How Your Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health 

For most people, going to the dentist twice a year is not something they keep up on. Many people are scared to go, can’t afford it, or they neglect the dentist all together. However, there is a big misconception that dentists are only looking for cavities when they are in fact looking for clues to get a better picture of your overall health.  

For example, gum disease is linked to many illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Research done at the University Of North Carolina School Of Dentistry found that people with gum disease were twice as likely to die from a heart attack and three times likely to have a stroke than others. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to oral health and the links to other health conditions. Because our mouths are the entry way to the rest of our body, infection is most likely to start there. If you are having ongoing inflammation in your mouth, it is likely that there is also inflammation throughout the rest of your body. In the end, it is important to keep up on your dentist appointments every 6 months.  

Here are 7 things you can do to ensure a healthy mouth: 

  1. Limit soda consumption. The two ingredients in soda that give soda its “bite” are phosphoric acid and citric acid. However, these ingredients will eat away at the surface of your teeth causing cavities later down the road. Our suggestion: drink more water! 

  2. Cut back on sugar. Sugar is a major culprit to tooth decay. After indulging in something sweet, your teeth are hit with up to 20 minutes of acid production causing plague to form and eat away at your enamel and gums. Our suggestion: keep it short and sweet. When eating sugary food and drinks, limit the amount of time it takes you to consume it and follow up with a glass of water. 

  3. Stop smoking. This might be a little obvious but it is a good reminder about the effects that smoking can have on your health, especially gum health. Smoking allows for bacteria to live along the gum line, leading to tooth loss or even oral cancer. Our suggestion: stop smoking all together, even vapes.  

  4. Find the right toothbrush. You should opt for a toothbrush that has soft bristles. Hard bristles can wear away at the enamel on your teeth and cause gum damage. Our suggestion: replace your toothbrush every 2 months with one that has soft bristles.  

  5. Floss daily. To ensure healthy gums, flossing is necessary to get rid of plaque buildup. However, there are right and wrong ways to flossing. Our suggestion: start with 1 foot of floss and wrap it around your index fingers. Keep about 2 inches of floss in between your fingers. Use a fresh section of floss for every tooth, keeping your floss tight to your tooth to get rid of any plague.  

  6. Use the right products. There are so many products out there for oral health but it can be confusing when trying to find the correct ones. Our suggestion: reach out to your dentist to find products to fit your needs.  

  7. Keep up on your dentist appointments. The future of your health could depend on it! 

10 Delicious Meal Prep Ideas

When it comes to healthy eating, the biggest challenge that most people have is not having enough time to create delicious meals. It can be hard when you are hungry and do not want to wait to make food. Or you forgot to make lunch because you did not have enough time in the morning. However, meal prepping for even a couple of day’s worth of food can make a huge difference in reaching your goals or just eating healthier foods in general. Below is a list of 10 delicious meal prep recipe ideas that you can make for your week.


1.       Burrito Bowls. Easy and delicious!

2.       Tuna Salad. Pairs great with your favorite crackers.

3.       Mango Chicken Bowls. Everything you want in one bite.

4.       Teriyaki Chicken Bowl. As you can see, bowls are a great option for meal prepping.

5.       Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili. Double the recipe for chili all week!

6.       Vegan One Pot Pasta. The fewer the amount of dishes the better.

7.       One Pan Thai Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken & Rice. It already sounds delicious.


8.       Easy Chicken Lo Mein. Sucker for classic Chinese dishes? Try this one at home!

9.       Chicken Hummus Naan Wraps Customize it with your own choice of wrap and hummus flavor.

10.   Breakfast Sandwiches A great way to start every morning.  

We hope that you enjoy these recipes!

June Newsletter

"I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you." - Joyce Meyer


We raised $3,668.19 for Walk-for-Wishes! Center for Lifetime Health staff and patients had a great time during our Walk-for-Wishes event. We not only got a lot of extra steps in but we exchanged these steps for donations to Make-a-Wish. Center for Lifetime Health has been donating $1 for every mile that our team has logged during the months of April and May to Walk-for-Wishes. Some people ran, some walked, and others biked. Our team was putting in an average of 370 miles each week! Thank you to everyone that worked hard to help us meet our goal. We have been inspired to continue to do challenges like this in the future and hope that you will join us. 

