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Many changes are on the horizon for health care in the United States. Health care providers, businesses and other organizations now see value in making preventive healthcare screenings more widely available. This is changing the way our society views health care and emphasizes prevention of disease instead of treatment. So, what are preventive health care [...]
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I recently presented a free community talk on why exercise IS medicine, meaning it can be as effective as a prescribed medication for certain health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and others. This goes along with the blog post I wrote last week on the ways you may be able to benefit from a [...]
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Because I work in the field of health, fitness and sports medicine, people sometimes ask me what’s different about a medical fitness center when compared with a traditional gym or fitness club. The key word, of course, is medical. At the gym, the emphasis is often physical performance and appearance. And while losing weight and [...]
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Trying to evaluate the many weight-loss products and programs that are available in today’s marketplace can be absolutely overwhelming. When people are checking out Mercy Weight Management as an option, one question they often ask is, What is OPTIFAST®? Simply put, OPTIFAST is a complete weight-loss program that includes three essential components: Lifestyle education Medical monitoring [...]
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The clock ticks for all of us, and, unfortunately, we can’t stop the aging process. But we can help ourselves slow the aging process by staying active and more physically fit as we age. Researchers are constantly reporting the many benefits of exercise, especially for an aging population. What May Happen to Me as I [...]
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Primary care physicians (family doctors, pediatricians, internal medicine and others) are a vital part of maintaining good health throughout your lifetime. Over time, they become knowledgeable about not only your physical condition, but also your mental health, family situation, nature of your work and much more. It’s a relationship you need to cultivate because studies [...]
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I’m sure you’ve heard the modern-day cliché, “There’s an app for that.” But if you want to be more proactive about your health and fitness, it’s absolutely true! Today, smartphone applications can measure distance and pace, provide weight training and flexibility routines, report restaurant nutritional information, offer daily healthy recipes and food ideas, predict exercise calories [...]
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The New Year is here. Many of us see this new beginning as a time to focus on getting healthier; for many, that means losing weight. Year after year, weight loss is one of the most popular resolutions. Yet, obesity remains an epidemic in the United States. That’s because our good intentions often stray shortly [...]
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As frigid temperatures force even the bravest of us outdoor enthusiasts inside, I can understand how much you probably miss your summer and fall workouts. But don’t fret! There’s actually an upside to all this. Winter is the perfect time to discover new exercises or to tweak your routine. Perks of Winter Indoor Workouts: Cross-training, [...]
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Well, I never thought I would say this. In fact, I hesitate to actually write the words, but in fairness, I must be honest with you. I like exercise. There, I said it. I can’t believe it and I’m not proud of it, but there it is in black and white. All of the folks [...]
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“Regular physical activity is so powerful in maintaining and improving health that it should be prescribed just as medicine is.” –Robert Sallis, MD, ACSM, Exercise Is Medicine Task Force You can discover a sense of what is truly important in your life when you analyze how you spend your time. We each have seven days [...]
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Many people believe they know what to eat to lose weight but can’t seem to do it. Is it because they follow a strict diet with rigid rules and regulations or because they are overestimating the amount of calories they need? They key to weight loss and maintenance is to change the way we think [...]
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It’s great to be back at blogging after a busy time. I have some good news and some great news! Plus, I will share about many things I am deeply thankful for this holiday season, and many of them relate to a healthier relationship with food. In Love with a Cheetoh So, let’s start with [...]
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Cold weather certainly is hitting us hard this winter season. If you are an avid exerciser, how do you deal with it, particularly if you still want to make a go of it outdoors? You need to be prepared with the right choices of winter workout clothing. Layers Are Key to Safe Winter Workouts Once [...]
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It’s that time of the year when you really want to have some fun and feel your best. Yet, it’s also a time to watch out for the seasonal health woes – from flu bugs to excess party indulgences. Good news! There’s a lot you can do to help your body weather the season so you [...]
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Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to share tips on creating healthier holiday meals during the Mercy Heart Center’s Holiday Lites program. What a fun event! Many of you who attended this event asked for a copy of my presentation. So, here it is! In it, you’ll find information about: Visual presentation of food [...]
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The holidays are here, and you’ve probably started buying for family and friends already. Hopefully, you’ve left some room on your Christmas to-do list for healthy gift giving this year. Healthy holiday gifts don’t have to be large or expensive. In fact, simple gifts are usually the best and most often used. To help you [...]
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How Mercy Medical Center’s chief medical officer has kept fitness a priority for more than 40 years. We’ve all heard it. Regular exercise is important to maintain our overall health. But how do we make fitness part of our daily routine? David L. Gormsen, D.O., chief medical officer at Mercy Medical Center, shares how he [...]
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Another week of ups and downs! Let’s start with some stunning successes this week. I was energized after my continued weight loss last week and really wanted to keep up the momentum! I was feeling a little under the weather and so was my trainer, so I didn’t get to do much working out. Kitten [...]
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