Columbia Association’s Community Health Division collaborates with health and wellness organizations in order to improve the health of our community — offering wellness programs, promoting good health, and providing educational awareness of good health practices.

We provide a comprehensive approach to whole body health by offering guided physical activity, lifestyle coaching, and nutrition education. We also work with numerous medical practices to ensure a continuum of care for their patients.

Click here to learn more about Healthy Living.

Health Focus

As our community ages, CA wants to help support healthy aging initiatives. The University of Maryland’s Department of Kinesiology (under the direction of Dr. J. Carson Smith) and CA’s Columbia Athletic Club are joining hands in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Click here to learn about the Exercise for Brain Health study and how you can participate for free.

How to Make Positive Lifestyle Changes

It happens every January 1. You make a New Year’s resolution to get in better shape. But by the time you reach the end of the year, that resolution may have been dropped months ago. 

Before making your 2020 resolutions, you might want to follow these important steps for behavior change:

    1. Awareness: Ask yourself what specifically you want to change. “I want to add a vegetable to every dinner” is specific. “I need to eat more vegetables” is not. Is this a good time to make the change? Are you able to really focus on this change?
    2. Commitment: Create an intention by being even more specific. “I will add a vegetable to every dinner by choosing which vegetables I want for that week and buying them.” 
    3. Learning: Be open to new ideas and practices. For example, learn about spices or find out which store in your area has a healthy selection of vegetables.
    4. Implementation: Create new routines. Can your children help fix the salad? Can you add a vegetable on your pizza?
    5. Sustainability: Build in supports by sharing your progress and staying firm to your intention. Accept that you aren’t perfect so if you do take a few steps backward, remember you now know how to move forward.

EAT BETTER, FEEL BETTER.

Healthy spices for your holiday cooking. 

Just a pinch of these extraordinary spices will not only deliver great taste, but will also exponentially increase the health benefits of your holiday dishes.

Black pepper — Antioxidant that also promotes healthy digestion.

Cinnamon — Antioxidant and well-known for its ability to control blood sugar.

Ginger — Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea.

Rosemary — Antioxidant. Best known for reducing toxic chemicals that occur when foods are cooked at high temperatures.

From the Doctor

Dr. Jyothi RaoDr. Jyothi Rao is a board-certified Internist with Shakthi Health & Wellness Center and a member of Columbia Association’s Medical Advisory Board.

What is gratitude, and why is it important to our health?        

Robert Emmons, a leading expert on gratitude, discusses it as an emotion that expresses appreciation for goodness outside ourselves. While gratitude is often spontaneous, experts such as Angeles Arrien suggest it can be cultivated to become an attitude and choice we make daily. But with everything else we have going on in our lives, why bother cultivating gratitude?

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