Every Kid Healthy™ Week

22 Apr

Childhood obesity is on the rise.  Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning – because healthy kids are better prepared to learn! Anyone can get involved and be a part of the celebration to help support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools with a school health event. Schools are invited to host an event during Every Kid Healthy Week or anytime in April.

What are you doing to improve your child’s health and wellness?

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For more information, visit:  http://everykidhealthyweek.org/

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MWLC Patient Perspectives: April H. – Kalamazoo

3 Apr

“At my heaviest, I really hated any time I had to walk more than a couple of blocks. I rarely took the stairs because I couldn’t climb them without losing my breath and I couldn’t keep up with my husband when we went shopping. I followed a meal plan that consisted of healthy foods like fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, low-to-no-sodium-added meat, eggs or egg whites, canned tuna, low-fat milk, string cheese, Greek yogurt and a few starches like low-sodium rice cakes or crackers. I didn’t start exercising regularly until I had been with the program for about nine months—at that point I added in workouts consisting of 20 to 40 minutes of cardio and about 30 minutes of weight lifting.

The Kalamazoo clinic always cheered my successes and gave me pep talks when the number on the scale wasn’t moving as fast as I would have liked. I’d tried and failed to lose weight on my own. The support I received from the crew at the clinic was the added boost I needed. I still work out 45 minutes to an hour every day, have adopted a whole-food, plant-based diet, meditate for at least five minutes every day and do my best to get six to eight hours of quality sleep every night. Now that I am 160 pounds lighter, my husband has a hard time keeping up with me! I had hoped to get down to size 12 or maybe even a size 10 – I never in my wildest dreams considered I would be able to wear a size 6! If you’re like me, and have to lose a significant amount of weight, try not to focus on your end goal. Break your journey into smaller, more manageable goals. Be patient and never give up!”

– April H., 50 years old, Kalamazoo

Carrying around extra weight doesn’t just impact self-esteem and confidence, it can also lead to joint pain, trouble performing daily activities and an increased risk for serious health issues like heart disease and diabetes. But losing weight can be incredibly hard—a factor that helps explain why almost 35 percent of Michiganders are overweight and 30 percent are obese.

That’s where the Medical Weight Loss Clinic can help. We are a Michigan-based company run by physicians who take a clinical approach to weight loss. We create customized programs based on each person’s medical profile and weight loss goals, combining one-on-one counseling, food plans, recipes, nutritional supplements and a custom exercise regimen. Our clinics also offer Blue Cross members an exclusive discount through the Blue365 savings program. Members can access the discount by logging into their account.

The Medical Weight Loss Clinic recently helped four Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan members lose weight and get their health back on track. Read their stories here: http://www.mibluesperspectives.com/2018/02/09/4-members-share-how-they-finally-took-control-of-their-weight/

Are you ready to start your transformation?  Book a free consultation today!

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Diabetes Alert Day

27 Mar

Today, March 27th, 2018, is ‘Diabetes Alert Day’!

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What is ‘Diabetes Alert Day’?

March 27th is the American Diabetes Association’s one-day wake-up call that focuses the public’s attention on learning their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  The Association encourages the public to take one minute to take the Diabetes Risk Test, because it can protect you for a lifetime.  The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer 7 simple questions about their weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.  

MWLC is an official Diabetes Risk Test location. We encourage you to stop into any of our 32 locations today to take this simple quick test and also have a free blood pressure check.  High blood pressure is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.  

Today, MWLC clinics will have ADA ‘type 2 preventative tips’ and MWLC staff on hand to assist those who wish to learn more about healthy eating and our services.  After all, MWLC offers customized, medically supervised weight loss services that are designed to help improve the medical conditions associated with type 1 and 2 diabetes!    

Learn More Here:  http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/alert-day/?referrer=https://www.google.com/

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MWLC Patient Perspectives: Paul S. – Flint

6 Mar

“I knew I’d been gaining weight, but I saw a photo of myself and could not believe how big I looked. It made me start thinking about other things, like that it took me three tries to put on my socks, how easily I’d get short of breath, and that even mowing the lawn was difficult. Medical Weight Loss Clinic created a meal program for me that consisted of six to seven smaller meals a day that had lots of vegetables and some protein. The plan was easy to follow, so I was able to stay on track with my goals. Now I can walk, jog and run without pain or shortness of breath and I only have to bend over once to put on both socks! All the shirts I had put away because they were too tight are now loose on me. To anyone who wants to lose weight, I’d say to find healthy food that you enjoy eating, drink a lot of water and keep a photo out that motivates you to stay on track. If you are cheating, you are only cheating yourself.” 

– Paul S., 50 years old, Flint

Carrying around extra weight doesn’t just impact self-esteem and confidence, it can also lead to joint pain, trouble performing daily activities and an increased risk for serious health issues like heart disease and diabetes. But losing weight can be incredibly hard—a factor that helps explain why almost 35 percent of Michiganders are overweight and 30 percent are obese.

That’s where the Medical Weight Loss Clinic can help. We are a Michigan-based company run by physicians who take a clinical approach to weight loss. We create customized programs based on each person’s medical profile and weight loss goals, combining one-on-one counseling, food plans, recipes, nutritional supplements and a custom exercise regimen. Our clinics also offer Blue Cross members an exclusive discount through the Blue365 savings program. Members can access the discount by logging into their account.

The Medical Weight Loss Clinic recently helped four Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan members lose weight and get their health back on track. Read their stories here: http://www.mibluesperspectives.com/2018/02/09/4-members-share-how-they-finally-took-control-of-their-weight/

Are you ready to start your transformation?  Book a free consultation today!

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March is National Nutrition Month

1 Mar

March is ‘National Nutrition Month’!

‘National Nutrition Month’ is a campaign focused on the importance of healthy eating and exercise.  The 2018 theme of ‘National Nutrition Month’ is “Go Further with Food”.  Whether you are starting off your day with a healthy meal for breakfast, or preparing dinner for your family, the foods you choose make a real difference.  The 2018 theme encourages us to prepare our foods to go further by planning meals in advance, and to work toward achieving the maximum nutritional benefits that foods have to offer.  Learning how to “Go Further with Food” will help save money and nutrients!

Throughout the Month of March, focus on taking the following actions to “Go Further” with your food:

1. Eat a variety of healthy fruits, vegetables, starches and proteins from your meal plan each day.
2. Consider the foods you already have on hand at home, before making a trip to the grocery store.  Make a list before grocery shopping, and only buy what you need.
3. Be mindful of portion sizes – try using a smaller plate and utensil when serving your food.  Always measure foods when able, do not guess portion sizes.
4. Purchase amounts of fruits and vegetables that can be eaten or frozen within a few days.
5. Plan new ways to use leftovers during the week.
6. Be physically active each day, and find a type of exercise that you enjoy and that fits your lifestyle.
7. Regularly meet with your MWLC Consultant to stay on track with your weight loss.

Be sure to check out the MWLC News page throughout March for more tips on how to “Go Further with Food”!

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WSYM: Patient – Kelly

28 Feb

Medical Weight Loss Clinic Warren patient Kelly H. joined Bob, Mary and Tracy on WSYM’s The Morning Blend to discuss her personal weight loss journey with MWLC where she lost 59 lbs. in 26 weeks!  She also shares a few tips that helped contribute to her success.  What an amazing accomplishment!  Congratulations Kelly!

Book a free consultation today by calling 1-800-GET-SLIM or https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php

 

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