The Benefits of Diet & Exercise DNA Testing

Wondering why your diet isn’t working for you and you’re not seeing any results from your exercise plan? Would you be willing to find out what is the best dietary recommendations for your body in order to achieve your goals?  Continue reading “The Benefits of Diet & Exercise DNA Testing” »

American Heart Month-National Wear Red Day February 3rd

February is the month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in their communities. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. and kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Each year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease.  Continue reading “American Heart Month-National Wear Red Day February 3rd” »

8 Tips To Start Off Diet Resolution Week

We are sharing 10 great tips to help you stay on track and stick to your healthy diet! Keep up with these tips not only during Diet Resolution Week, but throughout the entire year.

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Make Healthier Holiday Meal Choices This Year

When most people contemplate the holidays, staying healthy isn’t their goal. Nonetheless, it’s possible to enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving and Christmas without sacrificing any of the fun or flavor. From making lower fat alternatives to using good portion control practices, it’s possible to have a healthy Thanksgiving (and eat some stuffing too).

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Breaking Down Food Labels: What to Pay Attention to

Good nutrition starts by knowing how to read a food label and the information to pay attention. This ensures that you’re getting the right amount of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to satisfy daily recommendations for good health.

The next time you’re having problems deciphering a food label, remember our tips!

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How Packing Your Own Lunch Improves Your Health

If you work, then you know how hectic life is. Lunch is frequently an afterthought, a hasty bite picked up at a fast food place.

However, those greasy burgers are not good for your health. That’s why there’s a growing movement toward bringing a lunch to work. It’s not just a trend that employers should embrace — although lower healthcare costs are nothing to balk at — it’s also something that individuals should consider to improve their health.

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Methods of Getting “Healthy” Aren’t Always so Healthy

The average person puts a lot of emphasis on weight when it comes to being healthy and fit. However, weight is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Rather, the idea of an individual’s healthy weight tends to be a much better measure. When people focus on being healthy, they have better results in the long run that those who focus on attaining a certain weight at any cost. Tomorrow is Women’s Healthy Weight Day, which makes it the perfect time to discuss the different between being healthy and simply losing weight.

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4 Lab Tests to Help You Achieve Your New Years Resolutions

Every year when January 1 rolls around, the gyms get packed and the health food aisles grow sparse. Most people commit themselves to diet and exercise plans blindly, without real regard for how effective they’ll be.

While we applaud any attempt to get healthy, we also think that it’s important that realistic and achievable resolutions are made. Fortunately, there are a number of basic lab tests that can help you learn more about your individual health and achieve resolutions in 2016!

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Sit Down Restaurants Can be Just as Bad as Fast Food

Think you’re cutting calories by avoiding fast food and eating a sit-down dinner? Not so fast.
According to recent research, people eat more salt and cholesterol in sit-down settings than fastfood restaurants.
While fast food is certainly not a healthy option, people should be careful not to assume sit-downs are much better.

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What You Should Know About the FDA Trans Fat Ban

Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made a move to ban trans fats from processed foods. Wondering what this ban means for you and the future of the food industry? We have all the information you need:

What are trans fats?Fast Food

First of all, some may be wondering what trans fats are, and why they even matter. Trans fats often come from hydrogenated oils, which are the primary source for artificial trans fats in processed foods. These are used in processed food to improve taste, hold artificial coloring, and help foods last longer on the shelf. Trans fats are considered a major health concern in America as they have been found to be linked to heart disease. In fact, the Center for Science in the Public Interest says they cause 50,000 fatal heart attacks every year. They also raise the levels of harmful LDL cholesterol, which can build up in people’s arteries, leading to even more health concerns.

What does the FDA’s trans fat ban mean for the food industry and the consumer?

This ban is not a sudden decision; on the contrary, it has been coming on gradually for several years. In 2006, New York became the first major U.S. city to ban the use of trans fats in restaurants and bakeries. That same year the FDA started to require food companies to include trans fat information in their nutrition labels. More recently in 2013, the FDA declared that partially hydrogenated oils were not thought to be safe for human health. Over the years, many major food manufacturers have voluntarily removed trans fats from products, which has helped to reduce their overall consumption by about 80% from 2003 to 2012, according to the FDA.

Last week’s decision by the FDA give food companies even more time to comply with the new regulations to eliminate the use of trans fats in common foods, such as popcorn, baked goods, and margarine. Over the next few years, consumers can expect to see some changes in the food labels, and probably in the taste, of these common items. The elimination of trans fats from many of America’s most popular foods has the potential to have huge positive effects on public health. Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association, estimated that over 20 years the economic benefits of banning partially hydrogenated oils could be between $117 billion and $242 billion.

How can you keep your heart healthy?

If you are worried about your heart health or cholesterol levels, a good first step is to get cholesterol and heart health testing. ARCpoint Labs is experienced in this type of testing and has many locations across the country. To schedule a test, find your nearest ARCpoint Labs location here. Making good choices for your health is one of the most important things you can do for yourself.