Here is a quick shout out to individuals that walked/biked more than 100 miles:

Rod L. - 511 miles
Dave J. - 457 miles
Steve T. - 184 miles
Mike S. - 251 miles
Sue R. - 242 miles
Ray A. - 243 miles
Vickie A. - 135 miles
Balt A. - 123 miles
Jacob B. - 112 miles
Casey B. - 101 miles
Hollie G. - 125 miles
Levi G. - 126 miles
Chris M. - 167 miles
Colleen S. - 138 miles
John S. - 176 miles
Ryan V. - 184 miles
Bryan S. - 155 miles 

Such an amazing job from every one of our participants in this challenge! We hope that you all are inspired and continue to join us in an active lifestyle. Your body will thank you!

Get care when you need it! When it comes to acute care such as colds, injuries, allergic reactions, or things of that sort, call us ASAP to make an appointment. Our trained staff will guide you in recommending coming to see us or going to the emergency room/urgent care. When visiting Center for Lifetime Health, we are able to treat you based off of your health history. We believe in treating the whole person and not just the issue at hand. Fragmented care, such as urgent care, is expensive and can lead to more visits down the road. We encourage you to come see us so that we can provide quality, integrated health care every step of the way! 

Measles update. As some of you might have heard, Northern Idaho had their first outbreak of measles last week. Our Center for Lifetime Health staff has put together an informational guide to the measles for you and your family. Open it here


Take care of your mental health. Mental health is essential to everyone's overall health. It affects your relationships, physical well being, and performance. By living a healthy lifestyle, you can prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions as well as chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Here are five things you can do everyday to help combat mental health conditions: 
1. Take care of your body. We only have one body so we need to be taking care of it. This means exercising 3 to 4 times a week, eating nutritious meals, and limiting things that harm us such as cigarettes and alcohol. 
2. Talk about your mental health. Bottling up feelings only leads to bigger issues in the end. It is important to address what you are feeling in that moment. Find a friend that you trust or a counselor that can help you navigate your thoughts and feelings when life gets tough. 
3. Take a break. When life gets stressful, take a step back. Try focusing on your breath for two minutes and feel the relief that it brings you in that moment. Realize that its okay to take time for yourself when life gets crazy. 
4. Focus on what makes you happy. Nothing is more important than doing things every day that bring you joy! Do you like cooking? Find a new recipe to make every week. Do you enjoy creating art? Carve out time to be creative! Being creative yields more than cool art projects. It allows for your brain to be functioning in a stress-free environment and in the end will help with your overall mental health.
5. Go outside! When life has you down, take a walk outdoors. Go explore a nearby trail or find a good spot in the park to relax and enjoy the sunshine. The Vitamin D and fresh air will reduce your stress and elevate your mood. 

If you or someone you know is dealing with a mental health illness, please reach out to our office. Our providers are fully equipped to help manage conditions such as anxiety and depression. We want to be your medical home for a lifetime of health! 


Did you know that we provide DOT physicals? Our provider, Colleen Shackelford, NP is certified to provide DOT physicals. We will soon have two providers with their certification as Terryn Martin, NP is also on her way to offering these services. Make an appointment here for you commercial driver's license. Our flexible schedule will usually allow these appointment to be completed within a week. 


Summer is right around the corner and we've got some healthy summer dishes that are definitely going to impress your friends at your next get together. First, is a Summer Corn Salad full of delicious flavors like cilantro and lime. Or try these Grilled Chicken Breasts with Jalapeno Peach Salsa! The perfect dish for those nights spent BBQing on the patio. 

