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Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Giving back always feels good, right? Or maybe just giving in general.

This is the time where we all work hard to give to others and spread joy and happiness too those whom we love and care for. It’s no surprise that we feel kinder and even happier during the holiday season. Well, what if we told you that you could give back and in return, get something beneficial to your health?

That’s right! ELFP is once again holding our annual Holiday Toy Drive – a time where you can donate toys to bring bliss to disadvantaged kids. Last year, we received more than 400 toys as part of the drive, but we’re hoping to make 2018 our biggest year yet.  Starting November 19th until December 18th, all nine of our Eagles Landing Family Practice offices will be collecting toys from our patients, staff and other members of our community. Every toy we collect will be donated to local, underprivileged families – in hopes to spread love, joy and happiness during the holiday season.

Though, that’s not all. We believe in giving back, and we want to show our appreciation to those who have graciously donated. That’s why we’re combining the Toy Drive with preventative imaging– a simple, but potentially lifesaving test.

During the Holiday Toy Drive, anyone who donates a new, $20 value or more, unwrapped toy will receive a coupon for a FREE 3D Mammogram upgrade.

Statistics show that 3D mammograms detect 41 percent more early stage and more invasive breast cancers than 2D mammography, as well as reducing false positive results by 40 percent. Today, there are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States, largely thanks to annual screenings and early detection. And good news, Eagles Landing Family Practice has designed a comprehensive women’s healthcare plan for the way you live– providing the protection you need at our Pink Ribbon Imaging Facility.

While most insurances now cover age-risk appropriate mammograms at no cost to you, unfortunately 3D mammograms are not included—making patients come out of pocket for the extra expense. Well, with the Toy Drive coupon, that extra expense will be waived! The coupon is also transferrable to a friend or family member, so everyone is encouraged to donate, even if you do not need a mammogram.

ELFP physician Collyn A. Steele, M.D., says, “Our commitment to early detection stretches across many cancers and chronic diseases. It is proven that early detection is the best protection, which is why at Eagles Landing we follow the American Cancer Society’s recommendations that all women over 40 years of age have a mammogram performed annually. This toy drive is a great way for us to help those in need this holiday season, while also promoting potentially lifesaving screenings.”

But, despite all the advances of modern-day medicine, we know that staying healthy is more than just getting rid of diseases. Our health is also strongly associated to our happiness and generosity, which is why our Toy Drive is right for you! Donations can be made to any of our ELFP locations across Henry, Butts and Rockdale counties.

And, if you have any questions about whether 3D mammograms are right for you, our Providers are gladly here with answers. To schedule a mammography appointment at our Imaging Center, call 678-432-6161 or request an appointment online.

Here’s to a holiday season full of happiness, health and the kindness of giving back.

Introducing Eagles Landing Endocrinology

We’re changing the healthcare game…again, by providing even more services than ever before.
Introducing to you, Eagles Landing Endocrinology.

It’s not often that a medical network expands to better the community. As your family practice, we seek to serve our community by offering facilities that will further assist them on their wellness journey. We also realized that we could help more patients by crafting a facility that specializes in conditions that have become rampant in the south.

This is where Eagles Landing Endocrinology comes in.

So, what is Endocrinology?
Endocrinology is a branch of medicine concerned with the structure, function and disorders of the endocrine system that produce hormones.

Hormones play a huge role in regulating the body’s metabolism, respiration, growth, reproduction, sensory perception and movement. Subsequently, when hormone imbalances occur, medical complications or conditions will arise. Examples of these conditions include Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Grave’s disease.

Eagles Landing Endocrinology can help patients with symptoms from multiple diseases – such as; Diabetes Type 1 and 2, insulin pump therapy and education, Osteoporosis, Infertility, Metabolic diseases, Thyroid diseases and some forms of cancer.

