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MedFit Care
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While Covid accentuated poor heath conditions in some, they were prevalent long before Covid. 

The Good News: Physical activity can positively affect over 30 chronic conditions, making it the best deterrent of chronic disease in primary and secondary prevention.

Health Statistics for adults in the U.S. 

  • 50-60% have at least one chronic disease; 25-40% have two or more.
  • Almost 40% are clinically obese.
  • Hypertension affects over 100 million.
  • Over 30 million have Type 2 diabetes.
  • Osteoarthritis affects over 30 million. It’s thought everyone over 60 has at least 1 joint affected.
  • Cardiovascular disease is responsible for almost 1 in every 4 deaths.

What is MedFit Care?

MedFit Care is a telehealth company offering medically necessary exercise prescriptions for consumers and patients nationwide.

A MedFit Care physician will write a medically necessary exercise prescription that can be used to pay for your MedFit Care fitness professional, who understands your unique needs and can work with you to improve your health and quality of life. With your prescription in hand, you are now able to use a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), or your own funds as a medical expense tax deduction, to pay for the services of a qualified medical fitness specialist.

If you, a family member, or friend has health issues of concern, call our New Orleans Healing Center location at 504-754-1101 or​ stop by the New Orleans Healing Center to discuss your options.

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May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month
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​Non-melanoma skin cancer is a very common cancer in the United States, with more than 5 million people diagnosed each year. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, which are non-melanoma skin cancers, are the most common types of skin cancer. Non-melanoma skin cancers rarely spread to other parts of the body.

  • 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.
  • More than 2 people die of skin cancer in the U.S. every hour.
  • Having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma.
  • When detected early, the 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99 percent.

Melanoma:

Melanoma is an aggressive form of skin cancer. It is more likely to invade nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body than the more common forms of skin cancer.

Melanoma is more common in men than women and among individuals of fair complexion. Unusual moles, exposure to natural sunlight or artificial sunlight (such as from tanning beds) over long periods of time, and health history can affect the risk of melanoma – American Association for Cancer Research.

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for melanoma in the United States for 2024 are:

  • About 100,640 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 59,170 in men and 41,470 in women).
  • About 8,290 people are expected to die of melanoma (about 5,430 men and 2,860 women).

Less Common Skin Cancers:

1) Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare and aggressive type of skin cancer that develops in sun-exposed skin areas and has a high likelihood of spreading to other body parts.2) Skin lymphoma, also called Cutaneous lymphoma, is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that starts in the skin.3) Kaposi sarcoma is a type of cancer that starts in lymph or blood vessel cells and tends to appear in the mouth and as lesions on the skin, but may also develop in the lungs, liver and digestive tract.4) Skin adnexal tumors are tumors that start in hair follicles or skin glands.5) Sarcomas are soft tissue tumors that can begin in deep skin tissue.

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Things that put you at higher risk for getting skin cancer are called risk factors. The main risk factor for developing skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from:

1) Sunlight2) Tanning beds3) Sun lamps

Other factors that may contribute to developing skin cancer include:

– Having a history of severe, blistering sunburns- Having many, or unusual, moles- Being a blond or redhead, having fair skin that easily freckles or sunburns- Exposure to large amounts of toxic substances such as paraffin oil, coal tar and arsenic compounds- Family history of skin cancer- Previously being diagnosed with skin cancer- Being older, male- Having a weakened immune system- Having a rare inherited condition called xeroderma pigmentosum– People with darker complexions have a much lower risk of most types of skin cancer. When they do develop melanoma, people with darker skin types are much more likely to have rare types of melanoma such as acral lentiginous melanoma, an aggressive type affecting the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and nail bed. Melanoma can also develop in non-sun-exposed area such as the membranes of the mouth, gastrointestinal tract and female genital tract. The most important warning sign of skin cancer is a new spot on the skin, especially if that spot changes shape, color or size. Another potential symptom is a spot that looks different from all the others on your skin (known as the “ugly duckling sign”).

