6 Ways to Have a Fit Halloween in Philly

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Tis the season for costumes, jack-o-lanterns, ghouls and goblins. The Philly fitness scene is getting in the Halloween spirit with events meant to scare the living daylights out of you. Or at least, get you nice and sweaty with some bewitching good fun.

Here are our picks for celebrating Halloween, the Be Well Philly way.

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Did You Miss Our Secret Pop-Up at Body Cycle Studio?

The Be Well Philly Underground at Body Cycle Studio

The Be Well Philly Underground at Body Cycle Studio

Well, I’m sore. Last night, our once-a-month fitness pop-up, the Be Well Philly Underground, headed to Body Cycle Studio near Rittenhouse for a sweat-tastic Halloween-themed spin class. If you’re all, “What?! I didn’t know Be Well Philly had an event last night!” that’s because our pop-ups are totally top secret and totally exclusive, open only to members of the Be Well Philly Underground community. That’s how we roll.

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The Only National Chocolate Day Recipes You Need

Photograph by Becca Boyd

Photograph by Becca Boyd

Yes, yes, it’s National Chocolate Day. It’s all my Facebook friends are talking about.

While I’m not a huge chocoholic (Have a fruity pie? I’ll go to town on that jawn.), I’m sure more than a few of you are. Our Be Well Philly recipe czars certainly know what’s up when it come to chocolate. They’ve whipped up some pretty spectacular—and healthy(ish)—chocolate creations that even this non-choco can get behind.

Here, three of our most insanely delicious chocolate recipes ever. Go. Celebrate.

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Drexel’s New Solution to Stress: An On-Staff Therapy Dog Named Jersey

Jersey, Drexel University's resident therapy dog.

Jersey, Drexel University’s resident therapy dog.

It’s not every day that I have an interview with a dog on my calendar. But a few weeks back, I found myself in an office at the Drexel University Recreation Center asking questions. To a dog.

Well, to be fair, the dog’s owner, Kathryn Formica, the center’s coordinator for student fitness and wellness, was supplying the answers, but the interview itself was all about Jersey, the Carolina blend therapy dog, adopted from the Delaware County SPCA, who’s now a permanent fixture at the university.

“He helps create a sense of community, give that sense of home to students who might be missing their families, or family dogs, or who may be dealing with other stressors of academic life,” says Formica. “He’s a great conversation starter, a great outlet.”

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Voting in Round 4 of the Health Hero Challenge Semifinals Is Now Open!

health hero round 4 postThis is it, folks! Our last round of semifinals voting has begun.

This morning, we opened voting for our last group of Health Hero Challenge semifinalists. You can cast a vote right here on our Facebook page.

Reminder: You’ll need to like us on Facebook to participate in the voting, and you may vote for your Health Hero once every 24 hours.

Read more about the the four challengers up for voting this week, then head over to Facebook to cast your vote:

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ThinkFest Preview: How Philadelphia Is Reinventing Medicine and Healthcare

Dr. Stephen Klasko, president and CEO of Jefferson; Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, head of medical ethics and health policy at Penn; and Dr. Stephen Altschuler, CEO of CHOP.

Dr. Stephen Klasko, president and CEO of Jefferson; Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, head of medical ethics and health policy at Penn; and Dr. Steven Altschuler, CEO of CHOP.

Jefferson, HUP, Hahnemann, Temple, CHOP—Philly is undeniably a medical town. And while our landscape of top doctors, researchers, institutions and hospitals helps shape the medical community and conversation around the world, its growth and innovation also leave an indelible mark locally—on employment, the economy, real estate and much more.

Next month, at Philly Mag’s ThinkFest, Ezekiel Emanuel, head of medical ethics and health policy at Penn, will lead a discussion with Thomas Jefferson University president and CEO Stephen Klasko and CHOP CEO Steven Altschuler on how institutions here are reinventing medicine, and how out-of-the-box thinking is leading to programs and ideas that are shaking up the ed/med establishment for good.

Join us on November 14th at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business for a day of the city’s smartest people sharing their biggest ideas. Read all of our ThinkFest 2014 previews here, and buy your tickets today.

Halloween Cocktail Party at P.S. & Co.

P.S. and Co. | Photo via Facebook

P.S. and Co. | Photo via Facebook

Our pals at P.S. & Co. are getting into the Halloween spirit this week with, well, spirits of their own. On Friday, the Rittenhouse cafe will host a Prohibition-themed All Hallows Bash complete with live music by jazz/swing band Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society; organic, gluten-free and vegan-friendly eats; and boozy cocktails made with P.S. and Co.’s organic cold-pressed juices.

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