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Finding the Motivation to Stay Motivated

Posted by EHE Blogger

1/24/17 9:30 AM

Motivation to be Motivated…why can’t I stick to my good intentions? My goals were intentionally not lofty.  I work with a trainer twice a week on strengthening and conditioning and I fit cardio in where I can on other days.  Seems achievable, right?   I like the idea of having a workout routine, but with a hectic schedule, it is the first thing that drops off of my calendar when a meeting/home repair service/doctor appointment pops up, which is regularly in my world.  So, I’m trying to do the best I can, and that’s just it, DO THE BEST YOU CAN.  You’ll surprise yourself.  Here are a couple of things I do to stay focused on a physical activity routine.

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Topics: Prevention, Nutrition, Wellness, Fitness, physical fitness, Mens Health, Alcohol, womanshealth, womens health, psychology, health, fitbit, wearables, Brain, IQ, exercise, healthy self, new year, self-esteem, running, improvement, diet, sugar

How To Make Lasting Change

Posted by EHE Blogger

1/17/17 9:00 AM

2017 is here and millions of Americans are reflecting on the personal changes that they want (or need) to make this year. Popular resolutions include vowing to lose weight, eat healthier, reduce stress, exercise more or quit smoking. There is just one problem: while all of this sounds good in January, many of us lose our resolve and our resolutions are long forgotten and abandoned by April. The simple truth is that New Year’s resolutions are easier to make than they are to keep because changing behaviors, particularly those that are long-standing habits, is easier said than done. Wanting to change is not enough. Success with a resolution demands more than wishful thinking; it requires patience, planning, and organization. The good news it is that it can be done!

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Topics: Prevention, Wellness, Fitness, preventive health, healthy living, health, weight management, exercise, new year, body image, thinking positive for health, diet, healthy life

Preventing Workplace Stress

Posted by Admin

11/10/14 12:49 PM

The American workforce is stressed out. Despite a sluggish economy, we are working harder and longer hours than ever.

“While 18.6 million people remain underemployed,” explains labor journalist
Ether Kaplan
, “millions of others are working more hours, and more intensely, than ever. This is especially true in certain industries, from oil refineries to retail to publishing, where federal data shows labor productivity has risen at double or more the national rate.”

 

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Topics: Prevention, Wellness, Mental Health

Don’t Fear Medical Screenings

Posted by Admin

10/24/14 10:37 AM

As the saying goes, “knowledge is power.” When it comes to personal health, however, many prefer another adage: “ignorance is bliss.” Visiting the doctor for a medical exam and learning one’s overall health status may stir up thoughts of mortality and guilt for not taking better care of our bodies, especially as we age. This avoidance mindset will not help us make pro-active decisions about our health.

 

“Avoiding medical tests because of anxiety can cause more health problems, such as fatigue, muscle tension, restlessness, and difficulty sleeping, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America,” writes John Fortunbury in The Atlantic. “Even if the worry is only an occasional one, [anxiety] weakens the immune system.”

 

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Topics: Prevention, Health Consumer, Dr. Trotta-Barni

Preventive Care Goes Every Step with Runner

Posted by Admin

10/20/14 12:19 PM

 


David Fouse is not an extreme person. He is a father of five children, devoted husband, suburban homeowner, and busy professional. On the weekends, he tries to find time for exercise but more often runs around on errands for his kids. This ordinary guy had an epiphany of sorts a year ago, which lead him this week to the Himalayan mountains to take part in a 100-mile endurance race.

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Topics: Prevention, Fitness

Nurses Are the Foundation of Employee Health

Posted by Admin

10/6/14 10:12 AM

We all face a myriad of challenges in our daily health decisions which can sometimes be overwhelming. Understanding the complexities of medical care and navigating an intimidating healthcare system add to the frustration and the feeling of helplessness. Nurses continue to be our best ally, as both caregiver and resource.

 

The contribution of nurses is frequently unrecognized over the physician in medicine. Nurses play a critical role, particularly in preventive care. Assessing a patient’s condition requires more than diagnosing ailments; it frequently requires a thoughtful and honest conversation with a patient.

“Nurses have been the 'face of healthcare' to the patient,” a recent Forbes article explains, because they put us as ease. This is more than just a sentiment. Studies have consistently demonstrated that nursing is the most trusted profession in America. Many of us find nurses more approachable than doctors and feel less intimated to ask questions.  

 

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Topics: Prevention

Diarrhea: The #1 Traveler's Health Issue

Posted by Admin

9/24/14 9:44 AM

American travelers abroad frequently get sick from eating foods or drinking water because we often have no immunity to local pathogens. If you don’t take certain health precautions, you may eventually pay the consequences. Stomach and digestive problems should not be the price of your visit nor a test of your mettle as a traveler. A night or two spent in a hotel bathroom is no fun, and stomach infections can lead to aggravated health issues, especially for children or individuals with compromised immune systems.

 

“While you can be adventurous in your travels, try not to be so adventurous in your food choices while in third world countries,” says EHE International travel medicine nurse practitioner Marianne Dyke. “Nobody wants digestive distress while away from home.”

 

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Topics: Prevention, Travel Medicine

Preventive Care & the Obesity Crisis

Posted by Admin

9/8/14 12:41 PM

A comprehensive study on America’s growing obesity epidemic has little good news. The research report, State of Obesity, reveals that over 1/3 of Americans are becoming dangerously fatter in every category. The report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) breaks down obesity rates by geography. The population of every state in the union is now over 20% obese, while 20 states top 30%.

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Topics: Prevention, Healthy Eating

Preventive Exams Best Defense Against HPV

Posted by Admin

8/22/14 3:03 PM

The head of the New York City Council has been diagnosed with human papillomavirus (HPV) – a common sexually-transmitted disease that affects both women and men. Serious infections may lead to cancer if not caught early and treated. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the surprising diagnosis on her Twitter account:

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Topics: Prevention

Preventive Exams Not a C-Suite Luxury

Posted by Admin

7/14/14 10:47 AM

Jamie Dimon, CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase, recently announced in a memo to his corporate board—and subsequently to the public-at-large—that he was diagnosed with throat cancer. As the Wall Street Journal reported, the memo stated that “the cancer was caught quickly and confined to one area.” It was discovered as part of an executive physical exam – a perk that Mr. Dimon’s company provides to its leadership.

In an article in Business Week, Kyle Stock wrote that “CEO cancer is different from the cancer the rest of us get” because of the “blue-chip” preventive medical care. However, so-called ‘c-suite preventive health benefits’ are not part of an exclusive medical practice nor reserved for CEOs. Preventive exams are for everyone, and more and more businesses are providing a physical exam that is just as comprehensive as an executive physical exam to all employees as part of general corporate health benefits.

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Topics: Prevention

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