You now have a home for your endocrine needs, as well as a place to help you manage, treat, monitor, and keep you on task. Not only will you receive top care from the most renowned patient-focused physicians in the country, you will also reap the benefits of having everything in-house, state-of-the art technology and a committed, conscious team.

Along with our expert providers, our endocrinology services are top-notch and do not fall under the “one-size fits all” umbrella. We offer specific services that cater to your lifestyle, as well as the severity of your condition.

Eagles Landing Endocrinology is part of the Eagles Landing Family Practice network – working together to lower costs for our patients, giving you access to the best providers, more in-house services and the convenience you’ve come to know and trust with ELFP. Not only will you have access to our state-of-the art imaging center, but you will also have trusted providers that have a passion for treating their patients and generating results – striving to make their daily life easier.

Ask your physician and see if Eagles Landing Endocrinology is right for you or, pass this information on to help a friend!

Eagles Landing Family Practice, and now…Eagles Landing Endocrinology – Diabetes Care and more.

Request an appointment today.

The Best Protection is Early Detection

Did you know that about 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime?

Or, that there are currently over 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.?

At Eagles Landing Family Practice, we follow the American Cancer Society’s recommendation that “all women over 40 years of age should have a mammogram performed annually” – one of the best ways for women to monitor their risk for breast cancer.

What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray procedure of the breast that allows visualization of the internal structure. This plays a key role in early breast cancer detection and helps decrease breast cancer deaths – also being used for screenings or diagnostic purposes.

At ELFP, we also offer 3D mammograms – with our Pink Ribbon Imaging Facility being home to two of the state’s Genius 3D mammography machines. This advanced technology is proven to detect more invasive breast cancers and decrease inaccurate reports and false alarms. It is the single-most effective method of early breast cancer detection, since it can often identify cancer several years before physical symptoms develop.

Now… maybe you’re asking, “Why should I get a mammogram? I’m perfectly healthy”. Well, research has proven that after 40 years of age, the risk of breast cancer increases drastically. And sadly, 7 out of 10 women in their 40’s who died from breast cancer did not have a mammogram. On top of that, 25% of those who’ve suffered from breast cancer showed signs or symptoms – meaning 75% of women showed no noticeable signs of having breast cancer; such as lumps or tightened skin.

While these facts may seem a bit frightening, mammograms should not be. The issue for most life-threatening cases of breast cancer has been that it’s found too late, already spreading throughout the body. And besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women and is the second leading cause of death in women. Knowing it exists is just not enough. That’s why we want you to request your mammogram appointment as soon as possible, because the earlier you discover the unexpected, the better chance of overcoming it.

In the past, ELFP has given free 3D upgrades in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness month. However, this year we are choosing to give back and support the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Network by donating 20 dollars for every mammogram performed at our ELFP Imaging Center during the month of October (up to $10,000). Along with our donations, we will be giving away a free gift at checkout to our mammogram patients.

In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,960 new cases of non-invasive (situ) breast cancer. And though death rates have been decreasing since 1989, an estimated 40,920 women in the U.S. are expected to lose their battle to breast cancer this year. But, together we can make a difference.

Eagles Landing Family Practice has designed a comprehensive women’s healthcare for the way you live, providing the protection you need– with mammograms now covered by most insurances at no cost to you (excluding 3D mammograms), and our convenient weekday hours and Saturday appointments.

So…schedule your mammogram today at our state-of-the art Imaging Center, knowing that you can rest easy while receiving the best care and fast results.

Why? Because early detection saves lives.

How to prepare for Cold and Flu season

With the summer season coming to an end in September, Flu season will be right around the corner. While the Influenza virus (also known as the seasonal flu) can circulate all year, the peak time for Flu activity is during the fall and winter months.

So, to be fully prepared for Cold and Flu season – you may want to know the differences between the two, their signs and symptoms and what preventative actions you can take.