Nourish Your Noggin: Top 10 Foods To Improve Your Mind

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By: Callie Miller MHS, RD, LD and Deena Lajoie MS, RD, CSOWM, LD, CLT at Idaho Nutrition Associates
We often hear from clients their main goal is to eat healthy, feel fit, lose weight, and look and feel confident in their own bodies. Rarely does a client walk through our door looking for tips to improve their brain function to prevent depression, anxiety, or even Alzheimer’s disease. It’s important to note that nutrition plays a critical role in your brain health. Eating certain foods can help improve memory, reduce “brain fog”, and overall help reduce the risk for depression or other mood disorders. Let’s face it, the happier we are, the more likely we are to exercise and eat healthy. It’s also good to note there are key nutrients that can help our brains function properly. Continue reading to learn more about the top 10 foods that can help your brain function properly.
1. Fish
We can’t stress enough the importance of fish consumption. The reason it benefits your brain is due to its high EPA and DHA omega-3 content. These types of fats cannot be made in the body, thus you must consume them. Every cell relies on omega-3’s to carry out essential functions in the body. In regards to brain health, it helps activate and enhance brain activity, thus providing your brain essential nutrients to function properly. Aim for a 4 ounce serving twice per week of salmon, cod, haddock, tuna, or halibut. Not a fish lover? Consider taking an omega-3 fish oil supplement of up to 1,000 mg per day. Allergic to fish? Skip down to #4 on nuts and seeds; there is more than one way to consume omega-3’s, however, fish is one of the best sources.
2. Berries
Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, you name it. Berries are full of antioxidants which have been shown to reduce aging in the brain. Realistically, people should consume antioxidant rich foods on a daily basis. Help yourself to these healthy and sweet treats.
3. Broccoli and its cruciferous cousins
Spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage, anything green and leafy provides a substantial amount of antioxidants which, again, can delay aging in the brain. They are also full of fiber, which benefits the gut microbiota. Research indicates a strong gut microbiome can impact neurotransmitter responses and even reduce inflammation, which in turn can help protect the brain against aging.
4. Nuts and Seeds
Unsalted nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts) and seeds (flax, chia, hemp, sunflower) provide essential vitamin E which is an antioxidant to prevent aging and improve brain function. Walnuts, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds provide additional options for omega-3 intake.
5. Avocados
This delicious, creamy fruit is high in monounsaturated fats. These types of fats help improve blood flow and reduce blood pressure. Healthy, constant blood flow to the brain helps it work properly. It is also high in fiber, which again can impact the gut microbiome. Try replacing butter with avocado on toast in the morning, adding to smoothies, or simply eating it as a snack. They are high in calorie, so make sure to consume the proper serving size (¼ of a large avocado).
6. Whole Grains
Whole grains can offer our brain (specifically our memory and mood) support. Whole grains provide essential B vitamins which help to reduce inflammation and promote energy in the body and brain. They are also rich in fiber, which can improve the gut microbiome as well. Try combining brain boosting foods by toasting whole wheat bread or an English muffin, add ¼ avocado as a spread, and have ½ cup berries on the side.
7. Dark Chocolate, Green Tea, and Coffee
Rich in flavonoids, which is a class of phytonutrients, dark chocolate, green tea, and coffee help improve cognition and could reduce inflammation. Black coffee and green tea have been shown to improve memory and potentially reduce the risk for dementia. All three are great and can be incorporated into your eating routine daily. Limit coffee to 3 cups or les per day, and avoid sugar-filled chocolate.
8. Eggs
Here’s where we get to mention a little bit about vitamin D. Research indicates vitamin D can impact mood and overall brain health. However, the only great source we can obtain vitamin D is through direct sunlight. There are some foods that contain vitamin D, including eggs. This protein packed food is also good for providing the brain vitamins B and E. Make sure to eat the yolk; this is where the nutrients are. Like the avocado, eggs still need to be eaten in the correct serving size. Aim for no more than 2 eggs per day.
9. Yogurt & Other Probiotic-Rich Foods
Consuming adequate amounts of probiotic-rich foods have been shown to reduce inflammation, anxiety, and sign of distress in regards to brain health. Having a good balance of good bacteria in the gut improves the Microbiota-Brain-Gut-Axis which can help reduce inflammation in the body and improve mood and memory. A good healthy dose of yogurt or kefir daily can take care of this recommendation. Remember, prebiotics (think fiber) help “feed” probiotics. Consume fiber-rich foods including green leafy vegetables, whole grains, and fruit (specifically berries) in addition to yogurt or kefir daily.
10. Red Wine
Raise a glass for the health benefits of resveratrol! This antioxidant has been shown to reduce cell damage and prevent plaque buildup in the brain. What does all this mean? It helps reduce aging, boost memory, and improve mood. A 5-ounce serving of red wine is preferable, as it has the most amount of resveratrol. Women can have one drink per day, and men two. Not a wine drinker? Go ahead and have the same serving of 100% grape juice daily.

One Pan Fits All

By: Ryan Vance, RDN, LD


As the daylight lasts a little longer and the temperatures continue to climb, it gets harder to feel motivated to stick with everyday tasks. I, for one, want to take every opportunity to spend as much time outside enjoying the beautiful Boise weather. One of my favorite ways to save time around meals is to use the humble sheet pan-- the simple sheet of metal that allows several items to be cooked all at once. 
Believe it or not, you can make several healthy, crowd-pleasing, complete meals with a few simple ingredients, and some spices that satisfy, energize and save time. 
So break out the sheet pans, get the whole family fed, and then get out and enjoy all that sunshine.  
Below are a few simple sheet pan solutions for success 

  1. Select in Season: Selecting foods that are in season will ensure that you get the most nutrients, best flavors and, at times, can be cheaper than out of season items. Check out this website for a list of vegetables and when they are in season. With such a huge selection, I’m sure you’ll find something that interests you.  Also, by eating items in season it will ensure no one will ever get bored with the options.

