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What’s this family health stuff all about? Isn’t it enough to take care of yourself?

By | January 14th, 2015|Ask an Expert|

Sure, it’s great to reduce your risks and prevent chronic disease for yourself, but family health is equally important. It’s about the safety of you and your loved ones, being prepared to cope with loss and disaster as a group and learning how to support one another. It means having frank discussions with your kids about sex and sexually transmitted diseases and drugs and it’s also about spending quality time together to foster healthy relationships [...]

Ask the Doctor: Sun Exposure

By | June 3rd, 2014|Ask an Expert|

Question: Should I really worry about sun exposure or tanning? Answer: The FDA recently proposed new legislation that would require labels on tanning beds that would restrict their use to anyone under 18. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (the skin doctors), most of the damage we do to our skin occurs before the age of 18. This damage sets us up for all sorts of skin issues, the worst being increased chance of the very deadly [...]

Ask the Doctor: Binge Drinking

By | May 6th, 2014|Ask an Expert, Uncategorized|

Question: Why is my health coach bugging me about once or twice a year when I celebrate something with 4 or 5 drinks in an evening? Answer: Do you drive home afterward? The fact that people do is a major part of the problem. One out of every six U.S. adults binge drinks about four times a month, consuming on average eight drinks. Do you want to be driving on the same road with these [...]

Ask the Doctor: Why are the Health Coaches so Worried About Sleep?

By | March 4th, 2014|Ask an Expert|

Several very important reasons. Restful sleep is important in maintaining good brain function. Sleep restores and maintains emotional balance. It is critical to your physical health and to the quality of your daytime performance and safety. While you sleep, your brain is preparing for the next day- organizing and building new pathways in response to yesterday’s experience. Sleep prepares your brain for learning and decision making while lack of sleep interferes with portions of the [...]

Ask the Doctor: How important is participation rate in wellness outcomes?

By | February 11th, 2014|Ask an Expert, Uncategorized|

High participation rates are critical if you expect to see bottom line impact. Remember, probably not much more than 70% at best of a company’s health care costs are directly related changeable at risk health behaviors. Therefore, if you hope to be able to impact the health care cost curve over time, you need to enroll a significant portion of the population, both employees and spouses if possible, in your health behavior change program. Remember, [...]

Ask the Doctor: How Can I Get That Elusive Good Night’s Sleep?

By | January 3rd, 2014|Ask an Expert, Disease Management|

Our Western lifestyle affects a number of health factors, one of the most important of which is sleep. Poor nutrition and eating habits, alcohol and drug use, shift work, evening habits, exercise (or the lack of it), TV and electronic devices, busy schedules, and stress all work against us getting the restorative sleep we need. Nearly all disease states are affected by lack of sleep. Health can be defined not just as the absence of [...]