What is the difference between the Flu and a Cold?
The common Cold and Flu both present themselves as respiratory illnesses, however they are caused by two different viruses. Both viruses cause similar indications, so a diagnosis on purely “symptoms” can be quite difficult. The Flu is generally much worse than the common Cold and the symptoms are far more frequent and intense. The Cold, on the other hand, is much milder than the Flu and is usually less intense – with people more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. However, one of the biggest and most critical differences is that Influenza can lead to other severe complications. Some of these may include pneumonia and bacterial infections that can lead to hospitalizations.

What are some signs and symptoms of the influenza virus vs. a cold?
If you find yourself having symptoms of any kind, our providers at Eagles Landing Family Practice can help determine if you have the Flu or the common Cold. In fact, certain tests can confirm if a person has the flu virus within just the first few days. If you have signs of fever, chills, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches, and fatigue (tiredness) then a Flu test might be a good idea. If your symptoms are mostly consisting of a runny or stuffy nose and mild body aches, then the common Cold is most likely the cause.

What are some preventative measures we can take?
The first and most effective step is a no-brainer: get the flu shot. There’s no practical reason not to get one. This can be done easily by scheduling an appointment with your Eagles Landing Family Practice provider. However, a Flu shot isn’t the only way to prevent the Influenza virus and Cold. Something as simple as washing your hands with soap and warm water is also one of your best methods of protection.

Prevention goes beyond oneself, though it’s also very important to limit the spread of the germs and viruses if you do happen to have it. If you are diagnosed with the Flu, it’s very important to make sure you avoid being around people who aren’t sick; such as your friends, co-workers, and classmates. While on the road to recovery from the Flu, be sure to cover your nose or mouth if you have a sneeze or cough, and always wash your hands afterward.

How do I recover from the Cold and Flu?
When recuperating from the Cold or Flu, it’s vital to get plenty of rest to let your body recover. Staying hydrated by drinking lots of fluids – such as water and Gatorade and monitoring yourself for a fever is also crucial. Unfortunately, when it comes to the common cold – there is no cure. The best way to combat the Cold is to use over the counter medications that can help soothe and relieve the symptoms. You may even want to consider talking to your ELFP provider about what might work best for you.

It’s inevitable. We’ll probably wake up one day this fall or winter with a runny nose and scratchy throat – knowing soon enough we’ll be going through a whole box of tissues.

So…stock up now, and don’t forget to schedule an appointment to get your flu shot.

Parent Tips for Back to School

With it being the beginning of August, families are reminded of a couple of different things. Fall is around the corner, and that means football and cooler weather – but right now summer is ending, and that means it’s time to go back to school. What if this is the best year yet?

As summer comes to an end, there is a lot of work that needs to be done to make sure kids are ready for the new school year. While the family gets adjusted to the first month of school, it’s a good idea to take a couple of precautionary measures to set your children up for a successful and healthy year.

1. Schedule check-ups
The first step for anyone would be to simply schedule a check-up with your doctor. An annual physical exam will ensure your child is healthy and virus-free before going back to school. A regular check-up is a great way to uncover any issues or questions, as well as prepare a doctor- approved wellness plan. Furthermore, if your child participates or plans to participate in any school sports, most require an annual sports physical to do so.

2. Don’t forget the shots
While you’re at these annual check-ups, it’s a great idea to go ahead and make sure your child’s immunizations are all up to date. The CDC mandates that every state require certain vaccinations at different grade levels for children attending public schools. Many schools, even some private schools, won’t allow students to attend without first presenting the verification of these immunizations. Flu vaccines are not required, but are recommended for all school age-children, except for those with allergies or complications. Talk to your ELFP provider to find out which vaccinations are recommended for your kids.

3. Teach good hygiene habits
Scheduling a check-up with your doctor is a great starting point, but some of the most important work is done at home. With so many people coming in and out of a classroom daily, germs are bound to find their way in. To this end, setting your child up with good hygiene habits is crucial to maintaining their health throughout the school year. Perhaps the simplest, and the most effective, way to fend off germs is to simply wash your hands regularly. Teaching your child to wash their hands for a good amount of time, after using the restroom, and before eating food can protect them from numerous types of germs. It may even be smart to provide your child with an on-the-go hand sanitizer for when soap and water aren’t available.

