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Why I quit my job

I completed my Masters degree in 2003 and worked at the hospital here in Bowling Green till 2008.  I worked in cardiac rehab where people went to strengthen and rehabilitate after heart surgery.  During my time the heart doctors were performing over 380 open heart surgeries a year which is more than two-a-day sometimes, WOW!!!!

Most of the patients we had were over the age of 55 but some people trickled in under 50yrs old, I’m going all-in to say the younger generation will be having heart attacks and surgery at 35-40yrs because of the lifestyle our “society” has created.

Death in the "USHeart disease is the #1 killer among women and the population of the United States as a whole, more people die from heart problems than cancer & accidents combined.

Looking at the death list again,

  1. heart disease
  2. cancer
  3. stroke
  4. respiratory disease
  5. diabetes

These 5 things are contributed and complicated by OBESITY and the reason I quit my job at the hospital.  I want to help people before they get high blood pressure, before they have open heart surgery, before diabetes & cancer, before they go to the hospital, before they die!!

The only way I know how to help is to educate and show people how, I believe its my responsibility to throw it in your face and help you help yourself!!  Physical activity, eating healthy, and limiting tobacco use are three things we can do to help from having a heart attack, once you commit to my program you will find your own strengths and weakness in life,  you will know what needs to be done to make changes that make a difference to help you fight obesity.

I believe being born and living in KY we are at a disadvantage and already behind the 8-ball.  More premature deaths in our state than most others in the nation and its mainly because of our lifestyle,  education, and income level.  We need change, we need something else to help.  More money is spent on drugs and surgeries than ever before, in my opinion they are just doing a job, another day at work for the Doctors, lawyers & Insurance companies

I am ready to do something different

Lets get to work!!

Your doctor says to exercise, so what?

so what? go sew buttons on your underwear is what I was told!

Something I been thinking about, I had a surgeon who once worked out with me & when ObamaCare was being talked about he kinda took offense to it.

His point on Obesity was that surgeons or “doctors” would get to the point to where they won’t admit or even call on obese patients bc of the liability of them not taking initiative and following through with their care plan. The way I understood his argument was that the new plan was to pay healthcare providers based on performance or outcomes of the treatment groups. He didn’t like this idea and I could see his frustration

So ObamaCare has tentatively passed and now the fun begins!! I welcome this new age of “care” bc in my opinion Kentucky needs a change from the past – our kids, cancer, education, obesity, heart disease and premature death are the worst in the country and we need CHANGE!! Some of the hospitals may not want you but I do

So to all of you that your doctor said to exercise, I AM READY FOR THIS!!
Are you?

Modifiable Risk

Meeting a class of young adults today to present a talk on modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for heart disease,  

Heart attacks and stroke are the top killers for Ky residents these days and majority of the people who die early are smokers, over weight (+10lbs) or BOTH!!

We can’t change our height, age, or genetics (non-modifiable) but we can alter our weight, metabolism, and bone & joint healht.  Having a body that’s overweight slows you down, when you slow down you become at greater risk for weakening your heart muscle and becoming susceptible for stroke or heart attacks

The best exercise for a heart lasts only 20mins (weights, walking) and should be done most days of the week.  If you’re doing nothing, shame on you, if you eat too much, shame on you again, but if you are conscious of what you eat & drink with a little exercise, you should stave off high blood pressure and Type II diabetes.  

Be the difference

When is the last time you lost 5lbs and kept it off?   

GT – Get Fit tip: Heart Muscle

cardiac catheterization: my own heart, left ve...

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Heart muscle:

one of the most important muscles of the body I would have to say would be the heart – “cardiac muscle”

-lifting weights increases the left ventricle (pic) of the heart – the part that pumps the blood through the body

Surgeon General recommends at least 20mins physical activity a day for adults to stimulate heart health

One Diet Soda a day may be BAD for your health

Daily diet soda tied to higher risk for stroke, heart attack

New Study suggest over 60% chance to develop vascular diseases and heart related illnesses by drinking diet soda daily

I agree with this study although I bought 3 2l for $3 at the gas station today.  Also this study only measured 2500 New Yorkers, who’s to say living in Ky it’s not greater or less of chance to die young from chronic disease?

I believe the increase in consumption of any so-called “soda”diet or not over time will have detrimental effects to health just like smoking cigarettes or taking prescription drugs in excess.

The human body can handle and adapt to almost any situation in moderation.

Even though a little bit may be good, a lot may not be better.

Try to drink less

Dr. Oz’s 5 tips to stay ALIVE – Numbers you NEED to know

Dr. Oz’s Know Your 5: The Lifesaving Numbers You Need to Know

1. Blood Pressure

Over 50 million American adults have high blood pressure, also called hypertension; within this range,1 out of every 3 isn’t even aware they have this serious medical condition. High blood pressure can cause a host medical problems including cardiovascular diseasechronic kidney disease and stroke, which can strike suddenly.

2. Waist Size

If you’re sporting a large waistline, your risk of dying prematurely is nearly double. The reason is because belly fat, often fondly referred to as a spare tire or abeer gut – sends out a toxic stream of chemicals impacting the whole body.

3. Weight

Stepping on a scale and finding out your body weight is one of the easiest numbers to calculate and an excellent indicator of your overall health. According to theCenters for Disease Control (CDC), 1 out of 3 Americans are considered obese, which can cause a slew of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gout, hypertension, high blood pressure and cancer.

4. Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

5. Fasting Blood Sugar

Testing your fasting blood sugar (FBS) measures your risk for diabetes, a chronic disease that can lead to blindness, cardiac disease, kidney failure, nerve problems and an impaired immune system. Diabetes is particularly high in the African American community.

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