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Get Active: Tips to help you successfully start exercising regularly

I have been in my role as an RN Specialist working with patients with chronic conditions for almost a year and a half. I talk with almost all of my patients about their current diets as well as their activity level. Many people admit it is hard to be physically active. Some reasons I hear frequently are “I don’t have time,” “I don’t know where to start,” or “I’m too tired at the end of the day.” Many of us know there are great benefits that come from being physically active, but it can be difficult to find the time (and energy) to work out.

Here are some tips to help you become successful:

  • Start small and build over time. For example, if you haven’t been active lately, start out by trying to work out 1-2 days a week. Once you’re able to do that consistently, try adding in another day. Another option would be to start with a short time, maybe 10-15 minutes. After a week or two, increase to 15-20 minutes at a time. To some people this might not sound like a lot, but it’s still a great improvement over not doing any physical activity.
  • Split it up! If it’s too difficult to find 30 minutes at a time to devote to exercise, try doing 10 minutes 2-3 times a day. Continue Reading »

How medical home helps manage chronic conditions

Having trouble keeping your chronic condition in check? Ask your RN specialist for help.

 

For many of us, living with a chronic condition such as asthma, depression, high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure is just a fact of life.  Some of these diseases have lots of symptoms, and with others, we are only aware of what our doctor is telling us.  Each of these conditions can be hard to live with, or feel overwhelming, but they all are conditions that can be controlled – when you have the right information.

It’s important to know that there is help and you can get better control.  An important person in your medical home health care team is your RN specialist. As an RN specialist, it’s my job to help you learn what you need to know in order to control your chronic condition.  I can help you live a better life. Continue Reading »

The various roles of medical home

Who do you picture when you think of visiting your primary care provider?  I’d guess most of us key in on our physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.  We refer to these professionals as primary care providers, or PCPs.  While it’s true that your PCP is the leader of your medical home care team, she or he is only one of many highly trained team members who must work seamlessly to ensure the level of personalized care that you expect and deserve.

Your Affinity Medical Home has been busy re-engineering your care team with new roles and even new types of providers who work together with you to manage your health.  One of our guiding principles is to align roles so that everyone is working at the top of their license or skill set.  We want the right people working with you at all times. Continue Reading »

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