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Introducing a New Blog: 'Off The Couch...'

Want to start living healthy? Get "Off the Couch..." with Dr Joe's new blog

Allow me to share some crucial medical advice that could change your quality of life: "Get Off the Couch." 

Why is this so important?

In 2011, a majority of U.S. hospitalizations and deaths are due to chronic illness, and therefore preventable.   Health care resources in the country are frequently aimed at treating these  conditions in the more severe, later stages.  

The take home: Individuals need to be proactive (literally) if they want to  insure a healthy future.  

A sedentary lifestyle has major long- term health implications.  These include preventable illnesses such as  obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, to name a few.    Unfortunately,  less than a quarter of Americans get optimal physical activity. 

How does one get started in the de- couching effort?  

Grab a friend or family member and go for a walk, hike, swim ,bike ride, or whatever you prefer.  Start with 10 minutes at a time.  The goal is 150 minutes of physical activity per week, according to the U.S. Surgeon General and Centers for Disease Control.  That is five sessions of 30 minutes each.   Find ways to fit physical activity into your day.  Take the stairs.  Park a little further away from the supermarket and walk a few extra steps. 

 The couch will be there.   It will probably feel better when you get back. 

Welcome to our new blog: "Off the Couch."

My physician colleagues and I will present a series of articles for those who may share our interest ( or at least consider our ideas) in preventing illness and maintaining wellness.  

This is the first in a series of health blogs to challenge readers to become engaged and active in decisions.  These are daily decisions that can affect positive or alternatively, negative health outcomes.

 We have learned that in medical practice, the best disease is the one prevented. 

 Dr. Joe Fuscaldo

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Tim June 29, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Excellent! Good to see this start, hopefully people will follow it and get motivated to shed the fat. Nothing but good comes from it.
Debi Mikolowsky July 02, 2011 at 01:50 PM
I love this new blog!! I will follow it, for sure. I am a local mom of three girls - and I encourage them to be as active as possible. When I heard the projections that this generation's life expectancies are lower than ours, and the money that will be spent on health care for this generation - much of which can be avoided with a healthy lifestyle...I have a passion & drive to help "end the trend". I'm teaching cardio-kickboxing classes in Parkville, working on starting a free local Mommy & Me weekly fit club (encouraging moms & kids to be active together!) and am starting nutritional studies with Integrative Nutrition. I am working towards my career in reaching out to families and encouraging whole families to embrace good nutrition and fitness - together. So great to connect with others who share the same values. Happy 4th! :o)
Tim July 07, 2011 at 07:06 PM
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/07/us-usa-obesity-idUSTRE7663JD20110707 Colorado is the only state in the union where the percentage of obese (not just a little overweight) people is under 20%. And they barely make it in at 19.8%. 3/4 of all states (38) are over 25%. The number of states at this rate 15 years ago? None. another great link: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Obesity-Overweight-Diet-Americans-New-Yorkers-Study-125155449.html
Sathish August 17, 2011 at 01:39 AM
Nice Blog Dr Fuscaldo . Today in CNN there was a segment about health "Saying Every hour you spend on couch watching television will reduce your life expectancy by 22mins"... Sathish.

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