Nutrition Counseling through TeleHealth

Imagine having access to a registered dietitian for one-on-one nutrition counseling via your mobile phone or laptop? Telehealth is a way to conveniently access personalized healthcare from the comfort of your home or office by using a HIPAA-secure online platform.

 

Now HealthEase offers telehealth as an option for companies who sign up for our exclusive Your Fuel™ nutrition counseling program. Your Fuel is led by a team of registered dietitians who can provide private nutrition counseling sessions at the worksite for FREE to the employer and the employees because the sessions are covered by many health insurance providers, including Independence Blue Cross and Aetna.

 

The secure telehealth platform used by HealthEase dietitians for virtual nutrition counseling is called Healthie. This valuable tool, which includes a mobile app and personal online portal, offers important benefits:
 Convenience – it’s accessible anywhere and eliminates the need to travel for appointments
 Ongoing support from the dietitian in between regular appointments
 View uploaded documents, such as meal plans, recipes, and educational materials
 Exchange messages with the dietitian, so you can ask questions or send updates on your progress or challenges
 Track your health activities by maintaining a photo food log, recording and updating metrics (weight measurements, etc.), and logging exercise – all of which the dietitian can view and provide feedback
 Schedule, cancel, or reschedule appointments and receive reminders
 Video chat with the dietitian through your mobile app or computer
 Integrate with wearable devices like Fitbit

 

If you or your company is interested in learning more about the Your Fuel program and the new telehealth option, contact HealthEase at info@healtheasefitness.com.

 

By Rachel Hudes, Registered Dietitian for HealthEase

Your Training Heart Rate – Get In the Zone!

HealthEase instructors know the best way to get the most from cardio workouts is to exercise at intensity levels within certain training heart rate zones. The most common methods use formulas such as percentages of your estimated maximum heart rate, e.g. heart rate charts, or the more detailed Korvonen formula. Both methods come with limitations. These limitations include individual differences, such as age, gender, genetics, type of modality, and personal objectives.

 

The biggest variable when using a formula is the estimated maximum heart rate. The key word is ESTIMATED. To calculate a person’s maximum heart rate the formula 220 minus age is typically used. Based on this, a 40-year-old would have a MHR of 180 beats per minute. This number is used to calculate training intensities. However, when tested in the lab, this number can vary between 10-15 beats per minute (BPM). Therefore, a 40-year-old’s actual maximum heart rate would be between 165 and 190 BPM.

 

When prescribing training heart rate zones, HealthEase recommends adding 10 beats on either side of the recommended range.

Use the revised Korvonen formula below in conjunction with recommended Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) ratings to help determine appropriate training intensity levels:

 

(Estimated Maximum Heart Rate – Resting Heart Rate) x Desired Intensity % + Resting HR +/- 10 Beats Per Minute = Training Heart Rate Zone.

• Estimated Maximum HR = 220 – Age: ______________
• Plus 10 BPM: _______
• Minus 10 BPM: ______
• Resting HR = Morning 30-second pulse check multiplied by 2: _________
• Recommended Desired Training Intensities: 60 – 80%

 

Example of a Training Heart Rate Zone for a 30-year-old with resting heart rate of 65:

 

Minimum Training Heart Rate:
220 – 30 (Age) = 190
190 – 65 (RHR) = 125
125 X .60 (Min. Intensity) + 65 (RHR) = 140 Beats/Minute – 10 BPM = 130 BPM

 

Maximum Training Heart Rate:
220 – 30 (Age) = 190
190 – 65 (RHR) = 125
125 X .80 (Min. Intensity) + 65 (RHR) = 165 Beats/Minute + 10 BPM = 175 BPM

 

His training heart rate zone is 130 – 175 beats per minute.

 

Calculate Training Heart Rate Zone:

Maximum: (Estimated Max HR [_____] – RHR [_____]) X .80 = RHR [_____] + 10BPM = [_____]

Minimum: (Estimated Max HR [_____] – RHR [_____]) X .60 = RHR [_____] – 10BPM = [_____]

 

The training heart rate zone is _____ to _____ beats per minute.

 

Next time you go for a run or get on the elliptical machine, GET IN THE ZONE!