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FPG is Senior-Centered Medicine

Seniors deserve special care. That’s why FPG opened its first medical center more than 30 years ago dedicated to senior-centered health and wellness care. Read More
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Get to Know Your Primary Care Physician

When you need to see a doctor, chances are a primary care physician is the first doctor you will see. Even at the hospital level, a PCP will be there to introduce him or herself and then proceed to help diagnose the ailment that you are dealing with. Read More
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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcoholism among older adults is on the rise. Family members, friends, pharmacists, and health care providers can all be involved in preventing drug abuse among older adults. Know the behavior associated with alcoholism, so you can look out for the senior(s) in your life. Read More
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Laughter is the Best Medicine

You've probably heard the old adage: Laughter is the best medicine. Well, it's true! Sort of. While laughter is not technically medicine, it can benefit your health. Laughter is a powerful stress reliever, counteracting all of the nasty stuff stress does to you mentally and physically. Read More
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Wear the Right Shoes

Are your feet hurting right now? Perhaps your shoes are not doing an adequate job of protecting your feet. Wearing unsuitable, cheap or ill-fitting footwear can lead to greater wear and tear on the tissues and bones in your feet, causing irreversible damage. On the other hand, the right shoes can lead to a healthier, more active and more comfortable life. Read More
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Is Your Diet Giving You Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country today, killing over 4,000 Americans every month. That figure far out-paces all other nations. But why is the United States uniquely susceptible to colon cancer deaths? Well, it's because of our diets. Read More
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Nutrition for People with Diabetes

In honor of National Nutrition Month (every March) we've come up with a list of some of the best and worst foods for diabetics. If you eat the right foods, you are consuming essential, healthier carbohydrates to help you control your sugar intake. People eating the wrong foods will only exacerbate your condition. Read More
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Food to Fight Cholesterol

You are what you eat is nowhere more defined than in your cholesterol levels. It's pretty simple, if you eat a bad diet, you will get high cholesterol. But, you don't have to give up great tasting foods simply because your cholesterol is high. Read More
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Women's Health and Fitness Day

Women's Health and Fitness Day is September 24th! Ladies, keep yourself healthy. Here's a list of 10 foods that every adult woman should include in their diet, according to Pam Peeke, M.D., M.Ph., author of Fight Fat After 40. Read More
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How Apple's Watch Can Help Your Health

For nearly ten years, Apple has been the premier technology pioneer. Think of the iPod and iPad. Think of the iPhone and iTunes. You can’t go anywhere anymore without seeing someone with an Apple gadget in their hands. Previously these products have been most popular amongst the younger generations, but that may soon be changing. Read More
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FPG's Healthy Aging Challenge

People are living longer, healthier and more active lives than ever before, but it doesn’t just happen this way. There’s a lot you can do to improve your chances of living well into old age, like eating right, exercise, and regular physician check-ups amongst other things. Read More
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For Jess

Ordinarily, we like to post light-hearted, maybe humorous blogs on Fridays, but today’s blog is a very important one given to us by a fellow employee. Adam Proctor works in the Purchasing Department of Family Physicians Group, where he does a fantastic job buying and distributing important materials for the company. Adam’s story touched our hearts and we think it will have an impact on anyone who knows someone with diabetes. Please take a moment to read. Read More
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Diabetes Challenge: July 7-31

Most of what we eat is transformed into fuel for our bodies. This fuel is known as glucose, a simple sugar and the primary source of energy for our body’s cells. Without glucose, we couldn’t grow or have the energy to live our lives. Unfortunately, glucose doesn’t store well and a body afflicted by diabetes will experience difficulty holding onto that energy. Read More
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Seven Tips to Stay Cool This Summer

Sunny weather is perfect for the fun summer activities, like going to the beach, picnics or hanging out by the pool, but seniors must be careful, as they are more prone to heat related illnesses. Dehydration, heat stroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion can occur primarily for seniors in dangerously high temperatures. Read More
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Men’s Health Month!

June is Men’s Health Month and at Family Physicians Group we encourage all of our male patients to seek early detection and treatment for diseases among males. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to bring awareness of conditions and the necessary screenings, so men can continue to live a healthy and active life. Read More
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Sun Safety Week 2014

We love living in the Sunshine State, but so much sunny weather can have a downside. Exposure to the sun may cause wrinkles and age spots and worse: skin cancer. Some senior citizens remain unconcerned about the negative effects of the sun’s rays, but it's important for to protect your skin, particularly in old age. Read More
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Stay Hydrated This Summer

The Florida humidity is notoriously brutal and uncomfortable. It can be extremely dangerous if you’re not careful as it causes you to sweat and sweat and still you may never be properly cooled. Dehydration happens when your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to operate regularly. Observing signs of dehydration is important to avoid any problems as we approach the hot summer months in sunny Central Florida. Read More
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May is National Older Month - Helen Kroesser

“Live, Love and Laughter” says Helen Kroesser when people ask her what is her secret to remain active and healthy at 101, soon to be 102! According to Helen, she couldn’t come up with something, a secret, so she started saying “Live, Love and laughter” and this seemed to make people happy, so that was good enough. But although Helen may not know her secret to aging as graciously as she has, after spending only few hours with her I lived through her stories, felt the love of her heart and laughed at her jokes. Read More
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Regular Exercise Can Prevent Alzheimer

Dr J. Carson Smith, of the University of Maryland discovered that regular exercise can keep dementia away even if it is in your genes based upon a study of men and women in their 60s, 70s and 80s. The latest’s findings found that being active at least three times a week stopped the brain from shrinking even for those at high risks. Read More
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Diabetes Health Risk Reduction

