The Well

Monthly information and suggestions to promote a healthier lifestyle and a stronger sense of wellbeing.

Top 7 ways to improve your heart health in the New Year

02-01-2017The Well

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.

Here are 7 ways to improve your heart health:

  1. Build more activity into your daily life. You don’t have to go to the gym to get exercise; instead, change your habits to incorporate activity throughout the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, ride your bicycle or walk to the store, mow your yard or shovel your driveway and play with your children or grandchildren. You may find using a pedometer or a Fitbit will keep you on track towards the goal of 10,000 steps daily. In addition, include some weight bearing exercises, like push-ups and squats, to maintain or build muscle, which decreases with age.

When to Use a Walk-In Clinic

01-01-2017The Well

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.