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Redefining Health

Health and fitness are a topic that has stayed at the front of peoples minds for decades, but in 2019 the way people view health is changing. Many of these changes are for the better but understanding what they are and why they’re occurring is essential to keep up with the current times. Forget about crash diets and impossible exercise routines because health has expanded far beyond those fads!

A Lifestyle Change

People have begun to view health as much more than a diet or temporary occurrence. Instead, people are turning their health into their lifestyle. Making daily choices that benefit their overall health has become a priority, rather than temporary changes that offer quick results. The aim is to improve the body from the inside out, starting with the most critical area for health, the gut. People are turning to foods that promote gut health and proper digestion because it has been proven that once your gut health is in line, everything else will soon follow. Rather than going on a crash diet for a month or two, people have begun making lifestyle changes that are attainable in the long-term.

It Isn’t About Weight Loss

Health and weight loss were once synonymous in many people’s minds, but that’s no longer the case. While many of the healthy lifestyle choices people make may result in weight loss, it isn’t the goal that they have going into it. Instead, people are working to improve their mental clarity, energy, sleep quality, and overall sense of wellbeing. Weight loss will aid in all of those areas but making it an added perk rather than the desired goal has created a new sense of caring about every aspect of your health.

Plant Based Changes

The plant-based eating movement no longer applies only to vegans and vegetarians. A dialogue is becoming more and more popular that promotes being plant-based as much as possible, even if you don’t commit to a full vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. Cutting out dairy, having three meat-free days per week, and other more attainable plant-based choices are growing in popularity. People are beginning to acknowledge that plants are able to provide even better fuel for your body and mind than traditional animal-based products. There’s been a rise of plant-based restaurants, grocery stores, and more as this health trend takes off. It’s expected that the plant-based diet will continue to grow in popularity for years to come.

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Be safe decorating your home for the holidays this year

If you are planning on decorating for the Holidays this year Centennial Medical would like to wish you good luck & hope you stay safe. Unfortunately, the holidays are known in urgent cares to be one of the busiest times of the year. This is due to a lot of accidents around the house due to cooking, cleaning & the biggest one of all Holiday decorating. If you and your family go above & beyond when decorating we applaud you but you should all follow these tips first to make sure no accidents happen.

Watch out for the lights

Holiday lights are one of the staples of the holiday season. Hanging lights around your house & outside can quickly turn your house from an average home to one of the best sights to see on your block. But have you thought about which lights are actually safe to hang up on your house? Luckily when purchasing holiday lights there will be a label on most lights that will explain whether they are safe for indoors or outdoors. Once you make the decision on that you should then consider buying LED lights. LED lights do not carry the heat that conventional lights do. This means that they have less of a chance of starting a fire if they are near something flammable.

Watch out for black ice

Christmas & New Years are at the beginning of winter so the temperature has dropped. It is important to know about the dangers of black ice. As most of you know black ice is a form of ice that is invisible to the eye at a glance because it is basically see through. A good way to combat black ice is to lay your driveway & sidewalk down with salt at night so in the morning the front of your house will be clear from black ice.

Lift heavy objects with caution

If you are bringing a Christmas tree into the house or a heavy object please use caution. Remember when lifting something heavy off the ground always use your legs. If you have an object that is very awkward in size have someone help you lift it. A lot of injuries can come from heavy objects falling on body parts & from people lifting heavy objects up in the wrong way.

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Don’t be Scrooged by winter allergies

The holidays are here & that means that it is once again the best time of the year! However, if you suffer from allergies all year round or in the winter then you are probably dreading going home for the Holidays! Centennial Medical is here to tell you that you don’t need to be scared of your winter allergies anymore! We have some tips that should help you overcome & stay one step ahead of those nasty allergies!

Timing, Timing, Timing

The best time to stop allergies is before they even happen! Yes, that’s right you should be preparing and dedicating for your allergies approximately 1-2 weeks before you usually start getting symptoms. If you wait until you already have symptoms then you have made it harder for you to fight off your allergies this year. The warmer the weather the more of a chance you have of getting stronger allergy symptoms in the winter.

