Walk the Walk: Robard’s VP of Sales Gets with the Program

by Robard Corporation Staff February 17, 2017


If you're going to talk the talk, you've got to walk the walk. And that’s just what Robard Corporation’s Vice President of Sales, Mario Testa, decided to do on Super Bowl Sunday 2016. As the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers, Mario was set to launch his own fight. He weighed 217 pounds, felt sluggish, tired and had very little energy. He had never struggled with weight as a youth, but age, lack of exercise, work, travel and, what he calls “perhaps a bit of laziness,” took their toll.

“I didn’t feel I was heavy until I saw a picture that ‘woke me up,’” recalls Testa. “It was a picture of me at my son’s sports banquet. It actually brought tears to my eyes.”

Mario had calculated that he had gained 85 pounds since he graduated high school — nearly three pounds a year. In addition to the weight, he faced a handful of related medical conditions, including high cholesterol and triglycerides and pre-diabetes. However, after just a week of using New Direction System products mixed with an occasional NutriMed shake, he began to notice a difference.

“I could tell it was working — and I was being disciplined to the program — because my pants felt a bit loose,” he says. “It was a huge motivator because I never ‘dieted’ before.”

Within a few weeks, his energy was improving, and he wasn’t getting out of breath as quickly. “I started exercising and being more active with my kids,” he says. “It also increased my confidence because I didn’t feel self-conscious anymore.”

Along with products, Testa began a simple exercise routine. He would walk around his neighborhood three nights a week and run on a treadmill one night a week without setting a distance or time. “I just do it until I work up a good sweat,” says Mario.

The discipline paid off. Now at 162 pounds, Mario’s showing no signs of slowing down. He’s got his eyes set on a strength conditioning program, and says that the current state of his health is excellent.

“My whole outlook on food has improved, he says. “I’m much more disciplined with what I eat, when I eat, how I eat and no longer have the cravings for the foods that fell into my danger zone. I’ve been able to keep all the weight off after nearly a year on the program.”

Mario never thought he would be so passionate about how losing weight and keeping it off could have such a positive impact on the overall quality his life — physically and emotionally. “I’m a true evangelist for healthy lifestyle and a disciple for our products,” he says. “It hasn’t changed my life. It saved my life.”

To find a New Direction System or NutriMed program near you, please visit our Find a Clinic page. If you’re a healthcare provider interested in Robard’s proven weight management programs, nutrition products and business services, you can learn more by visiting us here.


Blog written by Kevin Boyce/Robard Corporation

Why You Should Discuss Exercise and Weight Loss with Your Aging Patients

by Robard Corporation Staff February 14, 2017


In our recent blog post about 6 Unexpected Benefits of Exercise, we learned that not only can exercise help you lose weight and feel great, but it can also help improve memory and overall brain performance, and even help protect from cognitive decline. This insight is all the more important when talking to older adults about exercise and weight loss.

More than half of all 85-year-olds suffer some form of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is a broad term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.

Dementia has begun to be thought of as an inevitability of aging; however, recent research has shown that that is not necessarily true. Neuroscientist Art Kramer, who directs the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois, says the best thing you can do for your brain is exercise.

In his 2010 study, Kramer found that with just 45 minutes, three days a week of moderate aerobic exercise (mostly walking), MRI scans showed that for the aerobic group, the volume of their brains actually increased, while individuals in the control group lost about 1.5 percent of their brain volume. This added up to a 3.5 percent difference between individuals who took part in aerobic exercise and those who did not. Further tests showed that increased brain volume translated into better memory.

For providers working with aging patients, the strong possibility of preventing or delaying the onset of dementia-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s can prove to be a great motivator in encouraging patients to engage in more regular exercise. Approaching them about their weight is a critical step in the right direction. By doing so, they’ll start to also feel the other great benefits of weight management and exercise, such as a potential decrease in related comorbid conditions, reliance on medications, and more.

To alleviate some of the potential discomfort in having conversations about weight with your patients, Robard Corporation has produced a three part video series, “How to Speak with Patients about Obesity,” that presents multiple avenues one could take while speaking with patients about obesity. We invite you to watch this free educational resource by clicking here.

