It can be hard enough to stick to a new diet when you're preparing your own meals—when you're out at a restaurant, the difficulty increases tenfold. Luckily, Extreme Weight Loss Center offers its clients a 24-hour support hotline, which they can use to have consultants guide them toward responsible meal choices. It also offers menu plans that teach clients what to eat even when they're out at fast-food joints. Unconditional support and smart meal planning are two of the main ways EWLC helps clients shed unwanted pounds.
Additionally, its weight-loss programs encourage members to drop in several times a week for powwows that dole out customized feedback and B-vitamin injections, which may help reduce bloating, stabilize blood-sugar levels, and break down foods. Programs are tailored for women, men, or children, and can include anything from exercising tips to school-lunch suggestions. Those with busier schedules can opt for the at-home program, for which staffers email or fax weekly menus, ship vitamins, and perform weigh-in consultations over the phone or via carrier pigeon.
Licensed chiropractor Rob Marvenko sees the body as a single, harmonious entity. Each component affects the function of all the others, as in a delicate ecosystem or the mosh pit at a Slayer concert. Marvenko's hands-on techniques reflect this holistic view of the body. During neuromuscular-reeducation sessions for soft-tissue injuries, he reinforces the nerve signals for functional movement by use of repetitive motions and muscle stimulation. Through the Chiropractic Biophysics technique, he focuses on normalizing posture and spinal curvature. In addition to bringing spines and nervous systems back into balance, he and the clinic's massage therapist practice hydrotherapy massage and physical therapy.
Recognizing the quirks of peoples' exercise routines—some feel intimidated by other exercisers, others prefer the support of a group—Kenneth Reed and his staff at Fit For Life Personal Training stage their workouts in private and small group settings. For even more community, exercisers can sign up for one of Fit for Life's boot camps or upbeat Zumba dance-fitness classes. To supplement workouts with healthful foods, the facility also supplies nutritional counseling.
Dr. Marlene Mahipat works to assuage bodily aches with chiropractic adjustments and societal ills with nonprofit work, earning a feature article in the Chiropractic Journal. By day, she treats patients to an array of therapeutic services, from adjustments and traction treatments to aqua massage, dry needling, and treatments for migraine headaches. But after hours, Dr. Mahipat may transform her office into a sandwich-making station for the homeless, according to the Baltimore Sun, or hop in a car to deliver dinners for Meals on Wheels. Unsatisfied with being a mere volunteer, however, within the past five years she also founded two nonprofits herself: Helping Orphans Prosper Everywhere (HOPE) collects food and supplies for displaced or underprivileged kids, and People Letting Every Animal Survive Euthanization (PLEASE) aims to prevent unnecessary euthanizing of otherwise healthy pets.