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 →

With the fall weather comes a season of memories to be created, whether you’re outside grilling, going for a jog or participating in a sport. However, with outdoor activity comes the risk of injury. So what should you do if an injury does occur? Are there any steps that you can take in the time between the injury occurring and handing the patient off to a physician? Well, you may be able to do more than you think. Read on →

I know, I know, many people who are reading this blog simply aren’t what we would refer to as “morning people”—neither am I. However, waking up early in the morning has some distinct health advantages. So you may be wondering, could these health advantages possibly be worth the extra hour or so of sleep that I would be giving up? Although waking up early would cut into sleep time in the morning, you are encouraged to hit those eight hours of sleep by adjusting your bedtime. Read on →

There are so many exceptional ways to get aerobic exercise that it’s quite hard to pick just one. However, if you have to pick just one form of aerobics, biking may be the one you want to go with. So, what exactly are the benefits of biking? What sets this sport and exercise apart from, say, jogging or running? Well, we’re very glad that you asked. Here are three reasons to pick up biking today: 1) Strength As a regular biker, you never have to skip leg day again. Read on →

On this blog, we often talk about topics of exercise. We speak on how exercise is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, how exercise can help with heart health, and how exercise is a great way to lose any unwanted weight. Well, today we want to talk about a very specific kind of exercise - running! Running is not only exercise, but is also a hobby to many, with playlists, sneakers, and entire brands all being dedicated to the runners among us. Read on →

Kids are the future of the world, as well as the light of so many of our lives, but in order for the future to be as bright as possible, we as adults need to teach them the value and know-how of exercise. So, how can we teach our kids to exercise without them deciding that they have more important, more digital, tasks to attend to? The answer may be simpler than you think - and the rewards of chasing the solution are incredible! Read on →

With the summer comes a litany of different options, at least as far as hobbies go. Whether your child is artistic, athletic, a bit of a nerd, a gamer, or a combination thereof, they have a plethora of great options staring them in the face. However, what if your child is hoping to get in better shape this summer? What activities can help them to achieve the lifestyle goals that both you and they hope for? Read on →