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Family Health and Fitness Day

2024-06-10T12:59:53+00:00June 10th, 2024|Direct Primary Care, Families, Family Medicine, Family Practice, Health Care, Public Health|

Family Health & Fitness Day:

Prioritizing Wellness Together

Let’s celebrate Family Health & Fitness Day. Roots Health DPC, is committed to promoting prevention and wellness within our community. We believe that engaging in regular physical activity and making healthy lifestyle choices are essential components of overall well-being. Instilling these values in the next generation… by participating together… can have enormous impact.

Discover the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices.

Looking for some ideas to kickstart your family’s journey to better health?

1. Get creative: build an obstacle course in your backyard, host a water balloon fight, pull out the slip-and-slide. Ask others to join in on the fun for some healthy competition to engage in teamwork and physical activity.

2. Take a walk in the forest: Enjoy the outdoors while getting some exercise by taking a walk at your nearest trails. Incorporate physical activity into your day while spending quality time together as a family.

3. Find a fun activity: Engage in seasonal activities like going to a pool or water park, visiting the lakefront, spending time outside. Enjoy and provide opportunities for physical movement and bonding.

4. Sign up for a 5K or fun run: Participating in a 5K is a great way to encourage physical fitness within the family and foster a sense of accomplishment for everyone involved.

5. Go on a bike ride: Explore your neighborhood or nearby bike paths on a family bike ride. Biking is a fantastic low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by all ages and fitness levels.

6. Contact your health club: Many health clubs and gyms host special events for Family Health & Fitness Day. These events offer an opportunity for families to try out new activities and connect with others in the community.

Wellness and prevention is how we roll.

We think of Family Health & Fitness Day as the beginning of a family commitment to stay more active year round. In addition to regular visits with your doctor and a balanced diet, staying active together is the best way to ensure the health and well-being of your family for years to come.
Let’s prioritize wellness, together!

World Brain Tumor Awareness

2024-06-03T13:00:56+00:00June 3rd, 2024|Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Health Care, Public Health|

June 8th: World Brain Tumor Awareness Day. This day carries a personal significance, as I remember our loss and my mother-in-law, Sally, who developed glioblastoma which ultimately took her life.

Without medical training, most would likely not recognize the significance of early subtle neurological symptoms. In fact, when symptoms of slightly worsening memory or inability to recall words quickly or even just “not acting like Mom does” develop…. it is time to seek expert medical advice. We were grateful to have treatment options and time with Sally after her diagnosis.

When it comes to your health you will have no better advocate than a Direct Primary Care Physician. We serve as your trusted ally In the world of healthcare: providing convenient, high-quality care as if you have a “doctor in your family.” This becomes especially important when navigating complex conditions like brain tumors. With a personalized approach to healthcare that prioritizes the patient-provider relationship you truly have a trusted ally in your healthcare journey, providing support, guidance, and peace of mind whenever you need it.

Roots Health DPC: spreading awareness, advocating for accessible care, and supporting research efforts.

Making a Difference: On World Brain Tumor Awareness Day, let’s honor the memory of loved ones like Sally and support those currently facing this challenge. By spreading awareness, advocating for accessible care for all, and supporting research efforts… we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of many.

Let us be your trusted ally in navigating health and wellness.

Skin Cancer

2024-05-30T00:00:18+00:00May 27th, 2024|Adults, Direct Primary Care, Health Care, Public Health|

Tips for Early Detection of Skin Cancer

What are the skin changes you should not ignore? Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Knowing how to do a skin self-exam and what the warning signs are for melanoma are the key for decreasing risk.

Follow these tips to increase your chances of spotting skin cancer early, when it’s most treatable.

How to perform a skin self-exam

  • Examine your body in a full-length mirror– Examine your body front and back in a mirror, then look at the right and left sides with your arms raised.
  • Look at your underarms, forearms, and palms– Bend your elbows and look carefully at your forearms, underarms, and palms.
  • Look at your legs, between toes, and soles of your feet- Look at the backs of your legs and feet, the spaces between your toes, and the soles of your feet.
  • Use a hand mirror to examine your neck and scalp- Examine the back of your neck and scalp with a hand mirror. Part your hair for a closer look at your scalp.
  • Use a hand mirror to check your back and buttocks- Finally, check your back and buttocks with a hand mirror.

If you observe any skin changes, it’s important to see your doctor.

Remember the “ABCDE rule”

Note changes in moles or birthmarks that can be warning signs of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

A- Asymmetry where one half looks different from the other

B- Borders of the mole that are irregular or not sharply demarcated

C- Color is varied from one area to another

D- Diameter over 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser)

E- Evolving or changing in size shape or color

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Osteoporosis Month

2024-05-20T14:18:37+00:00May 20th, 2024|Adults, Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Health Care, Public Health|

Stronger Bones: Your Path to Vitality

As we journey through life, our bones form the sturdy framework that supports us. But did you know that maintaining good bone health goes beyond just avoiding fractures? This May, as we recognize National Osteoporosis Month, let’s delve into the secrets of achieving resilient bones and vibrant living.

