Melanie Cole, MS

Melanie Cole, MS

Melanie Cole, MS, is the RadioMD Director of Operations. She has a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology.
The True Tale of How I Got My Colonoscopy & You Can Too

The True Tale of How I Got My Colonoscopy & You Can Too

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Well it's that time again.

Three to five years after my last one, it's time to have another colonoscopy.

People are afraid of having this test, but really the only thing that is difficult about this test is the prep.

That really is the worst part.

You have two choices of preps these days. You either have the Tri light which is the gallon of liquid that tastes terrible, bloats your stomach and makes you feel a bit sick.

Or the new one, that you take in 12 hour intervals. It's not nearly as much liquid, but if you schedule your colonoscopy for first thing in the morning, as I do, (and I highly recommend this timing)... then you have to get up at 2 o'clock in the morning to take the second dose and you might lose out on some sleep.

So I chose to do the gallon of liquid as I have done before. Its not that hard, its just a lot of liquid and you do feel quite full.

You'll likely spend a lot of time on the toilet either prep you choose.

Mindful Eating for Weight Loss & Pleasure

Mindful Eating for Weight Loss & Pleasure

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 23:09

Have you ever noticed that you eat while you watch TV, drive, work, talk on the telephone? That sometimes you just eat, mindlessly? Just shoveling food in with no real thought about whether it tastes good, feels good, IS good?

Are you one of the many of us? The people who eat too fast, too thoughtlessly, too unhealthily?  Are you so busy filling the next forkful that you don't even notice the wonderful bite of food already in your mouth?

YIKES! Right?

Since your brain can only really focus on one thing at a time, when you eat while doing something else you far too often miss the subtle signs of fullness that tell you to STOP! At least not until you feel uncomfortable or until you run out of food.

What Would Our Lives Be Without Worry?

What Would Our Lives Be Without Worry?

Monday, 25 March 2013 16:05
I have been told I am a  "woman on the go." 

What exactly does that mean? Woman on the go. I know lots of women, and none of us considers ourselves on-the-go...
I mean, sure, we go places. We take our kids to endless activities in the hopes of finding one that they love and will stick with.
We are all busy, working one, and sometimes 2 jobs.
Wishing we had the sex lives we read we're supposed to be having in the magazines. (Ha!)
Trying not to worry all the time about bills, and which one of us is going to have a bad mamogram. 
When I think of the time we  spend worrying about money, illness, children, and so many other things. I wonder how much more productive I could be if I didn’t worry so much.
Avoiding the Flu: Beyond Washing Your Hands

Avoiding the Flu: Beyond Washing Your Hands

Thursday, 03 January 2013 00:00
Avoiding the flu may be more than just washing your hands.

The flu is back and with a vengeance. It's now considered one of the worst flu seasons in recent years. Hitting the U.S. unusually early and hard this year, the flu has officially arrived and it won't be departing anytime soon. Many local hospitals are closing their doors to flu and respiratory patients, and sending them on to other facilities.

Sometimes, I feel that we underestimate the crippling powers of the flu.

We really need to have a healthy appreciation for it, and take every precaution to avoid it. New research tells us it's never too soon to be prepared, and certainly not too late to get vaccinated against one of the most insidious and aggressive strains of flu in recent memory.
A Message from AAP President in Response to Connecticut School Shooting

A Message from AAP President in Response to Connecticut School Shooting

Saturday, 15 December 2012 14:14
Hello All, The news from Connecticut has hit us all really hard. This is a message from the AAP President that we hope will assist you in dealing with this tragedy.

A Message from AAP President Thomas McInerny, MD, FAAP, in Response to Connecticut School Shooting

Today is a day of sadness and grief for everyone who cares for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers its deepest sympathies to everyone affected by today's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Pediatricians and other child health experts strongly recommend that schools and parents avail themselves of resources to help them talk with children about this disaster. As in any frightening situation, young children should not be exposed to the extensive media coverage of the event -- in other words, turn off the TV, computer, and other media devices. The AAP offers resources for talking to children about disasters, and advice on watching for signs of stress and trauma. Parents also can use their child's pediatrician as a source of advice and support during this time.
The Superwoman Syndrome: Learning To Accept Help

The Superwoman Syndrome: Learning To Accept Help

Thursday, 22 November 2012 23:00
Hello again. When last we met, I was speaking about losing weight, and getting fit. If you are a busy mom, and if you have to work a job, or 2 as I do, as well as take the kids to various activities and (try to) keep a clean house, it can become overwhelming.

So I would like to offer some bits of information on making it all come together with out driving yourself nuts.


Too many women think they are an island. We cannot, I repeat cannot, do it all alone. If you are a single mother - especially - you have to enlist the help of others. I know many of you are saying to me, "but they don't do it right, or the way I would do it".

Well yes, that is true. However, one thing I have learned is...

wait...still trying to learn.... haha... you can not control the way other people do things for you. Yes we certainly try, and its frustrating that other people can't do things as well as we can. But we must learn to settle down and take the help that is given.
Your Healthier Life & RadioMD

Your Healthier Life & RadioMD

Saturday, 22 September 2012 00:25
Hi there!

My name is Melanie Cole and I am an Exercise Physiologist, personal trainer, wife, and mother of 2 wonderful kids. I've been in the health field for 25 years, and I'm delighted to host a number of shows here on your RadioMD. We do a wonderful show for the American Academy of Pediatrics called Healthy Children. And parents? Listen up. Each week, I interview some of the world's very best pediatricians.

It's such a great opportunity for all of us parents to get free advice on everything from sore throats and ear infections, to childhood milestones and behavior issues, and everything in between. I 'm constantly learning from these world-class doctors, and I hope you'll join me as we explore new and practical ways to encourage our kids to be healthier and happier.