Weight-Related Deaths Affecting Non-Obese Individuals

15 Jun

A recent global study suggests that you don’t necessarily have to have an obese diagnosis, to be at risk for dying from conditions related to excess weight.

Of 4 million deaths that occurred in 2015 that are related to being overweight, around 40% were not considered clinically obese (a BMI of 30 or more.)

The study looked at 195 countries and territories over a period of 35 years, from 1980 to 2015, and indicated that 30% of the world’s population, 2.2 billion children and adults, are affected by excess weight and suffer from health problems related to being overweight (type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers.)

“Excess body weight is one of the most challenging public health problems of our time, affecting one in every three people,” said Dr Ashkan Afshin, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of Global Health at IHME.

These results stress the need for reducing the prevalence of high BMI and its health consequences.

Original Article:  http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40220182

Full Journal Article:  http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1614362

Plan Ahead to Eat Healthy

7 Jun

June is ‘National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month‘!  Celebrate by planning ahead to eat healthy and adding more color into your diet.

A simple way to add more color to your meals is prepping your ingredients ahead of time. Make a plan to wash, prep & store the fruits and vegetables you’ll need for the coming week, so you’re prepared for healthy meals and snacks.

1. Keep sliced vegetables in a container in the fridge for a quick and easy snack (carrots, cucumbers, peppers.)

2. Pack sliced fruits or vegetables when you’re on-the-go to help avoid fast food and vending machine temptations. Grapes are a great no-mess option.

3. Before grocery shopping, create a meal plan for the week and make a list of all the items you will need to buy, including quantity.  Include a variety of colored food.

Learn more at http://heart.org

Blue 365 Weight Loss and Discount

7 Jun

Did you know that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan members and Blue Care Network members can receive discounted rates for joining Medical Weight Loss Clinic through the Blue Cross and Blue Care Network member discount program, Blue365? 

Medical Weight Loss Clinic became a discount partner with BCBSM in September of 2015.  Since then, MWLC has had 2,616 BCBSM/BCN members take advantage of our discount and these members have lost 65,644 pounds (just under 33 TONS!) That’s an average of 25 pounds per member.  

This is big news at MWLC!  Why?  Because we are not only helping our patients lose weight, we are improving their health right along with it!

How can you get in on the savings and the same great results?

Simply show your BCBSM or BCN card to receive your Blue365 discount at any of our locations.  Some restrictions do apply.

Book Your MWLC Consultation Here: https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php

CCFA Take Steps Walk!

5 Jun

DON’T FORGET!  This weekend is the CCFA Take Steps Walk! 

This Saturday, June 10th, 2017 is the Royal Oak Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Walk at Meininger Park!  We encourage all MWLC patients to join the MWLC Talking Team to come out and walk with us this weekend!  It’s a great way help raise awareness about Crohn’s and Colitis, healthy living, and being physically active.

Don’t forget to register for the walk! Visit: http://mwlc.com/Community_Events.php and join the MWLC Team today!

Something NEW this year….MWLC patients that participate in the June 10th CCFA Walk, will earn a FREE week of our Freedom weight loss services and an MWLC Team Shirt.  And by making an online donation, patients can receive an additional FREE week of our Freedom weight loss services!  Walk registration and/or donations must be made through Medical Weight Loss Clinic’s Team Page.

We hope to see you at the walk this weekend!

Sweet Potato Caprese Sliders

5 Jun

Sweet Potato Caprese Sliders 

Recipe Yields:  6 Sliders.  1 Slider = 1 Starch, 1/2 Vegetable, 1 Morning Cheese,  1 Fat.

3 medium Sweet potatoes, washed, peeled and spiralized
3 Tbsp. Extra Light Olive Oil
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes
6 slices fresh Mozzarella
1 large Egg
Fresh Basil, for garnish
Unflavored Cooking Spray
Pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spiralize sweet potatoes and place in medium-large bowl. Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and add in “noodles”. Sprinkle with garlic powder and pepper and additional olive oil if needed. Cook for about 7 minutes then set aside in bowl to let cool for a few minutes. Beat the egg and mix into the sweet potato noodles.

Using the bottom of a muffin tin tray, form spiralized sweet potato into the bottom of the pan. Press down with foil if needed. Do this until all sweet potato is used up. Place these in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to form a solid structure.

Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with unflavored cooking spray. Place the sweet potatoes onto the baking sheet and cook for 4-5 minutes in the oven on 1 side, flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes on the other side. When done, remove from baking sheet and top with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. Drizzle with MWLC Raspberry Vinaigrette salad dressing if desired.

HAP Weight Loss and Discount

5 Jun

As of January 2016, Medical Weight Loss Clinic has helped 481 HAP members lose 12,721 pounds!   That’s an average of 26 pounds and an average BMI decrease of 4.35 per member!

HAP employees and HAP members can receive discounted rates for joining Medical Weight Loss Clinic.  Receive an additional 16% off ALL program services at MWLC, in additional to all advertised percentage discounts.  Present proof of employment at time of consultation.   This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount, some restrictions may apply.

FSA/HSA reimbursement assistance is available.

Book Your Consultation TODAY at https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php