Thursday, August 29, 2019

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Hurricane Preparation

Are your ready for hurricane season?

Hurricanes are most active in September.

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to get prepared.

  • Store at least 5 gallons of water per person or pet, this should last you 3-5 days
  • If you run out of your stored water, you can disinfect tap water by boiling the water or using unscented household bleach. See this website for more instructions:
  • Have a 2 week supply of your medications
  • Gather any important documents and store in a waterproof container
  • Gather a 5 day supply of non-perishable food items such as;
    • peanut butter , canned tuna fish, vegetables, canned salmon, canned chicken
    • crackers, cereal, trail mix, granola bars
  • . Don’t forget baby food or formula if needed.
  • Turn down the temperature on your freezer and fridge so that if you lose power the food will last longer.
  • Gather safety items:
    • fire extinguisher, battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, first aid kit
  • Collect personal care items:
    • soap, body wipes, hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products and diapers
  • Get your homes and cars ready:
    • clear yard of anything that could blow around in the storm
    • cover windows and doors with plywood
    • move vehicles into your garage
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning; have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home
  • Only use your generator outside, 20 feet away from open windows or doors.
  • Follow storm and emergency instructions
  • Follow evacuation orders
  • Follow this website for more information to keep your home and family safe during hurricane season:

Wednesday, August 21, 2019


August 30th is Opioid Misuse Prevention Day

Opioids are powerful pain medications that can be effective in managing pain however can also lead to overuse, addiction, overdoses and death
North Carolina has been especially hit by the opioid crisis.

  • 5 people die daily from overdoses
  • More people die of opioid overdose than from car crashes
  • 2,000 North Carolinians died from opioid overdose in 2017 - a 32% increase from the previous year.
  • Overdoses have actually doubled over the previous 10 years.
  • Nationwide 100 people die daily from opioid overdose.

How can you help?
  • Dispose of unused prescription medication through Operation Medicine Drop. Click on the following link to find a location:
  • Lock up your controlled substances.
  • Talk to your kids about the risks of opioids.
  • Talk to you health care provider about alternative medications and any concerns you have regarding your medications.
  • Get involved in community efforts to help raise awareness by visiting
  • Seek help for yourself if there is a concern about addiction by seeing your health care provider and locating community resources at

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Salmon - Heart Healthy

RECIPE                   Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

This recipe is packed full of flavor but also heart-healthy and rich in good fats. Salmon is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to decrease inflammation, increase good cholesterol, and lower triglycerides.  Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat which helps to lower cholesterol levels. They are also high in fiber and have more potassium than a banana.

2 lbs salmon, cut into 4 filets
1 T olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp chili powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 avocado
½ small red onion, diced
Juice from 2 limes
1-2 T finely chopped cilantro 
Mix the salt, chili powder, cumin, onion powder and black pepper together, rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and then this seasoning mix.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Combine the avocado, red onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt to taste in a bowl. Chill until ready to use.
Grill (or broil) the salmon for about 5 minutes
Top with avocado salsa

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS: Immunization Awareness

August is National Immunization
Awareness Month

We all need shots (vaccines) to help protect us from serious diseases. This protection is called immunization. You have the power to protect yourself and your family from dangerous vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, pneumonia, influenza, and tetanus. Vaccines are safe and effective and work with your body’s natural defenses to develop immunity to disease. Getting vaccinated at the recommended time is the best way to prevent serious diseases.

Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu vaccine every year. Other types of shots work best at specific ages or life stages.

Visit the CDC website below to help determine what vaccines are recommended for your child.
Click the link below to determine what vaccines you may need as an adult.

Talk to a provider at Patient Centered Care to make sure everyone in your family has received the shots they need to stay safe and healthy! 

Wilmington Office 910-799-6262
Bolivia Office        910-253-7990