Saturday, July 12, 2014

New treadmill desk helps with weight loss

Americans spent more than $2.4 billion on diet programs and another $14 billion on weight loss supplements last year yet are more obese now than ever before, leaving the ‘BMI challenged’ despondent and defeated. Many believe that the super sizing of America’s diet is the culprit and point to a generation of slovenly, lazy over eaters that are placing this nation’s overall health at risk. A new study out of Stanford shows that American's diets have remained unchanged over the past decades and that the rise in obesity has been caused by changing activity levels.

The study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, documents a precipitous decline in physical activity over the past decades and an increase in BMI (Body Mass Index) levels set against a caloric intake that has remained virtually unchanged.

Wait. Americans are consuming the same amount of calories as twenty years ago but are still becoming more obese? Why?  The answer is as straightforward as it is alarming.

American women reporting no physical activity in their daily lives (according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey –NHANES) leapt from 19.1% in 1994 to 51.7% in 2010. Men did not far much better increasing from a baseline of 11.4% to 43.5% in the same time period. The most dramatic increase in BMI was found among women aged 18-39.

Alarmingly the increase in abdominal obesity (a greater indicator of mortality risk than BMI) averaged an increase .37% and .27% annually over the study period for women and men respectfully.

The study authors Uri Ladabaum, Ajitha Mannalithara, Parvathi Myer and Gurkipai Singh stressed that none of these dramatic increases could be attributed to dietary changes in America and that the dramatic drop in physical activity levels was the single largest factor in the increase in obesity levels.

“We have experienced a fundamental shift since the 1980’s with the advent of computers and increased sedentary leisure activities (e.g. television, gaming). Simultaneously we have cut funding in our schools for sports and exercise classes, closed state and local parks, and changed the workplace into a totally sedentary environment. The increasingly poor health of Americans is not due to a lack of will power or resolve it’s fault lies squarely on a fundamental shift in our lifestyles towards sedentary environments and shifts in policy. These must be changed quickly to lessen the grip that obesity related diseases now holds over our nation’s health,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desk.

Designed to fit any existing treadmill TrekDesk treadmill desk is an affordable, full sized, height adjustable workstation that allows individuals the opportunity to gain the necessary amount of daily exercise to lose weight, maintain health, reduce stress, prevent disease, strengthen muscles, boost mood and productivity, without requiring additional time during the day or extra motivation.
TrekDesk's “Movement Revolution”: to learn more,, or follow TrekDesk on twitter TrekDesk treadmill desk is currently available for sale online at  

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

New Book “Diet Enlightenment"

Diet Enlightenment: The Real Secret to Weight Loss

by Rachel L. Pires

--New book will change everything you know about losing weight

We are bombarded on a daily basis by the latest diet trends, workout plans, and wonder drugs that promise to take us down to the ideal weight that we long to be at. But as quickly as we take on these new ideas, we then give them up, either because they are not working or simply aren't realistic to sustain over a long period of time. So here we are again, exasperated, frustrated, asking the question, "how do we lose the weight and keep it off for good?"

Enter: Diet Enlightenment: The Real Secret to Weight Loss by Rachel L. Pires. Like so many others, Pires was once obsessed with losing weight, yo-yo dieting, and constantly fluctuating her weight. It was when she reached the point of "diet enlightenment" that she finally realized the solution to maintaining her desired weight.

"After struggling with weight loss for over ten years, I figured out the key to easy weight loss and realized why the majority of people fail," Pires said. "I also made some insightful observations about 'naturally thin people' and realized that they were all doing something that most dieters lacked. Not only did I lose the weight easily, but keeping it off was almost effortless — even after having a baby recently. I knew I had to share this knowledge with anyone who has ever struggled with weight loss."

What Diet Enlightenment is not is a book that offers the latest diet fad. Instead, it offers a modern approach to keeping track of the calories one intakes, equipping readers with techniques that are easily adaptable. Thus far, those who have adapted Pires' program — including her father, a Neuropsychologist at Weill-Cornell Medical College — have been able to lose and maintain their desired weight with ease.