4. Reinstate routines and set bedtimes
Getting your child in the habit of good hygiene is great, but it’s also important to reinforce healthy sleeping habits. For a child to stay focused throughout the day, it’s essential that they get enough sleep the night before. While adults generally need about eight hours of sleep per night, most children typically need more than eight hours. Instead of just expecting your children to be able to wake up for school, start setting bedtimes a couple weeks before to help get them accustomed to the new schedule. Sticking to a routine is important, so you might not want to get too lenient on the weekends.

5. Stock up on healthy foods
Finally, teaching your children to maintain a nutritional diet is vital and keeps them healthy. What your child eats may be their choice, but you as a parent still have a crucial role to play. One of the best things to do is to get stocked up on healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Instead of premade snacks for your child’s lunches, take some time to cut up fresh veggies and fruit for their lunchbox. Breakfast is also a must, and students who eat breakfast are more alert during class and throughout the day.

We know there is always a lot to be done to get your kids ready for the new school year, so be patient and remember you don’t have to do everything all at once. The most important thing is to help your kids have a great school year by making sure they are healthy – because healthy students are better learners.

Are you ready for the 2018-2019 school year? It might just be the best year yet.

An Annual Exam is Key to Living Your Best Life

We all know life gets hectic. Between work deadlines and your kid’s after school activities, to family vacations and going back to school, scheduling can become a hassle. That’s why ELFP believes in providing primary care at your convenience and on your time, especially when it comes to annual physicals. We offer nine primary clinic locations with extended hours and same-day appointments to accommodate routine and emergency needs.

No matter your age or stage of life, annual physical exams are essential to your ongoing health. Visiting your primary care provider for regular preventative care is one of the best ways to identify and treat health issues before they get worse. Whether you’re aware of it or not, a lot happens to your body over the course of a year, especially as we grow older. Changes aren’t just limited to your body either – medical records change as well. Your annual physical exam is the perfect time to let your primary care physician know about any changes that could affect your health. That’s why yearly physicals are an essential part of maintaining good health, as well as preventing any unforeseen medical issues.

So, what is an annual physical exactly? A physical exam is essential to any routine doctor’s visit – however, there is no set formula for how a physical is conducted. Depending on your risk factors, age, lifestyle, and family history – your doctor could order a wide variety of blood tests and other screenings during your exams. The results of these tests enable your doctor to make any necessary recommendations for follow-up testing, or any suggested lifestyle changes. Some of these tests – like a complete blood count (CBC), can even test for more severe conditions, like heart disease or cancer. Regardless, our physicians always focus on listening to your questions or concerns – including you in the process.

A regular annual check up is key to living your best life, and the good part is that basic annual physicals are covered by almost all insurance carriers. With The Affordable Care Act, most commercial insurance plans provide coverage for preventative care without co-pays, co-insurance or deductibles. Things covered usually include annual physicals, recommended immunization, and age-risk appropriate screenings; such as lab tests, mammograms and colonoscopies. However, other services may vary based on your specific coverage. Our providers’ top priority is to make sure you get the testing you need to stay healthy. Therefore, we recommend that you learn more about what your insurance plan will cover ahead of time and discuss it with your provider.

At Eagles Landing Family Practice, we’ve done thousands of physicals and can get you in and out quickly. So, from scheduling to getting your results – we will work hard to make the experience as pleasant and efficient as possible.

Scheduling your annual physical exam might just be the best thing you do for your health this year.

