5 Things You Do That Make Your Vegetables Ridiculously Unhealthy

There's broccoli in there, er, somewhere. | Ezume Images/Shutterstock.com

There’s broccoli in there, er, somewhere. | Ezume Images/Shutterstock.com

First off, kudos to you for eating vegetables. As children, many of us did not appreciate the pile of green or orange stuff our plates. We were always told to eat it, but why on Earth did we have to do such a thing? Experts say it can take up to 10 attempts after a new food is introduced for a child to truly determine whether he loves it or hates it. And because those 10 attempts can be, well, painful for parents to bear (Remember all that dinner table whining? Your parents sure do.), kids’ veggies are often topped with a heap of melted cheese or drowned in a stick of butter in an effort to get the kiddos to lift up their forks. Unfortunately for many of us, those unhealthy veggie habits linger on well into adulthood.

When I travel out on the PGA Tour (yes, my job is pretty awesome), there are some tournaments where the golfers are offered wonderful food selections: the veggies are stir-fried or steamed, and the salad bar is full of freshly picked local produce. However, in some cases, the choices saddle us with weeks of legit detox afterwards: Yeah, there’s a steamer full of vegetables, but it’s corn – swimming in butter. Or, sure, there’s a salad bar, but it’s stocked with full-fat dressing, croutons, iceberg lettuce and bacon bits — and that’s it.

So while the notion of eating your veggies is wonderful, veggies are actually pretty easy to screw up. Here, five ridiculously unhealthy veggie-eating habits that should be limited or halted altogether. Any of them, er, sound familiar?  Read more »

PopeRide Update: New Logistics to Accommodate 1,200+ Potential Cyclists During Pope Visit


Well, wow. When we first posted about the PopeRide, the unsanctioned, for-fun group bike ride to be held on mostly-closed-to-traffic city streets on September 26th during the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia, a seemingly impressive 350 people had signed up to join in. Two weeks later, more than 1,200 people (!) have RSVP’d so far, saying they’re planning to be there, with another 200 maybes and a total of 2,600 invites. So um, yeah, I’d say the idea has taken off.  Read more »

Meet a Health Hero: Dr. Naomi Johnson Booker

Dr. Naomi Johnson Booker

Dr. Naomi Johnson Booker

» You can vote for Dr. Booker here September 15th through 21st. Mark your calendar! 

Name: Dr. Naomi Johnson Booker

Role: CEO at the Global Leadership Academy Charter School, where she started the Get Healthy GLA program to help staff and students live healthier lifestyles.

Who or what motivates you to be healthy? 
As an educator and mother, I have committed myself to creating and developing healthy lifestyles in the lives of children. My scholars and children motivate me so that I can model a healthy lifestyle for them.  Read more »

Pssst: Our Next Secret Pop-Up Fitness Event Is Coming Up!

Photo by Susan Nam

Be Well Philly Underground at Stratus Lounge | Photo by Susan Nam

Have you been staring at your phone, longing to see a Be Well Philly Underground alert pop up in your inbox? Well, good news: Be Well Philly Underground is about to make a big comeback from our summer break hiatus, and we’ll popping up in your email with information on our next secret pop-up event very soon. So keep your eyes peeled!
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West Philly Runners to Host Little Baby’s Ice Cream Run September 19th

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Little Baby’s Ice Cream | Photo via Facebook

I don’t need to do much editorializing about this upcoming fun run because the description really says it all.

Ahem: “We’ll start our run at Little Baby’s Ice Cream’s Cedar Park Embassy (49th and Baltimore),” says the Facebook post, “and then run to the World Headquarters at 2311 Frankford Ave in Fishtown. Why? Because Ice Cream!” Read more »

Meet a Health Hero: Candace Gantt

Candace Gantt

Candace Gantt

» You can vote for Candace here September 15th through 21st. Mark your calendar! 

Name: Candace Gantt

Role: Chair of Mind Your Brain conference, a conference for brain injury survivors at Penn Medicine.

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
Motivation for me comes from many sources. I believe health is in two forms and they are equally important: physical and mental fitness. I am motivated by my fellow traumatic brain injury and concussion survivors that need a role model to give them hope that they can resume a normal and physically healthy life. I am motivated by the 92-year-old woman who finished this years San Diego marathon. I am motivated by the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. I am motivated when I see young kids from The Students Run Philly style program competing and getting college scholarships.  Read more »

Pick-Your-Own Hydroponic Garden/Fitness Studio Opening in South Philly 

Sketch of pick-your-own prep area at Hydropose Studio | By Jacinthia Clark

Sketch of pick-your-own prep area at Hydropose Studio | By Jacinthia Clark

“When you come in, you’re greeted by a raised lawn area. You see the herbs, you smell the space,” Hydropose owner Billy Mestichelli tells me. You probably wouldn’t guess he’s talking about a yoga/dance/Pilates studio, but he is. Hydropose Studio, opening at 1903 South Broad Street September 12th, will offer yoga, Pilates and dance in a studio filled with hydroponically grown plants, which members of the studio can pick themselves. Think: rosemary, chocolate basil, lavender, mint, micro greens, lettuces, and more.

Yeah, it sounds kind of like a dream, right?  Read more »

Meet a Health Hero: Jon Lyons

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Jon Lyons

» You can vote for Jon here September 15th through 21st. Mark your calendar! 

Name: Jon Lyons

Role: Founder of Run215, a lively community created to advance the positive culture of running in Philadelphia.

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
Self empowerment. For me, that is where all positive growth begins. The satisfaction I get from running feeds into every aspect of my life. I look in the mirror and I am proud of who I am. I’m proud as a father, partner, friend. I smile more, and laugh more. That might sound selfish, but you need to love yourself and be proud of who you are in order to grow as a person.  Read more »

How to Get a Copy of the Brand New Be Well Philly Print Issue

bwp cover blog postAs I announced so joyously on Instagram last week: It’s heeeeeeere! Our 2015 Be Well Philly print issue is fresh off the presses, and we couldn’t be more psyched.

Philly 10K runners snagged a copy in their race bags last week, and Philly Mag subscribers will get it with the September issue of the magazine. For everybody else, you’ve come to the right place to sign up to receive a copy. Lucky you! Read more »

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