"My aim is to reveal the secrets that the multibillion-dollar dieting industry doesn't want you to know, and teach you how to lose weight easily and permanently without giving up your favorite foods," adds Pires. "You will learn how to tap into your natural ability to stay thin and free yourself from the bondage of emotional eating."

Rachel L. Pires, a Boston University graduate, is a contributing writer for Weight Loss Blogs, a weight loss advisor, and a new mom. Additionally, she is a dancer, a 2nd degree black belt, and an advanced certified scuba diver.
Diet Enlightenment: The Real Secret to Weight Loss can be purchased from, and through all major booksellers

Roast Beef, Arugula and Shaved Parmesan on a Baguette

Crusty bread, peppery arugula and fresh shaved Parmesan cheese makes an everyday cold cut like roast beef taste like a gourmet sandwich. Perfect for lunch on the go, pack along some veggies and fruit on the side and you have yourself a meal.

When I make a sandwich, I like using good crusty bread like a baguette or French bread, which is a perfect fat free bread option. A trick I like to do when I make a sandwich is to scoop out some of the inside of the bread, which allows me to make a larger sandwich, and it leaves room for the meat and lettuce. I personally enjoyed most  of my sandwiches dry but if you prefer adding mayo or dressing, you'll have to adjust the points. I bet horseradish mayo would be lovely on this!

I've been getting lots of emails from working folks who need help preparing quick and easy lunches on the go that don't require heating up the kitchen. I am dedicating the rest of the week to healthy sandwiches. If you have a sandwich you would like to share with everyone feel free to comment and maybe I'll post your recipe!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Chris Fischer: Voice of the Oceans

By John Fisher

Chris Fischer wants to preserve the oceans so that future generations can eat "fish sandwiches."

Chris Fischer and his crew

Speaking to Skills USA in Kansas City, he told the audience of 6000 high school and college students that loss of the great white shark would upset the eco-balance in the ocean, creating a glut of squid that would destroy other fish resources.

"What's the biggest room in the world?" asked Fischer, who heads a research group called Oceach. "It's room for improvement," he answered back.

Fischer learned to be an entrepreneur as a boy at his family's dinner table in Kentucky. He also went into the family enterprise, but at 29 he came to work and found out his brother's had sold the business. "I was out of a job, so I went fishing."

Fischer had fished for much of his life. In California, he learned that the fish in the oceans are endangered.

"I was spending a lot of time on the water with my wife, and we would come back – we were living in Southern California, and we would tell people these stories about what we saw on the ocean; both good and bad. And people would be like: ‘So what, let’s go party and have dinner.’  And my wife and I were just shocked that even the people who lived on the beaches didn’t really care and weren’t very connected with what was going on in the ocean."

Sharks, he found out, are being killed off at 100 million a year so people could eat "shark fin soup." He decided he would research sharks and to do that he bought a ship.

When the ship needed an engine, he went to Caterpillar andgot an engine. He filmed his work and sold it first to National Geographic and then to the History Channel. When his film contract ran out, Caterpillar continued to fund his work.

His team has tagged sharks around the world. In 90 days off south Africa they tagged 40 white sharks. When the sharks surface, a gps device signals their location. Students can track the sharks in real time at

Fischer's goal is to change government policy about the oceans.  To do this, he is supporting graduate research in every location he and his crew work.

"So we’re leaving a wake of PhDs around the world that are all marine biologists that become the leaders in looking after the ocean when we’re gone," Fischer said.. "So when I support research in Guadalupe, I leave a Mexican PhD behind.  Costa Rica – Costa Rican PhDs.  Galapagos – Galapagos PhDs.  South Africa – there’s over 30 researchers involved in this project.  There will be over a dozen PhDs that people will get using the data set that we have funded and we have enabled them to get."

Fischer told students at Skills USA something he learned from his father. "The opportunity bus may come by only once in your life." Further, he said "You have to put aside fear," and "not be overwhelmed by the size of your task."

