Walking Away from Obesity

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital May 29, 2015

Tim Dineen, before gastric bypass surgery

Everyone is invited to participate in this year’s Walk from Obesity, which starts and finishes at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital on June 13, 2015. Join patients, medical staff, and others in helping to make a difference in the lives of those touched by obesity by either walking or cheering on the walkers. Funds raised through the event will be used to support obesity-related research, education, and awareness programs promoted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation.

One patient who plans to be there is Tim Dineen, 59, of Somerville, MA, who exemplifies what a committed patient can do once they find the right help.

Like many, his weight struggles began when he was young and continued into adulthood. Despite being active, he continued to be overweight because of excessive eating. He tried a variety of strategies to lose weight, but none led to long-term success.

Tim thought about weight loss surgery, but initially didn’t pursue that option because of his concern about the risks of open surgery. However, when he learned that gastric bypass surgery had become a less-invasive procedure, he came to Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) to see whether he would be an appropriate candidate for this new approach.

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Get a Leg Up on Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital January 9, 2014

Chances are you know someone who has been affected by heart disease, America’s leading cause of death in both men and women. More than 1,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur each day in the United States, and nine out of 10 occur at home. Unfortunately, only one in three people survive sudden cardiac arrest.

Derek Daly beat the odds. In August 2009, Derek suffered cardiac arrest at home. Fortunately, his wife was able to immediately start CPR and, with the help of his family and first responders, he survived. Derek was brought to Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) for treatment.

While visiting BWH during his recovery and rehabilitation, Derek heard about ClimbCorps. Founded at BWH, ClimbCorps is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and improving individual health by transforming the stairwells of Boston’s tallest office buildings into fitness venues.

As someone who was always active, Derek wanted to get back to the activities he loved as quickly as possible. He decided to participate in ClimbCorps’ January 2013 event called ClimbAmerica!, which raises funds and awareness for heart disease prevention. Along with 1,600 other participants, he successfully reached the top of Boston’s Prudential Building in support of this important cause.

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A Heartfelt Resolution for the New Year

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital January 1, 2014

Walking is one of the best activities for improving your heart health.

This is the time of year when we traditionally make bold resolutions to improve our health or some other aspect of our lives. But how do we turn those resolutions into solutions?

Focus on a goal that is measurable, achievable, and has the potential to significantly impact your life. One such goal is improving your heart health.

Everyone can do something to improve their heart health, as long as they follow a reasonable plan. Below are some helpful – and reasonable – tips from our Cardiovascular Wellness Service team for getting your heart in shape and lowering your heart disease risks.

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Improving America’s Heart Health, One Step at a Time

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital September 26, 2013

The BWH ClimbCorps team is dedicated to fighting heart disease.

Last fall, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) launched an innovative program called ClimbCorps to improve America’s health and prevent heart disease. The goal of ClimbCorps, the nation’s first service corps dedicated to fighting heart disease and improving America’s health, is to train aspiring public health leaders to educate, engage, and empower others in achieving a healthier lifestyle.

Through organized stair climbs, educational workshops, and fundraisers , ClimbCorps members are raising awareness about heart disease and improving America’s health, one step at time. In its first year alone, ClimbCorps has transformed the stairwells in Boston’s largest office buildings into fitness venues, with participants climbing over eight million steps. In addition to educating thousands of people on heart disease prevention, ClimbCorps also has hosted two Climbathon fundraising events , which brought together more than 1,800 climbers and volunteers to raise more than $120,000 for heart disease prevention.

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BWH Launches ClimbAmerica! for Heart Health

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital January 9, 2013

Taking the stairs is an easy way to incorporate exercise into your daily life - and improve your heart health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for one in three deaths nationwide and claiming nearly 600,000 lives each year. The good news is that by making simple lifestyle changes like eating healthy and staying active, you have the power to prevent heart disease.

That’s why Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) created ClimbAmerica! – a special event produced by ClimbCorps to rouse people’s spirit in the fight against heart disease and raise funds to improve America’s health.

Launched by BWH, ClimbCorps is the nation’s first service corps dedicated to revolutionizing the cardiovascular health and wellness of the American public. Based on the simple principle that physical activity is needed to maintain better health, ClimbCorps leverages an easy way to incorporate exercise into daily life – by taking the stairs.

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Small Changes Reap Big Health Benefits

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital January 3, 2013

Adding a short walk to your day can go a long way.

When it comes to health and wellness, Barbara Ferreira and Yvonne Allen, employees at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), understand the power of small lifestyle changes, dedication, and consistency.

Allen, an admitting officer for Patient Access Services, decided that it was time to make a change around her 46th birthday in July 2011.

“I wanted to make myself a healthy person,” said Allen, noting that her primary care physician had been concerned about her weight. “I wasn’t going to join a gym, but I wanted to find out what I could do in one year’s time. So I started walking.”

During her morning commute, Allen began walking the second leg of her trip to BWH, which was a half-mile, instead taking the bus. She repeated this every day for several weeks.  Though she didn’t see or feel any changes, she forced herself to keep moving and set a weight loss goal of 10 to 30 pounds in a year.

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Brisk Walking Leads to Less Weight Gain

Posted by Blog Administrator March 1, 2012

Walking in WinterWalking on a regular basis – even if the cold weather forces you to walk at the mall – can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. But did you know that how you walk, how long you walk, and what you wear can make a difference?

One of the latest findings of Nurses’ Health Study II, follow-up research from Brigham and Women’s landmark Nurses’ Health Study, has shed some light on why brisk walking may be better for you than other forms of exercise. Involving over 18,000 premenopausal women, the study revealed that those women who gradually increased the time and distance of their walk – upping their pace – gained less weight and got the most health benefits.

“The key is that it needs to be brisk and last at least 30 minutes. Slow walking, specifically less than three miles an hour, did not thwart weight gain. Yet any walking is better than none as it still may benefit your bones, lungs, heart and overall health,” says Linda E. Arslanian, PT, DPT, MS, Director of Physical and Occupational Therapy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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