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I always learn so much from Taylor. In preparation for her talk at the National Lipid Association meeting in San Antonio, she reviewed the latest research on wearable step tracking technology (also known as pedometers, fit bits, etc.).
It turns out the most accurate ones are the ones that are closest to your hips. However, if you do have a wrist one, keep using it. At the end of the day, the main idea behind pedometers is to get you moving. The key to success is to make sure you use the same one consistently.
Using a pedometer will give you a good idea of your baseline step number. The next step (pun intended!) is to make a goal to increase the number of steps from your baseline. You might make a goal of an extra 100 or 1000 steps every day until you reach your long-term goal. Research from the Centers for Disease Control recommends 10,000 steps per day. Remember, just wearing the device won't work for health goals. You need to use that information and apply it in a way that will improve your health and help you reach your goal. Goals may include general fitness, weight loss, or health maintenance.
With the weather warming up, enjoy getting your steps outdoors. Explore our local parks and hiking trails. Wisconsin has some wonderful places to discover!
Every April the American Heart Association celebrates physical activity and encourages all Americans to commit to being more active on a regular basis. In previous years, this was known as National Walking Day. Individuals, communities, schools and workplaces participate by holding events and using our toolkit of educational and promotional materials. You can choose how you want to participate and customize the experience for your community. Companies, schools and individuals can register to get a free toolkit....so let's get moving!
Click here to Join the Movement
Spring is coming! Here is a recipe with a spring favorite - asparagus and helpful hints on how to purchase this delicious veggie. Enjoy!
Did you know that just two years ago there were over 260,000 health-related apps? In fact, the healthcare mobile app development industry is one of the fastest growing today.
There are many different ways that health apps can be utilized in everyday life, such as monitoring diet and meeting physical activity recommendations. The increasing usage of apps among health care professionals, patients and general public can play a role in patient education and disease self-management.
In February, I had the opportunity to present to the National Lipid Association about the practical applications of mHealth apps at the Spring Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. In my presentation, I explained that "mHealth" stands for mobile health and refers to any digital technology related to health.
mHealth apps can be used with mobile phones or a wireless technology. This allows you to access information about health, wellness or a disease process. The different types of mhealth apps can be categorized by how they are used in three primary areas:
- Managing Health
Some apps can be used through the help of a healthcare provider, but many are used by individuals to track or assist in their own health.
Here at the Mobile Health Team office, we utilize several different apps, each for a specific purpose. These apps were carefully selected based on the needs of our patients. The one you may be most familiar with is our patient portal. This app allows you to communicate with us electronically through our Electronic Health Record, meaning that the information transferred through that vehicle becomes part of your medical record.
As a medical practice, we believe your privacy is of utmost importance. There are also apps that we use for HIPAA compliant texting and to aid in health coaching (such as nutrition or activity tracking). As clinicians, we use several different apps to ensure that we have the most current information on health issues, as well as tools that aid in the diagnosis and treatment of various cholesterol issues.
If you would like more information on how to utilize mHealth apps for your health, feel free to contact our office at 844-547-4343.
March was National Nutrition Month®
In keeping with this year's theme, Go Further With Food, we're providing basic nutrition and hydration tips to fuel your workout.
Hydrate. Make sure you are hydrated prior to your workout by drinking several glasses of water, and continue to drink water during your workout. Water is the preferred hydration source; you may use flavored water but make sure it contains zero sugar.
Have a meal or snack one to three hours prior to working out. A piece of fruit, yogurt, whole grain bread with peanut butter, a bowl of whole grain cereal or oatmeal are all good choices. This meal should be light and easy to digest - lower in fat, lower in protein and higher in carbohydrates.
For workouts shorter than 90 minutes, carbohydrates are the preferred fuel for muscles, so make sure you have enough in your system.
Replenish. If you are exercising for 90 minutes or more, you will want to replenish carbohydrates along with fluids. Here is where sports drinks, gels, beans, etc. come in handy. One sports drink or package of gel/beans has enough carbohydrates to fuel you for an additional 30-60 minutes. Continue to drink 6 -12 oz. of water or more per additional hour of your workout to avoid dehydration.
Eat a balanced meal. Post workout, refuel with carbohydrates, fiber, protein and, of course, more fluid. The smoothie recipe that I'm providing this month (immediately following this article), a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread, or a meal replacement bar that has at least 3-5 grams of fiber and minimal saturated fat, are all good choices.
If you are an endurance athlete (working out 90+ minutes most days of the week) or a bodybuilder or have certain medical conditions, your sports nutrition needs may be different than those outlined above.
Please consult a registered dietitian for specific advice.