Starting in May 2012, The Dr. Oz Show teamed up with Practice Fusion and Alere to bring 15-Minute Physicals to six cities in America. Each event screened for numbers that provide a good starting point for a conversation about a person's overall health, after which the registrant was able to speak with a health professional about their personal next steps to wellness. In addition to the measurements taken at the event, data was collected through the registration process.

See some of the results we found in our samples from the various cities. For a more comprehensive overview and "report card" on the nation's health as well as a photo gallery of the tour, come back in February when the 15-Minute Physicals come to a climax and Dr. Oz gives America its report card!

Learn more about the events and our EHR partner Practice Fusion here.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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