Obesity - The Number 1 Health Issue in the USWritten by Jimmie Newell
Obesity is quickly becoming number one health issue confronting America today, and it's not just America, other countries are affected also. Obesity leads to a multitude of health problems including, but certianly not limited too:
Heart disease Diabetes High Blood Pressure
These 3 alone are rapidly becoming leading causes of premature death in both men and women, in our society.
While it is easy to blame our sedentary lifestyles, our eating habits and fast food industry. It really boils down to choice, in most cases we either choose to be overweight, or we choose not to be. Yes there are some people with medical conditions that are beyond their control, however for most of us it is really a matter of eating less (or eating right foods) and moving more (exercise). For some, those with a very good sense of personal discipline, it is very easy to lose weight. Most of us need some kind of guidance. That guidance can be in form of a simple diet plan and exercise program, an organized diet program that lays out what we should eat and when we should eat it, a support group or professional medical help.
Many of popular diet plans are designed for you to follow yourself, some have websites offering recipes, plans, progress charts, tips and motivation and even support groups or "diet buddy plans". Some encourage weekly meetings. Most work for some of people who try them, however to really be successful and maintain your weight loss, you need to change what you eat, how you eat, and have an exercise program you will stick to for rest of your life.
What I Discovered About Heel And Foot Pain Could Save You Hundreds Of $$$ And A Lot Of Pain!Written by Jimmie Newell
The first symptom of heel or foot pain that I remember experiencing was, sharp pains in heel region of both feet, most acute immediately after getting out of bed in morning, sometimes this pain was so bad that I had to hobble of grab on to things to help support me getting to bathroom. I would come to discover, that this is possibly most typical and common symptom of "plantar fasciitis".
This condition got progressively worse, if I walked 2-3 miles, walked 18 holes of golf, worked a trade shows (6-8 hours on my feet) or even did work around house that required me to be on my feet for a long time, it would sometimes take until middle of next day for me to recover enough to feel comfortable and pain free. I attributed this to getting older (about 50 at time) and possible onset of arthritis, and thought there was no treatment or cure.
One day I saw a television informercial from a well known national chain of foot care stores, they were talking about what I was experiencing.
As a traveling salesman I get around quite a bit, so next time I was in a large city, I looked them up. At this time after a long drive, first dozen or so steps away from my car were quite painful, usually this would alleviate after a few steps.
I parked directly in front of store, and one of technicians saw me walk into store and greeted me with "You seem to be suffering from "plantar fasciitis", we can help you! This was first time I had even heard of "plantar fasciitis". The technician explained to me that "plantar fascia" is a band on tough tissue that connects heel to toes, and runs full length of bottom of foot. Tears develop in this tissue and cause inflammation or "iitis" this is origin of pain, usually most acute in exactly circumstances I was experiencing. Many people are susceptible to "plantar fasciitis", especially athletes, runners, people who stand for long periods, and people who are overweight.
The technician then took a mold of bottom of my foot, stating that this would allow them to correctly size my foot and recommend correct size "orthotic". He gave me a brief history of invention and use of "orthotics", and of course attributed founder of this chain as inventor. He took my mold to back room and returned with 2 different orthotic products, he placed one type in my shoes and asked me to walk across room. These devices felt as if I was trying to walk with a golf ball in middle of my foot, this was somewhat uncomfortable, however relief from pain was immediate. He stated that I should wear these orthotics for at least an hour per day, and increase that time each day, until I was able to wear them all of time in all of my shoes. He did have a pair that was made from another material and with a somewhat lower rise, that he suggested for later in day as a break for my feet. I was presented with a bill of over $500.00 for exam and both pair of orthotics, we compromised, and I purchased "golf ball" pair for $249.00.