We've all been there: you try to eat healthy Monday through Friday, but then blow it on the weekend. A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study revealed that adults take in an extra 222 calories -nearly 15% of the number of calories an average women needs each day- over the course of the weekend (including Friday). This is why we created this "Healthy Weekend Challenge", it will help you stay on track and prepare you for next week! Are you in?
- Get some rest and sleep. Don't start next week tired. Rather than cramming in a bunch of activities this weekend, take time to rest and sleep at least 7-8 hours each night.
- Splurge in a healthy way. Some weeks feel longer than others, and you might feel like you need a little bit of a splurge, and by all means, go for it!! Make sure you splurge in a healthy way. Always choose the healthier options.
- Make a meal plan for next week. Eating well is so much easier when you have a plan. Planning meals helps you manage your time better and makes meal preparation easier. Eliminate last minute stress and plan ahead of time.
- Squeeze in a longer workout. Since you have more time it will be easier to add some extra minutes to your workout.
- Stick to one cheat meal. Remember, its a cheat meal not a cheat weekend.
- Get outdoors. Spending more time outdoors can help with weight management, reduces risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, heart attacks and some forms of cancer. You also have more opportunities for social interactions, which may improve mental well-being.
- Enjoy a glass of red wine. Red wine, in moderation, has been long thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, (also known as "good cholesterol") and protecting against artery damage.
There are so many advantages to being a morning person, and while the night owls are still hitting snooze, the early birds are making things happen across the world. Becoming a morning person is not an easy task, in fact, it won't happen overnight.
Here are some simple tips that can help you become that go-getter morning person you want to be.
Start the night before:
-Set up your clothes
-Preprogram coffee maker
-Set a bedtime
-Turn off all electronics 90 min before bedtime
-Move your alarm clock off your nightstand: If you are forced to get out of bed to turn off your alarm clock, you'll be less likely to crawl under the covers.
Wake up at 6:00 am or earlier. People who wake up earlier tend to be more proactive and optimistic, and can even be healthier and less stressed.
Benefits of waking up earlier:
-No need to rush in the mornings
-People tend to be more creative in the morning
-You'll get more hours of sunlight
-Gives you "you" time
Start your day off with a daily affirmation. Starting you day off with a prayer, scripture or positive reading, will prepare you for whatever is ahead.
Meditate. Meditation enhances your awareness, prevents stress and anxiety, boosts overall well-being.
Never skip breakfast. Not only does it give you energy to start a new day, but breakfast is also linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved performance.
Workout. Morning workouts are a lot like breakfast, gets your metabolism going. Simply put, you burn more calories all day long just from the sheer fact of exercising in the morning. Plus, you'll feel less stressed when you get to work.
A Boston doctor, whose addiction clinics employed around 370 people, including 30 physicians, has been sentenced to 11 months in prison and ordered to pay $9.3m (£6.1m; €8.6m) in restitution over a Medicaid fraud scheme based on urine testing of recovering addicts. He has also surrendered his medical license.
Dr. Punyamurtula Kishore, 64, an Indian citizen living in the United States since 1977, pleaded guilty, along with his company Preventive Medicine Associates, Inc. (PMA), to a complex kickback scheme that cheated millions of dollars from MassHealth, the Medicaid administrator for Massachusetts.
The charges were Medicaid Kickbacks (8 counts), Medicaid False Claims (19 counts) and Larceny over $250 (11 counts). Dr. Kishore pleaded guilty to one count of Larceny over $250.
“Dr. Kishore orchestrated a complex kickback scheme to funnel a lucrative drug screening business to his laboratories and then billed taxpayers millions of dollars for those services,” AG Healey said. “This case exhibited blatant theft of state funds that were supposed to go toward care for some of our most vulnerable residents. This is fraud that undermines the integrity of our health care system.”
Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders sentenced Kishore to 360 days in the House of Correction, with 11 months to serve and the balance suspended for 10 years. As a condition to his sentence, Kishore has also agreed to surrender his medical license. Judge Sanders also ordered Kishore and PMA to pay, jointly and severally, a total of $9.3 million in restitution.
Dr. Kishore previously owned and managed PMA, a network of 29 medical branches throughout Massachusetts, including physician office laboratories and one independent clinical laboratory. Based on the AG’s investigation, Dr. Kishore used bribes, or kickbacks, to induce sober house owners to send their residents’ urine drug screening business to his laboratories for testing. Residents were typically screened three times per week.
In September 2011, Dr. Kishore and PMA were indicted, and individually charged with Medicaid Kickbacks (8 counts), and Medicaid False Claims (8 counts). In November 2013, Dr. Kishore and PMA were indicted on additional charges of Medicaid False Claims (11 counts) and Larceny over $250 (11 counts) for billing MassHealth for millions of dollars in drug screens using the names of PMA physicians and nurse practitioners who were not actually treating the patients or determining the drug screens to be medically necessary. State regulations require that the services must be medically necessary and the provider must be physically present and actively involved in the treatment of the member.
The Florida Board of Medicine has given a license back to a local doctor with multiple DUI's and a grand theft conviction involving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars.
According to Carmel Cafiero, an investigative reporter working on the case, Jorge Llovet, a 55-year old doctor has been convicted three times of DUI's. Five years ago, the local physician had just been arrested for drunk driving. The officers seen trying to restrain Llovet described the doctor as "belligerent" and "combative". But that's not all. Llovet has also pleaded guilty to stealing from Florida's Medicaid program. In 2008, he was ordered by a judge to pay back more than $396,000 but the state says that he has paid less than half.
Cafiero also states that Dr. Llovet is still on felony probation in connection to that case. But now the doctor wants his license to practice medicine again.
"Dr. Llovet had a drinking problem and he got himself repeatedly in trouble and had some compliance issues." says Allen Grossman, Dr. Llovets attorney.
The Chair of Board of Medicine couldn't speak specifically about Llovet's case but said "doctors past problems are weighed on a case-by-case basis"
Llovet is elegible to begin practicing medicine again this week, more than nine years before his criminal probation ends in 2024.
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