  2. The Cut: As much as possible try to cut everything to the same size. This will ensure that they all cook evenly and will likely be done at the same time.

  3. Don’t Get Stuck: Utilize aluminum foil, parchment paper, and nonstick cooking spray if needed to ensure food won’t become forever glued to your sheet pan. This will also make clean up super easy and fast!

  4. Cooking Time: Put all ingredients of the same size together, don’t be afraid to add or stagger cooking times of food that may cook faster than others. For example, root vegetable and proteins like chicken will take longer to cook. Just add softer vegetables, like broccoli, asparagus or peppers to the sheet pan for the last 10-15min.

  5. Spice it Up: Adding oil, salt and pepper are the basics and often all that’s needed. You can also add additional flavors with spices. I love trying new things and often times I’m surprised at how well it turns out. A few great ones to start with are cumin, fennel seeds, garlic powder, rosemary, thyme. Curry powder is another one of my favorites.

  6. Is it Done Yet: Don’t be afraid to use a fork to check the doneness of vegetables and always us a thermometer to check any animal products. Here’s a link for proper cooking temps.

  7. Garnish: Once done cooking feel free to add fresh herbs. These will add flavor and color to your dish. Some of my go to’s are cilantro, scallions and chives. Also a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime is great.

For inspiration or ideas simply Google “sheet pan meals” and pick one that looks good to you!

February Newsletter

"To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." - Buddha

Colleen Shackelford, NP-C, receives American Association of Nurse Practitioners® Idaho State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence


Colleen Shackelford, NP-C, has been named recipient of the 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioners® Idaho State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence.  This prestigious award is given annually to a dedicated nurse practitioner (NP) and NP advocate in each state.  Recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception held during the AANP 2019 National Conference, June 18—23, in Indianapolis.
        The State Award for NP Excellence, founded in 1991, recognizes a NP in each state who demonstrates excellence in practice.  In 1993, the State Award for NP Advocate Excellence was added to recognize the efforts of individuals who have made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of the NP role.
      Colleen is delighted to be receiving this award! Since completing her Masters of Science in Nursing in 2011, Colleen has been dedicated to delivering the best care to every one of her patients. People describe Colleen as “awesome” and “caring”. It is her willingness to go above and beyond that has led to where she is today. Her colleagues at Center for Lifetime Health are proud to be working along side Colleen!
        The American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the largest national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties, represents the interests of more than 248,000 licensed NPs practicing in the U. S. As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner®, AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. 


Congratulations to our Winter Wellness Team for completing the YMCA Christmas run! Your hard work paid off!

Keep an eye out for updates for our annual Winter Wellness training in the future. 

In honor of our Winter Wellness team completing their race in 30 degree weather, here is a list of the seven things we learned along the way:

1. There is such a thing as too many layers! When running outside, we
    suggest one less layer than you think you would need. You will thank us
2. Training with a group is way more fun. Grab a buddy and a go for a
3. Ear warmers are a necessity. 
4. Some days it's okay to ditch the run, go get coffee instead. 
5. Applications like Boise Trails are crucial to not getting lost. 
6. Fun socks make running a little easier.
7. And tutus obviously make you run faster!


Are you interested in receiving Dietary Counseling?
Ryan Vance, a registered dietitian, has been practicing for 10 years! Ryan enjoys being a dietitian and working closely with clients to improve their relationship with food and gain a better understanding of chronic disease and how nutrition plays a vital role. Schedule your first consult with Ryan either online or by calling our office at 208-342-7400.


Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Center for Lifetime Health is proudly participating in American Heart Month. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight.

  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.

  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.

  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

  • Get active and eat healthy.

For more information, visit The American Heart Association.

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TeleVisits are a great way to connect with your provider without the hassle of getting to our office. As long as you are in the state of Idaho, you have the ability to video chat with your provider! Most insurances will allow Televisits or it is a flat fee of $40. Schedule your appointment today on our website or give our office a call.

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2019 is all about staying active while juggling our busy lives. For many of us, that can be hard work. Check out our most recent blog post to find out  7 Ways to Live a More Active Lifestyle

7 Ways To Live a More Active Lifestyle

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1) Find your motivation. We’ve all been there, when life is thrown at you. You feel as if you’re going through the motions with no goal in sight. The best way to ensure you stay active is to know what drives you. Don’t focus on just being healthy. Find the main motivator to your actions. Do you struggle with depression and need an outlet? Has someone in your family dealt with health issues? Being able to pinpoint a specific motivator for you will allow the results such as a healthier lifestyle come that much easier!

2) Focus on doing one thing a day. Going to the gym every day is unrealistic, unless you’re Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Find something every day that keeps you on your feet! Such as walking the dog, cleaning the house, or going for a bike ride. Did you know that the average person burns 167 calories in 30 minutes when cleaning windows? This is a great excuse to keeping the house clean!

3) Join a fitness class. There are so many fitness classes around you, you probably have no idea! A lot of them even offer free trials. Don’t be afraid to try something new such as hot yoga, Pilates, cross fit or even karate! The options are endless.

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4) Track your steps. Have you gotten your 10,000 steps for the day? According to research, an active person gets that many steps or more. A great way to do this is through a fitness tracker such as a Fitbit or the Apple watch. Also, most iPhones will automatically track your steps in the health app when it is on your person.  Happy stepping!

5) Download a group fitness app. A great motivator to living an active lifestyle is our friends and family! However, it can be hard to coordinate such busy schedules during the week.  The solution to this problem is to use a group fitness app. Applications like Strava allow you to track and share your activities with your friends and family, as well as tracking your own performance over time. This app is great if you are biking, running, or hiking!

6) Plan. Plan. Plan. Let’s be honest... do you ever get to the gym after work if it was not set in stone? Probably not. This is why it is so important to plan out your day! By setting an intention for the rest of your day, the more likely you will accomplish everything on your to-do list.

7) Always remember to have fun. The key to staying active is to do things that you enjoy! If you don’t like going to the gym, try something else. Pick up a sport, find a hobby, or create a walking group with your friends. Whatever it is, have fun with it!


As you can see, living an active lifestyle does not have to be hard or boring. It can be easy and fun! Take little actions everyday that will better your health in the future.


By: Center for Lifetime Health

The Plain Things are the Main Things!


By: Ryan Vance, RDN

Eating well is essential for us all. If you want to lead a healthy and fit life, you’ll need to put some effort into it. Nowadays, it can be confusing with all the information coming at us from so many different directions. One thing to keep in mind is that we often spend a majority of time focusing on the things that provide minimal returns to our health. If we can shift our time and attention to the things that will have a greater impact on our health, we’ll start to see real change towards a lifestyle that is sustainable and healthy.

Below are a few things to consider:

What’s your calorie cadence?

Basically, are you eating three meals a day? The evidence continues to show that consistently skipping meals is difficult for our bodies to handle. Long periods between meals increases our chances for weight gain in the long run. Meals should be about four hours apart, and consist of a good breakfast, lunch and dinner, with smaller, healthy snacks in between. Following this pattern can lead to healthier choices.

Map your meals

Planning meals ahead of time is by far one of the best ways to stick to a plan. By having meals planned out a couple of days ahead of time there is less temptation to go the route of fast and convent options that tend to carry more salt, sugar and saturated fat than we need. Meal planning does take time, but it’s time well spent, and hey you’re worth it.  Spending some time on the weekend planning meals for the upcoming week is usually best.

Is there food in your food?

Its sounds pretty easy, but looking for and purchasing foods that are as close to their natural state is a great rule of thumb for choosing nutritious foods. The more we can shift our grocery dollars away from prepackaged/processed items the better we’ll be doing. With that said, don’t forget there are still tons of great nutritious items that come in a can, bag or box. Canned fruits and vegetables are great and packed with nutrition: look for items canned in light syrup or low sodium versions. The frozen foods isle is a great place to stock up on fruits and vegetables that won’t spoil as quickly.

If you’re interested in digging a little deeper, or in fine tuning your nutrition schedule an appointment with our Dietitian.

Do you have a question you’d like answered by Center for Lifetime Health Dietitian? Email us at

November Newsletter


Happy Thanksgiving from Center for Lifetime Health!

