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Debunking Holiday Food Myths

December 15, 2017

BLOG POST 12.15.17By Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN

It’s that time of year again—the holiday season—a time when we gather with all of our loved ones to spend time together, catch up on the years’ events, and enjoy some of our favorite holiday foods. We’ve all heard that people gain weight over the holidays, but studies show that it may not be as much as you think. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average weight gain for the US population over the six weeks from Thanksgiving to New Year’s is just under two pounds! While these statistics are encouraging to hear, it’s still important to be mindful of your eating habits for the rest of the holiday season. Continue reading “Debunking Holiday Food Myths” »

Can’t Hit the Gym? Hit your Desk!

November 16, 2017

DESKERCISE BLOG 11.16.17By Steve Milano

Adding short exercises to your daily routine – even if only for 5 or 10 minutes – can help maintain and improve your health. Even if you can’t make it to the gym, there are mini exercises that you can do right at your desk to keep you in shape. Continue reading “Can’t Hit the Gym? Hit your Desk!” »

The Role of Nutrition in Breast Cancer Prevention

October 13, 2017

BREAST CANCER BLOG 10.12.17By Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN

Everywhere you look this month you will see the color pink in representation of Breast Cancer Awareness month. There are certain risk factors associated with breast cancer that you cannot change, including age, genetics, race, ethnicity, and family history. However, recent studies have shown that other risk factors such as diet and exercise may help in the prevention of breast cancer. Continue reading “The Role of Nutrition in Breast Cancer Prevention” »

Feeling Down? Shake a Leg

June 2, 2016


Dr. Imraan Ansaarie, Interventional Cardiologist, exercises several times a week with his wife.

You’ve likely heard all of the countless reasons you should exercise. You may be thinking, “Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard them all. It’ll help me stay healthy, reduce my risk of chronic diseases, I pretty much know all the of them.” But did you know the rapid rate at which incidence of depression is occurring? By 2020, depression is predicted to be a major social & economic burden globally. Now that’s a scary thought.

Here’s a brighter thought. You can relieve your stress, depression and become happy with exercise. We came across an inspiring article on Cleveland Clinic on how exercise can lift your mood. We’ll give you the highlights here. Continue reading “Feeling Down? Shake a Leg” »

Question & Answer Session with Open Road Bicycles

September 24, 2015

OpenRoad BicyclesWhile every health care professional agrees that physical activity is important, not all forms of physical activity are for everyone. When running is hard on your joints, biking can be a great alternative. We talked to Scott Gross of Open Road Bicycles to bring you a guide to biking. Continue reading “Question & Answer Session with Open Road Bicycles” »

Group Therapy Can Help PAD Patients Get More Exercise

June 16, 2015

PAD group therapy Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a condition where clogged arteries reduce blood flow to the legs, and it affects 12 million Americans over the age of 65 every year. For these patients, staying active and physically fit is key to preserving their independence and carrying out their daily activities, but the obstacles to taking a walk or going to the gym alone can feel insurmountable.

However, there is hope: new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that group therapy can help PAD patients regain their mobility or prevent the loss of mobility in the first place. In the study, patients who joined an exercise group which encouraged in-home walking and reminded them via phone calls saw improvements. Continue reading “Group Therapy Can Help PAD Patients Get More Exercise” »

Best Mobile Apps for Your Heart Health

May 11, 2015

You use it for photos, music, online shopping, and checking email – but did you know that your smartphone is also a convenient health tool? Download these apps to keep your heart health in check when you’re on the go.

health mateWithings Health Mate (see left)
The Withings Health Mate app uses sensors in your iPhone to record and keep track of your heart rate and everyday activity. There is also a feature for you to message your Health Mate friends so a source of motivation is always available. Continue reading “Best Mobile Apps for Your Heart Health” »

Sneaky Ways to Get More Exercise Every Day

March 25, 2015

Exercise doesn’t have to be a time-consuming, daunting task. Any exercise is heart healthy, and there are a few simple things you can do to incorporate exercise into your everyday activities.

  1. Park further than you usually would.
    Avoid looking for a parking spot close to the entrance and park as far away as you can to increase the steps you take each day.
  2. Take a lap on your lunch break
    At work, use the first half of your lunch break to eat. Then, grab your coworkers for a  walk outside or around the building. it’s also a great way to fight the mid-afternoon slump for a more productive day!
  3. Walk to your coworker’s desk
    It’s easy to just shoot your co-worker an email or text when you need them. However, taking the time to walk over a few times a day means a few extra steps that can add up. Bonus messages tend to translate better face-to-face than over text or email.
  4. Change out your work chair for an exercise ball
    Using an exercise ball in lieu of a chair burns over four times more calories than a desk chair. Over time, this equates to two pounds a year.
  5. Speed up your chores
    Turn on some fast paced music to inspire you to move quicker while doing chores. in addition to getting some exercise, it will also get your chores done faster!
  6. Take the stairs
    The elevator is tempting but taking two extra flights of stairs can result in six pounds of weight loss over a year.

How do you sneak more exercise into your day? Share your best tips on our Facebook!

5 Heart Healthy Benefits of Yoga

March 17, 2015

You may know yoga as the exercise that make you feel calm and improves your flexibility. However, you may not think of yoga as being good for your heart. As it turns out, yoga can improve your cardiovascular health in more than one way.


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Mix Up Your Routine With 5 Fun Workouts in Jax

March 11, 2015

We all know that regular exercise is good for our hearts, but hitting the gym day after day can get old fast. Luckily, there are lots of offbeat exercise options in Northeast Florida that will mix up your daily routine and get you back on track. We’ve listed a few ideas below, but you can also check sites like Groupon or LivingSocial if you want to get a great deal on a new workout.


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