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Women, Take This Doctor's Advice to Heart

As women, what can we do specifically to improve our heart health? What should we be doing to keep our ticker ticking? Heart disease is the #1 killer, after all!
Posted 2/14/2013  12:00:00 PM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 25 comments   29,329 views
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Spotlight on High Blood Pressure: The 'Silent Killer'

Protect yourself against high blood pressure and stroke with these tips from Dr. Birdie.
Posted 5/8/2012  6:00:00 AM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 18 comments   18,539 views
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6 Ways to Improve Your Health Today

Dr. Birdie gives a list of her top 6 ways to improve your health and your life.
Posted 4/17/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 11 comments   14,975 views
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Dr. Birdie on the New Women's Health Guidelines

Women of SparkPeople, when was the last time you visited your gynecologist? How often you are supposed to get a Pap smear? How about a mammogram? Learn about the new guidelines.
Posted 4/3/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 45 comments   14,944 views
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Ask Dr. Birdie: Straight Talk about Binge Eating

If you're dealing with an eating disorder on top of a weight issue, it can feel downright impossible to reach your goals. But there's hope! Dr. Birdie offers some advice.
Posted 3/27/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 40 comments   21,596 views
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So, You've Reached Your Goal Weight... Now What?

Losing weight is only half the battle-- maintenance is a whole different ball game! Dr. Birdie shares her advice on how she's kept up a 2-year weight loss.
Posted 2/27/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 31 comments   13,732 views
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What's Your Secret, Dr. Birdie? Willpower

When asked how she lost 100+ pounds and kept it off, Dr. Birdie used to answer: "diet and exercise." Today she's explaining the role willpower plays as well.
Posted 1/24/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 37 comments   12,964 views
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The Health Benefits of Losing Just 10% of Your Body Weight

You don't have to lose 100 pounds or reach your goal weight to see improvements in your health. Dr. Birdie tells you how losing just 10% of your body weight can help!
Posted 1/11/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 60 comments   50,852 views
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Should You Consult a Doctor before Starting an Exercise Plan?

Should you consult a doctor before starting an exercise plan? Dr. Birdie knows the answer!
Posted 12/27/2011  2:00:00 PM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 15 comments   17,397 views
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'Tis the Season to Battle the Holiday Blues

For those suffering with depression, the holidays can feel less than joyful. Learn how to identify the symptoms of depression and how that condition relates to weight loss.
Posted 12/13/2011  10:00:00 AM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 19 comments   20,551 views
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The Cost of 'Taking a Break' for the Holidays

Think taking a break during the holidays will have little effect on your weight? Think again. The good news, says Dr. Birdie: You can ditch the "all or nothing" mentality!
Posted 11/29/2011  10:00:00 AM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 100 comments   25,986 views
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Living the Lifestyle during the Holidays

Not even Dr. Birdie is immune to holiday weight gain. Resisting treats and staying motivated to move is difficult this time of year, but you can do it. Here's how!
Posted 11/21/2011  10:00:00 AM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 50 comments   22,845 views
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News Flash: Maintaining Weight Loss is Hard (There's Proof--and Hope!)

Did you see the study that found that it's hard to maintain weight loss? Dr. Birdie did. Don't give up! She's here to explain it--and offer hope (plus ways to stay on track).
Posted 11/1/2011  6:00:00 PM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 65 comments   18,799 views
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From Dr. Birdie: What You Really Need to Know about Breast Cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Dr. Birdie tells you what you can--and can't--do to reduce your risk.
Posted 10/7/2011  10:00:00 AM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 37 comments   15,462 views
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The Skin Condition That's a Dark Sign of What's to Come

As you gain weight, your body can change drastically. How can you tell whether the changes are merely aesthetic--or a sign of something more? Dr. Birdie shares her expertise.
Posted 9/27/2011  2:00:00 PM By: Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : 48 comments   146,113 views
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