November 2017 - Volume 2, Issue 11


LIFESIGNS News is designed to bring you free monthly health information and articles on wellness and prevention, and help us stay connected to your company.  We try to present "easy to use resources" and meaningful information that you can share with your employees to assist you in improving health at your worksite.  Please take a few minutes and read the information and pass onto your employees.

This monthly feature will highlight clinic business and services that we have provided to companies and employers for the past 20 years.  LIFESIGNS clinic offers a prevention-centered medical home for patients and a prevention partner for employer-based wellness programs.



Do I Need a Flu Shot?

The classic symptoms of flu are chills, fever, headache, muscular aches, loss of appetite and fatigue. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish the flu from a common cold.

Lifesigns can provide you with a flu (Quadrivalent) vaccination along with your annual physical - just ask while making your appointment. There is no cost to you since it is covered as part of your preventive benefit in your health plan.

Remember, the influenza vaccination must be repeated each year just before the start of the flu
season,  which is right now. It is also recommended that people age 65 and older and those with diabetes,respiratory, circulatory and chronic disease get a flu shot every year because they are at significant risk for complications from the flu virus.

So, take care, have a physical exam and get your flu shot too. Call the clinic to set up your visit at (901) 685-5520.

For more information about What You Need to Know about the flu, click here: INFLUENZA



​November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes By the Numbers
  • Prevalence: 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes.
  • Undiagnosed: Of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, 23.1 million were diagnosed, and 7.2 million were undiagnosed.
  • Prevalence in Seniors: The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.2%, or 12.0 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
  • New Cases: 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
  • Prediabetes: 84.1 million Americans age 18 and older had prediabetes.
  • Deaths: Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.
Are you at risk?  Click here for more information... Diabetes  


Physicians Corner:

Does Breakfast Everyday Keep the Weight Gain Away?

We've all been there before... you're in a hurry to get out the door in the morning and you forget to eat breakfast before you go. Pretty soon, it's almost lunch time and you realize you haven't eaten anything yet today. There is a high probability that when it is time to eat your lunch, you will end up being ravenous and overeating. 

Recent studies have shown that people who had breakfast regularly tend to lose more weight than people who skip breakfast. Even more interesting is the fact that those whose largest meal of the day was breakfast experiences a greater decrease in their body mass index in contrast to those that made lunch or dinner their biggest meal. 

To learn more about the weight loss benefits of eating a big breakfast every day click here... Weight Loss

Too busy in the mornings to make a hearty breakfast? Click here for some delicious grab and go breakfasts like overnight oats and egg muffins that will fill you up without slowing you down....




Healthy Recipe:

Guilt-Free Thanksgiving Meal Ideas

Thanksgiving is a time for gathering together with loved ones... and stuffing ourselves to the brim with delicious food!

There are many Thanksgiving dinner staples like casseroles and sweets that can certainly pack in the excess calories. We know they are terribly unhealthy, but it just wouldn't seem like Thanksgiving without them, would it? 

Luckily there are many delicious and healthy recipes that can be substituted for less healthy recipes that still pack in all of the flavor without packing in the calories. 

Try replacing your standard mashed potatoes with some oven roasted potatoes, or even mashed cauliflower! Give your green bean casserole a healthy makeover with a delicious skillet green bean recipe. For more great Thanksgiving recipe swaps click here... YUM!

Is someone else cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year? You can avoid the excess calories by loading up your plate with fresh vegetables with some  protein packed turkey. Limit your portions of casseroles and sweets to a bite-sized amount. For more tips on ways to build a healthier Thanksgiving plate click here... Healthy Plate



National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 3rd- 9th

  • Last season, only 40% people who were recommended to get a flu shot were vaccinated against influenza?
  • People who are at high risk for developing serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and senior citizens. 
  • You can easily pass the flu on to someone who is at high risk of severe illness. 
  • Even if you have already been sick with the flu this season, you can still benefit from the vaccination because the flu vaccine protects against multiple strains of the virus. 
Protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu this season. Don't delay... get your flu vaccine today! For more information about National Influenza Vaccination Week click here... FLU

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