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The Science Of Helping Golfers Avoid Injury

At the TPC River Highlands, golf’s best are gearing up to tee off June 22 at Connecticut’s only PGA tour stop, the Travelers Championship.  As thousands of spectators converge upon the course in Cromwell, they’ll be watching every move the pros make — checking out their swings, their walk, their warm-ups...


Exercising In The Summer: Why Proper Hydration Matters

Robert Schmelzer, an exercise physiologist and program manager for Good Life Fitness at Hartford HealthCare, offers some tips on staying healthy while working out during the hot day of summer: Q: When you are exercising in the heat of the summer, what do you recommend to keep yourself safe from...


Your Nutrition: Top Picks In Health-Fitness Apps

If thumbing through social media was an Olympic sport, we would bring home the gold. According to a study released in March by analytics firm Flurry,  Americans spend nearly five hours each day on their phone and, from an earlier study by Informate Mobile Intelligence, check Facebook, Twitter and other social...


Treating Summer’s (Insect) Bites And Stings

You’ve applied insect repellent. You’ve avoided high, grassy areas. You’ve worn long pants tucked into your socks. Yet you find yourself with an insect bite or sting that just plain annoying. Or worse, the kids are constantly scratching at bug bites on their arms and legs. In most instances, bug...


Here’s What Your Golf Swing Should Look Like

If you hurt your elbow playing golf, seeing an orthopedic specialist at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute makes sense. But what if you want to improve your swing with a 3-D analysis by a biomechanist? The Motion Lab at the Center for Musculoskeletal Health, part of the of...


Your Nutrition: What To Try (Or Skip) At McDonald’s

As a registered dietitian, I am frequently asked which restaurants and food vendors have the healthiest menus. Unfortunately, even menu items that appear to be healthy, such as smoothies and salads, are often full of added sugar and calories. In a series of columns assessing the nutritional values of  fast-food...