The Top 5 New Year's Resolutions Your Doctor Will Love
Happy 2016! How are your New Year’s resolutions going?
January is the perfect time to put together a list of resolutions for your health. Many men and women of all ages will focus on weight loss, a highly popular goal at the start of a new year. However, there are many other resolutions that your healthcare provider will sincerely applaud. Taking control of your health and setting goals is the first step, and the providers of Pacific Family Practice have a few additional recommendations to kick off 2016.
1. Schedule checkups and physicals for your family ASAP.
January and February are ideal for spring and summer sports physicals for children because it provides an opportunity for young athletes and their parents to check in with their child’s provider well before the first practice of the season takes place. The start of a new year is also the perfect time to schedule your own annual checkup, which can include a general physical, preventative medical care, a well woman exam, and STD screening.
2. Get a flu shot – it’s definitely not too late.
The flu season can last as long as May and typically peaks between December and February. This means that the start of a new year is still an ideal time to visit PFP for the flu vaccine. You don’t need an appointment to come in for a flu shot. Just drop by when you can during our office hours, which are 8:30am-5pm (Mon. - Fri.) and 10am-4pm (Sat.).
3. Try cutting out one vice from your diet.
January is the month for changes to diet routines, but sometimes a big overhaul can be too overwhelming and people may give up early. A small change for one month, such as cutting out sugar, soda, or takeout and fast food, will give you the opportunity to substitute healthier options into your diet at a more manageable rate. We know you’ll feel the positive effects in your daily routine right away.
4. Evaluate chronic health issues.
Chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, asthma, obesity, heart disease and COPD are all treated at PFP. It’s important to check in with your PFP provider and discuss any changes to these conditions, any lifestyle changes you are thinking of introducing in 2016, and how to manage any medications you are taking.
5. Prepare questions for your next visit.
We want to address any and all concerns you may have, and the best way for our providers to be able to communicate with patients is if patients are prepared with their questions prior to an appointment.