Entries by Jay Wojcik

Want to be healthier? Help someone else!

Danica Patrick for Edwards-Elmhurst Hospital shared that it’s impossible to walk away from an event where you’ve helped somebody (especially if it involves kids) feeling angry or bitter. There’s something about shifting your focus off yourself and onto others in a positive way that lifts the dark clouds. Giving of yourself — helping someone or […]

Healthy-up your holiday sweets!

The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without cookies, cakes and other sweet goodies.  Mayo Clinic and The Huffington Post have posted lists of healthy substitutions, including the following: Sugar: In most baked goods you can reduce the amount of sugar by one-half; intensify sweetness by adding vanilla (try using 4 tsp vanilla to replace […]

Benefits of Oatmeal

College of DuPage Nursing Student Jeanine Rapp loves oatmeal, especially on a cold, winter morning. She shares that there is something about oatmeal that is warm and comforting. It’s that kind of “stick to your ribs” breakfast that is very satisfying. We have heard for years that oatmeal is good for our health, but do […]

Fat is the Cause of Type 2 Diabetes

Michael Greger M.D. FACLM shared that studies dating back nearly a century noted a striking finding: If you take young, healthy people and split them up into two groups—half on a fat-rich diet and half on a carbohydrate-rich diet—we find that within just two days, glucose intolerance skyrockets in the fat group. The group that had been […]

Activity trackers can work when paired with wellness coaching

Indiana University shared in ScienceDaily on 28 November 2016 that while critics have debated the effectiveness of activity trackers, a recent study by faculty in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington found activity trackers can work, if paired with wellness coaching. The study was published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness […]

The Natural Human Diet

Michael Greger M.D.   wrote that our epidemics of dietary disease have prompted a great deal of research into what humans are meant to eat for optimal health. In 1985, an influential article highlighted in my video The Problem With the Paleo Diet Argument was published proposing that our chronic diseases stem from a disconnect between what […]

Tips for Reducing the Stress of Traveling

Jennifer Scott from jennifer@spiritfinder.org shared that when we vacation, we want to feel like we are leaving all of our cares and worries behind. Planning ahead can make the difference when it comes to having an enjoyable trip. Make Arrangements in Advance It is best to start your planning well before your departure date. Start a list […]

Why Obesity Goes Unaddressed

The Take 5 Challenge is meant to inspire DOCTORS to have a productive conversation about obesity in ways that will support patients and change practice. Sadly, a recent survey found that more than 1/3 of those with obesity have not spoken with a physician or health professional about their weight. Also, due to lack of training […]

Managing Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes brittle or porous bones due to a reduction in the bone mineral density. Bone is comprised of living tissue, which is constantly dying and renewing itself. Normally, old bone is cleared away as new growth occurs. However, when new bone cannot be generated, bones become soft and weak. So, […]