There’s good news in healthcare! A recent report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed a substantial decrease in health risks amongst diabetics. The report shows that adopting a healthy lifestyle can prevent or dramatically reduce type 2 diabetes along with other health related issues. It’s the first credible report that has shown us that all the work on reducing the risks of these preventable diseases are paying off. Read More
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Debate over Electronic Cigarettes

Medical professionals, politicians and more are engaged in a debate over electronic cigarettes. While it may not seem like a big deal to non-smokers, manufacturers say it is critical for smokers who use e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking tobacco. Nearly 480,000 individuals die every year from smoking, making it the largest cause of preventable deaths in the United States. Read More
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Pedometer Walk Challenge: April 21-27

The week in April, between the 21st and 27th, is National Medical Fitness Week. To celebrate, Family Physicians Group has organized the Pedometer Walk Challenge for seniors, encouraging participants to walk 21,000 steps over 7 days. Read More
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April is Foot Health Awareness Month

Approximately twenty percent of the U.S. population will experience at least one-foot problem this year according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Family Physicians Group recommends the following tips to help you keep your feet and ankles healthy from unnecessary pain and suffering. Read More
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National Humor Month Laugh for Your Health

Did you know that laughing can improve your health? Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan Loma Linda University conducted research to discover the benefits of laughing and found some unexpected results. Let’s review some of the health benefits of laughing that prove laughter is indeed the best medicine. Read More
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American Diabetes Association Alert Day!

Did you know that one in four Americans have diabetes, yet many aren’t even aware that they have the disease? Today, nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes. Read More
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Ten Interesting Food & Nutrition Facts

As your trusted source for primary care, FPG has a shared interest in your overall health and wellness, which includes your daily diet. Here are some interesting food and nutrition facts you probably didn’t know. Read More
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Ten tips to help you make smart food choices at the grocery store

Healthy eating starts with smart choices in the grocery store. Because determining what the healthiest options are can be difficult, we have provided a list of tips for you to use during your next grocery shopping trip. Read More
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Biofeedback devices increase body awareness while improving health

Athletes and health enthusiasts have been tracking their health data for years, but now health-monitoring devices are becoming more accessible for everyday people including seniors. Biofeedback is a treatment technique in which individuals are trained to improve their health by using information gathered from their own bodies. Read More
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The Health Benefits of Hugging and Kissing

Holding a grandchild, kissing your spouse, or embracing a good friend can trigger that special, warm feeling we call love. Now, scientists are saying that hugging and kissing can have long-term physical and mental health benefits. Read More
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Ten fun heart facts you probably didn’t know

We all know the importance of taking care of the heart, but here’s some fun facts about the heart that you probably didn’t know. Read More
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10 Tips for a Healthier Heart

Heart disease is the primary cause of death for both women and men, but you can prevent heart problems by adopting healthy lifestyle changes. Heart Health begins by taking small steps towards prevention. Here are ten tips for a healthier heart. Read More
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Bingo improves senior’s mental, physical and social health

If you are one of the loyal, possibly addicted bingo players who visit your favorite FPG seniors club or play online regularly, we have some great news for you! Scientific studies are revealing that playing bingo can have some not-so-obvious benefits. Read More
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Reverse the Aging Process with healthier lifestyle changes

Researchers have discovered that positive lifestyle changes such as physical activity, stress reduction, improved social life along with eating a healthier diet may reverse the aging process at a cellular level. Read More
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Guidelines for Proper Disposal of Medications

If you’re like most seniors you have some old and expired medications in your medicine drawer or cabinet. You know that drawer, which is overflowing with stuff, and every time you open it you make a mental note to clean it up, but after you close the drawer you forget about it until the next time. Read More
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Add some color to your plate for your health!!!

Food variety supplies different nutrients, so to maximize the nutritional value of your meal, include healthful choices in a variety of colors. Read More
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Walking is an Anti Aging Exercise for Seniors

Walking is a valuable tool whether your age six or sixty. It is one of the best overall exercises according to many expects and study after study has shown that walking has several long term benefits including triggering anti aging responses within the body for seniors 60 years and older. Read More
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Fall Prevention

Falls are more likely to occur amongst the elderly than any other group. It is stated that one in three adult’s aged 65 and older will take a hard fall. Falls can be extremely damaging causing moderate to severe injuries. Examples of these injuries are head traumas and hip fractures. It also increases the risk of an early death. Read More
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What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?

Multiple disease states and their detrimental effects on morbidity and mortality can be prevented or minimized with effective and timely nutrition and lifestyle intervention. Nutrition intervention and counseling provided by a Registered Dietitian, when part of a health care team, have a positive impact on body weight, blood pressure and glycated hemoglobin, (A1C). Read More
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Get Natural Help from an Osteopathy Doctor

Just because you need some medical help, there’s nothing that states you have to take all kinds of pills or get surgical treatment. One form of medicine, Osteopathy, focuses on healing the body and the mind without the use of drugs and invasive medical techniques. Read More
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SilverSneakers is Changing the Aging Stereotype

As a senior, you know the benefits of going to the gym, but who wants to go to a gym filled with young athletic fitness magazine models? Talk about feeling out of place and uncomfortable as a senior… Read More
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What is a “Healthy” Lunch?

Lunch by definition is a small meal originally eaten at any time of the day or night, but during the 20th century, it gradually became a small meal eaten at midday. Read More
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Things to Keep in Mind While on your Quest to Find a Good Doctor

Don’t wait until you become sick or Medicare eligible before you start looking for a doctor. It’s far better to have a person you like and trust while your health is good. By seeing you while you’re in good health, you’re physician will be better able to make a swift and accurate diagnosis if your health starts to decline. Read More
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