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Spotlight: Men’s Fitness

Men's Health MonthJune is Men’s Health Month. It’s also the time of year when many men become more active. The warm temperatures and long days make it easier (and more fun) to play on a softball team, tend to the yard, or start a new exercise routine, like biking or swimming. But after months of rest, the sudden explosion of activity can wreak havoc on the body.

If you’re about to ramp up a new summer workout, keep these injury prevention tips in mind:

1. Get Professional Help

If you are new to exercise, or just haven’t been active in a while, see your doctor for a physical to make sure you are healthy enough to take on strenuous activity. Also consider hiring a professional trainer or coach who can teach you proper form and technique.

2. Wear Proper Clothing

Always wear appropriate footwear. Not only will you be more comfortable, but you will also be able to alleviate undue stress to your ankles, knees and hips by providing much needed support. Also choose appropriate clothing that fits well, allows you to move naturally, and doesn’t interfere with your safety.

3. Warm Up

Never start a workout in full throttle. Begin slowly and build the pace. This gets the blood flowing to your muscles gradually, giving them time to warm up and acclimate to the activity. This also gives you time to listen to your body and identify any aches or pains that may be red flags to more serious problems.

4. Leave Your Ego At The Door

Many men start a workout program thinking too much about what they should be able to do rather than what they are honestly capable of at the time. Attempting too much too quickly invites injury. So, take the pressure off. Concentrate on your individual progress rather than comparing yourself to or competing with others.

5. Stretch

When your muscles have warmed up, stretch. Many men skip this part of a workout. After all, stretching is for girls, right? But, as your muscles get stronger and tighter they start pulling on one another. Eventually, this tug-of-war affects your body posture and you start to feel aches in your back, hamstrings, and shoulders. These minor aggravations can turn into serious problems, all preventable if you take the time to stretch.

6. Take A Day Off

Rest is important. It gives your body time to recuperate and repair. If you’re just starting an exercise program, make sure you take two days off each week. Listen to your body and respond accordingly. Pain and fatigue are subtle signs of overtraining that can lead to more serious problems.

7. Eat Well

Pay attention to nutrition. In order to maintain healthy energy levels and have the physical endurance to push through tough workouts, you need to fuel your body with good, healthy food. Avoid high-fat foods and sweets and drink lots of water to stay hydrated throughout the day.

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New Year’s Resolutions – 4 Tips for a Successful Year

New Year's ResolutionsThe first day of the New Year inspires many to start a new, healthier lifestyle. For some, the holidays have been a time of over-indulgence. Surveys suggest that the average American reports that they gain about 5 pounds during the holiday season. For others, the previous year has inspired concern with overall health. Studies consistently show that a good diet and regular exercise not only reduce the risk of heart disease, but reduce cancer risks, as well.

Whatever your reason for making healthy changes this year, we have some suggestions to help you make and meet your new goals!

1.) Know Your Numbers

Taking the time to find out your blood pressure, blood glucose level, cholesterol, and body mass index numbers can be a scary task, but deciding to know your numbers can be incredibly empowering. Having this information can help you and your healthcare provider make specific decisions about your diet and exercise plans as you resolve to make changes.

2.) Make New Habits

It’s much easier to make a new habit than it is to break an old one. For example, instead of giving up your favorite desserts altogether, decide to choose healthier options more often. Still allowing yourself to indulge now and then makes it much easier for you to maintain these new habits instead of ditching them when things get difficult.

3.) Take Baby Steps

While setting new habits into motion is key, it’s important to be sure that you’re allowing yourself room to adjust. For example, a sedentary person will likely fail in the long run if their goal is to run a 5K by the end of the month. Starting with 15 minute jogs three times a week is a much more attainable goal. Once the 15 minute jogs become routine, gradually increasing the length, difficulty, and frequency of the workout will help you reach a larger goal.

4.) Find a Support System

Don’t feel like you have to do this alone! Talk to somebody about your plans for change. Join a workout group. Encourage your partner and friends to find out their numbers and share in your goals. Finding someone to share your goals with makes the journey more doable AND enjoyable!

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10 Small Steps You Can Take for Your Health, Today!

