There are over a dozen health awareness/promotion topics this month and each are equally important. All topics deserve time in the spotlight for recognition but for the sake of time (and a really long video ) I narrowed it down to 3:
Oral Health awareness
Donate Life awareness
STI prevention awareness
Important April Dates:
National Public Health week April 1-7
National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer awareness week April 11-16
Direct Primary Care(DPC) involves cutting out the middle man–insurance companies. As health insurance becomes increasingly confusing, expensive, and frustrating, Direct Primary Care removes it from the equation.
At Direct Medical Care, you have the option of obtaining a membership, which includes the cost of provider visits along with other perks. However, a membership is not required, and you can pay for waht you need as you go.
With this type of healthcare in place you should expect:
To spend more time with your healthcare provider as they are spending less time filling and billing for insurance
Affordable wholesale medications, labs, imaging, and procedures
Accessibility and convenience such as same day appointments, virtual visits, and so much more
Flexibility! You still have the option to submit to insurance. We will provide you the necessary information at the end of your visit to do so.
All of us have been told to add fiber in our diet. This is because there are so many health benefits and most Americans only get about half of the recommended fiber per day. Lets breakdown the details of fiber and why it is an essential part of our diet.
What is Fiber?
· It is a type of carbohydrate. Don’t panic! Most carbs are broken down into sugars, which we associate with diabetes and being bad for our health. Fiber cannot be broken down into sugar and instead has a positive effect on our body!
Some Benefits of Fiber:
· Reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
· Lowers cholesterol.
· Helps prevent constipation.
· Aids with weight loss.
How much do we need?
· Approximately 25-35 grams/day.
What are good sources of fiber?
Whole grains, fruits and vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
Tips to increase Fiber in your diet:
Skip fruit juices and eat whole fruits instead!
Substitute white rice, bread, flour, and pasta for whole grain alternatives.
Add fiber slowly into your diet and it’s very important toincrease water intake as you increase fiber.
Still need help getting fiber in your diet? There are over the counter fiber supplements that come in variety of forms.
Fiber can be an easy addition to your diet to help meet your healthcare goals this 2021!
When the pandemic hit in early spring, I commented that you should assume you will get the coronavirus. It is not a matter of if you get the virus, but when you will get it. If you happen to not get it, count yourself lucky.
So what have you been doing the last six months to prepare? I am not talking about wearing a mask. I am not talking about staying six feet apart. I am talking about what have you done to better your health to better prepare your body to fight the coronavirus?
What should you have been doing these past six months to prepare?
Achieving/Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Getting Good Sleep
Managing Medical Issues
Building your Immune System–zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D, elderberry
If you have not engaged in your health there is no better time to start–not just for the coronavirus but for life.