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Man, Your Health is a Priority

Men and women may be from the same planet after all, but when it comes to preventive health, research shows they couldn’t be more different.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that men are as much as 80 percent less likely to see a physician for regular check-ups and screenings than women are.

What better month than June – home to Father’s Day and National Men’s Health Month – to talk about some important ways men can make their health a bigger priority.

Stacy Olliff, MD, MPH, a physician with Eagles Landing Family Practice, reminds men that not only should their health be a priority, but it is their responsibility.

“Whether it’s taking care of our families, helping our neighbors, or being an asset on the job, men tend to feel a responsibility in many areas of life,” Olliff said. “But if you’re not taking care of your body and looking out for your overall health, you’re putting all of those other areas at risk.”

Olliff offered some ideas for how men can take responsibility for their health and put a priority on their futures – during Men’s Health Month and beyond.

Get recommended check-ups

In many cases, annual and age-appropriate screenings are completely covered by insurance. Knowing your numbers such as blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and BMI can help identify potential problems early before they morph into full-blown issues. Regular check-ups and vaccinations are quick and effective ways to stay in charge of your health.

Exercise regularly

According to the CDC’s “2008 Physical Guidelines for Americans,” adults need two types of physical activity each week to improve their health – aerobic and muscle-strengthening. Recommendations include 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (brisk walking, riding a bike on flat terrain) or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (running, swimming laps) and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms). And you don’t have to do it all at once. Breaking up activity into 10-minute increments can provide health benefits.

Improve your diet

Incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetables into your daily diet to get the vitamin and mineral effects that can protect you from chronic diseases. Watch your fat, calorie, sugar, and salt intake. Whole grains and fiber are not only better for you, they’ll help you feel fuller, faster. Stay hydrated by drinking water, not calorie-dense beverages, and limit your alcohol consumption.

Get your rest

It’s easy to adhere to the “sleep is overrated” maxim in our busy lives, but its health benefits can’t be overstated. Recommendations say adults should get seven to nine hours of quality shut-eye each night. Insufficient sleep is associated with chronic diseases and conditions such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and depression, not to mention you’re more likely to be in a bad mood, less productive at work, and involved in a motor vehicle crash.

Be an example

Whether you notice or not, the younger generation is watching. By practicing healthy habits such as consuming a balanced diet instead of junk food and going for a hike instead of vegging out on the couch, you can be an example for your kids, grandkids, and others.

To schedule your annual screening, book an appointment online, or call (770) 268-4011.

8 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day During a Pandemic

  • #1: Breakfast and Sports in Bed
  • #2: Do a Virtual Exercise Class
  • #3: Spend Quality Time Outdoors
  • #4: Organize a Virtual Hangout
  • #5: Play an Indoor Game
  • #6: Make His Favorite Dinner and Dessert
  • #7: Host a Movie Night
  • #8: Give Him the Gift of Health

Since many people are continuing their social distancing practices through quarantine, and several local businesses are still not up-and-running yet due to the coronavirus outbreak – Father’s Day may look a little different this year. Maybe you typically celebrate with tickets to a baseball game, a family outing to restaurants and theme parks, or a big get together with extended family. This year, you can spend Father’s Day in the comfort of your own home, celebrating your #1 guy (virtually or in-person).

