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Improve Your Health – One Self-Care Behavior at a Time

By Dr. Kushner / April 9, 2023 /

One of my yearly medical student classes I teach is helping our future physicians practice improving their own health, one self-care behavior at a time. You may be surprised to know that health care professionals can also struggle to fit in time for exercise, plan healthier meals into a busy day, take time to de-stress…

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Be the CEO of Your Weight and Health

By Dr. Kushner / March 14, 2023 /

A common refrain I hear from patients is, “Dr. Kushner, I know what to do to lose weight, I am a smart person. I just can’t seem to do it and stick with it!” I typically respond to them by making an analogy to coaching. Elite athletes, musicians and dancers know what to do, but…

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A Trusted Obesity Care Resource

By Dr. Kushner / March 9, 2023 /

If you struggle with overweight or obesity, you’re probably aware of the mixed messages in the media that surround the disease of obesity as well as its treatments. As exciting new obesity care treatments become available, the science of obesity care continues to be questioned. That’s why I was so pleased last month during Obesity…

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Zoom Out to See the Big Picture in Weight Management  

By Dr. Kushner / February 15, 2023 /

Managing weight in a healthy way requires both zooming in to focus on the details of living a healthier lifestyle and zooming out to better understand the bigger picture. Too often individuals can get lost in the day-to-day specifics of trying to lose weight and may feel overwhelmed and frustrated by the ongoing immediate challenges.…

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Self-Monitor YOUR WAY to Boost Weight Management Success

By Dr. Kushner / February 7, 2023 /

As I mentor medical students who are learning how to help patients manage their weight, I often ask them what the patient can do at home to help boost their success. Helping patients be more accountable to themselves with self-monitoring is one of the tools I teach medical students to use in counseling as it…

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Be Strategic in Your Quest for Better Health

By Dr. Kushner / January 22, 2023 /

Improving your lifestyle to get healthier and manage weight better requires good intentions. You also need to know the strategies to follow that will give you the most bang for your buck in your quest for better health. After treating thousands of patients over my 4-decade career, I’ve learned some common pitfalls to a healthier…

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Eat Better, Boost Health in the New Year & Beyond

By Dr. Kushner / January 3, 2023 /

If you’re looking for information and inspiration to help you eat better and get healthier, you’ve come to the right place. My approach is to recommend using skillpower to help you reach your healthy eating goals. Skillpower involves learning and practicing the strategies and skills that have the most likelihood of nudging you toward healthier…

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Why You Need to Know about ‘Diabesity’

By Dr. Kushner / December 14, 2022 /

I recently added a lecture on ‘diabesity’ to the medical student curriculum at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Here’s why. Over 90% of people with diabetes also struggle with their excess weight. ‘Diabesity’ is the term we now use for the dual epidemics of diabetes and obesity that are both rising worldwide and often…

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Weight Loss that Fits Your Lifestyle

By Dr. Kushner / December 4, 2022 /

Improving one’s lifestyle habits is foundational to all weight management treatment modalities, whether you’re taking a new weight loss medication or even undergoing bariatric surgery. I spend a lot of time talking to my patients to help them figure out the best mix of weight management strategies that fit their life and lifestyle habits. If…

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4 Tips to Overcome Healthy Eating Challenges this Holiday Season

By Dr. Kushner / November 14, 2022 /

We all struggle with eating temptations over the holidays. The key to healthy holiday eating is to plan ahead so you feel in control to enjoy the foods you love in moderate portions. Here are some tips that have worked for my patients and can work for you too: 1-Don’t Go to the Party Hungry…

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