There is currently an epidemic of poor health in the United States. Close to 70% of the adult population is overweight or obese, millions are suffering from chronic diseases such as Type II Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease and many forms of Auto-Immune Disease. This does not only affect adults, 2/3 of American children are overweight. This has not only a physical effect but an emotional effect on their health. It is actually a scary situation that is not getting better. 

There is close to zero education in the US school systems regarding education, and the big businesses are basically being allowed to do anything they want when it comes to raising, growing and manufacturing the foods sold in this country. Did you know that 80% of the foods on the supermarket shelves contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)? Currently the government does not require these companies to label foods containing GMO's. Many of the foods being marketed to children contain not only GMO's but the majority contain artificial colors, sweeteners, and chemicals that are banned in most other countries. So if you are not educating yourself and your children on the importance of nutrition you could be feeding your families very unhealthy non-nutritious foods that will have a long term effects on their health and yours.

When you visit with your physician you have very limited time to speak with them about the reason you are there, or have time to really discuss why you are not feeling well, or what con you do to feel better, lose weight, and possibly reduce or get of certain medications. Doctors are so busy these days dealing with so many patients that they just don't have the time to really spend with each patient to get into the nuts and bolts of how to help you aside from prescribing medication and making a recommendation for a lifestyle change without the actual steps of showing you how. They just don't have the time to sit with each individual patient to do that.

This is where patients can really benefit from working with a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Many Health Coaches including myself work with physicians on referrals or in some cases right in the physicians office. This collaboration enables the patient that is willing to be coached and is really looking to make changes to their health and lifestyle to work with the Health Coach in completely confidential manner and the physician will get updates on the progress and changes that have been made. This is beneficial to the patient, and the physician because they have a trusted partner in the Certified Health Coach that is working closely in designing a specific program that will help their patient make the changes to there health.

When I work with my Health Coaching Clients we do a full health review as part of the initial consultation. From there the individuals who commit to make the change to their health and lifestyle will work with the Health Coach in creating a specific plan that addresses their current state of health, health concerns, and their specific health goals. Coaching Programs can be individual, in groups and in either 3 or 6 month programs. Depending on the individual and their goals they will receive some of the following;
  • Meal Plans
  • Tips on How to Shop for Healthy Foods
  • Books
  • Product Samples
  • Time Management and Planning Ideas for Preparing Food
  • Recipes/Cooking Tips
  • Kitchen Preparation
  • Support in Between Sessions
  • Fitness 

Health Coaching consultations and sessions are generally done in the comfort of the clients home or office via phone or Skype Video conferencing. 

Health Coaching Clients get the benefit of learning how to address their existing health issues as well as how to go forward and living the healthy, happy lifestyle we are all supposed to be living!!

For men, prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. The good news is there are ways you can help reduce risk risk. Harvard University researchers have found that men who exercise regularly are less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who are more sedentary. 

According to the American Cancer Society, a majority of the men diagnosed with prostate cancer are over the age of 65. So for men who plan to stay healthy far into their golden years, there is still plenty of time to help prevent prostate cancer.

For men with office jobs who spend most of their days behind a desk finding time to exercise at least 30 minutes a day can be quite challenging. The best way to combat this it to find a number of small ways throughout the day to be active. This activity does need to be intense sweat breaking activity, it could be a few simple things to increase your movement such as:

  • Standing up every 30 minutes to walk around the office or throughout the office space.
  • Walk to meet with co-workers as opposed to emailing or calling from office to office.
  • Step out for lunch or even volunteer to pick up lunch for others, this way you are out of the office and walking about.
  • Take a brief afternoon break and walk for 10 minutes.
  • Walk from the train or bus stations rather than taking a cab or public transportation....weather permitting of course!
  • Use a step counter or walking app for to track you daily steps.
  • Help around the office with supplies especially heavier items like paper.

These steps are not only good for helping prevent prostate cancer but good for your overall health.

Vitamin D - 600 to 800 (IUs) daily may also help lower the risk of different forms of prostate cancer.

Peter Burke 2/10/15