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Coloradans are 200,000 Pounds Lighter Thanks to incentaHEALTH and Kaiser Permanente’s Weigh and Win

DENVER, July 14, 2015 ­­– Colorado is getting healthier by the day with help from incentaHEALTH’s scientifically designed and technology-based weight loss program, Weigh and Win. As an incentivized and free resource, Weigh and Win has coached residents across the state to shed 200,000 pounds since 2011. In addition to the program’s push-based Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) coaching, participants of Weigh and Win have been paid $340,000 in cash rewards for their health improvements. The program is primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente.

“Weigh and Win provides a great program for community members and employers who are looking for fun and innovative ways to achieve and maintain a healthy weight,” said Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Worksite Wellness Manager, Dan McKenna, MA. “Weigh and Win has been very well received here at CDPHE. Our community enjoys the easy access to kiosks, supportive and high quality coaching, tips and reminders.  This is an important program for Colorado as we strive to be the healthiest state in the nation.”

Achieving a healthy weight is a long-term challenge for millions of people. However, it can be the first step in preventing many life threatening ailments. Recent research suggests that a weight loss of 3-5 percent can reduce a person’s risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and the need for cholesterol and heart medications. To date, 47 percent of participants have achieved a 5 percent or more weight improvement and 60 percent of participants have achieved a 3 percent improvement. The average weight improvement for a successful Weigh and Win participant after one year in the program is 17.7 pounds or an 8 percent weight loss. The program has more than 63,000 participants.

Weigh and Win is offered for free to all Colorado residents 18 and older and provides tailored health coaching via text message and email. Participants receive fitness and nutrition plans, a weekly grocery list and unlimited access to health coaches over the phone or email. Cash incentives are provided for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater, as well as other prizes for those who begin the program with a healthy BMI.

Progress is tracked through quarterly weigh-ins at community kiosks. The kiosk measures weight, BMI and takes a full-length photograph – providing a visual progress report of participant weight improvement. See here for a full list of kiosk locations.

The ‘Let’s Get Healthy Colorado’ Fall Team Challenge will begin Aug. 1, 2015. Participants must sign up for a free Weigh and Win account prior to joining the challenge. Create or join a team beginning August 1 by visiting http://www.weighandwin.com/MyCoach/TeamChallengeInfo.aspx.

New participants can enroll online at http://weighandwin.com/ or at any of the 68 kiosks located throughout Colorado.

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Incentivized Health and Wellness Program Brought to Consulate General of Mexico in Denver

Mexican_Consulate_Logo_HeaderMEDIA CONTACTS: Kaytee Long | Health Promotion Manager| O: 303-694-8012 |C: 30­­3-619-8571 | klong@weighandwin.com

Ulises Lopez | General Consulate of Mexico in Denver| O: 303-331-1110 ext. 105| ulopezr@sre.gob.mx

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MC Install 2wandw1Consul General Carlos J. Bello speaking to Mexican Consulate users about the benefits of Weigh and Win

Participants Receive Free Text Message Health Coaching in Spanish and Opportunity to Earn Cash Rewards for Weight Loss

DENVER, June 10, 2015 ­­– In partnership with CREA Results, Weigh and Win has installed its first Spanish language kiosk in Denver at the Ventanilla de Salud located within the Consulate General of Mexico (5350 Leetsdale Dr., #100). In addition, the free, incentivized weight loss platform has added daily Spanish text message coaching to their programming. Topics include fitness, nutrition and motivation. An email address is not required to join the text-to-enroll portion of the program and participants can still qualify for cash incentives. Directions on how to ‘text-to-enroll’ are below.

“The well-being of our community is a never ending mission for the Consulate General of Mexico,” said Consul General Carlos J. Bello. “Prevention is the key aspect in order to avoid health problems, especially among the Hispanic community where diabetes and cardiovascular disease have become common issues. The Consulate General of Mexico in Denver and the Ventanilla de Salud program thank our associates at CREA Results, Servicios de La Raza and Weigh and Win for providing this service to our public.”

How to Text-to-Enroll:

  1. Text ‘unirse’ to (303) 500-1702. Respond with ‘sí’ to confirm.
  2. Complete a weigh-in at any Weigh and Win kiosk location throughout Colorado.
  3. Visit www.weighandwin.com/complete to complete enrollment.