We invite all healthcare providers to learn more about Robard’s proven weight management programs, products and services. To do so, please click here and try some of our delicious nutritional products for free!


Sources: NPR, Alzheimer’s Association


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


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Sitting on an Empty Wallet: The Cost of Physical Inactivity

by Robard Corporation Staff September 14, 2016


A lot of people that are physically inactive throughout the day aren’t so by choice. More and more jobs are in an office setting. These environments are sedentary by nature, and don’t tend to encourage physical activity. While some try to remedy their lack of movement during the day by doing some basic things at their desks, others will do their best to get some exercise in after the workday is over. Some, if they’re smart, try to do both. Nonetheless, our inactivity is costing us more than our just our health. A lot more.

A study conducted by the University of Sydney showed that physical inactivity had a world cost of $67.6 billion in 2013. That’s billion with a “B.” Researchers came up with that hefty total by observing healthcare cost, productivity losses, and disability-adjusted life years for five diseases that are generally associated with physical inactivity and obesity: coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer.

There are a lot of layers to this study and its results, but it starts with the issue of physical inactivity. And this is not just a domestic problem; it’s a global issue. The study included 142 countries which contains 93.2 percent of the world’s population, making this a rather holistic perspective of how much our lack of inactivity is costing us. That isn’t lost on the researchers.

“Physical inactivity is recognized as a global pandemic and not only leads to diseases and early deaths, but imposes a major burden to the economy”, says Dr. Melody Ding, lead author of the study and Senior Research Fellow from the University School of Public Health.  The economic burden is a real one. Out of the $805 million Australia paid for inactivity, $91 million was from the private sector.

And while some people pay the price with their wallet, others pay with their health.

Although this is an expensive problem, there seems to be a rather easy solution: We need to be more physically active — especially those at a younger age. Adolescents are practically given every reason to not be active; 3-D televisions, social media, and iPads can make them feel as though they are living a full life while sitting on the couch.

As for adults, there are many short-cuts we can employ when it comes to combatting a sedentary lifestyle. Finding at least some time in the day to be physically active, even at your desk, is a healthier option than succumbing to the outcomes that studies like this suggest. Living a more active lifestyle is always better — physically, mentally and fiscally.

Source: University of Sydney


Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation


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Filed Under: Cardiovascular Disease | Childhood Obesity | Exercise | For Dieters | For Providers | Treating Obesity

Guest Blog: 5 Tips to Stop that Weight Loss Rollercoaster

by Robard Corporation Staff August 19, 2016


Reaching your goal weight can be equated to the pause in the middle of a roller coaster. You’ve reached your weight loss goal and you’ve been on this roller coaster before. Can you keep it off and stop the roller coaster?  Here are some tips to get you on solid ground.

Develop a maintenance plan ASAP!  Create or find a structure to keep you from sliding back into your old eating habits and support you in moving forward confidently. One idea is to figure out what your daily caloric intake should be to maintain this new weight. This calculator will estimate how many calories you need based on your gender, age, weight and activity level; use it as your guide.  Or make a daily eating plan so that you have a road map and don’t go off course.  Whichever approach you choose — one of these or another of your own choosing — it will take practice to make it habit.  The good news is that it will become second nature after a while, and one way to do it is going through the S.T.A.R Plan® - Steps To Avoid Regain.

Develop a mantra (or two).  Your mindset is one of the biggest keys to your success. Choose two or three mantras and repeat them to yourself throughout the day.  You might want to try “Maintaining my weight is easier than losing weight.”  Or “Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.”  “I am eating for my health” may encourage you to make healthier choices.  When tempted to have that extra piece of cake, you can also remind yourself what you like about being this current weight.

Find motivators to stay on track.  Plan a trip where you have to wear a bathing suit.  Shop for new clothes that look good and admire yourself when you wear them. (A little vanity doesn’t hurt anyone.) Find other motivators that work for you.

