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Your Weight and Your Joints

Being overweight puts added stress on your joints already affected by arthritis or on your new artificial joints. Unfortunately, in the day and age of "super size," it is easy to put on those extra pounds without much effort. By adding exercise to your routine and watching the amount of high-fat foods you consume, you can take off those unwanted pounds. It is never too late to start, but we suggest that you first arm yourself with trusted information.

If you are having trouble knowing what steps to take or are overloaded with nutritional information, then nutritional counseling may be what you will need to get you on the right path. The Chester County Hospital offers one-on-one counseling provided by a team of experienced Registered Dietitians. The staff will be glad to work with you to develop an individualized nutrition program that includes meal planning, snack suggestions, shopping list, cooking tips, dining out ideas, and more.

We also recommend that you begin slowly, don't try to incorporate all the changes at once. Introduce small changes into your diet and focus on the long-term benefits of eating right, not the quick loss of pounds. If tackling a weight problem seems more than you can do on your own, talk with your doctor about options or consider an organized program such as The Chester County Hospital's Healthy Steps.

Fitting in at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily also can help maintain your ideal body weight as well as reduce your risk for many common diseases. While the options are plentiful, an activity as simple as walking can do the trick.

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Nutrition Counseling: 610.431.5498

Last Updated: 7/20/2009