Note: Participants must complete the enrollment process through the link listed above and weigh-in at least once every 90 days to qualify for cash incentives.

Weigh and Win is primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente and offered for free to all Colorado residents 18 and older, providing tailored health coaching via text message and email. Cash incentives are provided for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater. Progress is tracked through quarterly weigh-ins at community kiosks. The kiosk measures weight, BMI and takes a full-length photograph – providing a visual progress report of weight improvement. Email coaching is currently only available in English.

“This new Spanish-language kiosk marks an important milestone for Weigh and Win,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of government, external relations and research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “Weigh and Win has helped tens of thousands of Coloradans achieve healthier lifestyles. We are proud to be part of this program as it continues to expand and becomes more accessible for the community.”

Weigh and Win has 68 community kiosk locations statewide. A Spanish kiosk experience is also available at the Southeast & Armed Services YMCA in Colorado Springs, with hopes to extend the Spanish platform to additional locations in 2015. A map of all partners and locations can be found here.

For questions, contact Weigh and Win at personal.trainer@weighandwin.com.

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About the Consulate General of Mexico in Denver: The Consulate General of Mexico in Denver has a wide agenda of programs and events that aim to foster and grow the relationship between Colorado and Mexico through the collaboration with its partners while maintaining the closeness with its community. The Consulate General provides documentary, protection, community affair, birth certificates, visa and notarial services. It is located at 5350 Leetsdale Drive, Denver CO 80246. For more information call to 303-331-1110 or visit the website consulmex.sre.gob.mx/denver. Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Weigh and Win’s ‘Spring into Action’ Team Challenge Winners Achieve 12 Percent Weight Improvement

Spring into Action$6,000 Donated to Local Nonprofits

DENVER, May 20, 2015 ­­–Weigh and Win has announced the winners of its annual ‘Spring into Action’ Team Challenge, a three month, statewide competition helping participants achieve weight loss and personal health goals through competition and social support. More than 270 teams across Colorado competed in two categories: average percentage of weight lost and HEALTHpoints accrued (earned for program participation).

Prizes have been awarded to the top three teams in each category, as well as a $1,000 charitable donation made on each winning team’s behalf to a nonprofit of their choice. This year’s donation recipients include the American Cancer Society, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Food Bank of the Rockies. Previous recipients include the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver and Habitat for Humanity. Nonprofit donations are provided by Kaiser Permanente.

“I’m a single mom, I don’t have the money to donate myself,” said Weigh and Win 2015 ‘Spring into Action’ Team Challenge winner Desiree Amaro. “Being able to make that big of a donation was sincerely rewarding.”

Team Challenge Winners: Weight Improvement

First Place: Freedom Fat Fighters­­ – 11.94 percent weight improvement (Aurora)

Second Place: Hungry, Hungry Hippos ­­– 10.98 percent weight improvement (Longmont)

Third Place: Team Heckle ­­– 9.25 percent weight improvement (statewide)

Team Challenge Winners: HEALTHpoints

First Place: 3 Chicks & a Jay Bird ­­– 8,705 HEALTHpoints (Aurora)

Second Place: FITBITches ­­– 8,081.6 HEALTHpoints (Denver)

Third Place: Dragon House ­­– 7,577.25 HEALTHpoints (Northglenn)

The average weight improvement for a successful Weigh and Win participant after one year in the program is 17.7 pounds or an 8 percent weight loss. For those who participate in the Team Challenge, the average weight lost is 16 percent more than a general Weigh and Win participant; a Team Challenge captain loses 26 percent more weight.

TC Weight Loss Chart

Recent research by the 2009 Shape Up Rhode Island (SURI) campaign suggests that individuals who engage in higher levels of teammate social influence increase their odds of achieving a clinically significant weight loss by 20 percent.

Weigh and Win is primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente and offered for free to all Colorado residents 18 and older, providing tailored health coaching via text message and email. Participants receive fitness and nutrition plans, a weekly grocery list and unlimited access to health coaches over the phone or email. Cash incentives are provided for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater, as well as other prizes for those who begin the program with a healthy BMI.

