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As we explore paths forward within the ever-changing healthcare environment, we are proud to announce that MAXhealth is in the process of creating an online health education learning platform for our patients.

This new website will offer patients 24/7 access to medical education resources, designed and created by MAXhealth’s clinical staff, that are aimed at general primary healthcare topics such as “The Importance of Cancer Screenings,” “Annual Wellness Visits: A Key to Long-Term Health,” and “How to Manage Your Diabetes.” General healthcare industry issues also will be highlighted, such as “The Current State of the Healthcare Industry,” “Medicare and Your Healthcare Needs,” and “What is Value-Based Care?”

“This new healthcare resource is unlike any other offered in the Sarasota Area, and it will provide much needed information and guidance to our community, especially those patients over the age of 55,” says Neil Bedi, Chief Executive Officer, MAXhealth.

MAXhealtheducation.com will go live in the coming weeks. For more information about this new learning platform, contact Jason Free, Director of Education and Engagement at: jfree@hpphealth.com 

February is “Heart” Month – 5 Tips for a Healthy Heart

Heart Month by MAXhealth

Here are a few tips for a healthy heart:

  1. PHYSICAL INACTIVITY boosts your risk even if you have no other risk factors. Aim for 2 1/2 hours of moderate aerobic activity per week.
  2. TOO MUCH CHOLESTEROL in your blood increases your risk. Get tested to learn your total cholesterol, good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides.
  3. SMOKERS are up to 6 times more likely to suffer heart attacks. Don’t smoke and if you do, quit.
  4. MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT. The higher your body mass index (BMI), the higher your risk for heart disease.
  5. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE greatly increases your risk. Get tested, reduce your sodium intake, stay active and maintain a healthy weight.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the U.S. Tell your loved ones to get checked today! Call 941.315.6188 to schedule a nice, relaxed appointment.

PACKED HOUSE AT OUR DOCTOR TELLS ALL, PRIMECARE OF MANATEE

PrimeCare of Manatee holds their Our Doctor Tells All – How to Prevent Falls -Hosted by Michael Dale, PA-C, Thursday, January 26, 2017.

Falls can be prevented and this seminar discussed how reduce risk of falling. This being a great way to help our guests stay healthy and independent as long as possible. Michael Dale educated and urged guests to keep rooms free of clutter, especially on floor. He advised to make sure rugs have skid-proof backs or are tacked to the floor among other tips.

Among other tips discussed were to do a walk-through safety assessment of their home as well as noticing if they’re holding onto walls, furniture, or someone else when walking or if they appear to have difficulty walking or arising from a chair. Medications taken are also something to check for.

Michael grew up in New York City and moved to Florida for Physician Assistant school in 2007. Prior to returning to school for Medicine, Michael worked for IBM in semi-conductor research and development.  He is an avid nature photographer and enjoys all boating, including sailing and kayaking.

To schedule a nice relaxed appointment at PrimeCare of Manatee call 941.315.6188.IMG_2900 IMG_2896

MAXhealth Recipe – Yogurt Parfait

Yogurt Parfait - MAXhealth

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of fresh fruits. Choose 2 or 3 kinds.
  • 1 Cup of natural, low fat, vanilla yogurt
  • 1 Cup of Granola 
  • 4 tbsp (optional) of 100% natural, no sugar added, jelly

What you will need

  • A knife
  • A bowl 
  • Measuring tools

Instructions

  1. Wash and cut the fruits in small piecesLave y corte la fruta en pedazos pequeños
  2. In a bowl, mix the yogurt and the jelly (optional)
  3. In each parfait create layers of: 1. fruit 2. yogurt 3. granola all the way to the top.
  4. Enjoy!

Quick Tip

  • For a quick breakfast, combine all ingreadients except the granola, the night before.

Cheese-Another New Health Food? by Harvey Mishner, M.D.

CHEESE-ANOTHER NEW HEALTH FOOD?

A study from PENN STATE recently found that the antioxidants in cheese proteins actually have a protective effect on the heart! They also discovered that dairy sodium may also offer protection when compared to other sources of salt. This may be due to lower blood pressure seen in dairy eaters as well as improved blood flow.
Please note that this was a short term study and long term benefits are unknown.
Do not make changes on your diet without consulting your physician first.

