Enjoy Your Health

Tips for Overcoming Health Habit Procrastination

By Dr. Kushner / September 15, 2020 /

As the weather changes along with family schedules, Fall can be a time for personal renewal and transformation. But the energy you used to put forth toward creating new schedules and healthier self-care practices in past autumn seasons may now be focused on dealing with pandemic-related stress, uncertainty and fears. This can lead to procrastination,…

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Build Skillpower, Not Willpower to Manage Weight

By Dr. Kushner / September 10, 2020 /

If you’re like many of my patients, you may blame yourself for being overweight and feel your lack of success is due to a lack of willpower. But just as I tell patients, I will tell you also. Being overweight is due to multiple factors, is not your fault and cannot be wished or willed…

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Are You a Candidate for a Weight Loss Medication?

By Dr. Kushner / August 26, 2020 /

Being overweight is due to multiple factors that are not your fault or something you can will away. Biological underpinnings exist for why you weigh what you do and why it’s hard to lose weight and keep it off. Although lifestyle modification (that involves eating healthier, getting in more physical activity, coping better with stress…

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New Tool to Help You Eat Better, Move More, De-Stress

By Dr. Kushner / August 4, 2020 /

With stress levels high and routines disrupted in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, we are all feeling challenged to maintain healthy lifestyle habits. And yet because excess weight and obesity have been identified as risk factors for worse coronavirus outcomes, managing weight and boosting health are now more important than ever. Over the last…

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How to Talk to your Primary Care Provider (PCP) about your Weight

By Dr. Kushner / July 19, 2020 /

If you’re like my patients, most likely the Covid-19 pandemic has made you re-evaluate your health habits and even inspired you to better manage your weight. If you’re serious about getting help to do so, a good place to begin is by reaching out to your PCP. You see weight management really is a team…

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Weight Journey Reflections Can Lead to Better Health Habits

By Dr. Kushner / July 12, 2020 /

Each person has his or her own weight story to tell that encompasses one’s personal journey and struggles managing weight. I am a big believer in the value of helping people reflect on their journey and more specifically on the life events that impact it, as it can bring new awareness to the experience. Whether…

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Tips for Safe Social Fitnessing

By Dr. Kushner / July 3, 2020 /

As we welcome the good news that many gyms are re-opening, we’re also wondering, “Is it safe to go back?” And yet a robust physical activity and exercise program are critical for maintaining healthy lifestyle habits. Though exercise has so many physical and emotional health benefits that include lowering stress and improving your mood, going…

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3 Tips to Overcome Health Habit Fatigue

By Dr. Kushner / June 13, 2020 /

When you start something new, whether it’s a healthy eating plan, a new workout program or even pandemic-related safety practices, many people tend to be gung-ho. But as time goes on, motivation can wane along with those new health practices – especially if they have not become ingrained as daily habits. When my patients experience…

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Protecting Your Health and Relationships during this New Phase of the Pandemic

By Dr. Kushner / June 8, 2020 /

As our country is easing stay-at-home restrictions, we are all being faced with decisions to make. Which family members and friends do you feel comfortable bringing into your social circle? Are you accepting invitations to dine out with others? Is a backyard birthday celebration okay? Though socialization is something we all crave as it’s an…

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Boost Accountability and Motivation for Better Health Habits

By Dr. Kushner / May 26, 2020 /

The science of habit formation tells us that being accountable to others can be a powerful motivator to maintain healthy habits. And yet during the pandemic, many of us have lost the “others” who kept us accountable as walking buddies, fellow group exercisers, motivating personal trainers and work colleagues who share your passion for healthy…

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