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Make friends with exercise!

Make friends with exercise!

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.”

Link here for more: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/8-fall-tips-healthy-living#4

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February is Heart Awareness Month

February is Heart Awareness Month

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:

https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/news-media/events/heart-month.html

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Learn Something New

Learn Something New

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.

Read  more from this article and see some of the recommendations here

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/learn-something-new-every-day.htm

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What Our Patients Have to Say

What Our Patients Have to Say

Below are a few samples of some of the great reviews South Tabor Family Medical has received recently.

If you would like to submit your own testimonial, we would love to hear from you. Select this link to do so now!


Our family (with four daughters) have used South Tabor for close to 20 years. Every staff member and physician is fabulous and courteous. They are very professional and caring individuals. We trust them and also have gotten other families under their great care. We miss Dr Blessing, but even with his retirement, S.T. looked ahead and prepared for this by bringing in another great young physician. Keep up the Great Work!
– G. Adams

You aren’t a ‘number’ at So Tabor but ALWAYS are an important person
– D. Meyer

I have been a patient of South Tabor Physicians for many years and have had no problems with any doctors, nurses, or other staff. They are all like family.
– J. Artiago


 

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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. During January, NCCC and its many local chapters across the country highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection. While NCCC chapters host events throughout the year, January is a month with a special focus as chapters celebrate Cervical Health Awareness Month and work to spread the word in the communities. More here: http://www.nccc-online.org/hpvcervical-cancer/cervical-health-awareness-month/

“Chances are you’re familiar with at least one of these well-known health awareness observances. But did you know the calendar is full of special months, weeks, and days that raise awareness for a variety of important health issues and conditions? They’re dates where people with certain health conditions, their loved ones, advocacy organizations, and support groups rally around a common cause: health. Educational, fundraising, and support events are often held during these times. January includes:

  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month
  • National Radon Action Month
  • National Stalking Awareness Month
  • Thyroid Awareness Month
  • National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
  • National Folic Acid Awareness Week (first full week of January)
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (last week of January)

 Source – http://www.healthline.com/health/directory-awareness-months

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Year after year we make resolutions around this time. Exercising regularly, eating better and giving up smoking can cut heart disease risk by 80 percent, diabetes risk by 90 percent and cancer risk by 50 percent, according to the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study. Here are some tips that include some simple things you can do to help put you on a better track towards health: Wear a pedometer and aim for 30 minutes a day of brisk walking. Try eating fish at least two times a week. Drink more water. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Decrease your sugar intake. Don’t focus on dieting, focus on eating better and not over eating. Try to limit snacking when you may be bored vs. actually hungry. Focus some of your energy doing something kind for others. Spend more time doing things you love or start spending some time learning something new that you have always wanted to try.

Make it a wonderful new year!

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We would love your feedback!

We would love your feedback!

Oh sure, everyone says that.. but we mean it!

Just select this link and use the contact form on our web site to let us know what your experience has been with South Tabor Family Medical Clinic. We really are trying hard to continually improve and your feedback helps us learn what we are doing right and what we could do better. Whether you had an amazing experience or you have some suggestions on how we can improve, we would appreciate your time in letting us know. Thank you!

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Feeling Thankful is Good for your Health!

Feeling Thankful is Good for your Health!

Did you know that being grateful and feeling thankful are good for your health? There are some great reasons to be extra thankful at Thanksgiving and year round! In fact, studies show that feeling Grateful can give you a healthier heart. “One recent study from the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine found that people who were more grateful actually had better heart health, specifically less inflammation and healthier heart rhythms.” Find out more at this article. (links to: http://www.today.com/health/be-thankful-science-says-gratitude-good-your-health-t58256 )

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November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

 

Go Purple with a Purpose for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month. President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million. Learn some of the early signs and more about this disease here.

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Flu Season Ahead!

Flu Season Ahead!

Q. When is the best time to get a flu shot? 

A. NOW!

Flu shots, or Influenza vaccines, are vaccines that protect against influenza. A new version of the vaccine is developed twice a year as the influenza virus rapidly changes.

Both the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends nearly all people over the age of 6 months get the vaccine yearly. This is especially true for pregnant women, children between six months and five years of age, those with other health problems, and those who work in healthcare.

Call South Tabor Family Medical and make an appointment today!

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