The bathroom Scales

When is the last time you got on your scales? Do you even own one? When is the last time you discussed your weight publicly?

You know you have a set of scales, somewhere. So, you go ahead and dig them out and they need a battery. They don’t take just a “normal” battery that you have in your cabinet. You’ve got to go buy one of those round batteries that you just rarely ever purchase. In frustration, you stick the scales back in the closet.

Your clothing still fits and you aren’t forced to go up another size yet so you think, it’s ok. I’ll get the battery the next time I’m out. Three months go by and you find your clothes fitting tighter. Six months go by and you’re now buying the next size up as the pounds just keep creeping on slowly, year after year.

Life is busy and it’s hard to take time to exercise and difficult to eat the balanced diet that you know you need. You have assessed it and know there’s a lot more you can do to become healthy. You know that your weight and your health are closely linked and that carrying extra pounds around can cause so many preventable health problems. Now, you’re ready to develop a plan. You actually make a special trip out to purchase the round battery you need so you can see a number on the scales.

You are shocked at the number. How did a few pounds each year add up so quickly? You’ve never seen this weight and you cannot believe it belongs to you. You are now ready to make a change and a difference for your life.

Our team is here to help you face the scales and work with you one on one to devise a road map that will work for your weight loss journey.

 Facing the scale has become a big motivator for your journey. You are done pretending that the extra pounds don’t exist. Navigating this journey alone is too tough and we want to walk with you every step of the way to help you succeed and keep those extra pounds off forever.

You’ve got reinforcements in your team at Kaner Medical Group who are ready to help you travel on this journey successfully.

Celebrating Or Ignoring Valentine’s Day

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day or do your best to ignore it? There’s many ways to celebrate in addition to only celebrating the love of your life. This can include other special relationships in your life including children and senior citizens.


So it is a day set aside to to celebrate picking the right partner that is perfect for you, a day to appreciate love.

Your Valentine has a piece of your heart and this is a great time to think about how you can do things to have a healthier heart.

Valentine’s Day Heart Healthy Tips:

● Instead of delicious chocolates, consider a gift that will last longer and remind your Valentine of you. Write a poem or create a card describing your feelings. It’s mushy but healthier!

● Give the gift of time. It’s one of the most meaningful gifts anyone can give or receive especially in today’s busy world where we are so “socially connected” with everyone yet connecting less and less for those “front porch gatherings”. This can be a gift for any of your Valentine’s including parents, children, grandparents or a senior citizen who you know is alone.

● Instead of sending Valentine’s Day edible treats to events, consider sending fruit, pencils, markers and stickers. They can be age appropriate for nearly anyone and still show affection.

● Dining in is a great way to control ingredients, quality, calories and portions. Prepare a great meal at home knowing you have heart health in mind.

● Volunteer with a local organization or charity where you are paying it forward or giving back. This is a healthy thing to do that can help you feel better, manage stress and improve your mood all while doing something good for someone else.

This is a great opportunity to let others in your life know how important they are to you and how much you value their friendship, support, kindness and impact in your life.

● Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to show the pet in your life some love too! Make it an annual time to buy a new pet bed, new pet housing or new pet toys.

Whatever you find to do or don’t do and however you celebrate, we hope you find a way to make it meaningful and fun. Since it is going to take so much effort to ignore all the hearts, candy and love everywhere, consider creating your own out of the box traditions that fit you.

How To Properly Cover Coughs And Sneezes?

We all know that coughing and sneezing is a common way that germs are spread. But, exactly how do we properly cover a cough and a sneeze?


Many years ago, we were taught to cover our cough with our hand. Today, we know that when we cough into our hand, this spreads germs onto surfaces and to other people. It’s a horrible feeling when you’re standing in an elevator and someone sneezes without covering their sneeze. You are confined into a space that is accumulating with germs.

There were a lot of germs transmitted with their decision to everyone in that elevator. Sometimes our immune systems can fight off the germs without us ever knowing it and without us actually getting ill. Other times, we are knocked down a few days later with symptoms of a virus or infection.

