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December 2017 News

Overcoming Holiday Stress

They say it’s the happiest season of all. But what they sometimes fail to mention is that it’s also one of the most stressful. Are all the decorations up? Did you get everyone the perfect present? Where’d we put the wassail? It’s no wonder half of all women and a...

When To Get An Annual Checkup

If you haven’t had an annual checkup this year, hurry and make an appointment. And if you already had your checkup, schedule your January 2018 appointment now. Getting annual exams can often help us find problems, or potential problems, long before they start. Early...

Planning for a Healthy 2018

2018 will be here before we know it. And although we still have a few holidays to get through before we ring in the New Year, it’s never too early to start thinking about your health in 2018. Below are a few tips and ideas to consider as you’re getting ready for a...

November 2017 News

Avoiding Turkey Fryer Disasters

Did you know that kitchen fires are 3 times more likely on Thanksgiving Day than on other days, or that turkey fryer accidents have resulted in more than $8 million in property damage since 2002? [1,2] Before you invite family and friends over to break bread and share...

Avoid the Gift of Food Poisoning This Holiday Season

For many of us, the holidays mean getting together with friends and family and sitting down to a great meal. But all that great food comes with food preparation, and then getting the food to grandma’s house. Poor food handling, preparation, and transfer can cause food...

How to Avoid Overeating This Holiday Season

Candied yams. Turkey gravy. Grandma’s famous pecan pie. You’ve been looking forward to it all year. And if you’re like many of us, it’s hard not to overindulge. It’s tough when the holidays are a time where such great food surrounds so many of our gatherings. And...

October 2017 News

Winter Safety: Your Car

Winter is just around the corner. Soon, the leaves will be gone and the snow will be here. With plunging temperatures, we’re focusing this month on winter safety tips, starting with your car. Because we live in an area that gets a lot of snow and cold temperatures,...

Winter Safety: Your Home

Get your home ready for the winter months today. Taking a few precautions, and getting things checked and ready now, could save you and your family from a life-threatening situation. Get your furnace ready Don’t wait until the snow is falling to get your furnace...

Winter Safety: Outdoors

For many of us, getting outside and enjoying the winter weather is part of the seasonal fun. It’s a perfect time to build a snowman, hit the slopes, find a good sledding hill, or strap on the old ice skates. We just want to ensure you stay healthy and safe as you...

September 2017 News

Is It a Concussion?

September is a month full of sports. Football, baseball, and soccer are in full swing. Playing sports is a great way for kids to learn the value of teamwork, but injuries can occur. This month, we’re focusing on concussions. While we can’t always prevent injuries, we...

Time for Flu Shots

Influenza, or the flu, is a respiratory illness that affects your lungs, throat, and nose in a much more severe way than a common cold. In fact, the flu is responsible for thousands of hospital visits and admissions every year. The flu can even lead to death in some...

Prepare for Fire and Carbon Monoxide Safety

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? This month is a great time to plan and identify ways to stay safe from fire and carbon monoxide. Unfortunately, more than 150 people die each year from “accidental nonfire-related carbon monoxide poisoning.”...

August 2017 News

Lawn Mowing Safety: No Flip-flops

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 80,000 people go to the emergency room each year due to lawn mower injuries. [1] Children make up about 16,000 of those visits. [2] Lawn mowing safety tips Here are some tips for ensuring you and your loved...

Back to School and Bullying

Like it or not, school is starting. Kids are meeting new teachers, navigating new classrooms, and meeting new friends. Although lots of kids have good experiences at school, those experiences can sour when bullying occurs. According to stopbullying.gov, almost 30% of...

Summer Food Safety: Was It the Potato Salad?

We know we only have a few more weeks left of summer BBQs, but with Labor Day just around the corner, we wanted to include an article this month on food safety tips to ensure those last evenings out with the grill are safe and fun. Here are a few tips from the Food...

July 2017 News

Like An Oven Out There: Summer Heat Safety

Summer fun can turn dangerous, or even deadly, if you become overheated. Did you know that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 618 Americans are “killed by extreme heat every year”? [1] As temperatures rise, so too must our...

