When the pandemic hit, many of us let our regular preventive care screenings, like Pap tests and mammograms, slide. We were sheltering in place, and many health facilities were limiting services or not seeing patients in person.
Now that health centers and hospitals have reopened, with vaccines and testing readily available, it’s a great time – and a safe time! – to catch up on your self-care.
If you are a woman between the ages of 50 and 74, you should get a mammogram every two years.
If you are insured through Medi-Cal, you could be eligible for a $30 gift card for completing your mammogram:
No matter what your insurance is, if you’re due for a mammogram, let your health provider know and they’ll get it scheduled for you. If you’re an MCC patient, give us a call at 964-1251 or talk to your provider at your next appointment and we’ll make sure you get this important screening.
Here at MCC, we jump into October feet first with our annual Walktober challenge! The idea is to walk every day during the month of October, whether it’s a walk around the block or a hike through the forest, and enjoy the natural beauty around us. One of our medical providers took this beautiful shot of the sunset from the Coastal Trail on one of her regular evening walks.
Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise. Start where you are, walking for a few minutes a day and then gradually adding more walking time as your fitness increases.
Most of us are happy when Friday rolls around, and part of that is because our jobs can be stressful. COVID has certainly added an extra layer of stress for all of us.
It’s hard to be your best self if you’re feeling tired, anxious, tense, or distracted. But those are some of the physical and mental symptoms of stress, and they all take a toll on your overall health.
Here’s a link to a guide designed to help you manage stress more effectively.
The guide explains how stress affects you, and offers positive ways to deal with it. There is also an interesting interactive stress assessment tool and a good TED Talk on how stress affects your body.
Here’s to a less stressful week – and a relaxing weekend!
Here at Mendocino Coast Clinics (MCC), we care about your health. In fact, your health is our mission!
Good nutrition is one of the most important building blocks of good health. But if you have lost income due to the pandemic or are on a fixed income, it may be difficult to stretch your budget to buy healthy, fresh food, like fruit and vegetables.
At the weekly Fort Bragg & Mendocino Certified Farmers Markets, so you can buy locally grown, fresh fruit and vegetables from your neighbors year-round. The Fort Bragg Market is at the corner of Laurel and Franklin every Wednesday from 2:00 to 5:30 pm.
The Farmers’ Market not only accepts EBT (food stamps), they also match your food stamps, up to $15. So, if you spend $15 in EBT, you receive an extra $15 in market tokens to spend on fresh fruit and vegetables at the Market!
Under new guidelines, you may be now be eligible for CalFresh even if you receive SSI. Not sure if you qualify for CalFresh, or other state and federal programs that may help you to stay healthier and happier? MCC has Patient Advocates on staff to help you find out if you qualify. This service is completely free and confidential. Just call us at (707) 964-1251 to make an appointment. MCC is here to help!
The teen years can be wonderful, full of exciting changes and growth. But they can also be really confusing, especially when it comes to things like dating and relationships. Here at MCC, we believe in self-empowerment and healthy relationships. Everyone is deserving of a healthy, loving relationship.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Do you have questions about dating, or wonder how healthy your relationship is? Click here for some real answers to real questions about dating:
Teens can find out more at loveisrepect.org, or text Blue Door @MCC at (707) 513-7575 with questions about relationships or to make an appointment to talk about what’s happening in your life. We are here for you!
It feels like we have been struggling with COVID forever. And if it feel that way for an adult, it’s even more difficult for a child. As parents, we sometimes don’t know what to say when our children are upset, or scared, or hurting. Here are some ideas to help you help your child through this challenging time:
If you need some extra help, MCC’s therapists are here for you and your child. We have therapists who are bilingual and specialize in caring for children. Just give us a call at 961-3492 to make an appointment. We are here for you!
Local trainers Holly and Dakotah are putting the Zoom in Zumba! Just in time for those New Year’s resolutions, they are offering classes 6 days a week.
A schedule of classes is listed below, and they usually send a recording of classes as well, so you can dance on your own schedule. If you would like to preview a class for free, contact Dakotah at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you a link.
Note that some of our rural local internet connections do not always sync up to the music and moves, so you may want to try a class first to make sure there are no technical issues before you commit and pay.
The fee is $25-$50 a month. This is a sliding scale fee so students can pay whatever they feel comfortable with. Dakotah and Holly accept PayPal, Venmo, CashApp, Zelle or check by mail.
Schedule of Zumba+ Classes:
Monday (Holly) 12:00pm-Zumba
Tuesday (Dakotah) 9:30am-weights 10:00am-Zumba
Wednesday (Holly) 12:00pm-Zumba
Thursday (Dakotah) 9:30am-weights 10:00am-Zumba
Friday (Dakotah) 9:30am-strength training 10:00am-Zumba
Most of us are glad to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021!
This is the time of year when we make resolutions, and yours might include taking better control of your health or just making sure you’re caught up on important health checkups, like mammograms, colonoscopies, and Pap tests. MCC is here to help. Give us a call today at 964-1251 to make an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!
If you’re looking for help managing your diabetes or guidance on how to eat healthier, we can help with that, too. You can see our registered dietitian or diabetes educator for free! Call 964-1251 for your appointment.
Recently, one of our community partners, Karen Oslund, reminded us that cancer isn’t taking a break just because we’re in the midst of a pandemic. Karen is the executive director of the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County and she has a front-row seat to the devastation cancer can cause for individuals and everyone who loves them.
Her comment got us thinking about how hard it is to convince ourselves that now is the time to do preventive care. Even in the best of times—and these are not the best of times—most of us are really good at coming up with reasons why we can wait until tomorrow or next week (or never) to make an appointment for our annual exam or a cancer screening we know we need. Until we have symptoms, we believe we’ll always have more time.
When the coronavirus hit last spring, many of us thought we’d hold our breath until it was over, figuratively speaking. Well, this is lasting longer than most of us expected, and putting life on hold until it’s over doesn’t seem like such a good strategy anymore.
With that in mind, if you have a little extra time on your hands, what better time to schedule an appointment than now? At Mendocino Coast Clinics, we can help you figure out how to afford the care you need, so don’t let that be a barrier.
During an annual check-up, a medical provider will review your family health history, your lifestyle, your age, your emotional state, and your physical condition. With this information, they can let you know which screenings you need and how to decrease your risk of developing chronic illnesses. The simple act of taking your vital signs allows a medical provider to determine whether you’re at risk for common diseases like hypertension. Routine screening serve an important purpose. There is strong science behind the reason that the recommendations are made.
There is no magic number to determine when you’ll start having health problems, but people older than 50 are at higher risk for many illnesses, so once you hit that age, it’s smart to keep an eye on things like blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, colorectal health, and bone density, among other things. Men should also monitor their prostate function and women should become familiar with menopause symptoms. Your medical provider will likely also recommend getting vaccinated for the flu, pneumonia, and shingles.
If you’re thinking, “I feel fine. I don’t need to see a doctor,” you may be right; however, there are some serious health problems that can go undetected for a long time unless you’re looking for them. For example, many types of cancer don’t have noticeable symptoms until the cancer has spread. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, this is a great time for women to go get a mammogram. Most breast cancer, like many types of cancer, is highly treatable when discovered early. Hypertension is another condition that usually doesn’t exhibit symptoms until it has progressed to the point of putting patients at risk.
We’re living in stressful times right now. Why not schedule an appointment for an annual check-up to put your mind at ease and get the care you need to stay strong and healthy now and into the future?
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