Childhood Obesity Predictors May Not Be What You Think (Part 1)

by Robard Corporation Staff December 26, 2016

Finding the motivation to pursue a healthy weight can be difficult sometimes. But a new study out of Stanford University may be able to add an increased sense of urgency and purpose, particularly for parents: Do it for the kids!

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. While many factors have contributed to this, including increased access to fast foods and higher birth weight, more evidence shows that the factor that puts children at greatest risk of being overweight is having obese parents.

“The findings of this study suggest that at-risk children may be identifiable in the first few years of life,” says W. Stewart Agras, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, whose team assessed both established and hypothesized risk factors in a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Pediatrics.

Agras says parental obesity represented the most potent risk factor, a finding that confirms previous observations, and the connection between overweight parents and overweight children is likely due to a combination of genetics and family environmental influences.

Childhood obesity can lead to many other health issues for children. According to the American Obesity Association, pediatricians are reporting more frequent cases of obesity-related diseases such as type-2 diabetes, asthma and hypertension — diseases that once were considered adult conditions.

It can be emotionally conflicting to think about the ways that one’s own health can negatively impact one’s children. But remember that the focus of this study and its findings is not about blame or shaming overweight parents, but rather about prevention. “It’s important to identify risk factors because they may provide a way to alter the child’s environment and reduce the chance of becoming overweight,” Agras says.

Remember: Good health is paramount for many reasons. The first reason is YOU. Obesity can prevent you from living a long, happy, and healthy life. The next reason is the people that you love. You play an integral role in building a healthy family. But while bad eating and exercise habits in children can be passed down from parents, the good news is that we have the power to change those unhealthy habits for ourselves, as well as for our children. Stay tuned for Part 2 for 5 tips for a healthier family….

Sources: American Heart Association, News Medical, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation

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Filed Under: Childhood Obesity | For Dieters | For Providers | Habits | Obesity | Self Esteem | Setting Goals | Treating Obesity

Four Things to Keep in Mind When Making New Year’s Resolutions

by Robard Corporation Staff December 21, 2016

If we were the gambling type, we’d put money down and predict that many of you are deliberating New Year’s resolutions at this very moment. As 2016 comes to a close, our sights are set on 2017 and the things we’re looking to accomplish in the New Year. Some write goals down on paper, others just set it in their minds; no matter how you do it, New Year’s resolutions are currently being crafted. For a sizable portion of us, our 2017 resolutions will consist of something involving our weight or a healthier lifestyle. Whether it’s a better diet, losing a certain amount of weight, going to the gym or exercising more, the majority of us will be focused on better health in the New Year.

With that in mind, here are some realistic reminders to consider when you are thinking about what your resolution(s) should be:

Motivation: I understand that you are excited about the new goal that you just set, but will you be just as excited four months from now? How about six months? When you aren’t getting the results you hoped, how will you react? Remember this moment — when you made the declaration of what you want to do going forward — and have the same determination to see it through as you had when you originally made the commitment.

There will likely be Setbacks: Very few times does something go exactly as we planned. When times get tough and the road seems long, have the perseverance and motivation to push through and continue with your journey.

Short-Term vs. Long-Term: Knowing the difference will help you decide how you shape your resolution(s). If it is a short-term goal, the resolution would likely involve accomplishing what you’re setting out to do quickly. If it’s a long-term goal, the resolution should include taking smaller steps toward what you want to achieve.

Don’t Sell Yourself Short: Don’t think that you can’t accomplish something. This kind of thinking will throw up a seemingly insurmountable hurdle between you and your goal. In reality, we don’t know what we are capable of until we are put to the test and need to rise to the occasion. You got this!

Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation

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Filed Under: For Dieters | For Providers | Habits | Healthy Lifestyle | Setting Goals

7 Great Ways to Use Greek Yogurt

by Robard Corporation Staff December 16, 2016

Choose no fat (0%) Greek yogurt for a high protein, high calcium, and low fat punch! The high protein of Greek yogurt can help you feel fuller longer, which can help you to eat less and help with weight loss. Greek yogurt also contains calcium to promote bone health, and contains probiotics to help digestive health. Here are some great ways to add Greek yogurt to your diet:

1. Replace your flavored yogurt with 0% fat Greek yogurt and make a fun flavorful fruit parfait. Simply take a tall glass, and layer to create an elegant unique breakfast. This is great for the whole family, have the kids join in! Add a bottom layer of Greek yogurt and add mixed berries or fruit of choice on top. Repeat until the glass or container is full. For added crunch without the added carbohydrates, try chopped walnuts or almonds instead of granola.
2. Create sweet or savory dips. Replace full fat, high calorie sour cream with 0% fat Greek yogurt. For a great side item to your favorite raw vegetables, try taking a small container of 0% fat Greek yogurt and mixing it with a quarter of a seasoning pack or try shaking no sodium spices, such as Mrs. Dash™, into the yogurt, flavoring it to your liking. For a sweeter fruit dip, add a no calorie sweetener or agave and mix it in your Greek yogurt. Top with cinnamon for a sweet treat!
3. Replace high-fat, high-calorie mayonnaise with 0% fat Greek yogurt for all your favorite salads, like chicken salad, egg salad or tuna salad. If you do not want to cut out all the mayonnaise completely, simply reduce it and replace the rest with Greek yogurt. This will still save calories!
4. Use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream on your baked potatoes, or top your quesadilla with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream to decrease the saturated (bad) fat and add more calcium to your diet.
5. Make a delicious creamy soup without all the fat and calories from cream or half & half! For a soup that will be talked about for months, simply roast your choice of vegetables with olive oil and seasoning in oven for 30 minutes on 350 degrees. Place in blender with chicken or vegetable broth and, instead of adding cream or cheese, use 0% fat Greek yogurt. Blend well, and that’s it! You can also do this without roasting the vegetables. Boil vegetables in pot with chicken or vegetable broth until soft, season to preference, and then place in blender with Greek yogurt and blend well!
6. When baking, instead of using one cup oil, replace with ¾ cup Greek yogurt. One cup of canola is roughly 1,920 calories, whereas ¾ cup fat free Greek yogurt is roughly 100 calories. That’s a 1,820 calorie reduction!  If you’re using butter, use one stick of butter and ¼ cup Greek yogurt instead of using two sticks of butter (1,600 calories). This will save you 764 calories!
7. The next time you make a smoothie, add Greek yogurt! This will increase the amount of protein and help you feel fuller!

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Filed Under: For Dieters | For Providers | Healthy Eating

5 Questions to Increase Dieter Enrollment

by Robard Corporation Staff August 16, 2016

Need more enrollments? Who doesn’t, right? When we’re approached by a weight management center that’s concerned about low dieter sign-ups for their program, we start with one basic question: “What is your plan to build enrollment?” Surprisingly (and sometimes, not so surprisingly), they have no set plan and fail to track their activities.

There are numerous ways to communicate with potential dieters. To help jump-start your marketing plan and increase program enrollments, ask yourself these five basic questions:

1. What’s your goal? Well, we already know this answer: Increase enrollments. Great. Move on to question number two.

2. Why should a dieter choose your program? Having a variety of benefits can help set you apart from your competitors. For example, extended weekday or weekend hours, an on-site gym, new protein products, discounted packages, online patient engagement tools and more. (Insider Tip: Check out this Patient Engagement System – available free of charge to Robard customers!)

3. Who are you trying to enroll? Does your program cater to the working professional, stay at home parent, older adult or adolescent? Do you offer a medical program for individuals who need to lose weight because of a medical condition? Or is your program most appropriate for overweight individuals just looking to look and feel better? Determine the demographics and behavior profiles along with their goals for losing weight so you can target the right market and tailor your message and benefit statements to that target.

