December 6, 2022


Makes approximately 14 servings • Adapted from The Mayo Clinic  Ingredients 2 cans (16 ounces each) of reduced-sodium chickpeas, rinsed and drained except for 1/4 cup of liquid 1 tablespoon…
Success Story
November 15, 2022

Putting an End to the Vicious Cycle Through a Weight Loss Program That Works

For as long as he could remember, Don Burrows had been trying to lose weight. He was caught up in a vicious cycle of getting motivated, starting a weight loss…
November 10, 2022

Low Sodium Potato Salad

Makes approximately 8 servings • Adapted from The Mayo Clinic  Ingredients 1 pound of potatoes, diced and boiled or steamed 1 large yellow onion, chopped (1 cup) 1 large carrot,…
November 8, 2022

Macaroni and Cheese

Makes approximately 6 servings • Adapted from The Mayo Clinic Ingredients 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup) 1 rib celery, diced (about 1/4 cup) 1…
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November 1, 2022

Why Sleep Matters

Research tells us that focusing on two factors, diet and exercise, is the key to having a successful weight loss journey. However, in recent years we have learned other factors…
October 31, 2022

Diabetic Friendly Fruitcake

Makes approximately 12 servings • Adapted from The Mayo Clinic Ingredients 2 cups assorted chopped dried fruit, such as cherries, currants, dates, or figs 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup crushed…
October 28, 2022

Iced Latte

Makes approximately 4 servings • Adapted from The Mayo Clinic Ingredients 2 cups brewed decaffeinated espresso coffee, cooled 2 tablespoons golden brown sugar 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk 2 tablespoons sugar-free…
October 24, 2022

Sugar Addiction

Do you have the urge to eat something sweet after every meal? Do you often crave sugary drinks like soda or sweet tea? You may be showing signs of sugar…
October 18, 2022

Trick or Treat? 6 Tips for Breaking The Halloween Candy Mindset

It's that time of the year again! When we dress up as our favorite superheroes or cartoon characters and give out candy. This is a time for fun and celebrations,…
October 14, 2022

Chewy Low Fat Banana Nut Oatmeal Cookies

Makes approximately 15 Servings • Adapted from Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup unpacked brown sugar 1 large egg 1/4 cup mashed ripe banana 1/2 tsp vanilla extract…
October 13, 2022

Weight Management: 10 Keys to Success For Your Patients

It’s no surprise that diets do not work for long-term weight management. Drastically cutting calories, eliminating food groups, or deprivation of foods that are enjoyed are not sustainable over time.…
Success Story
October 12, 2022

Recommitted to Living Life to the Fullest, One Lost Pound at a Time

For Marc Cooke, maintaining a healthy weight has been a lifelong struggle. He’s tried just about every weight loss program and diet under the sun. Some worked well and others…
Fiber Nutrition
October 10, 2022

Fiber: Good or Bad for Your Diet?

Googling any nutrition-related topic will give you conflicting results and probably leave you even more confused than when you started. For instance, search “is fiber good or bad for you,”…
October 7, 2022

CoreLife: A Place to Refer Patients to Start and Succeed

Since spring 2022, Dr. Rob Lejawa has been continuously referring patients to CoreLife Novant Health, a comprehensive weight loss program that guides people through a journey of positive transformation. The…
October 4, 2022

Italian Pasta Salad

Ingredients FOR THE PASTA SALAD: 2 cups whole wheat penne, cooked 2 cups canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 cup chopped orange bell pepper, can sub. red, yellow, or green. 3/4 cup sliced cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped red onion 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, cut into…
October 3, 2022

For CoreLife’s Founder, Ending the Obesity Epidemic is Personal

For Sean Kostkowski, president and founder of CoreLife Healthcare, the decision to launch his groundbreaking company was a personal one. Throughout his childhood, Kostkowski watched his brother struggle with his…
September 14, 2022

The Shift to Patient-Centered Thinking about Obesity Disease

Obesity is a public health issue that affects 42% of the American population and significantly increases risk for other health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, certain types of cancer,…
August 31, 2022

