7 People To “Quit” For During The Great American Smokeout

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Today is the Great American Smokeout. This annual event, put on by the American Cancer Society, coincides with Lung Cancer Awareness Month and is designed to encourage smokers to kick the habit. The success rate of this annual event is beyond impressive and it continues to this day, but still far too many Americans smoke. The numbers are staggering; 34 million smokers 16 million Americans living with a smoking-related illness 480,000 deaths caused each year These numbers are scary, but the good news is how far we’ve come. Since 1965 the smoking rate has gone from 42% to 17% thanks in large part to educational programs like the Great American Smokeout. So, if you’re one of the 34 million smokers who have yet to be able to kick the habit, we have seven people who are hoping and praying that you’ll quit today. 1. Your kids 2. Your spouse 3.…continue reading

5 Healthy Holiday Tips From Our Orange Urgent Care Center

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The holidays are fast approaching and they often get a little hairy for anyone who is trying to stay healthy. Whether you’re eating a little bit too much, drinking a little bit too much, or not getting enough exercise, the holidays can be a healthy lifestyle’s worst enemy, but we have some easy, quick tips you can use to stay healthy, even during the holidays. You can use these tips even if you’re traveling for the weekend or a week. You can use these tips at home or at your in-laws (although we can’t promise they will be as easy there.) You can use these tips wherever you are so that you can remain healthy and head into the new year feeling good about yourself and the holiday season. 1. Exercise everyday: The tip here is that you don’t need to exercise for an hour and sweat like crazy. A…continue reading

3 Ways Voting Is Good For Your Heart

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Today is Election Day here in the United States. With races being run for Governor, Senator, and statewide office here in Connecticut it’s a great day to get out and feel good about performing your civic duty. The added benefit is that there are a few reasons to believe that voting is good for your heart. Walk to the polls: Most polling locations are neighborhood schools or churches. If you are able to, walking to the polls will get your heart rate up and get you one added benefit of voting. Civic engagement is good for your health: You’ve heard the term “voting is your civic duty?” Well, performing that civic duty is one way to feel connected to your community and be engaged with your neighbors. Many studies have shown a connection between being involved in your local community and a healthy heart. Reduces anxiety: If you’re someone who…continue reading

How Fatty Fish Can Help With Diabetes

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November is American Diabetes Month. Diabetes affects more than 100 million Americans who are either living with the disease or living with pre-diabetes. The disease is touching 1 in every 3 Americans as well as the families of those who love them. It is not unreasonable to say that Diabetes touches all Americans. When you visit us at our Orange Urgent Care Center, we want to be your partner in health. This extends to all aspects of your health including nutrition and the types of foods that can keep you healthy. One type of food that may not jump right out for you as being incredible healthy is fatty fish. Fish such as salmon and mackerel are good for a healthy diet and also present some benefits for those who are afflicted with diabetes. Fatty fish contain Omega-3 fatty acids which provide a tremendous boost to your heart health. Given…continue reading

Know The Symptoms Of Lung Cancer

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and as your health care partner we wanted to make sure that you had all the facts about this challenging disease. If you are in for a visit at our New Haven County urgent care center and you suspect that you might have some of these symptoms please mention it to your medical provider. During this month we encourage you to spread the word about the following symptoms: Wheezing Chest pain that lasts Swelling of your face or neck Changes in a cough that you’ve had for an extended amount of time Hacking or raspy coughing that sometimes comes with mucus that is speckled with blood While the above are not the only symptoms of lung cancer these are some of the symptoms that are often associated with the disease. If you suspect you have one or more of these you should be seen…continue reading

10 Ways To Keep Kids Out Of The New Haven Urgent Care Center On Halloween

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When your kids are excited to get dressed up in their costumes and go door to door to collect candy during the old tradition of Trick or Treating, there are some easy steps you can take to keep them safe and avoid a trip a New Haven county urgent care center. Whether you’ll be going door to door with a wicked witch or a furry teddy bear, these steps will help you keep them safe and have a Happy Halloween. 1. Don’t run: Of course kids get excited to get more candy, but running up a hill or along an unfamiliar walkway can lead to dangerous outcomes. 2. Put down your cell phone: Whether you’ve got your phone out as a flashlight or a camera to take pictures, these distractions can lead to injuries that will have you headed in to see our medical providers. 3. Use traffic signals and…continue reading