It’s easy to think of bone health as something to worry about later in life. However, waiting until then might be too late. Peak bone mass, crucial for strong bones as we age, is built in our twenties and thirties.

That means the choices we make today profoundly impact our future.

Dive into the depths of your health!

But fret not! Building strong bones isn’t rocket science. Simple lifestyle changes can make a world of difference. A balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, along with regular weight-bearing exercises like walking or dancing, can significantly boost bone strength.

Taking charge of your bone health isn’t just about avoiding fractures; it’s about embracing a life of vitality and independence. Imagine being able to explore new places, or simply enjoy a stroll in the park without worry.

But where do you start? The first step is finding a healthcare provider who understands the importance of bone health and can guide you on your journey. Seek out a doctor who not only diagnoses and treats but also educates and empowers. Together, you can develop a personalized plan to unlock your strongest, healthiest self.

So, this National Osteoporosis Month, let’s embark on a journey toward stronger bones and brighter tomorrows. Take the first step today, and let your bones be the foundation for a life filled with vitality and joy. Your future self will thank you for it!

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Mental Health awareness

2024-05-06T14:05:49+00:00May 6th, 2024|Adults, Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Health Care, Mental Health|

Breaking the Silence:

Prioritizing Mental Health for Families

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s shine a light on a crucial but often overlooked aspect: the impact of mental health challenges on families. As parents, siblings, and caregivers, we may find ourselves struggling to navigate the complexities of supporting a loved one facing mental health issues.

Looking for personalized support, guidance, and resources to address your specific health care needs?

The journey can be overwhelming, leading to increased stress, anxiety, and feelings of isolation for family members. It’s essential to recognize that your well-being matters too.

Here are some simple steps to prioritize your mental health:

  1. Seek Support: Connect with support groups or mental health professionals who understand what you’re going through. Sharing experiences and finding solidarity can provide comfort and validation.
  2. Set Boundaries: It’s okay to establish boundaries to protect your own mental and emotional well-being. Communicate your needs and limitations to others, including your loved one and other family members.
  3. Practice Self-Care: Make time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation, whether it’s exercise, hobbies, or spending time outdoors. Remember, taking care of yourself is not selfish – it’s necessary.

At Roots Health Direct Primary Care, we understand the unique challenges that families face when supporting a loved one with mental health issues. Our compassionate team is here to provide support, guidance, and resources tailored to your needs.

Creating a supportive environment where everyone’s mental health is prioritized.

Dry Eyes

2024-04-29T13:03:53+00:00April 29th, 2024|Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Health Care, Public Health|

A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Treating Dry Eyes

Do you often experience discomfort, redness, or irritation in your eyes? This could be a sign of dry eye syndrome, a common condition that affects tear production and quality.

Here’s what you need to know:

Diagnosis:

To determine the cause of your dry eyes, there are various tests, including a comprehensive eye exam and measurements of tear volume and quality that can be performed.

Discover comprehensive care options and personalized solutions for your health needs at Roots Health Direct Primary Care

Treatment Options and Management:

Treatment for dry eyes depends on the severity and underlying cause. Options range from artificial tears to prescription medications and specialized therapies. Artificial tears come in various formulations, including drops, gels, and ointments. Drops can provide immediate relief, while ointments offer longer-lasting lubrication, especially at night.

Self-care practices can also help alleviate dry eye symptoms. Frequent eyelid washing and the use of nonprescription eye drops or ointments may provide relief. Avoiding factors that exacerbate dry eyes, such as prolonged screen time and exposure to dry environments, is also important. Omega-3 supplements may be help as well.

Take proactive steps to understand and address your health care needs.

Women’s Eye Health

2024-04-22T12:50:35+00:00April 22nd, 2024|Adults, Direct Primary Care, Health Care, Public Health|

Prioritizing Women’s Vision:

Key Concerns and Care Tips

Welcome to Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month!

Amid our busy lives, safeguarding eye health often takes a backseat. However, for women, certain vision issues deserve special attention due to their higher prevalence.

Unique Vision Concerns for Women:

Women face specific eye health challenges, including:

  • Dry Eye Syndrome: More prevalent in women due to hormonal changes.

  • Glaucoma: Women are at a higher risk, particularly after age 60.
  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD): A leading cause of vision loss, affecting women more than men.

Take a deep dive into your health !

