Thursday, December 29, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
11 Tips for a Healthy Halloween:
- Do not buy Halloween candy in advance. The day before at the earliest to avoid temptation of eating the candy and having to buy more before Halloween comes.
- Increase exercise the week of Halloween. Make sure you are getting plenty of lean proteins and fruits and vegetables too.
- Fill up your kids with a healthy snack before trick-or-treating to help prevent them from gorging throughout the Halloween festivities.
- Make sure the kids and parents walk when they go trick or treating vs. driving them around or using golf cart, etc.
- Darker chocolate options for candy is better – more antioxidants.
- Make sure to have a full dinner before going trick or treating.
- Allow only a few pieces of Halloween candy to be consumed that day. Do not allow the kids to stash the candy in their rooms.
- Get involved with a pumpkin carving party or go for an outing at a pumpkin maze. It’s healthy Halloween fun for adults and kids alike.
- Host a Halloween party. In supplement to or in lieu of trick-or-treating, try hosting a party where you control what foods are consumed. Include such healthy snacks as vegetables and dip, apples and peanut butter or even whole grain bread and lean meats for sandwiches. Not only is it a healthier option, but good way to bond with your neighbors and other parents.
- As the night is coming to an end, watch a Halloween movie with your kids instead of allowing them to acclimate with their new found goodies which could lead to unhealthy blood sugar levels.
- Donate the candy the next day to a local charity or church. If you have to dump it, dump it, and don’t feel guilty – after all it’s your family’s health we are talking about.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
The decline in heart failure hospitalizations was reported in the October 19th issue of the Journal of the American MedicalAssociation. Heart Failure hospitalizations dropped 29.5% nationally over the past decade. This occurred from 1998 to 2008 as documented through fee for service Medicare claims analysis done by Dr. Jersey Chen and colleagues of Yale University. This is the first ever documented decline in heart failure hospitalizations in the United States and is reported to have saved $4.1 billion in Medicare costs since 1998.
Monday, September 12, 2011
What Choices Are There When Patients Can’t Take Prescription Medications to Lower Their Cholesterol?
These results are similar to what we have seen with some cholesterol lowering prescription medications. The patients in the study were amazed at the results they achieved with these over the counter supplements. This is an excellent non prescription regimen that is both safe and effective for patients who need support for achieving optimal cholesterol levels.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Prize Money Name Percentage Weight Lost
1st place $2,239.59 Deborah 16.25%
2nd place $447.92 Dana 15.14%
3rd place $298.61 Meghann 14.32%
1st place $415.41 Jason 16.79%
2nd place $83.08 Ben 13.42%
3rd place $55.39 Jim 12.28%
There were 147 weight loss contestants who used the motivation of the competition to reach personal milestones and goals. We will continue to hold this competition annually each February thru May as we see the difference it makes in lives. Keep persuing your goals and congratulations to all who participated.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Thomson Reuters research demonstrates around 14% of increased health care expenditures in the employed, privately insured workforce is related to the 6 modifiable risk factors above. Thomson Reuters data suggests in the third quarter of 2010 these risk factors accounted for about $670 per employee of the rising healthcare costs annually.
Wellness Program that will assist your employees in optimizing their health and taking charge of their life. Here's a Wellness Program that addresses each of these risk factors and offers individulized health care assessments and plans: http://cardiowellnesscenter.org/ The Cardio Wellness center will also provide educational presentations to your employees.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
In October 2010 Dr. Salas-Salvado and colleagues published a study on how the Mediterranean diet reduced development of Type 2 Diabetes by 52%. There was no change in physical activity or weight. Just a change in diet. The study reported by utilizing the Mediterranean diet, development of Type 2 Diabetes was cut in half (52%). The principle components of the Mediterranean diet utilized in the study:
- Increased use of olive oil for cooking and dressing (participants were given free allotment of 1 liter virgin olive oil per week and 30 g of mixed nuts per day)
- Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables
- Increased consumption of legumes and fish
- Decreased consumption of meat (recommending white instead of red meat)
- Avoidance of fast food, sweets, pastries (simple sugars)
- In alcohol drinkers, moderate consumption of red wine
Salas-Salvado, Jori, MD and Colleagues. Reduction on the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes with the Mediterranean Diet. Oct. 7, 2010 Diabetes Care.
After I finished my breakfast and headed back through the lobby to my room the employee said, "Be glad you weren't here for Mardi Gras".
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2007 Sep 11;50(11):1009-14. Alcohol and cardiovascular health: the razor-sharp double-edged sword. O'Keefe JH, Bybee KA, Lavie CJ.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
- Decrease sodium in diet
- Reduce stress
- Weight loss (if needed)
- Limit alcohol to no more than 2 drinks daily
- If you snore - see your health care provider
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
After all, this isn't just about weight loss-it's about your total health, empowering yourself to live the life you've always wanted. You can start living the life you were meant to live when you decide too. Remember the strongest tool to assist you in your weight loss and optimal health is your Mind. You will lose weight and change your life when you decide to. All weight loss consists of is less calories in and more calories out.
