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  • Resolution Series: Weight Management with Supplements

    by Paula Gallagher | January 17, 2017

    weigh-inThe number one resolution for Americans is weight loss. Despite hundreds of fad diets and weight loss programs that promise quick and long-lasting results, more than half of American adults are still overweight or obese.

    According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 billion adults are overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) above 25. With nearly 500 million individuals ranking as truly obese (BMI above 30), obesity continues to represent a major risk factor for the development of serious medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Read more

  • Resolution Series: Weight Management with Diet

    by Paula Gallagher | January 16, 2017

    healthy-foodMany people hit the gym in the New Year ready to shed the pounds, and although exercise is an important piece of weight management, the true key to weight loss is what you eat.

    The concept of “a calorie is a calorie” is worth taking a look at. Many people have the perception that weight loss equals calories burned minus calories consumed. And that may work in the short term, but if you are looking for long-term results, the source of the calories is important. After all, eating 1,200 calories of junk or processed food yields very different results compared to eating 1,200 calories of balanced nutrition. Here are some important aspects to consider. Read more

  • New Year's Resolutions: To Make or Break?

    by Paula Gallagher | January 2, 2017

    It's 2017, the time when many New Year's resolutions are being made - and many will also be broken. More than half of Americans make some sort of resolution and over 3/4 fail to keep them. I am in the 38% who do not make them and this year is no different. However, my son heard the word bounced around over the holidays and asked what it was about. We told him it was a promise made to yourself to be a better person and it was made on New Year's Eve. He asked in a way only a 7-year-old could, "Isn't that what you ask for us everyday?"

    In our house, we try not to wait until New Year's Eve to try something new. Each day that we wake up is a new day, a day to start over, make changes, and to be happy. You don't need to wait for tomorrow, a new year, Monday or Friday.

    This past year, I joined a women's hockey team (then signed up for hockey lessons), my preciously shy daughter has started swimming lessons and is loving it, my son has added diving to his ever growing list of sports, and my husband has lost 70lbs eating right and exercising. Not one us of waited until December 31st. Read more

  • 5 Blogs to Help With the Holidays

    by Paula Gallagher | December 21, 2016

    winter-walk2It's crunch time! Working, baking, shopping and meeting family obligations are what the next 2 weeks has in store for me (plus throw in a 4-day hockey tournament for good measure). The key is to slow down, even for 10 minutes, and enjoy the quiet moments that really matter in the end. At Village Green, we hope that you all have a peaceful, happy and hopefully restful holiday season.

    In the meantime, here are some past blogs that might help make the season more enjoyable.

    5 Tips to Cut Down on Holiday Waste: During the holidays, Americans use about 4 million tons of wrapping paper and gift bags and that is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of waste. Read more

  • Getting a Good Night's Sleep While Traveling

    by Paula Gallagher | December 19, 2016

    sleeping-on-planeWhether it's for work or pleasure, or because it's the holidays and there is family you haven't seen since last December, sleeping away from your own bed can pose some sleep challenges. Having a regular bedtime routine can help prepare your mind and body for sleep, even in unfamiliar environments. When you know you’ll be sleeping in a hotel or a relative’s home, pack things that will make it feel like your bed... such as your pillow, an essential oil diffuser and lavender, a small portable fan or a white noise machine.

    Here are some other tips to help make sleep while traveling easier: Read more

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