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Your Healthy Community: What's in your playbook of health?

By By Katie Sciba
Sept. 6, 2013 at 4:06 a.m.


Football season is here.

Nothing is more important than planning your moves for the big game. You can apply this to your life and health as well.

Building a plan for your personal wellness playbook assures that you keep your health. To help us make the plan, I visited with Angie Williams, a women's health nurse practitioner at the Victoria Community Health Clinic. Williams, who has been a nurse for 19 years, has worked for the Victoria Community Health Clinic since it opened in October.

The clinic offers comprehensive health care. Because of federal funding received, they can care for patients who are uninsured and can pay on a sliding-scale fee base. They also accept Medicare with Medicaid and other insurances.

They offer health services in general family practice, pediatrics, women's health, mental health care, and counseling and dental.

Williams said they serve the community the best through preventative care.

It is especially important for people with diseases like diabetes and congestive heart failure to have a clinician monitor their disease process and coping.

They offer education and help with medications.

Joyce Howard, a nurse practitioner, meets with patients on Tuesdays to help assure they are getting and managing their medications properly. A pharmacy is at the clinic that offers reduced-cost prescribed medications.

How can you plan to stay healthy this fall?

I've said before, you are the only one in charge of your health. No one else has to live in your body. Let's make a play for health. Williams and I came up with a few tips to help you.

Offensive

1. Create a healthy nutrition plan (she said you should check out the "Plate Method")

2. See your health care provider for regular wellness check-ups.

3. Get your flu shot and other immunizations as needed.

4. Exercise

Defensive

1. If you are ill or are struggling with a disease process, stay in regular contact with your doctor.

2. Stay on prescribed medications.

3. Stop smoking. Just stop. Get help if you need it.

4. Get proper rest.

Katie Sciba is a writer, a licensed social worker, a pastor's wife and a mother from Victoria. She works for AARN Health Services and blogs online at Always Simply Begin.

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