Kathy Barrows, Ph.D, RDN, Nutrtion Director of the CONCI Grove City office recently attended The 9th Annual Obesity Summit at Cleveland Clinic. Over 30% of the world’s population is now overweight or obese. 13% of the obese in the world live in the U.S. There were topics on new web based mobile tools for physical activity, health and wellness, the role of whole grains in reducing blood pressure, new drugs for the treatment of obesity (Belviq and Qsymia being the most recent additions), the impact of obesity on risks of sleep apnea, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, infertility, and arthritis and weight maintenance tools. A live gastric bypass surgery was also broadcast by webcam.
The US Dietary Guidelines stress that Americans should be eating less sodium (salt), solid fats (butter, meat and hi fat dairy), added sugar and refined grains (all those “trigger foods” that we like so much like donuts, chips, crackers, pasta, white rice and sugar cereals). We should be eating more vegetables (not deep fat fried onions and mushrooms), fruit and whole grains (include entire seed of grain meaning the germ, bran and endosperm). Look for the whole grain stamp on bread and cereal products. The average American is only getting 15% of the whole grains needed. They are rich in fiber, B vitamins and minerals and have been shown to decrease blood pressure.
There are 75+ wearable fitness companies. A useful wearable tool to monitor steps is the Omron HJ 320 which is an accelerometer. It is simple, low cost (~$18), easily hidden at a waistband and the screen is easy to read. These will be available at all CONCI offices. A great weight loss tool is the Lose It app. A fitness app to track walk/runs is mapmyrun. Under stress and heading to the refrigerator? Try the StressFreeNow 6 week app that helps with learned optimism and mindfulness.