Matt Steichen

Conquer Your Fitness Goals in 2015!

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Healthways Fitness Your Way

Whether your goals are physical or emotional, we have ways to help you meet your goals in 2015 on your budget and within your own timeframes. Whether you would like to manage your weight, maximize your energy or improve your mood by reducing stress, a new exercise plan may actually be the answer. If you’re looking for a new gym that will help you to achieve your goals, check out the member perks available through Blue365. Through Florida Blue’s partnership with Healthways® you could access to nearly 9,200 different fitness locations.

Keeping Your Teeth Healthy, to Keep Your Overall Health Happy

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Teeth. We all have them and most of us (me included) only really brush two times a day. I go to the dentist for a cleaning every 6 months. While I may be terrible at flossing regularly, I am aware that there is a direct relationship between a healthy mouth and my overall health. Below are some facts around your oral health and tips on keeping those pearly whites shining!

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Why Are We Gaining So Much Weight and How to Stop It!

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68% of Americans have a BMI, Body Mass Index, over 25 (this combines “overweight” and “obese”). 33.2% of Americans, nearly 1/3, fall in the “Obese” category, that of having a BMI greater than 30. The prevalence of obesity in the United States has increased in the past two decades and continues to be a health concern for adults, children and adolescents in the United States. Obesity increases the risk of many diseases and health concerns such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar.

So the question is, why are we gaining so much weight?

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18 Ways to Make Your Kitchen a Classroom for Your Kids!

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Make Kitchen Your Classroom

From math and science to lessons about your family’s culture, the kitchen can be a place of education, fun and love!

Crunch the Numbers

1. Grocery shopping is financial management. Find a day when you can spend a bit more time in the store. Have your child help you with price comparisons and savings calculations when you use coupons or buy in bulk.

Lacey Durrance

Ask the Dietician: What are Sugar Alcohols?

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What are sugar alcohols? I often see them on my food label. Am I eating sugar or am I eating alcohol?

Sugar alcohols, despite the name, are not considered a natural sugar and do not contain any alcohol. They are often used in “sugar-free” or “no sugar added” foods, as well as sugar free cough drops or other medications.

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How Does Exercise Affect My Metabolism While I Am Resting?

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Many things affect your resting metabolism, a process causing us to burn calories even while resting or working at our desk. Exercise can play a huge part in the amount of calories we burn each day, though exercise has little affect on our metabolism while resting. Research shows metabolism increases during exercise, meaning more calories are burned as we are using fuel from our body. The amount of calories you burn depends on the time, type and intensity of exercise plus your normal metabolism at rest (A.K.A. your resting metabolism).