Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyle

| Posted On Nov 21, 2016 | By:

Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

For many people, this is truly “the most wonderful time of the year,” as it’s filled with family, friends and of course, food! If you are among the many who are trying to lose weight or stay healthy, the thought of traditional holiday food and navigating family and social events can cause a bit of anxiety. But it doesn’t need to.

It is more than possible to enjoy the celebrations with just a few modifications.

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| Posted On Jun 27, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Joins Coalition Supporting Healthy Food Choices in Vending Machines on State Property

Atrius Health recently joined a statewide coalition including the American Heart and American Stroke Associations, the Massachusetts Health Council and the Massachusetts Public Health Association urging passage of House Bill 3988 “An Act Relative to Expanding Access to Healthy Food Choices in Vending Machines on State Property.”

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Kulik (D-Franklin), was reported favorably out of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing and the Joint Committee on Public Health and is now before the House Ways &

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| Posted On Apr 14, 2016 | By:

Cholesterol: The good, the bad and staying healthy

Cholesterol. It’s a word frequently associated with health issues like heart disease, stroke, and even diabetes. Although cholesterol gets a pretty bad rap, our bodies produce it naturally. Of course, when it comes to something as delicate as the human body, too much or too little of anything can be cause for concern.

Let’s break down the basics:

What is cholesterol?

Simply put, cholesterol is a waxy,

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| Posted On Apr 05, 2016 | By:

New Health Ed Classes at Harvard Vanguard

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates offers a wide variety of health and wellness classes as part of our focus on your total health needs. We’d like to highlight a few new offerings for our patients:

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| Posted On Mar 24, 2016 | By:

A Look at the New Dietary Guidelines

Every five years, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) are required to update guidelines that provide recommendations on nutrition to help adults and children ages 2+ consume a healthy, nutritionally acceptable diet. These guidelines provide the basis for federal food, nutrition and health policies as well as national nutrition education for the public, thus, influencing the diets of millions of Americans.

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| Posted On Jan 04, 2016 | By:

Find Your Best Energy to Make Positive Lifestyle Changes

It seems like a no-brainer. Eat right, maintain a healthy weight, be active, don’t smoke, and drink responsibly, and you can improve the state of your health. And yet, fewer than one in five adults, a mere 16%, report being successful at making health-related improvements such as losing weight, starting a regular exercise program, and eating a healthier diet. To help you succeed on this challenging path, we will offer a “virtual” Group Health Coaching Experience for Midlife Women beginning on January 26,

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| Posted On Dec 10, 2015 | By:

Holiday Season Shopping: Be Smart and Safe

December means decking the halls, holiday carols, getting together with family, and of course the height of gift giving each year. December also marks “Safe Toys and Gifts” month, a good reminder to keep safety front and center as you decide which toys from the wish list will indeed find their way under the tree.

One of the hottest gifts this holiday season is the hoverboard. While Marty McFly was a hovering pro within minutes and made zooming around town look like a piece of cake,

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| Posted On Dec 01, 2015 | By:

“Lewis, My Tree!”

Do you remember the scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when Clark Griswold’s massive and beautifully decorated tree catches fire and quickly disintegrates? Well, whether the cause is a dry tree or a wobbly menorah (or a misplaced cigar), we can all agree that no one wants to reenact that scene in our own living room this or any other holiday season.

While this is a busy and stressful time of year for many – between holiday shopping,

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| Posted On Oct 22, 2015 | By:

How to Have a Healthier Halloween

The fall season is upon us, and with it comes cooler weather, football season, apple picking and of course, Halloween. Children can’t wait to dress up in the season’s most popular costumes (how many Queen Elsa’s will there be this year?) and go door to door in search of sweet treats. And, we have to admit, parents are equally excited about looting their child’s candy bag later that evening.

However, the sugar high,

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| Posted On Jul 22, 2015 | By:

Nutrition Myth Busters

It seems as if there are new nutrition studies coming out on a regular basis, and unfortunately, after the information is funneled through all of the media channels available, it comes out the other end pretty garbled and very confusing. This of course can be very frustrating to those of you who are trying to eat healthfully and lose weight. Consulting with a registered dietitian is the best way to straighten out the confounding mess of information,

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