Need a boost? Join us in our 3 Week Health Challenge. Start now and make it your 2 Week Health Challenge. You CAN do this- and when you do, not only will it inspire others; but, it will have a ripple effect on your life.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Women's Weight Loss Competition Prize Monies
1st Place - $2,239.59
2nd Place - $447.92
3rd Place - $298.61
2nd Place - $83.08
3rd Place - $55.39
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Rules of the 3 Week Challenge
3. One day per week you can have a higher calorie meal (if you want to)
3. Complete 2-3 different abdominal exercises 2 days per week
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Erik is a good friend of mine who has a worrisome family history of heart disease. Despite his efforts to follow a healthy diet and a regular exercise program, his cholesterol levels run in dangerous ranges, which puts him at high risk for developing heart disease at a young age, like his father did.
Erik is only 36 years old and he has reservations about getting started on potent prescription cholesterol lowering drugs like Lipitor or simvastatin that are typically taken for the remainder of one’s life. He has no heart plaque at this time. So he decided to give CardioTabs supplements a try instead.
Upon my advice he took:
CardioTabs Red Yeast Rice, 4 capsules daily,
CardioTabs CardioSterol, 4 capsules daily,
CardioTabs Omega 3, Extra-strength, 2 capsules per day.
He measured his fasting lipid profile at baseline, prior to starting the supplements and then rechecked the lipid profile after one month on the CardioTabs regimen outlined above. And here’s what happened to his cholesterol levels:
Total cholesterol: 230 to 150
HDL (good cholesterol): 42 to 49
LDL (bad cholesterol): 138 to 76
Triglycerides: 250 to 125
His bad cholesterol fell by about 45% and his good cholesterol rose by 17%. The CardioTabs regimen of safe and effective over-the-counter supplements cut the ratio of total cholesterol/HDL almost in half from a worrisome 5.5 to a very healthy 3.1. These types of dramatic improvements in his cholesterol profile can be expected to help keep Erik’s heart and blood vessels clean and healthy, and the results rival those that would be expected by the most potent of our prescription drug regimens. And Erik is delighted because he feels good about accomplishing these strikingly beneficial changes without having to resort to expensive and sometimes troublesome prescription drugs.
Please note: You should not take Red Yeast Rice AND a prescription statin (Lipitor, simvastatin, etc) together.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Begin your day with a healthy breakfast. It prevents mindless nibbling and gets your metabolism going for the day. Cooked Oatmeal with nuts and fruit, egg white omelets, or a handful or healthy nuts and fruits and vegetables are all examples of a healthy breakfast.
Increase Your Workout Intensity
For those of you who have been walking the same 2 miles the last 6 months in the same timeframe…change it up! Increase your intensity for 30 seconds to 1 minute intervals and then return to your regular pace. Do this throughout your workout and you will see results. Once or twice a week I recommend increasing your workout intensity. You will be amazed at the changes you will start to see.
If you do the same activity everyday; how do you expect your body to change? Choose a weight you can lift with good form for 12-15 reps (1 set). Make sure you are pushing yourself some. Lifting weights is just as much mental as it is physical. Slowly work yourself up to 2 to 3 sets at this weight (adding a set every 1 to 2 weeks). When you’ve added sets and can comfortably lift your current weights increase your weight to the point where you can only do 8-10 reps and then repeat the process. Muscles use more energy than fat cells.
New studies suggest, catechins, the active ingredient in green tea may actually boost metabolism and reduce belly fat. These studies were completed in individuals who drink 5- 8 ounce cups of green tea daily.
The only thing standing between the old you and the new you is your Mind. Focus, commit and the changes you will begin to see will have a ripple effect on your entire life. We all have but one life. Let’s make it our best.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
For those of you in the Weight Loss Competition (WLC) or those of you wanting to lose weight....your strongest tool to assist you in your weight loss is your MIND. Thoughts become behavior. The way you think of yourself turns into your reality. Your self talk can make all the difference. So let's change it up! "I am going to eat healthy today." " I am going to lose weight." "I can do this."
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Think your off the hook if you consume Orange Juice? Think again. The study also revealed that women who had 1 serving of OJ daily had a 41% increase risk of developing gout than women who had less than 6 ounces a month. Women who consumed 2 or more servings of OJ daily had a 2.4 times higher risk of developing gout.
There is no way around it, consuming sugary drinks leads to health issues. Remember yesterday's decisions affect your health today; but, today's decisions affect your health tomorrow.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
- Consume more seafood (at least 8 ounces per week)
- Consume more fruits and vegetables
- Lower sodium intake
- Maintain plenty of potassium and Vitamin D
- Avoid fast foods
- Avoid sugary drinks
- Eat/Drink more nonfat or low fat dairy products
- Replace high fat meals with lean meats
Lets get moving and get off our SoFAS.
Monday, January 31, 2011
1) Get 6-8 hours of sleep each night
2) Exercise (hunt & gather our food or get in some exercise each day....even a 15 min walk)
3) Have 4 Fruits & all the Veggies you want (at least 4)
4)Have Lean Protein for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
5)Drink water (replenish the fluids you excrete)
If you are hungry make sure you have fed your bodies before you have anything else. The more color in your diet the better.