In 2018, Matthew Morgan made a New Year’s resolution that sounded a lot like ones he made in the past: He vowed to lose weight. Then in February he had a minor heart attack. But instead of letting that derail his goals, it emphasized how he needed to stick with his healthy habits.
“I used it as motivation. I actually suffered a heart attack from having the extra weight,” the 41-year-old from Brunswick, Maryland told TODAY. “That was enough of a wake-up call that I needed to continue down the path that I was going rather than go back. Because the heart attack was the result of what I’ve pretty much done my whole life.”
A life of dieting
Morgan was overweight most of his life, but in high school and college he was in the marching band and that activity kept his weight a little bit lower.
“I’ve so-called dieted pretty much my whole life,” he said. “After college because I wasn’t active and got stuck in a sedentary lifestyle — I wasn’t exercising — the weight just kept coming on.”
At his heaviest, he weighed 330 pounds and that’s when he knew he had to take his health seriously. He started by tracking what he ate on the weight-loss app, Lose It!
“I would use the app to track every single thing that went in my mouth to the extent of having a food scale and weighing every single piece of food,” Morgan explained. “I would use the recipe builder on a portion of the Lose It! app to enter in all the ingredients for stuff I was cooking so that I could get an accurate count.”
He also started to move more, first walking.
“It was difficult because you’re going from a lifestyle where you’re really sitting on the couch, sitting at work, sitting at home — not really moving a whole lot — to trying to be as active as possible,” he said.
But then Morgan stared listening to podcasts about people using running to help with their weight loss and he wondered if he, too, could run.
“Being someone that was overweight my whole life I assumed that I would never ever be able to run,” Morgan said. “Running is actually something I do for entertainment. Now if I find I’m bored or have a stressful day — you name it — I go out for a run.”
He runs four to five times a week for an average of 20 miles. Since making his resolution, Morgan lost 155 pounds to weigh 175 pounds. He’s run several half-marathons, though they have all been virtual due to COVID-19. He’s looking forward to someday running a
If you own and operate a dental practice and are looking for a few good ways to add more new patients, then read this short article which gives you a few slick ways to piggyback off St. Patrick's Day. In, fact here's a little story to explain these dentist marketing tips: I must come clean and confess. I like drinking green beer! Truth is my "green beer habit" started back in college, when me and a few buddies would chug-a-lug Green Beer on St Patrick's Day until … somebody GOT SICK!
Now days, I stick to drinking only one green beer as a way to celebrate the Irish. In fact, if you want to grow your dental practice fast — then you should find as many ways as possible to DRINK GREEN BEER! What do I mean by this? Well, I'm not suggesting you actually drink Green Beer. I am suggesting you find ways to be different. That doesn't mean you have to grab a mega-phone and market your dental practice like some loud and obnoxious character from a used car commercial.
BUT … marketing your services like all the other dentists in your neighborhood ain't gonna 'cut the mustard in 2011. There's too much competition! Your prospect's have the attention span of a gnat! And plus, being like all the other dentists in your neighborhood is plain BORING. Wouldn't you agree? In fact, one time I heard the late, great Earl Nightingale say, "Oftentimes your answer is to do the exact opposite of what everyone else is doing."
So what can you do to be different?
Here are a few suggestions:
1. Throw A St Patrick's Day Party!
How many dentists are doing this?
Probably none, which is exactly why it's a great idea if you want to stand out and become the number one dentist in your neighborhood.
2. Dress In A Green Lab Coat!
Sure, plenty of people wear green to the office on St. Patrick's Day, but have you ever seen a dentist in a green lab coat?
Once again, you have to overcome your sense to conform and "be professional", and let your desire to have fun win-out.
Your patients will love this, especially if you send a picture to your local newspaper.
3. Give Away Green Floss and Toothbrushes.
It's easy enough to buy some green floss and toothbrushes.
And give them away as "free prizes" to anyone who takes a tour of your dental office.
How does this add new patients to your practice?
You simply ask for their contact information, and the you put these prospects on your mailing list.
Look, if you want a bustling dental practice then you've got to be willing to promote your services using outrageous dental marketing campaigns.
And St. Patrick's Day is a golden opportunity.