Water Safety and Drowning Prevention

For many of us, nothing sounds better than a dip in the water on a hot summer day. Here at Horizon Family Medical Group, we want to encourage you to have fun and be safe in the pool, at the beach, or by the lake. Knowing a few important water safety tips will make...

Bike Safety Tips and Routes

Have you ever noticed the smile on a child’s face who’s running out the door for a bike ride? Riding bikes, whether together with your friends or family or on your own, is a great way to stay in shape and have fun. But as we all know, bicycles can be dangerous if...

June 2017 News

Please Don’t Text and Drive

Please stop texting and driving. We all know it’s dangerous to drive distracted, but did you know that 26% of all car crashes in 2014 involved someone using a cell phone? [1] According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes from distracted...

What Do You Know About UV Safety?

In our May newsletter, we covered Skin Cancer Awareness month. In that article, we talked about sun safety and the importance of using a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen to prevent sun damage to your skin. But what exactly are UVA and UVB, and how does it damage my...

Your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit is Free

Did you know that as a Medicare beneficiary, you’re entitled to an annual wellness visit once a year at no charge? The wellness visit is a perfect time to sit down with your doctor here at Horizon Family Medical Group and discuss your plan for preventative health care...

May 2017 News

What You Should Know About Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when the force of the blood pumping through your body is too strong. When this happens, the pressure pushes against the walls of your arteries and causes damage. This damage can eventually lead to heart disease. Because...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Did you know that May is mental health awareness month? Nearly 20% of Americans experience mental illness each year. [1] That’s more than 43 million people. If you’re not one of those who struggles with mental illness, chances are, you know and love someone who does....

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that May is also skin cancer awareness month? In the United States, 9500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. In fact, 20% of people (1 in 5) will develop skin cancer at some point in their lifetime. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin...

April 2017 News

Why We Screen for Alcohol

Did you know that April is Alcohol Awareness Month? Throughout April, we’re building awareness and understanding to reduce the stigma of alcoholism and alcohol-related issues, and to talk about alcohol screenings. Alcohol Statistics Did you know that “an estimated...

It’s Autism Awareness Month

April is also Autism Awareness Month. It’s a perfect time to help spread awareness of one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S. [1] Autism Facts Autism affects all races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic groups, but occurs more often in boys than in...

Are You an Organ Donor?

April is National Donate Life Month and the perfect time to register for organ donation. If you’re already registered as an organ donor, it’s the perfect time to help us spread the word. Did you know, for example, that a single organ donor can save up to 8 lives? [1]...

March 2017 News

What’s the Likelihood I’ll Develop Testicular Cancer?

Good news, men: Testicular cancer is rare. According to the data, about 0.4% of men will get testicular cancer during their lifetime. [1] The American Cancer Society estimates that fewer than 9,000 men in the U.S. will get testicular cancer in 2017, and about 400 will...

Make a Plan to Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but we all know by now that we should. Each year, more than 480,000 people die in the U.S. from tobacco use and exposure. [1] According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following health benefits are directly...

What Causes Esophageal Cancer?

Nearly 17,000 people in the U.S. will develop esophageal cancer this year, according to estimates from The American Cancer Society. [1] Sadly, the 5-year survival rate for people with esophageal cancer is about 18.4%. [2] Because esophageal cancer doesn’t always...

February 2017 News

Heart Attack: Warning Signs and Symptoms

Nearly 735,000 people experience a heart attack each year in the U.S. That’s about one heart attack every 43 seconds. (1) Some heart attacks can strike with seemingly little to no warning, but sometimes people may experience heart attack warning signs and symptoms....

Stroke: Warning Signs and Symptoms

Nearly 800,000 people experience a stroke each year in the U.S. That’s about one stroke every 40 seconds. (1) Not everyone dies from a stroke, but the physical damage caused by a stroke can be devastating. What are the signs and symptoms of stroke? Knowing the warning...

My Body Needs Cholesterol?

Did you know that your body actually needs cholesterol? Cholesterol is used to “make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods.” (1) The body is amazing. It makes all the cholesterol you actually need. But some of the foods we eat also contain...

January 2017 News

Get Screened for Cervical Cancer & HPV

Did you know that January is national Cervical Health Awareness Month? This month, across the country, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition is raising awareness of cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine that can prevent it. About 13,000 women are diagnosed with...