How to properly cover your cough or sneeze?

What if you’re “THAT” person on the elevator that desperately needs to cough or sneeze? You feel in coming and have a split second to react.

Obviously, if you have a tissue available, sneeze into a tissue and discard your tissue after use. Never save it for another use. If there’s no tissue available, the best choice you can make is to sneeze into your sleeve or upper elbow. Whatever you do, don’t just sneeze into the environment or into your hands. Improperly covering a sneeze makes it too easy to share germs and can slow down your own recovery.

The best way to cover your cough is to cough into your upper elbow or sleeve to lessen the spread of germs..

Tips to prevent spreading germs

●     Wash hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.

●     Use hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes for hands when soap and water are not available.

●     Use antibacterial wipes to wipe down appliance handles, faucet handles, door knobs and other frequently touched surfaces at home, in the car and at work.

If you are sick and know you are sick, the absolute best thing you can do is stay home, rest and recover. It’s the best etiquette to practice when you are coughing and sneezing as nobody wants you to share your germs. Talk with your employer about working from home or use your sick days as your co-workers really don’t want to experience your go-getter attitude and incredible work ethic when you are ill as they don’t have time to be sick either. You co-workers will be thankful you made the decision to stay home.

 Tips for staying well

●     Don’t skip meals.

●     Get enough rest and sleep.

●     Eat foods that are healthy for your body.

●     Exercise on a regular basis.

●     Manage your stress as it can impact your immune system.

Kaner Medical Group is here to help you when you’re ill with our Urgent Care and we want to help you stay healthy.

Nobody Sets Out to Fail at a Weight Loss Resolution

More and more Americans continue to become overweight and even obese. This can cause and even worsen many health conditions. It can also make your clothes uncomfortable and create a need to buy larger sizes. Gaining weight can also harm our self esteem and sometimes our relationships.

New Year’s Resolution: Weight Loss

Weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Nobody sets out to fail at a weight loss resolution however, sometimes a task such as losing weight is extremely difficult and challenging and many of us don’t achieve our resolution. We’re the ones that end up making the same resolution over and over again each year with the dream and determination of achieving it. We’ve made the resolution previously and maybe this time, we’re even doing it quietly with determination like never before to see it happen.

Related resolutions: Exercise, Become More Fit and Healthier

As part of that weight loss goal, you’ve most likely added in exercise, becoming more fit and healthier. Acknowledging the need to drop pounds and setting the goal to do it are great first steps and to be admired. However, it is a lot to take on and quiet a journey.

Reasons many of us have previously made this same resolution

Some of the reasons many people fail at weight loss is our busy lifestyle. It is often difficult to make time to exercise even though we understand and know about its benefits. It can be challenging to always make the best food choices the majority of the time. Our busy lifestyles point us to convenience foods, fast food and tasty temptations instead of selecting foods that have less fat and calories. Many people also feel joining gyms, exercise programs and seeking professional help with weight loss gets too expensive.

Benefits of Weight Loss

There are many benefits to exercise and weight loss which can include:

* increased longevity

* more energy

* a better quality of life

* reduced risk of some cancers

* an enhanced mood

* reduced risk of coronary heart disease

* lower blood pressure

* helps with some reproductive problems

* improves osteoarthritis

* feel better and look better

You Can Do It - We Can Help

We provide weight management solutions to help you get started and stay on the right track. We are here to help you achieve your goals and make 2018 the year your weight loss dreams come true. We are passionate about helping and our approach is caring, personalized and comprehensive.

Our expert team helps identify the best ways to manage your weight and we are here to support you on the journey. We want to help you drop the pounds, be healthier and more fit. We will create a plan that will work for you to lose a little or lot with one-on-one attention. You’ll become better prepared to make healthy decisions and stop eating the foods that could be preventing you from losing weight.

Contact us today to get started on making your weight loss, fitness and healthier lifestyle a reality. Let us help this be the year that your weight loss resolution becomes a reality!

