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Healthy Living

Aspirus can help you achieve lifelong wellness. Our team of primary care providers is here to keep you and your family well.

When you choose a primary care provider from Aspirus, you gain a lifelong wellness partner who’s committed to making each day healthier than the last. Whether we’re helping you quit smoking, soothe a sprain, or set a healthy example for your children and grandchildren, our team gives you every opportunity to live well.

Aspirus primary care includes:

  • Internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, OB/GYN.
  • Comprehensive care for all life stages – from infants to seniors.
  • Preventive medicine and ongoing education.
  • Individual and family health counseling.
  • Immunizations.

Tips & Information

A good attitude about eating right, exercising and overall wellness goes a long way in nurturing a healthy body image – for you and your family.  Aspirus offers these tips to help you lead by example

Exercise for the whole family

  • Bike to the library together
  • Walk or bike to your children's sports events to cheer for them
  • Celebrate birthdays with something active, such as a hike, a game of volleyball in the backyard, a dance contest, or an afternoon of outdoor fun at the neighborhood park.
  • Participate in a family-friendly walk, run or bike event offered in your community.

Healthy eating

  • Involve your children in grocery shopping and meal planning.  Have them pick a different fruit or vegetable for each meal.
  • Make mealtime family time: keep electronics away from the dinner table and turn off the television during meal time.
  • Make healthier food fun.
  • Offer fruits and vegetables as snack options.

Healthy habits

Healthy can be habit-forming – if you know how to embrace it!  It is never too late to improve your eating and physical activity habits. These tips can help you fall into the rhythm of better living:

  • Imagine yourself looking and feeling healthier and with more energy.
  • Think about some of the small changes you can make now to get you started.
  • What’s stopping you? Identify your roadblocks and how you will overcome them.
  • Avoid tempting situations. If you always stop for a donut on your way to work, try a different route. Keep fatty foods, cigarettes, alcohol and other tempting items out of your home.
  • Replace unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones. Try exercise, a favorite hobby or spending time with family.  Look for healthier ways to make your favorite meals.
  • Prepare mentally. If you can’t avoid a tempting situation, prepare yourself in advance. Think about how you want to handle it and mentally practice what you plan.
  • Enlist support. Ask friends, family and co-workers to support your efforts to change.
  • Reward yourself for small steps. Give yourself a healthy treat when you’ve achieved a small goal or milestone.
  • Do not be discouraged if you slip up once in a while. Keep going!

Source: NIH News in Health

Healthy kids

Instilling healthy habits in your kids and grandkids today will help shape the strong adults they will one day become. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Save board games for rainy days: Embrace active play as much as possible so kids associate movement with joy.
  • Involve kids in the kitchen: Those little hands are clumsy, true, but by including kids with the smallest cooking tasks (egg beating, pan spraying) they begin to embrace the importance of respecting and savoring food.
  • Don’t limit parenting to any one style: If your child isn’t responding to a discipline approach your friend swears by, or a nurturing path your mother insists on, let it go. Only you and your child know what your little one needs. Listen. Be supportive. Provide structure when your gut tells you to, and space when your heart lets you.

Immunizations

Just like eating healthy foods, exercising and getting regular check-ups, vaccines play a vital role in keeping you healthy at every age.  Getting immunizations is one of the best preventive care measures you can take to keep yourself, your family members, and others, healthy.  They protect against things like measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, polio, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough).  Vaccinations are a safe, effective way to stay healthy!

The Centers for Disease Control recommends vaccinations throughout your life to protect against many infections and diseases.  To see what vaccinations they recommend for you and your family members, click on the links below:

Stress relief

None of us are immune from stress or anxiety. But we can choose how we respond when faced with a challenge. Here are a few ways you can ease more peace into your life.

  • Create a release ritual: Whether it’s a hot bath, a power walk with the pooch or playing the piano, adopting a release ritual gives your mind the distraction it needs to decompress and refocus.
  • Choose caring over worrying: Fretting about money, work or relationships will only breed more worry. Caring about them is what inspires action. This simple shift in thinking can really change the way you live.
  • Graciousness does a body good: Saying Thank You. Giving loved ones compliments. Journaling about all the things that make you smile. All of these acts of gratitude activate the regions in the brain associated with dopamine, which is one of your body’s feel-good neurotransmitters.

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  • Health Tips
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