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Calling All Athlete’s and Campers – Schedule Your Participation Physical Today!

Calling All Athlete’s and Campers – Schedule Your Participation Physical Today!

Summer is here, finally! With summer comes the need for sports, camp and participation physicals. Sports teams and camp experiences give our children skills that last a lifetime. Team building, exposure to the great outdoors and learning the importance of physical activity. Whether your child is about to join a sports team or attend a camp, most require physicals to ensure your child is capable of engaging in these activities safely. Being in the great outdoors whether at a camp or on the playing field, may bring encounters with stinging insects which some children have severe reactions to. Other risks include exercise-induced asthma, heat stroke and a host of others. During these physicals, your health care professional will look for vulnerabilities, this includes reviewing medical history as well as family health history. A sports or participation physical examines fitness levels, evaluates any medical conditions the patient has that may impact their ability to participate safely. Experts recommend scheduling your child’s physical six to eight weeks before the camp or sport begins, Experts remind us that these exams are not a replacement for your child’s annual health exam. Comprehensive checkup exams are still needed annually. Arbor View Family Medicine is pleased to offer this service to established patients. They will bill your insurance company, and self-pay exams are fifty dollars. Call us today at (740) 689-3627 to schedule your...
How Father’s Shape Us

How Father’s Shape Us

Each June we take the time to celebrate Father’s and all that they do in our lives to shape the people we become. There is a famous quote: “One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” George Herbert Each Father has his own lesson plan, but there are a few life lessons that many can credit Dad as the teacher. See if any of this advice sounds familiar to you. Hard Work Trumps Talent All of us have experienced feeling like the underdog at some point in our lives. Knowing that you can persevere by working hard and being diligent when faced with a challenge inspires us to keep at it!. You know what the experts say, the harder you work the luckier you will get! Happiness Is A Choice This counsel is perhaps one of the hardest lessons to apply and at the same time perhaps the most important to learn to live fulfilled. Waking up every morning and choosing to be happy is the easy part, choosing happy throughout the day as the challenges mount can be more difficult, sometimes you have to choose happy over and over. But you know the other favorite advice: practice makes perfect. Surround Yourself With The People You Want To Be Like This is life lesson that many of us have to learn for ourselves. The importance of those who we choose to surround ourselves with may impact all aspects of our life. Studies suggest that we become like the five people we spend the most time with, choose wisely. Father’s also have an enormous impact on their children’s health. Recent...

May is Mom’s Month!

Here at Arborview Family Medicine, we love moms! We have had the privilege of treating multiple generations of moms since 1976. We specialize in treating the entire family and have had the immense honor to help many generations in families, resulting in helping great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother from the same family. Our family approach to medicine allows us a unique understanding of family history and how it impacts health the health of family members. Different diseases strike women at different times in their life, knowing that family history allows us to work with each patient on lowering risks and hopefully preventing the disease altogether. Keep in mind that even if you have a genetic predisposition to any disease from your parents, lifestyle choices and a whole host of other factors ultimately play into developing any illness. So keep records of your mother’s (and father’s) health issues as well as those of other close relatives and be sure that your health care provider is aware of them. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure, so eat a balanced diet, exercise and make sure your healthcare professional is in the...
April is National Stress Awareness Month

April is National Stress Awareness Month

Stress has an impact on our health, our mood, and even increase our bad habits. Everyone experiences periods of stress at some time in their lives. There are several types of stress, a life-changing event such as a death in the family, loss of job, or divorce places us more at risk for the unpleasant outcome of too much stress. However, smaller, short term events like a traffic jam or getting an awful haircut, these passing events may also cause have some unwelcomed consequences. While no one can avoid stress entirely, there are ways to manage it and minimize its impact on our health. 1. Take a time out! Experts tell us that removing ourselves from the stress trigger, if even for only a few minutes, can keep us from reacting poorly and creating additional stress. Whether it is a crying baby, or demanding boss, counting to ten and taking a few deep breaths can put a whole new spin on the situation. 2. Exercise! You don’t have to run an hour on the treadmill or bench press three hundred pounds to enjoy the benefits of exercise. Just walking a mile or spending thirty minutes on the bike may do the trick, the important thing is engaging in exercise regularly. This can help lower blood pressure, cure insomnia and elevate your mood due to the release of endorphins. 3. Follow a healthy diet! While stress makes most people want to eat more, be sure to choose what you eat wisely, fruits and vegetables are a superior choice to a half a gallon of ice cream! Choosing wisely will also...
March is Multiple Sclerosis Month

March is Multiple Sclerosis Month

March is Multiple Sclerosis Month, declared so by New Jersey Governor Christie in 2015. Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system and can have a devastating impact on the daily lives of sufferers, including causing blindness, acute pain, difficulty processing information, problems with balance and coordination, sometimes even paralysis and overwhelming fatique. This happens, as the myelin, or protective covering, which surrounds the nerves, is damaged and eventually destroyed, causing reduced communication between the brain and nerve pathways. MS can occur at any age, but most are diagnosed between the ages of twenty and fifty, but there are reported cases as young as two and as old as seventy-five. It is estimated that over two million people world wide have MS, with more than two to three times being women over men. While there is no cure at the moment for MS, the disease is not fatal either, with experts currently estimating that those with MS will live seven years less than their healthy counterparts. While there are no specific risk factors studies, have shown that those deficient in vitamin D and those who smoke cigarettes are at a higher risk. Diagnosis is sometimes difficult as symptoms of the disease often come and go. Making it difficult for doctors to access in the early stages. There are no specific laboratory tests to make a definitive diagnosis. However, MRI’s are being used more successfully to arrive at a diagnosis. While there is not a cure, there are medications that can help most people live a productive life, and new medications and findings are on the horizon providing...