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 …


Health & Wellness Institute Launches New Services for a Healthier You

At the Health & Wellness Institute, our mission is to increase health literacy within our community through education, screenings, and support. By educating our community about the importance of prevention and wellness, we truly become a healthcare organization rather than one that only treats the sick. In addition to the many community health screenings, classes and lectures already in place, some new offerings include: PreHab This program helps patients prepare for surgery with tours and detailed information about what to expect before, during, and after a procedure. PreHab is patient-centered to reduce patient anxiety and ensure the best possible results. Maintenance Exercise If you need additional help getting fit or safely using fitness equipment, the maintenance exercise program may be …


The Benefits, Yes Benefits, of Middle age!

We’re all too familiar with the frustrations of middle age, but we often over look the perks of this period of life. Here’s a few of the oh so lovely benefits of reaching middle age! Clearer Skin – Acne doesn’t always clear up after puberty. One cause of adult acne is the production of a hormone called androgen, which increases during menstruation. But later in life these hormone levels begin to even out, leaving your skin less prone to breakouts. For women who have dealt with acne throughout their lives Middle age may bring an unexpected relief. Improved Self-Confidence –Middle age often brings women a renewed sense of confidence and self-assurance. Such refreshing confidence leads to increased energy and drive. …


Making Smoothies that are Flavorful AND Nutritious

Nancy Horn, owner of Dish Cafe and Catering and writer for the RGJ’s “Dish it Up” series, asked Carson Tahoe Health’s Registered Dietician, Kim Mason, for a nutritional analysis of one of her favorite smoothie recipes. Some of Nancy’s favorite smoothie ingredients include a bit of milk (especially almond milk), summer berries and fresh mint. Protein powder also is essential. These days, many folks are taking some of their meals in liquid form and in a rainbow of colors. These drinks are everywhere, displayed across the glossy pages of magazines, discussed in health food forums online, riding shotgun in cup holders, seen in the hurried hands of people scurrying to work, or pulled out at lunchtime to be sipped while …


How Fit Are You? A Fitness Test for Adults

You owe it to yourself to make fitness a priority. Physical fitness can help prevent more than 40 chronic diseases including potential killers such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypertension, and even cancer. But how do you know whether you’re fit? Your overall fitness is a measure of four physical abilities — endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility — and body composition or body mass index (BMI). BMI tracks height and weight only while a body composition test, which calculates your fat and lean muscle mass, is an excellent indicator of overall fitness. For a more hands-on approach, try these five fitness tests to see how you stack up. 1. Endurance and Cardiovascular Fitness Tests Your endurance level reflects the health …