Miss Lori says you need to care about your health so you’ll be around to care for your children

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Miss Lori Go Red BetterU week 10: know your history, know your choices

I have a question for all of you parents out there. Please raise your hands all of you who hope your children will grow up and put themselves last on the priority list regarding health. Go ahead, don’t be shy. What? No hands? Oh, you think I’m being ridiculous? But wait a minute, that’s exactly what we’ve been doing by running around at wit’s end ignoring our health, skipping checkups, avoiding yearly screenings. We are teaching our children that it’s not possible to grow up and take care of yourself and your family at the same time. The moral of this little exercise, if we want to be good parents we have to be good to ourselves.

So guilt aside how do we do that? Well that’s exactly what we’ve been working on. This Summer I am serving as the Ambassador for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women BetterU 12 week program. Everything that I have done this Summer, every step that I have taken, both literally and figuratively, I have done so in the presence of my children. They are my support team, but they are also very much my audience, watching and internalizing the choices that I am making, whether I or they like it or not. What can I learn from that? Well, first and foremost I can learn that I am not alone. [Read more…]

Miss Lori encourages Bloggers to resist the dark side of SWAG

I am heading to Blogher next week Thursday. (Yippee!) In preparing to join the massive brand and blogger love fest I can’t help but reminisce upon the swag of last year. Last years’ convention in Chicago was the first I had ever been to. I was a new kid on the block, and truthfully quite shocked by all of the wonderful giveaways that sponsors had on hand for Blogger participants. I had never in my life experienced SWAG like that, (corporate/branded merchandise given out for free in order to promote the company/brand). I was extremely grateful, especially for all of the Pepsico products I got to take home at the end of the Expo since I was local. (I had kid lunch treats for weeks!) I remember feeling so honored and really quite obligated, in a good way, to pay homage to all of the wonderful companies who shared their products with me. Well, despite my best effort to give audible thanks to all who contributed I didn’t get around to posting about everyone. (Sorry Clorox Green Works Cleaners and Pepsico Sun Chips.) I did make a very valient effort though, and felt sufficiently guilty about the ones that I missed. So there.

Newbie no more, now I have a much better mastery of my social media accounts, and in short order have learned creative ways to give shout outs and plugs through my tweets, blog posts, vlogs, updates and check ins. I feel sufficiently prepared to do right by all next week in NYC.

That’s the good side to SWAG, brand appreciation and responsibility. But there is a dark side. [Read more…]

Miss Lori Go Red BetterU week 9 Giveaway: Diabetes, what to know to stay healthy.

Diabetes. What is it exactly? When I was growing up, all I knew about diabetes was that Mary Tyler Moore had it. She used to do PSA’s on television that would come on between my shows. Then when I was pregnant, diabetes came up because I had to do the glucose test that required me to fast. That was memorable because fasting while pregnant is a nightmare of hunger. Last year, my youngest daughter was found to have an enlarged pancreas, which is extremely rare in children. The first thing they tested for was diabetes. Though they haven’t figured out what to diagnose her with, they have ruled out diabetes. Earlier this year, diabetes came up at my check up, when my doctor expressed concerns about a my weight and the potential of a pre-diabetic state. Say What!? Now, I don’t have diabetes. I’m not in any pre-diabetic state, but just the thought that I could be made me stand up and take notice. [Read more…]

Miss Lori Go Red BetterU Week 8: Down with stress, up with life

This Summer I am serving as the Ambassador for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women BetterU Program. It’s a 12 week program designed to help U be Better, especially where your heart is concerned. Week 8 is all about blood pressure and keeping it normal. Now I am a lucky person, I know, because I have always had very even, very normal blood pressure. 110 over 80. That’s what it has been for as long as I can remember. And that is within the recommended guidelines.

Optimal = below 120/80 mmHg

Prehypertension = 120-139/ 80-89 mmHg

Elevated = 140/ 90 mmHg or higher

I know that because I know my numbers. (Which is the first step towards being better.) Now even though I have never experienced a problem, I might be playing Russian roulette here. How will I know? Well I have to rate my risk. Your risk for high blood pressure is calculated by several factors- some that you can control and others that you can’t. [Read more…]