Health Matters

How My Healthy Weigh Changed My Life

Posted by Cheryl Baxter on Apr 9, 2018 7:44:00 AM

My Life Flashed Before My Eyes

In June of 2017, I was overweight with high blood pressure and swollen ankles, and I had an array of medications to take. It took one ER visit for me to open my eyes about my health and realize I needed to do something. To hear my doctor say, “Ms. Baxter, you are a diabetic” was not something I thought I would ever hear. My life flashed before my eyes, and all I could think of was my daughter. This was the moment that I planned to positively change my life.

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Topics: Weight Management

White Foods: Worthy or Worrisome?

Posted by Tracy Hatfield Yoda, MS, RD, CSOWM, CDE on Jan 30, 2018 8:50:09 AM

Here's what you didn't know about white-colored foods....

This New Year, many of us have resolved to live healthier lifestyles, whether by quitting smoking, exercising more or eating a healthier diet. If you’re looking to change your diet or take on a new health trend, you’re probably unsure about which one is best for you.

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Topics: Health Care 101, Lifestyle & Wellness, Weight Management

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Weight Loss

Posted by Kathy Foreman on Dec 27, 2017 7:43:00 AM

It starts with the best of intentions. It’s a new year and you’ve got big changes in mind. But just as the last verses of “Auld Lang Syne” begin to fade into the background, so too does the typical resolution.

According to a University of Scranton study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, while 45 percent of us tend to make New Year’s resolutions, only eight percent of us actually achieve our goals. The number one resolution last year was weight loss. Quitting smoking and getting or staying fit and healthy also topped the list. Thinking big is important, but working in bite-sized chunks can make the large goals attainable.

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Topics: Weight Management

Santa: We wish you a healthy Christmas

Posted by Dr. David Spencer on Dec 13, 2017 11:51:00 AM

He may be the jolliest guy of all, but his physician probably isn’t feeling very merry.

Awash in Christmas cookies and candy canes, and participating in an inadequate once-a-year exercise regimen, Santa’s potential health concerns are too many to count. If I were his physician, I would suggest that as he prepares for his busiest night of the year, he should also get ready for few lifestyle changes.

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Topics: Weight Management, Lifestyle & Wellness, Diabetes Treatment

9 Ways to Stay Fit this Winter

Posted by Erika Smith on Dec 4, 2017 7:28:00 AM

Winter hibernation is the quickest path to gain weight and a case of the seasonal blues. Don’t let the frosty weather take a bite out of your workout. Resolve to stay active with these tips and learn how to stay healthy during the holidays.

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Topics: Lifestyle & Wellness, Weight Management

Joy's Weight Loss Story

Posted by Melissa Mounie on Nov 15, 2017 9:37:00 AM

Joy Butler went sky diving this year

But two years ago, that wasn’t an option for the native of Carrsville, Va. At age 39, she had reached an all-time-low with an all-time-high weight of 413 pounds. She suffered from sleep apnea and was taking six different medications. She was diagnosed with fatty liver disease and often could not walk for more than 15 minutes at a time. 

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Topics: Weight Management

11 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Posted by Miranda Shearin, RD, CDE on Oct 23, 2017 7:13:00 AM

Yes, it’s that time of year again

Time for visiting with family and friends, spreading holiday cheer and filling our bellies with delicious holiday treats. Before we know it, though, those treats will have our bellies shaking like bowls full of jelly. Americans typically gain between five and 10 pounds during the holiday season. Sure, we vow to lose the weight in the New Year, but it is possible to skip the resolution altogether by eating a little healthier during the holidays.

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Topics: Weight Management, Lifestyle & Wellness

4 Lesser Known Benefits of Weight Loss

Posted by Dr. Glen Moore on Oct 15, 2017 10:00:00 PM

Weight loss isn’t just about looking slimmer

It can impact your well-being in surprising ways. 

Recent studies have shown a trimmer waistline can actually be a total body (and lifestyle) experience. Other benefits of weight loss include improved memory, a reduced risk of certain cancers, lower health care costs and improved fertility. And those are just to name a few. It certainly isn’t a cure all, but it comes close.

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Topics: Lifestyle & Wellness, Weight Management

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