The vast majority of Earth’s population does not deal with any chronic medical conditions that severely curtail their ability to function on a daily basis, but those who do deal with such conditions can attest to the fact the rest of the population is not missing out on much – and when it comes to conditions that can curtail one’s quality of life, there are few that rival peripheral neuropathy; if you deal with peripheral neuropathy, you know that you can deal with everything from decreased motor and sensory abilities to numbness, tingling, and pain in the nerves to constipation and incontinence – and one of the most frustrating things of all about this condition is that, in spite of the great medical advancements of the last couple hundred years, the common “solution” to this problem is to treat the symptoms, while leaving the root of the problem alone.
If peripheral neuropathy is something that you deal with, and you have had to live with the frustration of the lack of effectiveness of modern medicine, you are not alone, as just about every serious medical affliction that people sometimes deal with has only medicine available for it that treats the symptoms and does nothing to cure the illness itself; a great example of this that is easy for many people to understand is insomnia, as insomnia is not an illness in and of itself, but is instead a symptom – yet in spite of this fact, most doctors only look to “cure” the insomnia without looking to cure whatever it is that is causing the insomnia to occur, and this misplaced approach to medicine is exactly what takes place with peripheral neuropathy.
If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy, one thing that you should know is that an upsurge has occurred lately in a form of “medicine” known as functional medicine – and while the branding of this approach to medicine (complete with a label) is fairly new, it is actually an approach to medicine that harkens back to the ancient, fundamentally sound concept of curing the root of the problem instead of trying to cure the symptoms; basically, functional medicine takes the positive knowledge we have gained from modern medicine, and it uses this knowledge to figure out how to cure the problems that cause such uncomfortable symptoms to occur.
As far as peripheral neuropathy treatment goes, this is quite a shift in thinking, as this approach to curing the disease puts patients in a position where they can actually start to get better, instead of simply putting them in a position where they can sometimes “feel” better – which, of course, makes a big difference in the long run!
You may actually have heard of the idea of a peripheral neuropathy diet, or of peripheral neuropathy supplementation, and basically, each of these two things falls under the category of functional medicine – which is something that has been picking up a lot of momentum lately in pockets of the …
Heartburn medicine: it's all the same, isn't it?
According to the advertisements, they all work wonderfully. Rolaids, Pepcid, Prilosec, Prevacid. But is not there some sort of difference between antacids and The Purple Pill? What about over-the-counter medications as compared to prescription drugs?
Not only is there a difference in how these medications work, there is a great difference in price. Knowing what to use can not only alleviate your symptoms, but spare your wallet as well.
For occasional symptoms of heartburn, for example those related to eating a spicy meal, several options exist. If you know ahead of time that the food you're planning to eat will cause heartburn, pre-treatment is the best answer. Both the over-the-counter H2-blockers (Pepcid, Zantac, Axid, and Tagamet) and the proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) (Prilosec, Prevacid) are effective. The PPIs are stronger but the H2-blockers are cheaper. For most people, any of these will work. Generally speaking, they take at least an hour to begin decreasing acid production. Unlike antacids (Rolaids, Maalox, Tums) they must first be absorbed into your blood stream to work.
If you forget to pre-medicate, you can certainly take any of these medications once symptoms begin. The antacids neutralize stomach acid on contact and provide the quickest relief. (Remember your high school chemistry?) However, as more acid is produced, more antacid will be needed. Pepcid Complete contains both famotidine and a combination of two antacids (calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide). The antacids work to neutralize stomach acid until the famotidine has a chance to be absorbed and decrease acid production. The same can be accomplished less expensively by using generic famotidine or ranitidine (generic Zantac) along with a generic antacid.
Some patients complain that the H2-blockers (Pepcid, Zantac, Axid, and Tagamet) are ineffective. These medications decrease stomach acid production on the order of 50%. The OTC medications are about half the milligram strength as prescription versions, but are the same drugs. Generics of Zantac, Axid, Pepcid, and Tagamet are still available by prescription, and may actually cost less than over-the-counter medication – a month's supply may cost as little as $ 4.
The PPIs (Prilosec, Prevacid) decrease acid output by as much as 90%. In the past few years, two have gone over the counter, while several others remain by prescription (Aciphex, Protonix, Dexilant, Nexium). They all work about the same, although certain patients seem to obtain greater relief from one or the other. The OTC versions cost $ 20- $ 30 a month, compared to well over $ 100 for prescription medication.