Other signs include:

– Red or pink patches with shiny, pearly-white raised edges- Non-healing open sores that bleed or develop a crust- Red scaly patches of skin that may bleed- Wart-like growths with crusted surfaces- Hard, waxy skin lumps with visible blood cells- A newly itchy, tender or painful sore


Good Cholesterol vs Bad Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is essential for building cell membranes and producing hormones, vitamin D, and bile acids that aid in digestion. However, having too much cholesterol, particularly low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Here's a breakdown of the two main types of cholesterol:

  1. Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol:

    • Often referred to as "bad" cholesterol.
    • LDL cholesterol can build up on the walls of your arteries, forming plaque that can narrow and clog arteries, leading to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  2. High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Cholesterol:

    • Referred to as "good" cholesterol.
    • HDL cholesterol helps remove LDL cholesterol from the arteries by transporting it to the liver, where it can be broken down and eliminated from the body. This process helps protect against heart disease.

In summary, high levels of LDL cholesterol can increase the risk of heart disease, while high levels of HDL cholesterol can help reduce that risk by removing excess cholesterol from the bloodstream. It's important to maintain a balance between these two types of cholesterol for optimal heart health.

Exercise and Cholesterol​

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Regular exercise can have a significant impact on cholesterol levels and overall heart health. Here's how exercise influences cholesterol:

  1. Raises HDL Cholesterol: Physical activity, especially aerobic exercise like brisk walking, running, swimming, or cycling, can increase the levels of HDL (good) cholesterol in the blood. This helps remove LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream, reducing the risk of plaque buildup in the arteries.

  2. Lowers LDL Cholesterol: Exercise can also lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol. It does this by increasing the size of the particles that carry LDL cholesterol in the blood, which makes them less likely to contribute to plaque formation in the arteries. Additionally, regular physical activity can stimulate the liver to remove LDL cholesterol from the blood.

  3. Aids in Weight Management: Regular exercise helps with weight loss and weight management, which can indirectly improve cholesterol levels. Being overweight or obese is associated with higher LDL cholesterol and lower HDL cholesterol levels. Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight or achieve weight loss, which in turn can improve cholesterol profiles.

  4. Improves Overall Heart Health: Exercise strengthens the heart muscle, improves circulation, and reduces inflammation throughout the body. These benefits can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are often associated with high cholesterol levels.

  5. Reduces Triglycerides: Triglycerides are another type of fat in the blood that can increase the risk of heart disease when levels are too high. Regular exercise helps lower triglyceride levels, further improving heart health.

To reap the benefits of exercise on cholesterol levels, it's recommended to engage in moderate-intensity aerobic activity for at least 150 minutes per week, or vigorous-intensity aerobic activity for at least 75 minutes per week, along with muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days per week. However, even small amounts of physical activity can provide health benefits, so finding activities you enjoy and incorporating them into your routine is key.





How To Stay Active with Arthritis

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​More than 40% of adults with arthritis do not receive counseling from their health care providers on the benefits of physical activity for arthritis management.

-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Arthritis can lead to severe joint pain and may limit your normal activities, but there are several ways you can reduce arthritis pain without medication. Research has shown being physically active is one of the best ways to treat arthritis. 

Physical activity can help your arthritis by: 

  • Reducing pain
  • Improving range of motion and function
  • Increasing energy
  • Improving mood
  • Supporting weight management
  • Preventing or improving other conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

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How much activity should you aim​ for? Try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week - like brisk walking. This can be broken up into smaller segments such as 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Even if you can’t reach this goal, staying as active as you can is good for your health. Remember, any amount of physical activity is better than none!

What kinds of activities should you do? You should choose physical activities that are gentle on your body and joints to reduce the risk of injury. These activities can include:   

  • Brisk walking
  • Yoga
  • Gardening
  • Dancing
  • Swimming

Explore physical activity programs in your community that are designed to reduce arthritis symptoms and teach you how to safely increase your activity level. Many of these programs are free or low-cost and available at local YMCAs, parks, and recreation or community centers. Learn more about Arthritis-Appropriate Evidence-Based Interventions (AAEBIs) here

Remember, your doctor is a reliable source of information about physical activity. If you have concerns or questions, talk to your doctor about the right level of activity for your abilities and health goals. For more tips on staying active, go to the CDC website.





