AFC Urgent Care TN wants you to learn more about autism this April, since April is Autism Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children living in the United States have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Is your child one of them? What You Need to Know About Autism ASD is a neurological and developmental disorder that is usually diagnosed early in a person’s life and continues throughout his or her life. Read on →

While you may be thinking that most accidents happen outside of the home, our team at AFC Urgent Care TN wants you to realize that safety needs to begin at home. The numbers are staggering: Approximately 2,200 American children die each year—and 9 million children are seen in the ER—due to an injury suffered in the home. Therefore, it is time for all homes to take action to help bring this number to zero. Read on →

If you’re still feeling the effects of the start of daylight saving time, AFC Urgent Care TN wants to help you through the bumps in the road. Get Back on Track Chances are, right now, you’re fighting daytime fatigue more than usual. If possible, try to take a quick 20-minute nap when you can during the day to recharge your batteries. However, this nap needs to be no more than 20 minutes. Read on →

At AFC Urgent Care TN, we’re ready to assist with your child’s sports physical and injury-related care, but are you ready to handle the emotions associated with sports tryouts? Tackle Tryouts Like a Boss The best thing you can do to help your child do his or her best at the upcoming tryout is to prepare him or her, both physically and mentally. Start by using some of your free time to work out together, by running laps around the house, walking the dog around the neighborhood, jumping rope or doing other physical activities, as well as practicing the sport your child is trying out for this season. Read on →

It’s official. The flu has arrived in the Chattanooga area. Schools closed due to illness, and more and more visits are being made to urgent care centers with cold and flu symptoms. Now’s the time to take action to ensure illness stays away. Avoid the Flu Of course, the best ways to avoid the flu are washing hands frequently and getting your flu shot. However, there are other things you can do to increase your chances of avoiding the flu this season. Read on →

Now that you’ve started your resolution of exercising more, chances have increased of suffering an injury—especially if you’re pushing yourself a little too hard. However, sprains and strains, even to the most experienced athletes, can be a little difficult to decipher. Here are some tips on how to tell the difference. Know Your Injuries Ankles, wrists and knees are susceptible to sprains, while strains tend to affect the back, legs and shoulders. Read on →

Are you one of those people who stays indoors all winter? Don’t be any more! This season—although cold—can actually be fun, since it includes snow, bonfires and even outdoor exercise. Don’t shy away from the enjoyment of winter. Instead, boost your immunity to ward off any sickness that comes your way, and have fun in the great outdoors this season! Improve Your Immunity As with living a healthy lifestyle in general, you improve your immune system when you eat a balanced diet and exercise on a regular basis. Read on →

The great thing about a new year is that you have a new chance to start over and get it right. OK—so those resolutions from 2016 didn’t go so well. That doesn’t mean you won’t succeed with your resolution to become a healthier version of yourself in 2017. Make a couple small changes here and there, and you will be in better health before you know it! Switch It Up First things first, clean up your kitchen! Read on →

You can tell us the truth. Your plate during your Thanksgiving dinner in November didn’t exactly spell “health,” did it? Especially on the second or third trip to the buffet table. But you’re not going to make that same mistake during the upcoming holiday feast, right? Make a Healthy Plate Whenever possible, try and choose unprocessed foods, such as fruits and vegetables, as well as those with whole-grain ingredients in them, like whole grain bread-stuffing and whole grain crackers. Read on →

OK—so the holidays don’t exactly spell “health,” with all the delicious and carb-filled foods and couch-sitting at the family and friend get-togethers this season. But that doesn’t mean you have to wait until 2017 to start implementing healthy habits! You can start small during the holidays. Stay Healthy and Fit Today No matter what happens during your holiday season, there’s always time to get out and get moving. Whether you’re in between meals or taking a morning coffee break before the holiday craziness to come, find time to exercise. Read on →