Articles by GregRyan

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“Burned Out”- Out Side Looking In: Louisville’s Weight Problem!

    Dead at 33! “Ok, you need to get out of bed, NOW! Grab a few things of value and get out the door; there is a fire!” And then she was gone. My girlfriend the nurse practitioner was out the door and in rescue mode before I could wipe the sleep from my eyes. As I ran to the window I saw what she had just heard. A young woman fifty feet away was pleaded for her life on her apartment balcony.  Oh snap, there is a fire and its frickin close.  For the very first time I…


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NFL, HGH, Steroids and the “Rights” to Know?

“If you had to ask, you don’t have the right to know!” This was our creed. And yes, winning at all cost was my religion. My name is Greg Ryan and yes I had an addiction; to Sports Enhancement Drugs (SED) that is. For years I lived in denial, surrounded by people and a system than enabled me more than helped. SED’s are just as much of a part of any sport as Wheaties are for breakfast. You can deny by saying, “Well it’s not as bad as cocaine and HGH is not considered a steroid,” while others will claim…


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The 5 Little Secrets to Losing Weight and the Two Minute Offense!

During the game Saturday my girlfriend asked, “Why do the Louisville offensive players do better when they look like they are in a hurry?” I tried my best to explain what is known as, “The Two Minute Offense.” She later replied, “We might have won if the game were played in two minute segments.” Now that was funny, sad and true all at the same time! On the disappointing drive home I further explained that there are two things that make the two minute drill effective; carrying momentum forward while keeping your opponents back on their heels and second, the…


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Boomers’ ‘Delusion’ About Health In Retirement

Most baby boomers say they’re planning on an active and healthy retirement, according to a new poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. And, in a switch from earlier years, more than two-thirds recognize the threat of long-term care expenses to their financial futures. But some experts worry that when it comes to their health, boomers are still woefully unprepared — or worse, in denial. “The mismatch between how people think the next 10 to 15 years is going to go and what current retirees experience is something that’s very consistent,”…


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Preventative Health Care- An Aging Population Means New Jobs!

Yes, Americans are getting older. But that creates opportunities for baby boomers looking for a second career. Careers in aging are not the next big thing. They are the new big thing. By 2050, according to Pew Research Projections, about one-in-five Americans will be over age 65, up from some 39 million Americans, or 13% of the U.S. population now. And the number of those 85 and older is expected to more than double to about 5% of this country’s population. This demographic shift is already creating a wave of new fields and opportunities for workers of all ages. It’s…


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Solving Louisville’s Weight Problem, Is It Cash? The Price for Confidence!

Kentucky has a weight problem, I think most would acknowledge that, however like I have been saying, it’s a WANT not a NEED issue. You have to want to feel better and be willing to do the work necessary. There are basically two ways of being motivated: fear and pleasure. When it comes to losing weight most are pushed by some fear of getting sick, hurt or aging. There’s another way people are motivated too and that’s, COLD HARD CASH! So let me ask you this, “If I gave you two thousand dollars for every pound you lost, when would…


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UL, UK Football – A Game of Inches and Pounds!

Sixty thousand plus fans showed up for the UK and UL football game Saturday night in Lexington. While it wasn’t sold out, I didn’t get a seat, or I should say the whole seat! I paid for one sure, about ten dollars an inch I’d say! It was bad enough that I was the lone red ranger in a sea of blue, but once I finally got to my seat located in the nose bleed section, I couldn’t seem to find it. Oh it was there, number 12 on row 24, but I couldn’t see it! Not because some one…


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Fighting the Obesity Problem in Kentucky- Want vs. Need!

U.S. obesity rate projected to reach 50% by 2030, Kentucky much higher! “Some experts hope that an upcoming United Nations meeting can establish a framework for obesity control.” Ha, now that’s funny, sad and pathetic all at the same time! New data, old data it’s all the same, show that obesity rates in the United States will hit alarming levels in the next 20 years if nothing changes and nothing will change. This has prompted researchers to call on governments to take the lead in fighting the increasingly global epidemic. Yeah right! The call comes as the United Nations is…


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The Benefits of Exercise After Cancer

With Kentucky so high on the list of cancer cases I thought we might want to revisit the topic of exercise after cancer. Many people who have had cancer may be inclined to rest and take it easy after treatment, but a new report by a leading British cancer charity is strongly urging some patients to increase, not reduce, their levels of physical activity. The report, called Move More, reviewed the findings of 60 studies on the effects of exercise on cancer and reached some conclusions that may seem contrary to the conventional wisdom that prevailed only a decade or…


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Got Milk? Fighting Alzheimer’s with a Milkshake?

Milkshake to help a disease; many say it’s so? Here’s a few thoughts on bypassing Dairy Queen the next time you feel the urge. An estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The disease, which affects 1 in 8 people over 65, causes memory loss, decreased judgment as well as mood and personality changes. As the disease progresses, sufferers become unable to care for themselves and in its final stages, it is fatal. A number of prescription drugs are available to fight Alzheimer’s—including cholinesterase inhibitors that work to improve memory and thought but are not…