Family Values Award – Meagan Pildner

When Positive Athlete was created six years ago, President of Celebrate Positive, LLC, Scott Pederson and a group of high-profiled athletes shared a unique goal – to shine a light and honor young, positive athletes that gave back – despite their circumstances through scholarships and recognition. Positive Athlete believes that shaping life skills of young athletes is crucial to shaping their futures. This includes giving back to their communities and other skills that go beyond athletic competition. Any high school athlete will be invited to join based on a nomination by a coach, parent, fan, or school administrator.

After Positive Athlete formed in Pittsburgh about six years ago – Pittsburgh Steelers legend, Hines Ward, became their spokesman. However, after their message kept growing, they started operating in Georgia. When this happened, Ward became the spokesperson for Georgia as well; after all – Hines Ward was a Georgia Bulldog before he was a Pittsburgh Steeler. As Hines stated, “We’re not putting out a search for the best athletes in Georgia. We’re searching for kids with positive attitudes whose efforts don’t necessarily show up on the stat sheets.” Growing up in South Atlanta, Ward knows just how important it is to maintain an optimistic attitude, despite circumstances. As a child of African American and Korean descent, he was constantly faced with racial slander. However, these hurdles wouldn’t break Ward’s spirit, as he went on to be a successful player for the Georgia Bulldogs and Pittsburgh Steelers.

This year, Eagles Landing Family Practice has teamed up with Positive Athlete and Hines Ward to create the Eagles Landing Family Practice Family Values Award. Creating this initiative was a great fit for Eagles Landing Family Practice, as it gave us the opportunity to give back to the community and support the next generation of leaders who reflect our family values. The award honors one special athlete from our surrounding counties of Henry, Rockdale, Butts, and Clayton and we’re proud to announce the first ever recipient – Meagan Pildner.

Meagan – top 10 percent, Magna Cum Laude and graduate of Locust Grove High School, is a remarkable athlete, but her character makes her an even better person. Meagan was part of the 2017 State Champion Softball Team, an All-Region Player 1st Team and 1st Team All-State Player and will be attending West Alabama to play collegiate softball in fall of 2018. She accomplished her goal by earning 16 letters and participated in 4 Varsity Sports; Softball, Basketball Cheer, Tennis, and Gymnastics. However, aside from her athletic achievements, Meagan was also a member of the Relay for Life team, Beta Club, and National Honor’s Society. She maintained a 4.0 GPA and had perfect attendance for her entire school career (K-12).

On top of all of this, she also loves to serve and sets an example by her leadership. Twice a week, she planed for and led the lesson for an adaptive physical education class, as well as teaching her peers tactics to modify and engage with those adaptive students. Meagan also does research, finding positive ways that she can reach those who may be a little less fortunate. Talk about a heard of gold!

With Positive Athlete’s vision – to shine a light and honor young, positive athletes that gave back…we believe this couldn’t fit Meagan Pildner’s mentality any better. With her constant efforts in praising others and making them feel good about themselves, to giving those around her a smile and asking about their day – Meagan truly has a heart to share with others, and we – Eagles Landing Family Practice – are proud to be a part in honoring her.

Healthy Gifts for Father’s Day

 

Father’s Day—a day for dad. A day where we show our appreciation with gifts that range from the extravagant to the forgettable. You could follow the crowd and get your dad a new tie, dress shirt or other miscellaneous article of clothing he’ll wear once or twice. Or, you could try something a little different, maybe something with a greater and longer-lasting impact. You could even get something that will encourage your dad to live a healthier lifestyle. If you’re still in limbo about what to get your dad this year, don’t worry—we have a few ideas below.

