Archives for January 2011

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack – Warning: Very Graphic

The British Heart Foundation posted this video on You Tube. It's a very strong message and one I felt worthy of sharing.  You wonder if a Public Service Announcement like this would be shown in the US. I personally experienced several of these symptoms during my Heart Attack. - Keith Remember in America, in case of emergency call 911 YouTube - Watch Your Own Heart Attack … [Read more...]

New Dietary and Physical Activity Guidelines Released

USDA and HHS Announce New Dietary Guidelines to Help Americans Make Healthier Food Choices and Confront Obesity Epidemic WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2011 — Agriculture Secretary TomVilsack and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius today announced the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the federal government's evidence-based nutritional … [Read more...]

Success Story – Carla Strickland, “If I eat good, I feel good. If I eat bad, I feel bad.” — An Inspiring 200 pound Weight Loss

Describe your success and what factors led you to change your life? I've struggled with food all my life. Because of my family having it so tough financially growing up, I can remember stuffing myself when we did have food because we just didn't honestly know when we would have another meal. I became obsessed with having food. Weighing 92 lbs. in the second grade sticks out in my mind. Then … [Read more...]

Jumping Jacks In Heaven

On Sunday, America and the world lost a health and fitness icon. Jack LaLanne, The Godfather of Fitness, passed away at the age of 96. I’m having trouble finding anyone that compared to LaLanne.  He was the original, the first, and the leader of the modern fitness movement. LaLanne influenced and inspired more people to get fit and live a healthier life than anyone I can think of. When I look … [Read more...]

Get In The Game!

The fight against heart disease and obesity takes place everyday, every moment, every second. A commitment to eating heart healthy, getting regular physical activity, taking time to relax, and developing other heart healthy habits puts you in the game.  These heart healthy habits determine whether we’re in the game or on the sidelines. There’re so many resources out there to help us learn, … [Read more...]

Could A Problem Save Your Life?

Have you scheduled your checkup for this year? I had a routine follow-up appointment with my internist today. All of my blood work came back excellent and my blood pressure was an outstanding 110/70. We were talking about early detection and how a large number of patients put off their regular appointments until a problem complicates itself or progresses for no reason at all.  Note: The people … [Read more...]

Wal-Mart Comes Through Big to Make Us Smaller!

Wal-Mart’s getting healthier and taking its customers with them. According to a story in the New York Times, Wal-Mart is going to announce a plan to reduce unhealthy salts, fats and sugars from their packaged foods. They’re also reporting that they will be lowering prices on fruits and vegetables. This is fantastic news for the consumer and millions of families. Read Full Article Here: … [Read more...]

Born With 2 Hearts?

Do you follow the golden rule when it comes to taking care of your heart? For your heart to work properly, stay strong, and do its job, then you need to treat it right. Heart healthy nutrition and regular exercise are the cornerstones of good heart health.  They’re also the first prescription given to fix a bad one. I wish we were all given 2 hearts when we were born.  That way, if the first … [Read more...]

Rooting For Your Own Team?

A team can’t win without scoring. Neither can we. Think of any team sport that you like and how a team scores.  Is it a touchdown, a basket, a run, a goal, a point, or something else? Teams get excited and have momentum when they score. So do we when we’re trying to lose weight or increasing our fitness level. We need to score and have the “little wins” in order to feel good and stay … [Read more...]

Prescriptions Filled?

Do you know your pharmacist?  Are they on your speed dial? Perhaps they should be. Drug interaction, allergies and adverse side effects from medication are a big deal. Share with your pharmacist ALL of the medication and the specific dosages you’re taking. Make sure to inform them of any vitamins or supplements you’re taking also. By asking simple questions your pharmacist just may help … [Read more...]

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