Get Your Glaucoma Screening

January is also Glaucoma Awareness Month. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), about 3 million people in the U.S. have glaucoma, and half of those don’t know it. (1) Glaucoma is a type of eye disease that, over time, causes damage to your optic...

Schedule Your Annual Wellness Visit

January is the perfect time to get your annual wellness visit and be proactive with your healthcare. It’s also a great time to discuss your preventative care plan with your physician for the upcoming year, to ensure you’re both on the same page, and to get...

December 2016 News

Holiday Food Safety

The holidays are here, and so are the gatherings with friends and family. Sitting around the dinner table is a wonderful tradition, but if food hasn’t been handled correctly, your party guests may develop food poisoning. Not what you want to share during the holidays....

Yoga Helps Fight Holiday Stress

The holidays are a wonderful time, but they can also be stressful. End-of-year work responsibilities, family gatherings, buying presents, fighting crowds…it can all add up, leaving you feeling tired and miserable. But did you know that yoga can help? And not just with...

Top 10 Risks Affecting Women’s Health

Last month, we focused on the Top 10 Risks Affecting Men’s Health. So this month, we’re focusing on the top 10 health risks women face. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the top 10 leading causes of death in women in the US are from...

November 2016 News

Top 10 Risks Affecting Men’s Health

Several factors affect men’s health, especially as we age. But did you know you can take action to reduce or prevent many of the health risks men face? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the top 10 leading causes of death in men in the...

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a type of autoimmune disease where your body’s immune system causes your skin cells to produce too quickly. When this happens, the skin cells start to build up, producing an area of red, scaly, sometimes itchy, skin. Usually, psoriasis affects “the...

Overcoming Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity rates are rising at alarming rates. Today, nearly 33% of children and teenagers are overweight. According to the American Heart Association, that’s nearly triple the rate of obesity compared with rates from 1963. Kids are spending more and more time...

October 2016 News

Reducing Stress Can Save Your Life

It’s no surprise that stress can affect your health, but you may not be aware of the true toll stress has on your health and happiness. Did you know that stress increases your risk of heart disease by 40%, your risk of heart attack by 25%, and your risk of stroke by 50%…

How to Quit Smoking

You know you need to quit. You know the health benefits. You’ve heard that almost half a million people die each year in the US because of smoking. [1] But quitting isn’t easy. You need a plan. Smokefree.gov has a great website where you can get help…

September 2016 News

You Might Have Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes your bones to become weakened and fragile, and sometimes break. In fact, osteoporosis actually means “porous bones.” Everyone’s bones have tiny, microscopic holes and spaces; but, bones with osteoporosis have larger holes and...

What Exactly is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a disorder where your body reacts to gluten, a protein found in many types of grains (e.g., wheat, barley, rye). If you have celiac disease, your body’s immune system mounts a response in your small intestine that causes inflammation of the cell...

What are The Signs of a Stroke?

Did you know that about 800,000 people experience a stroke every year in the US? A stroke occurs when the blood to the brain is blocked (transient ischemic attack) or when a blood vessel in or near the brain ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke). When a stroke occurs, your...

August 2016 News

Back to School Traffic Safety

As our kids head back to school, we at Horizon Family Medical Group want to remind you to drive safely. Here are a few tips to ensure our kids are safe getting to and from school. DRIVING Don’t pass school buses that are stopped picking up or dropping off kids. You...

Hosting a Healthier BBQ

With a few more BBQs left in the summer season, we at Horizon Family Medical Group encourage you to choose healthy options. You have a variety of ways to still plan and serve delicious backyard fare, while focusing on flavorful, low-fat options. Here are a few...

What to Do About Asthma

Asthma is a condition where your airway becomes restricted due to inflammation in your lungs, making it harder to breathe. If you don’t have asthma yourself, you probably know someone who does. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 11...

July 2016 News

4 Quick Tips for Managing Your Arthritis Symptoms

If you have arthritis, you’re not alone. An estimated 53 million adults and 300,000 children in the US have some kind of arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, “In New York State alone, there are more than 3.6 million people, including 18,400 children,...

