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To Keep the Weight Off, Keep Tracking Your Diet NEW ORLEANS — Keeping track of the foods you eat is an important strategy for weight loss, but continuing to monitor what you eat is also important to prevent regaining that weight. Now, a new study finds that stopping food tracking is linked to regaining weight. In order to prevent re-gaining weight, people should make an effort four months after starting a diet to refocus on food tracking, according to the study, presented here Sunday (Nov. 13) at the American Heart Association's annual meeting called the Scientific Sessions. The researchers found that people tended to stop dietary monitoring after about four months, and that this was followed by regaining weight, said Qianheng Ma, a public health researcher at the University of Pittsburgh and the lead author of the study. The effects of food tracking, or "dietary self-monitoring," on weight loss have…
Good vs. Bad Carbohydrates Carbohydrates are an important part of your diet, but that doesn't mean you're free to load up on cakes and cookies to get your daily amount. Here, we explain the difference between good and bad carbohydrates. By Diana Rodriguez Medically Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet, but there's much discussion about the good and bad carbohydrates. So how do you know which is which? The answer is both simple — and complex. Good vs. Bad Carbohydrates Carbohydrates, often referred to as “carbs,” are your body's primary energy source, and they're a crucial part of any healthy diet. Carbs should never be avoided, but it is important to understand that not all carbs are alike. Carbohydrates can be either simple (nicknamed "bad") or complex (nicknamed "good") based on their chemical makeup and what your body does with them.…
Why Fruits and Vegetables Are Vital Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important for good health. Find out why experts say Mother Nature's bounty packs better nutrients than supplements. If we are what we eat, then many of us must be tripping all over the place due to a lack of balance. That's because the average American eats about three servings of fruits and vegetables per day — a stark contrast to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new guidelines stating that we should be eating 5 to 13 servings of nature's best, depending on the number of calories you need. So if we want to grow to be strong like Popeye, why can't we just down some supplements instead of devouring a pile of spinach? Nutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables work together. Kristine Wallerius Cuthrell, MPH,…
Each month we select an employee who demonstrates excellent work ethic through productivity and diligence, is timely and loyal, and displays behavior that promotes the needs and goals of the client company while holding to a commitment of quality and professional growth. Michael started working for The Alpha Group in 2012. In that time he has always proven himself to be a valuable member of The Alpha Group. He has received recognition by our client companies for his strong work ethic, reliability, enthusiasm and willingness to do what it takes to get the job done. Thank you, Michael, for your dedication. Congratulations on your success!! Monthly winners also have the opportunity to be selected as Employee of the Year. The Employee of the Year Winner will be entered for a chance to be recognized by the American Staffing Association at their yearly conference.
March Is… National Nutrition Month March is National Nutrition Month! This month we will be reviewing what food we put into our bodies and considering better and healthier options. Americans typically exceed the recommended daily portions for calories from solid fats and added sugars, refined grains, sodium, and saturated fats and yet do not get enough of vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, dairy products, and oils. During the month of March, let’s look at our diet and nutrition and see where we can improve. Studies have shown that keeping track of your eating throughout the day for extended periods of time can help people cut down on their eating. Many people have food journals or use Smartphone applications such as My Fitness Pal that keep track of eating, drinking, and exercise habits. The Alpha Group will also be holding a month-long food drive in the lobby of Alpha Place. These donations will…
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Smartphones Could Be a Boon to Heart Health Research Smartphones might revolutionize cardiac research by giving instant, accurate insight into the physical activity of people using them, a new study finds. "People check these devices [an average of] 46 times a day," noted study senior author Dr. Euan Ashley, an associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. "From a cardiovascular health standpoint, we can use that personal attachment to measure physical activity, heart rate and more," he said in a university news release. In the study, Ashley's team enlisted subjects via a free iPhone app called MyHeart Counts. The researchers enrolled more than 47,000 Americans across all 50 states, and were able to track data about the physical activity of nearly 5,000 participants who took a six-minute walking fitness test. "The ultimate goals of the MyHeart Counts study are to provide real-world evidence of both…
Thursday, 16 February 2017

Alpha Cares: Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

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Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs. Although some heart attacks are sudden and intense, most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body — and call 911 if you feel: Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort. Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness. Download our heart attack warning signs infographic. Symptoms Vary Between Men and Women As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest…
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