Stay away from the mold

Mold is everyone’s worst enemy when it comes to allergies. Mold can exist & grow anywhere that is wet in a warm place. By this, we mean places that have a moist damp environment more than likely the mold that can harm you the most is the mold that is found in your house. You should be looking for mold in the following places:

  • Under your couch
  • Under your sink
  • Shower
  • Bathroom
  • Under cabinets that may have had a leak near them
  • Basement pipes/heater

Mold in a house can be devastating to one’s health over a certain period of time. Slight exposure to mold can make your already existent allergies skyrocket!

Be careful about doing chores

When doing chores most specifically cleaning, most of the time this involves getting close to the dirty things around the house. A lot of dust, mold, & pollen may kick up when you are doing activities such as sweeping, mopping, wiping you are putting your face & mouth near these particles. The best way to try to avoid allergies while doing chores is to wear a mask that covers your nose & mouth.

We hope that these tips will help you beat allergies this year for the holidays!

 

 

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Don’t smell like a Grinch for the Holidays!

The Holidays are here & for most of us, that means that we have a lot of traveling to do to get to our families. However, when you finally get to your families house after a long day or days of travel the last thing you want to be is sick! Unfortunately, public transportation is not always the most sanitary & you could be exposed to a lot of different viruses. Centennial Medical is here to offer you some tips to help make sure you don’t get sick on your way home!

Hand hygiene

It is unfortunate that Holiday season also means its the middle of flu season! So make sure that you are very conscious of where you are putting your hands. If you have not gotten your flu shot yet you should come to us! If you have gotten the flu shot you are still at risk for getting sick because the flu shot is about 70% effective! Whenever you touch something from a public setting such as a gas station handle, train handle, or even just a public hand railing you need to be washing your hands after. If you are not near a sink or bathroom then make sure you carry around a hand sanitizer with you!

Wash your face

You face is one of the hardest parts of your body to take care of when you are on the go. This can lead to stress blemishes or rashes that would not look good for the Christmas pictures back home. You need to make a conscious effort to carry around some baby wipes or facial wipes. We know that you will not have access to a sink at most times so the wipes are the best option for on the go!

Body Hygiene

The last thing you want to do is come home to mom & dad & have yourself smelling like the Grinch. If you don’t have the time or a place to take a shower they sell dry soap & shampoo in your local stores. These are essential to get the feeling of travel off of you. Another good Idea is to pack a change clothes, this should give a nice fresh feeling that can knock off the travel funk. Last but not least, make sure to have some deodorant & cologne/perfume. If you do not have either of these your travel hygiene can take a turn for the worst fast. Nobody wants to be that guy that is making everyone’s travel experience worse from the smell.

 

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Be aware the flu is still here!

Fall is here & we hope you are all enjoying the weather! However, don’t forget that the flu is still here! Most people seem to forget that flu season is from Septemeber to mid-December! This means you should still be aware & using hand sanitation techniques. Even if you got your flu shot you should pay attention to these tips to keep avoiding the flu this year.

How often do you wash your hands?

The flu is spread airborne n& by ingestion, the most common way to get a virus is to wipe your mouth or eyes after the virus us on your hands or body, giving yourself an immediate infection. Ask yourself about how often you wash your hands in a day. If you can count on one hand how many times it is odds are you don’t wash your hands enough. You should try to wash your hands after everytime you feel you may have exposed yourself to some harmful germs. Sometimes when you should think about washing your hands is :

  • After petting a dog
  • After holding on to communal rails & grips
  • After riding public transportation
  • After shaking someone else’s hand that looks sick
  • After using the bathroom

You would be surprised how many people forget to wash their hands after using the bathroom. This is why you should always wash your hands after coming in contact with someone else.

How long do you wash your hands?

If you have seen someone in the bathroom who just throws water on their hands & then leaves? If you were slightly grossed out that’s because you should be! Your hands get thousands of germs on them & a couple seconds under the water will not get rid of them. You should wash your hand with warm water since it is a fact that warm water aids in helping to get rid of germs. On top of that, you should use soap, of course, & wash your hands for about 30-45 seconds. When teaching your child you should tell them to sing happy birthday, since the song is just around the time that they should be washing them.