One problem with having these medications over the counter is the danger of disguising a serious problem. The OTC medications warn you to see your doctor if symptoms persist beyond a few weeks, which is certainly good advice. You don't want to camouflage a serious ulcer or a cancerous condition. If you need occasional relief from heartburn, using over-the-counter medication is fine. If it's a daily problem, be sure to see your physician to rule out a …
When you first start out learning how to look after a pet snake you find out that there is a lot to learn, but you quickly realize that most of it just makes common sense when it comes to properly caring for your pet snake health and wellbeing.
The fundamental things to be aware of are what does a snake eat, how much and how often, and what kind of snake cage and environmental conditions does it require. And making sure that you are providing clean and hygienic living conditions suited to the needs of your pet snake to keep it healthy and happy in your care.
In here I list ten of the basic pet snake health tips that you need to know:
1. Select a Healthy Snake to Adopt
When choosing a snake, get one that is well fleshed with clear eyes, no cuts, no mites or ticks, and is alert. The snake should appear curious and grip you firmly but gently when you handle it.
You should be there when the snakes are fed so that you can observe them and make sure that the snakes you are picking from are all eating well.
Captive bred snakes are more suited for pets than buying a wild born snake. Snakes born in the wild are normally very stressed from the capture process and the transportation to the pet supplier. Wild snakes are also likely to have a large parasite load.
2. Get the Right Size Cage for Your Breed of Snake
Your enclosure should normally be about two-thirds the size of its body length. If your snake is six feet long, then the cage should be at least four feet long.
You can always make the enclosure longer than the snake but your snake will be comfortable in a smaller cage then the length of your snake.
Remember to upgrade the enclosure as your snake grows as it needs to increase in size in relation to the snake body length.
3. Keep the Snake Enclosure Humid
Snakes are sensitive to temperature and humidity factors, and you should always ensure their enclosure is kept at the right temperature. Check a reliable snake pet book to learn what the optimal conditions are for your breed of snake.
4. Keep the Feeding of Your Snake Simple Safe and Hygienic
When you buy your snake you need to first be sure to select a pet snake that will happily eat thawed rodents (that you buy frozen from the pet store) and are not overly fussy in their feeding requirements.
Feeding your snake live rodents, even small mice, can hurt your snake – and it is NOT entertainment for an audience of your friends, so don't do it.
The dead animal for feeding should not be wider than the snake's own head. Snakes do not eat very often and you can stock the pre-killed and frozen mice in your freezer.
5. Learn how Much and how Often to Feed Your Snake
Get expert …
Dentists rightfully see themselves first and foremost as professionals performing an important public service: promoting positive dental health for the communities in which they serve. What they are not traditionally as good at is marketing themselves effectively. The reasons for this are many: some dentists resist marketing because it somehow seems out of step with the Hippocratic oath. Others support the idea of stepping up their marketing activities in principle but just aren't sure how or where to start.
The bottom line is that marketing in and of itself is not antithetical to what it means to be a responsible doctor. In fact, if you believe in the value of your services, you could say that you owe it to yourself, your staff, your family and your community to more effectively get the word out about your services through effective dental marketing solutions.
Here are 5 tips for getting more patients via effective dental marketing solutions:
Tip # 1: Target high-response prospects such as new movers with direct mail campaigns:
Direct mail can be an very cost-effective way to get the word out about your practice to the prospects within driving distance of your office. Many dentists are understandably wary about direct mail because of anticipated low response rates. However, there is a way to drastically improve response rates: specifically target new movers in your area. New movers are simply the people who have recently moved into your neighborhood – either into apartments or homes – and who are therefore much more likely than average to be on the lookout for a new dentist. In fact, research shows that new movers are 4 to 8 times more likely to respond to direct mail advertising than are longtime residents.
Tip # 2: Offer prospects promotions and coupons:
When advertising via direct mail, it is always wise to offer special promotions, coupons or other incentives to prospects. Sound too costly to try? Think again: imagine taking a slightly lower margin (ie, higher cost) on a new patient's first visit and in exchange for effectively hooking them for multiple future visits. From a cost-benefit standpoint, your dental practice will be much better off by gaining these prospects' recurring business – even if you have to take a small cost hit in the short term. Every new client is potentially worth hundreds or thousands of dollars per year to your practice, so leveraging promotions and coupons is a smart way to capture those dollars.