Fitness trackers (which double as heart monitors)
These devices have become an essential accessory for the health-conscious. Serving as your 24-hour wellness device, fitness trackers can perform a myriad of tasks while you’re on the go, with an emphasis on heart-rate monitoring and the calculation of calories burned or steps taken throughout the day. And yes, our phones can track (almost) everything a fitness tracker can capture, but these specialty devices minimize the distractions and provide a much better focus on wellness. Instead of buying a Movado watch this year, purchase a device that not only tells time, but also tracks your fitness regime and assesses your sleep patterns. For example, the Fitbit Alta HR could be a good fit for your dad. Or look at the sleek Apple Watch Series 3, which combines the features of a phone, watch and fitness tracker in one high-tech but easy-to-use device. If your father is a swimmer, even better! Fitness trackers have come a long way since their inception, and most, like Apple Watch 3 and the Fitbit Ioniccan now withstand the waters that you wade in. If you’re not a fan of the aforementioned brands, MOOV Now and Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro are waterproof (up to 30 meters and 50 meters respectively) and they focus on coaching you after you’ve emerged from the water.

Basket of Health (Snacks)
Nothing says“I love you” more than a basket full of healthy snacks, because let’s face it, we all love to eat. Research has proven that women snack more than men, but men tend to snack on less healthier foods (sorry guys!). Though it may be hard to step away from the sweets – encouraging your dad to develop better snacking habits will help you both in the long haul. Start your basket off with heart-healthy snacks; such as walnuts and almonds. Unsalted banana chips, kale chips, and dried edamame are also great options. Another quick bite you could throw in is an old-time favorite—jerky. The New Primal Pasture carries a mean Rosemary and Date Chicken Jerky that’s void of preservatives, sugars and antibodies. If you’re uncertain of what to purchase for your basket or box, try a subscription to a natural snack company, like NatureBoxIf you think the snacks featured on their home page are enticing enough, imagine how your dad would feel when he gets them delivered every month.

Cooking Tools
For the dad that takes his culinary ventures seriously (or not so seriously), consider upping his game with better cookware. Your dad may start to create more of his own his meals, which can give him more control over his diet. If your dad enjoys firing up the grill, Williams Sonoma’s Stainless-Steel BBQ Tool Set will make a sleek, stylish addition. And if your dad is ready to take his kabobs to the next level, try a kabob basket.You can also take it upnotch by throwing in the Molecule-R Cuisine R-Evolution KitA molecular gastronomy kit is a unique gift that will empower him to create his own sauces. Your dad will be guaranteed the title of King of the Grill in no time.

Plan a Hiking Trip (for the Adventurous Dad)
For the adventurous father – plan an outdoor activity. Trails are prevalent in Georgia, with Stone Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain, and the now famous Atlanta BeltLine leading the charge. If your dad is looking for a bit more seclusion, plan a hiking trip to Reynolds Nature Preserve or Panola State National Park. For the less adventurous dad – you could shoot hoops at the gym, go for a swim, or play a few rounds of tennis. If it goes well, you might end up inspiring your dad to take up one of these activities regularly. Pack plenty of water and a few (healthysnacks just in case. And, be sure to have your dad consult with his primary care physician before planning your day.

Introductory Classes
Has your dad ever wanted to try martial arts or golf? Pottery or Tennis? Make his wishes come true with a few introductory lessons. These beginner-friendly classes can provide a great experience, and they might just uncover a new talent or passion. Victory Martial Arts Academy has classes dedicated to honing that inner “chi.” Eagles Landing Country Club has golf lessons so your dad can work on being the next golf extraordinaire. There are too many options in Atlanta to mention here, so do some research based on what he likes.

Spa Day
If your dad thinks the Spa is just for women, he’s in for a real treat. Most spas offer special packages and can help you create a day of pure bliss for your dad. Take part in Stockbridge Day Spa’s “Father” Time at the Spa event by purchasing a package. Or, indulge your dad in a heavenly massage and facial at Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa.

And with all this talk of gifts, let’s not forget the most important thing you can give your dad– your time. If he lives in the Atlanta area, find something you can do together. If not, a video call can go a long way. Or, schedule a trip and let him know you’ll see him soon. As he gets older, it’s even important that he has a good healthcare team to help him live the healthiest life possible. If he needs a good primary care physician, we’d love to meet him and put together a comprehensive healthcare plan for Father’s Day and beyond.

