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Archive for September, 2010

Stand Up! Extensive Sitting Linked to Disease, Mortality

September 24, 2010

Two new studies show that the more time you spend sitting, the more likely you are to have serious disease and die early. Read this article on by Brie Zeltner.

Sounds like a no-brainer, but here’s the rub – this is true even if you are a regular exerciser.


Yes, regardless of how much you spend working out, you are at risk. Regardless of the miles logged, the minutes toiled, the weights lifted, if you sit the rest of the day, you are on the losing side (and not in the good way).

The studies, completed in Canada and in the United States, both found the same thing. Physically active people who spend a lot of time sitting are at-risk for premature death. There is just something about all that sitting.

These studies strike fear in my heart. I am physically active. I swam 40 minutes yesterday. But I sit a lot. My job calls for me to be at the computer or on the phone all the time, so sitting is just part of the game.

I asked Dr. Manganaro, Chief Medical Officer, for some advice.

He said,

Just get up out of your chair at your office and walk more. Small things add up, such as:

  • Walk 10 minutes before you eat lunch, then walk 10 minutes after.
  • Park farther from your office building and walk to the building and then take the stairs.
  • Walk to see your colleague. Don’t just email.
  • Stand when you are on the phone.
  • Wear a pedometer and try to get to 10,000 steps a day.

I remember when I moved from my old office to a home office that I lost weight without trying. I realized then that the major difference is that I simply walked more. I walked out to get the paper. I ran up and down my stairs. I walked across the street to see a neighbor. My regular baseline exercise was increased, even without a minute more spent in the gym. So my personal experience tells me that this research is right. Let’s stand up, America. Get walking!

Life Line Screening Runs Health Fair for Dr. Oz Show

September 12, 2010

I was recently privileged to help run a  Health Fair for the Dr. Oz show at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. The people at the church were warm, welcoming and so happy to have us there. The Dr. Oz team was excited by the bustling atmosphere, the excitement from the screening participants, and the great backdrop the screening provided for the show. It was a pleasure and a joy to be there.

The screening was featured in the September 7th airing of the Dr. Oz Show, which was also the show premiere. You can see a snippet on the Dr. Oz website. We screened 82 people that day, many of them waiting several hours to get their tests.

I talked to probably all 82, plus the church staff. Many had stories of high blood pressure in their families, or strokes and heart attacks. Some struggled with their weight or with finding a time and a location to exercise. Many shared stories of lost loved ones and confided that they didn’t want to die early because of diseases that could be caught and treated, if only they took control of their health.

Our Clinical Director had a separate section off to the side of the main screening areas where she counseled people with abnormal results. Our key finding was high blood pressure, which is the number one “ager” of the body and can lead to stroke and heart attack. Getting this number under control should be everyone’s highest priority and I’d like to recommend the home monitors by Omron. You can download a coupon on the Dr. Oz website and get $10 off. These compact blood pressure monitors are easy to use and can help you keep tabs on your pressure.

Of course, you can make an appointment with us as well, and we hope everyone will take advantage of our Life Line Screenings.

I’d like to thank the folks at the church for their open arms and commitment to raising awareness of these important numbers, and to the Dr. Oz team for allowing us to be a part of this great adventure – getting America screened.

5 Life-Saving Numbers You Need to Know

September 8, 2010

1. Blood pressure
2. Waist size
3. Weight
4. Cholesterol
5. Fasting blood sugar

Life Line Screening is proud to be working with the Dr. Oz Show. Are you looking for more information on the “Know Your 5″ package, as featured on the show?

Click to learn more.


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