Tip # 3: Identify something that sets you apart and promote it:
One of the golden rules of any good marketing plan is setting oneself apart from the competition. There are likely many other dental practices in your area that are competing for the same prospective patients you are. You need to find a way to set yourself apart. You can accomplish this without resorting to gimmicks like standing on your head or posing with Siberian tigers in your ads! The key is to home in on some key brand …
A teeth whitening dentist is one professional who is getting to be indispensable in this modern times because getting stained teeth is inevitable. As a person ages, variations in the mineral composition of his / her teeth can result to a darker shade of teeth which can be worsened by some lifestyles that one had been used to. Cigarettes, coffee and sodas are good anxiety relievers, they also have relaxing effects and can increase a person's energy. In fact they make good company especially when one is harassed with plenty of tasks to accomplish. But its disadvantage is that these can result to some stains on your teeth. This can make you so uncomfortable to smile. Naturally you wouldn't want them to see you as a person of poor hygiene or more so as an individual with bad habits. You can't afford to ruin your career and social life so you have to possess a pearly white teeth so you can smile confidently and generously. What you have to do is to see a teeth whitening dentist once you notice some stains on your teeth.
Due to the increasing demand for teeth whitening dentist, their treatments had been advertised extensively in print media, TV and on the internet. Don't just rely on their ads, you have to be discriminating or better as yet consider the following tips:
Verify from friends, relatives and associates the abilities of a specific teeth whitening dentis .. The proof is on their smiles. If you are impress by their pearly white teeth their dentist will most likely do the same to you.
For greater choices, browse the net for websites that provide lists of cosmetic dentists. Locate dentists near your house and examine and compare their qualifications .. Narrow your list to those who had undergone trainings on the latest technology in cosmetic dentistry. Examine their claims because it might be overstated. You rather go for those dentists who present their achievements and capabilities in a more formal manner.
Take A Personal Look
If your shortlist is down to two dentists then it's now time to see them personally for some queries. Assess the veracity of their claims and if he / she sounds capable. It is essential that you feel relaxed during treatments therefore you should observe if he / she can respond to your questions well and if he / she can established warm and friendly rapport with you.
Mind The Fees
Take a look also at the prices of their treatments. If they charged a significantly low price as compared to the rates of the majority of cosmetic dentists then you should be wary because their whitening materials may not be of standard quality.
Check The Facilities
See if the clinic is clean and comfortable. Check if the equipment and other equipment are not yet worn out, see if the staff are concerned and friendly.
The strength and physical appearance of your teeth is of paramount importance so …
1. Create a list of your eating habits
According to CDC improving your eating habits is a key factor in improving or strengthening your overall health and losing weight. In order to improve your eating habits, you have to know more about them. Keeping a food journal is a good way to get to know your own eating habits and determine what you should change. Food journal should contain everything you eat and drink throughout the day. Most people discover they tend to overeat when they are stressed out, depressed, or when they are coping with unprocessed emotions. All these habits have a direct impact on your overall health and weight as well. Besides keeping a food journal you should also:
Highlight bad habits
Identify triggers that make you do those unhealthy and bad eating habits
Identify different things you can do to avoid triggers
Replace unhealthy habits with healthy alternatives.
2. Eat regularly
Overweight or obese people and even individuals who don't want to gain weight make the same mistake – they skip meals. After all, if you skip meals, you can't gain more weight and you will easily shed those extra pounds. Wrong! Skipping meals make your body store fat faster regardless of the size of the portion. Plus, your body requires a variety of healthy nutrients throughout the day in order to remain healthy.
Regardless of your weight, size, or age, physical activity is essential for good health. A sedentary lifestyle is associated with excessive weight gain, weakening of muscles and joints as well as heightened risk of numerous diseases. If you're overweight or obese, you usually think that regular exercise is something you can never do mostly because you don't think you're strong enough to do it. Luckily, there are many things you can do to become physically active. You can start by taking nice walks every day, opt for stairs instead of elevators, or consult personal trainer who can create the list of exercises based on your shape and weight. Optimal health requires healthy diet and exercise and these two aspects of a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand.
