At Family First Health, we Care Forward so that our patients are able to count on us for quality care and can live happy, healthy lives. We work to pass on good behavior and health and are pleased to share this newsletter with you. Here's to a happy, healthy summer!
Tips For Staying Healthy (Even When You're Busy)
Employees of Family First Health go for a walk
around the city during their lunch break.
You don't have to tell us twice: our everyday lives are busy. Oftentimes, it may feel as though there is not enough time in the day to allow for physical activity. Not true! It is possible to stay healthy even when you're busy. Try incorporating a few of the tips we have outlined below into your already-packed schedule, and you will reap the benefits of increased energy and greater health.
- Don't skip breakfast. Even when you're in a rush, you can grab a fresh piece of fruit or protein bar to go.
- Use your lunchtime to get out of the office and go for a walk. Doing so will not only get you moving, but can help to clear your mind.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
- Don't pull into the closest parking spot. Choose a spot further away that will allow for more walking.
- If riding the bus or other public transportation, get out a few blocks from your stop and walk the remaining distance.
- Snack on fresh fruits and vegetables rather than snacks high in sodium and fat.
- Reach for the water rather than a soda or other drinks high in sugar.
- Avoid caffeine after 3:00 p.m. to allow for a restful night's sleep.
- Exercise while you are watching television. Sit-ups, push-ups and leg lifts are ideal to do while being entertained (or during commercials!).
- Prepare healthy meals on the weekend when you may have more time and eat them throughout the week.
Just a few small changes throughout your day can make a big difference. You can do it!
Employee Spotlight- Dr. Radha Alur, MD
Make an appointment for your child with
Dr. Alur today.
Dr. Radha Alur has been a pediatrician at our George Street Center since 2011. Dr. Alur received her M.B.B.S. Bachelor's degree in medicine and surgery from S.V. University in Kurnool, India. She completed her Pediatric Residency at MetroHealth Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio.
"It's my pride to be part of the local community, taking care of its youngest members of society," says Dr. Alur, a resident of York for the past seven years. "I consider myself lucky to be able to play with babies all day while making sure they are receiving the best health care at such a critical time in their development." In her spare time, Dr. Alur likes to cook, clean and spend time with her family.
Dr. Alur is currently accepting newborns at this time and is also available for Well Child check-ups and any back-to-school physical needs. Call us today at 717-845-8617 to make an appointment and beat the August rush!
Preparing For A Doctor's Visit
Planning a visit to a doctor's office? If so, here are six little things that you can do to receive the best care possible:
- Why did you make the appointment? Decide ahead of time what you most want to get out of the visit to help you organize your thoughts beforehand.
- If you are experiencing a specific issue, jot down some notes clearly describing your problems, symptoms and needs as specifically as possible. For example: Are you in pain? For how long, where is it, and how much does it hurt on a scale of 1 to 10? What makes it better or worse?
- Bring your current medications, including supplements, herbal pills and vitamins, to every appointment.
- Be on time for your appointment. If you're going to be late or can't make your appointment, please give us a call. This way we can ensure all our patients have the best experience possible.
- Bring your insurance card and co-pay to every appointment. Payment is expected at the time of service.
- Be prepared to provide any change of information, including phone, address or email.
Free Screening Of "The Waiting Room"
Family First Health will celebrate National Health Center Week August 11-17. This week is intended to recognize the accomplishments of our nation's health centers and bring greater awareness to the services they provide. This year's theme is "Celebrating America's Health Centers: Transforming Health Care in our Local Communities."
During this week in August, Family First Health will be offering a screening of "The Waiting Room," a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients.
The screening will take place on August 13 at York Little Theater at 6:00 p.m. and will be preceded by a reception starting at 5:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!
To learn more about our upcoming film screenings, please visit http://www.familyfirsthealth.org/films.