Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite

This year, LFM received the Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite award from the American Heart Association! LFM strives to promote wellness among its employees in the workplace.  At LFM, we host several annual events including: The Team Walking Challenge and The Weight-Loss Challenge.  Additionally, LFM provides education on nutrition, diet, and healthy living.  Another fun wellness activity is our informal couch to 5K program; LFM even pays the enrollment fee for those who wish to participate in the 5K!

We are so honored to have received this award!  As health care providers, we know that our health is important in promoting and maintaining your health.  Best wishes for a happy and healthy Spring from all of us at LFM!

Click this link for more information and to view all the award winners: www.heart.org.FFWrecognition

Monday, February 8, 2016

Influenza in West Michigan

Although it is February, the flu (also known as influenza) has arrived in West Michigan.

What are the symptoms of the flu? Symptoms of the flu come on quickly and can include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or stuffy nose, headaches, tiredness, and occasionally vomiting or diarrhea.

Who is at risk for the flu? Everyone is at risk for getting the flu. Additionally, children, pregnant women, adults over age 65, and those with chronic health conditions like asthma and diabetes are at a greater risk for developing severe symptoms if they get the flu.

How can you prevent the flu? The best way to prevent getting the flu is by getting the flu shot! Other ways to prevent getting and spreading the flu include: washing your hands frequently, staying home when sick, getting plenty of rest, choosing healthy foods, drinking plenty of water, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your sleeve.

Did you know? Did you know that it IS NOT too late to get your flu shot!? At Lakewood Family Medicine, we still have plenty of vaccines. Stop in during office hours to get your vaccine.

If you think that you have the flu, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your doctor. Call 616-396-6771 to speak with one of our phone nurses and to schedule your appointment.