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Improving the health and wellness and of our community is our number one priority. Recently, Joe, one of our most successful weight loss patients, reminded us during an online chat that no matter how small the steps or how large the goal, small changes can add up to have a big impact on our health. To help you take the first step(s) toward improved health, we’ve outlined our top ten steps for improving your health today!

1) Take the Stairs
If you’re looking for ways to take baby steps towards better health, taking the stairs is (literally) one of the best places to start. Making small lifestyle changes that incorporate more physical activity into your daily life can add up to have a big impact. Climbing just two flights of stairs a day can lead to 6 pounds of weight loss per year!

2) Don’t Skip Meals, Especially Breakfast
When you skip meals, especially breakfast, you lose an opportunity to kick start your metabolism and may often end up consuming more calories on the days you skip meals. As our registered dietitian, Meagan Moyer puts it, “Eating only one or two large meals at the end of the day is like throwing wood into a fire that has no flame.” Skipping meals will slow your metabolism and trick your body into storing fat in anticipation of an upcoming period of starvation. Consuming small snacks between meals–instead of simply eating three large meals per day–can increase your metabolism and curb your hunger.

Here are a few snack ideas & tips to try >>

3) Stay Hydrated
Making up more than 60% of our total body weight, water is clearly a critical component to our health and well being. Just a few of the benefits of staying hydrated include:

  • improved weight loss efforts
  • healthier, glowing skin
  • increased mental & physical energy
  • illness prevention

Check out these additional hydration benefits & tips >>

4) Breathe…Deeply!
Many of us forget that oxygen is the most important chemical in our body. 70% of our bodies ‘waste products’ are removed through breathing. Proper breathing can make the heart stronger, improve weight loss efforts, boost energy levels and stamina, and increase circulation.

Learn more about the benefits of breathing >>

5) Skip Dessert…Unless It’s Fruit…or Dark Chocolate
Reducing or eliminating simple sugars from your diet is a good way to lower your risk for excess weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. Many baked confections and desserts contain trans fats that should be avoided. If you’re sweet tooth won’t leave you alone, grab a bowl of fruit or a piece of dark chocolate. The phenols in dark chocolate may help lower blood pressure, while its flavanols help keep LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidized and clogging up coronary artery walls.

Learn more about the health benefits of dark chocolate >>

6) Nap
As a culture, Americans are becoming more and more sleep deprived. There are countless negative side effects of sleep deprivation, but an easy remedy for most of them– napping! Alertness and physical performance can be improved by napping, and so too can our psychological well being. Furthermore, sleep deprivation can also cause your hormones to fluctuate, which can result in unnecessary weight gain. Remember, no matter how busy you are, sleep is not a luxury, it is a priority.

7) Wash Your Hands More Often
Washing your hands regularly, and in the right way, can drastically help limit the spread of illness and harmful bacteria. Here are a few tips to make your hand washing most effective:

  • Rub hands together with warm water and soap for at least 15 seconds
  • Always wash your hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, cleaning up after your pets, or handling money.
  • Always wash your hands before eating.
  • Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands.
  • Refrain from putting your fingers in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid touching people and surfaces with unclean hands.

Check out these additional hand washing tips >>

8) Reduce Your Sodium Intake
Salt consumed at the recommended serving size of 2300 mg a day is fine for seventy percent of the population who are not considered sodium sensitive. The problem is that on average Americans consume two to three times the recommended serving size…every day. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about ninety percent of Americans eat more than the recommended amount of salt. In fact, if you dined out for even just one meal today, it’s possible you’ve already reached or exceeded your sodium allotment for the day.

Learn more on why it’s a good idea to be mindful of your salt intake >>

9) Act Now to Strengthen Your Bones & Joints!
Joint pain can be debilitating. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to strengthen your bones and joints now and protect them in the future. For example, maintain a healthy weight. Carrying extra weight can cause significant joint pain and damage over time. Help prevent osteoporosis by getting plenty of calcium via dairy products, leafy green vegetables, or in supplement form. Eat more fish to up your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce joint pain and stiffness in people suffering from arthritis. If you’re not a fish fan, you can take fish oil supplements instead. Also make sure to get plenty of vitamin C, which helps speed the recovery of damaged muscles and ease joint pain. Citrus fruits, guavas, red bell peppers, and Brussels sprouts are all great sources of vitamin C.