Tips For Getting A Good Night's Sleep

Most people at one point or another in their lives struggle with getting the right amount of sleep. If you are regularly not getting enough sleep or getting interrupted sleep, this can impact your health in a large variety of ways.

Some of the most common reasons for not getting a good night’s sleep include:

●    Interruptions by children

●    Interruptions by pets

●    Caring for an infant, baby or toddler

●    Care giving for a child, spouse, parent or loved one with chronic illness or disease

●    Overwhelmed with work and putting in late night or early morning hours

●       Stress 

Not getting enough sleep can cause you to be more irritable, fatigue easier and have difficulty concentrating. Unfortunately, there are many people who have formed the habit of living without enough sleep. They are walking around sleep deprived without even realizing it and the harm they are doing to their body. These people have done it so long that their body thinks it is normal.

Can you remember the last time you actually slept for more than seven hours straight? It is what our body actually needs to function properly. We need to get a proper night’s sleep with adequate rest for our wellbeing, our health, our brain and our body.

Not having enough sleep can lessen our reaction time, interrupt our concentration and it begins affecting other parts of our body and life too. Not getting enough sleep has been linked to many diseases and illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and more.

If you are not getting enough sleep, we would like to discuss it with you. If you cannot sleep through the night without waking up numerous times, we want to talk to you. If you are able to begin sleeping through the night and getting enough sleep, you’ll feel the impact almost immediately and you’ll be improving your overall well being too.

Tips for getting a good night’s sleep: 

●    Wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.

●    Go to bed at the same time every day, yes, even on weekends.

●    We actually sleep better when we are cool than when we are warm, so go ahead, save energy and money - turn down the thermostat and it might just improve your sleep.

●    Keep the room dark.

●    No media before going to bed can help your brain be more relaxed, calm and ready for rest. 

Not getting enough sleep is a serious issue and can be and can cause serious medical problems. Contact us to discuss your sleep patterns and problems. We have sleep studies to determine if there is a medical issue causing you to not be able to get enough sleep or uninterrupted sleep.

5 Tips for Holiday Health

We are in the midst of the holiday season and our routines often are interrupted and changed. We begin seeing different foods and treats as we stroll the grocery aisles and the commercials are appealing to pick up, eat out and purchase specialty holiday foods. While all of this is great and a taste sensation, it can add a lot of extra calories very quickly.

Most of the time as our schedules change, fitness and exercise can get shoved aside, after all, we are busy and this is only a brief season. While we enjoy the tempting treats and delicious meals, most of us misplace our discipline with exercise and making the best food selections during this busy and fun filled holiday season.

Thinking about and implementing a healthy plan during this holiday season can help you maintain your overall health, fitness and weight. Before you begin a new exercise routine or if you’ve been indulging since Halloween and realize pounds are sneaking on and you want to intensify your routine, talk with us first to be sure you’re doing it all safely.


5 Tips for Holiday Health:

1)  Maintain your normal activity level. Watching more holiday movies, socializing and visiting more can all cause us to not be as active as usual. Make sure you are maintaining your current level of exercise throughout the holiday season.

2)  Understand you must be flexible and be ready and willing to know your schedule will be interrupted during the holiday season which means you may end up exercising at night instead of in the morning. Just adjust and keep moving.

3)  Even if you never count calories, you may want to consider keeping an eye on calories during the holiday season as these treats, drinks and meals seem to be loaded with an abundance of calories.

4)  Indulge and enjoy all of these wonderful holiday foods. If you can do it in moderation and cut back where you can, it can help you get through the season without packing on extra weight.

5)  Be sure you are getting proper rest and sleep especially during the holidays which can be fun, exhausting and even stressful.

Whatever you are doing this holiday season, whether you are spending it at home or with family and friends, do your best to stay healthy. We all know that what we eat and staying active impacts our whole life. Our choices not only impacts our waist lines, it impacts our overall health too.

A Season Of Being Thankful

We want to encourage everyone to practice wellness and let us help you understand the importance of preventative medicine. Be thankful for who you are, what you have and for the relationships in your life.

Many people are thankful for their health every day and realize the importance of good health. When we live with chronic pain or managing illnesses, we understand the effort that must be put into being our best. 

