With the school year approaching, parents are getting ready to take their children for their back-to-school check-ups. These exams are important to not only avoid preventative issues, but also to regulate pre-existing conditions.
There are several key questions that parents should ask when they bring their child to a family physician for their back-to-school physicals.
Your time you spend with your family doctor is very important. The important things to discuss with your family physician are any health issues child is having along with their overall health. Parents should inquire about proper diet. They should also ask their doctor if the child's height and weight are on target and what type of nutritional foods they should be consuming. This is important as poor nutrition can lead to illness down the road.READ MORE
I have been a parish nurse at Holy Spirit for 13 years. I have observed parishioners face the greatest threats to their lives, asking, as did Jesus on the cross, echoing the words of Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” They may be so overwhelmed and frightened that they may lament, “Where is God? Has God abandoned me? Has God done a disappearing act just as the enemy, cancer, is at the door?”
We tend to forget that our God is the God of the difficult times in our lives as well as the good times. When the threat of cancer arises, our faith, the foundation of our hope, is challenged, as we see the possibility of death. The reality of the threat of no longer being here as a living, breathing person, stands in contradiction to our hope, even threatens our hope.READ MORE
Spring is here so let's get outside! Time spent in nature reduces stress, improves our health and fosters our spirits. When we take the time to sit in nature, we connect with a high power-our God!
People do not spend time alone, on purpose, any longer. Perhaps we never did, because we’re social animals by nature, meant to be in community. And yet, as nearly every religious tradition knows and teaches, there is much to be gained from intentional solitude, with no other agenda than to spend time alone with God and oneself, searching with heart for both. Type A personalities often feel that spending twenty-four hours alone doing “nothing” is a waste of time, but if we think about it, we are really wasting time with God. If Christ went off by himself to pray.READ MORE
Tornado. Flood. Acts of Violence. Fire. It seems like we are being affected by disasters of some kind more than ever before. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges citizens to follow key steps to prepare for future emergencies.
Sitting down for family meals seems harder to do these days when everyone is running in different directions. But a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found young adults who ate just one or two family meals a week as kids were 45 perfect less likely to be overweight as compared to those who had never eaten with their families.
Some of the thinking behind this is that when we eat as a family we eat more slowly and intentionally. Parents may be more careful about the kinds of foods they serve. Portion sizes or how much we actually consume tends to be less. But eating together can also promote connection and a sense of love and belonging which helps reduce the impact of stress on the body. We know that stress can stimulate the production of hormones that can affect our metabolism, or our ability to burn fat. Caring, supportive interaction with other people is one of the most powerful ways to help our bodies release.READ MORE
February has been titled “Heart Month” by the American Heart Association. The recent deaths of Florence Henderson and George Michael from (suspected) heart failure, Alan Thicke of an aortic rupture and Carrie Fisher from a heart attack, are reminders of how important our heart health is. While our hearts are not meant to last forever, and some heart conditions are out of our control, there are steps you can take to help your heart last longer, so you can live longer.
It's cold and flu season! Sniffles all around. Coughs galore!
It's rare, in this modern, fast-paced world, to have the kind of time it takes to get to a Dr.'s office. Many of us are shuttling kids to their after school activities. Even our weekends are filled with activities, from sports events to family get-togethers, work and school events.
Yet, when our little ones have a sore throat or cough, or you feel a bladder infection coming on, you figure out how to get medical treatment.
When you need a work physical or your kid needs a physical for sports, you take care of it.
But it's still hard to make the time – unless you're squeezing in a visit at a local Walk-In Clinic. When all you have is a lunch hour or a stop-off on your evening commute, Walk-In Clinics are an easy choice.READ MORE