June is Men’s Health Month

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Graduates are walking across the stage, the weather is finally getting warmer, and Father’s Day is right around the corner.  So much is celebrated throughout the month of June that many forget that it’s also Men’s Health Month.

Men’s Health Month is an initiative that brings together men of all ages to drive awareness on major health concerns and provide access to screenings, host health fairs, and provide general health education.

It’s time to take charge of your health, gents, and the sooner you do it, the better.  Here are five tips on staying healthy.

  1. Find a doctor.  You should be choosing a primary care physician that you feel comfortable with and you can openly discuss all of your health concerns, from your mental state to your physical state.
  2. Regularly visit your doctor.  Just because you’re feeling well does not always mean that you are actually well.  An annual physical can detect underlying medical conditions that could go unnoticed and can aid in the treatment process.
  3. Don’t self-diagnose.  This goes hand-in-hand with regularly visiting your primary care physician.  You want to be well-informed about certain medical conditions, but you shouldn’t be so quick to write off that you’re only sick with a cough when you really have the flu.  Be sure to establish a relationship with your primary care physician so you can go to them when you’re not sure about your symptoms.
  4. Monitor your physical health.  Fitting in an exercise regime into your daily schedule is not always easy, but you’ll reap the benefits by having better control over your weight as well as reducing your risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health conditions.   You should also keep up with regular cholesterol and blood pressure tests, and other annual health screenings.
  5. Take care of your mental health.  A few moments a day for some type of meditation or relaxation practice is beneficial for your mental and emotional well-being.  Those few moments of relaxation after a long day at work will help get your mind away from the stressful thoughts you should’ve left at your desk and help you gain work/life balance.

If you’re looking to get your health in check, be sure to visit Medallus Medical to get started on your journey toward a healthier lifestyle.

Some of the services we provide include:

  • Annual physical exam
  • Long term medical care for diabetes, hypertension, and asthma
  • Health maintenance
  • Rapid testing

Our physicians will go over your medical history to better understand your background and to create a health program unique to your medical needs.  For more information about the services we provide, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at 877-633-9110.

 

 

Health Tips for Mothers

Mother’s Day recently passed, and we know how hard it can be juggling being a mother and keeping your health in check.  Sometimes moms forget basic human needs while caring for their little humans, so here are a few ways to get your health on track.

  1. Get some sleep: Between working, being a mother, and doing household duties may be overwhelming, but learn to rest when your body needs it. Sleep is essential to overall health, so make sure to get the proper 6-8 hours of rest to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle on a new day.
  2. Take a Breather: Heavy amounts of stress can lead to health conditions, so make sure to take have some “me time” a few minutes a day to recharge.
  3. Change your diet: Cut refined sugars and carbs out of your diet, and try eating a well-balanced diet that includes lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  4. Exercise: Staying in shape helps you look and feel great! If you’ve been considering going on a diet, include an exercise regimen into your daily routine to help get you the body you want.
  5. Drink more water: Make sure that you’re indulging in the water intake according to your weigh. Drinking more water will help.

Before starting a new diet or exercrise program, be sure to consult with a medical professional at Medallus Medical!  We’ll go over your medical history, conduct a full physical examination, and suggest lifestyle changes to help you on your new fitness journey.

Tips To Avoid Sports Injury

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Participation in sports offers students a tremendous amount of social, emotional, and physical benefits.  But one of the worst things that can happen while being involved in sports is sitting on the sidelines with an injury.

As parents and coaches, here are a few simple ways to reduce preventable sports injuries.

Prepare Your Student Athlete Before They Play

In the case of an emergency, parents should provide coaches with information such as emergency contacts and important medical information.  And before your student athlete hits the field, you should make sure they receive a pre-participation physical performed by a physician.

A comprehensive sports physical includes:

  • A review of medical history
  • Full physical examination
  • Examination of joint flexibility, posture, and overall strength
  • Administer or update any necessary vaccinations

Get the Right Gear

Some sports require specific equipment that is used to prevent and reduce the severity of injuries.  Be sure to find appropriate and form-fitting sports gear to prevent and reduce the severity of injuries.  Some common sports gear to consider include:

  • Helmets
  • Gloves
  • Shins guards
  • Mouth guards
  • Ankle braces
  • Shoes with rubber cleats
  • Sunscreen

Warm Up and Cool Down for Practices and Games

Some injuries are brought on because athletes are not properly conditioned for the activity.  Make sure to warm up with a light jog for about 15 minutes, and stretch major muscle groups before and after games to release muscle tension and prevent injuries.

Stay Hydrated

Be sure to drink enough fluids throughout the day and stay hydrated before, during, and after play.

If you’re a parent, be sure to pack extra bottles of water for practices or games.  If you’re a coach, establish a mandatory water break throughout practice and games – don’t wait for your athletes to say they’re thirsty and need a break.

Know the Common Injuries

Accidents are inevitable, but many times, sports injuries can be prevented.  Some sports injuries don’t show a physical wound to determine if an athlete has been hurt.  It’s important to be able to easily recognize common sports injuries and signs of injury such as:

  • Dehydration
  • Concussions
  • Severe Bruising
  • Muscle Fatigue
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Hamstring Strain
  • Shin Splints
  • ACL Tear
  • Tennis Elbow

The most important part of playing any sport is to play by the rules, avoid aggressive behavior, and have fun!

 

 

March is National Nutrition Month

meat-569073_640National Nutrition Month, held annually during the month of March, was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, to raise awareness on the importance of making smart food choices and improving overall physical health.

This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” a simple reminder to make every meal choice count.

By making small changes to your diet now, you can improve your overall health that leads toward a healthy future.

Here are a few ways that you can “put your best fork forward.”

  1. Practice mindful eating: Pay close attention to what you’re eating, when you’re eating, portion sizes, and how you feel before and after every meal. Some of the benefits of practicing mindful eating include learning to eat only when you’re hungry, learning that unhealthy food isn’t as tasty as you originally thought it would be, and learning to fully taste and enjoy healthier food options.
  2. Know your calories: Using apps that track your calories are a great way of monitoring your daily calorie intake and tracking your progress. You can also keep a food diary of what you eat and the time of day you’re eating.  You can also use this a way to practice mindful eating by recording how you feel after every meal in your food diary.
  3. Change your diet: This should be a given. Every healthy diet avoids refined grains like white rice and white bread, processed meats, as well as limits red meat, cheese, and added salt and sugar.  Eat a variety of whole grains, food high in protein such as fish, poultry, beans, and nuts.  Also, be sure to limit your salt intake by using substitutes like spices and herbs, and remove added sugar in meals and beverages. salad-791891_640

At Medallus/After Hours Medical, our doctors are dedicated to making sure patients are educated about their overall health.  One of our many services includes an annual physical exam, where we look over your health history, check your vitals, and perform necessary lab tests.

After your exam, our doctors will discuss with you your overall goals and openly communicate and encourage healthy lifestyles habits.

For more information about our comprehensive medical services, be sure to visit any of our nine locations and our medical professionals will be more than happy to assist you on your journey toward healthy living.