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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.

Doctor Appointment

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

September 25 is National Voter Registration Day 2018!

On September 25, 2018, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day this November.

With midterms and governor races happening in a few weeks, every eligible American voter should exercise his or her right to be heard at the ballot box this year and next. National Voter Registration Day is the right place to start by getting registered.

That is why communities across the country are planning to use National Voter Registration Day to increase voter participation.

Thousands of national, state, and local organizations and volunteers will be the driving force behind National Voter Registration Day 2018. Partner organizations will coordinate hundreds of National Voter Registration Day events nationwide and leverage #NationalVoterRegistrationDay on all social media platforms to drive attention to voter registration and the midterm elections.

Family Health Care is proud to be a National Voter Registration Day partner. On September 25, between
9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Family Health Care will engage its community and register voters at the following locations:

  • Baldwin – 1615 Michigan Avenue, Baldwin, MI 49304
  • Cadillac – 520 Cobb Street, Cadillac, MI 49601
  • Grant – 11 N. Maple Street, Grant, MI 49327
  • White Cloud – 1035 E. Wilcox, White Cloud, MI 49349

The effort’s website, NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org, provides a listing of National Voter Registration Day events across the country.

Founded in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote. More than two million Americans have registered to vote on this day since the inaugural National Voter Registration Day.

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