We have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. First, we are grateful for you! Our awesome patients are the reason we do what we do. The opportunity to serve our community is hands down our favorite part. Secondly, we are grateful for our amazing providers! They spend hours outside of the office making sure that you and your family are taken care of. Lastly, we are grateful for our wonderful staff. The amount of work that goes on behind the scenes is tremendous. From the nurses to our receptionists, these ladies are constantly going the extra mile for every one of our patients. This would not be possible without you continually seeking out our care and recommending us to your friends and family. Our staff wishes you a delightful Thanksgiving! 


Tips On Keeping Your Diet On Track During The Holidays.

Being focused on your health and fitness doesn't mean you need to dread the holidays and their seemingly endless food temptations. Whether you have been building your dream body for years or have recently adopted a healthier lifestyle, the holidays can be very challenging.  It's no secret that the holiday season (Thanksgiving-New Years) is the hardest time of year to keep your diet plan on track. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the holidays without the worry of regretting your decisions come January.

  • Do Not Restrict Yourself. It can be unfair when everybody around you is having and enjoying the food that you are not supposed to have. However, don't let your diet spoil your fun. It will not be a total disaster if you have some of the food being shared. Just be mindful of your portions, and you will be fine! 

  • Make Sure You Drink Enough Water. Water helps to satiate you and prevent you from overeating the foods that you need to keep to a minimum. Not only that, but water will also help to flush out any excess fats in your system. Try drinking some water before having your meal. This will stop you from having too much of a bad thing. Also, limit your alcohol consumption. Alcohol is packed with enough calories that will derail your diet plans. Should you drink any alcohol drink a very small amount or mix it with tonic water to reduce the calories it contains.

  • Don't Treat Food As A Reward. This concept holds all year, but it's especially relevant throughout the holidays. Don't go up to that triple layer chocolate cake and think to yourself "It's okay I worked hard all year, I deserve this." You did work hard all year. Why throw a portion of that hard work away? Your reward for the hard work is your health and a new fit, toned, confident you. 

  • Eat As Slowly As Possible. Try and enjoy the food you are having by taking your time to eat slowly. Eating slowly will mean you get to chew your food properly and allow your body to alert you the moment you are satisfied. Research has shown that most overweight people are fast eaters. Eating fast prevents the body from giving you the signal quick enough to let you know when to stop.

  • Make A Real Commitment. The holidays are the time a lot of people think it's okay to "take a break" from their diet plan. This is your chance to separate from the masses. Stay committed. Stay motivated. Stick to your plan.

The main thing is for people not to be so hard on themselves and to enjoy the holiday season for what it is. Just make sure to get back to following a sensible plan for your diet and exercise program when the holidays are over.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes

Why not try something a little different this year? Both of these dishes are staples to any Thanksgiving spread but without the extra guilt. First on the menu are Holiday Roasted Vegetables, an easy to make side that everyone will love! Next, impress your family with this Gluten-Free Stuffing. Bon Appétit!

Center for Lifetime Health Office News

Open enrollment is happening now! Make sure that you choose one of our providers as your PCP. If your employer does not have us listed as an option, please contact us! We are contracted with most individual and commercial health care plans. We are not contracted with medicare or medicaid.

We now have a blog on our website! Patient education is a top priority for us which is why we will be posting articles and videos to help you be the healthiest version of yourself. Do you have ideas or want to know more about a certain topic? Submit your ideas here! Any updates will be posted on our Facebook page. Follow us to stay up-to-date!

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Busy? Not able to get into our office? TeleVisits might be the answer!

What is a TeleVisit?

A TeleVisit is the ability to video chat with your provider. Through the Healow platform, patients like you have the opportunity to talk to your provider from anywhere in the state of Idaho. Instead of paying your regular co-pay amount, there is a one time charge of $40. This is a great opportunity for people who are stuck at work and need to speak to a provider or if you find yourself sick on vacation and cannot make it to the doctor's office. Televisits are meant to provide quick and easy communication to your provider. 

How do I set up an appointment?

The easiest way to set up a Televisit is to either call our office or schedule online. When scheduling online, it is important to tell us it is a TeleVisit. 

Can I use my smart phone?

Yes! Any computer or smart phone with a video camera will work. We ask you to use headphones with a microphone for the best sound quality. 

What kind of appointments are appropriate for TeleVisits?

For simple problems, rechecks, and dietary counseling, TeleVisits offer a convenient and time-saving way to get the care you need when you need it.

