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Top 5 Daily Habits to Keep You Healthy

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Rather than lamenting your poor health or stressing over the lifestyle changes you know you should make, start small with a few key habits that pack a big punch. Read on for 5 smart habits to employ daily for optimal health and wellness from family health care providers in Cadillac, MI.

Increase Your Water Intake

One of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to improve your health and overall wellbeing immediately is to improve your hydration intake. An increased hydration level will help your immune system, energy levels, skin, and hunger cues. People often find that they’re more easily able to lose weight, complete physical tasks, and be productive throughout the day when they focus on drinking enough water. Try drinking an extra glass of water before meals, carry a reusable water bottle around with you throughout the day, or track your water intake to inspire you to take those extra sips all day long. Aim to start with at least 64 ounces a day, and increase those numbers as needed.

Move Your Body

Many people who set exercise and physical activity goals feel like they have to completely overhaul their whole lifestyle to make any progress. Luckily, health benefits can be reaped with less drastic measures, and any additional movement throughout the day is beneficial. Park at the back of the parking lot to get some extra steps, take the stairs instead of the elevator, do a few bodyweight exercises during commercial breaks, go on a walk at lunchtime, try a new fitness class at the gym, or simply stand instead of sitting whenever possible.  

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Remember Veggie Power

To make improvements to your diet, one simple way to begin is to remember the power of vegetables. They are full of nutritious vitamins, contain needed fiber, and are low in calories, so you can eat less overall while still feeling satisfied. By trying to include a few servings of vegetables at every meal, you can enjoy a more nutritious diet and consume fewer calories overall.

Prioritize Sleep Health

Another major concern for most people is getting enough quality sleep. Sleep deprivation has immediate effects on your physical and mental health, so aiming for 6-8 hours of quality sleep each night is a straightforward way to see immediate benefits. Avoid electronics for an hour before bed, limit caffeine intake, keep your room dark and cool, and set up a nightly sleep hygiene routine to help your body and brain settle in for the night.

Take a Moment to Be Mindful

Mindfulness and gratitude are getting a lot of attention in the health world right now, and for a good reason. Taking a few minutes each day to engage in mindfulness can help you feel more balanced, less stressed, and more able to take on your daily tasks. Meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, gratitude journals, or nightly visualization exercises are a great place to start.

To ask more specific questions about your health or set up an appointment for full-service family health care in Cadillac, MI, call the pros at Family Health Care today!

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Starting the Year Healthy

Food and Exercise

The start of the new year leaves many people thinking about
all the ways they can improve their lives. Some people want to travel more,
others want to learn new skills, but the most popular new year’s resolutions
involve leading a healthier life, and with good reason, too. Read the tips
below to learn how you can improve your life and make smarter, healthier
choices in 2019. 

Stock Up on Healthy Foods

The first step to eating better in the new year is to get
prepared. Sort through your pantry and refrigerator and get rid of any
unhealthy foods that you want to eat less of. Throw out junk food and consider
donating unopened packages of food to your local food pantry. Refill your
kitchen with healthy food essentials. If you aren’t sure where to begin, look
up some healthy recipes to get some ideas.

Drink More Water

Do your best to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking
plenty of water keeps your biological functions running correctly and can even
prevent you from overeating. Though you may have heard that you need to drink
eight glasses of water a day, the actual amount varies from person to person.
And remember, drinking water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated. Your body
also gets fluids from some of the foods you eat like fruits and vegetables.

Make Time for Exercise

If you only exercise when you feel like it or when you have
some free time, chances are you won’t be active nearly as much as you should.
Experts recommend getting at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise (walking)
or 75 minutes of vigorous activity (running) every week, plus twice-weekly
strength training. Schedule adequate time every week to get the exercise your
body needs. You may find it easier to commit to exercising if you make a
routine of it and work out at around the same times every week.

Set Doctor’s Appointments and Actually Go

A lot of people neglect their health care, failing to schedule annual checkups, get flu shots, or visit specialists when needed. In 2019, make a commitment to your health by scheduling and keeping doctor’s appointments. Doing so will provide you with essential information about your health and alert you to any areas where you can improve. Look up family health care in Cadillac, MI, to find the best health care provider for the whole family.

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Get Your Stress Under Control

Most people deal with stress and anxiety on a daily basis,
but you don’t need to be one of them. Try out a few different stress relief
techniques to see which ones work best for you so you can lead a calmer, more
relaxed life. Some anxiety reduction tactics include meditation, yoga,
journaling, breathing exercises, and going to therapy.

Get Enough Sleep Every Night

Experts recommend that’s adults get between seven and nine
hours of sleep every night. Most Americans, however, fail to do this with over
a third of adults getting less than seven hours of rest every night. Not
getting enough sleep has been linked to all sorts of issues including anxiety
depression, mood swings, cognitive impairment, and more.

If you’re looking for family health care in Cadillac, MI, contact
us at Family Health Care to schedule a doctor’s appointment and give 2019 the
healthy start that you deserve.

