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  • Heart Month Should Really Be Heart Year

    As you might have heard, February was heart month. A whole month dedicated to heart health. But is a month really long enough? Heart disease is the number one killer in America, with nearly 600,000 deaths annually attributed to some form of heart disease (that’s nearly 1 in every 4 deaths). Coronary heart disease (CHD, a disease where a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries restricting the flow of blood to the heart) is the most common, claiming nearly 380,000 lives annually. If you think flowers and dinner for Valentine’s Day can be pricey, the estimated yearly cost of CHD alone to the United States is $108.9 billion.

    While February is often a month for love, here are some cold hard facts:

    • Over 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, one of the three key heart disease risk factors according to the CDC.
    • Overall, 49% of Americans have at least one of the three key risk factors.
    • 720,000 Americans will have a heart attack this year, with almost 30% of those not being their first.
    • A heart attack occurs every 34 seconds.

     

    Even more frightening, heart disease is on the rise. Studies have suggested that by 2030, as much as 40% of the population in the United States will have some type of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). Costs associated with all forms of heart disease are expected to triple by 2030, topping out at over one trillion dollars.

    What can we do to help ensure that we don’t reach these levels of heart disease? Continue reading

  • Are Your Eyes Bigger Than Your Stomach?

    5 Ways to Manage Your Portion Size

    Bigger is better, or is it?  Well it definitely isn't when it comes to our meal sizes. Unfortunately, the restaurant and food industry doesn't agree.  But we can’t solely blame them. Consumers continue to frequent restaurants which serve ridiculously large portion sizes, enough to make the bottom line very worthwhile for them.

    So what this means is simple, you as the consumer has the choice to make, actually many choices. Where you eat, what you eat, what you drink, and finally how much of all the aforementioned you will choose to do. At the end of the day it is always more advantageous to eat at home.  You just have so much more control over food prep and portion size. But the reality is The average American adult buys a meal or snack from a restaurant 5.8 times a week.

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  • Run Forest, It's Good For You!

    More results from less effort. It’s the dream that everyone who exercises has at one point or another. How could I do less but get more in return?

    Few workouts can provide your body with the number of benefits that running does in the same amount of time. Once running becomes part of your life, you feel that you get out of breath much less frequently Taking the stairs is not the chore it once was. You will feel stronger, look better, and have improved confidence in yourself and your ability to accomplish other activities in life.

    Sound like we are putting running too high up on a pedestal? Keep reading and see what you think after.

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  • CRAFTing 2015: Make This Year's Resolutions Stick

    New Years Eve. A time to reflect on the year that was, and look forward to the year ahead. Many of us will set resolutions to better ourselves. Less than 10% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions successfully complete them. However, those who set resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve their goals than people who do not set resolutions.

    This year, we want to help you CRAFT your goals for 2015, to help give you the best chance to get in the <10% of people who achieve their New Years Resolutions.

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