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Healthier, Wealthier you!

So now, most of us are two month into our New Year resolution of weight loss.  How is your resolve? Unfortunately, this is when many have lost momentum.  One question I often ask my patients is what “what was your reason for weight loss”.  Most say “I want to be healthier”, after all, they are talking to their healthcare provider.  Other responses include “I have nice clothes I want to wear” or “I can’t afford to buy new clothes”, and of course, “I want to look better”.

Here are some things to think about… your medical costs related to your being overweight?  Are you on daily medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, or cholesterol?   What about knee pain, foot pain, low back pain? Have you considered the money you lose in your paycheck or loss of job performance from being absent from work?

It was reported by Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at the national “Weight of the Nation” conference July, 2010 “people who are obese spend almost $1,500 more each year on health care — about 41 percent more than an average-weight person. Beyond those costs are the disability and early deaths caused by obesity”.

Wow! Think about the money you could save to go on a nice vacation without the burden of your weight, medications, or cost if you were to finally commit to your goals of weight loss.

Lastly, we have not mentioned the invaluable experience of playing ball with your child, taking your grandchild to the fair, or walking hand in hand with a loved one many years from now.

Today, I challenge you, open a “vacation account”, re-commit to your goals, and find yourself on a wonderful, health-filled vacation at year’s end.

Call your healthcare provider and begin your journey to a healthier and wealthier you

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