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Welcome Lisa West, FNP-C!

Having providers that work to connect with and understand the needs of patients in Lake County is vital to the mission of Family Health Care (FHC). That’s why FHCis pleased to announce the addition of Lisa West, FNP-C, to its Baldwin office.

Lisa began her career in the medical field as an emergency room nurse. After realizing she wanted to advance her career, Lisa achieved her Master’s degree and became certified as a family nurse practitioner.  She has been in practice for over five years.

“I am excited about the opportunity to practice medicine in an environment that puts patient care first,” says Lisa. “The adventure of living and working in an area that is new to me is also exciting. I cannot wait to serve the residents of Lake County!”

Lisa comes to FHC from Nacogdoches, Texas, with a patient-centered philosophy of care and an outgoing personality. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and her Masters of Nursing at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas.

FHC continually focuses on meeting the needs of its communities by growing and expanding services to provide rural residents and visitors to the area with quality, affordable access to behavioral health, medical, dental, vision, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology services close to where they live, work and play.

Lisa will provide medical care services at FHC’s Baldwin office located at 1615 Michigan Avenue in Baldwin. To schedule an appointment with Lisa or another provider call (231) 745-4624.

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Keeping West Michigan’s Elderly Safe!

Finding ways to ensure elderly patients are safe at home is a goal of Family Health Care(FHC). One way FHC accomplishes this goal is through the organizations bathing program, which not only helps older adults remain safe by helping prevent slips and falls, but also relieves the strain on caregivers.

On October 10 during the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan Annual Conference,Family Health Care was presented with the Tess Canja Innovation Award from BlueCross Blue Shield of Michigan. This award is given to social service agencies thatwork to improve health-related situations for older adults. Winners areselected by a committee of state-wide volunteers who consider the creativity,cost-effectiveness, replicability and quantified positive impact demonstrated.

“This was a bit of a surprise since the Tess Canja Award is very competitive,” said ReneeKopach, outreach services manager at Family Health Care. “Our goal is to ensuresomeone’s mom or dad, grandma or grandpa is provided the care they need sotheir family can spend time making memories.”

In 2015, in response to an identified need among its respite clients, FHC implemented the bathing service. This service is available to seniors who are not eligible for skilled home care and would otherwise have to pay privately for the service or go without. A major safety concern for the senior population is getting in and out of the shower, a task that is often difficult or uncomfortable for family caregivers to assist with. FHC respite aides assist with bathing and personal care which increases bathroom safety, improves hygiene, and decreases risk ofskin break down and infection rates while providing essential support forfamily caregivers.

Family Health Care’s In-Home Respite Care program is comprised of men and women who have apassion for ensuring elderly community members receive the compassionate carethey deserve while providing the caregiver time to rest and recharge. Theseexperienced respite aides provide weekly visits during the day, on the weekendsand sometimes overnight. They help with meal assistance, reading, visiting andcompanionship, and provide time to socialize with another adult.

To learn more about respite services and how Family Health Care is working to give ourelderly in the community the best life possible, visit familyhealthcare.org.

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Celebrate National Rural Health Day!

Family Health Care will join the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and other state/national rural stakeholders in celebrating National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Dr. Kamrowski exams a child’s eyesight during an outreach event.

NOSORH created National Rural Health Day as a way to showcase rural America; increase awareness of rural health-related issues; and promote the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and others in addressing those issues. National Rural Health Day is an annual day of recognition which occurs on the third Thursday of November and was awarded the 2018 “Outstanding Rural Health Program of the Year” by the National Rural Health Association.

Over 60 million people – nearly one in five Americans – live in rural and frontier communities throughout the United States. “These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are wonderful places to live and work; they are places where neighbors know each other and work together,” said NOSORH Director Teryl Eisinger. “The hospitals and providers serving these rural communities not only provide quality patient care, but they also help keep good jobs in rural America.”

In central-west Michigan, Family Health Care provides comprehensive primary health care services through its medical, dental, vision and pharmacy programs; and additional programs such as Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, free health insurance enrollment, In-Home Respite Care, and a variety of primary care services in schools. Family Health Care is focused on making health care accessible to everyone in order to achieve its vision of 0% health disparities in the communities the organization serves.

“Our employees are dedicated to meeting the needs of every patient that comes through our doors and through outreach into the community,” says Kathy Sather, President & CEO of Family Health Care. “I am truly proud to be part of this dedicated team of individuals working toward the common goal of improving the health of our rural communities.”

State Offices of Rural Health play a key role in addressing those needs. All 50 states maintain a State Office of Rural Health, each of which shares a similar mission: to foster relationships, disseminate information and provide technical assistance that improves access to, and the quality of, health care for its rural citizens. In the past year alone, State Offices of Rural Health collectively provided technical assistance to more than 28,000 rural communities.  Family Health Care is a proud member of the Michigan Rural Health Association.

Additionalinformation about National Rural Health Day can be found at PowerofRural.org.To learn more about NOSORH, visit nosorh.org; to learn more about Family HealthCare visit Read More