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how to survive another hectic fall

How To Survive Another Hectic Fall

Do you hear that loud, wooshing sound?

No, not the sound of your AC powering through another humid Alabama summer. I’m talking about the sound of another summer flying by. It’s that time of year again, when we flip through the calendars on our phones, thinking that surely there must be a month missing. But it’s true, once again it is the time of lines: the checkout line for school supplies, the car rider line at 7:30 a.m., kids standing in line in the hallways of school.

As summer gives way to fall, avoid waiting in one more line – the one at the pharmacy. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’re going to share some tips for surviving the start of a new school year.

Eat meals together as a family. Now, this isn’t going to cure the common cold, or relieve your migraine, but you’d be surprised how much better your family feels – as a unit- when you eat together. In a recent article for The Atlantic, Cody C. Delistraty discusses the many nutritional and psychological benefits to eating together. He cites several studies showing that children eat healthier and are less likely to be overweight when they sit down to a meal at the dinner table, rather than going through the drive-thru.

I know what you’re thinking: but who has the time or energy to cook multiple meals a week? Get everyone involved in the cooking! If one spouse is Rachel Ray or Bobby Flay, encourage the less talented one to find a recipe he/she wants to try. Get the kids in on the action. If you’ve got a teenager, cooking is a great way to help them mature.

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How to Survive a Hectic Fall – For the Adults

Fall is certainly one of the busiest times of the year for kids, as they begin another school year. Their fuller schedules can directly make your August and September busier as well, and there’s a good chance you end up working a lot more than usual.

With dwindling motivation to keep up appearances for swimsuits and a restocked break room, physical fitness and diet can suffer in these busy times. This isn’t a column about ways to find time for the gym, but rather, a few helpful tips for things you can do while you’re working that will keep you from having to come pay us a visit here at the Clinic.

For those that have sedentary jobs, listen up! More and more research is being conducted that shows just how unhealthy it is to sit for 8 hours a day. Now, I know you can’t just ignore your duties at work to go run a 10k in the middle of the day; but you’d be surprised at how doing little things throughout the day not only help keep your waistline smaller, but reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer (via Vox.com). You also burn 50 less calories per hour when sitting down.

So, throughout the day, try these habits on for size:
• Try a stand-up desk. You don’t have to stand up the whole time, but try to at least stand and work for 15 minutes of every hour.
• Maybe your office layout wouldn’t really support a stand-up desk. Find reasons to get up and walk a little, every 20-25 minutes. Whether it’s to throw something away, or ask Jim how his weekend was.
• Drink lots of water! Aside from the obvious benefits of drinking water, you’ll have to use the bathroom more frequently, thus giving you a reason to stand up and walk around every now and then.
• Don’t eat lunch at your desk, or in the break room. If your office has multiple floors, try to pick a lunch spot that requires you to walk up or down some stairs. Or, if it’s nice outside and your lunch is easy to eat, try a walking lunch!
• When you finally get to go home at the end of the day, park your car in the garage and then walk to the mailbox to get the mail. Or if you have a pet, don’t just let them out in the backyard, but take them on a walk.

We here at the Clinic on Sixth hope you’ve found these tips to be helpful and that you have a productive and healthy fall! Feel free to contact us or come in with any questions or concerns you have. We are here to serve you and your family.

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What Makes Skin Cancer Unique?

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US? More than two million people are diagnosed each year, which means there are more new cases of skin cancer annually than breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer combined.

What makes skin cancer unique compared to other cancers is that you can consciously choose to reduce or increase your risk of developing it. For instance, if you spend a large amount of time in the sun without wearing sunscreen, or you frequently go to the tanning bed, your chances of being diagnosed with skin cancer increase greatly.

Going to a tanning bed especially increases your chances of developing skin cancer. Just one indoor tanning session increases a person’s chance of melanoma by 20 percent. And if you tan six times or more a year in high school or college, your risks increase to a shocking 73 percent.

The statistics are scary, but as we mentioned before, you can dramatically decrease your chances of developing melanoma, and here’s how.

1) Use sunscreen. Always. No matter if it’s the dead of winter or the middle of the summer, slathering on the SPF is a must, especially on your face. Daily use will decrease aging by 24 percent.
2) Seek shade. The hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the most dangerous. Wear a hat to cover your face, or carry an umbrella to your skin out of direct sunlight. More than 90 percent of visible changed related to aging are because of sun exposure.
3) Stay out of the tanning bed. Period.

Even if you don’t spend a lot of time in the sun, you should always keep an eye on your moles and birthmarks. If you notice that they’re changing, whether it be their color, shape or their size, you should schedule an appointment at our clinic to get them examined.

Summer might be winding down, but that’s not an excuse to stop wearing sunscreen or stay in the shade. At Clinic on Sixth, we care about you, and we want you to take care of your skin. Cheers to being healthy!

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