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8 Tips to Keep You Healthy into the Holidays

young beautiful snowboarderThe days are shorter and yet your pace is picking up—that can only mean one thing—the holidays are rapidly approaching! They bring family, friends, and fun but all of that togetherness can mean a bit more exposure to colds & flu. (About 1 billion cases of the common cold happen annually in the US and many are during the winter months). These viruses are unpredictable and vary in severity from year to year. While over-the-counter medicines can relieve some of the symptoms like sore throat, cough, and congestion, the best medicine is prevention! Use some of these ideas to help stay healthy & happy during the coming months:

1. Eat Protein-Rich Foods that help your body build and maintain strength. Limit the starchy snacks and desserts that send your blood-sugar soaring but leave you
2. Eat on a regular schedule whenever possible. This will help to keep your energy levels balanced and provide you with the will-power to avoid those cookie plates.
3. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Put them under the water for 15-20 seconds. Keep hand sanitizer in your car or desk.
4. Get plenty of water every day. 64 or more ounces of water will help keep your energy levels up and your body running smoothly. It keeps the tissues of the respiratory system moist and flushes out toxins.
5. Treat yourself to a massage! It helps you relax and de-stress while increasing your circulation which boosts immunity.
6. Get to bed on time. 7-8 hours of sleep each night will help your body to stimulate an immune response to attack viruses.
7. Hit the gym. Keep your workouts to a moderate level to improve immune function. Long, arduous workouts can undermine the immune system and place you at risk.
8/ Take your vitamins. Cat & Tina can point out the Anti-Oxidant Vitamin Pack. It’s an excellent choice this time of year. Antioxidants protect the body against stress and inflammation. We have a new Vitamin C tablet in the store as well and offers additional protection from viruses.

There is no cure for the flu or common cold, but keeping ourselves fit and healthy is crucial in preventing it. Stay healthy and enjoy the holidays!

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Tina Dawson, Assistant Retail Manager

With over 30 years of experience in IT, Finance, and Healthcare fields, Tina has served the healthcare industry in such roles as Project Manager, Practice Manager, Physician Recruitment and assisted with electronic medical record (EMR) conversions. She attended the University of Maryland in both Asia and Europe majoring in Computer Science and is fascinated with learning new technologies. Tina enjoys educating our clients on our products and programs and “celebrating their successes and milestones…one pound at a time!”. Don’t be surprised if she gives you a hug! For fitness and fun, she likes to “slog” (slow jog) races and enjoys competing in half marathons. “Come out and join me for the next one. Believe in yourself and you CAN do it!” For more information on weight loss in Virginia, please contact (phone or text) us at (757) 873-1880 today!

Jessica Kirby, Medical Receptionist

Jessica croppedJessica is the newest addition to the team here at CFWLS.

Dani Colley, Medical Assistant

Dani has over 35 years of experience in the medical field and has been working as Dr. Clark’s Medical Assistant for over 15 years. Her area of expertise is with the surgical patients. She works closely with Dr. Clark and is always just a phone call away to answer your questions or just lend an encouraging word!

Dani spends her spare time volunteering at an equine rescue or riding rescue horses.

Dawn Olson, LWMC, CPT, Education & Fitness Coordinator

Although her initial career was in Finance, Dawn’s passion for health & fitness motivated her to re-direct her energy toward helping others reach their goal toward a strong & healthy life. Counseling patients and teaching My Weight Loss Academy™ classes in lifestyle modification and nutrition keeps her smiling. “This is far more than a job, it’s an opportunity to help people learn and make positive changes in their health. Each day brings a new reward!”

Dawn is a certified personal trainer and worked in various fitness facilities before joining us in 2009. She also holds certifications in Exercise & the Older Adult, Aquatic Exercise, Chronic Diseases and Disabilities, Facilitated Stretching, Fitness Therapy and Lifestyle & Weight Management.

Cat Williamson, Office Manager

Cat Williamson was born and raised in Hampton Roads. She feels blessed that she lives close to the Ocean as well as the Mountains since she enjoys taking weekend trips with her Hubby. Cat has worked in a medical setting for more than 35 years and started working for Dr. Clark as his Surgical Coordinator over fifteen years ago. Due to her longevity here at CFWLS, she has “well rounded” knowledge in each program (medical or surgical) that Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success offers. Cat, as the Office Manager ensures that daily structure is handled with a balance of professionalism and excitement for each of our Patient’s weight loss journey. She feels rewarded each time a Patient or Client peeks into her office to share yet another milestone toward their new life!

Cat Keller, Retail Sales Manager

CatCat Keller has a wealth of experience in marketing, e-marketing, advertising and customer service and manages our Weight Loss Nutritional Store. She is always planning something fun and exciting. special events, discounts, giveaways – it’s never a dull moment. She is happy to help you with questions you may have regarding our products or services. Cat is a graduate of William & Mary, where she studied Government/Pre-Law and minored in Marketing.

“My ultimate goal here at Center for Weight Loss Success is to help our clients be successful in their weight loss. We all know how wonderful it is to win a long fought battle. The battle against weight gain, and the poor health it eventually brings is, I believe, one of the most important to win because it brings with it the biggest pay off of all…a longer, healthier life. That is what motivates me to come to work everyday, it’s the opportunity to help a client achieve a renewed zest for life.”