Progress is tracked through quarterly weigh-ins at community kiosks. The kiosk measures weight, BMI, and takes a full-length photograph – providing a visual progress report of weight improvement. Weigh and Win has 68community kiosk locations statewide. A map of all partners and kiosk locations can be found here.

The next Team Challenge will take place Aug. 1 – Oct. 31, 2015. Participants must sign up for a free Weigh and Win account prior to joining the challenge. Create or join a team beginning Aug. 1, or any time after, by visiting www.weighandwin.com/TeamChallenge.

For questions, contact Weigh and Win at personal.trainer@weighandwin.com or 303-694-8007.

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Weigh and Win Announces Partnership with Denver Fire Department

DFD-WAWMEDIA CONTACT:

Kaytee Long | Health Promotion Manager|C: 303-619-8571 | klong@weighandwin.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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Left to right: Denver Fire Department Lieutenant Shawn Brooks, Weigh and Win Health Coach Mallory McCormick, Denver Fire Department Safety & Training Chief Scott Heiss and Denver Fire Department Public Information Officer Melissa Taylor

Denver Firefighters Participate in Community Wellness Program

DENVER, May 6, 2015 Community health and wellness program Weigh and Win has announced a partnership with the Denver Fire Department to promote healthy eating and active living to employees, employee families and the surrounding community members. A Denver Fire Department sponsored Weigh and Win kiosk will be housed at the Rocky Mountain Fire Academy (5440 Roslyn St., Building F) beginning Friday, May 8, 2015.

“The physical demand placed on firefighters each and every day requires optimum conditioning. Exercise, healthy eating and weight management are key factors in overall wellness,” said Denver Fire Department, Safety & Training Chief Scott Heiss. “We are committed to developing a total wellness program for the members of the Denver Fire Department.”

Weigh and Win, primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente, is offered for free to all Colorado residents 18 and older and provides tailored health coaching via text message and email. Participants receive fitness and nutrition plans, a weekly grocery list, unlimited access to health coaches over the phone or email, cash incentives for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater and other prizes for participation.

Progress is tracked through quarterly weigh-ins at community kiosks, such as the newly installed location at the Rocky Mountain Fire Academy and 66 other community locations, found here. The kiosk measures weight, BMI and takes a full-length photograph – acting as a visual progress report of participant weight improvement.

“This partnership acts as an invaluable initiative to move the community wellness needle,” said Lia Schoepke, Weigh and Win Program Manager. “The program promises to be an engaging, accessible resource for the health and wellness of Denver firefighters – an integral part of the Denver community. Eventually, we would like to expand this partnership to all Colorado safety professionals.”

QUICK STATS:

  • 61,913+ people enrolled in Weigh and Win.
  • $300,000 in cash rewards given out.
  • 190,352 pounds lost.
  • 67 community kiosk locations statewide. Map of all partners and kiosk locations can be found here.
  • 8 percent weight loss for successful participants after one year in the program.
  • 47 percent of participants with two or more weigh-ins, after six months in the program, have achieved a 5 percent or more weight improvement.

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Group Shot Fire Truck-smWeigh and Win Health Coach Mallory McCormick with members of the Denver Fire Department

About Weigh and Win: As a free, first-of-its-kind community program, Weigh and Win utilizes verified weight loss data through patented photographed weigh-ins and provides Colorado adults with access to an effective weight management platform. The program engages participants with rewards tied to measured results and is aimed at decreasing obesity rates. Weigh and Win is based on incentaHEALTH’s scientifically designed and technology based health and wellness program and is primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente, complementingthe organization’s other efforts to increase healthy eating and physical activity throughout the state. As a leader in measurable wellness programs, incentaHEALTH’s system is designed to help organizations and communities reduce their health care costs. The program utilizes gamification by offering incentives to individuals for improving their health. Colorado residents 18 and over can sign up for free and will receive daily coaching on healthy eating and active living by email or text message. The coaching includes tips for weight loss, weekly grocery shopping lists, daily meal plans (supplied by registered dieticians) and daily exercise routines (provided by certified personal trainers). Progress is tracked through quarterly weigh-ins at one of 66 community kiosk locations throughout the state. Success is rewarded with quarterly cash rewards for weight loss and maintenance, as well as monthly prize drawings for participating. Those who begin the program at an unhealthy weight (BMI ≥ 25) qualify for cash rewards.  Sign up for free at http://weighandwin.com/. Follow Weigh and Win on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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About the Denver Fire Department: Founded in 1866, the Denver Fire Department is dedicated to providing quality, timely and professional emergency services to those who live in, work in, and visit the City and County of Denver and the communities we serve; respecting each other through trust, pride, diversity, integrity, and training; and working together to achieve the highest levels of preparedness, prevention, and community involvement with dedication to purpose. The Denver Fire Department is on Facebook (DenverFireDepartmentCO) and Twitter (@Denver_Fire).