What if I can’t wash your hands

There are always alternatives to washing your hands! Carrying around hand sanitizer will help you always have a way to wash your hands. Please recommend hand washing techniques to all loved ones & friends so you can all avoid the Flu this season!

 

 

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3 Tips for Pumpkin Carving

Halloween is right around the corner & we here at Centennial Medical center would like to wish everyone a spooky time! Halloween festivities usually entail, pumpkin picking, house decorating, apple cider & of course pumpkin carving! However, did you know that there are thousands of injuries every year form pumpkin carving? Carving a pumpkin may be tradition but can prove to be very dangerous when you are not completely aware of what you are doing. We have some tips you should follow to ensure your pumpkin carving goes as planned!

1. Clean your surroundings

When you finally get that big pumpkin you found in the field & take it home to carve do not rush with your set up! Most accidents happen not from the carving itself but from the environment around you when you are carving. If you leave your environment messy, you are leaving opportunities for you to trip, slip & fall carrying sharp objects. Make sure to clean your work area too! Having a sticky desk or a slippery desk can cause the pumpkin to fall all over the place. A list of other things to wash should include:

  • Hands
  • knife
  • Other Utensils
  • Pumpkin

2. Don’t sharpen your knife

Contrary to what you would think a sharp knife while carving pumpkins can lead to serious injury! Most of us are not use to the metrics of a pumpkin, so when you start to carve with a sharp knife you have a very high possibility of cutting through the pumpkin & hitting your hand. Some other things that can happen with a super sharp knife id cutting in the pumpkin & getting it stuck. If your knife gets stuck in the pumpkin please make sure to slowly pull it out rather than yanking it out. Yanking it out can cause you to lose control of the knife & may problems can occur in that area.

3. Buy a kit

The easiest way to avoid all problems from pumpkin carving is to buy a pumpkin carving kit! As easy of an alternative as it sounds the tools in a pumpkin carving kit are made specifically for carving the pumpkin. This means you will not have to use the awkwardness of a knife or worry about it being too dull or too sharp! We hope these tips were helpful & have you on your way to carve some pumpkins!

 

 

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Preventative flu measures you should take

It is that time of the year again! Flu season is from mid-September to the end of December & this year has the highest cases of flu in the past 5 years. Centennial Medical would like to give you some advice on how to stay away & beat the flu this season!

Get your flu shot

One of the easiest ways to prevent getting the Flu is to get your flu shot! A flu shot can be given to you at any of your local urgent cares. Flu shots are painless most of the time & come with very little side effects. Some of them include:

  • Pain in arm
  • swelling in the arm
  •   slight fever

Remember, flu shots aren’t always 100% effective, so it is very important that you take precautionary measures this season still!

Sanitation tips

If you are commuting to work & are taking public transportation, you will be around a lot of people. It is important to start practicing some daily sanitation measures, some things you can try are:

  •  cough in the elbow
  •  carry around hand sanitizer
  •  don’t touch communal hand railings, bus handles ext
  • Wash your hands before every meal

The flu is extremely contagious so it is important to know you are always at risk of catching it in public.

Protect your kids too!

Even if you take all the precautions for the flu, you cannot forget about friends & family. It is important to talk about the flu and make it a propriety. Some people think since they got the flu shot once they are protected but that is false information. The flu comes back in a different strand every year so a flu shot is needed!

If you or any of your friends/ family need a flu shot come on down to Centennial medical today!

 

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5 Back to school safety tips

It is back to school time again & for the returning parents & parents new one leaving their children at school for the first time you should follow these tips to ensure the transition in the new school year goes exactly as planned.

1. Plan a safe route to school

If your child is at the age when they can start riding the bus or walking to school it is important for both of you to have a specific route to go on. A young child can get lost going to school or may forget the way to the bus stop. A good way to ease both you & your child is to plan a route for them & go over it before school starts or over the weekend. This way your child will always know where to go & you will always know where to find your child.

