Have your past New Year’s Resolutions succeeded?
Here are some practical strategies that really work.
If you are like most people, the idea of a New Year’s resolution is a very short-term affair.
You resolve things like, “‘I’ll have a chocolate-free January”, or “I’ll give up carbs for the New Year.” The results generally are what you’d expect. First you get tempted, then you feel deprived and then you’ve fallen off your resolution big-time. It’s not your fault. Because the idea of “all or nothing” is not reasonable and those types of resolutions are not achievable for most of us.
Getting off to a good start – make an appointment with your primary care physician
This is easier if you already have a primary care physician. Because they will have a benchmark of your health status when they last saw you. But what if you don’t have a primary? Check out Premier Medical Group’s physician list and get the ball rolling. In a previous blog, we’ve outlined why having a primary care doctor is important for the whole family. Since our region is faced with multiple virus outbreaks, not just COVID-19 but flu and colds, it makes sense to have a point of contact like Premier’s Patient-Centered Medical Home, that has you and your family’s health at its center.
Your primary care provider is the place to book your annual physical, ensure you have all the vaccines you need and who can see you whenever you have questions or concerns about staying healthy.
Weight Management – Now’s the best time to gain control instead of gaining weight
There are more reasons than ever to lose excess weight. One of the most important is that COVID-19 is an especially serious risk for those who are clinically obese. Obesity has been more precisely defined by the National Institutes of Health (the NIH) as a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 and above. Calculating your BMI can be done by entering your height and weight HERE. Then come back to this page to learn how we can help you.
Obesity is a complex health issue resulting from a combination of causes and individual factors such as behavior and genetics. Behaviors can include physical activity, inactivity, dietary patterns, medication use, and other exposure. Obesity is serious because it is associated with poorer mental health outcomes and reduced quality of life. Obesity is also associated with the leading causes of death in the United States and worldwide, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.
Weight-loss specialists at Premier Medical Group are your key to turning your weight in a positive direction
To be effective in losing weight, it takes a team. You and your providers can work together to develop a weight loss plan that will help relieve or prevent many complex medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, as well as heart disease, stroke and some cancers. So although losing weight is hard, the benefits are completely worth the effort!
Premier Medical Group Weight Management Program helps you meet your goals
Our team includes an on-site Registered Dietitian, Board Certified Gastroenterologists and Obesity Medicine Specialists to help you achieve your weight loss goals. We help you set realistic micro-targets and expectations of what you can accomplish depending on your body characteristics and help you select a viable weight program for you! When necessary, our team can work with other medical specialists at Premier to create an effective plan that will work, no matter what complications you face. Along with lifestyle and behavioral changes, we can also prescribe weight loss medication and ensure that you have individualized attention on your journey to a healthy weight.
Start the New Year with a fresh look at your skin, book a Dermatology checkup
Skin is our body’s largest organ that’s designed to protect us, but it is also vulnerable to UV radiation damage, aging, traumatic accidents, and more. What’s more, there are many parts of our skin that are difficult for us to see. That’s why an annual visit to a dermatologist is a great idea to be sure your skin is in good condition. A close checkup with Premier’s Dermatologist will give you lots of information about your skin type, its overall condition, the look and progress of moles or other skin marks. By making this an annual assessment, skin cancers can be detected at an early stage, giving you the best chance of recovery. For other skin problems such as psoriasis, acne, severe dryness, a dermatologist should be your first call. We want our skin to live and look good as long as we do. Make an appointment for your Annual Dermatology checkup today.
Last, but not least, make sure your feet are up to their job!
We are all hard on our feet. They carry us around, support us all year long and they deserve a little kindness and consideration. Our feet can also be a site that is neglected by a lot of people. We put up with some aches and pains and tend to ignore our toenails until they are really painful. Making an appointment for an annual checkup with Premier Medical Group Podiatry Division will start your New Year on the right foot!
This New Year, make resolutions that you can stick to. Our providers are here and ready to help.
Put checkups with your physicians at Premier Medical Group and you’ll feel better in the months to come: premiermedicalhv.com