Weight-loss update – 2.6 pounds since last posting; total: – 9.4 pounds
There are lots of reasons why people want to lose weight, from improving their health to changing their appearance, but employees of one Ozarks business are doing so in order to help others. Continue reading ‘Competition encourages fitness for a cause’
Weekly update: -0.6 pound; overall, +2 pounds
As local colleges gear up for the fall semester, a whole new class of students will be faced with the “freshman 15” – which, of course, refers to the 15 pounds of extra weight students pack on during their first year of college.
A recent news release from the University Extension Office gives some pointers for fighting the freshman 15, but those tips can be useful to anyone who’s trying to take off weight or keep from adding it on. Continue reading ‘Trim the Fat: Tips for avoiding “Freshman 15” work for the rest of us’
Maria’s weight change: +1.2 pounds last week; -2 pounds total
Anybody who’s trying to shed weight knows (or should, anyway) that exercise is a key component. But sometimes, knowing the right thing is much easier than actually doing it, whether the issue at hand is weight loss or helping the environment.
This week is a good opportunity to combine efforts on both fronts. Today’s the first day of the 12th annual Bike, Bus Walk to Work Week, which runs through May 15. Ozarks Greenways is challenging local professionals to use alternative modes of transportation – walking, bicycling, public transit or carpooling – to get to work at least one day during the week.
Given that working in more exercise is an ongoing challenge for me, I decided that I’d make the most of this week. Continue reading ‘Bike, Bus, Walk Week off to a good start’
Maria’s weight change: +7.4 pounds last week; total: -3.2 pounds
Some months ago, I blogged about a Health magazine article about the healthiest U.S. fast food chains.
Now, it seems that the colonel – Col. Sanders, that is – is angling for a slice of the healthy-eating pie. Continue reading ‘Healthy fried chicken? And why it’s time for this blogger to pay the piper’
Maria’s weight change: -0.6 of a pound this week; total -11 pounds
One of the trickiest things about trying to eat healthy and trim down is dining out – and when quick dining is the desire, it can be even more difficult.
A recent visit to health.com, however, offered a bit of help for on-the-go diners.
Continue reading ‘Trim The Fat: Healthy Fast Food?’
Maria’s weight update: -2.2 pounds; total: -10.4 pounds
For those who are trying to lose weight, watching others progress on the same journey can have one of two effects: jealousy or motivation. Because I think jealousy is an unhealthy emotion, I try always to look for the motivation and the lessons that can come from others’ successes on the journey to better health.
When I learned that a group of 44 people in Branson lost a combined 931 pounds during Hometown Radio’s Lighten Up for Life Challenge Two, which ended this month, I was intrigued.
Continue reading ‘Trim the Fat: Branson group wins big with 931-pound loss’
Maria’s weight change for the week: +2.2 pounds; total: -8.2 pounds
Women across America can show solidarity in the fight against heart disease by suiting up in red clothing, accessories or lipstick on Feb. 6.
The American Heart Association is inviting folks across the U.S. to join the Go Red for Women Campaign, a national movement aimed at saving women’s lives. Continue reading ‘Trim the Fat: Wear red to support fight against heart disease’
Maria’s weight change for the week: -0.8 of a pound ; total: -10.4 pounds
With everything from a housing slowdown to layoffs to difficulties borrowing money being blamed on the nation’s economic woes, its not too surprising to me that there are some health issues that can reportedly be made worse by the financial pinch.
And while I’m not a medical or financial expert by any means, logic tells me that tight financing can foster unhealthy eating in at least a couple of ways. Continue reading ‘Trim the Fat: Can a recession make us heavy?’
Maria’s weight change for the week: -4 pounds; total: -9.6 pounds
There are lots of reasons why employers might want to take an active role in supporting employees’ endeavors to improve their health.
Perhaps the most obvious is the dollars-and-cents issue. For employers, and particularly those who pay for all or part of employees’ health insurance coverage, keeping employees healthy means keeping those costs down. Better overall employee health also means fewer days off due to sickness, and that can help the bottom line, too.
According to the American Heart Association, adult Americans spend the most waking hours at work, often in sedentary jobs, and obesity alone costs U.S. businesses $12.7 billion a year in medical expenses, and $225.8 billion in health-related productivity losses.
Continue reading ‘Trim the Fat: Employers support healthy endeavors’