http://www.denvergov.org/Default.aspx?alias=www.denvergov.org/FireDepartment

 

 

Why to Stick to the Outer Aisles of Your Local Grocery Store

Take a moment to visualize your local grocery store. Chances are the fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, dairy and fresh bread sections are all located around the outside perimeter of the store. Sounds like you could make some pretty healthy meals out of these items, right? These fresh foods are generally healthier than most of the items found in the center aisles so this is where you will want to concentrate most of your shopping. When looking at the food choices in the interior aisles they tend to be characterized as “pantry” foods which are typically pre-packaged and more heavily processed to withstand a longer shelf life. However, there are still some instances where it is ok to venture into the inside aisles.

Grocery Store Blog PostAside from finding the most nutrient rich foods, when you stick to the outer perimeter of the store this will also help you avoid any impulse snack buys you tend to purchase when you walk down the center cookie aisle, for example. You may also find that you are more likely to try new healthy foods and incorporate them into a recipe that you’ve wanted to try!

Sources:

Mayo Clinic

Stay Healthy, Stay Happy

 

 

The ‘Skinny’ on Artificial Sweeteners

Are Artificial Sweeteners Hurting Your Weight Loss Efforts?

By Mallory McCormick

Artificial SweetenersThe majority of us have heard conflicting information regarding artificial sweeteners and the impact they have on your health. However, few of us are aware of the severity of the impact it can have on not only your health but also your weight loss efforts. Did you know that consuming artificial sweeteners on a daily basis has the potential to be worse for you then consuming a candy bar?

Some of the most popular artificial sweeteners available today are Splenda, Sucralose, NutraSweet, Aspartame, Acesulfame K, Sucron and Equal. The main issue with artificial sweeteners is you get the sweet taste without an y sugar actually entering your blood. As soon as your body tastes something sweet, the brain sends a signal to the pancreas to prepare for sugar by producing insulin. So what is the problem? According to Dr. Ray Hinish there are two reasons:  First, any increase in insulin will stop fat loss hormonal signals to our body. Second, insulin will cause blood sugar levels to drop, which promotes increased hunger after the artificial sweetener is consumed. This phenomenon is referred to as “Calorie Dysregulation” where your body has trouble calibrating the high degree of sweetness with the low calorie consumption, so you overeat later. You might think you can trick your body into consuming sweet foods without the calories but the reality is you can’t trick your body.

In one study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women who drink just one diet soda a day had a 33% increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes. However, most people usually don’t have just one diet soda; they have a few during the day. Artificial sweeteners are highly addictive and have even been shown to lower serotonin levels, which also happens to be linked to increased sugar cravings.

Bottom line is artificial sweeteners result in increased cravings for sugar, weight gain around the waistline and may even lead to diabetes and early signs of aging. If you feel like you need a sweetener, Dr. Hinish and many other health experts recommend you use Stevia, Xylitol or Erythritol. These are referred to as sugar alcohols, not artificial sweeteners, and can be a healthier, natural option to use in moderation as a replacement. They have been shown to reduce cavities, help with weight loss and they do not impact blood sugar. I encourage you to stop using artificial sweeteners and see how your body reacts. Many find this is a solution to stop insane sugar cravings and it can be a breakthrough for weight improvement.