  1. Breakfast and Sports in Bed
    Start his day off extra special with a yummy feast in bed! Maybe scramble some eggs, cook a little bacon, and add a delicious bagel. To top it off, pick his favorite sport and tune-in! If he’s a baseball fan, you can stream a live game online from South Korea first thing in the morning. Other options can be found on ESPN or YouTube.
  2. Do a Virtual Exercise Class
    Has dad been missing the gym lately? Fortunately, there are several virtual programs you can subscribe to, like Peloton or Beachbody on Demand that hosts hundreds of workouts. You can even throw in a new workout outfit and a few resistance bands and let him get his sweat on at home.
  3. Spend Quality Time Outdoors
    Since the first day of summer falls on Father’s Day, what better way to celebrate than some quality time outside? You can go for a bike ride with your family, go fishing at your nearest lake or pond, or just take a walk around the neighborhood. You can soak up some vitamin D and still practice social distancing!
  4. Organize a Virtual Hangout
    In times like these, it’s important to stay connected with our loved ones. And during this pandemic, many of our friends and family have been missed since we haven’t had much in-person contact (in an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy). Surprise dad with a special Zoom or FaceTime call with some of his buddies or family members he hasn’t seen in a while.
  5. Play an Indoor Game
    We all know we’ve been getting plenty of screen time during this quarantine. So, take a break from the tablets and TVs, and create some friendly competition for the family. Dust off those board games, play charades or sing karaoke, or create a fun indoor scavenger hunt. Just let dad pick the game and give him the gift of family bonding time.
  6. Make His Favorite Dinner and Dessert
    Fire up that grill and cook his favorite meal! Whether that be a barbeque, steak, or just hot dogs and hamburgers – pair it with some side dishes and enjoy! You can even make his night extra sweet by baking his favorite dessert. Who needs to count calories on a holiday, especially when that holiday is celebrating your favorite guy?
  7. Host a Family Movie Night
    Let him pick out a movie and end Father’s Day curled up on the couch in your PJs. Or, go the extra mile and set up a projector and screen outside in your backyard. Either way, just don’t forget the popcorn!
  8. Give Him the Gift of Health
    Since June is Men’s Health Month, what better way to honor your dad than by making his health a top priority? Preventative healthcare is important now more than ever, so schedule him an annual physical or check-up at any of our 9 locations today! If he’s not yet comfortable coming in-office, he may be eligible for a Telehealth visit (offered for a limited time during the COVID-19 pandemic).

Whoever that special guy is in your life – your dad, grandpa, uncle, father-in-law, husband, and so on – they deserve to be celebrated, whether that’s in-person or virtually. And though many continue to practice social distancing by staying quarantined, you can still create a wonderful Father’s Day for that #1 guy in your life.

Let him spend the day doing whatever he feels comfortable with and show him some extra love. It may be just what he needs.

Preventive Care is Important Now More than Ever

It’s no surprise since COVID-19, preventive medicine has become less essential to the public. Many Americans have been led to postponing their annual screenings and physical exams, in an effort to keep themselves out of harm’s way. But this can actually lead to more damage than it can good.

There has been a common pattern found among many patients affected by the novel coronavirus…underlying health conditions. Though many fear being exposed to this infection, now is not the time to ignore your health and do away with necessary preventive appointments. Why? Because chronic disease or illnesses left untreated can make you more susceptible to illnesses like COVID-19.

What is Preventive Care?

Preventive care is routine checkups that can detect and prevent hidden illness early, typically before visible symptoms arise. It helps patients maintain optimal health throughout their lifetime, in hopes to extend their overall lifespan. These visits can be anything from wellness exams, like physicals or well-child visits, to vaccination updates and cancer screenings.

But, prevention of chronic illness even includes taking care of yourself through a well-balanced diet, daily exercise, and ridding unhealthy behaviors like smoking or drinking. Your body is your most valuable asset. So, it’s important to keep it in check and monitor the status of your health all year long, even in the midst of a pandemic.

Are Screenings Necessary?

The best way to prevent illness is by getting age-appropriate screenings that can detect early signs of chronic disease. The top 5 most preventable illness and diseases include:

7 out of 10 deaths in the U.S. are caused by chronic disease, and 75% of all healthcare costs are due to those chronic illnesses. Without preventive care and screenings, leaving these underlying health issues untreated and undiagnosed can ultimately lead to an end result like respiratory failure (due to infections like COVID-19) or even death.

What if In-Office Preventive Care isn’t Safe Right Now?

While we recognize the fear and concern of in-office visits at this time, let us assure you that our clinics are taking every precaution necessary in order to create a safe environment for both our patients and staff. In fact, we’ve even started offering telehealth visits for a limited time to extend our care to those who don’t need to be seen in-office! This allows us to optimize our patient’s health, while also protecting our community. However, virtual appointments do not apply to all visit-types and cannot fully replace an office visit. Illness and disease can only truly be found by examining a patient in-person, as well as checking vital signs and doing necessary blood work.