4. What message will appeal to your target? Even professional marketers struggle with the content of their message. The basics are to be clear, concise and directed at your target markets. The best messages reach your market on an emotional level and/or countering any “barriers” they see to joining your program (i.e. “time”). A recent emotional-driven marketing campaign we launched was “I Wish I Could.” It pictured everyday experiences overweight people struggle with or have desires for, both of which resolved by losing weight. For example, “I Wish I Could… Sit There,” with a picture of a common restaurant booth. And, “I Wish I Could… Wear That,” with a picture of a little black dress. (Insider Tip: Robard customers receive this and other marketing materials free of charge! Simply complete this short form to learn more.) A great way to create your message is to begin by speaking with your current dieters. Ask them why they joined your program? What keeps them returning? What new experiences or feelings do they have as a result of their weight loss? Speak to at least five and look for common threads to use in your messaging.

5. Where should your message appear? The easiest way to determine where your message should appear so that you reach your specified target is to review your key operating statistics. This will determine where your messaging has been successful for you to drive enrollments. If you don’t track this information, then go back to the profile of your target market and determine the how best to reach your audience. Is it Facebook, Twitter, blog articles, a mailing, local shopping magazine or even the supermarket bulletin board? Most likely it is a combination of avenues. Make sure you ask every new dieter how they heard about you so you will know what is working for next time.

Good luck and contact our knowledgeable staff if you need any assistance. Be sure to inquire about our upcoming free webcast on Building Your Patient Census. It’s exclusively for customers — but for you, we’ll make an exception. Just mention this blog to join!

Blog written by Lynda Lewis/Robard Corporation

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Robard Launches Mobile App for iOS/Apple Devices

by Robard Corporation Staff May 11, 2016

MyCare Tools is a customizable patient engagement system that provides customers with a patient-facing, customizable microsite featuring their center (with their own URL and branding) to conveniently manage and interact with their patients with an intuitive platform with advanced functionality. The site assists providers with solidifying patient engagement, compliance and success. There’s no software. No installation. No fees. It’s easy to set-up and use, and is accessible 24/7 on any computer or device connected to the internet.

Along with the desktop version of the MyCare Tools System, Robard is excited to announce the launch of its free companion iOS MyCare Tools App, which is now available in Apple’s App Store for the iPhone and the iPad!

This app can only be used in conjunction with a Robard weight loss provider. With it, patients track their weight, water, exercise, and nutrition. The program’s provider and staff will be able to utilize this data to help assess your progress, and provide guidance and support during your time on the program. The app also incorporates your assigned meal plan into your daily log, so making food choices is fast and easy.

Some additional features of the MyCare Tools app include:
- Logging in with TouchID (device specific)
- Syncing of workouts, water, and weight from Apple's Health app
- Searchable food database with over 50,000 food items
- Appointment reminders
- Messaging from your provider or staff with updates, tips, and assistance

The MyCare Tools Patient Engagement System and the accompanied app are both HIPAA Compliant. Robard Corporation continues to be the leaders in weight management and with the MyCare Tools System and App we are linking technology and treatment to best equipped providers with the tools needed to optimize their program to best serve their patients.

To request more information on MyCare Tools, visit

Note to Android Users: Robard Corporation is currently developing an Android version of the MyCare Tools app. We will have more details in a future Robard blog.

Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation

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Filed Under: About Robard | Treating Obesity | Weight Loss Maintenance | Weight Loss Programs

The Disconnect Between Dieter and Provider

by Robard Corporation Staff April 21, 2016

The obesity rate hasn’t slowed, but it isn’t because of lack of trying. The dieter surely wants to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle and their provider surely wants to help them, so where do we go wrong? Both sides can point the finger at the other, but a recent study shows there’s enough responsibility to go around.

Medscape surveyed more than 1,400 medical professionals comprised of family medicine physicians, endocrinologist, internal medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and OB/GYNs. These providers on average see almost 200 patients a month who are either obese or overweight that also have comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes or hypertension.

The good news is that these providers are taking action to help with their patients’ weight issues, with the main courses of action being prescribing weight loss drugs to manage their patients’ weight, diet modification, exercise, behavioral therapy, and in extreme cases, bariatric surgery. However, these methods are not producing positive results, but why? The answer you get depends on who you ask.

