how many women have said to me, “Don’t worry, I don’t need any birth control. I’m not having sex after this baby is born.” I can describe these women in two words: Moms, again. Read more »

Pesticides and Your Facility


While pesticides may help to curb the insect problem at your club, improper or careless use can lead to a host of health problems in your members and may negatively impact their athletic performance, according to the November issue of Current Comment from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Read more »

The Push for Compatibility. Part 3


How it will affect you

Once software integration is complete, using club software will be quicker, easier and less costly. Says Dick Mitchell, vice president of CheckFree, “Custom interfaces are so costly to start and maintain. [An integrated system] eliminates this problem, and will make it easier for clubs [to run their business].” Part of making it easier is to make the whole technology aspect of running a club more user-friendly. Says Carter, Read more »

The Push for Compatibility. Part 2


Total integration

The technology situation in clubs now consists of a multitude of software applications that perform a multitude of functions. Some manufacturers offer a complete system with add-on modules that can take care of almost every aspect of a club, from check-in to bill processing to class scheduling. Read more »

The Push for Compatibility. Part 1


New standards will help tosolve the problem of incompatibility among software programs for the health/fitness industry.

Our industry, once a scattered mix of health and fitness facilities and the companies that serve them, is now becoming an organized group that works together to reach common goals. Read more »

Cut Your Calorie Intake


Consuming even a few more calories a day than you burn can make you gain weight over time. So by taking in fewer calories — and also burning more calories with exercise — you can’t help dropping some weight. Read more »

The Betrayal of the American Man


In 1991, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Susan Faludi attacked men’s resistance to feminism in Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. With Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man (William Morrow & Co.), Faludi shifts her focus to the opposite sex, setting out to trace the roots of male opposition toward women’s independence.

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How You Can Help a Depressed Loved One


You’ve noticed a change — and it’s not for the better. Your loved one is showing symptoms of depression. “There’s a big difference between being moody and being clinically depressed,” said Douglas Chay, a social worker with the Mercy Counseling Group, a service of Women’s Mental Health at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Md. “You can snap out of being moody. You can’t just snap out of being depressed. You need help.” Read more »

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