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Try a Heart Healthy Diet This February

January 25th, 2021

February is heart health month. But what does it mean to be heart healthy? It actually means many different things, such as eating healthy, being active, getting good sleep, and it’s also about preventing heart disease.   Quick Facts About Heart Disease

  • It’s the leading cause of death in the United States. One in
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Center’s New Name Reflects Goal of Lifelong Change

January 25th, 2021

The Duke Diet and Fitness Center will now be called the Duke Lifestyle and Weight Management Center. The center’s director explains why the new name more accurately represents his team’s holistic approach to health. Darla Olson has lost 80 pounds in one year. She’s traded breakfast biscuits for fruit and yogurt parfaits. She’s walked five miles daily. And she’s embarked ...

Breathing Lessons: Stress Relief and Better Health, Right Under Your Nose

January 22nd, 2021

By Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT If you think you're an expert in breathing just because you've been doing it all your life, take this test: Put one hand on your chest and the other hand on your belly. Close your eyes and take several full, deep breaths, paying close attention to the movement of breath in your body. When you inhale ...

Strategies for Strengthening Our Willpower Muscles

January 8th, 2021

By: Jocelyn Weiss. When we fail to reach our goals, a lack of willpower often takes the blame. There are many definitions of willpower. At its simplest, willpower involves the ability to put off what we want at the moment for the sake of what we want in the future. In recent years, however, psychologists and researchers have doubted the role ...

How to Avoid Five Common Keto Mistakes for Weight Loss

January 7th, 2021

By Hailey Nicholson, Duke University Hospital Dietetic Intern with the supervision of the Duke Diet & Fitness Center Nutrition Team. There is no doubt that the keto diet, which is a high fat, moderate protein, very low carbohydrate diet, has recently become one of the most popular weight loss methods in the United States. Many people achieve great success, but ...

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