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From Punishment to Privilege: Changing Your Fitness Outlook

From Punishment to Privilege: Changing Your Fitness Outlook

February 11, 2021

Many well-intentioned optimists go into a new year set on living a healthier life. However, research shows even the most heartfelt resolutions go by the wayside way before Valentine’s Day. For American Heart Month, the HealthTalks Now team catches up with Jamie Robertson, a Lexington, Kentucky, fitness specialist. As a certified personal trainer and ACE® Health Coach, Robertson provides lifestyle education to all ages through Baptist Health. In this podcast, she explains the role nutrition and exercise can play before and after surgery and describes how lifestyle coaching can help you manage chronic conditions and improve your heart health. She also warns of the dangers of exercising too much or too strenuously. Tune in to learn more about this new service at Baptist Health and how to begin your fitness journey.

Controlling Your Weight When Life Feels Out of Control

Controlling Your Weight When Life Feels Out of Control

January 22, 2021

The struggle to maintain a healthy weight is never easy. During a global pandemic, when emotions are high, routines are upended, and the pantry is always open, it can be even more difficult. Paige Quintero, MD, a bariatric surgeon in Lexington, Kentucky, answers HealthTalks Now hosts’ questions about the newly coined term “quarantine 15,” offering tips for controlling your weight when everything else feels out of control. She outlines options for managing weight loss safely, explains how to know if you’re a good candidate for bariatric services, and advises how to get started. In addition, she walks listeners through the surgical process, including preparations, follow-up care, and long-term maintenance. We also get to know Dr. Quintero, as she reveals her reasons for choosing the bariatric specialty and tells us what her life is like outside the hospital.

What You Should Know About Exercise after Bariatric Surgery

What You Should Know About Exercise after Bariatric Surgery

July 30, 2020

For those who struggle with weight loss, surgery can offer a new, healthier lease on life. Whether you’re considering surgery or have recently recovered, you might be wondering — what’s next? Is it safe to exercise, or can I just watch what I eat? In this podcast, bariatric surgeon Anthony Davis, MD, tells you what you can expect after surgery. He gives listeners an idea of what an exercise plan can look like and discusses safe activities, those to avoid, and how often a post-op patient should work out. In addition, Dr. Davis breaks down the minimally invasive options for weight-loss surgery — gastric sleeve, lap-band, and gastric bypass. He explains how surgeons decide which is best for you, what makes you a good candidate, and how to prepare for surgery.

How Does Obesity Contribute to Heart Disease?

How Does Obesity Contribute to Heart Disease?

May 26, 2020

According to the CDC, Kentucky ranks among the top 10 in the nation for the highest rates of obesity, and Indiana follows closely behind. This week, Richmond cardiologist Bryon Scott Cook, MD, helps listeners unpack the question, “Does obesity cause heart disease?” He discusses how being overweight can affect your heart by leading to harmful cholesterol levels, elevated blood pressure, clogged arteries, and increased risk for diabetes. In addition, Dr. Cook lists steps you can take today to address obesity and lessen your risk for heart disease.

What Even is a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy?

What Even is a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy?

March 13, 2020

Gastric sleeve surgery is one of the most common bariatric procedures performed in the U.S. But what does the surgery entail, and is it a safe and effective tool for losing weight?

In the second episode of Baptist Health’s inaugural podcast, bariatric surgeon John Oldham Jr., MD, stops by to answer the question “What even is a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy?” He explains the role metabolism plays in weight loss and why it can be so difficult to lose weight.

Describing the procedure in detail, Dr. Oldham outlines factors that determine if you’re a good candidate, the benefits of doing it laparoscopically, and how your life changes afterward.

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