We understand if you’ve decided to push your annual physical back a few months, but don’t assume that it’s okay to postpone it until next year – especially since many conditions are found inadvertently when treating other illnesses.

The Bottom Line

At Eagles Landing Family Practice, we believe “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” And, even in ordinary times, leaving medical conditions untreated can be a recipe for disaster – but more so during a global pandemic when risks are at an all-time high.

Preventive care is the key to reduce your health risks. So, let us not neglect our well-being now when we are at our most vulnerable state. Schedule your yearly routine visit today!

COVID-19 Antibody Tests Now Available!

Eagles Landing Family Practice now has the newest COVID-19 Antibody test available to all patients! Your body creates antibodies when it fights off an infection, like the new coronavirus, which is how you can develop immunity to a virus.

The previous test looked for an active infection, in currently sick patients, caused by COVID-19 using a nasal or throat swab. However, we are now offering the new antibody test, which analyzes the blood ― looking for antibodies produced by the immune system after the infection has occurred. So, this new test does not diagnose or detect the virus itself. The COVID-19 antibody (IgG) may indicate previous exposure to the virus and is usually detectable after at least 10 days following infection. Those who test positive for antibodies may have protective immunity.

For those with a known prior infection, past exposure, or previously experienced symptoms that may be due to a COVID-19 infection but were never tested, our ELFP providers can help you determine whether this antibody test may be right for you.

Schedule an appointment today to be tested for COVID-19 antibodies!

BOOK NOW!
Simply choose the chief complaint ‘COVID-19 Antibody Test’ when self-scheduling online.

or call (770) 268-4011


What is the cost of this new antibody test?
As of April 11th, 2020, the guidance from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, private health plans and employer group health plans are required to cover COVID-19 testing (which includes the COVID-19 Antibody Test) with NO out-of-pocket expense to patients. However, for self-pay patients, ELFP’s self-pay policy is still in effect for the actual office visit. For additional information, please refer to our self-pay FAQ. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sees the antibody test as a key element in fighting the pandemic by providing a more accurate measure of how many people have been infected and potentially enabling Americans to get back to work more quickly.


Eagles Landing Family Practice continues to be dedicated to the health and well-being of our patients and the communities we serve, especially during this global pandemic. We remain committed in our efforts to continue fighting this virus and making a positive impact when it matters most, and we hope this new breakthrough will lead to less worry. We remind you that Eagles Landing Family Practice is here to keep you safe and healthy ― now, and always. We are all in this together!

 

Your partners in health,
Eagles Landing Family Practice

 

April 24, 2020

ELFP Offers Telehealth Visits During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the evolving circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, earlier this month the Governor of Georgia issued a state-wide shelter-in-place ordinance in an effort to help control the spread of COVID-19. This means that the residents of Georgia are advised to stay at home unless they are otherwise visiting an essential business.

During this time, Eagles Landing Family Practice will remain open, seeing patients in-person and now via telehealth visits. We, at ELFP, want to go above and beyond to extend our services and allow more patients who do not want to come into the office to be seen by a provider. Since Medicare and most commercial insurances have lifted their restrictions, we’re now able to offer telehealth appointments for a limited time for certain appointment types. This will allow us to better serve high-risk patients who still need basic medical care and those patients that are otherwise healthy but want to have a routine visit with a provider from the safety of their home.

How telehealth visits work: Patients will be connected with one of our top-notch providers, virtually, to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure. Our skilled provider will then conduct your telehealth appointment on the scheduled visit day and time through video in our Patient Portal service. To schedule a visit or to find out more, please:

  • Call our office at 770-268-4011
  • Let our staff know that you are interested in scheduling a telehealth appointment
  • Our staff will then help you determine if you qualify for a telehealth visit

Due to restrictions of the telehealth format, the ELFP telehealth provider may not be able to perform some needed tests or do certain evaluations that are medically necessary to refill all medications. So, it is up to the provider’s discretion when determining refill requests during a telehealth visit. Some requests may not be able to be filled and a follow-up in-office visit may be required when the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed in order to draw blood and to evaluate you in person. Please keep in mind that not all issues can be addressed during a single telehealth appointment because of time limitations.  Telehealth providers will address the patient’s top concerns during these telehealth appointments.  In order to address multiple concerns, patients will need to book multiple appointments.