Sources:

The Virgin Diet Lifestyle Show

“Artificial Sweeteners: Science Experiment gone Wrong” Podcast

JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS Celebrity nutrition and Fitness Expert

 

Cut the Fat

“Diet Soda and Weight Gain – Do Artificial Sweeteners Cause Weight Loss or Weight Gain?” Podcast

Dr. Ray Hinish, Nutritional Pharmacist, Certified Personal Trainer, & Certified Lifestyle & Weight Management Coach.

http://bit.ly/1FdIRJu

Weigh and Win Begins Fifth Year with 60,000 Participants and 66 Kiosk Locations throughout Colorado

4th year press release topperMEDIA CONTACT: Kaytee Long | Health Promotion Manager| O: 303-694-8012 |C: 303-619-8571 | klong@weighandwin.com

47 Percent of Participants with Two or More Weigh-ins have Achieved a 5 Percent Weight Improvement

DENVER, April 1, 2015 ­­Weigh and Win launches its fifth successful year as Colorado’s premier digital health and wellness program. Since inception in 2011, the only free, community platform that pays participants to lose weight has seen great successes, enrolling 60,000 participants and partnering with 66 community kiosk hosts throughout Colorado. In total, Coloradans have shed 178,000 pounds and earned more than $300,000 in cash rewards. Weigh and Win is primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente.

Last year alone, 15,000 Coloradans enrolled in the program and 13 new kiosks were installed across the state.

“When we launched Weigh and Win more than four years ago, we hoped to inspire and motivate Coloradans to live healthier lifestyles. Today, the program has reached tens of thousands of individuals all across our state,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of government, external relations, and research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “We couldn’t be more excited about the tremendous success of Weigh and Win and we look forward to what’s ahead.”

Weigh and Win is offered for free to all Colorado residents 18 and older and provides tailored health coaching via text message and email. Participants receive fitness and nutrition plans, a weekly grocery list and unlimited access to health coaches over the phone or email. Cash incentives are provided for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater, as well as other prizes for those who begin the program with a healthy BMI.

Progress is tracked through quarterly weigh-ins at community kiosks. The kiosk measures weight, BMI, and takes a full-length photograph – providing a visual progress report of participant weight improvement.

“Not only did I lose weight, I increased my fitness level and created healthy eating habits I plan on maintaining for the rest of my life,” said Weigh and Win participant John Bullers. “Weigh and Win kept me motivated by sending helpful emails and rewarding me for my efforts. I’m not sure I could have made it without their help.”

The average weight improvement for a successful Weigh and Win participant after one year in the program is 17.7 pounds or an 8 percent weight loss. Recent research suggests that even a weight loss of 3-5 percent produces meaningful health benefits, such as reducing risk for Type 2 Diabetes and the need for cholesterol and heart medications. To date, 47 percent of participants with two or more weigh-ins, who have been involved in the program for six months or more, have achieved a 5 percent weight improvement and 60 percent of participants from the same population have achieved a 3 percent improvement.

“We are excited to launch several major enhancements to the Weigh and Win platform in 2015,” said Todd McGuire, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of the program. “We are currently testing a new smart phone app that will allow our participants to access their personalized meal and exercise plans, via their phone, as well as provide location-based meal recommendations, triggered by simply walking into a restaurant. Participants will also have one-touch access to be connected to a live Health Coach for on-the-spot support.”

In addition, Weigh and Win is currently beta testing a Spanish module that will provide daily nutrition and exercise coaching via SMS Spanish text message, as well as the Weigh and Win kiosk experience in Spanish.

In December 2014, Weigh and Win awarded grants to eight kiosk partners. Recipients included Boulder Valley School District, City of Arvada, Clinica Family Health Services, Elizabeth School District, Lake County Public Health Agency, North Colorado Health Alliance/Sunrise Community Health, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Craig and Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Steamboat Springs. The grants were funded by Kaiser Permanente and matched by the aforementioned partners.

The success of the program has also improved the financial health of Colorado communities. For every $1 invested into the program, $3.42 is saved in reduced health care costs, according to an independent analysis done by a Ph.D. researcher at Colorado State University.

The first annual Weigh and Win Conference will take place Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Boettcher Mansion in Golden, Colorado.

New participants can enroll online at www.weighandwin.com or at any of the 66 kiosks located throughout Colorado. See here for a full list of kiosk locations.

