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Health Questions

What can I do to stay healthy?

Although your body is an amazing creation the chances of it serving you well decrease significantly if you don’t take care of it. The best things you can do to remain healthy is to make sure you practice good habits that will not only take care of your physical body but take care of your spiritual and mental states as well. For your physical health, visit your doctor frequently to get overall check-ups. I suggest at least once a year. If your doctor says it’s okay, make sure to get plenty of physical exercise. People with a good level health should aim to engage in aerobic exercise at least four times a week. Light strength training is recommended as well. If you are overweight, make a plan to lose the extra pounds. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Vegetables should take up at least half the space on your meal plate. Drink lots of water and avoid drinks containing sugar and caffeine. Water is best and you should make sure you get at least 8-10 8oz. glasses per day. Get plenty of rest. Most adults don’t get enough sleep. We really need at least 7-8 hours of sleep in order to function well. If you are a smoker or a tobacco chewer, make plans to quit. There are no health benefits associated with tobacco use. Cut back on alcohol use or stay away from it altogether if you can.
To take care of yourself mentally, spend quality time with people you love. Engage in activities that will challenge your brain like reading, playing music, and doing puzzles.
And lastly, but certainly not least, make sure you have a good spiritual life. I wholeheartedly believe we cannot be our best selves if our spiritual lives are in shambles. Make time daily for prayer and quiet reflection. You’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll feel!

Can you suggest a good diet?

Sure! I recommend eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. The fresher the better. Frozen is okay, but stay away from canned fruits and vegetables as they often either have too much sugar added or are high in salt which raised blood pressure for a lot of people. Drink a lot of water. It helps to keep your system flushed out and running smoothly. Try to cut back on the amount of red meat you eat. If you can eliminate it altogether that’s even better! Make sure you get natural fiber into your diet as well by eating whole grain foods, beans, and dark greens. You can even replace your regular pasta with whole wheat pasta. It’s very important that you check with your doctor before changing your diet, because no matter how healthy foods are, you may have a condition that prevents you from eating certain foods.

Clinic Related Questions

How can I volunteer?

If you are a licensed medical professional, please fill out a medical volunteer application packet. If you would like to volunteer in a non-medical capacity, please fill out our non-medical application packet. Application forms can be found in the the “Volunteer” section of our website here. Once we receive your application, we will will contact you with further directions.

Are donations to the clinic tax deductible?

We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and all financial and in kind donations are tax deductible.

As a volunteer medical professional, am I required to purchase additional malpractice insurance?

No.  Medical volunteers are protected by Florida’s Sovereign Immunity law when performing medical volunteer services and cannot be sued individually.

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