Stock up on healthy snacks.  Pack a piece of your favorite fruit, a handful of nuts or a tasty yogurt so you have a satisfying snack for when hunger hits, wherever you may be.  This will support you in avoiding the vending machine or the sweets in the office lunch room. Robard provides a variety of portion controlled protein snacks that can be ideal to stay away from those vending machine cravings.

Weigh Yourself Daily.  Best way to know if you are gearing up to ride that roller coaster again is to keep a close eye on your weight. If you gain a pound or two, reset your weight by going back on your diet until you return to your goal weight.

Exercise is the magic pill.  It’s not a pill, but being active does make it easier to stay on track.  You burn more calories, your metabolism gets a boost and your appetite is suppressed for a while after you exercise.  You also feel good about yourself.  It doesn’t have to be every day and it doesn’t have to be strenuous. Choose any activity you enjoy. I have a friend who exercises every other day and has for years.  She says she looks forward to it on the off days and looks forward to the off days after she exercises.  That has helped her stay motivated for the long term. Find your formula.

We all know that we need more than willpower for the long haul. Use these tips to help build a support structure for your long time weight loss success, and if you are at the beginning of your weight loss journey and would like some assistance fill out our brief Find a Clinic form and we will locate a center near you!



This Guest Blog was written by Sima Michaels Dembo, MPH (pictured, right), who is a health care consultant and writer in North Bethesda, MD. She writes on nutrition, weight loss, exercise and other health care topics.  She is the principal of SMD Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in writing on timely health care issues for lay and professional audiences.


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5 Top Weight Loss Tips for Weekend Cravings

by Robard Corporation Staff July 29, 2016


The weekend is here! You did a great job this week of exercising regularly and sticking to your diet. What are you going to do to celebrate?

Pig out and eat what I want!

Wait, what? Yes, even though it may not seem like the right thing to do, it’s a pitfall that many of us fall in. We go through the week feeling good about the eating decisions we’ve made, only for the weekend to get here and our all of our hard work from the previous five days seemingly goes down the drain, only to see if we can start over again on Monday.

It’s a vicious cycle many of us go through. So what do we do about it? How do we fight off those inevitable weekend cravings that are sure to happen? View this slideshow for some helpful tips.




Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation



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The Best Time to Exercise for Weight Loss

by Robard Corporation Staff July 7, 2016


With the hectic, fast-paced lifestyle that many Americans live, oftentimes our conversations around exercise get stuck on where we can sneak in 10 minutes of physical activity between work and errands. While regular physical activity throughout the day is of course important to our overall health and well-being, when it comes to exercising for weight loss two things may be more of a factor than we ever imagined: Making the time and timing it right.

According to some recent studies, the time of day that you engage in exercise may actually help us maximize the effectiveness of our workouts. A 2010 study of 28 healthy adult men found that despite increasing the amount of calories and the amount of fat they consumed, the group that exercised first thing in the morning prior to eating breakfast managed to avoid any weight gain, in comparison to the group of men who consumed the same amount of fat and calories but who worked out after breakfast.

While it is a small and short-term study, the findings were very interesting in that they supported the idea that timing one’s workout to occur after a long period of fasting (or first thing in the morning) will support more rapid weight loss. The idea behind this is that your body will be geared toward burning your stored fat reserves, as opposed to utilizing its energy toward burning off the food you just ate.

Now, if you are like many, the idea of waking up one to two hours earlier to exercise may not sound appealing. But if you want to give it a shot to make the most of your workout, there are some simple things you can do to help you be a little bit more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed before a refreshing morning workout:

1. Go to sleep earlier: Easier said than done for many, but early to bed, early to rise!
2. Find a morning workout buddy: A friend can make drudging out in the morning a little bit more fun, plus you’ll have the pressure/motivation of knowing someone is waiting on you.
3. Set up your morning the night before: Before going to bed, set your coffee pot to brew when your alarm clock goes off (smell that caffeine!), lay out your gym clothes for a quick change, and have a pre-made pre-exercise snack ready to go. Once you convince yourself to get out of bed, you can be ready for the gym and out the door in 10 minutes or less, making it feel less like a drag.