Learn more about joint health >>

10) Moderate Your Alcohol Intake
Alcohol not only adds hundreds of calories to your diet – a regular beer can add up to more than 150 calories while a glass of wine can cost you 100 calories – but it also temporarily halts your body’s ability to burn fat. So, while the beer you had with pizza and wings might not be a major caloric offender, your body insists on breaking down the calories from the alcohol first, leaving the calories from what you ate to get stored as fat.

Learn more about how wine affects your waistline >>

Do you have additional tips that have helped you improve your health? Share them with us in the comments below!

Top 5 Gifts for Dad, even after Father’s Day

Summer is right around the corner which leads to the perfect opportunity of getting and staying healthy. Partaking in activities to stay healthy is extremely therapeutic and a complete bonding experience, especially, when you have great company. So why not incorporate Father’s Day and the gift of health and appreciation year round?

Below, we’ve highlighted the top 5 (healthy) gifts for Dad.

Get Involved
Everyone loves a shopping spree; why not take dad for a nice stroll around the mall, a shopping plaza or grocery shopping. Window shopping can also be fun too, with exceptional company.

Reduce Stress
Great stress relievers are often ones that allow you to place focus on other things and/or other tasks. Why not grab dad and start on a fun handy man project, develop story-time together or participate in a fun debate.

Get Fit
Go for a walk, play a game even consider horseplay (be careful of course). Day to day movements can even be amped up a bit to provide a great cardiovascular workout.

Heart Healthy
Why not treat your wonderful Pops to a nutritious breakfast in bed. While you’re at it, plan your day to include some active fun.

Get Checked
It’s extremely important to get regular, health screens. Although, it’s dreaded by most, why not take your dad with you! It would cut the wait time in half and provide great support during the visit.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality lists the following as top health screen choices for males.

• Cholesterol Check. Have cholesterol screened at least every five years, starting at age 35. Have it done at age 20 if you smoke, have diabetes, or have a family history of heart disease.

• Blood Pressure. Have it checked at least every two years.

• Colorectal Cancer Tests. Begin testing at age 50.

• Diabetes. Have a test done if male has high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

Prostate Cancer Screening. A doctor should be consulted about the risk and benefits of performing the prostate-specific antigen test, or the digital rectal exam.You can find more information about prostate cancer screening by Dr. Viraj Master on the Advancing Your Health blog site.

For more information on how to keep your Dad healthy and male health screening test visit the Agency for Research and Quality and Emory Healthcare’s, Advancing Your Health blog about Prostate Cancer Screening.

Emory Healthcare Launches Special Site Dedicated to the Emory Healthcare 500

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The Emory Healthcare 500 is a truly special event. Not only is it a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race event, but it’s taking place on Labor Day weekend, and brings together a broad community with a wide variety of interests. Despite the the multifaceted nature of the Emory Healthcare 500 team, members of this community have more in common than meets the eye. Doctors and race teams alike work tirelessly in high pressure situations each and every day. Furthermore, physicians, nurses, drivers, race teams and all of the individuals that come together to organize an event such as the Emory Healthcare 500 must work together in collaboration to accomplish a common goal, often with limited time and resources. The Emory Healthcare 500 is an event that allows us to celebrate the constant effort and energy these groups of people put into making the communities in which we live a better place.

To help us celebrate the teams involved and the community that will be in attendance next weekend, we have launched a special website dedicated not only to the Emory Healthcare 500 race, but also to our community’s medical advances and overall health and wellness. This special site can be found at

The Emory Healthcare 500 website features 500 unique and interesting facts ranging from tidbits such as “Did you know the 200 millionth American was born at Emory University Hospital Midtown?” to tips for how to spot cancer at home.

We welcome your feedback on the new site (feel free to leave a reply below) and look  forward to seeing our Emory Healthcare, Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Georgia communities this weekend for the biggest Labor Day party in Atlanta.