We are confident in our ability to continue to provide exceptional, quality care during the shelter-in-place order and are taking extra precautions to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure. We understand these uncertain times are causing fear and anxiety for many in our community and want to assure you that we are still committed to providing the excellent care you have come to know and depend on from ELFP ― and now in the comfort of your own home. In these times of distress, let us remind you that we’re all in this together. Now, and always!

 

Your partners in health,
Eagles Landing Family Practice 

 

April 14, 2020

Meet Our 1st Positive Athlete Nominee of 2020

It’s that time of year where we partner with Positive Athlete for the Eagles Landing Family Values Award! And, we couldn’t be more excited about the first nominee and candidate for this year’s upcoming honor.

Ansley Standridge, a sophomore at Locust Grove High School and our first nominee of the year is not only a superstar on the softball field, but she’s also a leader to the student body of LGHS. Though she’s been highly successful in the world of sports, she still finds the time and motivation to maintain a stellar GPA – being at the top of her class. However, being a positive athlete is not just about scoring the most points or having the highest GPA, but rather having the heart to serve the community and making a difference through their moral character and mindset. It’s students who remain optimistic, encourage others when they’re down, and are leaders to their peers. And, Ansley Standridge is a student-athlete who embodies all of these attributes.

This year, Ansley has had the privilege to lead the Adaptive Physical Education (APE) class with students who have moderate to severe disabilities. In this class, they focus on strengthening their skill sets in athletics for an hour each day, whether it’s basketball, soccer, volleyball, football, or several other sports. Many of the students have even gone on to have success in the Special Olympics and have placed 3rd in the county. In an interview with Star 94.1’s The Jenn & Friends Show, Ansley states, “They’re all so kind, positive, and infectious to be around. It’s incredible!” She then goes on to explain that it wasn’t even a thought when she was first asked to be a part of leading this group, but an immediate ‘yes’! We often forget how much of a positive impact we have on others, and Ansley is often reminded of this daily. She tells a story of how she saw one of the APE students in the hallway and their entire face lit up with excitement to see her. Ansley states, “I almost started crying! It’s just the best feeling ever…It’s moments like those when I realize it’s more than just that one hour, we have each day that impacts them.”

All of Ansley’s activities and achievements aside, she is a shining example of what the Family Values Award is all about, encouraging and putting others first. Ansley’s mother said, “Anyone around her knows that she gives 110% all the time, with everything she does. She’s somebody for other people to look up to.” Ansley further showcased this by saying, “I try to make sure others know that if something is going on, speak up and we’ll get it figured out.” She encourages other students to be positive and to see what kind of impact they can truly make in other’s lives.

To listen to the full interview with Star 94.1, click the link below.
Your Positive Athlete: Meet Ansley Standridge

A Message to Our Patients | COVID-19

As your partner in health, we understand the concern and worry you may feel regarding the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak.

First and foremost, please know that it is our top priority to protect the health and wellbeing of our patients. We are taking extra necessary precautions at all facilities to help keep our patients, physicians, and staff safe during these unforeseen conditions. Though we have always practiced infection control policies for disinfecting and deep cleaning, we have vastly increased efforts to keep our facilities sanitary at this time. While we are taking essential measures during this public health event, we are still working relentlessly at all 13 of our locations to ensure the medical needs of patients do not go untreated.

If you, or someone in your family, have a fever or symptoms of respiratory illness, have recently traveled to one of the infected international areas within the last 14 days, or have been around someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, please call our office BEFORE coming into one of our facilities. Contacting someone from our office prior to an in-person visit will help us care for you most effectively and keep others out of harm’s way.