Curry Chickpea Salad

Makes approximately 4-5 servings · Adapted from Hannah Magee, RD Ingredients: 1 19 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1/2 cup raisins(optional) 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced 2 medium…
August 31, 2022

Roasted Chickpeas

Makes approximately 4 servings · Adapted from  Ingredients: 1 (15-oz.) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 tbsp. vegetable oil 1/2 tsp. kosher salt For Seasoning: 1 tsp. cumin…
August 29, 2022

Tuna Salad with Hummus

Makes approximately 4 Servings · Adapted from Hannah Magee  Ingredients: 12 oz flaked light tuna, drained 1 stalk celery, finely chopped 2 tbsp diced red onion 1 medium dill pickle,…
August 22, 2022

Understanding Hunger Hormones in Weight Management

As research uncovers more about the relationship between the gut, brain, and overall health, the term “hunger hormones” is becoming more common. It shows up in the world of weight…
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July 27, 2022

Eating Out? Stay Healthy with These Tips

Hate packing a lunch? Going out, or picking up carryout from your favorite lunch spot can be convenient, but it might not be the most nutritious choice. Whether it is…
July 20, 2022

CoreLife and CalvertHealth Open New Clinic in Prince Frederick, MD

New approach to obesity treatment now available to community and healthcare providers July 20, 2022 -  CoreLife and CalvertHealth System opened the doors today to a new clinic in Prince…
green smoothies Recipes
June 24, 2022

Really Green Smoothie

You will love this Heart-Healthy Smoothie, which is high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Enjoy! Makes approximately 2 1/2 cups • Adapted from Ingredients 1 large ripe bananas…
Mental Health Behavioral Health
June 13, 2022

The Connection Between Mental Health and Obesity

Like most chronic diseases, obesity is influenced by many factors including mental health. Understanding the connection between mental health and obesity can help you along your journey to a healthier…
Talking to Patients about Obesity Medical
June 9, 2022

‘Tell me about your weight’ – How to talk to patients about obesity

It’s a Tuesday afternoon. So far today, you have seen a 42-year-old female patient who is struggling to keep her blood pressure under control. Another patient, male 64, reports that…
No Bake Brownie Bites Recipes
June 2, 2022

No Bake Brownie Bites

With the weather getting warmer, we thought we'd share these easy-to-prep No Bake Brownie Bites that don't require you to turn on the oven. Enjoy! Makes approximately 16 bites  • Adapted from…
May 13, 2022

Pan Seared Salmon

Serves 4 • Adapted from Well Plated ( Ingredients 4 (6 to 8 oz) salmon fillets (skin on) 1/2 tsp kosher salt  1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1 tbsp unsalted…
May 5, 2022

Bone-Health Berry Yogurt Smoothie

Adults and kids love this easy-to-make bone-healthy snack that's high in calcium and Vitamin D, without any added sugar or saturated fat. Each ingredient has also been shown to decrease…
self-compassion Behavioral Health
May 4, 2022


“The recognition and clear seeing of suffering…feelings of kindness for people who are suffering, so that the desire to help – to ameliorate suffering – emerges… recognizing our shared human…
Nutritionist vs Dietitian Nutrition
April 22, 2022

Nutritionist vs Dietitian: What is the Difference (and Why Does it Matter?)

“The Keto diet is super easy to maintain, and you will lose weight fast.” - TikTok nutritionist.    “My 30-day metabolism reset will help you lose weight and keep it…
Behavioral Health
April 14, 2022

The Impact of Diaphragmatic Breathing

Do you find yourself worrying or stressed?  Are you experiencing panic attacks when you leave the house?  Did you know a simple strategy called Diaphragmatic Breathing can help resolve these…
March 17, 2022

6 Tips to Help You Lose Weight

While we may all wish for a little luck in achieving our weight loss goals, success actually comes from commitment and focus over the long-term. However, there are a few…
CcoreLife Novant Health Pineville, NC Location In the News
March 16, 2022

CoreLife Novant Health Opens New Clinic in Pineville, NC

CoreLife Novant Health has opened its second location in the Charlotte area, located in Pineville at 9101 Pineville-Matthews Rd, Suite C4, Pineville, NC 28134. This clinic is the second of…
Importance of sleep Behavioral Health
March 11, 2022

