A motivating, thought provoking and informative new health & wellness podcast featuring Florine Mark as the host that will focus on all aspects of our lives from physical, emotional and mental health to career and social.
As the CEO & President of the WW Group (largest Weight Watchers International franchise holder) Florine is a highly respected motivational speaker, entrepreneur, author and philanthropist who is passionate about sharing her lifelong desire to educate and help others achieve healthier, more rewarding lives.
Join her each week as she interviews well-known celebrity guests and everyday people who share inspirational tips and best practices for making meaningful and beneficial changes in our lives as we all learn to navigate our new normal.
Each week Florine will provide a helpful and inspiring “takeaway” to help start making those changes.
The Health and Social Benefits of Pickleball
With Sarah Ansboury, Professional Pickleball Player & Director of Instruction at Palmetto Dunes Resort
Did you know that pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America?! According to a recent report in USA Today, the United States has over five million pickleball players with the number of players increasing by almost 40% in just the last two years. So what is pickleball and why has it become so popular? It’s been described as a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. Its popularity is largely due to the fact that it’s easy to learn and it appeals to all ages; with a third of the players over the age of 55. Although the state of Florida is often referred to as the “Pickleball Capital,” the truth is pickleball is actually more popular in locations like Seattle and Des Moines. In fact, the sport of pickleball originated on Bainbridge Island off the coast of Washington.
So what does it take to learn pickleball and begin playing? And where can you find courts and or lessons? Also, how did the name originate?! My guest today, Sarah Ansboury, is a professionally ranked pickleball player and instructor. In addition to being the Director of Pickleball Instruction at Palmetto Dunes Ocean Resort in Hilton Head and their touring professional player, Sarah is one of the top pickleball coaches in the world. We’re going to learn from Sarah the answer to all these questions and more.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
Where does the name pickleball come from?
What attracted Sarah to pickleball? Why do so many people get injured playing pickleball? Where can you find a pickleball instructor? Can you play pickleball on a tennis court? What is the most important advice for first-time players? Why has pickleball taken off in the last few years? What are the health benefits of pickleball? What is the future of pickleball? Is there a difference between indoor and outdoor pickleball? What is the single biggest frustration for new players?
Today’s Takeaway: One of the reasons pickleball is popular is that it’s a great way to socialize and meet people. Unlike many other leisure sporting activities, pickleball is very inclusive and social. The fun competitive nature of the sport and love of the game brings people together. You don’t even need to show up with a partner! It’s also a great way to stay fit or get in shape. Not only is it a good cardiovascular workout, but it can also improve balance, hand-eye coordination, and musical tone. Best of all, pickleball can be played both indoors and outdoors. Remember that staying active and spending time socializing with others is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves. So if you’re looking for a fun new activity, why not give yourself the gift of a pickleball lesson? I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”
“The great thing about pickleball is it’s much easier to learn than most other racquet or paddle sports; especially as an adult.” — Sarah “You will meet someone from every walk of life.” — Sarah “It’s getting people active, it’s getting people social.” — Sarah “What I’m seeing so much is people’s health just improving.” — Sarah
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Mentioned in This Episode:
Sarah Ansboury’s Website
Sarah Ansboury on YouTube
USA Pickleball Association
Treating Body Image Issues and Eating Disorders
With Dr. Kristine Vazzano, Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Director
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you smile at the person you see looking back at you? I do! I say, “Hello, Florine. It’s going to be a great day!” When I look at my mirror image, I’m so grateful for my health, my life, and my happiness. But it wasn’t always that way! There was a time when I was 50 pounds overweight, and I avoided looking in the mirror. Looking back, I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without that experience motivating me to make positive changes. At one time or another, some of us will experience dissatisfaction when we look in the mirror. It’s not uncommon to want to change our appearance or anything else in our life, but statistics have shown that over the past two years there has been a significant increase in the number of people seeking help for severe body image issues and eating disorders.
My guest today, Dr. Kristine Vazzano, is a clinical psychologist specializing in treating eating disorders and body images, and is also the Clinical Director and Founder of Mindfullness, an outpatient clinic offering treatment for those who suffer from these conditions. Dr. Vazzano will tell us what is considered a body image issue, what causes them, how they are treated, and much more.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
What are the different body image issues?
What causes body dysmorphia? Do body image issues impact both men and women? How do you diagnose a body image issue? What does mindfulness mean? Why Dr. Vazzano focuses more on body acceptance than weight. Has COVID-19 caused more body image issues? What is the difference between anorexia and bulimia? Is an eating disorder (ED) a type of addiction? What are some success stories from Dr. Vazzano’s clients? What is cognitive behavioral therapy and how is it used to treat EDs? Is group therapy helpful for EDs? What is intuitive eating? Are there medications that can help with an ED or body image issue?
