How to Lose a Beer Belly…Run from it!

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Check out Greg’s recount of how he went from happy-hour-ing to happy-running…It wasn’t the easiest road, but with a goal and a plan of how to get there and some determination, he took the baby steps to get to where he wanted to go….YOU CAN TOO! Check out Greg’s account of how to lose a beer belly in the following video. Read more

Eating Disorders – Women Are Dying To Be Thin

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Eating disorders, such as anorexia (eating too little), bulimia (forced vomiting of what is eaten) and compulsive over-eating, are occurring at an ever-increasing rate. Today there are about 11 million Americans with eating disorders – 10 million women and 1 million men – with 95% falling between the ages of 12 and 25. Read more

Fat vs Thin – A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Fat vs Thin - A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

A picture is worth 1000 words…

Carrying extra weight is hard on a body, as can be seen in the scans shown below of a 250 lb. woman next to that of a 120 lb. woman. Damages caused by obesity are clearly evident, affecting health, longevity and overall well-being. Read more

Sustainable Healthy Weight in 2013

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Next week marks the 20th annual Healthy Weight Week in conjunction with the Healthy Weight Network.  The Fit After Fifty Team specifically wants to emphasize healthy weight as it relates to a lifestyle to fight obesity.  Let’s face it, obesity doesn’t occur overnight, rather, it’s a result of accumulative behaviors.  Why should we expect to solve it any other way, SUSTAINABLY, except through accumulating HEALTHY behaviors?! Read more

The Growing Obesity Crisis

Obesity Crisis

The obesity crisis is growing into an enormous problem, not just for the overweight individual but for the healthcare system. 1.5 billion people worldwide are obese, resulting in 25% greater healthcare costs per person than for a normal-weight individual. 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. are obese. Read more

Brain Activity: A Solution to the Obesity Epidemic Pt 2

brain activityWhy is STORYTELLING

           a powerful part of the SOLUTION

                             for solving the social problem of OBESITY?

 

If you’ve ever participated in “bed time stories”, you know the scene. Those little eyes looking up at you fighting off the impending exhaustion as he hangs on to every last word of Good Night Moon. Or the less Read more

Storytelling: A Solution to the Obesity Epidemic Pt 1

Obesity Epidemic

A Solution Towards Obesity Epidemic

We know that the obesity epidemic is a serious public health problem.  Not only is the physical health of our population at risk, but so too is our financial health.  Obesity costs money!!  Even for those who are fit, the problem affects you too.  It’s been universally accepted as a “social problem”.  Dr. Rajiv Kumar, founder and CEO of employee wellness company ShapeUp, speaks to how we can start to solve this social problem, with a social solution.  What’s more social than people sharing their own stories?!  This is a two-part series on the power of storytelling for communicating and affecting real change in regards to healthier, more fit lifestyles. Read more

Put More Color in Your Diet

The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines now recommend 5-13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, depending on gender, age, activity levels and overall health. Vividly colored fruits and vegetables, especially those that are Read more

Behavior Change: Skinny Dipping for 31 Days

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Yes, this might be a slightly odd blog post title for us, and believe it or not, we’re not just arbitrarily using it to get your attention!

Dr. BJ Fogg’s Behavior Change Design

Last month at the 4th Annual Corporate Wellness Conference, we attended a presentation given by Dr. BJ Fogg, Director, Stanford Behavior Design Lab.  He had a great way of simplifying how and why people behave and in this case, change the way they behave…hopefully for the better! Read more