Changing up your workout schedule may seem difficult at first, but after a few weeks of commitment and consistency, you may start to appreciate the benefits, not only for weight loss, but also with being able to start your morning off on a productive note. A morning workout can help to set the tone for the rest of the day, and you may find that it can support you in flourishing throughout many aspects of your work and personal life. Give it a try and let us know on Facebook what the difference has been in your mood and your health!


Source:
Business Insider


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation

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Top 7 Health and Fitness Apps

by Robard Corporation Staff May 31, 2016


Technology has gotten its hands on everything, and health and fitness is no different. Whether it’s your phone, tablet, or even your watch, something to aid you in your health is a push or a click away. To make sure we are taking advantage of our devices’ (and our app stores) fullest capabilities, we took a look at seven of the top Android and Apple health and fitness apps on the market. Even though some of them have in app-purchases (meaning you can buy a feature or package that may enhance your experience using the app), all the apps on this list are free to download to your device. Let’s get started! (Note: This list is in no particular order of preference. Choose the app that works best for you!)


1. Tabata Timer

Tabata is a form of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) — simply put, it requires doing a lot of exercise in a short amount of time. A Tabata workout will consist of a certain amount of seconds a user will work out and a certain amount of seconds they rest; For example, while doing four minutes of pushups, a user is challenged to perform 20 seconds of pushups and then rest for 10 for the complete four minutes. This app is ideal for that. Users simply set how many seconds they are going to work out, then how many seconds they rest, and how many rounds they do it for. You can even add a song to play during the workout to keep you pushing through it. Get it now: iTunes -- Google Play.

2. BodySpace (Developer: Bodybuilding.com)

This is the mobile hub of one of the biggest health websites on the internet, Bodybuilding.com. With this app, users can follow a workout routine, create one of their own, and find different exercises and the body parts they wish to focus on. They even enter competitions for cash prizes! But maybe its coolest feature is its online community, where users can find friends and challenge each other to take their workouts to the next level. Get it now: iTunes -- Google Play.

3. MapMyRun (Developer: MapMyFitness, Inc.)

For the runners out there, this app lets you track your journey step-by-step. This app measures the distance a user runs, the route their journey took them through, the pace they ran at, and logs all of their runs. Hit a personal best? This app will let users share the run on social media for ultimate bragging rights. Get it now: iTunes -- Google Play. For the more outdoorsy type, there is also a MapMyHike app. Get it now: iTunes -- Google Play.

4. MyFitnessPal (Developer: MyFitnessPal, Inc.)

MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular calorie counting apps on Android and Apple devices.  It has a huge database consisting of over 6,000,000 foods. This app can connect to pretty much any fitness device (e.g. Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, etc.). And, if you don’t have a device, it can still track a user’s exercise. Get it now: iTunes -- Google Play.

5. FitStar Personal Trainer (Developer: FitStar, Inc.)

The common excuse, “I don’t have time to work out,” is a thing of the past with FitStar, the app that gives users a workout that they can perform anywhere. What makes this app interesting is its dynamic adjustment of user goals, capabilities, and feedback — just like a personal trainer. FitStar Personal Trainer has an accompanying yoga app, called FitStar Yoga. Just like its personal trainer cohort, FitStar Yoga is ideal for people that are trying to get a session in no matter the time or place. Get it: now: iTunes -- Google Play.

6. HealthyOut Healthy Meal Finder (Developer: Rise Labs, Inc.)

Want to go out to eat but don’t want your diet to crash and burn because of the meal? HealthyOut will helps users find healthy dining out selections in their area. Users can search for meals by type of dish, specific ingredients they would like to have, or the type of cuisine. Want a Mediterranean high protein meal? This app will find a place in your area if there is one. Get it now: iTunes -- Google Play.

7. Applicable App for Your Fitness Device

Whether you have a Fitbit, Nike Fuelband, Jawbone or a Garmin, make sure you get the accompanying mobile app for the device. You will be able to do some neat things like mark down your personal records, change your device settings, and even make your device an alarm clock. It’s all about personalization, so make it yours and own it!


Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation



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