How to Exercise Safely if You Are Pregnant

Contributor: Rebecca Justen, DPT, OCS One of the best things you can do during pregnancy is to continue to work out. It’s shown to help expectant mothers maintain a good weight, avoid the minor discomforts of pregnancy, and improve posture and body mechanics. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant women exercise three … Read More

Obese Children Have Greater Risk for Adult Heart Disease

For many people, obesity starts developing in early childhood, when good dietary and exercise habits are neglected. It’s important for parents to know there’s long-term danger in their children being overweight or obese — it can lead to greater heart disease risk later in your child’s life. Childhood obesity has doubled in the past 30 years. … Read More

When Should My Toddler Start Slimming Down?

Chubby cheeks, chubby hands, chubby belly: They make babies so huggable. But that pudgy appeal can quickly become a health concern. “Children should start thinning out between ages 2 and 5,” says Sara Lappé, MD, pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. “Your child will look his thinnest about the time he starts Kindergarten.” It’s hard to eyeball … Read More

The Best Day of the Week to Weigh Yourself

If your goal is to lose weight in 2015, make sure you weigh yourself on Wednesdays. That’s the day when your weight is the least likely to fluctuate, making week-to-week comparisons more accurate and ultimately helping to spur weight-loss success, researchers have found. In a recent study, researchers at Finland’s Tampere University of Technology weighed 40 overweight adults … Read More

Gym Anxiety, Second Opinions and Other News of the Week

Here is this week’s round-up of stories from around the Web featuring Cleveland Clinic experts that we know you won’t want to miss: Gym anxiety The first time you walk into the gym can feel a bit overwhelming. There are complicated-looking machines, unwritten rules and lots of folks in better shape than you. It’s enough to … Read More

How to Avoid Surprising Risks of OTC Pain Medications

For common, occasional aches and pain, an over-the-counter oral medication often does the trick. But experts warn people with chronic, ongoing pain to avoid long-term use of common remedies such as Tylenol® or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), including aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve® and Advil®. Hong Shen, MD, a pain management specialist at Cleveland Clinic, cautions that using … Read More

Pregnancy Myth: You’re Eating for Two (Video)

When you’re pregnant, it’s often easy to overeat based on a simple idea: “I’m eating for two.” In reality, you need only about 300 extra calories per day to support healthy development of your baby. You’re not eating for two adults, after all. For perspective, 300 calories can come from a cup of Greek yogurt, … Read More

6 Tips for A Healthy Pregnancy Weight

So you’re pregnant — and excited about the new baby on board. But pregnancy comes with questions, and in my experience, some of the biggest questions center around weight gain. I’ve written before about the myths of pregnancy and weight and about the health problems associated with excessive weight gain during pregnancy, from diabetes to … Read More

5 Ways to Boost Breast Health

Contributor: Stephanie Valente, DO Exercise and good eating are not only a one-two punch for better health. This powerful duo also lowers your risk of developing breast cancer. Or, if you are diagnosed with it, exercise and a healthy diet can increase your odds of beating the disease. Here’s five things you can do to … Read More