How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolution (Past January)

It’s late January, and you’ve made a commitment to improving a certain area of your life. It may be related to your health, your career, your spirituality, or even your relationships. These goals, often called New Year’s Resolutions, routinely drive our behavior, perhaps away from our decadent holiday eating/drinking habits and towards a new skill or hobby. Although you set out for excellence full steam ahead, you may be struggling in maintaining your commitment coming into February. Repeat after me. You are not alone. We’ve seriously all been there. The most difficult part (and the most important) is keeping your resolution, sticking through the initial momentum and into the year to actually form habits so your routines last. Here are …


Don’t Overlook Primary Care (Even When You’re Healthy)

The times of traditional healthcare are over. Younger generations, increasing use of technology and a fast-paced lifestyle are just several pieces to the new (and complicated) healthcare puzzle. In a recent survey through the Kaiser Family Foundation, 26 percent of adults said they didn’t have a family care provider. Of those, nearly half (45 percent) were 18 to 29-year-olds. It’s no secret that millennials (dare I say it – everyone has a varying perception) do not access care in the same way their predecessors do. The old way was simple – a family shared one primary care physician (PCP) – this was your family doctor. Now – people establishing care: Want care fast; Have a plethora of research at their …


Fat Loss for a Healthy Summer!

The days have gotten longer and the weather has gotten warmer – summertime is here! It’s that time of the year where you can incorporate outdoor activities into your daily workout. Don’t have one? Don’t fret, there is still time to develop one and get into the healthy habit of exercising. Your next question probably is, what is the best type of exercise for me? Well, it all depends on the goal you want to achieve.  If your ultimate goal is to lose weight, you should look into cardio and strength workouts. Does one exercise have greater benefits than another? Research has shown that strength exercises can burn more calories, because of the after-burn effect (where you burn more calories …


The Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

Whether dark, blonde, decaf, or espresso, your daily cup of coffee carries some unexpected health benefits. Just remember to enjoy your java in moderation. The debate has lasted for years: Is coffee actually good for you, or is it just a vehicle for cream and sugar? The truth lies somewhere in the middle. Scientists have found many health benefits linked to coffee consumption, but it’s important to keep an eye on the amount you drink each day. Joe Pros In the early 1990s, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) labeled coffee a possible cancer-causing agent, but the agency has since changed its tune. In 2016, the IARC dropped coffee from its list of possible carcinogens after studies found the …


A How-To Guide for Fighting Obesity

Want to add years to your life? Learn how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 40 percent of adults in the U.S. are obese. Defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, obesity can place people at a higher risk for many serious health conditions, such as breathing problems, certain cancers, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, mental illness, sleep apnea, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes. While weight loss and maintenance can be challenging, making your health a priority can lead to a longer, happier life. A little patience and the following science-backed advice from the CDC will help you get on the …