Your Health

How To Be Healthy

Edmonds Family Medicine physicians are continuously involved in teaching people about how to improve or maintain their health. We have many educational materials (pamphlets, videos) on a wide variety of topics. Our physicians are also involved in the community and will make presentations to groups and classes on a number of health concerns.

Preventative Medicine

Edmonds Family Medicine physicians are continuously involved in teaching people about how to improve or maintain their health. We have many educational materials (pamphlets & videos) on a wide variety of topics. Our physicians are also involved in the community and will make presentations to groups and classes on a number of health concerns.

If you wish to learn more about the health education programs at EFMC please talk to your doctor, or take a look at our Classes and Workshops section below for more information.

Below are suggestions about which routine services you may want to schedule on a regular basis. These guidelines do not indicate insurance coverage, please check on your specific benefit plan if you have questions, many insurance plans do not cover routine services.

Healthcare Maintenance Guidelines for Individuals with no Major Illnesses:

GENERAL PHYSICAL
Male or female recommendations:

  • Male or female younger than 40: complete physical exam every three years.
  • Male or female 40-50 years of age: complete physical exam every two years.
  • Male or female over the age of 50: complete physical exam every year.

PELVIC EXAM
Every adult woman needs a yearly breast exam, pelvic exam and pap smear
(if cervix present)

MAMMOGRAM
X-ray for the early detection of breast cancer in women. Below are the guidelines for low risk patients.

  • Age 40-50 every two years
  • Over the age of 50 every year

FLEXIBLE SIGMOIDOSCOPY
Procedure used for the early detection of rectal/sigmoid colon cancer.

WELL CHILD VISITS
Bring your children in for visits at the following ages:

  • 2 weeks old
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 1 year
  • 15 months MMR vaccine, office visit is optional
  • 18 months
  • 2-6 years of age: yearly visits
  • 7+ years of age: every year through school age

PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR IMMUNIZATIONS
Q:
Are immunizations safe?
A: It is very rare for a child to have a serious reaction to a vaccine. There is a much greater risk of disability or death from the diseases than from the vaccines themselves. If you have questions or concerns talk with your health care provider.

Q: How can I help my child prepare for an immunization?
A: Your child may be upset about getting a shot. All immunizations except the polio vaccine must be given as a shot in order to work. If your child is old enough, explain why shots are important. Here are some tips that will help you prepare your child:

  • Infants: Just prior to and during the vaccination, talk to your baby or distract them with a toy. Console them by cuddling and hugging immediately afterwards.
  • Toddlers/Preschoolers: Tell your child what will happen just before the shot is given. Be honest and matter-of-fact in saying it will hurt. Try to distract them during the injection and tell them when it is over. Praise their behavior or console as necessary. Allow your child to act out giving a shot to a doll or teddy bear or draw a picture of what happened.
  • School Age: Prepare you child the day before or the day of the appointment. Tell them what will happen and what they are expected to do (holding their arm still, etc…). Allow your child to have some control of the situation by letting them chose which arm the shot is given in, opening the band-aid package, etc… Distract or relax them (by counting or singing) to help them through the experience. Praise and console as needed. Allow them to play out and talk about the experience.

(Parent Tip: If you are afraid of shots, ask a friend or relative to come with you to be with your child)
HEALTH LINKS
Web MD
MAYO Clinic
Verdant Health

These links will provide you information on healthcare and the resources available to stay healthy. The World Wide Web has many such informative sites for you to view.

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
Your Life Your Wishes
Edmonds Family Medicine would like to share this presentation from the Washington Healthcare Forum which discusses Advance Care Planning and decisions regarding end-of-life healthcare.  It is important to determine who will speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself regarding those decisions.  The presentation poses some questions and examples to help you think about how you would like your end-of-life care to proceed, and ways to structure conversations with your family so they understand your choices.  It will review how Americans say they want to be treated near the end of their lives versus what actually occurs.  The presentation also outlines life sustaining treatments and describes the pros and cons of each.  Finally, it shows you some of the tools that can help document your choices for end-of-life care.

We hope this presentation will help you have productive conversations with your loved ones and to establish an Advance Care Plan of your own. Please contact us with any additional questions and we will be happy to help you. You can download the PDF formatted presentation with the link here: http://www.edmonds…YourLifeYourWishes.pdf