Read an interview of Chris Fischer.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Health Tips for Men

Five Surprising Health Tips for Dudes

By: Dr. Roger Landry
Author of Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging

Okay, I've been hauling this Y chromosome around now for more than 65 years, all through medical school, 23 years in the military, medical practice on five continents, and just life in general. Along the way, I've learned a few things about being healthy and about being a guy (and no, that's not an oxymoron). Not all of being healthy is about lifting weights and downing protein shakes. Emotional Intelligence can positively (or negatively) affect health too. Indulge me here and read on.

Elements of Health We All Share

Dr. Roger Landry
Obviously, some of the basic elements of being healthy we share with the double X's. For example, as humans, we have an uncompromising need to move, and move a lot; a beyond-the-gym-alone requirement to keep our bodies in motion a good part of the day, and not many of us are doing well with that one. And then there's eating … we all need a daily dose of fruits, nuts, vegetables, whole wild grains, fish, and some meat. That's what the trillions of cells that make us the magnificent beings we are must have. Other good stuff is okay, and makes life a lot more fun, but when we begin to bulge in places, then there's a problem. And, of course, we need sleep, to be with each other, have a purpose in life, and to learn new stuff to keep that brain in top shape. We all need these things.

Five Health Tips for Men

So, what about we dudes? We have an average life expectancy approximately five years less than women. Yes, heart disease and cancer are big concerns but unintentional injuries are a bigger player in ending our lives or causing us problems.
Here are the tricks I've learned along the way about being all you.

  1.  Build Strength of Character – Seek out your maleness in building strength of character rather than taking crazy risks, violent behavior, or collecting stuff you think makes you look badass. With women doing just about anything from triathlons to mountain climbing, flexing your Y is harder, but believe me it doesn't come by getting messed up and trying to defy gravity or the laws of good sense.
  2. Be Flexible – Give up the need to be right all the time (ladies this doesn't mean you're right all the time, only that we're not going to fight about it). This is the single greatest cause of losing wives, friends, jobs, and sometimes our lives. Be cool and accept there's lots of different kinds of people and opinions out there and we don't need to beat them to a pulp verbally to get them to believe what we believe. Differences are good.
  3. Be Social – Keep connected to others, particularly guys. As we move through life, most men spend less time with other men. That's life. Family and job begins to take up much more time. There's an ancient and powerful bond in being with a band of brothers. It's satisfying on many levels and makes us better husbands, fathers, and friends. It's true ladies; they need dude time. I've even written prescriptions for guys to spend time with other guys!
  4. Listen More Than You Talk – This is the secret ingredient of solid friendships. It's related to number two above, but it is so powerful a trait that it needs to be stated clearly. Yes, conversations are good things, but verbal boxing matches where no one is really listening to the other person is just ego jousting. Listen, you'll be very surprised what happens.
  5. Don't Compete Blindly – Yes, competition can make us better, but it can become an obsession that threatens our friendships, our health and even our lives. Consider the value of the competition. What will winning or losing really mean? Blind competition is just that. It's being blind to the dangerous and ugly side of competing. Compete to be a better, not a worse person.
There it is. I don't have to turn in my man card for telling you this, and neither will you by considering these tips. Live long and well, bro.

Dr. Roger Landry, MD, MPH received his MD at Tufts University School of Medicine and his Masters in Public Health at Harvard University School of Public Health.  He is a retired, highly-decorated full colonel, former chief flight surgeon at the Air Force Surgeon General's Office in Washington, preventive medicine physician who has spent over a decade smashing stereotypes of aging, and redefining the possibilities of older adulthood. 

Dr. Landry has appeared on ABC, FOX and CBS TV affiliates across the United States, several NPR shows and a regular contributor for US News & World Report. This article doesn't focus on the obvious health factors but makes you think more of the "Emotional Quotient" involved in getting and staying healthy.  Dr. Landry is presenting across the United States at Adult Living facilities, hospitals and, yes, gyms discussing the critical nature of changing men's mindsets.  His message is condensed into five practical tips.