Quick Tips to Manage Your Cough by Nicholas Angelastro, D.O.

Nicholas Angelastro - Tips to Manage Cough

So your cough is keeping you from staying in focus with daytime tasks. It is also becoming painful. Here are a few tips to help you tame the coughing:

  1. Expectorants are a good try medications sold ‘OTC’ over-the-counter are great to clean mucus so that you can breath easier and not be cough punching your lungs for long periods of time.
  2. Buy lozenges. These are the cough drops that are good for soothing a scratchy, dry throat and reducing the urge to cough. No lozenges? A hard candy also gives moisture and can be a great aid in relieving a very dry cough.
  3. Drink some green tea It is hot and soothing. For decades, rinking tea has been a cough remedy. There are also antioxidant-rich green teas that help reduce upper respiratory infection symptoms. Add honey for an extra boost
  4. Stay hydrated. Getting enough fluids is always a good idea, and even more so when you have a cold, as staying hydrated helps to thin mucus and make coughs more productive, and helps fight infection. Water is ideal, but soothing chicken soup counts, too.
  5. Go for a cough suppressant. OTC cough remedies often contain dextromethorphan, which may provide temporary relief from a dry, hacking cough.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Angelastro call 941.966.4949

SWEET SEMINAR THAT HELPED CONTROL SUGAR LEVELS!

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Thursday, September 29th, in the Manatee Family Physicians facility, 12 people saved the date and gathered to hear Anthony Alfano, D.O. speak on Type II Diabetes: Controlling Sugar Levels.

For 1 hour, Dr. Alfano empowered listeners on how to manage this condition. His seminar began with an overview and facts about diabetes. Did you know that over 29 million individuals in the U.S have diabetes? “Diabetes is a condition of improper management of blood glucose levels characterized by insulin resistance, increased or decreased insulin production, and increased glucose release into the bloodstream from various organs,” he explained.

The number of people with type 2 diabetes is estimated to rise to 44 million within the U.S. by 2035. In 2012, the total cost of type 2 diabetes was $245 billion, which includes $69 billion indirect costs such as disability (work loss!). People with diabetes had average medical expenditures of 2.3 times more than those without diabetes. The emergency department utilization rate by people with diabetes is twice that of the unaffected population. Type 2 diabetes can be managed with healthy eating and regular exercise although some diabetic patients require medication and/or insulin therapy and blood sugar monitoring. “Diabetes is best managed and prevented primarily through lifestyle modifications,” he added.

If you, or someone you know, needs help managing type 2 diabetes, you may schedule an appointment by calling 941.313.7142 or by visitingwww.mymaxdoc.com. Dr. Anthony Alfano is accepting new patients and practices at Manatee Family Physicians, located at 5601 21st Ave W. Suite D, Bradenton, FL 34209.mfp 2

9 PEOPLE THAT WILL HAVE BETTER SLEEP… AGAIN!

Dr. Nicholas Angelastro Explains Sleep Apnea
Dr. Nicholas Angelastro Explains Sleep Apnea

Tuesday, September 27th, in the facilities of MAXhealth Oaks, 9 people saved the date and gathered to hear Nicholas J. Angelastro, D.O. speak on Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

For 1 hour, Dr. Angelastro empowered listeners on how to treat this condition. His seminar began defining OSA and explaining what happens while you are asleep. “If the tissues in the back of your throat collapse and block the air passing through, apnea occurs and your breath is temporarily stopped”, he explained.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea has several symptoms you can watch out for such as: Excessive sleepiness, irritability, snoring, morning headaches, among others. “Adults can occasionally fall asleep during the day while performing normal activities such as reading, sitting inactively, watching television, lying down, or riding as a passenger in a car”, he added.

Risk factors, treatment options and bedtime tips were topics that were also discussed in this complete seminar. In order to help patients achieve better health, Dr. Angelastro has made it his mission to make his facility a health hub where he can give them more time and more education beyond the daily appointments. Do not miss our next FREE seminar from Our Doctor Tells All series.

If you, or someone you know, battles with OSA, you may schedule a nice, relaxed appointment by calling 941.966.4949 or by visitingwww.mymaxdoc.com. Dr. Nicholas J Angelastro is accepting new patients and practices at MAXhealth Oaks, located at 8620 S. Tamiami Trl. Sarasota, FL 34238.

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