January is a great time to start anew and take a health inventory. Luz Fernandez, MD, medical director of UofL Physicians – Family Medicine Cardinal Station, encourages individuals to make yearly check ups a priority.
“Developing a lasting, trusted relationship with a primary care provider is important, regardless of a person’s age,” Fernandez said.
During an annual visit, a provider asks the patient about health habits, the health of close relatives and overall lifestyle. The information will determine risks of common medical conditions and whether further testing is needed. The check up, says Fernandez, is a good way to screen for and possibly detect medical conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol so they can be treated at an early stage, minimizing risks of serious complications in the future.
A primary health care provider also can partner with patients in setting healthy habits. Fernandez hopes to inspire SMART goals:
- S: Specific, significant
- M: Measurable
- A: Achievable
- R: Realistic and Results-oriented
- T: Time based and Trackable
“You are much more likely to stick to an exercise plan if you commit to a 30-minute walk or jog three days a week instead of saying ‘I will exercise more,’ ” Fernandez said.
She says it is best to be as specific as possible and to make sure the goal is attainable, adding that accountability is important to success.
“Discuss your plans with a primary care provider, and rely on trusted family and friends for support,” she said. “Technology resources like the app ‘myfitnesspal’ can track food intake, exercise and weight loss; seeing a graph of progress may work to keep you motivated.”
New patients accepted at renovated facility
UofL Physicians – Family Medicine Cardinal Station, located at 215 Central Ave., Suite 100, recently updated its facility and is welcoming new patients for check ups and other health related purposes, including acute illness.
With 25 patient rooms, the practice offers a full spectrum of on-site services including:
- Well care visits, immunizations
- Lab work
- Toenail removal
- Mole removal
- Birth control placements
- Vision screenings
- Cancer screenings
Most insurance plans are accepted. Free parking available on the surface lot in front of the office. For an appointment or more information, call 502-588-8720.