2. Teach sanitation tips

Flu season is from September to mid-December to make sure to get your child a flu shot as well as teaching them some tips on how to avoid the flu. These tips should include:

  • Sneaking into elbow
  • Not sharing food or a drink at lunch
  • Washing hands after every meal
  • Give them hand sanitizer to bring to school.

These tips will help your child prevent getting sick & teach them great routines tog et into around the school year.

3. Give them a phone

Yes, it is 2018 & we understand with the phone, comes a lot of responsibility. However, a phone is a direct line to your child. In case of an emergency at school, you can always get in touch with your child. & they can also always reach you if they need something.

4. Teach them stranger danger

Yes, we all know “Don’t Talk to strangers” is one of the first things that we teach our kids while they are out on their own. However, stranger danger is much more than random people on the street these days. You should also warn your children about internet predators & the games they could play online.

5. Talk with your child every day

Communication is key when you have a child going through middle school & high school. Your child goes through a lot in those years so it is important that you make them feel important. Ask them about their day, listen to their problems. Nothing is more important than your child so make time for them no matter what.

If you use all these tips correctly your child should have a smooth transition into school!

 

 

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Vaccinate your child!

Protect your children

Children need to be protected in every stage of life as they are growing up. We always protect them, whether it is buying them a car seat, putting a helmet on their head when they ride a bike, & vaccinating them. A vaccination can save your child’s life.

What is a vaccination & why is it important?

A vaccination is when a doctor injects a patient with a strand of a dead or old virus that is not dangerous to the body. However, the body does not know this, so the white blood cells adapt and attack the virus. This causes the body to be immune from the virus & be prepared if it ever encounters the virus again. Vaccinations are not dangerous & they are very effective. Some side effects may occur such as:

  • redness near injectionvaccinations
  • itchiness
  • slight fever
  • a cough

However, these side effects are not that common & are non-life threating.

What are the benefits?

Vaccinations don’t only protect your child but also others around them, such as peers, students, friends. Vaccinations protect future generations. When you vaccinate your child & they do the same eventually the newer generation of your family will have children born immune to these diseases. A vaccination isn’t just for your child, it is also for everyone around your child as well. Not being exposed to these virus’s leaves them away from your child’s surroundings.

When should I vaccinate my child?

You should vaccinate your child when they are newborns first. A newborn is very vulnerable to all diseases. A vaccination takes away the prep time your body needs to adapt & fight a virus. If your newborn is infected it could 3-4 days for the body to develop antibodies; by this time the virus may have caused serious illness or death. After the vaccination as a newborn pay attention to the grade school vaccinations; most of the time they are required with a physical to enter school.

We offer vaccinations here at Centennial Medical! Stop by today to get yours!

 

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Beat sunburn this summer!

Its everyone’s favorite time of year again! One of the best parts about summer is the weather & being outside enjoying the sun. However most of the time we often forget that the sun can actually hurt us if we are not careful. Did you know that the most common form of cancer is melanoma skin cancer? Melanoma is often caused by severe or repeated exposure to sunburn. When you get sunburn once your chances of getting skin cancer triple! We want to make sure everyone has their fun in the sun while protecting themselves!

The suns rays

The sun has 3 forms of UV light. UVA, UVB, UVC. Out of these three only 2 actually, make it to earth’s surface (UVA & UVB). The suns rays are radiation; our skin can withstand a set amount of radiation before it starts to burn. Sunburn is a radiation burn on a cellular level, this is why it should be taken seriously.

How do I know I have sunburn?

If you have a mild case of sunburn your symptoms will include:

  • redness on skin
  • peeling
  • dehydration
  • a slight headache

If you gave a more serve case of sunburn your symptoms will include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches/migraines
  • high pulse
  • blacking out
  • extreme burn & pain

How to prevent sunburn

Sunblock is the best way to protect yourself from the sun when you will have prolonged exposure. A common misconception on sunblock is, only applying once or every 30 mins. If you are exercising, sweating or swimming you must apply sunblock directly after because it will wash off of your body!

Take these tips with you this summer & stay away from sunburn! If you have any sunburn concerns please come into Centennial Medical today! We treat sunburn!

 

 

 

 

 

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