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 →

In American culture, the heart is often spoken of as a symbol for love. However, when it comes to caring for our hearts, it seems that Americans are significantly less interested. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among both women and men in the United States. Fortunately, you can take steps to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Here are three ways to care for your heart: 1) Less Salt Salt isn’t just bad for weight loss; too much salt can actually damage your blood vessels and can even increase the risk of high blood pressure. Read on →

As November begins, we’re officially entering into holiday season. The ghost of Halloween, along with the very real candy stashes, is still here, and Thanksgiving and Christmas are both right around the corner. While the holidays can be an incredible time of family, festivities and food, they also tend to be a season where most of us take some time off from taking care of our health. While it’s OK to take time to celebrate, this becomes an issue when you let yourself give up on your health for months at a time. Read on →

When most people think of urgent care centers, they tend to think of a second-rate experience, somewhere they can go to get their flu shot, but not somewhere that they can trust for high-end care. Fortunately, this perception of the urgent care industry is beginning to shift, and at AFC we are proud to be leading the charge for high-quality urgent care centers. When you visit AFC Urgent Care / Family Care, you’re not just visiting an urgent care center, you’re making a decision to pursue excellent care. Read on →

It’s happened to millions of us all across the country. You go outside to work, play or enjoy a nice game of catch, take a fall, and without even noticing it, put your arm out to break your fall. Well, more often than not, this results in a sprained wrist. So how can you deal with a sprained wrist quickly and effectively? It turns out, there are many things you can do immediately to begin allowing your wrist to heal and to soothe any immediate pain. Read on →