Sleep and Your Mental Health

Happiness is waking up, looking at the clock, and finding out that you still have two hours left to sleep, stated by American Cartoonist Charles M. Shulz. Sleep may feel…
February 24, 2022

How to Improve Your Heart Health in 2022

February is Heart Health Month! When it comes to improving your heart health, the Mediterranean Diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, also known as DASH Diet, are the…
Success Story
February 21, 2022

CoreLife Patient Success | The Steeles

This father-son both needed surgery for different things but were told they would need to lose weight first. The Steeles had tried many other programs but had no luck. It…
February 14, 2022

Healthy Tips to Keep your Heart Strong all Year Long

February is Heart Health Month, but our hearts deserve some TLC year-round. Let's learn some heart-healthy tips that will keep our hearts, minds, and bodies strong all year long. 1.…
February 9, 2022

Spice up your meals for Heart Health Month!

Spices and herbs can add a punch of interesting flavor and aroma that will enhance your favorite everyday foods. They are also a great flavor substitute for salt, sugar, and…
Behavioral Health
January 18, 2022

Understanding the Impact of Anxiety on Weight

A certain level of anxiety is normal, and even healthy, in helping us avoid danger and stay safe. However, when the symptoms become persistent or intrusive, it is not only…
Success Story
January 13, 2022

Patient Success – Janet

Janet is a mother of 5 who, unfortunately, faced a two-year period where she was unmotivated and struggled deeply with her weight. After joining CoreLife, she quickly knew she would…
exterior photo of CoreLife Novant Health clinic in Ballantyne In the NewsPress
January 11, 2022

CoreLife Novant Health expands to Charlotte, offering new approach to weight management

CoreLife Novant Health announced that it has opened its first Charlotte area location in Ballantyne. A second location will open next month in Pineville. These clinics are the first of…
image of handwritten notes with various new years resolution statements: save money, be awesome, find love, eat better, exercise, be happy, smile more Nutrition
December 31, 2021

New Year, New You! Tips for Making New Year’s Resolutions

Many of us use the start of a new year to reflect on how our past year has gone and to envision how we want our next year to look.…
photo of Lewis facing the camera, blue sky in the background Success Story
December 17, 2021

CoreLife Patient Success | Matthew’s Story

Matthew's doctor had recommended CoreLife for weight loss and overall health, but when he noticed his golf game was suffering, he decided to finally make the call. Since then, Matthew…
group gathered around a table eating a meal Nutrition
December 15, 2021

Navigating a Holiday Party While Staying Healthy

The holidays can be stressful for many reasons, and navigating a holiday party while trying to stay healthy can be challenging. If you feel overwhelmed by the temptations and indulgences…
BlogIn the News
December 8, 2021

CoreLife Announces Additions to Leadership Team

CoreLife Healthcare is very happy to announce some exciting leadership changes. These changes will reposition our executive team to drive the company forward in alignment with our long-term vision and…
photo of Kendra in the CoreLife gym Success Story
December 1, 2021

CoreLife Patient Success Story – Kendra

Kendra received a life-changing diagnosis last year during her annual physical. She had prediabetes, a condition that without lifestyle changes can lead to diabetes.  With prediabetes, damage to the heart…
selection of foods on a table, including salmon, berries, greens, and fruits. Nutrition
December 1, 2021

Dietitian Advice for a Heart Healthy Diet

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women? Following a heart healthy diet can help you manage your risk and support…
hands making a heart shape in the sunset Behavioral Health
November 22, 2021

Emotional Wellness During the Holidays: 21 Survival Tips

With Thanksgiving marking the official start of the holiday season, ideas of joy and togetherness abound. But for many people, the holidays can bring complicated emotions and stress for a…
table set with holiday foods including turkey, salad, and other side dishes. Nutrition
November 18, 2021

11 Hacks for a Heart Healthy Holiday

The holidays do not have to derail you from your wellness goals! Despite being the season of feasts and sweets, you can have a heart healthy holiday season by following…