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.
Below are two examples of some of the great reviews South Tabor Family Medical has received! If you would like to submit your own testimonial, we would love to hear from you. Select this link to do so now!
Been going here for approx 2-3 years now. Love all the staff I have dealt with. Starting to feel comfortable w my doc now and I am happy that I finally found family doctor and pain management under the same roof. Always return my calls quick and easy sweet friendly gals and employees. Thanks everyone!:)” – Jennifer N.
This is a great group of people.Professional, knowledgeable, and great about asking the right questions.From nurses to MD staff, everyone is thoughtful, and I don’t feel hurried and rushed out the door!” – Lisa R.
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.
The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).
In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day. The World Health Day is held to mark WHO’s founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. The WHO organizes international, regional and local events on the Day related to a particular theme. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/world-health-day/en/
There are many ways to get active in the Pacific Northwest. Most of us are lucky that we can simply walk out our front doors and enjoy a nice walk, bike ride or do some gardening.
Fresh air and exercise is a great perk of spring after a long and cold winter. There are many events to take part in if you want to do something in a group, that is still good for you and supports a good cause too!
The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Run/walk benefitting Oregon City High School Track and Field and Cross Country teams. It is put on with volunteers from their track team. It should be a fun run, rain or shine! Introducing Finisher Medals this year!
If you want to share your suggestions in the comments below of some of your favorite activities, runs, walks or bike rides in our area – please share and we might suggest it in a future post!
Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a global campaign, started by the Dana Foundation, to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. BAW is a key outreach activity for SfN members who will be hosting a variety of brain-related events March 14-20, 2016.
I brought my son to have his very first check up 2 years ago and immediately fell in love. Soon after I became a patient as well. It’s very rare to find physicians who treat you with respect and who are willing to listen to you. The beauty of the practice having 12 physicians is that you are able to find the right provider for you! The hours are amazing, they have triage nurses and a doctor on call after business hours 7 days a week! If you’re looking for a compassionate, understanding and knowledgeable practice who takes your health seriously then please don’t pass this place up! They changed my life and taught me to value my health- mind body and soul.” – Ashely B.
Dr. Reese is a rare gem. He’s kind and informative and makes you feel like you are a person not just a payment for work. He explains things and takes the time out to listen to you. Very happy to have found him. 🙂 Also the office is clean and open 7 days a week! – Tonya H.
Regular exercise (along with eating right and drinking lots of water) really does help improve your outlook on life. More than that, it improves your chances to lead a longer life!
“You know your heart benefits from exercise. Your brain does, too. Studies show that regular, moderate exercise — 30 minutes of walking or a light one-mile run — helps fight the effects of aging on the brain. No grueling workouts required! All types of exercise count, including walking, bicycling, hiking, swimming, aerobics, and weight training. Ballroom dancing is another good one, especially fun on chilly evenings.
How does exercise work to prevent mental decline? Researchers believe exercise may stimulate the body to fight stress that’s normally occurring in the brain — stress that causes oxidative damage. All that good stuff from a little exercise!” – healthy living tips from WEBMD.”
Now that Valentine’s Day is past us, and perhaps most of the treats have been digested, it’s time to take a moment for a serious heart to heart.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for 1 in 4 deaths in the United States. “Nearly half of Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease , such as high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, or an unhealthy diet. Risk also increases with age. The good news is that individuals of all ages can reduce their risk for heart disease by making lifestyle changes and managing medical conditions through appropriate treatment plans.
With a record number of young adults living at home or in close contact with older relatives, they have a golden opportunity to encourage parents and other family members to make heart-healthy changes and offer support along the way.” Check out some of the great ideas here:
Keeping our bodies active and healthy is important. It is also important to find ways to keep inspired and to commit to learning new things. The below information and link from an online article discusses how learning new things can be enriching (and healthy) for our lives:
“There are a lot of good, practical reasons to make learning something new a part of your daily routine, but the best reason has nothing to do with practicality — we are learning creatures, and the lifelong practice of learning is what makes us humans and our lives worthwhile.
If that idealistic musing’s not enough, here’s some more down-to-earth benefits:
Learning across a wide range of subjects gives us a range of perspectives to call on in our own narrow day-to-day areas of specialization.
Learning helps us more easily and readily adapt to new situations.
A broad knowledge of unfamiliar situations feeds innovation by inspiring us to think creatively and providing examples to follow.
Learning deepens our character and makes us more inspiring to those around us.
Learning makes us more confident.
Learning instills an understanding of the historical, social, and natural processes that impact and limit our lives.
And, like I said, there’s the whole “making like worth living” thing.
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