June is for the Fellas

“Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters; men’s health is truly a family issue.” – Congressman Bill Richardson (May 1994)

14 years ago, Congressman Richardson was already discussing the importance of men’s health, and that’s exactly what we’re here to do. June 1st kicked off #MensHealthMonth, a month that brings awareness to the challenges faced by men as they work to build a stronger tomorrow. The unfortunate reality is that, on average, men have shorter life spans than women – while women are also 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual exams and preventative services than men.

So…guys, when was the last time you went to the doctor? All men, especially younger, should have annual checkups, but that isn’t the only option. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, we can break it down into 4 categories; awareness, prevention, education, and family.

Awareness

The first step to any lifestyle change is to become aware of the statistics. For instance, according to menshealthmonth.org, 1 in 2 men are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime compared to 1 in 3 women. And, men are dying an average of 5 years younger than women and lead 9 of the 10 top causes of death. However, the good news is that many health conditions can be prevented or detected early on with regular annual screenings, and most cases are completely covered by insurance! This leads us right to our next category; prevention.

Prevention

The most important step a man can take to increase prevention is simple – have regular check-ups. Multiple health conditions can be prevented or detected early on with regular screenings. Here at Eagles Landing Family Practice, regular annual screenings can include blood pressure check, cholesterol, glucose, prostate health, and more. Knowing your numbers can help identify problems early on, before they become an even bigger issue. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to change this statistic and to encourage men to “man up” and get a screening!

Education

Setting up annual visits is a great first step in a healthier lifestyle, however it doesn’t end there. The secret is consistency and maintaining this lifestyle. First and foremost, start by taking baby steps. For instance, say “yes” to a hearty breakfast and “no” to pulling in the drive-through or supersizing your meal. Try and eat a variety of good foods to ensure that your body receives all the vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Also, stay hydrated and try to eat fruits or vegetables at every meal, which can also protect you from chronic diseases.

That’s not all though… exercise is also a vital part of a healthy lifestyle and it doesn’t have to mean straining yourself in the gym. There are practical ways to get physical exercise. For example – play with your children or grandchildren, do some yard work, go for a walk, or simply take the stairs instead of the elevator. Other options could include joining a local sports league or exercise class. Doctors recommend 150 to 300 minutes per week of moderate-intense physical exercise. The most important thing is to choose an activity that not only you enjoy but also keeps you motivated.

Being active and eating healthier can work wonders for a man’s health. Physically active individuals tend to even sleep better, feel better, and function better. And – it’s recommended that adults get seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night. Overall, healthier men live happier and longer lives.

Family

The last category is easily the most important of the 4, and that’s family. Maintaining a good, healthy lifestyle is not just for you, men – it’s also for your entire family. Just like Congressman Richardson said, a man’s health is a family issue. Your health and lifestyle have a profound effect on your family. A father wants to be able to play ball with his kids, or chase after them on their first bike ride. However, one of the most important things to realize is that you are acting as an example for your family – whether you realize or not. If a child sees his father exercising and regularly seeing his doctor, then he will be increasingly likely to follow in that example.

So, what’s stopping you? Let’s get the ball rolling all month long and keep it going! Show your support for #MensHealthMonth and call us at (770) 268-4011 to schedule your screening today at ELFP!

Healthy Mother’s Day Gifts

 

Let’s face the facts. It’s hard to shop for Mother’s Day. How do you find something that fairly represents your appreciation for such an important figure in your life? Should it be personal? Or do you buy something practical? Well, here’s an idea—why not go with something useful AND meaningful? Like the gift of health.

The gift of health, in any form, can show how much you care for her well-being. And because a wellness-related gift is specific to her situation, it’s also a very personal gift that shows how well you know her.

We know that making a selection can still be a daunting task, so we’ve compiled a few ideas to help make this year’s Mother’s Day gift a win for years to come.

