Frequently Asked Questions
Your health is so important to us. We’re eager to help, so we’re providing answers to some common questions to make your visit easier. If you have other questions or concerns, feel free to call or ask us when you visit.
You can stay healthy, live longer and delay or prevent many diseases by doing the following:
- Exercising – Participate in any physical activity you enjoy for 20 to 30 minutes, five or six days a week. Talk to your doctor about the right exercise program for you.
- Eating well – Eat a healthy diet of different foods, like fruits, vegetables, protein (such as meat, fish, or beans) and whole grains (such as brown rice). You should also limit the amount of saturated fat you eat.
- Keeping a healthy weight – Watch your portions, and try to balance the number of calories you eat with the number you burn by exercising.
- Not smoking – If you smoke, talk with your doctor about getting help to quit.
- Get preventive services – Delay or lessen the effects of diseases by getting preventive services (like screening tests) to find disease early, and shots to keep you from getting dangerous illnesses.
Getting a yearly checkup is important in maintaining good health.
Regular health exams, tests and screenings can help find problems before they start. These routine exams can help identify hidden conditions that often don’t become apparent until serious disease related symptoms appear as in the case of diabetes and high blood pressure. An annual exam will also help identify an individual’s specific risk factors (age, diet, lifestyle habits, family history) for disease. Once your risk factors have been identified, your health care provider can provide information and counseling on disease prevention related to those risk factors. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life.
In addition to diagnosing and treating illnesses, they treat minor emergencies and chronic diseases and perform in office procedures, such as removing toenails and stitching wounds. They have the ability to prescribe medications as well. They are unique in that their focus is on health promotion, disease prevention and health education which can lower long term health care costs for you.
If you feel that your condition is life-threatening, you need to be seen in a hospital Emergency Room (ER) and should call 9-1-1. The ER treats life-threatening medical conditions, such as chest pains, severe wounds or amputations. Urgent care centers treat conditions that need immediate attention but are not life or limb threatening.