What Does BMI Really Tell Us?

by Dr. Suneil Koliwad, senior medical advisor for Yes Health  We’ve all heard the term “BMI”—whether from our personal trainer or our physician. But what does it really mean? And how important is our “score” to our overall health? BMI, or body mass index, is calculated from our height and weight to give us a general measure of our body … Continue reading What Does BMI Really Tell Us?

Food for Thought: The Skinny on Fats

It might sound counterintuitive, but eating fat can help us maintain a healthy weight. It can also be good for our heart (and hair, nails and skin, and so many other organs). The most important thing is knowing what kinds of fats to choose. During the fat-free craze that began in the 1980s, a lot of people packed on the pounds. Why? Because … Continue reading Food for Thought: The Skinny on Fats

Rainy Day Workout Inspiration

Depending on where you live and your personal relationship with precipitation, rain may be a welcome friend you don’t see often enough (like here in too-sunny California) or a tiresome guest that’s hung around a few weeks too long (hello Pacific Northwest). To help motivate us to get outside and break a sweat no matter what the clouds have in … Continue reading Rainy Day Workout Inspiration

Do What You Love!

Sometimes we get so busy taking care of everyone around us, we forget to take care of ourselves. Remember that line from the airplane safety videos? “Please put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.” Well, it’s time to make it your mantra. Taking care of yourself is one of the very best things you … Continue reading Do What You Love!

Food for Thought: Fun Facts About Fiber

Fiber might not seem like the sexiest of subjects (especially if MetaMUCIL commercials come to mind), but it’s a crucial part of a healthy diet. Fiber helps us stabilize our blood sugar levels, manage our weight (by helping us feel full after meals) and keep our colons happy.  What is fiber? Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds are all … Continue reading Food for Thought: Fun Facts About Fiber

Prediabetes Takes Center Stage in New PSA Campaign

by Dr. Suneil Koliwad, senior medical advisor for Yes Health  The American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have teamed up with the Ad Council to produce a new series of short ads focused on prediabetes that launched last week. Prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes, which … Continue reading Prediabetes Takes Center Stage in New PSA Campaign

Why Do We Eat When We’re Not Hungry?

We’ve all done it—made room for dessert when we’re already full or mindlessly polished off an entire pizza in one sitting. Sometimes we eat to fill emotional needs instead of our stomachs. Unfortunately, literally swallowing our anger or sadness often makes us feel worse instead of better. Using food as an occasional reward—our favorite cookie or frozen … Continue reading Why Do We Eat When We’re Not Hungry?

Coach Kate Debuts New “Exercise of the Week” Videos

Our fitness guru Coach Kate wanted a more dynamic way to introduce Yes Health members to new exercises. Writing lengthy descriptions seemed to strip them of their fun (boring!) and still left people with questions about proper form and how to make safe modifications. It also limited her to using only more basic exercises that could be easily adapted … Continue reading Coach Kate Debuts New “Exercise of the Week” Videos

How Elizabeth Beat Diabetes With a Partner

When Elizabeth was diagnosed with prediabetes last year, she knew she needed to take action—and that she’d need the right guidance and support along the way. “Diabetes isn’t something you want to take lightly,” she says.  According to the CDC, combining weight loss with regular physical activity (of at least 150 minutes each week) can reduce your risk … Continue reading How Elizabeth Beat Diabetes With a Partner

Mix Up Your Winter Workouts

The weather outside is (getting) frightful. And while, yes, the fire inside is warm and delightful, exercise—especially the fresh-air kind—is still the best thing going to stay healthy and beat those winter blues. It’s easy to stay stuck to the sofa during these colder, darker days, which is why we’re here to help keep you motivated … Continue reading Mix Up Your Winter Workouts