It All Starts with Data (sometimes)
Fitness trackers have been popular for several years now, and they’re constantly evolving. From cell phones to watches, and now rings—these tiny devices monitor everything from heart rate to exercise, and calorie count to sleep habits. Some are highly advanced and complicated to use, but others are designed for the technophobe.  They do a few things, and they’re really easy to use. The Apple Watch is stylish but also a very effective tracker. You can make calls, ask Siri how many calories you’ve burned, or listen to music while you jog. Another more affordable option is the TomTom Touch Cardio. It’s both Android and iPhone compatible and is under $100. If used regularly, these devices can help encourage mom to implement exercise into her daily routine.

For Members Only
If your mother isn’t quite into plowing through HIIT workouts or running, why not purchase her a weekly or monthly yoga pass at a local studio or gym? Though it may seem like you’re just “stretching,” yoga can demand as much effort as running on a treadmill. If your mom is a yoga newbie, Hatha Yoga is a great start— it’s a slow-paced version of yoga, primarily composed of maintaining poses and concentrating on your breathing. If she’s looking for more of a challenge, Hot and Bikram Yoga might be a better fit. Here, she can achieve her vinyasa, sweat, and burn fat all at the same time. Whichever route you take, be sure she clears it with her doctor before starting any exercise program.

A Spa Day, of Course!
Spa days are a popular Mother’s Day gift, and for good reason. From deep tissue massages to simple mani-pedis, a day at the spa can be a highly relaxing AND exhilarating experience. Every spa has it’s own unique feel and set of services, so take some time to find one that’s a good fit. The HoneyComb Cottage or Scarlett’s Retreat: Day Spa & Boutique are a couple of local options for you to check out. Or go to https://www.spafinder.com/ as a starting point.

Just the Essentials
An Essential Oil diffuser can be a great companion to your mom’s everyday ritual. If you’re not familiar with Essential Oils, they’re responsible for giving plants their distinctive aroma and are known to carry loads of benefits. And because each oil has it’s own unique properties, you can create a gift package designed just for her. For example, lavender and chamomile oil can help create a relaxing environment. Lemon is associated with anti-bacterial properties, plus it brings a fresh-clean aroma to your room!

Healing Plants
Plants are an affordable option,  and they offer a variety of benefits. Research has proven that some plants can reduce stress and most work to freshen the air. Certain species of plants even filter harmful pollutants such as; formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia. The best plants to help combat these harmful chemicals include– the Boston fern, English ivy, spider plant, bamboo palm, weeping fig, flamingo lily, peace lily, and the cornstalk dracaena. Not only are they helpful, but they are also beautiful and become grand fixtures that can brighten any space in the household.

A Taste of the Sea
A salt bath is one of the most inexpensive, yet most appreciated, gifts you can share. Put together a bath package fully equipped with an aromatic selection including roses, lavender, lovely soaps, bath scrubs and body butter. Be creative! Establish a theme by making locations your focal point. Can’t afford a trip to Hawaii? Make a Hawaiian Bath Soak to bring the Luau to the tub. Grab some plants, position them by the bathtub, make a lei (crown of flowers) and play some soft music. You can also up the ante by making her a tropical smoothie like this one.

Teas Please
Herbal teas are a great way to begin or end the day. A warm cup of lavender tea with lemon can be soothing and a great de-stressor. Make a tea box for your mom, complete with both caffeinated and herbal. Black tea, such as chai, is caffeinated and can be a healthy alternative to coffee. Green tea is a fulfilling beverage choice for lunch, and floral or herbal teas, such as hibiscus and rooibos, can be enjoyed in the evening.

Finally, a visit to Eagles Landing Family Practice may not be as soothing as a salt bath, but the health benefits are clear! If mom is due for a Physical Exam, that’s a great place to start. We also offer diagnostic tests like Mammograms and can put a comprehensive plan to help her get and stay healthy.

Whatever you choose to get that special mom in your life, we hope you both have a great Mother’s Day!