The "Don’t Fear Fat" Series: Meet Mono- and Poly-Unsaturated Fats

The "Don’t Fear Fat" Series: Meet Mono- and Poly-Unsaturated Fats

This week, in honor of American Heart Month, we’re continuing with our exploration of fats. Knowing which fats are healthy choices can easily become overwhelming. Like saturated fats, mono- and poly-unsaturated fats (the two types of unsaturated fats) are also key to a healthy diet and lifestyle. In this post, we’ll talk about the difference between these two fats and discuss the best sources to make sure you’re getting enough.

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American Heart Month: It's Time to Thank Your Heart

American Heart Month: It's Time to Thank Your Heart

While your heart is the powerhouse of the circulatory system, its impact is felt from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Over 60,0000 miles of capillaries, arteries and veins link the heart to key organs. Blood traveling through this network is estimated to take 20 seconds to go from the heart, out to the organs, and back to the heart again. 

All of this happens every day of our lives with little effort on our part, and certainly not much fanfare. This month, American Heart Month, is an appropriate time to recognize just how incredible the human heart is.

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The "Don’t Fear Fat" Series: Saturated Fats and Their Role in Overall Health

The "Don’t Fear Fat" Series: Saturated Fats and Their Role in Overall Health

In the spirit of upcoming American Heart Month in February, we’re doing a series on heart-healthy fats, focusing on which ones you should include in your diet and which ones you should avoid altogether. Today, we’re talking about saturated fats, perhaps the most historically controversial fat there is.

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Meet Jessica Otero, Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Meet Jessica Otero, Office Manager and Executive Assistant

As Zipongo's Office Manager and Executive Assistant, Jessica supports the entire Zipongo team in a wide variety of efforts, including leading internal wellness initiatives, organizing company events, maintaining office culture and keeping our CEO on track when it comes to his daily responsibilities. Prior to joining Zipongo, Jessica received her MPH from the University of South Florida and worked in the healthcare industry.

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Foods to Fuel Your Workout

Foods to Fuel Your Workout

You probably already know that the macronutrients you eat before and after you workout can affect your energy levels, performance and the outcome of your efforts. You probably also already know how overwhelming it can be to explore this topic, as there has been a lot of research about what to eat for exercise. If you're interested in learning what’s best to eat before and after your run, yoga class, or HIIT, keep on reading as we take a dive into the best pre- and post-workout snacks to fuel your body for optimal results.

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Preparing for New Nutritional Guidelines

Preparing for New Nutritional Guidelines

2016 promises to be a momentous year in healthcare.

Starting this year, health plans and self-insured employers will be required to provide additional preventive services to employees and plan members.

In this video, Zipongo CEO and Founder, Jason Langheier, MD, MPH, discusses the upcoming nutritional guidelines and some innovative ways to meet the requirements.

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Set Yourself Up for a Healthy 2016

Set Yourself Up for a Healthy 2016

If you have a cynical attitude toward health-related New Year's resolutions, you’re not alone. For many of us, they can bring up feelings of failed attempts and negative self-talk. There’s an explanation for this. If you don’t set the right intentions for the New Year and outline clear goals, it’s difficult to follow through and actually lose those 10 pounds or kick that late night snacking habit. These aren't good reasons to give up on the concept of “a fresh start” in the New Year.

It’s easy and exciting to start off strong, but it’s also pretty easy to fall back into old routines and old habits. Here are a few tips on how to rethink your health resolutions so they're associated more with success and hope instead of defeat and cynicism.

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