EYEGLASSES MAKE A FASHION STATEMENT

According to the Vision Council of America, approximately 75 percent of adults wear some sort of vision correction. People wear eyeglasses for different reasons. Some people are nearsighted and cannot see objects far away, while other people are farsighted and cannot see objects close by. Eyeglasses offer corrective vision for people who have difficulty seeing.

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LOCAL SPOTLIGHT - KENTUCKY HEALTH SOLUTIONS

It is that most wonderful time of the year—no, we are not talking about Christmas. It’s Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Season. Yes, it’s the time of the year when we stress and spend hours on the phone or online shopping for health coverage. The pain of having to shop health coverage, spend hours on the phone or online with one company vs another for our health insurance can be a daunting task. It does not matter if you are on Medicare or looking for your personal insurance, this can be one of the most….

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DO YOU HAVE 20/20 VISION

When you consider what defines healthy eyes, among the criteria is good vision. The American Optometric Association says the term 20/20 vision is used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. Visual acuity is usually measured with a Snellen chart. It’s likely everyone has seen the Snellen chart – usually starting with a huge “E,” .....

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contouring candidates are adults whose weight has stabilized; healthy people without medical conditions that impair healing or increase the risk of surgery; non smokers; people with a positive outlook and realistic goals; and people who are committed to leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and fitness. You need to wait until your weight has stabilized because if you continue losing weight, you will also lose the benefits of the body contouring procedure and see sagging again. Options for body contouring include facelift, breast lift, tummy tuck, lower body lifts, medial thigh lift and arm lift.


Overall, there are great benefits to weight loss. “From a health perspective, you will have improved blood pressure, better controlled blood sugars if you have diabetes and back or knee pain will improve because 1 pound of weight loss is 4 pounds off the knees,” said Planells.


It is important to lose weight gradually. And a gym membership is not necessary.


“Most people think of the gym in an unpleasant way,” Planells said. “If you want to just start walking, use a pedometer and try to get as many steps as you can in a

When you are educated about what to expect and have a plan in place, you can look and feel better after extreme weight loss. The American Heart Association (AHA) reports about 70 percent of Americans are overweight, and more than one-third are obese, so there is a real push to lose weight in this country. While you may think people are always ecstatic after losing weight, it can also be a complicated transition.


“If people lose an extreme amount of weight, there will be a change in strength because it is not just fat we lose; we also lose muscle mass,” said Angel Planells, dietician and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “If you lose 30 to 40 pounds, the biggest drawback is you will have to upgrade your wardrobe because your body size has changed.”


You may also notice you have loose skin, whether you lost the excess weight through diet and exercise or surgery. If you lose weight at a slow rate, it is easier to get your skin’s elasticity back. Experts agree the most effective means of removing excess skin is through body contouring. Some say body contouring should be a routine part of bariatric surgery, which leads patients to lose another 10 to 15 pounds of excess skin alone. Due to its psychological and physiological benefits, many insurers even cover body contouring, which makes it more appealing. The American Academy of Plastic Surgeons says in general, good body

RESHAPING YOUR BODY AFTER EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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day to start getting active. Try to strength train two to three times per week if possible. Or you can get 2-pound weights and do reps at home to make your metabolism stay up and keep burning more fat throughout the day. I encourage people to cross train and do things they have never done, like yoga, Pilates or hiking.”


The AHA suggests setting realistic, short-term goals that are easy to achieve. The association stresses the importance of managing portion sizes, making smart choices and getting 150 minutes of moderate activity a week. It can help to have a support network of friends or neighbors who understand you are focusing on building new healthy habits. If you are going out to eat, look at the restaurant menu in advance to make sure the food offerings will not interfere with your diet. It’s OK if you experience a setback as long as you get back on track. Make an effort to bake, boil, broil, grill, roast or stew your food instead of frying it in oil.


“Be mindful of what you are eating but do not deprive yourself,” said Planells. Balance is the key. “We want to make sure people try to eat a wide variety of foods especially fruits, vegetables and whole grains.”


Tell your primary care physician about your weight-loss goals. This way, you can figure out the ideal weight and body mass index for your height and make sure you are in a healthy range. A registered dietician can help you maintain the weight loss.