“Clinicians are trying to help their patients manage [their] weight, but they are frustrated because their patients are struggling with lifestyle change,” says Dr. Donna H Ryan, professor emerita, Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

The survey showed that only 40 percent of the providers used behavioral therapy as a method of weight loss, paling in comparison of diet modification and exercise implementation (85 and 80 percent respectively). The issue with this is if you don’t deal with a person’s behaviors, how can you expect things they don’t normally do such as diet modification or exercise implementation to resonate with them to the point it truly becomes a part of their life? Without that intrinsic change in one’s behavior and habits we are more so looking at short-term goals as opposed to long-lasting development.

Then you have the issue of unattainable expectations. Many times when we look at weight loss we take a “gulp, not sip” approach. We envision ourselves with brand new bodies and pounds melting off of us, when in reality that isn’t a realistic goal, and maybe it shouldn’t be. You would be surprised how much a difference just a ten pound weight loss would make, in appearance and health.

So where do we go from here? Well, there are things that both sides can do to make things better. From the provider side of things, “It takes an educated clinician to be effective,” says Dr. Ryan. Providers need to equip themselves with the proper education and tools needed to not only engage change in their patient, but produce results that stick with us. Coaching skills are a key component to helping their patients gain those behavioral developments needed to not just lose weight, but to have a better and healthier lifestyle.

As for the dieter, expectations could be tempered. The journey maybe long, but it starts with the first step, and there are destinations along the way. A healthier lifestyle doesn’t come just when you hit that target weight; it comes when you have created habits and routines that make for a better you for the long-term.


Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation

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Filed Under: Education | For Dieters | For Providers | Healthy Lifestyle | Obesity | Treating Obesity

Kick the Can – 5 Healthier Soda Alternatives

by Robard Corporation Staff April 12, 2016

To most it’s not a shocker that soda is not the most nutritious beverage you could consume. And to be honest, nutrition is probably not what you think of when you reach for a soda; but rather, you’re probably yearning for that sugary sweet fizz that pairs divinely with a juicy cheeseburger or greasy pizza.

In fact, as reported by the Huffington Post, a Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity study found that a majority of Americans understand that soda is bad for them, and even still, nearly half of surveyed Americans (48 percent) drink soda on a daily basis, with 28 percent drinking one a day, on average, and with 20 percent drinking two or more glasses.

When it comes to young people, the Center for Disease Control reported that soda is the largest source of sugar in the diet of children and adolescents. You may already have a sense of soda’s complete lack of nutritional value, but consider these four disturbing, but little-known facts about (both diet AND non-diet) soda:

Fun Soda Fact #1: Aspartame breaks down in our bodies and converts to methanol. Our natural body temperature converts the methanol into formaldehyde, which preserves the dead. 

Fun Soda Fact #2:
Phosphoric acid is used in home cleaning products and drains calcium from bones and teeth. According to a case study published in the journal General Dentistry, a comparison was done on the mouths of a cocaine-user, a methamphetamine-user, and a habitual diet-soda drinker, and found the same level of tooth erosion in each of them.

Fun Soda Fact #3: A study showed that two or more cans a day increases your waistline by 70 percent more than non-drinkers in just 10 years. Participants who slurped down two or more sodas a day experienced a 500 percent greater increase.

Fun Soda Fact #4:
Soda is associated with an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, infertility, kidney damage, diabetes, high blood pressure.

If these facts have you cringing about the amount of formaldehyde being produced in your body as you read this, try not to worry. Today is as good a day as any to kick the can and start reducing your soda intake. If you are still looking for a sweet drink to enjoy this summer, but with added nutritional benefits, check out our five tasty and healthier alternatives to soda:

Sources: Infographic by Brandon Gaille,, Huffington Post

Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation

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Filed Under: Eating Habits | For Dieters | For Providers | Healthy Eating | Obesity

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