Colleen Shackelford

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!