Simple Health Tips to Keep the Weight Off!

health tipsWhen trying to lose weight, people always forget how much willpower it takes to avoid eating foods that are constantly flashed in front of your face. There are tools that can help obtain a healthy diet. Specific foods are known to protect against certain health issues. For example avocados, even though they are high in fat, Protect against cholesterol. The fats that are in avocados are good fats. These fats also help to protect the general health of your heart. In addition, fish oils help to protect against arthritis.


Top Questions About Urgent Care

about urgent careWhat is Urgent Care?

Urgent care centers can treat patients for illnesses and injury that are non-life threatening. Some of these include flu, cuts that need stitches and asthma attacks. Urgent care fills the gap between emergency room treatment and physician’s offices. They provide an option for when you need immediate care, and your primary care physician is not available. Many urgent care clinics are open extended hours, weekends and holidays.

Do I Need an Appointment?

With urgent care, an appointment is not necessary. Simply walk in and you will be treated by a licensed provider. The wait times are usually short. Some urgent care clinics even offer up-to-date wait times and convenient pre-registration on their websites.

Will Urgent Care Accept My Insurance?

Before you decide to get medical treatment at an urgent care center, you might wonder if your insurance will cover the visit. Each insurance provider determines if they cover urgent care centers or not. They are all different. However, in most cases insurance companies will cover urgent care. You might be required to pay a co-payment or deductible up front. While it is likely that an urgent care clinic might take your insurance, it is always best to call ahead or check out the clinic’s web page for more information.

Does Urgent Care Provide School Sports Exams?

Urgent care clinics can indeed help your child get cleared to play. Many of these facilities offer comprehensive sports exams for clubs, youth, high school and even college-level sports teams. Urgent care sports physicals are a quick and affordable option to a primary care physician visit.

Can Urgent Care Handle Any Kind of Emergency?

Urgent care clinics are not equipped to manage life-threatening emergencies. It is best to go to the emergency room or call 911 if you experience any of the following:


  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Head trauma
  • Overdose
  • Seizure
  • Severe bleeding
  • Confusion and weakness

Hospitals are better equipped and have more specialists at their disposal to treat these emergency situations.

What If I Suspect That I Have a Broken Limb? Can Urgent Care Help Me?

Broken bones and fractures require prompt medical care. Most urgent care centers are equipped with an x-ray machine. Therefore, you can obtain treatment for sprains and fractures at urgent care clinics. The treatment for a fracture or broken bone will depend upon the location of the injury and the seriousness of it. If it requires surgery, you will likely be referred to a specialist.

Do I Still Need a Primary Care Physician If I Use Urgent Care?

Although urgent care clinics can generally take care of anything a doctor’s office can, they should not replace your primary care physician. Urgent care clinics will see you when you are acutely ill or injured. Having a regular doctor is important for preventative care. Your primary care physician knows your complete medical history and will track your blood pressure and weight, watch out for signs of diabetes, discuss appropriate screenings and make sure your immunizations are up to date. In addition, your primary care physician is better equipped to manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes or chronic pain. If you do not have a primary care physician, you can still be seen at an urgent care center. They can refer you to a primary care physician for follow-up treatment and care.


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Diabetes Prevention

preventing diabetes Diabetes has become too common of a disease. According to an article from,  1 in 12 Americans have diabetes. That is why it is so important to pay attention to your health, and to make sure you are taking the proper precautions to prevent this disease. Some of the symptoms that diabetes has are always being thirsty and hungry, always feeling fatigued, having blurry vision, urinating often, and feeling pain or numbness in your hands or feet.


How to Stay Healthy at a Office Job

Staying healthy at workSitting in front of a computer 8 hours a day can make it difficult to stay healthy. It is important not to have unhealthy snacks at your desk. If you have candy sitting around your desk, try switching it to fruit. You also want to make sure that you are drinking a lot of water. According to an article from WebMD, you should be drinking at least 10 glasses of water a day. Keeping a full water bottle at your desk is a great way to make sure that you are staying hydrated.


How to Start Your Kids on a Healthy Lifestyle

childrens healthBeginning your children on the right path to a healthy lifestyle starts with the parents. The first step is limiting the amount of time your child is in front of a screen. This includes television, computer, iPad, tablets, and cell phones. If your child is in front of a screen, it is less likely they will be doing physical activities. It is important for children to begin physical activities at a young age so that when they grow up it will already be in their routine.