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March 12, 2020

(Memphis, TN) – National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign, celebrated each March, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Throughout the month, the intent is for Americans to consider making more informed food choices in an effort to develop sound eating habits and physical activity routines.

This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite” and focuses on the fact that good nutrition doesn’t have to be restrictive or overwhelming.

Memphis’ own Lifesigns, a prevention-focused physical exam clinic, agrees with this philosophy. Lifesigns recently launched its own weight loss management program, MealMD, in an effort to expand its holistic patient care offerings while addressing the growing trend of obesity and subsequent, related healthcare costs.

More than 93 million Americans are obese and the average person weighs 23 pounds more today than in 1980. What’s more, obese adults spend 42% more on direct healthcare costs than adults who are at a healthy weight.

“Even small, incremental changes in eating habits and physical activity can have a big impact on overall health,” says Sandy Bradford, Lifesigns’ Director of Business Development. “Having a relationship with a primary care provider is also critical to one’s wellness.”

Some of the main chronic illnesses affecting adults in Memphis include hypertension, diabetes and obesity - issues that might be easily identified and treated by a healthcare professional. 

While it is estimated that more than 50% of adults have such health issues, most do not have a primary doctor. Lifesigns notes that an annual physical and a relationship with a primary care physician can help patients detect and address many of these illnesses.

Bradford says, “Annual physicals are one of the best methods for understanding physical health and curtailing any health issues before they become more serious or life threatening.” 

Proper diet paired with annual physicals can result in:

  • Better prevention, early detection and management of chronic illness such as diabetes and hypertension
  • Decrease in overall expenditure on pharmaceuticals
  • Decreased number of catastrophic health events, and
  • Enhanced health and wellness 

Lifesigns is a Memphis-based, prevention-focused physical exam clinic. In 2019, Lifesigns moved into its new state-of-the-art facility at 1727 Kirby Parkway, Suite 100. For more information on the new facility or Lifesigns’ offerings, visit For information on MealMD, visit For more information on Lifesigns’ mobile clinic, HealthyHere, visit

Beth Okeon
(901) 685-5433

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