Only 3% of the Country Has Healthy Lifestyle Habits – Do You?

How many of these four things do you do?

• Maintain a good diet
• Engage in moderate exercise*
• Stay within your recommended body fat percentage
• Be a non-smoker

If you can’t say you do all four then you are among the majority. In fact, about 97 percent of the U.S. population can’t make that claim according to a recent study performed by Oregon State University and the University of Mississippi.

Why is that important? Well, the more of these habits you embrace, the more it decreases the potential health risk you may have. What the researchers found is although many of the people in the study did engage in some of these lifestyle habits, only a meager 2.7 percent of the people engaged in all four.

It’s nice to put a number on it, but it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that an overwhelming majority of our population is not engaged in a healthy lifestyle. Increasing obesity rates alone add perspective to research like this. The question is: What can we do to lead a healthier lifestyle to lead a healthier life?

Probably the most important part is a good diet — something that just 38 percent of the study’s participants had. A good diet will do things such as help with body fat, as well as give you energy throughout the day to do various things, including physical activity. Mental health, although not mentioned in the study, is something that should be included in a healthy lifestyle. Things such as stress, anxiety, and self-esteem can be factors in how you feel, what you weigh, and how healthy you are. Synergy with all these aspects is a good formula for a healthy lifestyle. The next step is to actually do them.

What healthy change can you make today?

Source: Oregon State University

*“Moderate exercise” was defined as 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week and a “good diet” simply included eating foods recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation


Want Some Coffee With That Sugar?

Many of us start our day with a fresh cup of coffee. Some make theirs at home, others go to places like Starbucks and order their favorite morning soda — oops, sorry: “beverage.” That slip up may have been innocent enough, but there is a startling similarity that a can of soda has with your favorite hot morning beverage.

Action on Sugar, a charity that consists of specialists concerned with sugar and its effects on health, recently analyzed 131 hot drinks. What they found was a third of the beverages contained at least nine teaspoons of sugar. That’s equivalent to a can of Pepsi or Coca-Cola, with some of the most egregious offenders being Starbucks, Costa Coffee, and surprisingly, KFC.
To add some perspective to how much sugar that is, the National Health Service (NHS) in England says that no more than 30 grams of added sugar should be a part of your daily diet. According to this study a Venti–sized Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon from Starbucks has in excess of 99 grams of sugar — more than three times what the NHS considers the maximum allowed amount.

Not everyone drinks Starbucks, but the ones that do, love Starbucks. So this isn’t a once a week indulgence people have before going to work or during the day. It’s more of an everyday piece of morning bliss before they head into the office. All that sugar adds up in a day when you include the rest of a person’s daily diet, but it also has a cumulative effect onto itself.

Ask Kawther Hashem, one of Action on Sugar’s researchers. Her drink of choice was a large white café mocha with caramel and vanilla syrup, cream on top and chocolate drizzle at Starbucks. These orders never seem simple.  Hashem drank these three times a day, seven days a week. Needless to say it eventually took its toll.

“I drastically cut back on these sugary drinks after I was diagnosed with a very high cholesterol level and liver problems three years ago,” Hashem says. “I still have high cholesterol now and was recently diagnosed with a fatty liver — which means it is not working properly — not from alcohol but from sugar.”

Some coffee shops such as Starbucks and Costa have responded to the study by stating that they plan to have reduced sugar in their beverages implemented no later than 2020 — a seemingly far cry from March of 2016. They say this while also somewhat deflecting responsibility. By stating that their nutritional information can be found both in store and on their website, they’re basically telling consumers that we should know what you are getting yourself into when you drink their beverages.

Analysis like this underlines a couple issues many believe have direct connections to the obesity epidemic: Sugar consumption and portion control. Both have increased throughout the years along with the obesity rate. Many would state that this not a coincidence. Some places, like New York City, tried to implement a “Soda Ban” which put restrictions on available sizes of sugary drinks, but it was met swiftly by opposition and eventually rejected. So what’s the answer? What do you think?

Source: BBC

Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation


Robard Offers Healthcare Providers the Best Diets for Weight Loss

Obesity statistics in the United States are staggering. When you see that more than 35 percent of men and women are obese, you have to ask yourself what can be done about it. As a healthcare provider, you want to make sure your patients lead a long, healthy life — and obesity may be prohibiting them from doing that.

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It is imperative to recognize that as the obesity epidemic grows, so will its related comorbidities. Eighty percent of people with diabetes are overweight. That’s more than a mere coincidence. Robard providers can attest that when their patients go on one of our weight loss programs, comorbidities such as diabetes subside and even dissipate. Our obesity treatment models were created specifically for busy medical and healthcare professionals so a new obesity treatment program can be implemented — utilizing your existing staff — while you maintain focus on your expertise. Resolution or reduction of chronic medical conditions can be achieved by treating the common root source:  Obesity.  It starts with you. Click here to learn more.

Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation

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