Enjoy Your Health

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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Tips to Boost Movement (and Mood!) despite Disrupted Schedules

By Dr. Kushner / May 13, 2020 /

My recent telehealth visits reveal that changed schedules during this stay at home pandemic have uprooted exercise programs for many. No more health club visits, workouts with a personal trainer, spin classes, morning walks with a friend or exercising at home while kids are at school. Working remotely can also lead to more sedentary behaviors.…

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Nudge Healthier Eating with Family Inspired Cooking and Baking Tips

By Dr. Kushner / May 7, 2020 /

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and with children at home, these are stressful and trying times for families. And yet many families have found cooking and baking to be useful activities to pass the time and put food on the table for loved ones. For this blog, I engaged the advice of our…

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Health Habits Silver Lining during Pandemic?

By Dr. Kushner / April 28, 2020 /

When we come out the other side of this pandemic, many of us are wondering – how will life be different? As an expert in weight management for the past 4 decades, I’ve been watching different diet trends come and go. Now that we have all been social distancing at home with restaurants and health…

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Manage Stress during Stay at Home Order

By Dr. Kushner / April 20, 2020 /

With emotions high during the Covid-19 pandemic, feeling stressed may be your new normal. You may feel overwhelmed, have a lack of focus and concentration, have worrisome thoughts that cloud your head or be aware of tension in your neck and shoulders. This may lead to trouble sleeping, turning to food or alcohol for self-soothing…

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Tame Unplanned Snacking with One Simple Strategy

By Dr. Kushner / April 10, 2020 /

You finish your lunch or dinner meal, leave the kitchen and soon you find yourself back in the kitchen hunting for more snack foods. Unplanned snacking, either out of boredom or stress, can quickly derail your healthy eating program. As an obesity medicine expert, you might be surprised to know that if you’re someone who…

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3 Tips to Manage Stress Eating during the Pandemic

By Dr. Kushner / April 3, 2020 /

A change in routine and heightened stress levels during the Covid-19 pandemic have created the perfect storm for stress eating. Here are some ways you may be affected. Instead of going to work and eating a planned lunch, you may be taking repeated kitchen breaks with kids at home – leading to unplanned snacking. Instead…

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