Did you know that maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight is one of the best preventative medicine resources available? A healthy weight directly impacts the way you feel about yourself, how you look and how you feel. Feeling good in your clothes is a great bonus and looking good is great. There's nothing that compares to feeling better and not being slowed down because of extra weight.

Carrying around extra weight is linked to many diseases and illnesses including cancer, osteoarthritis, heart disease and diabetes? Too much body weight is also scientifically linked to many other diseases and illnesses.

As we start to drop a few pounds, you may immediately notice feeling better. This is because your health starts improving even when there's only a small weight reduction.

Our professional team wants to help you lose weight, keep it off and encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle. This plan will include exercise and nutritious foods.

As the holidays quickly approach, we want to encourage you to take the time, dedication and effort necessary to enjoy a healthy weight and lifestyle.

It is possible! We will create a plan that is unique to you to help you achieve results that last.

Many people give up on the work that has been done so far and think it is better to put off beginning the new lifestyle until after the holidays. While we can understand the temptations of over-eating and indulging that comes with Thanksgiving, here are some tips to help you through the abundance of food and treats without sacrificing your work, effort or waiting until 2018:

6 Tips For Thanksgiving When You Are Trying To Drop Pounds

●     Exercise every day even for a few minutes

●     Never skip breakfast and make it one filled with healthy choices.

●     Don't arrive starving at events, festivals, parties or family gatherings.

●     Make your portion sizes reasonable.

●     Don't go back for thirds!

●     Eat slowly and enjoy the flavors.

●     Drink water, after all, it will save calories for the delicacies!

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! It's not just about the abundance of food. It's time to celebrate those special relationships with friends and family.

So, for Thanksgiving 2017, make healthy choices, enjoy time together and be thankful! 

It's Just A Number

Change - it is something that happens to all of us. It never discriminates.

It is an inevitable force that impacts every part of our life and every single one of us at some point. Each day we are breathing, we get a little older and changes happen to us and around us.

No one can avoid change. Nobody can resist it even when we want to and try our best. As we celebrate our next birthday and the number creeps up, remember it is just a number, and it doesn't dictate our lives and abilities.

Each year, most of us will experience a change in some category of life. It could be in our families, in our careers, our environment or to our health to name a few. Some change is welcomed and embraced, and other changes are happening with dread and reluctance. There are celebrations and mourning throughout each decade of our life because of change. There are illnesses and disease to overcome or manage. Some of us will experience better jobs or lost jobs. While others will take chances with baby steps or leaps, all creating change which can be good or bad. Then, there are things like storms where we have no control and can only do our very best to recover and begin again.


While we cannot hold onto our youth, we can do our best to maintain our health. Part of this is maintaining a healthy lifestyle, weight and focusing on things we can do to help our overall wellness and fitness.

Our bodies take a lot of wear and tear, and they do need support over the years.  Our professional team can assist you with maintaining your health and even slow down the progression or loss associated with some diseases and illnesses.

We will do our best to help you hold onto your flexibility, agility, and mobility as well and as long as possible.

Maintaining a healthy diet, keeping a consistent exercise regiment can help us resist the change that happens to our bodies and age with a bit more grace.

While we may not be keeping up with a 25-year-old when we are 50 and may not be keeping up with a 40-year-old when we are 70, we can be our own unique very best at any age.

Most of us can work on becoming healthier than we ever have been. We are here to help you become fitter, drop the extra pounds, improve your health, and sleep better while improving your long-term health. While change is inevitable, our team is here to work with you to make the best of the changes that happen to our bodies as we age gracefully.

Flu, Flu Stay Away

It is time! Doctors encourage everyone six months and older to get a flu vaccine. The flu shot will take approximately two weeks to kick in and help protect you from the virus. Contact Kaner Medical Group today to get your flu vaccination.

While we would love to see a mild flu season, there is no guarantee. The best thing we can do is get the flu vaccine before you're in the middle of flu season. With that said, there are a few more things that you can do to help protect yourself from becoming ill with the flu.


