Students Grow Their Own Food to Learn a Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy living The St. Joseph school district is partnering with Mosaic Life Care to teach students how to grow their own food. They teach children how to plant seeds, as well as plants that have already sprouted. As the plants grow, the students observe how the way that the plants grow and develop. The gardens are tended to over summer by faculty and staff, as well as some students. The ripened fruits and vegetables are gathered and replaced with plants that will thrive later in the year. Teaching students how to grow, and tend to plants that will later be their food is a start to a healthier lifestyle.

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Tips to Help Your Children Develop Healthy Habits

healthy habitsTeaching children healthy habits at a young age is very important. There are many lifelong benefits for children who develop healthy habits when they are young. When they are taught healthy habits when they are young, they will most likely carry the habits into adulthood. Here are some helpful tips to help your children develop those healthy habits.

  1. Be a good role model
  2. Keep things positive
  3. Get the whole family moving
  4. Be realistic
  5. Limit TV, video game and computer time
  6. Encourage physical activities that they’ll enjoy
  7. Pick truly rewarding rewards
  8. Make dinnertime family time
  9. Make a game of reading food labels
  10. Stay involved

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Finding the Right Family Practice for Your Medical Needs

Finding the Right Family Practice for Your Medical Needs | A&P Urgent Care

Everyone should have a good family doctor that they can count on. A family practice can help you with a variety of medical needs including regular checkups, physicals, shots, and referrals. Since your health is valuable, use the following tips to ensure that you are visiting the right family practice.

Appointment Availability

When you are looking for a family doctor, make sure that they have appointments available. If you have to wait a month to see the family doctor, it might be best to find someone else. After all, you never know when you will need this doctor’s help. If you suddenly get sick, it is nice to have someone available to help you.

Flexible Hours

Another aspect to consider when it comes to appointments is the hours. Since life gets busy and you never know when sickness will come, it is a good idea to look for a practice with flexible hours. It might even be smart to choose an office that has nighttime appointments. When an office has flexibility with their hours, it will be easier to schedule your visits.

Ease of Prescriptions

If  you take medicine regularly or rely on it when you are sick, then look for a family practice that makes it easy to fill your prescriptions. You do not want to have to wait hours or days to get the medicine you need. This is why many offices have pharmacies on site.

Specialized Attention

Many people also like to go to family practices that offer specialized attention. For example, if you have young children, then it might be smart to find a pediatric doctor. In addition to this type of specialty, you can look for a practice that offers additional services besides the traditional sick visit. This way you can get checkups, physicals, and shots at the family practice.

If you are not sure what family practice to choose, consider your local urgent care. They are a useful resource for your medical needs.

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Flu Shot Facts

Flu Shot Facts | A&P Urgent Care

Flu season officially started last week and can last through March in some areas. You should get the Flu shot as early as you can because it take the body about two weeks to begin producing antibodies after the vaccine has been administered. You can go to any local pharmacy and sometimes your place of work will bring in a doctor to give Flu shots to keep their employees healthy. While most people that encounter the Flu will just require rest some people are more prone to complications. Pregnant women, the elderly, the young, and people with other health conditions such as asthma are at a increased risk and should recieve the Flu vaccine to guard against these issues. When you get a Flu vaccine you are not only protecting yourself but people around you as well, if you work with children under 6 months old you should get the vaccine to protect the children too. If needles are a scary thought for you there are new ways to reieve the vaccine. You can have a nasal spray, intradermally, or a cell-based vaccine.

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Germs Spread Quickly in Hospitals

Germs Spread Quickly in Hospitals | A&P Urgent Care

Most people fear hospitals because of all the germs lingering in the air when you enter an emergency room. Dr. Marco-Felipe King from the UK created GIFs showing how quickly germs spread from person to person in a hospital room. He and his colleagues at the university of Leeds created  hospital rooms with 4 patients inside and released bacteria. They watched the bacteria travel several feet using tempeture seeking video. The biggest culprit and sending germs around the room was the ventilation system and how close an infectious patient was to the air vent. Another surprising discovery was that when doctors work with one patient in one room there are fewer germs on their hands as compared to one doctor treating multiple patients in one room. Infectious diseases spread easily and you should avoid entering a hospital unless absolutely necessary to not increase your risk of catching other illnesses.

Click here to read the full article by Korin Miller on Yahoo Health.