Lock us down and Americans will eat it up. Literally! While in quarantine many of us ate like bears preparing for hibernation. More time at home to cook and limited access to grocery stores spawned an explosion of meal-kit delivery programs. Our lead dietitian tried several of them to assess the nutritional value of these “healthy, convenient meals”. Overall, we found these options to be heavy in salt and fat, and low on produce portions. The meals seemed to be kept at a low price-point by substituting processed foods for fruits and vegetables. In several the produce seemed more of a garnish. Upon closer review of each program, we often found that choices classified as “healthy” seemed to have had a very loose definition of health. For example, Marley Spoon has no information on the site as to the [...]
Grilling becomes a convenient, delicious, and fun way to prepare food. While grilling can be a healthy method of cooking, the National Cancer Institute cautions that grilling certain meats, poultry and fish at high heat over open flames can cause carcinogens to form on the food. On the other hand, fruits and vegetables do not form carcinogens when they are charred. Here are a few tips to consider keeping the food you’re grilling healthy and safe for family and friends. Start with Seasoning - Marinades and dry rubs can add great flavor and reduce the formation of carcinogens on grilled meat, poultry, and fish. Make your own marinades and dry rubs. Store bought versions often contain added sugars and large amounts of sodium. Limiting your added sugar and sodium intake are key parts of a healthy diet according to [...]
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a type of workout that alternates brief periods of vigorous exercise with periods of moderate activity, or rest (recovery). For example, a person could run for 30 seconds and then walk for three minutes. The periods of vigorous exercise and periods of rest/recovery can vary, as can the intensity levels of both. This allows HIIT workouts to be very adaptable to each individual and their fitness levels. The popularity of HIIT has remained on the rise thanks to continued research supporting it as an efficient and effective way to get and stay fit. HIIT is an excellent way for you to improve your fitness level and health, but it does require pushing your body to a higher intensity, so take your level of fitness into account before starting. Consulting a doctor before beginning [...]
What’s better than enjoying a nutritious fruit smoothie on a warm summer’s day? This recipe is loaded with in season fruit such as mango and avocados. Avocados are a nutrition powerhouse packed with heart healthy fatty acids that help brain function. Mangoes deliver antioxidants like vitamin A that help lower our risk of developing cancer. Creamy Mango Avocado Smoothie Prep time: 1 min Cook time: 2 min Servings: 2 Ingredients: ½ large Haas avocado ½ cup mango, diced ½ frozen banana 2 tbsp hemp seeds 1.5 cups skim milk Dash of vanilla Ice as needed Optional toppings: coconut flakes, chia seeds, granola Instructions: Peel avocado and discard pit. Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Enjoy plain or in a bowl with toppings. Calories 234 Total Carbohydrates 26grams, Protein 11grams, Fat 11grams This recipe is inspired by our very [...]
COVID-19 Vaccine Read Time: 2 minutes 4 seconds Undoubtedly you are aware that the National Vaccination Program is underway. Distribution and administration of the three COVID-19 vaccines is daily news. Currently in Ohio, anyone over 16 years of age can get a vaccine. For national updates on COVID-19 vaccine availability, visit Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Website or vaccinefinder.org. Be Well Solutions encourages anyone reading this newsletter to follow the recommendations of national health experts regarding vaccination. Currently that advice is that all people should be vaccinated as soon as possible with any of the approved vaccines. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will protect you, your friends, family, and coworkers. Are All Three Vaccines Identical? The three vaccines available for use in the United States are different in several ways. They are manufactured by three different companies; each vaccine is [...]
Speaker Bill Frankel "Sticking to Your New Year's Resolution" Does your New Year’s resolution include weight loss and getting healthy? Keeping this #1 resolution is hard and most of us fail before we even get started. Every day we are bombarded with mixed information on how to lose weight, which exercise is best, and what foods pack the most punch. Even if you do not run marathons and eat vegan you can be healthy. Bill Frankel will give you the straight talk on ways to get on track---today---to a healthier you. Bill Frankel is the Executive Vice President of Be Well Solutions, a physician-owned, comprehensive wellness company. Mr. Frankel provides wellness services and organizational consulting for companies throughout the United States. His areas of expertise include stress management, sustained wellness, exercise and nutrition, team building, organizational change, difficult personalities, effective communication, and leadership [...]
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The Plain Dealer The Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association is partnering with Be Well Solutions to provide wellness services to members. A formal kickoff is planned for July 10, when dealerships will be introduced to the programs that can help control health care expenses and increase productivity. The program offers members services such as biometric screenings, health risk assessments, web-based and on-site programming, health coaching, wellness campaigns and incentive based programs.