Today’s Takeaway: Eating disorders can be regarded as another type of addiction that can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. Inpatient hospitalizations for adolescents with eating disorders and other body-image-related health conditions rose over 25% in 2020. Since then, the number has increased even more. During the first 12 months of COVID-19, the number of hospital admissions among adolescents with eating disorders at the University of Michigan Medical School more than doubled. Over the course of the pandemic, the National Eating Disorder Association Helpline reported a 40% increase in call volume. It’s important to seek professional help for any body image concerns that could lead to an eating disorder. As we heard today, there are a variety of treatments that can address these issues, and contacting a qualified therapist who can explore such treatment plans with you is the best course of action. It’s the first step toward getting better. We all have things about ourselves that we wish we could change, and in working to improve ourselves we want to do so in a way that is healthy and sustainable. Remember that every day is a gift, and the gift that we get from learning to love and accept ourselves for who we are is the best gift that we can ever give to ourselves. Learn to befriend the person in the mirror! And treat yourself as you would your own best friend. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”
“There’s really a range when we look at body image struggles and difficulties that people experience.” — Dr. Vazzano “It can be a struggle to get ready or to look in the mirror or it can get in the way of relationships or wanting to be with people.” — Dr. Vazzano “It is not in any way of how much or how little somebody weighs. It has nothing to do with weight.” — Dr. Vazzano “That concept of mindfulness is that idea of being present.” — Dr. Vazzan
Start Your Day With A Morning Routine
With Haley Cassar, Makeup Artist and Skincare Advocate
Did you know the attitude we wake up with in the morning could impact our mood for the rest of the day? That’s why it’s so important to begin our day with something positive. For example, I begin every day looking in the mirror and saying, “Good morning, Florine! It’s going to be a great day and you’re going to make it great!” How do you start your day? Are you checking your phone and crossing off items on your to-do list? Are you rushing around trying to get to work or to get the kids out the door? Or do you begin your day with meditation or exercise? Before you step out of the house in the morning, do you spend a few moments on your hair and makeup or do you feel it’s only necessary for special occasions when you want to look your very best for family or friends? How about doing it just for you? I do it because it gives me that extra lift. What gives you that extra lift?
Research has shown that during the pandemic having a daily routine and doing simple tasks helped maintain our sense of normalcy and actually improved our mental outlook. But there are times when we want to try something new. Right now is a great time to update your look or experiment with different techniques and products to change your style. Even men are taking more care of their appearance. In addition to grooming, hairstyling, and improving skincare routines, plastic surgeons are also seeing many more men coming in for procedures. Did you know there are special techniques makeup artists use for camera-ready makeup that lasts for hours? Do you ever wonder what it takes for Hollywood stars to get ready for their red carpet appearances? Wouldn’t it be great if we could learn some of those secrets too?
My guest today, Haley Cassar, is a professional makeup artist and skin care advocate. Haley shares tricks and tips for applying makeup to suit every occasion; from a quick everyday look to getting ready for the next big event!
What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
What is Haley’s background?
What are the basics of a skincare routine? What do the various skincare products do? What is the most important thing to remember when applying makeup? What are tinted moisturizers? What is a “no-makeup look”? What are the essentials for everyday makeup? How can we get out of a rut with our makeup routine? What are Haley’s tips for eyebrows? What should we know about false eyelashes? What are Haley’s tips for glamorous makeup?
Today’s Takeaway: I know I look better when I take the time to put a touch of makeup on. From a mental health standpoint, doing something that makes us feel better about ourselves is a sign of a healthy sense of self and indicative of good self-care. Having a routine that is familiar and constant in our lives can feel very comforting. Remember, every day is a gift. Sometimes the simplest of things such as routinely applying makeup, styling our hair, or doing early morning stretches help us start the day with a smile. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”
“You want to have a really good skincare routine because you want your face to be like a smooth canvas.” — Haley “Your basics are going to be cleanse, tone, and moisturize.” — Haley “If I had to pick one makeup to use the rest of my life as a no-makeup-makeup look, it would be mascara.” — Haley “It’s really just what makes you feel comfortable and what gives you a little bit of alertness to your look.” — Haley “Switching up your routine will help you get out of a rut.” — Haley “Small little tweaks make the biggest difference and will help you get out of a rut.” — Haley “I think whenever you’re going to a special occasion, wear lashes.” — Haley
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Mentioned in This Episode:
Haley Cassar on Instagram
Reducing Your Risk of Skin Cancer
With Dr. Emily Levin, Board Certified Dermatologist
Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer
in the United States with a one in five chance of being diagnosed
with it during your lifetime? When diagnosed early, basal cell or
squamous cell carcinomas tend to be low-risk and readily treatable.