7 Ways to Stay Fit and Safe This Summer

You have all kinds of ways to stay active and enjoy the summer season. We at Horizon Family Medical Group have come up with a few fun ways to stay fit and safe this summer. Go swimming. Warm weather means the pools are open. If you’re one of the lucky ones who has a…

“On average, one person dies every hour due to melanoma—a deadly form of skin cancer.”
-The American Academy of Dermatology

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How to Reduce Skin Cancer Risk

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the US. [1] "On average, one person dies every hour due to melanoma—a deadly form of skin cancer." -The American Academy of Dermatology Sadly, the National...

June 2016 News

Going Green: Find Out How Small Efforts Make a Big Impact

Now is the time to go green and take care of the Earth. It doesn't always take major lifestyle overhauls. Even small changes can add up, having a massive impact, not only for our own communities, but for the entire planet. Here are some ways you can focus on small...

Raising Healthy Preteens

As a parent, you want your children to be healthy and safe. Helping your child understand and adopt healthy behavior during those preteen years can help set a positive foundation for the upcoming teenage years. This month, we're focusing on 3 areas where you can help...

Raising Awareness About Excessive Alcohol Use

We all know that excessive alcohol use can have long-term, detrimental effects on your health. Excessive drinking, including binge drinking, accounts for almost 10% of deaths among adults aged 20-64 years. According to a study published by The Centers for Disease...

May 2016 News

Being An Alert Driver

Staying alert and avoiding dangerous behaviors while driving can save lives. Unfortunately, tens of thousands of people die in car crashes each year in the United States. In 2014, the National Safety Council (NSC) stated that 35,400 individuals were killed, primarily...

Why You Should Wear Sunscreen

The dermatologists here at Horizon Family Medical Group want to remind you that summer is just around the corner. Warm temperatures and sunny days can be fun, but they also come with precautions. A wicked sunburn is a quick way to end your day, your vacation, and your...

Sports Safety: Protecting Your Eyes

Sport-related eye injuries occur to thousands of adults and children every year. Of course, different types of sports and activities come with different risks. The good news is that you can prevent nearly 90% of serious eye injuries by wearing the appropriate...

April 2016 News

How to Stay Safe Around the House

Did you know that, according to the Home Safety Council (HSC), injuries at home account for almost 20,000 deaths and more than 20 million medical visits each year? (Source: safekids.org) And with spring-cleaning just getting started in many homes, we at Horizon Family...

Get the Facts on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects millions of Americans. In fact, nearly 20% of people in the US experience IBS symptoms (source: MayoClinic.org). That’s 1 in 5 who experience cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. For most folks,...

What the World Thinks About Diabetes

Each year the World Health Organization (WHO) holds a World Health Day and picks an important theme to highlight. On April 7th, their theme was diabetes and diabetes awareness. (Source: who.int) Did you know that, according to the International Diabetes Federation,...

March 2016 News

Routine Diabetic Eye Exams Can Save Your Sight

Did you know that diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes, and a leading cause of blindness among working-age adults? It is also one of the four leading causes of blindness in the elderly. People with diabetes are also...

What Does Your Plate Look Like?

About 33% of adults in the U.S. are obese. And about 17% of kids aged 2 to 19 are obese. That means 1 in 3 adults are at higher risk for hypertension, diabetes, and other health problems. The good news is that, with the help of your family here at Horizon Family...

Why You Need a Colonoscopy

Did you know that March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month? And did you know that colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of death from cancer for both women and men? The good news is that colorectal cancer can often be treated effectively...

February 2016 News

How Hand Washing Reduces Sick Days

Did you know that the average American worker uses more than 10 sick days each year? According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), washing your hands can reduce respiratory illness by more than 16%, and gastrointestinal illness by 31%. Imagine...

When Did You Last Check Your Blood Pressure?

The blood pressure check has become a staple of the annual physical exam, and for many of your other doctor visits as well. That’s because it’s so important. Elevated blood pressure, or hypertension, can be a sign that your heart is working too hard. Reducing high...

The Secrets to Lowering Your Cholesterol

If you have high cholesterol, you’re not alone. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 73 million adults in the United States have high cholesterol. That’s almost a third of adults in this country. What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a...

January 2016 News

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