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Taking Charge of Your Well-Being: Making the Little Things Count

There is an old joke that has always been a favorite of mine. Q. Why do kindergarten teachers enjoy their work? A. Because they make the little things count. Almost everyone I know wants to do something about improving their level of health and wellness. But most people are not doing much about it, and … Continue reading

Unleash Your Power!

Believe it or not, you can control the way you feel. If you are able to make very simple choices, you can do this — simple things like choosing to smile, or choosing to frown. Either choice begins as a thought. Thoughts become neural-transmiters (chemicals) that send messages to muscles and those messages become actions (parts … Continue reading

Try These – I Dare You!

If you knew something that was easy and simple to do that would make a measurable, dramatic improvement in your health, why would you not do it? In my previous posting I actually dared you to do something that would make you feel better and improve your health. It was very simple and easy to … Continue reading

Try This – I Dare You! (p.s. – you’ll feel better!)

Every day, we each get to choose how we think about the world. Ancient wisdom encourages us to share Good News with each other, guarding against the negative thoughts in the world around us. It has been proclaimed, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). We are also encouraged to … Continue reading

Attitude – The Little Thing That Makes A Big Difference

I once knew a man who regularly came to work on Monday morning proclaiming, “Boy, it was a lousy weekend! It was sunny and I had to mow my lawn.” Or if it had been a rainy weekend he would say, “Boy, it was a lousy weekend! It was rainy and I couldn’t mow my … Continue reading

Change for the Health of It: The Story of a Ham

Hopefully the realization that behavior patterns are learned is good news, because anything that can be learned can be unlearned, or changed. Of course, it does require a desire to change, and that requires an understanding of some reason why change is desirable. Since we have learned that our current major health concerns are Lifestyle, … Continue reading

Change for the Health of It: Breaking Up is Hard to do

“Change is such hard work.”  Billy Crystal There is an old saying, “If you continue to do what you have always done, you will continue to get what you have always gotten.” This is especially true in regard to our level of health and wellness. If we continue to do what we have always done … Continue reading

Posts by Dr. Gary Flegal

February 2013


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