Tag Archives: disease and weight

What’s A Little Spare Tire or Two…

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Obesity is a global health concern. In the US, more than 69% of adults aged 20 years or over are overweight or obese. Similar numbers are found in the UK, where around 62% of individuals aged 16 or over are overweight or obese.

It is well known that being overweight can increase the risk of potentially serious health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Past research has also shown that overweight and obesity can increase the risk of cancer.

Last year an eight analysis was completed. Results of the analysis revealed that 166,955 participants developed one of the 22 cancers during the 7.5-year follow-up. The researchers found that BMI (Body Mass Index) was linked to the development of 17 out of these 22 cancers, and the link was particularly strong for 10 of these cancers.

Every 5 kg/m2 increase in BMI was associated with a higher risk of the following cancers:

Womb/Uterine (62% increased risk)
Gallbladder (31% increased risk)
Kidney (25% increased risk)
Liver (19% increased risk)
Cervical (10% increased risk)
Colon (10% increased risk)
Ovarian (9% increased risk)
Thyroid (9% increased risk)
Leukemia (9% increased risk)
Breast (5% increased risk)

A 1 kg/m2 increase in average BMI (the equivalent to 8-10 pounds per adult) across the country’s population – which occurs around every 12 years based on current trends – may cause an additional 3,790 cases of the 10 cancers every year.

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Secrets to Living Longer

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TIME Magazine ran an article last year about a 115 year old woman and asked her, before her death in 2010, what her secrets were for living such a long life. Keep in mind that genetics play a part but there are so many other factors as well. She was asked her secrets and she gave her top NINE keys to long life. Her response is as follows…

1. Diet matters. A Lot! A largely Mediterranean diet — which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and healthy fats like olive oil — gets a lot of attention and has been linked to a healthier older age, lower risk for heart disease, and even protection against memory loss.
2. Getting educated will add a few years. Educated people are more likely to land better jobs, plan for their future, and make healthier lifestyle choices.
3. Stress isn’t bad for you, necessarily. Productive, hardworking people (even in old age) are not stressed and miserable, but tend to be happier, healthier, and more socially connected than their less productive peers.
4. Above all else, be mindful. The mind does have influence on the body. Meditation teaches the mind to let go and therefore allows the body to let go as well. Self awareness takes the place of the exterior environment and increases the body and mind’s ability to function.
5. You don’t have to be a Pollyanna. Thinking positive” isn’t necessarily healthy. If you’re very optimistic, especially in the face of illness and recovery, if you don’t consider the possibility that you might have setbacks, then those setbacks are harder to deal with. Better to plan for every contingency.
6. Social inclusion is critical. Having a strong social network not only provides you with the support you need in bad times but also provides you with cohorts during the good times. A strong family and friend network is vital to good health.
7. Sitting a lot is the worst thing you can do. You sit, you become stagnant. You stop moving, you die. Being active, moving, stretching, walking is the key to a healthy body and long lasting health. And it’s fun too.
8. Your personality says it all. Conscientiousness beats out all other personality type when it comes to life expectancy. The qualities of a prudent, persistent, well-organized person, like a scientist-professor — somewhat obsessive and not at all carefree are the qualities that help lead to a long life. A carefree person takes needless chances. A conscientious person makes smart choices.
9. Sometimes, it’s all about the genes. Even though the lifestyle you lead and the outlook you have on life makes a world of difference, you can’t overlook that good genes help play a part in living a long, healthy life.

Hendrikje Van Andel-Schipper lived to be 115 and passed away peacefully in her sleep in her home in Denmark.She was active up until the time of her death. She had to have known something of importance. Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, 113 years

Health is so much more than you may think…

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Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living organism. In humans, it is the general condition of a person’s mind and body, usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or pain (as in “good health” or “healthy“). The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.

So what does that mean?

Are you healthy if you don’t feel sick?

Are you healthy if your doctor doesn’t prescribe any changes to your current lifestyle?

In a world where HEALTH is subjective, here are three areas you should look at to determine your overall health:

1. Body

Are you eating healthy. limiting your sugar, fat, and red meat intake?

Are you exercising properly and refraining from injuring yourself?

Are you avoiding putting toxins of any kind into your body (i.e. preservatives, chemicals from hygiene products, alcohol, drugs, etc)

Are you watching your food and water intake and are they at healthy quantities?

2. Mind

Are you exercising your mind, creating new pathways?

Are you limiting stress?

Are you learning new things and practicing old skills and talents?

Are you meditating or taking time to relax and reflect each day?

3. Relationships

Are you treating others and being treated with respect?

Are your relationships healthy and non-toxic?

Are you important to someone or several someones?

Do you have a relationship with a higher power?

Health is a multifaceted achievement.  To obtain true health, all three aspects of your life must enjoy a certain level of health.  Failing in one aspect will mean a lessening of health in the other two aspects. To be truly healthy, you cannot ignore one aspect but must maintain a high balance in all three.

 

Day 30: 30 Days of Hope

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WOW…Listen to Kipp’s story: “”Seven years ago I had lost all hope that I would win my lifelong battle with weight and ever be healthy. I decided the only thing left for me was to have a gastric bypass. Thankfully, my wife said I had to try one more thing before I had any surgery. I decided to go on the Take Shape For Life program that our friends had been telling me about for an entire year. I begrudgingly went on the program fully believing it would not work and determined to prove it. I have never been so happy to be wrong about something. Not only did the program work, it worked better than I ever thought possible. My original weight loss was 107 lbs* and today, 7 years later, I am healthy, happy, and thriving!” Kipp not only lost the weight, but he has KEPT it off!

30 Days ago, I began my 30 Days of Hope, sharing the journeys of 30 + individuals.  In 30 days, the lives and bodies of my current clients have changed. They have lost over 300 pounds this April.

What has changed in your life in the last 30 days?

Are you healthier? Leaner? Slimmer?

If not, what exactly are you waiting for?

Your invitation has already been delivered. What you choose to do with it is up to you.

Day 29: 30 Days of Hope

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This adorable mom and daughter started our health program in June 2013 and lost 97 lbs! They are ready for this summer and look at them now. Don’t they both look amazing?

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Day 28: 30 Days of Hope

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Meet Dawn:  “I’m not done yet but I have lost over a hundred pounds so far. I’m feeling so much better! I’m able to do so many more things now that I could not do before. I am also very blessed to be able to help others reach their goals as well. I LOVE the results I have seen on this program! I recently had blood work done and found that my cholesterol and triglycerides are in perfect order now too! Yay for non scale victories. I plan on busting it this next onto to have strong finish for my 12 month mark on my journey to optimal health!”

Dawn

Day 25: 30 Days of Hope

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Here is MIchele’s story:
“I have been overweight my whole life. I have been on A LOT of diets but yet I found myself still struggling with my weight. I work full time and I have two small children. My life is busy and I had little time to take care of myself… or so I thought. I was introduced to this program and it has changed my life! I have lost 65 pounds on this program with the help of my health coach! I have gone from an embarrassing size 18 to a fabulous size 6! Woohoo! I now have the energy and confidence I have dreamed of… that is why I am now helping others get healthy!”

Michele