For those who do not have symptoms.  To ensure we can provide the best care possible to our community, our limited supply of COVID-19 tests are reserved for those who are at high risk of major complications with the most immediate need. Now is especially crucial to be vigilant about the spread of germs, the CDC recommends these 5 preventative measures to keep yourself and others healthy:

  • Diligently wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and warm water, especially after using the restroom or touching public surfaces. (Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not readily available).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough and discard immediately, then wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into the inner corner of your elbow sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose at all costs.
  • Stay home when sick and practice social distancing with others who may be sick.
  • Clean AND disinfect highly touched surfaces frequently. These include doorknobs, phones, desktops and countertops, light switches, keyboards, toilets, etc…

While we are closely monitoring the evolving situation of COVID-19, it is possible that ELFP may start implementing additional screening questions. In addition to this, there may be enhanced restrictions at our offices to better protect our staff, while also serving patients with other medical needs.

Since this pandemic is changing daily, we will continue to keep you updated as new and relevant information is available. In the meantime, we highly encourage our patients to refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further questions and best practices.  Some of the more common FAQs surrounding the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus can be found on our website.

 

Your partners in health,
Eagles Landing Family Practice

 

March 19, 2020

7 FAQ’s About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Q1: What is the Novel (new) Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
  • Q2: How is the Coronavirus spreading?
  • Q3: Am I at risk for the Coronavirus?
  • Q4: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
  • Q5: Are there preventable measures I can take to avoid COVID-19?
  • Q6: What should I do if I’m showing COVID-19 symptoms?
  • Q7: What are the treatment options for COVID-19?

 

As the number of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) cases rapidly increase, internationally and in the U.S., it’s important to equip yourself with knowledge and actionable measures you can take to help prevent and to stop the spreading of this virus.

Below are 7 common FAQ’s that will help you better understand and prepare for the Coronavirus outbreak.

Q #1: What is the Novel (new) Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

A: According to the CDC, the Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are typically found in people and animals. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. This disease causes mild illnesses, similar to the common cold.

Q #2: How is the Coronavirus spreading?

A: This outbreak was first discovered in China and has possibly been linked to a large seafood and live animal market, meaning it most likely emerged from an animal source. Since these findings, the CDC has discovered that this disease originally spread from animal-to-person, which eventually led to infect person-to-person. Unfortunately, this has led to community spread, meaning some who have become infected are unaware of how or from where/whom.

Q #3: Am I at risk for the Coronavirus?

A: Because this global condition has become a pandemic, more people are now at risk for exposure. However, those most at risk are; people over the age of 65, those who have underlying medical conditions (like chronic kidney or lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, heart disease, diabetes, severe obesity, and autoimmune disorders), and people who have recently been exposed to an infected person.

Q #4: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

A: Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe respiratory illness, to even death with symptoms including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

These symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

Q #5: Are there preventable measures I can take to avoid the Coronavirus?

A: Yes! The best way to prevent this illness is to avoid exposure to the virus, however, it’s possible to have (had) contact with someone who is unaware that they’ve been infected. Currently, the best measures to prevent COVID-19 include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough or sneeze into the inner corner of your elbow, or in a tissue, then discard the tissue in the trash immediately.
  • Wash your hands OFTEN with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom. If water and soap are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Q #6: What should I do if I’m showing symptoms of the Coronavirus?

A: If you are sick and are showing similar symptoms related to the Coronavirus, it’s important to isolate yourself from others, such as family, friends, co-workers, and the general public. To help prevent the disease from spreading in your home and in the community, follow these steps below.

  • Step 1: Stay home, except only to seek medical care ― please note that it is necessary to call your provider’s office BEFORE seeking medical attention.
  • Step 2: Separate yourself from others and animals in your home.
  • Step 3: Wear a facemask when you are around other people, pets, or before you enter a healthcare facility.
  • Step 4: Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Step 5: Wash your hands very often.
  • Step 6: Avoid sharing personal household items, such as dishes, cups or glasses, eating utensils, towels, and bedding.
  • Step 7: Clean and disinfect ‘high-touch’ surfaces frequently (counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, etc…)

Q #7: What are the treatment options for COVID-19?

