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

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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. 


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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
    later. 
2. Training with a group is way more fun. Grab a buddy and a go for a
    hike! 
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!


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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.


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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

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

            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 Healthgrades.com and Ratemds.com. 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.