Healthiest Time To Start Work


Research shows 10 a.m. is the healthiest time for dayside workers to start work.

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This gives people time for health maintenance, which prevents illness.


Time to meditate, stretch, exercise, have breakfast, read a bit, shower and go.


Instead, society has the masses rushing in sleep-deprived to clock in at 7 a.m. or 9 a.m.


Instead of promoting health –the typical American schedule,  activates cortisol levels.


As mentioned, cortisol is bad, and it’s highest when you rise.



Cortisol continues to rise as you rush to get to work on time fearing you’ll be late, fearing you didn’t have time to eat right or exercise, fearing all the bad news you hear or read from mass media on your way into work. It’s no wonder road rage is highest then.



Cortisol causes inflammation in your body and keeps you in this chronic state of fear.


It’s a breeding ground for cancer. Good news is you CAN reverse cortisol release in your body.  Anyone who boasts about “being up all night” is a walking time bomb for illness .


If you stay up all night –you should not be boasting about it. You need to get to sleep to reduce levels of cortisol.


The bad news is cortisol is addicting, which is why people in the rat race are perpetually on the go-go-go.


But where are they going is the question, as cortisol has been called the death hormone.



If you can’t count on your employer to care about your health, then you HAVE to take it upon yourself to schedule decompressing.



Take breaks. Walk around office. Go to a park during lunch. Eat nutritious foods.



One hour before bed, turn off all electronics, pour a hot bath with Epson salt, put on soothing music, close eyes, breathe deeply, think of nothing but all you are grateful for.


Then, set your alarm to sleep for at least 9 hours.




This may be easier said than done when you have kids needing your attention.


But kids need healthy parents, so try to think of a way to make time for your own mental, physical and spiritual health, so everyone else is safe in your presence.  Don’t do it when the kids are in water. You need to keep an eye on them then.


Remember, if you haven’t slept, you’re the equivalent of a drunk while driving. So, if one of your responsibilities is getting kids to practice or play dates, you need your sleep.ccf1

If your kids turn in at 8 p.m. then make 9 to 10 p.m. your decompressing time. Watching TV or scrolling through social media doesn’t count. You need to turn it all off. Again, take a warm shower, bubble bath, listen to music, go outside for a walk and breathe deeply.


This will prime you to sleep like a baby.



Of course, many people who commute don’t get home until 9 p.m. so they need to scarf down food and crash and that’s after sorting through mail, cleaning, and the list goes on.


It can be a struggle to get to bed in time to get enough sleep to do it all again next day.


Again, this process all activates cortisol levels in people. So any company that says they care about a healthy workforce and subscribes to this formula are clueless about health.


Some companies think having a gym at work equates to good health. Most are empty.


When you’re trying to do it all, nothing gets your full attention. It simply piles up.


It leads to staying up late and not getting enough sleep to be productive and healthy the next day.  It’s a continual cortisol fest with no life balance.


The solution for corporate America may be to start in times at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. for commuters — giving people enough time to rise and shine early, meditate, have a nutritious breakfast, get some exercise, spend time with family. Happy employees are loyal employees that have the energy to go the extra mile.

Co-workers laughing together
Co-workers laughing together


People’s productivity will rise as a result, unlike their cortisol levels.


Too many success articles focus on making money or achieving titles, status, fame or material possessions. It’s none of that.  It’s HEALTH.  Before.  During. After.


When you are healthy in mind, body and spirit you make good life decisions and have balance, which means if things beyond your control change –you will be OK.


Money, title, status, fame and material possessions can change in the blink of an eye. Don’t be defined by that. Be defined by who you are as a person.  Spend time with those that matter, help as many people as you can, and don’t take yourself to seriously.

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Success includes character traits, such as kindness, honesty & thoughtfulness. And those traits are most likely to exhibit themselves when you are healthy and combat cortisol.


Colleagues, family members, friends and your company benefits when you’re healthy.


Making lots of money is wonderful, but  if you don’t make health a priority, by the time you reach your professional or financial goals, you will not be able to enjoy it.


Time to make health a priority before you run out of time.




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No Flu For You! How To Tell If Your Kid Has the Flu or Worse


It’s that time of year.   Fun.  Fun.  Fun.


In the Cold, Cold, Cold.   Right?  Or NOT.   Freezing temps can lead to not so fun aches from a cold, the flu or worse.


When it’s your child feeling lousy, you’ll want to pay extra attention to their symptoms.

