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Senior Times - January 2016
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qustions and answers
William Workman, DO, Special to Senior Times
For many of us, the New Year means a time to make resolutions. Consider 2016 the year for you to make a change that will lead to a reduced chance of heart disease, stroke and other serious health prob- lems – lose weight and learn how to maintain a healthy weight.
According to the American Heart Association, between 60 and 70 per- cent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. There is no magical way to drop the pounds, but there are several lifestyle changes that you can make that can lead to weight loss.
These tips can help you get started:
Healthy Weight: How do I know what my ‘healthy weight’ is? A healthy weight is a weight that lowers your risk for health problems. A great starting point is to learn your body mass index (BMI). BMI is an indi- cator of the amount of body fat for most people. It is used as a screening tool to identify whether an adult is at a healthy weight. By knowing your BMI, it will help you identify how much weight you may need to lose to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. You can find a BMI calculator on the American Heart Association’s website at
Exercise: How much and how often? You should have a general goal to exercise for at least 30 min- utes most days of the week. If you are getting less than 150 minutes a week of exercise, you need to increase your activity in some form. An easy way
to do this is by going for walks or taking the stairs. I recommend that you keep an activity diary. This will help you keep track of how active you are from day-to-day, as well as other health information as it relates to your overall health status. The American
Heart Association has a printable ver- sion available at or you can use their electronic version available at
Diet: Where do I even start? It
is important to remember that eating the right amount of healthy foods
can help with weight loss. You need to reduce calories in and increase calories out. That means if you eat fewer calories than you burn, it will help you lose weight. A great tool
to figure out calorie consumption is
a calorie calculator. This is a great starting point to help you figure out the estimated amount of calories
you should be consuming on a daily basis. The calculation is based on your age, height, weight and activity level. Another good tool to help you be mindful of what you eat is to keep a food diary. This will help you be more aware of your food intake and whether you’re eating out of habit instead of real hunger. Once you know the types and amounts of foods you are eating, you may be able to improve the quality and reduce the amount without having to count every calorie.
Once you have a clear picture
of your habits, set a realistic goal. Remember, the weight didn’t show up overnight, so plan on losing it over several months. A healthy amount of weight loss is 2-3 pounds per week. Make healthy eating choices and exercise in a way you can sustain for the long run.
For more information on how
to lose weight in a healthy man-
ner, speak with your primary care provider. Looking for a Bronson doctor? For a complete list of provid- ers at Bronson, visit bronsonhealth. com/find-a-doctor or call Bronson HealthAnswers at (269) 341-7723.
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Art Center
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Brookside Medical Facility
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Community Action
Family Y Center
Family Fare
Finley’s Restaurant
Helen Warner Branch Library Kellogg Comm. Fed. Credit Union Lakeview Square Mall
Lux Restaurant
M-66 Bowl
Main Street Market
MoonRaker Restaurant
Old Country Buffet
Omni Community Credit Union Pancake House
Regional Medical Lab
Sweetwater Donuts
The Family Health Center
US Post Office
Walgreens - Beckley Road
Willard Library
Branch Co. Commission on Aging Branch Co. Community Health Agency Branch District Library
Chamber of Commerce
Community Health Center
Goodie Shop (30 N. Monroe)
Family Fare
Pines Behavioral Health
H&C Burnside Senior Center Monarch Community Bank Southern Michigan Bank
Commission on Aging
Family Fare
McDonald (W. State St.) Pennock Health Center Pennock Hospital
Pennock Professional Building Ponderosa
Thornapple Credit Union
Chamber of Commerce
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Jackson Area Libraries
Laundromat (Wisner Road)
Marrs Avenue Grill (E. Michigan Ave.) TLC Eyecare
Chamber of Commerce County Building
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Dog Licenses
Available Now
Dog licenses for 2016 are now available for purchase from the Calhoun County Treasurer through February 28. Calhoun County Treasurer Christine Schauer is reminding residents that the dog ordi- nance requires all dogs over the age of four months to be licensed.
“Getting a license protects your dog and will make it easier to recon- nect you with your dog should it get lost,” said Calhoun County Treasurer Christine Schauer. “The law requires all dogs in the county to be licensed and I urge residents to comply.”
"Dog licenses are a low cost and very effective way to help connect lost pets with their owners," said Calhoun County Sheriff's Animal Control Deputy Justin Reniger. "By purchasing a dog license, pet owners are doing the responsible thing for their pet, and keeping local families safe."
For spayed/neutered dogs, 2016 licenses are $8 if purchased before March 1. Without proof of spay/ neuter, the license fee is $18. Prices double beginning March 1. Revenue collected from dog licenses sup- ports the work of the Animal Control
Division of the Calhoun County Sheriff Department.
A dog owner must provide proof of rabies vaccination to purchase a license and those with proof of their pet being spayed or neutered will have a reduced license fee. One-year dog licenses expire on December 31st each year. Applications are available online here. Licenses are also avail- able for purchase from the Animal Control Officer, most area veterinar- ians, township and city treasurers, and the Humane Society of South Central Michigan, through February 28.

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