Group Circuit Training by Paul

Monday and Thursday 11:15 am-12:00pm

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​BENEFITS OF CIRCUIT TRAINING: 

  • Maximum results in minimum time
  • Challenge your whole body
  • Mix cardio and strength
  • Send your metabolism soaring
  • Never waste another minute
  • Beat gym boredom
  • All fitness levels welcome
  • Arrive early for instruction

Have questions? Call Paul @ 504.525-2956


5 Habits of the Fit and Fabulous

Being fit is all about the lifestyle, and not the quick fix, so let’s take a glimpse at the habits that fit people have. These following five habits are held by successfully fit people…let’s see if you could apply some to your own life.

1. They See Each Day with Perspective

Fail to meet your fitness goals today? Move on. Tomorrow is another day to make smarter decisions. When you wake up, rededicate yourself to your fitness goals without beating yourself about whatever mistakes you made in the past. After all, you can’t change what you did yesterday. All you can control is right now. So get to it!

2. They Find Ways around their Excuses

If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t quite get fit, it may be your proclivity for caving to pressure. And that pressure may be self-induced. Fit people do not give into excuses for why they shouldn’t exercise. Quite the contrary. They are continually finding reasons why they should hit the gym and find pockets of time to do it—even if the trip to the gym is shorter than usual.

3. They Eat and Sleep Well

Study after study has shown the benefit of eating whole, unprocessed foods. It provides energy and strength, helps you feel full throughout the day, and makes your time in the gym as fruitful as possible. Getting good sleep is equally as important, as it keeps all your bodily systems in rhythm. Put these two fit activities together and you’re well on your way to optimal fitness.

4. They Track Progress

For some, keeping tabs on health progress is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Once you get into the routine, however, you will become a believer in the power of tracking your progress. Tracking serves to both reward and motivate you, as you see that the countless hours in the gym and smart food choices lead to a healthier weight and greater strength—a.k.a. better overall fitness and health.

5. They Lean on a Fitness Professional

The final thing fit people do is rely on someone with lots of knowhow in the realm of fitness. This is why my clients have such a high success rate in achieving their goals – because I make sure that they stick with it! I have a sincere interest in your overall health and well-being and know how to help you reach the goals that can seem so far away when you’re trying to achieve it on your own.

Call or email today and let’s get started on your fitness journey!

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Michael Roberts

Medical Fitness Specialist

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Downtown Fitness Center

2372 St Claude Ave Suite 264

New Orleans, LA 70117

5047541101


Emotion Creates Motion

Can you remember a time when you felt completely discouraged with your body? It’s easy to beat yourself up when the body that you have is miles from the one you want. When negative emotions flood over you resist the urge to get down on yourself, rather turn the tides in your favor. You may have heard the expression ‘emotion creates motion’. This is a very powerful tool. Channel your dissatisfaction with your body into ‘motion’. Take control of your body and put a plan into action.


Portobello Eggs Benedict

Have you ever noticed how most of our favorite breakfast dishes center around a grain+gluten filled item? Breakfast is notoriously a high-carb, low protein meal, which sets you up for a day filled with poor food choices.

So, rather than go with the high-carb flow, start your day off with this Portobello Eggs Benedict – where a marinated and roasted Portobello mushroom cap is used to replace the English muffin. Think of it as a modern, fitness-friendly version of Eggs Benedict that will keep you on track with your results. Enjoy!

What you need
Serves 4

For the Marinade:

2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon minced shallot
sea salt and black pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil

For the Creamy Mustard Sauce:

2 Tablespoons coconut cream
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon fresh chives, minced
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon water

For the Benedicts:

4 Portobello mushrooms
1 teaspoon white vinegar
4 eggs
1 cup baby spinach

Instructions

1. In a medium bowl whisk together the marinade ingredients. Wash the mushrooms and remove the stems. Place the mushrooms in a ziplock bag with the marinade for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.

2. In a medium bowl combine the mustard sauce ingredients. Mix until creamy then store in the fridge.

3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil. Place the marinated mushrooms on the pan and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

4. In a large saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a simmer (not a boil!) Add the vinegar. One at a time, crack the eggs into a cup and gently slip into the water. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs.

5. Plate each benedict by topping a Portobello with spinach, a poached egg and a dollop of creamy mustard sauce. Enjoy!

Nutrition
297 calories, 12g fat, 2g carbohydrate, 172mg sodium, 2g fiber, and 7g protein

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