If you are enrolled in Medicare Advantage, you are entitled to a free Annual Health Assessment (AHA) once a year.
This assessment will help your Primary Care Physician (PCP) coordinate your care. A nurse practitioner will review your medical history, conduct a health risk assessment, and make an evaluation of your physical condition.
A healthy and delicious Indian dish
These low-fat, high-protein wraps are bursting with flavor from fresh veggies and spices. Pair with fresh mango and a cucumber yogurt condiment known as raita.
Less is more, or the lower the better when it comes to blood pressure. Do you know your numbers? Are they in the normal range? Have they changed in the last few months or year?
How often does work and family get in the way of your weekday exercise regimen? Does Monday roll around and you find yourself with more aches and pains, even a new injury? You might be falling victim to weekend warrior syndrome, and no, it is not as cool as it sounds.
What is Weekend Warrior Syndrome?
Let’s be honest, the last thing anybody wants to chat about over dinner is the topic of dying. But the family dining room table is actually an ideal setting to begin such a sensitive conversation. It’s where we’re surrounded by those who know us best, love us most, and will likely be with us to the end. Our loved ones are the people who should have the clearest sense of what we want in our final phase of life.
But how will they know if we don't tell them?
Don’t let the rain cause a slump in your workout routine. Use these tips to stay on your game when it rains — and perhaps put a new spin on your workout routine.
Join a gym
While a rather obvious idea, joining a gym (if you haven’t already) is a great way to stay in shape during the winter AND discover some great new workouts. If you are normally a runner, consider picking up a new weight lifting routine to challenge different muscles.
An early Spring means flowers budding and blooming trees, but if you are one of the millions of people who have seasonal allergies, this also means sneezing, congestion, runny nose and other bothersome symptoms. Seasonal allergies — also called hay fever and allergic rhinitis — can make you miserable. And, because the Bay Area experienced a record amount of rain this past winter, this year's allergy season promises to be a doozy.
Here are a few tips from the Mayo Clinic on how to reduce your exposure to allergy triggers.
Habits – we’ve been building them our whole lives. Some are harmlessly quirky and become part of our distinct personalities. Others are beneficial to others and should always be encouraged. Unfortunately, we also all have bad habits that can be tough to shake.
Bad habits range from the annoying to the downright dangerous. But, as the saying goes, habits are meant to be broken. Making small adjustments in your habitual routines can lead to big improvements in health and wellness. Changing habits for the better can change your life for good.
Have you ever seen the words “generic” on the label of a prescription pill bottle? Or seen boxes of pain relievers that show the logo of the grocery store instead of the popular brand? Are you curious about whether these plain-vanilla products are viable alternatives to their fancier brand name counterparts?
Knowledge is power, and this is certainly true when it comes to health. It’s not only healthcare professionals who need to stay in the know. Patients, too, can and should become more proactive about their own care.
The advent of the internet has certainly helped this trend. The healthcare industry itself has also been shifting in ways that support and accommodate patients taking more control of their health. Studies show that informed, engaged patients actually experience better health outcomes than those who don’t.
Follow these first steps to patient empowerment: