The holidays are here, and weight gain is on everyone's mind.
Being skinny, however, doesn't equate to being healthy, according
to a video by Connie Gee, vice president and employee wellness
strategist for Med-Vision (http://www.med-vision.com/healthyvideo.htm).
"Healthy comes in many shapes and sizes; it's not a matter of
numbers on a scale," said Gee, who has two decades of experience in
health promotions. "You can be considered normal weight,
but if you don't couple exercising with proper nutrition, drinking
water, and appropriate sleep - you can just as easily have a heart
attack or stroke as someone above normal weight."
If a person is carrying an extra 20 to 30 pounds but is
exercising, their body may adapt to that extra weight. Moving
the body, good nutrition, and a good night's sleep can be protecting
their heart health. Rather than focusing on the scale, Gee
recommends simple steps for healthy olidays and wellbeing into the New
1) Get moving: 30-60 minutes of moderate physical activity
on most days can reduce risks for cardiovascular disease. Lace
up your walking shoes and hit the mall for holiday shopping instead of
2) Cook smart: Holiday treats can add on extra pounds.
Find ways to make your favorite dishes healthier. Try
skim milk in mashed cauliflower or potatoes, or opt for low fat whipped
cream on desserts. (Recipes: http://www.med-vision.com/holidayrecipes.htm).
3) Think Moderation: Don't overextend yourself.
Shoot for at least seven hours of sleep each night. Also,
enjoy treats in moderation. Things like omitting the crust from pie can
cut calories. Remember, regular exercise will also help balance those
Med-Vision LLC and Med-View LLC:
Founded in 2005, Med-Vision (http://www.med-vision.com)
delivers health plan risk management and wellness strategies to help
employer groups achieve optimal employee health and productivity. In
2012, Med-Vision launched a proprietary healthcare data analysis tool,
to help employers identify and mitigate health risks. The firms cater to
self-funded employer plan sponsors and impacts health plan members
across the nation. Med-Vision has helped corporations, healthcare
facilities, municipalities, and school districts to reduce risk, reverse
trends, and decrease healthcare costs while increasing quality of care
for their employees. Call 813-205-1577 for information.
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