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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


3 Bonus Gifts (of Fat Loss)

When you put in the focused effort to lose weight there are certain benefits that you expect to get. You expect to look better in your clothes. You expect to have more energy. And you expect to feel pretty happy about your accomplishment.

Knowing that these benefits are waiting for you, just on the other side of weight loss, is often a strong enough motivator for you to put in the work required. However, I’ve found that sometimes you need even more compelling reasons to dig in and get it done. My experience with helping my clients achieve their fat loss goals has really opened my eyes to exactly what bonus gifts they gain when they lose the extra weight.

My hope is that by reading the 3 Bonus Gifts of Fat Loss below, you’ll feel the driving motivation that you need to jump into fitness with both feet, and that you’ll find out just how amazing and capable you’ve been to achieve your goal all along.

Fat Loss Bonus Gift #1: Confidence

You may not consider it a concrete benefit, but that doesn’t stop confidence from being one of the most important perks of dropping fat. When you have increased confidence, you change how you view yourself and go about your daily routine. The world is at your fingertips and you are able to take on whatever it throws your way.

Additionally, when your confidence increases after losing a few pounds, you’re poised to keep losing. So the confidence you gain gives you what you need to lose more weight and feel even more confident.

Fat Loss Bonus Gift #2: Better Health Today And Later

Go to the doctor with some sort of health condition, and unless it’s the common cold or flu, losing a few pounds can almost always help you manage the condition better. From diabetes to heart disease to joint pain, trimming the fat from your body gives you a heads up right now. Cutting fat makes it easier to get around on your joints, reduces your blood pressure, and helps you sleep better.

As additional perks, less fat today means better sleep and better sex tonight. Since both of these improve your quality of life, taking the time necessary to shave off fat will give you the best life you could experience!

Today isn’t the only time your health will improve if you lose some fat. Shed some pounds and you’ll reap the rewards for years down the road. Instead of having to manage a variety of health conditions, you will be able to keep those conditions at bay.

A few health issues you can cut your risk for by cutting fat are diabetes, heart disease, joint pain, a variety of cancers, high blood pressure, and dementia. In other words, get rid of the fat today and you can avoid all the health issues in the future that requires fat loss for maximum management.

Fat Loss Bonus Gift #3: Everything Tastes Better

As you settle into your new fat-burning lifestyle that includes eating healthily and working out regularly, you’ll notice something. Because you no longer overeat at the buffet or go for a second or third helping, you will begin enjoying every bite that you take. As the bite sits in your mouth, you won’t swallow it before tasting or chewing. You will take your time and really savor the flavor.

And when you do start chewing your food and enjoying the flavors, your brain will have time to register when you’re full and cut you off before you stuff yourself with more calories than you can burn. Do this regularly and you’ll lose even more fat!

I’ve dedicated my career to helping people, just like you, conquer their fear of exercise and clear up their confusion with healthy eating. I know that a healthy life is within your reach – I’ve seen hundreds of my clients before you do it, and I’ll see hundreds after you do it. Today it’s your turn.

Call or email now to get started on an exercise program that will make fat burning second nature, and will transform your body for the best.

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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


Are You Hungry?

When you find yourself reaching for a candy bar—WAIT! Are you really even hungry? Or are you simply eating out of habit? Next time you find yourself gravitating toward a junk food fix do a short burst of physical activity instead. A dozen jumping jacks, 15 crunches, a walk around the block… you get the idea! By the time your heart rate returns to normal you will find that your craving has passed—and not only did you save yourself from empty calories, you burned extra calories as well!


Low Carb Spaghetti and Meatballs

So you ditched that package of high-carb noodles from your pantry, now learn to love nature’s healthy noodles: spaghetti squash. If you haven’t yet tried spaghetti squash then you’re in for a real treat. A pile of tender spaghetti squash strands piled high with protein and veggie meatballs makes the perfect fitness meal.

What you need
Serves 12

2 pounds lean, organic, grass-fed ground beef
1 pound lean, sweet turkey sausage
4 celery stalks, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
3 carrots, diced
3 omega-3, eggs
1/2 cup almond meal
2 Tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
dash of salt and pepper
Optional: handful of olives

For the Sauce:

14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
splash of white wine
2 cups fresh basil, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
dash of salt and pepper

For the Noodles:

1 spaghetti squash

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wash spaghetti squash and poke all over with a knife. Place directly on the middle oven rack and bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cooled, slice in half and remove the seeds. Scoop the spaghetti squash strands out with a large spoon, set aside in a bowl.

2. Throw all of the meatball ingredients into a large bowl and mix with your hands. Form into large, golf ball sized meatballs.

3. Combine all of the sauce ingredients into a medium bowl and mix well.

4. Cook with Crockpot: Place the meatballs in your slow cooker. Cover with the sauce and cook on low for 6-8 hours. OR Cook with stovetop: Place meatballs in a large pot. Cover with sauce and cook, covered, over low heat for 2-3 hours.

5. Place a scoop of spaghetti squash noodles on each plate, top with meatballs and some sauce and then throw on a few olives.

Nutrition
266 calories, 12g fat, 426mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, and 26g protein

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