Nutrition and Physical Activity
Good nutrition, physical activity and a healthy weight are necessary for optimal health. MMS and its
Committee on Nutrition and Physical Activity work to provide information for physicians and their patients on starting and maintaining good diet and exercise habits for healthy weight and a healthy life.
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Sitting Less, Moving More Can Make Major Health Differences
March 28, 2016
Vital Signs, April 2016 - What if the difference between health and chronic illness was something as simple as a five-minute walk? Recent research suggests that sitting less and moving more throughout the day can make a major difference in overall health.
Physician Focus: Food and Your Health
December 1, 2014
The food one eats has an enormous effect on one’s health, yet many consumers, bombarded with study after study about what’s good and what’s bad to eat, are confused. In some cases, the studies offer conflicting information. This program will look at such questions as: What IS the impact of food on...
Physician Focus Special: Walk This Way - Simple Form of Exercise Has Considerable Benefits
July 16, 2013
Walking, with the highest stick-with-it rate of
any form of exercise, is an easy, fun, and affordable activity that improves
cardiovascular health, reduces the risk of heart disease, lowers cholesterol
and blood pressure, and increases energy.
Physician Focus: Exercise as a Prescription
December 13, 2012
Fewer than two in ten Americans get the recommended levels of exercise
and more than a quarter of adults don't spend any time in physical
Physician Focus: The Power of Vitamin D
December 18, 2009
Today in this era of evidence-based medicine, good
evidence supports the idea that vitamin D not only boosts the
immune system, helping to prevent colds and flu, and many other health benefits.