Ask a Health Coach

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Q: Why do I have to get a HealthCheck every year?

The short answer is that a lot can change in a year — both good and bad.

If last time your HealthCheck showed areas of your health that need a “Fix,” it’s important to see if any medications or lifestyle changes you are making are working.

If the issue isn’t getting better, we can try new medications or other changes to help you address the issue before it becomes a bigger problem.

We’ve been doing HealthChecks long enough now to have some good data, and the fact is that people who get HealthChecks every year are generally healthier than people who only get them once. We’ve helped many coal miners add an estimated 10 years or more to their lives … years that can mean so much to their kids and grandkids. Knowing what your problems are is the first step to correcting them!

Participate! Don’t Hibernate!

bear runWinter’s no time for hibernation … unless you’re a bear! (And it only works for them because they stop eating.)

This winter, get physical!

  • Physical activity boosts your immune system. This helps your body fight off colds and flu.
  • It helps fight depression, too. And that’s especially important in winter when less sunlight can bring on the blues.
  • It makes it way easier to lose weight and keep it off.

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Choose a Great Plate

myplate_blueThe USDA has thrown out the 2005 food pyramid and replaced it with a plate. It’s all part of the continuing effort to help people choose better foods. But mostly it recognizes what we knew all along … that the old pyramid was way too complicated and confusing.

So now we have a plate. It tells us pretty clearly that we should be filling half our plate with vegetables and fruits. The other half should be more grains than protein (meat and beans). We’re encouraged to have a little dairy (milk, yogurt, and cheese) on the side. (more…)