The American College of Medicine announced its 12th annual list of top fittest, healthiest cities in the U.S. last week. Arlington, VA was ranked first in the nation for the second year in a row, and D.C. came in at 6th. The list of 100 of the largest urban areas was ranked by the American Fitness Index, in which cities with the highest scores are considered to have strong community fitness - and therefore strong personal fitness.Read More
This past week marked an attention-grabbing headline posing the question: ‘Do employee wellness programs actually work?’ A new study by the Journal of the American Medical Association reviewed an employee engagement program BJ’s Wholesale Club ran for a year and a half for 33K of its employees. The results of the study suggested the program did not result in differences in health measures or how much employers spent on healthcare compared with the control group.
We aren’t quite sold.Read More
If you’re looking for the perfect gift to show your summer intern team how excited you are to have them join your organization, consider sharing the gift of wellness with a SoHookd Marketplace Git Card.
We should show our appreciation to the superwomen around us every day, but thankfully we have Mother's Day - Sunday, May 12 - to spotlight our grandmothers, mothers, partners, aunts, cousins, moms-to-be, new moms, mother-in-laws and friends. Spoil someone special with one of these unique wellness gifts while supporting local DC businesses!Read More
It's April Fools Day, so more than likely, you've been pranked at least once today. Don't worry - we won't be pranking you. Instead, we're sharing a few fitness trends which seem like jokes, but they're not!Read More
During the month of March, we’re celebrating National Nutrition Month with experts in this field. We’re joined by Melissa Antal of Foublie on how to nourish your family. Take it away, Melissa!
Hello! Melissa Antal here, I’m the CEO of Foublie. Foublie is your go-to on child nutrition. My co-founder Dr. Maria Rivera and I are on a mission to make it easier for you to feed your kids. Haven’t heard about us? We have awesome resources including Registered Dietitian coaches! Check those out here, or get some kiddo- feeding Insta-spiration here.
Now onto the good stuff: I think about food a lot. But it’s never really about just food, is it? Nourishing your family is emotional, practical, and sometimes confusing. Here’s how I do it.
Give yourself a break. No one is perfect and trying to be perfect does more harm than good! Need some tricks to make things easier? Here are some of my evidence-based favorites to make food a bit easier, safer and healthier.
There are no good foods or bad foods. My mom used to say everything in moderation and once again she was right. There is some research suggesting that if a parent restricts certain foods, kids want those foods more. Anecdotally, that feels pretty right!
Do what relaxes you. I love to chop veggies and make a soup. Soup’s great because it is really hard to screw up and even veggies that are almost too ripe to eat raw work. I include turkey sausage and a parmesan rind to the base with carrots, celery and onions. It is bound to be delicious!
Eat breakfast. In kids we know breakfast has a positive impact on performance in school. Adults should eat breakfast too! You can eat whatever makes you happy. Some of my favorite grab-and-go options are hummus and pretzels or yogurt.
Make vegetables tasty. Please! Vegetables are delicious and if you disagree please heed this advice. You can sauté them in butter or roast them with olive oil.
Be respectful for families with food allergies. Did you know food allergies are on the rise? We all want our kids to be included. One in three kids with a food allergy is bullied because of it so please be kind to other parents and make an effort here.
Eat with the people you love. When times get busy, I like to combine a catch up with a meal. Even when scheduling feels impossible, it is always worth the effort. Skype or FaceTime calls work too!
Eat to remember the good times and the good people. I love whipping up a batch of cookies. They remind me of happy times when I was little. The smell, taste and experience are all memories that make my soul feel whole.
Stop to eat. Set down your phone, stop multitasking and tune into you. I realize this is a luxury. But we do know that attentive eating can help you eat better. Plus, when else do you get the attention of your family! Take advantage of it when you can. :)
Bottomline: Do what fits your situation and what feels right for you! Want to share your own family food story with Foublie? Get in touch! We can’t wait to hear from you.
Each week, we’ll be featuring an individual living a healthy lifestyle in honor of National Nutrition Month. They will be sharing profound thoughts, tips and quips to maintaining your health in every season of life.Read More
You don’t need to cut yourself off from sugar for eternity or run a daily marathon in order to discover a healthier you. Here are 5 small tweaks you can make to your daily life to live a little bit healthier this month!Read More
Last week we dropped SoHookd’s Wellness Trends for 2019, and this week, we are digging into the trend nearest and dearest to us at SoHookd: workplace wellness. We have no doubt more and more companies will begin to understand the necessity of an employee wellness program.Read More
With National Green Juice Day coming up on Saturday, Jan. 26, it’s perfect time to discover some new, fresh green juice recipes. Marissa, SoHookd’s Operations Manager, shares her favorite green juice on the SoHookd blog this week. Try it, and let us know your favorite green juice recipes in the comments!Read More
For those currently affected by the government shutdown, many studios and gyms in the DC metro area are offering free or reduced pricing until the shutdown ends, so you can still get your sweat on! We found the best deals to our favorite studios across the District, Maryland and Virginia and put them into one convenient list for you.Read More
We are excited to be featured in Think Local DC’s Wellness Gift Guide this season! Gifting during the holiday season is a perfect time to show your recipient you care about their well-being, whether you are gifting to family, friends, colleagues, clients or customers.Read More
We’ve all been there - it’s two weeks until you’re off for the holidays, and staying healthy just doesn’t seem worth it. It’s easy to think between all the parties, events, holiday festivities and gift-buying, how can anyone make time for their health before the calendar turns to 2019?Read More
Stressed about finding the right gift for that wellness-obsessed person in your life? You’re not alone. Wellness is so broad and comes in so many forms - sweat, miles, meditation sessions, laps, detoxes, massages, electrolytes, organic nutrients, and more - it’s so hard to pick the gift everyone will love.
We sat down with SoHookd’s fearless leader, CEO B.J. Wiley Williams, to ask her questions to spotlight her background and vision for SoHookd in celebration of National Entrepreneur’s Day. Three cheers for all innovators and entrepreneurs thinking differently, taking risks and building amazing products and companies while inspiring others, just like B.J. has at SoHookd.Read More