Robin Williams’ Widow and Ben Utecht Headline American Brain Foundation’s Twin Cities’ Fundraiser 

Standing Strong Tackles Brain Disease at Minnesota Vikings’ New Home

Recently appointed to the American Brain Foundation’s Board of Directors, Susan Schneider Williams, the widow of actor and comedian Robin Williams, will be the keynote speaker at the foundation’s third annual fundraising event entitled Standing Strong: An Evening Benefiting Brain Disease Research.

This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30 pm -10:00 pm in the Delta 360 Club at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. 

Tickets can be purchased at

In an intimate concert setting, Super Bowl XLI winning-tight end Ben Utecht will perform his event namesake anthem Standing Strong, along with other songs focused on his fight with traumatic brain injury. 

In addition to her keynote address at the fundraiser, Susan Schneider Williams shares her and Robin’s powerful and personal struggle with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia in an article published in the September 26, 2016 edition of Neurology®, the official medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Schneider Williams also speaks candidly about her story in an interview on the September 27, 2016 Neurology podcast

“It is my belief that when healing comes out of Robin's experience, he will not have battled and died in vain,” said Schneider Williams. “By raising awareness with events like Standing Strong, I trust that a cascade of cures and discovery is imminent.”

The evening includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of generally restricted areas of U.S. Bank Stadium.

“We are very excited to have Susan take such a lead role in our quest to find a cure for debilitating brain diseases that affect 1.4 million Americans and their families,” said Kevin Goodno, JD, Chair of the American Brain Foundation’s Board of Directors. 

For more information about the Standing Strong event, visit

The American Brain Foundation is a national charity whose mission is to bring researchers and donors together to defeat brain disease.


On special occasions like the Super Bowl, many dieters allow themselves to cheat. Don’t be tempted! If you do, your body will revert back to storing rather than burning fat and it will then take up to 3 weeks to reverse the damage!

Dr. Charles Nguyen, Dr. Tu Song Anh Nguyen and health journalist Mary Ann Marshall have co-authored the forthcoming book The Thinsulin Program: The Breakthrough Solution To Help You Lose Weight And Say Thin (Da Capo, February 9. 2016) which reveals the real secret to healthy and sustainable weight loss: a focus on insulin not calories. 

Using this approach, you don't need to cheat. As long as you choose foods that won't spike insulin, you have many options that'll let you wake up Monday morning  feeling good about yourself and what you ate -- even if your team loses!

Below are 5 simple and delicious recipes for:

  • Wings
  • Ten-Minute Chili
  • Kale Chips
  • Meatballs
  • Diet-Friendly Vegetable Platter (because not all veggies are created equal!)

And remember - for those drinks: Water should always be the first choice. But for those who really want something stronger, go for wine or hard liquor. Avoid beer, which is like eating bread!



  • Boil hot water
  • Boil or poach the wings and drumettes for 5 minutes to release excess oil from skin
  • Take the wings and air dry for 10 minutes
  •  Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper
  •  Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F
  •  Lay wings and drumettes on baking sheet
  •  Bake in oven for about 20 minutes until golden brown, then flip
  •  Bake for another 20 minutes until other side is golden brown
  •  Drizzle hot sauce over wings or serve the hot sauce on the side

Ten Minute Chili

  • In a saucepan, add 1 pound of ground turkey, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp ground coriander, ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp ground cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste
  • When meat is cooked, add 1 cup of chopped tomatoes, 1 cup of chopped green bell peppers, 1 cup of chopped onions
  • Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Kale Chips

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Cut kale leaves from stems and tear them into bite size pieces
  • Wash and thoroughly dry kale with salad spinner
  •  Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with salt
  •  Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until edges are brown but not burnt

Vegetables Platter

  • Use celery, broccoli, red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers
  • Don’t add root vegetables such as radishes or carrots!
  • Serve with a healthy dip of yogurt, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, pepper and spices such as curry or dill on the side


  •  Preheat oven to 375 degree F
  •  Using a skillet, over high heat, heat 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
  •  Sautee ½ large chopped onion in the skillet for 5 minutes, until softened
  •  Add 1 ½ tsp minced garlic and cook 1 minute more, remembering to stir frequently
  • Transfer garlic and onion to a bowl;  mix in the ½ lb. ground beef and 1 lb. ground turkey        with 4 egg whites, ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp of black pepper
  • Roll into golf ball-sized meatballs
  • Place on jelly roll pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until brown


Charles Nguyen, M.D., is the medical director of the Lorphen Medical Weight Loss Clinic in Riverside, CA. Charles earned his M.D. from the University of California at Irvine, where he completed his psychiatry residency training and, as a faculty member, won excellence in teaching awards for seven consecutive years. He also won the Thomas F. Riley Community Service Award, the NAMI Bridge Builder Award, and the 2010 Orange County Physicians of Excellence Award. The same year, Orange Coast Magazine recognized him as best physician.


