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25 12, 2014

Foods to Help Pull You Out Of the Winter Blues

By |2016-12-15T19:51:55+00:00December 25th, 2014|Fitness, Operation Fitness, Tips|0 Comments

By Kim Cooper, Special Contributor

The chilly winter months are kind of a challenge for a lot of people. It gets dark earlier, there is less time in the day, and the weather is biting in much of the country, so we can’t just go for a nice jaunt outside when we feel blue. It’s a time when those grumpy feelings can really hit hard, leading us to snap at our loved ones, burrow into the couch, and feel like burying ourselves under the blankets until the warmth returns.

However tempting it may be, that behavior is not particularly practical. Instead, we could try a natural antidote to our dreary feelings: eating foods that can cheer us up instead of dragging us down.

Navigating the world of mood-boosting foods isn’t necessarily an easy task. We asked Michael Torchia, president and founder of Operation Fitness, a large-scale health and wellness conglomerate, to give us some tips on how to combat the winter blues.

As it turns out, there are a ton of options that can help combat depression, if the problem is that serious, and improve your overall mood even if you’re just a little blue. Sometimes depression isn’t just about feeling sad; you can also be stressed, angry, or anxious. And when those feelings hit, there are definitely certain foods that can help. For example, if you are feeling sluggish and can’t quite concentrate, something leafy, like a spinach salad, will do the trick.

If you’ve got a case of the blues, click through this slideshow and try one of our suggestions to help lift your spirits.

(If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts and need help in the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention hotline, 800-273-8255.)



It’s no secret that chocolate can be a miracle cure-all, at least in our heads. But using chocolate as a food to beat stress and depression might actually work. According to Torchia, “Experts say that chocolate — particularly dark chocolate — may help reduce the stress hormones that are swarming in your body.” So grab that chocolate bar and don’t be shy.


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Feelings of sluggishness can also go hand in hand with depression and the blues. Instead of reaching for the coffee, try a spinach salad. “The best way to get a boost? Eat folate-rich foods like spinach and other leafy green vegetables as well as potatoes, fortified breads and cereals, beans, peas, and mushrooms.”

19 05, 2012

Former Teenage Mr. America Says ‘Thanks to Jack Lalanne’

By |2016-12-15T19:51:58+00:00May 19th, 2012|Fitness, health, Operation Fitness|0 Comments

I was an obese young boy when I first saw Jack Lalanne on television. My mother brought me into our living room to watch Jack’s fitness show, because she felt he could help me lose weight and become physically fit. She was right and I have never stopped since!

Jack Lalanne was my mentor, friend and inspiration for pursuing a career as an authority in the field of health and fitness. I know first hand the pain and difficulty millions of people suffer from dissatisfaction with their own bodies. Low self-esteem is a devastating result.

I have spent my life overcoming it and have through years of studying, teaching and living it. I’ve worked with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood and have won several national titles in the sport of bodybuilding, including Teenage Mr. America, Collegiate Mr. USA and Mr. California.

I have devoted my life to finding a safe solution for childhood obesity and to helping people create a healthier lifestyle, as Jack. On Jack’s 94th birthday he told me that he was so proud of my dedication to fight the epidemic of childhood obesity and my passion to follow in his foot steps.

4 05, 2012

Former Mr. Universe turns 100

By |2016-12-15T19:51:58+00:00May 4th, 2012|Fitness, health, Operation Fitness|3 Comments

He doesn’t drink or smoke, and centenarian Manohar Aich credits his longevity to a healthy lifestyle in which he minimizes stress and focuses on happiness.

Aich won the Mr. Universe international bodybuilding championship in 1952. He celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday surrounded by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Kolkata, an eastern city in India.

Standing just 4 feet, 11 inches tall, Aich earned the nickname “Pocket Hercules,” the Associated Press said in a report.

AP Photo/Bikas DasHis lifestyle and a simple diet of milk, fruits and vegetables along with rice, lentils and fish have kept him healthy, the bodybuilding trainer told the AP.

Aich turned to bodybuilding while he was imprisoned in the 1940s for opposing Britain’s continued colonial rule of India. When he was released, he went on to compete as a bodybuilder, earning success in international competition that culminated with his taking the Mr. Universe title.

While his wife took care of their children, Aich traveled, competed and made a living. On his return to India, he trained future bodybuilding champions.

“I didn’t become rich. There is not much money in bodybuilding,” he told the Indian Express newspaper. “But there is respect. And for that, I wouldn’t mind being a bodybuilder in my next life as well.”

He has led a fulfilled life, but Aich regrets never having met his fellow Mr. Universe, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He’s seen many of the Governator’s films, though.

“I like the incredible stunts he does in the movies,” Aich told the AP.

8 03, 2012

Ultimate American Athlete

By |2016-12-15T19:51:58+00:00March 8th, 2012|Casting, Fitness, Fitness Competition, Operation Fitness, The Ultimate Athlete|2 Comments


OPERATION FITNESS is searching the country for male and female athletes who possess extraordinary strength, power, speed, agility and wit! Our mission is to discover talented, intelligent and driven young athletes and give them

an opportunity to display their skills. Our goal is fine tune their skills and give them a chance to pursue their dreams.

Hundreds will enter the contest, but only 16 will be selected to compete.  Who will it be?  Rugby Player?  Sumo Wrestler?  Soccer Player?  Cross Country Runner?  Rock Climber, or could it be the Mixed Martial Artist?  The athletes will be from all walks of life, and trying to get along with each other will be half the battle.

* All Entries will be eligible for casting of reality TV Show!
* Great Networking Opportunities and Publicity!
* Red Carpet Event!
* Celebrity Judges!

Casting Call will be held on November 1 – 3, 2012  and will be held in the OPERATION FITNESS WORLD HEALTH EXPO at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.