Tips for Maintaining Women’s Eye Health:

  • Regular Eye Exams: Schedule annual check-ups to catch issues early.
  • Protective Eyewear: Shield your eyes during activities or chores to prevent injury.
  • Healthy Habits: Eat a balanced diet, hydrate well, and avoid smoking.
  • Screen Time Breaks: Follow the 20-20-20 rule to reduce digital eye strain.
  • Awareness: Educate yourself and others about women’s eye health risks.

Empowerment Through Awareness:

By staying informed and proactive, women can safeguard their vision and enjoy a clearer, brighter future.

Find the health care experience you deserve.

Health Sharing Plans (HSP)

2024-04-15T13:14:25+00:00April 15th, 2024|Direct Primary Care, Health Care, Public Health|

Exploring Better Health Care.

Health Sharing Plans and Direct Primary Care.

The rising cost of health inurance causes stress for many. It is well known that the United States spends more than any other country and our outcomes are worse. We have a declining life expectancy and some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates. It is time to look for a better option. Direct Primary Care paired with Health Sharing Plans (HSP) offer a higher quality of care and provide signficant savings on healthcare expenses. Lets look at the fundamentals of HSPs and analyze their distinctions from conventional insurance coverage.

WE are doing health care differently at Roots Health Direct Primary Care…..

Health Sharing Plans (HSP): How It Works

Members in an HSPshare medical costs. As part of an HSP, you are responsible for paying an initial unshareable amount (IUA) each month (like a premium). There is also an “annual unshared amount” (like a deductible) that your medical expenses must exceed before the plan shares your expenses.

Health care sharing can be great for people who:

  • Are generally in good health
  • Are not eligible for a tax credit based on income
  • Lack access to insurance through an employer or government program
  • Only want/need catastrophic coverage
  • Want to pay less in health insurance premiums

 

HSP vs Health Insurance

The Pros:

  • HSP counts as insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), even though they are not insurance. This allows for affordable healthcare benefits while avoiding the tax penalty for going uninsured.
  • HSP are provided at a much lower monthly cost.
  • The annual “unshared amount” is much, much lower than deductibles for insurance plans.
  • You have any choice of provider. There are no network requirements. If you pay out-of-pocket, health sharing plans reimburse your expense.

The Cons:

  • Health care sharing plans are not required to cover pre-existing conditions at the time of enrollment such as cancer, diabetes, or smoking. Those who have them may be declined membership or won’t have the conditions fully covered for a year or more.
  • Health care sharing also doesn’t typically cover the essential health benefits like wellness exams or mental health counseling…. this is where DIRECT PRIMARY CARE really shines.

HSP and Direct Primary Care (DPC) work well together

DPC will meet vast majority of a person’s primary health care needs and any urgent care needs for a low monthly fee without copays or deductibles. DPC ensures access discounted cost laboratories, medications , and consultations with specialists. DPC members receive higher quality care with better access to their physician without the wait.

Experience Comprehensive Care Now at Roots Health DPC

Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month

2024-04-11T00:41:38+00:00April 8th, 2024|Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Health Care, Public Health|

Navigating Health:

National Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month

Understanding the Risks:

Alcohol and tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, pose significant risks, contributing to 75% of cases. Concurrent use exacerbates the risk.

Raising Awareness:

Empowering informed health choices and encouraging regular screenings for early detection.

Self-Examination:

Stay vigilant for red or white patches, lumps, or bumps in the mouth, throat, or neck. Seek medical evaluation if symptoms persist beyond two weeks.

Roots Health DPC prioritizes the patient-physician relationship .

Lower your Risk!

Take proactive measures to minimize risk:

  1. Steer clear of tobacco and smokeless tobacco.
  2. Moderate alcohol intake.
  3. Stay current with check-ups.

We offer screening services and personalized guidance, to support your health journey.

Alcohol Awareness Month

2024-04-01T14:09:46+00:00April 1st, 2024|Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Health Care, Public Health|

Navigate Wellness:

Alcohol Awareness Month

Let’s illuminate the risks of excessive alcohol consumption and guide individuals toward healthy habits for a lifetime of wellness.

The Importance of Awareness:

Making informed decisions about drinking habits starts with becoming aware. People who suffer from alcohol use disorder (AUD) are often preoccupied with alcohol and can find it hard to control their consumption.

Promoting wellness and embracing a balanced lifestyle.

Statistics on Alcohol Addiction & Use in the US:

Alarming statistics reveal the prevalence of alcohol addiction. 51% of people aged 12 and older engage in binge drinking monthly, while over 14 million have Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), with liver disease deaths attributed to alcohol use.

Navigating Healthy Habits:

We emphasize balanced wellness and educates on the short- and long-term health issues associated with AUD, and options for both prevention and treatment.

Our Commitment to Support:

We pledge support during Alcohol Awareness Month and beyond, encouraging dialogue, providing resources, and offering personalized guidance to prioritize well-being.

Join us at Roots Health DPC in promoting wellness and embracing a balanced lifestyle.

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