Health & Wellness

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How to Choose a Primary Care Physician

When selecting a primary care physician or a health care practitioner, it’s important to choose a medical professional who works well with you and your health needs. First decide what type of physician you need. For example, when selecting a doctor do you need one to help manage your overall healthcare and then refer you to a specialist? Or would you prefer choosing a doctor specializing in chronic illness?

After that decision check with your health insurance plan. It may confine your choice, putting limits on a group of plan-approved physicians. Always consider the terms in your plan. And if the doctor that you want does not participate in the program, check your out-of-pocket costs for the visit.

In the U.S., most physicians are board certified. The primary care physicians are board certified in family medicine and only see patients for routine ailments and regular checkups. Specialists see patients who need special procedures like a colonoscopy or help with a chronic condition. READ MORE

Healthy Aging Tips

Healthy Aging Practices

People can change their lives any time of the year but the springtime is one of the best seasons. It’s the most refreshing time after being cooped up all winter. And it offers hope and new beginnings.

But setting healthy goals demand effort and planning. We pray, wish, write down, join, swear, assess, let go, add, and calculate. Why then after so much energy, come the summer, we’re nowhere near the finish line?

For some people, making physical, emotional, and spiritual changes are easy and natural. While for others, it’s next to the impossible!READ MORE

Fighting Heart Disease – The American Heart Association

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The CDC estimates that health care costs, medications and loss of productivity due to heart disease runs at more than $108 billion each year. Other estimates are even higher. By 2030, this number is expected to triple. According to the American Heart Association, by 2030, 40.5% of the US population is projected to have some form of cardiovascular disease.

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Support Your Cause

National Health Observances – 2015

Each month, momentum builds throughout the country and across the globe in support of various health-related causes. Organizations tied to particular diseases and conditions establish national awareness months or awareness weeks in hopes of gaining more support for their cause. Be it hunger, cancer, nutrition, mental health, or even stuttering. If there’s a cause, chances are there is a special awareness month, week, or day associated with it. And that’s a good thing. It gives these organizations an opportunity to reach more people with their message.

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Did You Know – It’s Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week?

Bone and joint disease is a leading cause of escalating healthcare costs and disability in America. It is estimated that more than 30% of the nation’s population is being treated for some form of musculoskeletal disease, which may include conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, spinal problems, back pain, knee and hip pain, muscle and ligament injuries, bone fractures, traumatic injuries and more. As the population ages…the problem grows.

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