Tips to avoid getting the flu:

     Get the flu vaccine soon

     Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes when soap and water isn’t available.

     Cough into your elbow/arm instead of your hand

     Stay away from sick people

Is it the flu or a cold?

If you have the flu, it feels different than a cold because you feel terrible all over. That "hit by a mack truck" feeling is much worse than what you'd experience with a common cold. The flu also comes on suddenly where a cold can come on slowly.

I've got the flu!

There is no cure for the flu. If you do get the flu, there are anti-viral medicines that can shorten the length of the virus. Anti-viral medications must be prescribed by a doctor and are only effective if taken within the first 48 hours of your first symptoms. There are also over the counter products to help treat the symptoms you will experience if you do catch the flu.


Tips to feel better when enduring the flu:

If you are suffering from symptoms of the flu, here's a few tips that might just help you feel better. Give them a try. 

     Stay home - the flu is very contagious and best and most responsible thing to do is call off work or school or any appointments, events, etc.

     Rest and rest some more - This helps your body spend its energy healing.

     Enjoy drinking plenty of water, tea, and juices. Eat broth-based soups.

     Use over the counter medications to treat the symptoms you are experiencing such as a cough, pain, and fever.

The flu is expensive!

Getting the flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu. The flu vaccine is inexpensive especially compared to catching the flu.

If you get the flu, you'll have to miss time off of work, school, and even fun social events. Some people become so ill with the flu that they end up having to visit the doctor or even the hospital. Some also end up with a lengthy hospital stay. Sometimes lives are even lost as a result of the flu.

You can see the dollar signs adding up with the time off work, over the counter medications and potential doctor or hospital visits. Not to mention, the lost time of doing things you want to be doing besides being sick. 


Kaner Medical Group has the flu vaccine available. We offer extended hours for your convenience. Contact us today and do the best thing known to help the flu stay away - get the flu vaccine.

Winning At Weight Loss

As the seasons begin to change, we look forward to upcoming pumpkin flavored everything, hot apple cider, and more baked treats. As we indulge in these delicious treats, we seldom think about burning extra calories by adding exercise. Enjoying these delicious fall treats can be the beginning of adding a few extra pounds this autumn. Then, there's Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we all know how easy it is to add a little bit more weight. It sneaks on easy, and we only wish it would drop off just as easy, but it doesn't.


Why are we obese?

You are most likely aware that obesity continues to be a problem in America as well as globally. There are many theories discussed as to why. Is it related to less activity and more convenience foods? Do we burn fewer calories than we did generations ago? Is it related to eating more and exercising less?

Whatever the reasons truly are, if you've ever tried, you know this is true: it is extremely challenging to drop any amount of weight once you have gained it. We change our diets, and we exercise, and we struggle to lose the weight we've gained. If we drop a few pounds, then we find it very challenging to keep those pounds off. It can be difficult to have the motivation necessary to do what you know is best.


We all know that exercise is beneficial to our health. However, exercise is often difficult to work into our already busy and frequently overcommitted schedules. Sometimes, we find ourselves not seeing the results we expected to see on the scales even though we feel we are doing all of the right things. We know that that exercising is still great for your body and mind, so you keep doing it because after all, it does make you feel better. Weight loss can even reduce the risk of numerous medical conditions including but not limited to: heart disease, reproductive problems, hypertension, stroke, and osteoarthritis.

Exercise can help you maintain your weight when combined with a sustainable diet. Afterall, exercising will burn some calories!


Weight Management Tips:

●      Weigh yourself once weekly

●      Restrict number of calories

●      Avoid high-fat foods

●      Control portion sizes

Kander Medical Group offers help with weight management by being with you every step of the way. It is much more than just some weight loss as they help you learn to keep it off.

Kander Medical Group is passionate about helping you achieve your optimal weight. They provide a personalized weight management program designed to meet individual needs of each patient.

Kander Medical Group can help you reach your goal weight. Contact us today to start a plan that will work for you and don't let weight start slowly creeping on through the quickly approaching holiday season.