Family Health

Health safety of fad diets

Everyone claims to have the newest and best solution for losing weight. There are millions of fad diets in circulation with promises to melt your body fat, shrink your waist and leave your body thin and “healthy.” But the truth is that most of these diets do not fulfill their promises and do not produce effective long-term results. Many fad diets may also be unhealthy and unsafe.

Farrah Wigand, registered dietitian with Norton Weight Management Services, pointed some red flags that may be indicators of an unhealthy fad diet.

Health insurance marketplace 2.0

What you need to know for 2015

In 2015, most Americans must have health insurance. Last year many states, including Kentucky, and the federal government rolled out an insurance marketplace for those who do not get health insurance through their employer. The marketplace is available to compare health plans and purchase a plan, determine if you qualify for help with paying for insurance and assist you in applying for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The right thing to say to someone who is grieving

7 tips for being a good friend

When it comes to grieving, we all have been confronted with the question of “What do I say?” I’ve struggled to find the right words to console a friend, and I’ve sensed the awkwardness others felt in not knowing what to say to me when I’ve lost loved ones.

Knowing what to say doesn’t come easily to even the most well-intentioned people. Having empathy for a person’s pain and loss is the first step, and these tips may help with finding the best way of expressing it:

Avoid overindulging during the holidays

How many stops do you make during your holiday travels? And at each stop is there a table full of foods you just can’t resist? Well trust me, you are not alone. Emily Wolff, registered dietitian with Norton Weight Management Services, says if you want to avoid the horrible holiday weight gain, you need to plan ahead.

“Planning ahead puts you at an advantage when it comes to surviving holiday meals, parties and family gatherings” Wolff said. So, what should your plan look like?

Celebrating holiday traditions after memory loss

You probably have long-standing holiday traditions that you look forward to every year. If you have a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, however, you may feel as though these debilitating diseases are threatening your traditions. Given that 1 in 9 Americans ages 65 and older (and 1 in 3 ages 85 and older) have Alzheimer’s, you are not alone. There’s no denying that your holiday gatherings may not be the same as they were in the past.

Changing seasons should spark change in diet

Winter is setting in and bringing with it cold temperatures, damp air and fewer daylight hours. These conditions can lead to depressed moods, dips in energy levels due to disruptions in circadian rhythms and heightened susceptibility to colds. Changing your diet to match the changing season can help you beat the winter blues and keep your health up until the spring.

According to Dyrol Underwood, chef, Norton Brownsboro Hospital, changing your diet based on the seasons makes sense to your health.

Exercise away the winter blues

Winter turns some people into sluggish creatures who just want to hibernate until spring. Short days marked by bone chilling wind, ice and snow blur into long nights that only feel colder. It’s no wonder so many people fall into a frozen funk.

A proven way to shake off the winter doldrums? Exercise!

Working out releases “feel-good” brain chemicals, called endorphins, that lift your mood and reduce anxiety. Exercise also keeps your cardiovascular system strong, strengthens the heart muscle, lowers blood pressure and LDL “bad” cholesterol, and boosts HDL “good” cholesterol.