Obesity is a term that means you weigh at least 20% more than what is considered a normal weight for your height. The health problems that stem from being overweight go way beyond the ones we usually hear about, like diabetes and heart disease. Being overweight can also affect a person's joints, breathing, sleep, mood, and energy levels therefore can impact a person's entire quality of life.
Obesity makes you more likely to have conditions including:
- Heart disease and stroke
- High blood pressure
- Some cancers
- Gallbladder disease and gallstones
- Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea (when a person stops breathing for short episodes during sleep) and asthma
We provide services that focus on adult disease management, prevention and nutrition wellness. An initial nutrition session is one hour in length with half hour follow-up sessions. At the end of the session you will have a better understanding of how to change nutrition habits and food choices to meet your goals. The dietitian sends a written summary of the education visit and an outline of your dietary goals to your referring physician.
Some of the benefits of working with us include:
Prevention and treatment of specific diseases
Thorough assessments by our medical team
Evidence-based nutrition and disease facts
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Improve your food choices.
You can help yourself by doing some simple things:
Limiting how much fat you are eating. For the average adult male this means no more than 55 grams of fat per day, females is 45 grams.
Eat foods that are high in fiber. Try to get 35 grams of fiber each day.
Consistently eat about the same amount of carbohydrate at each meal and limiting the amount of these carbohydrates that are from such foods as sweet beverages and deserts. This will help maintain steady blood sugar levels.
Choose to eat fruit instead of consuming fruit juice. Fresh fruits have more fiber and usually less sugar than fruit juices.
Eating more home cooked meals and not skipping meals can help meet the above mentioned goals. These healthy lifestyle changes can have a positive impact on the health of you and your family.
Become more active.
It is important to be physically active every day. This means moving your body several times a day. The specific activity is not as important as doing the activity. It can be as simple as walking. You can get up from your desk and walk for 5 minutes, every hour while at work. This daily routine may be an easy way to increase your activity. Ideally, try to get 30 minutes of activity daily.