Here is a list of some problems that may be seen remotely:
Any dietary issues/nutrition counseling
Cold, flu, or congestion
Sore throat
Stress and anxiety, previously diagnosed
UTIs/Bladder Infections (females 18 years or older)
Sinusitis/Sinus Infection (12 years or older)
Seasonal Allergies (5 years or older)
Upper Respiratory Infection (12 years or older)
Cold Sores (5 years or older)
Conjunctivitis/Pink Eye (2 years or older)
Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (2 years or older)
Impetigo (2 years or older)
Lice (2 years or older)
Pediatric Diaper Rash (0-5 years old)
Poison Ivy Rash (2 years or older)
Ringworm (2 years or older)
Bug Bites (5 years or older)
Scabies (5 years or older)
Shingles (5 years or older)
Sunburn (5 years or older)

8 Tips to Maximize Your Walk


1)      Go with a group! First, it will make time fly by. Second, your friends will hold you accountable to get off the couch and enjoy the outdoors.

2)      Check your heart rate. It is important that your heart rate is at 60-70% of your maximum to ensure you are burning fat the entire time.

3)      Increase the duration. By walking for 45 minutes or longer, you will begin to use fat as your energy source.

4)      Use a fitness app. This will help you track where you go and you can see how many calories you have burned!

5)      Make sure you have good walking shoes. You can improve your posture and form by walking in good supportive shoes.

6)      Add intervals to your walk. Experts suggest walking at a warm up pace for two minutes, briskly walking for the next two minutes and then running for 30 seconds. Continue to repeat this cycle your entire walk. In the end, you are raising your heart rate periodically which leads to a bigger calorie burn.

7)      Mix it up! Don’t let yourself get bored by walking the same trail every time. Find routes that have different terrain such as sand or gravel. You will use different muscle groups and strengthen your core.

8)      Have fun! In the end, staying active is about being healthy and having fun at the same time.

What is a Primary Care Physician?

A Primary Care Physician or a PCP is someone who practices general medicine. They are your first stop when it comes to any non-emergency medical issue. If they are not able to take care of you in house, they can refer you to a specialist. Their goal is to oversee your health throughout the entire process. PCP’s are typically Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants.

Types of Primary Care Physicians

The type of PCP you should be looking for depends on your family’s needs.

Family Medicine Doctors

            Family doctors are meant to take care of your whole family. They look over people of all ages from infants to the elderly. Your family doctor should be your primary physician for any non-emergency medical issues. However, they will care for you when you have an acute issue such as an illness or injury, as well as your routine care for physicals and check-ups.


            Pediatricians are doctors who specialize in children’s health from birth to 18 years of age. Generally, pediatricians will refer patients who reach 18 years to a family medicine physician.

Internal Medicine Doctors or “Internist”

            Internist’s are doctors that specialize in adult care who have an expertise in diagnosing and treating complex diseases most common in adults.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors or “OB-GYNs”

            OB-GYNs are doctors that focus on women’s reproductive health. They are specialized in caring for women from pregnancy to birth as well as birth control and menopause.

Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant

            A Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant is a nurse that is qualified to practice general medicine without the supervision of a doctor.

What should I see my Primary Care Physician for?

Most Primary Care Physicians see everything from acute issues such as a sore throat to more serious illnesses such as diabetes. Primary Care Physicians also provide preventive care. Depending on your age, preventative care is free with most insurance companies. They will cover things such as immunizations and annual physicals. Regular annual physicals are important to create healthy benchmarks and identify any issues before they get worse. Most PCP’s also provide in house procedures such as wart removal and laceration repair.

The main job of your PCP is to oversee your care. An important part of this is when your PCP “refers” you to a specialist. When specialized care is needed, they will be able to refer you to a provider that they trust. In the end, your PCP and the specialist will be able to communicate about the best options for your care. With many health insurance plans, referrals are necessary to get the covered care that you need.

Do I have to see a Primary Care Physician?

The answer is no BUT Primary Care Physicians offer more than just helping you when you’re sick. They provide personalized care from start to finish. PCP’s are able to follow you throughout your life and determine the best care for you based off of your health history. PCP’s are also crucial to getting specialized care. By referring you to specialists that they trust, you can be sure that your health is being overseen the entire time.

When looking for a PCP, it is important to make sure that they are the right fit for you. First, check with your insurance company. Most insurance companies have a directory of PCP’s that you can choose from so be sure to check with them for your in-network providers. Next, look at what other people have said about them. Good websites to look at are and Lastly, set up an appointment to establish care with your new PCP. This gives you and the provider a chance to sit down and talk about your health history. It also establishes a long-term relationship between you and the physician.