But the third type of skin cancer, Melanoma, is far more aggressive and
harder to treat. Skin cancer is typically caused by excessive exposure to the sun and is the body's reaction to damage caused by ultraviolet rays. As
we age, skin cancer tends to be more prevalent, but in addition, certain
genetic factors can increase our risk of developing skin cancer. For example, men have a higher incidence of skin cancer than women. Caucasians with fair skin are more at risk as are individuals with a family history of the disease. Finally, certain medications or medical procedures such as radiation treatments may actually increase the likelihood of developing skin cancer.
But as much as we love being outdoors, especially during this time of year, there are steps we can take to reduce our risk of skin cancer exposure. In addition to applying creams and lotions with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, it is recommended that we avoid direct sunlight between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm when the sun is strongest and wear sunglasses. Furthermore, cover your face with a broad brimmed hat and shield your arms and legs with long-sleeved shirts and pants. For added protection, you can also wear specially designed clothes treated with built in UPF 50 or Ultraviolet Protection Factor to prevent the suns rays from touching your skin. Also, it is a myth that tanning beds and sun lamps are safer than being outdoors. In fact, the opposite is true, due to the concentration of UV rays in these devices, they actually pose a greater risk for cancer.
Finally, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an annual skin care full body scan with your dermatologist to evaluate and monitor any signs of moles or lesions that could indicate cancer cells.
But as much as we love being outdoors, especially during this time of
year, there are steps we can take to reduce our risk of skin cancer
exposure. Last year, Florine interviewed Dr. Emily Levin, board certified
Dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon. In addition to talking about
skin cancer prevention, Dr. Levin provides some very helpful information
about caring for our skin throughout our life.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
When did Emily decide she wanted to be a dermatologist? How does our complexion change as we age?
Why antioxidants are so important for our skin. How can we uplevel our daily skincare routine? How does our diet affect our skin and complexion? What should we be looking for in our sunscreen?
Do collagen supplements and topical creams really work? What skincare products should everyone be using? Breaking down the different types of Retin-A. What should daily/nightly skincare routine look like? What is Botox used for? What are fillers used for? What are the best products to use to grow eyelashes? What products are available for thinning hair?
What are the three most important things we can do to care for our skin at any age?
We all want to spend more time outdoors but remember that even though sunshine feels good on our face, we can do irreversible damage if we don’t wear sunscreen. In addition to prematurely aging our skin, we might also be putting ourselves at risk of developing skin cancer. And it’s not just the sun that can cause damage to our skin. Winter weather can also worsen certain conditions like Psoriasis. So, the next time you visit your dermatologist to address skincare issues and get your annual body scan, why not come prepared with a list of questions on how to adapt your skincare routine throughout the year? Your d
With Taylor Hale, Miss Michigan USA 2021
What do you think of when you hear the words “beauty pageant contestant?” Are you envisioning a gorgeous woman with great posture, professionally-applied makeup, and beautifully styled hair? While beauty pageant contestants can also be intelligent, articulate, and talented, as a society, we tend to focus more on a person’s physical attributes. But if beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, how do we define feminine beauty today? Are pageants an outdated concept? Are we sending the wrong message to young women by creating an artificial reality with Instagram-perfect images and carefully retouched photos? At a time when celebrities and social media influencers are dictating what is considered beautiful and desirable, are beauty pageants even relevant?
Today, the role of a pageant winner is far more important than just a pretty stand-in for a photo opp; she’s an ambassador and advocate for a variety of social causes who makes personal appearances on behalf of her chosen platform. Her participation not only draws more attention to a specific cause, it often increases public support for the cause as well.
My guest today is Miss Michigan USA 2021, Taylor Hale. We’re going behind the scenes of beauty pageants with Taylor to learn how pageant contestants differ today from previous years and discover just what it takes to become a pageant winner and how titleholders can make a positive impact on our society.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
What was Taylor’s childhood like?
