Dilworth Park to Host Free Workouts This Spring

Photo via Facebook | Dilworth Park

Photo via Facebook | Dilworth Park

Good news for all the 9-to-5 folks working in Center City: You can consider a big chunk of your springtime post-work workouts covered. Dilworth Park will be hosting a slew of free fitness classes — from boot camps to runs to Zumba and more — this spring. And most of the classes on the March roster begin right after work, at around 6 or 6:30 p.m. Perfect timing, eh?
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The Healthy Cooking Oils You Should Have in Your Pantry

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The other day, I made my way to the Whole Foods oil aisle to restock on olive oil and, on my way out, I found myself in a grocery-cart traffic jam (damn you, Whole Foods). Waiting for the traffic to get moving again, I noticed just how many cooking oil options the the shelves surrounding me had to offer. I began to wonder: Should I be buying avocado oil instead? Or maybe coconut oil? Or hazelnut oil? I wonder if that tastes anything like Nutella …

I decided to stick with my trusty old cooking buddy, olive oil — mostly because I just wasn’t sure what the heck to expect from all the other options. And because I hate not knowing things, I decided to give Zach Breeding, registered dietician, chef, and owner of Philly-based personal-chef and nutrition-consulting company The Sage, a call to get to the bottom of my cooking-oil-aisle confusion.

As Breeding told me, his first rule when it comes to cooking oils is this: Moderation is everything. All cooking oils are high in calories — around 120 calories per tablespoon, for many — so no oil, no matter the health benefits, is a healthy oil when you’re downing a gallon of it every day, ya dig? That said, the health-minded chef does have some top picks when it comes to cooking oils. The three healthy cooking oils Breeding tells his clients to use — and when to use them — below.  Read more »

Save the Date for Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2015!

Photograph by Nell Hoving Photography

Photograph by Nell Hoving Photography

Be Well Philly Boot Camp is back for a fourth year! We couldn’t be more psyched.

Our marquee fitness and wellness event for women will return to the Drexel Recreation Center on Saturday, June 6th, with a whole new lineup of fitness classes, inspirational speakers, chef-led cooking demos, marketplace vendors and more. In other words, ya’ll: This is going to be HUGE. Read more »

Broad Street Run 101: Training Tips for Beginners at Philadelphia Runner Tonight

From Be Well Philly: Attention Philly 10K runners, and anyone who’s up for a fun group run next Thursday! As per your Official Philly 10K Training Plan, Be Well Philly is teaming up with our friends at Philadelphia Runner to host a free group training run for the big race this fall. More here.

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Congrats! You got into the Broad Street Run! If you’ve never run the race before, you’re in for a real treat.

By now, you should be getting started on your training plan, but I’m betting you also have a boatload of questions about what to expect on race day, how to prepare, what you can do to avoid injuries and more. Read more »

Do You Have an Inspiring Weight-Loss Story?

Reader Katey Dyck's before-and-after photos.

Reader Katey Dyck’s before-and-after photos.

We love hearing from our readers; you guys just inspire us to pieces.

That’s why we relaunched our Inspiration series last month with a slew of new, real-life weight-loss stories aimed at motivating and, well, inspiring other readers to get off the couch and make meaningful changes for their health.

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