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8 Surprising Health Benefits of Pumpkin Nov 19th, 2021

Did you know pumpkin is actually a fruit? Maybe that’s what makes it so delicious in a pumpkin pie or pumpkin spiced latte. It’s also a treat for your body, because pumpkin is packed with health benefits. It’s bright orange color comes from beta-carotene and pumpkin contains high amounts of...

10 Foods That Support Healthy Aging Nov 17th, 2021

As we age, the foods we eat can greatly affect our fitness, appearance, quality of life, and disease risk. Our bodies rely on various nutrients to support the natural aging process. Some nutrients may help slow signs of aging, such as by promoting healthy skin. It’s important to note that...

How Can Patients Avoid Weight Gain When Faced with Holiday Treats? Oct 27th, 2021

As we move closer to the holidays, weight gain increases—with the greatest gain occurring in the 10 days after Christmas. As the weather gets cooler and daylight hours become shorter, people spend more time indoors. This can pose challenges, especially for people with obesity, when “comfort food” may seem like...

7 Foods That Drain Your Energy Oct 9th, 2021

It’s normal for your energy levels to rise and fall slightly during the day. A variety of factors can affect this natural ebb and flow. These include sleep and stress levels, your level of physical activity and the foods you eat. Generally, having a meal or snack tends to refuel...

Foods That Beat Fatigue Oct 8th, 2021

Your body runs off what you feed it. The best way to get the most energy from your food is to make sure you’re giving yourself the best food possible. Besides what you eat, when you eat can also impact your energy. Did you ever notice how you feel sluggish...

Micronutrients: Types, Functions, Benefits and More Oct 6th, 2021

Micronutrients are one of the major groups of nutrients your body needs. They include vitamins and minerals. Vitamins are necessary for energy production, immune function, blood clotting and other functions. Meanwhile, minerals play an important role in growth, bone health, fluid balance and several other processes. This article provides a...

What Effect can Parents have on Childhood Obesity? Sep 23rd, 2021

The most impactful factor on children’s weight is the weight of their parents. However, addressing weight issues from birth can have a lifelong impact. In a previous article we discussed generational obesity and the risks inherent to children when their parents have obesity. The most impactful factor on children’s weight is the...

Addressing Obesity among Aging Patients Aug 19th, 2021

As advancements in technology and medical care continue to proliferate and Baby Boomers’ transition to their next decade of life, the population category experiencing the greatest growth is among individuals over 85 years old. Despite improvements to health care, however, everyone experiences a gradual decrease in their physical and mental...

Incorporating Strength Training as Part of a Weight Loss Program Aug 12th, 2021

The medical benefits of aerobic exercises are well-established and frequently recommended as the means to increase physical activity for people with obesity. Though less frequently discussed, incorporating anaerobic exercises into a fitness program also provides benefits, with the best outcomes resulting from a combined aerobic/anaerobic program. Muscle mass diminishes with...

Add Variety to Cardio for Weight Loss Compliance Aug 9th, 2021

It seems like summer has only just arrived, but Memorial Day is fast becoming a memory as Labor Day looms. A silver lining to the turn of the calendar is that temperatures should start cooling, hopefully putting the seemingly nonstop heat waves in the rear view mirror. As we head...

Everything You Need to Know About Carbohydrates Aug 6th, 2021

By Shereen Lehman, MS  Medically reviewed by Richard Fogoros, MD Updated on May 27, 2021 Carbohydrates are the primary source of energy for the body and include both simple sugars and larger complex carbohydrates. Your body can use carbohydrates right away or convert them into a storage form called glycogen....

Fad Diets: Weight Loss at What Cost? Jul 8th, 2021

Each January, many people start the year with resolutions to lose weight, with gym owners generally the greatest beneficiaries. A few months later, spring offers new beginnings as the lure of summer acts as an impetus to lose weight. With the hope of drastic, body-changing weight loss, the masses turn...

The Cyclic Relationship between Obesity and Prostate Cancer Jun 17th, 2021

— By Andrea M. Pampaloni, Ph.D. Prostate cancer is the second most common and most dangerous cancer in men; and for 43 percent of adult men with obesity, the risks can be great. Although continued research is necessary to identify the mechanisms linking obesity and prostate cancer, current key findings suggest:...

Why Does the Weight I Lose Keep Finding Its Way Back to Me? Jun 14th, 2021

It’s such a great feeling to step on a scale and find that you’ve met or (dare we say it?) exceeded your weight loss goal. All the healthy choices and decisions to get up and exercise instead of pulling the covers over your head paid off! Then how is it...