4. Make weight loss shake
Weight loss shakes are delicious and healthy tools for improving your health and losing weight. These nutrition power bombs offer an abundance of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that your body needs in order to function properly. These shakes speed up your metabolism thus contributing to weight loss. Plus, they're easy to make which means you can have to start your day in a healthy manner and still have plenty of time to get ready for work. Do You need some ideas? Not to worry, here are 3 recipes you can use to make your own shakes for weight loss.
# 1 Mango smoothie
Mango cubes – ¼ cup
Ripe avocado (mashed) – ¼ cup
Mango juice – ½ cup
Fat-free vanilla yogurt – ¼ cup
Freshly squeezed lime juice – 1 tbsp
Sugar – 1 tbsp
Providing proper dental care for your family is one of the greatest parenting roles you must play. When your kids grow up, they will always remember this when they look at their dashing smiles. It is thus advisable to inculcate proper dental care at a very young age. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) says the first dental visit for your child should be by the age of 1 year.
To provide the best oral care, you need the services of the best family dentist in your area. If you have just relocated to a new area, finding the best doctor for your family's dental issues is not easy yet the services offered by these medical professionals are crucial.
To avoid getting stuck with a bad dentist, consider the following factors:
- Ask for Referrals
Ask around from your friends and coworkers. Your neighbor's advice will also come in handy when looking to identify the best oral care specialist.
- Training and experience
You will be relying on the dentist you choose for a long time and it is thus important to confirm about their qualifications. Check whether they are board certified and whether the clinic is licensed. Accreditations and certification also come in handy and if you find an oral care professional with these, it is more advisable to use them.
Take time to do a background check on any specialist who is recommended to you. You will find a lot of information from online reviews and testimonials. Most parents are willing to share about experiences they have with different professionals and such information will help you make a choice.
- Range of Services offered
Finding these professionals is not just about the brand, but more importantly, you have to look at the range of dental solutions they offer. This will help you determine whether these are suitable for your family. Check for crucial services including professional teeth cleaning, sedentary dentistry, check-ups, implants, bridges, crowns, root canal therapy and fillings among others.
- Kid-friendly Facility
If you have kids, it is important to look for a facility that is kid-friendly. Most kids don't love dental visits and this is because of the intimidating environment they find. Search for a family dentist whose clinic offers a comfortable atmosphere and where staff is friendly.
Other factors to consider include a hygienic state-of-the-art facility, cutting edge dentistry technology and flexible insurance coverage.
In this article, I am going to share 4 unique health and fitness tips. I will also tell you how to use these tips in your daily life. Health and fitness tips are meant to help you live a more prosperous and healthy life.
So let us get started.
Americans started this campaign a few months ago. It has become popular and it is providing amazing benefits. Studies showed us that on average American citizens drink only 2 glasses of water per day. We need 8 to 10 glasses of water daily to fulfill our body requirements. Our body should not be dehydrated.
When our body is dehydrated, it stores water weight along with harmful toxins. It is necessary to drink a lot of water so that toxins are washed out properly.
How can you use this tip in your daily life?
- Bring a water bottle with you, wherever you go
- Drink 2 glasses of water before your breakfast
- Drink 2 glasses of water before exercise
Well fibers have many advantages over fast food or junk food. Fiber intake includes eating fruits, vegetables, and salads. Last week I visited my friend and I was amazed at her breakfast.
Her breakfast included 2 oranges, 1 banana, 1 apple and an omelet with a slice with 2 glasses of mineral water.
This breakfast has many benefits over eating cereals or simple bread slices.
- It makes you feel full
- If you did your breakfast at 7 AM, you will feel hunger at 11 AM. It is recommended to eat a fruit serving or vegetable serving at this time.
- It is a complete diet.
- It gives you energy and refreshment.
Eating fibers also helps you maintain your weight without any crash dieting programs.
Timing of Your meals
It is important to have your meals at time. Consult your health expert for this purpose.
Join a Slimming Center
Slimming centers are doing an excellent job to help you lose weight. It is a fashion to join a gym or slimming center. However, do not waste your money on things you do not want. You can do gym workout at home. To live a healthy life, exercise is necessary. It depends upon your lifestyle.
Some people do not need to do any exercise because of their working routines. Others like me (online workers) do need exercise.
How to use this tip in your daily life?
- Walk for 10 minutes daily
- Do yoga or push ups at home
- Join a gym for this task
Best of luck!