A: Since there is no specific treatment or vaccine at this time, tests will not be available in U.S. hospitals or other primary care settings. Unfortunately, people may only seek medical care to help relieve their symptoms, but not cure them. However, if you feel sick with a fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath and think it may be related to the Coronavirus, it’s important to call your healthcare provider’s office before scheduling an appointment ― especially if you have recently traveled from an infected community or area in the last 14 days (China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, or Japan). Calling ahead will help your healthcare professionals determine whether the state’s public health department should be notified and need to further assist you.

Because this is a rapidly evolving condition, updated information will be posted by the CDC as it becomes available.

Show Your Heart Some Love

February is finally here, and you know what that means! It’s almost time for that special once-a-year occasion where we get to celebrate our loved one with chocolates, giant Reese hearts, edible arrangements, and sweet, sappy cards. But, it’s also a time to celebrate your heart – you know, that important organ that keeps you living, breathing, and well…loving.

According to the American Heart Association, Heart disease is the #1 leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, killing over 647,000 U.S. adults each year – and High Blood Pressure (HBP), also known as Hypertension, is the #1 risk factor that leads to heart disease and stroke.

Here are 5 things to know about hypertension and ways you can reduce your risk to keep a healthy, happy heart.

What is Hypertension?

High blood pressure (hypertension) is when your bp is higher than normal (120/80). More than 75 million Americans have Hypertension – that’s 1 in every 3 adults! Now, it’s normal for your blood pressure to fluctuate throughout the day, however, it’s important to keep a close eye on it to see if it’s consistently elevated. The longer your blood pressure levels remain high, the more risk you’re at for developing serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks.

Signs & Symptoms of High Blood Pressure:

Sadly, there are usually no obvious signs or symptoms of high blood pressure. In most cases, people who live with Hypertension are unaware they even have it until they see their provider. So, it’s important to monitor your bp levels on a routine basis to determine whether you need to start making some healthy lifestyle changes or not.

Dangers of Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure:

High blood pressure can affect your health in many ways, if not properly controlled. Think of it this way – the higher your bp levels are, the harder your heart is working to pump blood out to the rest of your body. If left uncontrolled, this can lead to hardening of the arteries, which decreases the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. Decreased blood flow to the heart and unmonitored HBP can also cause:

◌ Chest pain, (also known as angina)
◌ Blindness
◌ Heart attack
◌ Kidney disease
◌ Heart failure
◌ Blood clots, which can lead to a stroke

How to Check Your Blood Pressure:

Accurately measuring your blood pressure is fast and easy. A bp check can be performed by any of our providers at one of our 12 locations, at a pharmacy that has a digital blood pressure machine, or even at home with a bp monitor that you can use yourself. You want to aim to keep your blood pressure levels at (or below) the normal range of 120/80.

Refer to the chart below for healthy and unhealthy bp ranges.

Ways to Lower Your Risk of High Blood Pressure:

Following a heart-healthy lifestyle is very important in order to prevent serious health issues and reduce the risk of Hypertension. The top things to do:

Quit smoking: it’s also best to avoid secondhand smoke
Eat a healthy diet: schedule an appointment with our Dietitian for a customized meal plan and nutritional guidance
Exercise regularly: it’s recommended that everyone gets at least 150 minutes (2 ½
hours) a week of physical activity that gets your heart pumping
Maintain a healthy weight: use the BMI Calculator to find a healthy weight range for you
Manage underlying health conditions: diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol
levels, and other conditions or diseases

We get that making lifestyle changes can be difficult and even hard to implement, but you don’t have to do it alone!

This Valentine’s Day – show your heart some love by scheduling a visit with your ELFP provider so you can take steps to improve your blood pressure and your overall health. And know, maintaining a healthy heart is loving the ones who care about you most.

8 Tips for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit

Is it common for you to treat yourself maybe one too many cookies during the Christmas season? That’s okay, we all do it, but it’s important to incorporate some balance into our diet and daily routine, so we’re not completely thrown off, come January 1st. And though Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year, it can also be a little overwhelming, bringing an unwanted amount of stress our way.

