Aespala MedSpa & Plastic Surgery Announces Grand Opening in Chicago

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 12, 2014

Aespala MedSpa and Plastic Surgery, under the guidance of board-certified Chicago plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael A. Marschall, is excited to announce their grand opening in Oak Brook, IL.

We are very much looking forward to meeting individuals in Oak Brook and Greater Chicago who are interested in our traditional spa, medical spa as well as plastic surgery services, Dr. Marschall recently stated. I work together with patients to determine realistic goals and prescribe a course of treatment that is safe, effective and long-lasting. I am committed to providing each of my patients with compassion, confidentiality as well as beautiful, natural-looking results.

Dr. Marschall is a Diplomat of The American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery as well as many other prestigious organizations.

Aespala Med Spa & Plastic Surgery is unique among Chicago medical spas and plastic surgery practices for a number of reasons. Specifically, the entire team is devoted to providing patients with a great experience and great results, utilizing the latest non-and minimally invasive technology and advancements.

From body contouring procedures like breast augmentation (breast implants), breast lift, breast reduction, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), minimally invasive, minimal downtime ProLipo laser liposuction to Vanquish non-surgical fat reduction, Aespala provides a wide variety of options to help Oak Brook patients achieve confident curves and a slim, trim silhouette. Aespala also offers safe, effective weight loss injections to compliment body contouring procedures or to fuel fat loss on its own.

In addition to plastic surgery for the body, Aespala is proud to offer facial rejuvenation procedures that can defy the signs of aging with natural-looking results. Dr. Marschall is renowned for his facial rejuvenation work, such as facelifts, brow lift, eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) and nose reshaping (rhinoplasty).

Aespala also contains a thriving medial spa, offering Greater Chicago a wide variety of non-surgical, non-and minimally invasive options for younger-looking skin and more. From injectables like BOTOX

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Affordable Care Act Increases Demand for Online Behavior Change Courses

San Diego, California (PRWEB) May 01, 2014

Cognitive behavioral change expert Lou Ryan, founder and CEO of SelfHelpWorks, reports that sales inquiries regarding the behavioral change companys health-related online courses have increased sharply in recent months. Ryan says a significant contributor to the increase is the reasonable alternative standard required by the Affordable Care Act for wellness program incentives offered by group health plans.

One of the ACA strategies for improving health and controlling healthcare spending was to create new incentives that promote [employer wellness programs and encourage a healthier workplace, said Ryan. These incentives can be hefty up to 30 percent of the cost of medical coverage (or up to 50 percent in the case of tobacco cessation programs) and they come in many different forms. But they cant be offered in a way that discriminates against employees who cant meet a certain wellness program goal, and thats where we can help.

Ryan went on to explain. Lets say your wellness program offers a reward to all employees who participate in a 5K run/walk or perhaps who achieve a certain weight-related goal. But what about someone who has a medical condition and its either too difficult or medically risky for them to take part or meet the goal? They must also be given a chance to qualify for the reward, even though they cant meet the specified health-related standard. Thats when reasonable alternatives such as our online behavior change courses come into play. Of course, an added benefit of our courses is that they arent simply educational they are designed to result in sustained behavior transformation.

SelfHelpWorks offers evidence-based multimedia online training courses that empower participants to deactivate the emotional response mechanism that causes unhealthy behaviors related to food, tobacco, alcohol and stress, as well as courses for fitness and diabetes management. The courses employ a unique cognitive approach that does not require participants to use willpower, and based on the evidence they work well. For example, a large wellness program that offers the SelfHelpWorks courses compared the annual Health Risk Assessment scores of 250,000-plus members. 33 percent of those who took SelfHelpWorks smoking cessation course reported that they had quit smoking, and 62 percent of those considered obese who took the food/weight management program reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI), with an average 12% reduction in BMI.

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Tappahannock, Va. (PRWEB) July 20, 2014

Cruising down the aisles of a grocery store, especially when hungry, can fuel very real temptations to snag everything thats chocolate-covered, frozen or freshly baked. For the majority of people, thats ok. They can give in to those temptations with very few consequences.

But for those living with diabetes, thats not always the case.

Five to seven percent weight loss can significantly improve Type II Diabetes, said Jacqueline R. Ambrose, RD, CDE, a registered dietitian with Riverside Tappahannock Hospital. A few simple diet changes can have a big impact of your weight.

While November is officially National Diabetes Month, diabetes educators and physicians across the Riverside Health System are encouraging patients and the community to focus on it each day.

We have to eat every day in order to live, said Ambrose. We are trying to help patients see the impossible is possible, you can eat food that tastes good and keep your blood sugars within your target range.

People often think about the winter holidays as being hard on diets, especially for diabetics. But the summers, with picnics and vacations, can be equally challenging.

But they dont have to be. Riversides diabetic educators across the health system offer these tips for effective grocery shopping for healthy foods that also taste good.

Rely on labels, not the front of the box, for nutrition information. Labels detail calories, saturated fats, trans fats and carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are complex sugars and, given that diabetics need to control their blood sugar, understanding how many to eat each day is important. Women shouldnt eat more than 45 carbohydrates per meal, and men, no more than 60 per meal. A 15-carb snack and a 30-carb snack each day can also be part of a healthy diet.

Vegetables. Eat them. Theyre so healthy that health educators advise eating as many as possible, within reason. Beans, peas, corn and potatoes need to be eaten in moderation given their high starch and carbohydrate content. Choose fresh and frozen vegetables over canned vegetables.

Fruits. Watch them. Yes, fruits are healthy. But consumers, especially diabetics, should watch the carbohydrate levels of fruits. Eat fruits with other foods, like an apple with a peanut butter, to make the snack or meal more well rounded.

Taste the rainbow. The more color on a plate, the better. More color usually equals a variety of different vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy meal.

Sugar free does not mean healthy or low-calorie. Regular cookies (vs. sugar free diet cookies) can often have fewer carbohydrates. Sugar-free does not mean carbohydrate free, it usually has less carbs than the regular.

Clear vs. creamy. As a rule of thumb, clear salad dressing is generally better than creamy and light dressings are better than full fat. Avoid fat free dressings, though, because they replace fat with sugar to maintain flavor.

Tub vs. stick. Stick butter has more fat in it to make it firm so choose tub margarine where possible.

Picking pasta. Always choose whole grain pasta. The whole grains work like a sponge and soaks up cholesterol. The Diabetic Association recommends the Dream Fields brand.

Sugar Free Jell-O. No carbohydrates. No sugar. Consider this a freebie food and while everything should be consumed in moderation, feel free to eat lots of sugar free Jell-O to satisfy a sweet tooth.

A breakfast for champions. Whole grains are a diabetics friend. Cheerios or bran flakes are good choices for breakfast cereals given the number of carbohydrates in each serving. Oatmeal is also a healthy breakfast option, especially when made with water. Try to buy the cereal that are the least processed.

Dairy. Consume three dairies each day. Try drinking milk with the least amount of fat to help with cholesterol. Soymilk and almond milk are good alternatives for diabetics because, while they have less protein and calcium, they also have fewer carbohydrates.

Less is more. Choose lean meat with this easy trick the more feet an animal has, the more fat their meat contains. For example, cows have more feet than chickens, which have more feet than fish, making fish the leanest of all the proteins.

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