Tu Song-Anh Nguyen, M.D., is the medical director of N.N. Medical in Orange County, CA, which provides medical management of weight loss with an emphasis on behavior modification. Tu graduated with top honors from the University of California at Riverside and from Loma Linda Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at U.C.L.A./VA Wadsworth, received the diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1995, and has practiced in the field of bariatric medicine ever since.


Editor and magazine journalist Mary Ann Marshall was a former staff writer and fiction editor at Sassy Magazine and penned the book Now Hiring: Music (Crestwood House). As a cover story writer and features reporter for Glamour, she covered investigative health and social issues, and interviewed celebrities including Halle Berry, Ashley Judd, Britney Spears and Faith Hill. She has contributed to numerous magazines including Cosmopolitan, Spin, Seventeen, and Health. She lives in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Silk Meatless Monday Night - Take the Challenge! #MeatlessMondayNight #SidelineMeat


Hey Everyone! Its Alicia Bell here from Train It Right! This post was sponsored by Silk but the opinions are solely my own and do not represent those of Silk. It has been a long wait but it is finally football season! Get ready for NFL Monday night football with your family and friends by hosting a Meatless Monday Night. Myself and Silk are inviting you to take the challenge along side of me. You can use this to kick start a family tradition, and you also can win a giveaway from when join the challenge.

Why join the #MeatlessMondayNight Challenge?


My personal reason for trying the Silk #MeatlessMondayNight Challenge is this football season is because plant based foods keep you active during sports, fitness events and day to day living. There are many benefits of plant based foods but some of the most interesting benefits have been known to include:

1. Lowering your blood pressure

2. Helping with blood sugar levels

3. Lowering your risk of developing cancer

4. Lowering cholesterol

5. Linked to weight loss

And I think those are all good reasons to increase the amount of plant based foods in my diet and so should you. For my very first Silk Meatless Monday Night #MeatlessMondayNight I plan on making a smoothie. You can make your own Silk #MeatlessMondayNight recipe or make mine. Make sure to post your photo and recipe and hashtag #MeatlessMondayNight


Train It Right's Silk Meatless Monday Night Smoothie




2 Cups Silk Almond Milk (unsweetened) Or Silk Product of Choice

1 Cup Kale

1/2 Frozen or Unfrozen Banana

1 tsp Matcha Powder

1 Scoop Vanilla Protein of Choice (I use Sun Warrior)

1 Cup Ice


Pour Silk Almond milk in first and add in all other ingredients with protein being last. Blend all ingredients into a blender until smooth. And serve with or without a straw!

Happy #MeatlessMondyNight Challenge

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Visit (Live September 14th, 2015) for more recipes and and a chance to win a giveaway.

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Arizona Cardinals Hire First Female Coach in NFL History (VIDEO) Jen Welter NFL First Female Coach


Congratulations to the Arizona Cardinals for gender equity. They have hired the first female coach in NFL history. Check out the video below. Way to go Jen because you are training it right. You are now a role model for so many women. We hope that you hold up to the high standards everyone will expect from you as a coach, a women, a role model and the FIRST to cross this NFL gender barrier. Good luck and we hope that you will have a long, prosperous and successful career.

Snoop and His Son - Football - Family @snoopdog - Train It Right

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Snoop's son is a football player. Cordell is a talent on the field and his family supports. Check out this clip from ESPN.

What do you think? How close are you with your family? Do they support you at your games? Tournaments? Events? Comment below.


Check out Under Armours new line of "heat gear." This breathable, colourful gear will wick moisture away from your body.

I must say Cam Newton looks mighty fine modelling on their site.

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Check out the new Giavanni Ruffin video. The time is now, get with the program.

If my knee wasn't recovering from arthroscopic surgery I would hope on the turf and train just like this right now. If this doesn't motivate you to put your best foot forward I am not sure what would. Check out these football players giving it everything that they've got:

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Check out this photo from the ravens Instagram of Ray Rice receiving his Super Bowl ring: