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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

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NATIONAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH – SEP 2015

One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. 1 in 3! That is a staggering number!

Features-SMHWhy should you care? Obesity is an epidemic in our country and when it affects our future, we should all care.

Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen ONLY IN ADULTS, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. A 15 year old with high blood pressure, use to be highly unusual – now it’s normal.

The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. Encourages your family to make healthy changes together.

  • Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
  • Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
  • Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.

Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight. If you have no immediate family troubled with obesity, then think about your niece(s), nephew(s), cousins, start something for the children’s ministry at your church, get involved with PTA….let’s help our children…they are our future! Listen to what the children have to say in the videos below…

Thank you!

12yo and 300+ pounds

 

Weight Loss camp in Georgia

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

 

 

 

 

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … http://www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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More than any other substance – SUGAR – is linked to:

  • Obesity
  • Type-2 Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart diseases
  • ??Cancer??

In 1822 the average American consumed about;

  • 9 grams of sugar per day
  • ~45 grams every 5days (the amount in ONE 12oz can of soda, in 2015).

We went from 45 grams every 5days to now, we consume 45 grams every 7 hours or approx 150 grams per day!  Consuming 150 grams per day or 756 grams of sugar every 5 days is a lot of sugar (see video below for understanding measurements).  So what is the recommended normal daily intake?

Men = 36 grams per day (not 150+ grams)

Women = 20 grams per day (not 150+ grams)

Children = 12 grams per day (well…the actual grams today is rather large for kids too!)

sugar1How many cans of soda do you drink per day? How many cups of juice? They both have about the same amount of sugar! YES Indeed!

Given the way sugar acts on the brain, research is finding that sugar may be as addictive as cocaine and alcohol, so quitting (or decreasing the amount consumed) may not be as easy as one may imagine (take a moment to watch the videos below).

Sooo….Now you know!

What are you going to do?

Take back control…check the labels of the things you consume (cereal, sodas, milk, bread, etc.,). You would be surprise of the items that contains sugar.  With the recommendation of roughly 30 grams per day…one soda is over the daily limit.  I try to stay below 40 grams per day…it is a challenge, but I’m doing it most days. If you must have some sugar, reach for an apple instead…at least you will have the benefit of the fiber. So, what are you going to do?

And remember – everything in moderation! (Even during your 4th of July Celebration – bummer! ;-)) Enjoy!

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HOW MUCH SUGAR IS IN A CAN OF SODA?

THE SUGARY TRUTH

IS SUGAR TOXIC? 60 minutes

 

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog! 

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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK!

Did you know that teen suicide is a growing health concern. It is the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24, surpassed only by homicide and accidents, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Teen suicide preventOne in 5 teenagers in the U.S. seriously considers suicide annually, according to data collected by the CDC

Screening programs have proven to be helpful because research has shown that suicidal people show signs of depression or emotional distress. Referrals can be made for treatment, and effective treatment can be employed when signs are observed in time. Intervention efforts for at-risk youth can put them in contact with mental health services that can save their lives.

Suicide is a relatively rare event and it is difficult to accurately predict which persons with these risk factors will ultimately commit suicide. However, there are some possible warning signs such as:

  • Talking About Dying — any mention of dying, disappearing, jumping, shooting oneself, or other types of self harm
  • Recent Loss — through death, divorce, separation, broken relationship, self-confidence, self-esteem, loss of interest in friends, hobbies, activities previously enjoyed
  • Change in Personality — sad, withdrawn, irritable, anxious, tired, indecisive, apathetic
  • Change in Behavior — can’t concentrate on school, work, routine tasks
  • Change in Sleep Patterns — insomnia, often with early waking or oversleeping, nightmares
  • Change in Eating Habits — loss of appetite and weight, or overeating
  • Fear of losing control – acting erratically, harming self or others
  • Low self esteem — feeling worthless, shame, overwhelming guilt, self-hatred, “everyone would be better off without me”
  • No hope for the future — believing things will never get better; that nothing will ever change

What to do if you or someone you know is considering suicide?  There is help!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or 1-800-273-TALK

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) or call: (800) SUICIDE

 

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Teen Suicide Prevention video – click below to watch.

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog! 

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It is summer and it is hot! There is nothing I dislike more than standing still, doing nothing and sweating profusely…simply because it is hot.  If I am exercising, then it is justified. But doing nothing – that’s annoying (smile).  Notwithstanding my dislike, I still subject myself to “hot yoga” on a regular basis for its benefits… no, its not crazy…not really…(performing “Bikram” yoga in a “hot sauna” room for 90 minutes, we are usually drenched within the first 5-10 min, just lovely…)

Water

Well, we all have heard that in the summer time we should drink water…and lots of it! Oh…do not forget to replace the electrolytes too. However, no one really publicize, that drinking water, like anything else, should be done in moderation. If not, you could literally die from drinking too much water…yes, die from drinking too much water! The medical term is “hyponatremia” … also known as “water intoxication” … it can be very dangerous. Please be careful this summer and especially educate and keep an eye our children! MODERATION is the word for the year.

Please view 2 videos below for more information …

 

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog! 

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MAYHEM can occur to anyone (As the All-State commercials so aptly describes). However, you can decrease your likelihood of an ER visit with a few precautions/Safety tips!

JUNE is National Safety Month

Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries.

burnDuring National Safety Month, Legacy Health Educator is working with community members to help reduce the risk of injuries. This June, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription drug abuse, distracted driving, and slips, trips, and falls.

  • Prescription drug abuse: Prescription painkiller overdoses are a growing problem in the United States, especially among women. About 18 women die every day from a prescription painkiller overdose – more than 4 times as many as back in 1999.
  • Slips, trips, and falls: One in 3 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones and other health problems.
  • Distracted driving: Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating – increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 5 crashes (18%) that injured someone involved distracted driving.
  • Watch out for motorcyclists … PLEASE!

You can make a difference. Find out ways to help reduce the risk of these safety issues.

See video below – may sound simple, but many of these activities lead to Emergency Room visits regularly!

Safety Starts With YOU!

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog! 

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MAY is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

My Grand-father was 5’9″ and weighed approximately 160 pounds (considered a thin man) when he died of a Heart Attack in his Mid-60’s.  It is a prevalent myth, that if one is “skinny” then exercise is not important and a “skinny” person is not affected by many of the common diseases, such heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc., Please do not believe that statement!

Exercise-bikeLegacy Health Educator is supporting the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month (healthfinder.gov). During the month of May, we challenge all adults to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day (Children too!).

Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Yet many children and adults do not get the recommended amount of physical activity.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults:

  • Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week.
  • Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves.
  • Do muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights and using exercises bands – at least 2 days a week.

Physical activity is for everyone. No matter what shape you are in, you can find activities that work for you. Together, we can rise to the challenge and get more active during the month of May!

Enjoy the video below … (I did this to the tune of “Happy” on the Mount Vernon trail about a month ago…not aware that this even existed! It was loads of fun and quite exhilarating! Not up to the video standards? Then just plain walking will do too! )

 

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

 

 

 

 

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information” Thanks in advance for your support!

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Exercise, Exercise, Exercise! That seems to be the answer for many of our ailments today. Yet, the pictures and outcome of a great exercise program shows the slim, toned beautiful female, and a handsome male with a “washboard” abdomen and chiseled muscles everywhere to boot! That is not the goal of a exercise program … for everyone!

PROBLEM: Many are injured in pursuit for instant gratification of such picturesque physique. During this festive, holiday season, many more will be injured in an attempt to defeat the “battle of the bulge” … Turkey, Ham, Pies, Stuffing, Collard green, Candied Yams, Macaroni & Cheese…and the list goes on! YUMMY!

SOLUTION: The key is moderation.  This is a part of my “battle plan” for the holiday season. Hope you can modify to suit your needs

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1.       Start each meal with a glass of water, and drink DURING your meal

2.       Smaller serving size ( Example:1 chicken leg, lots of green on your plate (vegetable or salad), 1 scoop mash potato/rice. Not sure which pie to have? I’ll take 1/3 of each to make up one slice (1/3 slice pumpkin pie, 1/3 slice apple pie, 1/3 slice pecan pie) then another glass of water…stuffed!

3.       Always push the plate away, once that feeling of “fullness” starts

4.       Go for a walk … start by walking for time. 15min out one way … 15 minutes back. Increase pace before increase time. (the reverse is also ok). This is a GREAT time to talk to God, Family or Friends…the time will go by really fast! (Treadmill for those in colder areas works just as well … while watching your favorite TV program, talking or pumping your favorite music in the background!)

5.       Nothing to eat 3hours before bed time.

 Do not underestimate the power of Walking! This is a very good form of exercise and very beneficial! You can slowly graduate to a gym, trainer, or other more advance exercise program. The most important step is to START! Why not start with an evening walk today?

Which plate below represents your last year? Which will it be this year?

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I do not recommend video below for STARTERS! (I do not think I could hang with this Italian either…he is moving! *smile*)

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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