So, our gift to you is 8 tips to keep your mind, body, and spirit healthy during this holiday season!

#1 Love Your Neighbors
First things first – don’t forget to love on others. This time of year, we tend to focus our attention on what to buy and what gifts to ask for. While the giving of gifts is a way to spread holiday cheer, don’t forget to maybe go the extra mile for others during this season. Whether it’s helping your elderly neighbors put up their Christmas lights, taking lunches to those who work during the holidays, or inviting someone over to your house who doesn’t have anyone to celebrate with – do something for others this joyful season.

#2 Think First, Eat Second
Statistics show that the average person consumes about 3,000 calories just for our Christmas dinner…which explains the weight gain most of us experience. You know, those extra 10 pounds that just magically appear the next day. Rather than mindlessly eating whatever is in front of us or finishing our plate at the sake of pleasing the cook, long after we’ve been full – take a moment and think whether you really want it. Or, are you just eating it because it’s right there in front of you? It’s recommended to eat a normal-sized meal, then give yourself about 20 minutes to see if you’re still hungry. Tip: it might be better to walk away from the food during that time, so your mind doesn’t play tricks on you!

#3 Don’t Forget About Balance
With all the delicious snacks and endless amounts of dessert, we tend to forget about those healthy options, like fruits and vegetables! It may not be the dish that people are most excited about, but it’s important to get your vitamins and minerals so you can stay healthy. If you know a salad or fruit bowl won’t be on the menu this year, make sure to stop by the store so you can encourage everyone to add at least one healthy side to their Christmas dinner. (And no, wine does not count as a serving of fruit).

#4 Avoid Food Poisoning
As found by the Food Standards Agency, December is one of the highest months for people to get food poisoning. So, if you’re one of the cooks on Christmas, make sure not to leave food out all day. It’s best to make sure the food on the table has either just been cooked, or just come out of the fridge. Leftovers should always be eaten within 48 hours or should be frozen to preserve longer. And if you’re cooking up a turkey this year, be sure to defrost it in the fridge!

#5 Don’t Be a Couch Potato
We know it’s always a special treat to spend quality time with family and friends snuggled up around a fire watching good Hallmark movies, but don’t sit on the couch all day! You can still get in that special time by going for a walk together, especially after a meal so your food can digest properly. The more active you are, the healthier you are – so go for a bike ride, play with the kiddos on the trampoline, or kick around a soccer ball and create some wonderful memories outside. Just moving your body for 30 minutes a day will do the trick.

#6 Worry Less, Love More
The season to be jolly can sometimes be a bit overwhelming and can even turn us into a grinch. With overspending on gifts, cooking for hours on end, deep cleaning the house, or exhausting our energy on entertaining the house guests – stress is bound to take over at one point or another. Try to lift your spirits up and keep that sense of humor. It’s not really the end of the world if you accidentally burn the squash casserole, is it? Christmas comes around once a year, so it’s not worth it to spend it stressing over small things, and it’s definitely not worth the elevated blood pressure. Give yourself a break, remember the reason for the season, and spend these last weeks of 2019 loving on those around you.

#7 Spread Joy, Not Germs
Christmas time is usually spent traveling, hanging out with extended family and friends, and giving alllll the hugs, which can, unfortunately, expose us to different viruses – the most common being the cold. Minimize your risk of getting sick by washing your hands, coughing into your sleeve, and maybe not giving out a free high-five to that person who just sneezed into their hands… Maintain a healthy immune system by eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of sleep, and staying active. This way, your body can fight off any viruses that come your way.

#8 Schedule Your Vaccines
Last, but certainly not least – make sure to get your flu vaccination before it’s too late! The CDC recommends everyone ages 6 months and up to get the flu shot every year; to help reduce the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and even flu-related deaths. Influenza activity typically peaks between the months of December and February but can last through May. Scheduling your flu shot may be the best decision you make all year! And while you’re visiting our office, you could go one step further and get your annual physical, if you haven’t already.

What’s better than starting off a new decade than by letting our trusted providers, here at Eagles Landing Family Practice, get and keep you healthy?