The Great Slim Down: Weight loss

Perhaps I don’t have to tell you that in the United States, the percentage of people who are considered overweight or obese continues to get larger with each year.   I like to drive this point home when I am giving educational talks about health by shcdc obesity map 2014owing a series of maps of the country from year to year, which clearly shows that this is becoming an epidemic.
Check out the percentage of obese people – those with BMI 30 or greater  (Source: Behavorial Risk Factor Surveillance System, CDC).

You can get started by checking your own Body Mass Index (BMI).  It just takes a minute and knowing your BMI is the first step to take.  Remember, >25 is considered overweight, and >30 is obese (or maybe a better term for all of this is “unhealthy weight”).

Wow.  But it is more than a bunch of statistics.  These are real people who are risk for diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, musculoskeletal problems, to name a few, not to mention the toll it can take on their sense of well-being, their relationships, their mood.

IMG_0873 On today’s Healthy Matters (my weekly radio show), Natalie Ikeman, a certified Physician Assistant at HCMC’s Golden Valley Clinic, joined me in-studio to talk about strategies for losing weight, and specifically her new program, called The Great Slim Down.

Natalie grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and attended the University of Minnesota for college and Augsburg College for her Master’s in Physician Assistant studies.  She’s cool.  She’s not judgmental.  She’s smart.  You’ll like her, trust me!

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So where exactly do you get your health information?  Your doctor?  The evening news?  Your Aunt Mildred, you know, the one with the bunion and all the answers?   Maybe you just Google it.  Cable news channels (oh, please)?  The government?  Maybe the insurance companies, since they must have your best interest in mind.   How about just asking your Mom – she was probably right all along, anyway.

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My name is David Hilden.  I’m a real doctor, serving the good people of Minnesota and beyond at Hennepin County Medical Center (hereafter known as “the Mother Ship”) in downtown Minneapolis.  We are the largest Level I trauma center in town, as well as a shining example of what health care can really look like at a safety net hospital.   Continue reading “Ready to launch . . . HCMC radio doc blog is here!”