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May 2013

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May 2013

Simple Food Swaps That Keep You Trim

When it comes to a healthy diet and weight loss there are simple, smart changes that can make a difference. Kristin Kirkpatrick, registered dietician and wellness manager for Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute suggests the following substitutions to help maintain a healthy diet:

  1. Mustard for ketchup – around 90% of ketchups have added sugar in them, often in the form of high fructose corn syrup.
  2. Homemade salad dressing for fat-free – basic olive oil and vinegar may have more calories but it also has more nutritional value and less sugar.
  3. Mixed nuts for pretzels – a handful of mixed nuts are a great source of fiber and protein while pretzels provide no additional nutrition.
  4. Brown for white – whole grains provide an abundance of nutrients including fiber.
  5. Fresh fruit for dried – dried fruit is not necessarily bad for you but tends to concentrate sugars and calories in a small amount while fresh fruit tends to satisfy more and also has more fiber.

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Simple Tips for Workplace Wellness

Healthy habits start at home but it is important to make them part of your work routine as well. Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness team suggests the following tips to maintain wellness at the workplace:

  1. Choose snacks wisely – prepare and bring your own snacks like fresh fruit and mixed nuts rather than running to the vending machine.
  2. Make fitness part of your work day – small movements make a big difference so walk and take the stairs when possible or try simple chair yoga.
  3. Pack your own lunch – studies have shown that people who eat lunch out more frequently are more likely to gain weight. Even one fast-food meal a week can do damage.
  4. Trade your smoke break for fresh air – it’s never too late to quit smoking and reduce your risk of health-related problems like lung cancer and cardiovascular disease. When you get the urge to smoke, try a walk around the block instead.
  5. Be your own health advocate – ask your employer about ways to boost your health and any incentive programs that may be in place for exercise and wellness.

To learn more about this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact Bridget Peterlin at 216.444.5703 or

Heart Health Symptoms Not to Ignore

Diovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and should not be ignored. Richard Krasuski, MD, highlights five symptoms to monitor and get checked by a specialist.

  1. Chest pain – pain or pressure in the chest could be a sign of coronary disease or even a heart attack.
  2. Leg pains – pains that start in your legs with walking or exertion could be a sign of peripheral artery disease which often goes hand-in-hand with coronary artery disease.
  3. Getting winded easily – if you suddenly get winded during normal activity, it could be a sign of heart failure, significant coronary disease or valve disease.
  4. Syncope – passing out or getting lightheaded could be a sign of rhythm disturbances, low blood pressure, a narrowing heart valve or other cardiovascular problems.
  5. Heart palpitations – if your heart starts racing for no reason, it could be a sign of an abnormal heart beat, which can be a symptom of heart disease or arrhythmia.

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Increase Child Safety with Proper Bike Helmet Use

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) approximates that universal use of bike helmets by children between the ages of 4 and 15 could prevent 150+ bike fatalities each year. May 6th kicked off Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week and Dr. Allison Brindle, Cleveland Clinic Pediatrician offers tips on increasing safety by properly fitting bike helmets.

  1. The helmet should sit low on the forehead, resting just above the eyebrows. Once on your child’s head, make sure the protective inside pads are touching the front, back, sides and top of your child’s head.
  2. Once the helmet is in place on your child’s head and the straps are fastened snuggly under their chin, move the helmet around to ensure it isn’t sliding or is loose. Try to slip a finger between your child’s head and the helmet to make sure it’s not too tight.
  3. When securing the strap below the chin, the side straps should meet just below the ear. Test your child to see if vision or hearing is impaired.
  4. Make sure the helmet is certified. On the inside of the helmet, look for CSA, ASTM, SPSC or SNELL labels.
  5. It’s not always easy to persuade your child to wear a helmet, but when parents model proper safety, it encourages children to do the same. Remember to wear a helmet while biking, roller skating or skateboarding.


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Your Body and the ‘Smartphone Syndrome’

It’s estimated that 4 billion people have mobile phones and texting has become a primary form of communication. In addition to texting, we’re emailing, searching the internet and social-networking. When you’re performing these tasks you’re most likely hunched over with your head down, placing a lot of strain on your back.

The constant overuse of your head and neck causes pain, muscle damage, spine misalignment, nerve damage, and even disc herniation. This condition is even being referred to by chiropractors and massage therapists as ‘smartphone syndrome’ or ‘text neck’.

Dr. Andrew Bang, a wellness chiropractor for Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine offers the following tips and tools to exercise, stretch and keep your spine in line.

  1. Text mindfully. Be conscious of your communication by bringing your smartphone to eye level and to avoid looking down at the device.
  2. Go hands-free. Use a head-set to remove the strain from your back and neck altogether.
  3. Re-align your spine. Visit a wellness chiropractor to find the cause of your problem if you have existing pain or spine misalignment.

To learn more about this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact Bridget Peterlin at 216.444.5703 or

Best Pre-Workout Foods

In order to optimize an exercise workout, you should prepare your body with the right foods. Kate Patton, registered dietician at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health, suggests you avoid foods that are high in protein and fat because they digest slower and may still be sitting in your stomach during your workout.

Patton says eating foods that contain carbohydrates for energy and a little protein to help stabilize your energy levels are best. If you’re working out in the morning, she suggests eating a banana, some cereal or oatmeal.

If your schedule calls for a mid-day workout, try a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread or peanut butter and fruit. If you save your workout for the evening, Patton recommends a light snack before like a granola bar or yogurt and then eat dinner after you’re done exercising.

To learn more about this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact Laura Ambro at 216.636.5876 or