Men’s Weight Loss Struggles Jun 8th, 2021

Because women are more likely than men to try and lose weight, it may be surprising to learn that more men are overweight or have obesity than women, regardless of age. Although many health issues associated with obesity don’t discriminate between women and men, there are some concerns specific to...

Weight-Related Issues Affecting Men Jun 3rd, 2021

As we head into summer and in recognition of Men’s Health Month, we shift focus to health issues that affect men, specifically. Although women are more likely than men to attempt to lose weight, overweight and obesity impacts more men than women across all age groups. Since weight loss occurs...

The best exercises for your bones May 28th, 2021

Certain types of exercise can increase muscle mass, which in turn enhances strength, muscle control, balance, and coordination. Good balance and coordination can mean the difference between falling—and suffering a fracture—and staying on your feet. Strong evidence shows that regular physical activity can reduce falls by nearly a third in...

Having a Solid Leg to Stand On: Obesity’s Link to Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal Disease May 28th, 2021

The first wave of Baby Boomers will turn 75 this year and even the youngest members of this group are edging ever closer to becoming sexagenarians. This generation represents more than 20 percent of the population and the wear-and-tear that comes with age will continue to show itself in health...

Walking Towards Wellness One Step at a Time May 21st, 2021

A walk along a beach, through a park, or around a neighborhood can be the perfect start to the day, or a way to relive the midday stress of the job or having to monitor stay-at-home school activities. Getting outside in the air and the physical activity of moving acts...

Women’s Health and Obesity: Part 1 May 20th, 2021

May is Women’s Health Month and serves as a reminder for women of all ages to make their health a priority. Among the health challenges many women face is obesity. Women are more likely than men to have obesity and extreme obesity, and this risk increases for minority and low-income...

Adult Weight Gain Increases Cancer in Women May 20th, 2021

In the United States, roughly one in eight women develop intensive breast cancer during their lives, and women are also at risk for cervical, endometrial, skin, colorectal and ovarian cancers. A key contributing factor in cancer risk and mortality for these and other types of cancer is obesity. The Women’s...

Can ‘Diet’ Make You Fat? Thoughts About Artificial Sweeteners May 20th, 2021

Since added sugar is unhealthy, various artificial sweeteners have been invented to replicate the sweet taste of sugar. Virtually calorie-free, they are often marketed as “weight loss friendly”. Yet despite increased consumption of these sweeteners (and diet foods in general) the obesity epidemic has only worsened. The evidence regarding artificial...

The Link Between Women, Obesity, and Cancer May 6th, 2021

White Paperwww.Robard.comBy Andrea M. Pampaloni, Ph.D. INTRODUCTIONThe link between obesity and cancer is well-established. Attributable to anthropometric and lifestyle factors, people with obesity often have comorbidities and other conditions that predispose them to cancer. As the rate of obesity continues to rise, so does the number of obesity-related cancers. Despite...

Planning Out Your Meals Apr 21st, 2021

I’m a big advocate for learning how to make food work for you and not against you and that’s part of what we’re going to be talking about today. The basics are two terms known as macros and kilocalories. Your macronutrients are essentially your carbs, protein, and fat. Carbs and...

Stuffed Onion Bombs Feb 10th, 2021

Prep Time10 minutes Cook Time45 minutes Total Time55 minutes Ingredients 4 onions (medium-sized) 1/2 lb ground chicken breast or ground turkey breast or 97% lean ground beef 1 egg Italian seasoning to taste 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese Worcestershire sauce to taste 2 ounces cheddar cheese quartered Instructions 1. Preheat oven...

Cabbage Soup Feb 10th, 2021

Ingredients 3 cups nonfat beef broth 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 cups chopped cabbage 1⁄2yellow onion 1⁄2 cup chopped carrot 1⁄2 cup green beans 1⁄2 cup chopped zucchini yellow or green 1⁄2 teaspoon basil 1⁄2 teaspoon oregano salt & pepper Instructions 1. Spray pot with nonstick...

Mediterranean style diet Jun 2nd, 2020

A Mediterranean-style diet can help you achieve the American Heart Association’s recommendations for a healthy dietary pattern that: emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and legumes; includes low-fat or fat-free dairy products, fish, poultry, non-tropical vegetable oils and nuts; and limits added sugars, sugary beverages, sodium, highly processed foods, refined carbohydrates, saturated fats,...