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Regular Checkups Are Important!

Regular Checkups Are Important!

This post reminder graphic is specific to men – but regular checkups are a must for your entire family. South Tabor Family Physicians LLP offers comprehensive medical care for in the Portland, Oregon area. Our doctors and staff serve you at every stage of life. “For your car and your body, regular checkups are a must. Talk to your doctor and get control of your health.”

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Practicing Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude

An “Attitude of Gratitude” is not just a saying, it is also scientifically proven to be good for your well being. Some of the benefits of making a practice out of counting your blessings are more positive emotions, sleeping better, expressing more compassion and kindness – and even having stronger immune systems!

So how does one hone your gratitude skills? Here are a few ideas: You can keep a journal with things you are grateful for. You can jot down what you are thankful for and put it in a jar. You can also just practice noticing new things to be grateful for every day — and make it a part of your healthy habits.

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Ready or not – Flu season is coming!

Ready or not – Flu season is coming!

South Tabor Family Physicians wants to remind you to come in and get your flu shot soon.

While everyone can benefit, there are special benefits with immunizing children and adolescents. According to the Journal of American Medicine: “Children and adolescents appear to play an important role in the transmission of influenza. Selectively vaccinating youngsters against influenza may interrupt virus transmission and protect those not immunized.”

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What’s in your garden?

What’s in your garden?

South Tabor Family Physicians knows that there are many different ways to get outside and enjoy the nice summer weather. Many people are enjoying their gardens and fresh produce this time of year. If that is you, what are you growing in your garden this year? Have you learned anything new that might be helpful to others? How about favorite recipes with fresh garden veggies? Share away in the comments on our Facebook page here!

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Great time to commit!

Great time to commit!

South Tabor Family Physicians wants to remind you that this is a great time of year to renew your commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle.

For ideas on how to bring more activity into your life, check out this link: https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/index.html

We live in an amazing area for exploring the outdoors. Many places are accessible and just as beautiful, even when the weather is wet.

Check out our Japanese Gardens (https://japanesegarden.org/).
Forest Park is great for a walk or run with a friend too. (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder/index.cfm?action=ViewPark&PropertyID=127)

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Good Day Sunshine!

Good Day Sunshine!

Did you know that your body is designed to get the vitamin D it needs by producing it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight? You can’t get the right amount of vitamin D your body needs from food so you need supplements or some sun exposure!

* Remember, always be sensible when it comes to sun exposure. Never get a sunburn; always protect your face; but do expose your arms, legs, abdomen, and/or back. The optimal amount of sun you need depends upon your skin type, location, time of day, and season.

Interesting fact: Unlike humans, cats can’t make vitamin D in the sun, so they must get the nutrient from food. At the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, a study of 99 pet cats found that higher vitamin D levels in food helped the felines recover from virtually any type of illness. However, too much vitamin D can be toxic to cats, so stick to food-based sources of the vitamin.

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Spring forward into healthy living!

Spring forward into healthy living!

A few tips from South Tabor Family Physicians to get your spring off to a great start this year: 1. Get outside and walk, talk with your neighbors and/or plant something. We might not always see the sun, but we know it’s up there somewhere and it can’t hide forever. 2. Schedule those screenings and doctors appointments you have been putting off. (You know who you are!) 3. Sort and and clean up that medicine cabinet. Old medications loses its potency. Did you know that Aspirin smells like vinegar when it gets old? 4. Spring cleaning can be much more than just the garage and windows. Re-home clothes you don’t wear or that don’t flatter you. Giving away stuff you don’t use or want anymore can be a great way of improving your happiness as well as helping someone else out! 5. Stop and appreciate how beautiful the blooming cherry trees are right now and remember to stop and smell the lilac when it blooms.

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