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    Updated August 6, 2012

Health and Wellness Archives

Here are tips on staying healthy so you can deliver your best performance !

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May 15, 2012

Zen and the Art of Stage Management

By Carole Jo Bradley

Carole Jo Bradley

The number one way I stay fit is through practicing meditation. Wellness of my mind leads to fitness in my body and in all of my affairs. During meditation, I contemplate the truth of who I am, and know that I am connected to all life. I am more than my resume, my body, or current show! I use meditation to train myself to see beyond my current set of circumstances. It is proven to reduce stress - the number one cause of all "dis-ease" and, meditation is free! I also use the tools of affirmative prayer, visioning, and spiritual laws to facilitate inner healing. For the last seven years, this daily practice has kept me in peak performance while stage managing. I only wish I realized its value when I first started calling shows, 25 years ago!

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Spring 2012

Health & Wellness Video Contest

Bravo! AEA Member Ryan Michael Hartman Wins AEA-Union Plus Health and Wellness Video Contest

Scores Grand Prize of $1000 towards a Health Club Membership

Ryan Michael Hartman

Ryan Michael Hartman, an AEA member residing near New York City, is the winner of the 2012 AEA-Union Plus Health & Wellness Video Contest. The health-conscious actor will receive $1000 towards a membership at his choice of health clubs.

Ryan was one of seven AEA Actors and Stage Managers who shared tips about how they maintain their peak performances – through exercise, healthy eating, rest and meditation, stress reduction and a positive attitude - as part of a nation-wide online contest that was promoted through social media. The contest ran from March 5 – April 8 and was judged by online voting by fellow union members.

In Ryan’s two-minute video, he explains how he uses the “My Fitness Pal” app, a free online calorie counter and diet plan that lets users track caloric intake and get nutritional information for over 1 million foods items.

"I’m an eater—I love me some food,” jokes Ryan. “I was getting out of control, but luckily MY FITNESS PAL came into my life. It’s an easy, fun way to track your calories through your smart phone or computer - simple to use and very interactive. The database of food is seemingly endless, including many restaurant items. What I like most about MY FITNESS PAL is the fact that you can interact with friends. By giving and receiving encouragement, I was able to achieve my goals with much more accountability. It was also nice to share tips with friends and family, which led to one friend losing more than 30 pounds. I still eat, but now I just try to eat 2 or 3 Oreos instead of the whole sleeve.”

One of his favorite features is the app’s bar-code scanner, which instantly tells you how many calories there are per serving in a box or can of food.

To view Ryan’s video, click here...

The runner-up is AEA member Donna Bostany, who will receive a $100 I-Tunes gift card.

Health tips other contestants will be featured in upcoming articles in Equity News. David Lotz, AEA’s National Communications Director and Kevin Cheng, Union Plus’ E-Outreach Coordinator, coordinated the contest.

Summer, 2012

Extra-Curricular Health Hobbies

By Melissa Robinette

After seeing the amazing abs of Patti Murin, star of LYSISTRATA JONES, I had to ask her what her extracurricular health hobbies were to maintain her Broadway Body. To my horror, Patti told me, "I may not be the best person to ask about this because before this show I didn't have any health hobbies. But because I got in such great shape during LYSISTRATA, I finally got motivated to keep it after the show closed."

February 23, 2012


The Actors circle of life: Audition. Call back. Booked the job. Work. Opening. More work. Closing. Crash.

The Stage Managers circle of life: Submit. Interview. Booked the job. Work. Opening. More Work. Closing. Crash.

January 30, 2012

5 Easy, Quick, Healthy Breakfasts On The Go

By Melissa Robinette

I'm always wondering what people are putting into their bodies, especially FIT performers… I asked my fellow Equity Broadway Bodied Brothers and Sisters what their favorite, healthy breakfasts are. Read more...

December 15, 2011

Staying Healthy on the Road

By Melissa Robinette

We all do it. We all struggle with it. And we all want it without breaking the bank. I'm talking about keeping your health and your "Broadway Body" while working out-of-town. Read more...

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