Cholesterol not great? Here’s how to improve it

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 14, 2016 11:00:00 AM

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease — the number one killer of Americans. Although there are medications available to help lower bad cholesterol, many Americans still don’t have desirable levels. And because there are no symptoms, you won’t know if yours are good unless you get it checked regularly by your primary care physician.

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Topics: Exercise, Nutrition, Heart health, Primary care, Cholesterol

Give yourself a weight-loss edge

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 1, 2016 8:00:00 AM

If weight loss were easy, everyone would be at an ideal weight. Unfortunately, that’s not the reality. But that doesn’t mean you can’t set yourself up for success with a few simple changes. But these changes aren’t what you think — they’re changes you make in your outlook, attitude, and mental viewpoint before you start your next weight-loss plan. And they may be the key to losing those stubborn extra pounds.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Exercise, Nutrition, Health

2016 fitness trends you may find helpful in your journey

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 31, 2015 8:00:00 AM

The year is coming to an end, and many people find themselves making promises to get in shape and lose the weight. If you’re one of those people, you may have tried this before. Oftentimes, weight-loss and fitness resolutions can fall through only a few short months into the new year, especially if you don’t have a plan in place for achieving your goals. Instead of letting past discouragements keep you from making a commitment again, try getting help from these trends in the fitness world:

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Topics: Bariatrics, Exercise, Health

How to dress for wintertime walks

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Although you may be less than thrilled about taking a walk in the cold, exercise in the winter can be doable — and even enjoyable — if you know how to prepare.

In fact, some people find that the cold weather is easier to tolerate than the extreme heat. You can always wear extra layers to warm up when the mercury drops, but when the sun is scorching, there’s not much you can do except seek shade and drink plenty of water.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Exercise, Health

Boost your metabolism with these 4 yoga poses

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 29, 2015 8:00:00 AM

As we grow older, our metabolism slows down. Exercise is one way we can boost our metabolism and slim down. In fact, you can burn calories, strengthen your core, and speed up your metabolism with yoga.

Yoga expert Kimberly Fowler created this series of moves to help your metabolism by strengthening your core:

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Topics: Bariatrics, Exercise, Health

Can you be overweight but still be healthy?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 25, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Body mass Index (BMI) has been the standard used for years to determine whether someone is at a healthy weight. But is it really that simple?

The weight and health connection

It’s no secret that being overweight typically comes with health problems. This includes heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and even risks of certain cancers. But does this mean all people with a higher BMI are destined to have these issues? Experts haven’t yet agreed upon this issue.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Exercise, Nutrition, Health

8 tips to help you find success in your New Year’s resolutions

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 24, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Each year, we make promises to ourselves to do better, go for that promotion, and more often than not, lose weight. It’s the customary time of the year to make a goal and try to stick with it for the entire year. However, we often fall off the race horse before we develop a good stride, and our health suffers because of it. Instead of making resolutions you won’t keep this New Year, use these tips from ShapeFit.com to find success in reaching your goals.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Exercise, Nutrition, Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

Tips for losing weight from DC cupcake company owners

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 22, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Cupcakes sound good right now, right? Just seeing the word makes you want one. So you might wonder how two sisters who own Georgetown Cupcakes came to lose a combined 100 pounds without giving up their beloved treat. Katherine Berman and Sophie LaMontagne explain how they lost the weight and why it worked:

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Topics: Bariatrics, Exercise, Nutrition, Pregnancy, Health

Losing weight for the right reasons

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM

It’s no secret that losing weight is a tough job, no matter who you are. And part of succeeding is having a positive mental outlook. If you’re trying to drop pounds for the right reasons, you can use those reasons as motivation, and you’ll likely feel better and do better on your diet.

But, if you’re trying to lose weight for some of the wrong reasons, you may not be happier — or healthier — in the end.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Exercise, Nutrition, Health

5 things to do today to protect your bones

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 18, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Taking care of our bodies means eating right, exercising, and seeing our physician for well visits and preventive screenings. These are basics that can help us to feel better and get healthier.

And, when it comes to bone health, these guidelines apply as well. But it doesn’t have to be a complicated, difficult process. Look at some of the small changes you can make in your life to minimize your risk of osteoporosis and broken bones:

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Exercise, Nutrition, Health, Osteoporosis, Bone health