Did Taylor get started in politics while in college? Was Taylor popular or bullied in school? How did Taylor’s parents help build her confidence? Did Taylor ever suffer from body image issues? How did the pageant world help Taylor develop healthy habits? What inspired Taylor to enter her first beauty pageant? How does Taylor train for a pageant? Is it expensive to be in pageants and are there sponsorships? Is there diversity and representation in the pageant world? What are the other contestants like? How does being in pageants affect Taylor’s dating life? How has Taylor used her title to inspire others? What did Taylor enjoy most about pageants? What does Taylor do today professionally? Taylor shares some success stories from her work as a personal stylist.
Today’s Takeaway: There is no one single standard that defines what is beautiful. Various cultures around the world define the concept of physical perfection differently. But the truth is that real beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s important to recognize that genuine beauty is not merely skin deep; rather how we behave and treat others is the real testament to our attractiveness. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift that we get from learning to appreciate and honor our own beauty, both inside and out, will allow us not only to value ourselves, but we can share the spotlight and appreciate the beauty of others. Think of it this way, the most beautiful gardens are made up of a wide variety of flowering plants, each one with its own unique appearance. On their own, each of these flowers is lovely, but when combined, they make for an absolutely dazzling array of colorful blooms. Our individual differences are what make us shine when we unite together. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”
“These are just stories that moved me. I got to see who these women were from a holistic standpoint and I was completely sold on competing.” — Taylor “That’s how I learned that you can still value beauty; you can value style and fashion without sacrificing your intelligence.” — Taylor “I can’t fix everything happening in the world, I can’t change everybody’s opinion of me. All I can do is be the best version of myself.” — Taylor “Not everyone’s going to like me and if everybody does like me, that means I’m losing a little bit of myself and
How Pilates Strengthens Your Core and Your Mind
With Amy Warner, Regional Director for Club Pilates
It’s no secret that the key to staying fit and in good health involves moving our bodies each day. When we intentionally move in ways that stretch and lengthen our muscles, we condition our bodies, by improving our posture and muscle tone. Not only is it good for us physically, but it gets those endorphins flowing which can also lift our mood and reduce stress. The most recent studies have shown that it may also improve our mental focus and concentration. Exercising our body may also exercise our mind.
But which exercise programs are best for us? One of the things to look for in a daily workout is a full-body, low-impact routine that won’t strain your muscles or cause injury. Placing undue stress on your joints is not only painful, but it could prevent you from exercising for a few days until you can move again without pain. You’ll also want a workout that can stabilize your core and improve your balance. That’s why Pilates has consistently been rated one of the best overall fitness and conditioning programs. A good Pilates workout provides strength, flexibility, and balance training; the perfect mix to improve posture, mobility, and mental health.
My guest today is Amy Warner. She’s the Regional Director for Club Pilates, an equipment-based pilates studio with 7 locations throughout metro Detroit and Grand Rapids. We talk with Amy about the mind/body benefits associated with Pilates and learn why this is such a great fitness activity for optimum physical and mental conditioning.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
What is Amy’s background and how did she get started with Pilates? What is Pilates and how is it different from yoga?
What makes Pilates different from other forms of exercise? What are some of the benefits associated with a Pilates workout? Why is it so important to strengthen and stabilize our core? What is the reformer? How is the reformer more beneficial than mat Pilates? What is some of the other equipment that you provide at Club Pilates? What does a typical Club Pilates class look like? Is Pilates a “one size fits all” type of workout? Does Pilates help you lose weight?
Today’s Takeaway: Finding an activity or exercise routine you can commit to doing several days a week is not only good for you physically, but it’s also good for your mental and emotional health. You may find that you have more energy, sleep better, and feel less anxious or stressed. When stress hormones build up in your body, it can lead to muscle spasms and pain. But finding a way to effectively “channel that stress” through a physical workout, helps to release that build-up in a healthy manner. Taking part in an overall body conditioning class like Pilates may increase your body awareness and mental focus, which could improve your memory and concentration. In addition to strengthening your core and improving your posture, you may also find yourself breathing better. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift that we get from properly nourishing and moving our bodies will only serve to make us healthier and stronger. We’ll feel better physically, we’ll have fewer aches and pains, and our mental focus will be sharper. Best of all, when both our mind and body are in balance, it has a positive effect on our mood so we act better too! Remember to treat your body as a gift. Get moving! I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”
“Pilates is a low-impact full-body workout that focuses on flexibility, strength, and body awareness through controlled movements.” — Amy “Always moving your body is a good thing.” — Amy You want to do what speaks to you and what you respond to so that you’re consistent and healthy.” — Amy “Pilates is all-inclusive; it’s always full-body, it’s always low-impact.” — Amy “It’s all-inclusive. Regardless of age or fitness level or injury we c