Are you looking for a new Primary Care Physician? Center for Lifetime Health has three providers that can be your PCP! Call our office to schedule your initial appointment.

The Importance of an Annual Physical

Here at Center for Lifetime Health, we strive to provide the best medical care possible to every one of our patients. One way we ensure our patient’s needs are being taken care of is by offering annual physicals. Annual physicals are crucial to staying on top of one’s health. It is the time to talk to your doctor about what is going well and not so well. Through developing a relationship with your primary care provider, they can have a full understanding of your health history for the future.

Regular annual physicals are important to create healthy benchmarks and identify any issues before they get worse. Through blood work, your provider can get a closer look into your health. Typically we will test for blood glucose levels, cholesterol, blood cell count, thyroid levels, as well as kidney and liver function. Occasionally an abnormal result will point directly to a specific disorder, which requires treatment or further evaluation. Test results should always be considered along with other information about the individual. However, tests do not reveal all possible diseases or abnormalities and should not be considered a substitute for regular medical checkups.

Annual physicals may even add longevity to your life. Through constant evaluation, you can keep a better eye on what is going on. It is also a time to reevaluate your current routine and make the appropriate changes to better your health.

Most insurance companies will cover one annual physical a year. Take advantage of your benefits and schedule your annual physical!

October Newsletter

Happy 14th Anniversary Center for Lifetime Health!

On October 1, 2004, Dr. Eck opened the doors of our new practice! We started with a small staff of 4 and have grown to 13 over that time frame. One thing that hasn’t changed is our dedication to providing high-quality, patient centered medical care for you and your family. We appreciate our providers, staff and most of all our patients for making Center for Lifetime Health your medical home for a lifetime of health!


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October, the color pink pops up everywhere. From athletes wearing pink socks to companies changing the color of their logo. People all around are raising awareness of this dreadful disease. Since awareness has heightened, the death rates have slowly decreased. Women are becoming more educated every year on the signs, symptoms, and early detection practices. If you or someone you know would like to know more about early detection of breast cancer, the National Breast Cancer Foundation has put together a free guide. This guide outlines the importance of monthly breast exams and yearly mammograms. 

According to research, about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over their lifetime. However, women are not the only ones that can develop breast cancer. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. Our staff encourages you to take the next step in educating yourself about this disease. Schedule your yearly physical and talk to your doctor if you are having any symptoms.


How to beat the Halloween Sugar Craze

Halloween is about to be in full swing in the next couple of weeks. I hope you have your costume ready! One of the biggest concerns that parents have around Halloween is the abundance of candy their kids receive. It can be quite scary not knowing the amount of sugar that your child is consuming during the month of October. However, you and your child can enjoy Halloween without the guilt of eating that Snickers bar. Keep reading for tips and tricks to beating the sugar craze.

1) Candy should be a dessert, not a meal replacement. After receiving a nutritious meal, allow your kids to enjoy some candy. This teaches them the importance of moderation by only eating a few pieces. 
2) When Halloween is over and the candy bowl is overflowing, have your children pick their favorites. Let them know to "make it worth it" when deciding. This allows them to enjoy their treats instead of eating them in volume. 
3) Be the example! Everyone knows how hard it is to avoid candy around Halloween. Show your kids its not about what you eat but how much. This will teach them balanced food habits for the rest of their lives. 
4) Give the candy away! Did you know you can sell your Halloween candy for coupons, services, or goods to support the troops? Around the Treasure Valley, there are multiple locations that participate. You can check them out here.

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This month marks two years that Colleen Shackelford has been a provider at Center for Lifetime Health! We are very grateful to have her on our team to provide quality care to every one of her patients. Since her move from Eagle in 2016, many of Colleen's patients have been dedicated to seeking out her care. One word that patients use to describe Colleen is "Awesome". She is constantly going the extra mile to make sure her patients are well cared for. Thank you Colleen, for all that you do!


Have you received your flu shot yet?

The CDC recommends getting your flu shot by the end of October! Call our office to schedule your appointment. You can learn more about the flu vaccine by clicking here.

Center for Lifetime Health Office News

This month, Destini Davison, will be completing her Masters! She is graduating from Idaho State University with a Masters of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences. She said, "I am most looking forward to being able to use my degree to better my part of patient care at our office," congrats Destini!