Sniffles.  Sneezes.  Coughs.  Temperatures.
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Pay attention for wheezing. Dr. Carolyn Clear tells me that’s the warning sign.
 Keeping kids healthy is a priority.
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When kids get sick it can spread to make the whole family miserable.
First, let’s distinguish between a cold or the flu.
Since a lot of folks confuse the two, here is a comparison of symptoms:
Next, let’s look at what to do if you get either:
 How can you tell if your kid has something WORSE than the flu?
TODAY, I talk to Dr. Carolyn Clear fromWest Depford Pediatrics in West Depford, NJ and parent advocate Lindsay Mathis to discuss the flu, RSV, and the differences between the viruses. 
They provide essential information about seasonal viruses and how all parents can protect their children this winter.
Learn how to tell if your child is suffering from flu symptoms or different seasonal contagious virus.   
At the height of winter and cold and flu season, children are at an increased risk for contagious seasonal viruses.
By following a simple checklist, parents can be proactive about their family’s health and renew their commitment to healthy living.
According to the recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is now at epidemic levels, with more than 21 pediatric deaths as a result of the virus across the country.
The CDC says the epidemic is spreading and the number of states with a high amount of influenza-like activity increasing. Children are especially vulnerable.
While the flu and Enterovirus have been at the forefront of the infectious disease conversation, what may not be top-of-mind is RSV, a common virus contracted by nearly 100 percent of babies by their second birthday.
Often mistaken as a common cold, RSV can bring serious complications, is the leading cause of infant hospitalization, and is responsible for approximately 8 times more infant deaths each year than the flu.
Doctors say it’s typical to see a spike in RSV cases in the winter, as we’re in the height of “RSV season,” which typically runs from November through March.
While every baby is at risk of contracting RSV, premature babies are at an increased risk for developing severe RSV disease due to their underdeveloped lungs and immature immune systems.
RSV is very contagious and can live on skin and surfaces for hours.
So parents should remember to:
·       Wash your hands and ask others to do the same
·       Keep toys, clothes, blankets, and sheets clean
·       Avoid crowds and other young children during RSV season
Parents can fulfill their commitment to better health this winter by educating themselves about common circulating viruses and following a simple checklist to help protect their families:
 See your children’s primary care physician for an annual checkup Work with your children’s doctor to determine what seasonal vaccinations, such as the flu vaccine, your children are eligible for.
Know the signs and symptoms of several of the most common winter illnesses, including:
o   Cold
o   Flu
o   Enterovirus
o   Sore throat
o   Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Remember a strong immune system is built by eating right, avoiding sugars, junk food and processed food, toxic beverages, getting enough sleep each night, daily exercise and good hygiene.
 You CAN make it through with NO flu or virus for you!!!
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headshot1  Maria Dorfner is the founder MedCrunch, a division of Healthy Within Network (HWN).

5 Hot Health Tips for Recent Grads by Maria Dorfner


Tomorrow, my niece and Godchild, Lauren graduates from college. I am SO proud of her.


 It seems like only yesterday I was holding her in my arms.  As she graduates with Honors from Saint John’s University and embarks into the real world, I’d like to share a few hot health tips. 


  • Remember the most important word in the English language is no
  • No to drugs, violence, breaking the law, cheating, lying
  • No to racism, chauvenism, discrimination, unhealthy behaviors
  • No to too much alcohol, abuse or bullying
  • Values include Heath, Honesty/Truth, Integrity, Loyalty, Commitment/Followthrough
  • Values include Family, Spouse, Friends, Helping Others, Giving 100% at every job you do
  • Values like Excellence, Accountability (the list goes on). Your core values are who you are
  • You can’t control the world around you, but you can control how you react to it
  • When you are healthy, centered and balanced you will remain calm and make better decisions
  • When you feel angry or anxious, step away and breathe instead of reacting
  • Healthy coping mechanisms: Make yourself a cup of tea, go for a walk, or call a friend
  • Stand up for what you believe in because one person CAN make a difference
  • If someone is ever mean to you do not take it personal
  • Do not judge as they may be going through something that has nothing to do with you
  • Be patient, kind and do not react. Treat others as you wish  to be treated


  • Keep learning.  “Today a reader. Tomorrow a leader.”
  • Read Biographies of people you admire (you will learn how they overcame obstacles)
  • Read history, self-improvement and inspirational books
  • Read the news instead of watching it
  • Read healthy magazines instead of celebrity gossip or glamour mags
  • Snack on brain foods to keep your mind sharp (walnuts, almonds, veggies, fruits)  
  • Eating nutritious foods daily will keep your mind and body healthy, energetic and fit


  • Get outdoors in nature daily
  • Turn off the TV and all your gadgets to quiet your mind and the information overload
  • Surround yourself with healthy, positive people who motivate and inspire you
  • Close your eyes and meditate daily, even if it’s only 10 minutes
  • Avoid gossip or negative and toxic environments
  • Remember you are beautiful just the way you are
  • Laugh every single day; builds your immune system
  • Believe in yourself: You can do anything you set your mind to


  • Walk at least 30 minutes  a day
  • Stretch upon rising each morning and before turning in each night
  • Stay hydrated with lots of water daily
  • Find a sport you enjoy that doesn’t feel like exercise (soccer, bowling, tennis, swimming)
  • Turn up the music to make the time pass quicker when you exercise
  • Strive to be healthy longterm instead of thin
  • Make rest a part of your daily healthy  habits; strive for 8 hours a night


  • Don’t ever compare yourself to others
  • Be the best version of you that you can be
  • Remember, no one else in the world is exactly like you; you ARE unique
  • Develop your unique skills by doing; if you don’t know what you’re good at –ask friends
  • Take your job seriously, but never yourself. Everyone makes mistakes, so learn to laugh
  • Don’t ever be afraid to talk to someone if you have questions about something
  • Appreciate and see all the goodness and beauty in life, even during bad times
  • Find mentors you admire.  You can learn a lot from people you respect


Congrats to all 2013 Graduates & my wonderful, intelligent niece Lauren,  future ace accountant. 


Remember, health is your greatest wealth. Make a deposit EVERY DAY!!!  🙂