healthy lifestyle

50 Ways to Build More Fun & Fitness into Your Busy Life!

By Dr. Kushner / June 12, 2023 /

For the past 35 years, my wife and Six Factors to Fit co-author Nancy and I, have had a Fun Club. Basically, we formed a social group of 6 couples – that expanded to 13 – who get together on a few Saturday nights per year for fun-filled group activities. Though our group took a…

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Improve Social Connections, Improve Health

By Dr. Kushner / May 12, 2023 /

Surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy recently warned that loneliness and a lack of social connections are having negative effects on both the mental and physical health of Americans. And surprisingly, this seems to be affecting young adults at almost twice the rate of those over age 65. According to Dr. Vivek’s advisory poor social relationships…

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Boosting Your Energy Level can Make Weight Management Easier – Here’s How

By Dr. Kushner / April 16, 2023 /

Many people know that to manage weight better, you also need to manage your time so you can take better care of yourself; this may involve making time to stay active, eat regular, nutritious meals, get enough hours of restful sleep and practice de-stressing activities. But this isn’t always easy to do when low energy…

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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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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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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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Fall into Healthier Habits with the Change of Seasons

By Dr. Kushner / October 19, 2022 /

Falling leaves and cooler weather can signal a change of seasons but it can also indicate it’s time to change up your healthy lifestyle routine. A change of seasons is the perfect time to try new things in your quest for better health. Whether you’re looking to improve your diet, become more active, get a…

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3 Tips to Make Healthy Eating Easier at Home

By Dr. Kushner / October 2, 2022 /

Though your home is the one environment you have most control over, my patients often struggle to take charge of the foods that are available at home. I tell them that successful weight management occurs when you can better control all the ‘eat now’ and ‘eat more’ temptations in your home. If you’re interested in…

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Make Progress, Not Perfection

By Dr. Kushner / September 17, 2022 /

A common misperception my patients struggle with is thinking they have to strive for perfection in order to be successful managing weight and boosting health. But this perfectionistic mindset only sets you up for failure because eating and exercise rarely go perfectly each and every day. Since managing weight tends to be a lifelong endeavor,…

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