Wisconsin may be known as “America’s Dairyland” but these days it is also getting a reputation for being one of the most obese states in the nation, ranking 15th in the country. In Wisconsin, one in three adults are obese. Obesity is defined by having a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30.
According to a new report by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation titled “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future, 2013”, every state in the country has an adult obesity rate above 20 percent. This is a startling increase given that in 1980 no states had an adult obesity rate above 15 percent. Continue Reading »
“Like many people in my family, I am diabetic. I was diagnosed with type II diabetes several years ago, but thanks to my primary care physician, Dr. Brian Scott, the disease had not progressed considerably until this past winter. Despite my efforts to control it through exercise and diet, my blood sugar levels rose considerably, peaking at 8.9 A1C in March. Dr. Scott’s nurses, Shawn and Heather contacted me at regular intervals to monitor the situation. When Dr. Scott referred me to Lee Cleveland at Affinity Medical Group on Midway Road, I was not sure he was going to be able to help much. Faced with the probability of starting a new and very expensive medication, I listened carefully to Lee’s advice on controlling my carbohydrate intake. After two months of better dieting and riding my bicycle every possible day, my A1C levels fell to 6.5 and Dr. Scott was able to put the new medication on hold. Now that I limit the carbohydrate intake and keep riding my bike as often as possible, I feel better and feel that I can continue to improve. I truly appreciate the excellent care given by the medical professionals mentioned above.”
-Gary, a grateful patient
Stress is one of the biggest threats to your employees’ health. Help decrease their stress by encouraging walking throughout the day! Walking breaks, even for 10 minutes once or twice a day, will help employees increase physical activity and clear their mind from the day’s stress. These short breaks will allow employees to return to their work station rejuvenated and ready to tackle the rest of the day’s tasks.Take it one step further by encouraging meetings on the go! Who says all meetings need to take place in a conference room? Boost your wellness culture by encouraging walk-and-talk meetings.
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What’s one of the best ways to boost your heart health? Exercise! But be careful not to over-do it. Pushing too hard can deprive your muscles of needed oxygen, which leads to soreness and fatigue. In order to gain maximum health benefits from working out, the key is to reach–and maintain–your target heart rate.
It’s best to exercise within your target zone for 20 to 60 minutes per session. To find your target heart rate, choose one of two methods:
1. The Talk Test
You’ve found the right intensity if you can carry on a brief conversation while exercising. If you can easily carry on a long conversation, try pushing a little harder. But decrease your intensity if you have trouble getting out a sentence.
2. The Formula
For those who prefer the scientific method, follow this simple formula: 220 minus your age, multiplied by .55 to .85. In other words, your target heart rate is between 55 percent and 85 percent of your maximum heart rate.
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Exercise in winter? It can be done! All you need is a little childlike spirit. Become a kid again with these fun cardio activities that burn calories and work your muscles–all while having tons of family fun.
Ice skating: Strap on the skates for some healthy figure-8s. Ice skating burns approximately 500 calories per hour.
Snow shoeing: Take the family on a winter nature walk! Trekking through the snow burns 400 or more calories an hour.
Cross-country skiing: This excellent sport works muscles you didn’t even know you had, burning more than 400 calories in an hour.
Downhill skiing: Feel the exhilaration of brisk air in your lungs while you zoom downhill to the tune of 300 calories per hour.
Build a snowman or snow fort: Aw, come on, who doesn’t love a snowman? This fun family activity can be good for your mental and physical health. Rolling and trudging through snow in the yard burns 285 calories an hour.
Sledding: Climbing uphill is great exercise — burning nearly 400 calories an hour — all for the bonus reward of whizzing back down with happy kids shrieking in your ear.
All calculations are based on a 150-pound person.