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About Weigh and Win:

As a free, first-of-its-kind community program, Weigh and Win utilizes verified weight loss data through patented photographed weigh-ins and provides Colorado adults with access to an effective weight management platform. The program engages participants with rewards tied to measured results and is aimed at decreasing obesity rates. Weigh and Win is based on incentaHEALTH’s scientifically designed and technology based health and wellness program and is primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente, complementingthe organization’s other efforts to increase healthy eating and physical activity throughout the state. As a leader in measurable wellness programs, incentaHEALTH’s system is designed to help organizations and communities reduce their health care costs. The program utilizes gamification by offering incentives to individuals for improving their health. Colorado residents 18 and over can sign up for free and will receive daily coaching on healthy eating and active living by email or text message. The coaching includes tips for weight loss, weekly grocery shopping lists, daily meal plans (supplied by registered dieticians) and daily exercise routines (provided by certified personal trainers). Progress is tracked through quarterly weigh-ins at one of 66 community kiosk locations throughout the state. Success is rewarded with quarterly cash rewards for weight loss and maintenance, as well as monthly prize drawings for participating. Those who begin the program at an unhealthy weight (BMI ≥ 25) qualify for cash rewards.  Sign up for free at http://www.weighandwin.com. Follow Weigh and Win on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

 

 

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The Ups and Downs of Caffeine

Caffeine often gets mixed reviews regarding its health effects. It has been found that when it is consumed in moderate amounts (<400 mg/day) it will cause no adverse health effects in adults and in fact can offer several health benefits. However, when caffeine is combined with other ingredients to make energy products like soft drinks and energy drinks, the benefits can be overtaken by the poor effects of other added ingredients.

How Caffeine Works: Caffeine is a naturally occurring chemical stimulant called trimethylxanthine. When consumed, it blocks adenosine receptors in the brain which are important in the process of sleep. By blocking this process, it has the reverse effect and makes you feel awake or more alert. Caffeine also effects dopamine production which is a neurotransmitter that activates the pleasure centers in your brain, which can result in an improved mood.

Ups of Caffeine:

  • Heightened alertness
  • Increased memory
  • Increased concentration
  • Improved mood
  • Improved reaction time and logical reasoning
  • Increased stamina during exercise
  • Helps treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s, dementia, cataracts, asthma, headaches/migraines and depression
  • Helps decrease the risk of kidney stones, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, cirrhosis, and some cancers

Downs of Caffeine:

  • Disrupted sleep patterns/insomnia
  • Increased anxiety
  • Caffeine dependence/addiction

Coffee and tea have natural occurring sources of caffeine. When consumed in moderation and in their pure form, both are great sources and when combined with other natural occurring antioxidants can have many health benefits. However, when you begin to add additional ingredients, like sugar (including artificial sweeteners) and creamer, your tea or coffee can go from a healthy drink to the opposite if added in abundance.

As for energy drinks and soft drinks, caffeine is not naturally found in these but instead added during the production process along with a number of other artificial flavors. While energy drinks and soft drinks may have comparable amounts of caffeine to tea or coffee, the sugar content is much higher to provide an instant energy stimulant.

Sugar-free or diet drinks are no exception. To make up for the lack of sugar, artificial sweeteners are added to the drinks and can be just as bad or worse than sugar. When consumed on a regular basis, the added sugars and sugar substitutes in soft drinks and energy drinks can eventually lead to health conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes. Along with the added sugar, energy drinks and soft drinks also include ingredients like phosphoric acid, aspartame and artificial coloring which can lead to other health concerns like heart and kidney problems, tooth decay, muscle loss and osteoporosis.

Sources:

WebMD

Mayo Clinic

 

A Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we are talking about hearts: both the romantic and literal kind. This Valentine’s Day, try focusing on taking care of your heart by not only expressing your love but also making some healthier choices to make you stronger and healthier.

Don’t be Seduced by Unhealthy Meals: Instead of flirting with sugary and fatty temptations, show your love that you care by cooking a heart-healthy meal that is not only simple but also delicious. Check out our Pinterest board for some heart-healthy recipes.

Get Active for 30 Minutes: Before going out for the traditional dinner and movie night, get active with your partner by going for a walk or doing a partner workout. You could also go out dancing instead of sitting down to a long and heavy meal. For some great partner exercises, check out ACE Fitness. Valentine's 2-13-15