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Thousands Visit with Dr. Oz in Richmond! TheCPAPPeople were there!

Saturday, February 5th marked the first time that joined the Healthy LifeStyle Expo held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Va. 

We were very proud to be a part of the Expo and to be included with such companies and institutions as Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Medical Center, The VCU Center for Sleep Medicine, The Zacharias Ganey Heath Institute, The Dr. Oz Show, The American Diabetes Association, the Patient Advocate Foundation, Watermark Medical, ResMed, and others.

Thousands of Richmond-area residents visited the event with possibly the largest crowd ever seen at the yearly Expo.  We met hundreds of people interested in CPAP therapy with questions about sleep apnea and CPAP products including CPAP machines and CPAP masks.  We also met the "old pro's" who have been using CPAP therapy for years and wanted to see the new products on the market and offer valuable opinions and advice from a wealth of experience.  Finally, we were very happy to see old friends as well as representatives from Respironics and Resmed who came out to support us.  Thank you to Fisher & Paykel, ResMed, and Philips Respironics for all the free takeaways that attendees enjoyed receiving.

Dr. Oz, the Expo's primary attraction, met with a huge crowd and stressed what he believes to be the biggest health concern in Richmond.  Obesity.  WTVR CBS-6 met with Dr. Oz.  "Obesity is a major problem in America for everybody. And the reality is that we've made it really hard to do the right thing in America. So, to get Richmond fit again, we're going to have to automate our lives a little bit. It's not going to be a sprint. It's going to be a marathon. We need to make long term changes, make them today", says Dr. Oz.  Oz says you should make 3 simple changes: make breakfast that includes protein or fiber; eat nutrient-rich food to avoid hunger; and exercise a little each day.

Obesity is a problem that affects a majority of CPAP users.  In fact, OSA has been been shown to cause some weight gain in patients.  We had the opportunity to talk to a few CPAP users who had reduced their pressures while on CPAP or even discontinued the use of CPAP altogether after reducing their weight.  We encourage all CPAP users to control their diet and get more excercise in an attempt to live a more healthy life.  Exercise and weight loss can not only help with your Obstructive Sleep Apnea, but also reduce the other co-morbidities that are associated or caused by OSA.  Remember, Dr. Oz says it will take time and correct choices.  There is no magic pill, no magic drops, no magic equipment, and no big secret to weight loss.  You must eat less and move more.  If you can burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight.  Don't fall for fad diets that claim you can lose enormous amounts of weight overnight with just a pill and tiny unhealthy caloric intake, or for claims of magic products that will change your life overnight.  Change takes time and commitment.  Always check with your Doctor before beginning any dietary change, especially if you are a CPAP patient.  Changes to your body will affect CPAP therapy and your Doctor will want to know of those changes.

So Thank You, Richmond!  Thank you for making this event such a grand success.  We wish everyone continued success with CPAP therapy and continued success in achieving a healthier lifestyle.  In the coming days, we will be posting more blog articles about healthy lifestyle choices.  We will also be active on Facebook and Twitter.  Come join the discussion!

Next up on the event list in Richmond for TheCPAPPeople:  The Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K!  April 2nd! Register now and start training.  Over 40,000 people are expected to run or walk this year's event.




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Reader Comments (1)

Wow, how crowded that place! Unfortunately I miss that expo. It must be interesting to see Dr. Oz. Talking about obesity, yes we must concern about it. All we know, obesity is the leading cause of death. Just stay healthy with those simple points that Dr.Oz explained to us. Tom

August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom

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