November Provider Newsletter

Between spending more time at home during this Covid-19 pandemic, to the upcoming holidays ahead, many people are finding it more difficult to balance healthy nutrition habits and maintain a healthy weight. Given the change in most individuals day-to-day routines during this pandemic, many people are working from home and are finding themselves snacking too frequently or following nutrition habits outside of their normal routine.  Although we know holiday family gatherings may look a little different this year, we’re all too familiar with the abundance of sweet treats, hefty portion sizes and delicious food that tends to accompany this time of year! While many wait until New Years to kick start their goals for weight loss and healthy nutrition/exercise regimens, why not start early and review ways we can utilize our time left in 2020 and transition smoothly into a healthy lifestyle before 2021 arrives! Let’s start with the basics regarding maintaining a healthy weight, risks associated with obesity, statistics regarding obesity in the U.S. and conclude with advice on how we can make changes to achieve our health and wellness goals:

Measurement tools:

https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html

Obesity- let’s take a look at the statistics:

Health effects of being overweight/obese:

Diet fads- good or bad?

Food components- what you need to know about Macronutrients “Macros”:

How to incorporate healthy nutrition habits and get started:

Food exchange scenarios & helpful tracking tips:

Physical Activity:

 

In conclusion, the majority of our practice as health care providers involves measures to help promote health and wellness and ensure we do everything we can to prevent some of the above mentioned disease processes. We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t remind you of the importance of healthy nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight. I hope this information regarding nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight has been helpful, and you are able to apply it to your nutrition plan in order to positively impact your mental, emotional and physical health. Stay healthy and blessings to you and your families – Lauren James FNP-C

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/index.html
  4. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/obesity-in-adults-prevalence-screening-and-evaluation?search=obesity&source=search_result&selectedTitle=2~150&usage_type=default&display_rank=2
  5. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/healthy-eating.htm
  6. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/fitness-basics/aha-recs-for-physical-activity-in-adults
Author
Lauren James, FNP-C Lauren grew up in Nashville, TN. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She worked as a registered nurse for five years prior to becoming a nurse practitioner. Her career started on a neurosurgical unit at Parkwest Hospital and she later moved back to Nashville and started in Vanderbilt’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit. She earned her Masters degree through Middle Tennessee State University’s graduate program and is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She completed one of her clinical rotations at Cool Springs Internal Medicine & Pediatrics during her schooling and is very happy to be working with the CSIMP team. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Middle Tennessee Advanced Practice Nurses associations. She strives to provide the best possible care to patients of all ages and enjoys building trusting, therapeutic relationships with each one of them. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and frien

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