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Why Senior Citizens Should Get the Flu Vaccine

Posted by Staff on April 02, 2018

We’ve all experienced the flu at some time or another, but how many of us get vaccinated? Turns out about one-third of senior citizens don’t get the flu vaccine! It’s especially important for at-risk groups, such as young children and seniors, to get vaccinated and lessen the risk of devastating consequences such as hospitalization – or even death. According to the CDC, senior citizens in particular is the group most affected by the seasonal flu because of their weakened immune system. The good news is that there are things seniors can do to lessen their chances of getting the flu, the most important being to consider vaccination.

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Topics: Flu, Vaccines

Ways to Avoid and Manage Pain

Posted by Staff on March 26, 2018

Everyone feels pain from time to time. It is your body's way of telling you that there is something wrong. When the injury heals, the pain goes away. Chronic pain is different. When you are suffering from chronic pain, it lasts for months and even years. According to WebMDthere are several types of chronic pain. A few of the most common sources of chronic pain include:

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Topics: Pain Management

Myths About Visiting a Walk-In Clinic

Posted by Staff on March 12, 2018

More and more, people today are getting the healthcare that they need at walk-in clinics. In order to see your regular doctor when you are sick, you need an appointment. This is not the case at a walk-in clinic. People also use walk-in clinics so often because of the convenient hours. Most walk-in clinics have evening and weekend hours which are very convenient if you work or if you happen to get sick when your primary care physician's office is closed. While there are many great things about walk-in clinics, there are a few myths that keep people away. If you have been avoiding using a walk-in clinic because of things that you have heard, you should know that some of thing things that you have heard are not true.

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Topics: Services, Healthcare Clinic

How Do You Get COPD?

Posted by Staff on February 19, 2018

According to Web MD, COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This is a very serious disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is actually a combination of two diseases: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Smoking is the most common cause, however childhood lung issues or regular inhalation of fumes or particals can also case COPD. Read on to find out what this means for you.

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Topics: COPD

February: American Heart Month

Posted by Staff on February 05, 2018

Approximately every 38 seconds an American dies from cardiovascular disease. It's a sad statistic that will only get worse if we ignore the problem. Cardiovascular disease is not only the leading cause of death in our nation, but globally as well. A large number of these deaths could be prevented through education and lifestyle change.

 

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Topics: Physicals, News

Stick With It! Tips for Achieving New Year’s Health Goals

Posted by Staff on January 22, 2018

So many people make New Year’s resolutions to get healthy, and by mid-February about 80% of resolutions start to fail. People often set unrealistic goals or jump head-first into resolutions that they haven’t thought all the way through. With such a high failure rate how do you set yourself up for success?

 

You have to set attainable goals for diet and exercise. Come up with a plan and know the reasons why you are trying to get healthy. Focus on what motivates you every day. This is not about the generic idea of being healthy, it’s about improving your quality of life. Before you embark on your health journey it’s a great idea to get a physical so that you can establish a baseline and know how strenuous your routine can be. Below you will find three great resources that will help guide you through goal setting and give you tips on sticking with it.

 

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Physical Activity

Fight The Flu: How To Boost Your Immune System

Posted by Staff on January 11, 2018

Now that flu season upon us it is time to start taking care of yourself. According to the Center For Disease Control, the flu shot this year is not as effective as it has been in the past years. While it's still important to get your flu shot, it's also up to you to try to stay healthy. Washing your hands often and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze is important, however, it is just as important that you build up your immune system. If you have a strong immune system, your body will be able to fight off the virus. There are a few natural ways that you can boost your immune system and protect yourself this flu season.

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Topics: Flu

Flu Symptoms That Indicate You Should Keep Your Child Home From School

Posted by Staff on December 13, 2017

Parents dread flu season! While they do what they can to keep their children from getting sick, inevitably your child will get the flu from being exposed to others at school. The flu can be very debilitating and its symptoms can keep your child in bed for days. There are certain symptoms that can be severe enough that you should keep your child home from school.

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Topics: Flu

Learn Facts And Spread Awareness Celebrating World COPD Day

Posted by Staff on November 13, 2017

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a medical term used to describe progressive lung diseases. The diseases that fall under this umbrella term include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, non-reversible asthma, and certain forms of bronchiectasis.

The main symptom of COPD is increased breathlessness. According to the American Lung Association, COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. There have been over 11 million people diagnosed with COPD and many more have it, they just don't know it yet. This is because these people believe that their increased breathlessness is a normal part of aging.

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Topics: COPD

Food for Thought: Tips for Healthy Family Dinners

Posted by Staff on October 25, 2017

Do you have a hard time coming up with dinner ideas? What if your child struggles with childhood obesity? Then you may feel even more pressure and stress to plan and prepare healthy meals. You may start the month out by planning a week of dinners to make when everyone gets home, with the best intentions to continue, only to get to the middle of week two and realize you’re out of anything and everything to even invent a new pasta dish or a creative grilled cheese sandwich – let alone fresh fruit and veggies to make it healthy.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Childhood Obesity

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