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Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy Lifestyle

A small change can make a big difference


What should we consider when talking about a “healthy lifestyle”?

A Healthy Lifestyle can mean different things to different people, we are all unique individuals. But here are some areas we can all look at:

  • Your health history
  • Diet
  • Physical Activity
  • Smoking
  • Drinking

Talk to your family about their health history. Discuss your family’s health history with your doctor so a bad history can be prevented from repeating itself


What you eat and how much you eat affects your weight and we know one of the leading causes of poor health is being overweight. Eating a balanced diet means choosing the right food groups in the right portions for each meal. There are charts that can help below.

  • Regular physical activity helps to improve your fitness, quality of life and reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and depression
  • Types of activity include walking, running, biking, dancing, and muscle strengthening of different body parts. Ideally, you should do 150 minutes of activity each week and muscle-strengthening twice a week
  • Start out slowly and build up your activity – remember something is better than nothing
  • Choose water over sugar-sweetened drinks that cause you to gain weight. Keep yourself hydrated, drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day – you’ll feel better
  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation – 1 or 2 drinks per day
  • If you smoke – QUIT. Smoking causes many serious chronic diseases and can cause cancer. Ask your Care Team if you need help to quit

Annual Health Assessment

Your Annual Health Assessment

What is an Annual Health Assessment?

Your Annual Health Assessment is a visit with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) also known as an Annual Physical Exam.  At this visit you may feel well but your doctor will ask you questions about your health to make sure there are no new problems. He or she will examine you and review your medications to make sure they are right for you.  Your doctor may also order laboratory tests to make sure everything is normal. This once a year visit is very important to monitor your health and catch any early problems before they become serious.

I feel fine, should I still have an Annual Health Exam?

YES!! Your Annual Physical Exam is a very important part of looking after yourself. Regular health examines can help find any problems early or in some cases prevent them from happening. Remember this is your health and the doctor is there to help you. Make sure you tell the doctor about any problems or concerns you have about your health. This includes how you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally. Always let the doctor know if you are taking medications that you buy in the store to make sure they don’t interfere with the medications he prescribes for you. Ask questions if you don’t understand what the doctor says before, during or after your examination. Don’t be afraid to ask again if you still don’t understand the doctor’s answer because after all it’s your health.

Should I bring someone with me?

It is always a good idea to have someone you trust come with you. Sometimes when we get to the doctor, we get nervous and don’t always hear what the doctor is saying. Having a second pair of ears helps. Also, that person can help you remember all your questions and give you support during an exam the doctor may need to do.

What should I bring with me?

You should bring:

  • A list of all your prescribed medication (even if it is prescribed by a different doctor).
  • A list of medications you take without a prescription (Vitamins, supplements etc..)
  • A list of any questions you have for the doctor (it can be good to write down any questions or concerns you have so you don’t forget)
  • Let the doctor’s office know if you need anything extra during your visit such as prescription refills or update vaccinations like the Flu Vaccine.

*Remember your Care Team is here to help and can assist with making the appointment, arranging for transportation on the day of the appointment, helping to prepare health records or to help you prepare a list of questions and your medications.*


COVID-19 & You

COVID-19 & You

What is COVID-19?

It is a new viral disease where the CO stands for “corona”, the VI for “virus”, the “D” for disease and the 19 for “2019” that is spreading around the world.

How does COVID-19 spread?

It primarily spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks and is in close contact within less than 6 feet. If these droplets get into your mouth, nose, or eyes either directly or if droplets are on your hands and you touch these areas they can cause COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
  • Fever or Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell

These symptoms may occur 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

How can I avoid getting COVID-19?
  • In your house stay 6 feet away from anyone who is sick and if you can’t wear a mask
  • Outside your house social distance, which means staying 6 feet away from other people
  • Outside your house always wear a mask to protect yourself and others
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds (sing happy birthday twice) each time
  • If soap and water are not readily available, you can use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Always avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, tables, faucets and phones daily
Testing for COVID-19
  • There are two kinds of tests, one for the virus and one for the antibodies from the virus
  • The viral test tells you if you are currently infected with COVID
  • The antibody test tells you if you have had COVID in the past. Having antibodies might give you some protection from getting infected in the future, but we don’t yet know how much protection or how long the antibodies will last.
  • Currently in New York State anyone can get tested if they want to whether or not they have symptoms
  • You should get tested if you have symptoms, have been exposed to someone who has COVID, or if you have traveled from an area listed under the travel advisory at the NYS Dept of Health
What do I do if I get sick?
  • Call your PCP’s office, do not go to the office without calling first
  • Isolate yourself from people you are living with and wear a mask
  • If you can’t reach your PCP:
Where can I find more information?

From the CDC Website:


PHP Members have 24/7 access to Telehealth where you can speak with an Emergency Room Doctor if you start to get symptoms. In most cases this will prevent a trip to the emergency room


Prepping for Flu Season

The Flu & You

Who should get the FLU SHOT?

The Flu shot (influenza vaccination) is recommended annually for EVERYONE who is 6 months or older.

What are the symptoms of the Flu?
  • Fever or feeling feverish
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Why should I get the Flu shot?
  • Having your annual Flu Shot can stop you from getting symptoms of the Flu.
  • It is especially important this year as the symptoms of the flu are very similar to the symptoms of COVID-19. Having the flu shot can prevent you from becoming ill with the flu and reduce the risk of confusion with COVID-19.
  • Without the flu shot and with the added risk of COVID-19 your chances for severe illness and even death increase significantly.
  • If you get the flu shot, there is a small chance you might still get the flu. However, if you do, your illness is usually mild and lasts for a shortened period of time.
When should I get my Flu Shot?

You should get your flu shot as early in the season as possible. The season begins in September, and the earlier in the season you get it the lower your risk is of becoming ill. However, even if you cannot get your flu shot early you should still get it anytime during the flu season which lasts until April.

Where can I get my Flu Shot?
  • Your PCP’s office.
  • Large Pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aide, Duane Reade and often your local pharmacy.
  • No matter where you get the shot PHP will pay for it. Bring your PHP Insurance Card.
  • If you need help finding a location or scheduling an appointment call your PHP Care Team.
Speak to your Doctor before getting a Flu shot if:
  • You have an allergy to eggs.
  • You are feeling unwell when you want to get the Flu Shot.
  • You have had a bad reaction in the past to the Flu Shot.
  • You ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a severe paralyzing illness).
Where can I find more information?

Your Doctor or your Care Team can answer your questions about the Flu and the Flu Shot.

From the CDC website:


PHP Members have 24/7 access to Telehealth where you can speak with an Emergency Room Doctor if you start to get symptoms.

In most cases this will prevent a trip to the emergency room and unnecessary exposure to COVID-19.

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