Year: 2017

6 Ways Owning a Pet Is Good for Your Health (+ CONTEST ENTRY)

Has owning a pet improved your health? Share your experience with us for a chance to win a $50 Petco gift card! ENTER OUR CONTEST HERE At mealtimes, you pile your plate with vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. You visit the gym as often as you can. You even get a physical every year. But, sometimes you still wonder what more you can do to boost your health. If you can relate to this scenario, the answer might be as simple as adopting a pet from your local animal shelter. While you may be skeptical if owning a pet can actually improve your health, the correlations below are pretty compelling. Owning a Pet Diminishes Symptoms of Depression According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people spanning all ages around the world suffer from depression. In fact, this serious mental health problem is the leading cause of disability globally. Spending quality time with a pet can elevate the levels of the mood enhancing neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin in your brain. Pets can also give …

5 Ways to Practice Self-Care this Holiday Season

You may have heard the old adage, “you can’t love others until you love yourself.” The same is true with self-care. Ensuring you meet your own needs gives you wider flexibility to care for others in your life. This can be as simple as taking a walk to clear your head or as complex as seeing a therapist. It’s up to you, do what feels right.

Ogden Clinic Hosts 6th Annual “Shop with a Doc” Event

2017 marks the 6th Annual Shop with a Doc event at Ogden Clinic. Nearly 70 children in need received a shopping spree at Target with an Ogden Clinic provider. The event took place the morning of December 9th, where all children were given a $125 gift card. Parents are encouraged to enjoy refreshments in the lobby and allow their children to shop on their own, giving children the chance to familiarize themselves with doctors and become more comfortable around them.

Prevent Holiday Overspending with 7 Tips (& Printables) That Work

Think you can’t get through the holidays without spending a fortune? Think again! Christmas budgeting can help keep holiday stress at bay this season and we’ve made it easy with downloadable resources and valuable shopping tips. Before you get wrapped up in holiday spending, check these off your list. 1. Set Your Budget Set a realistic budget that’s not so constrained that you’ll ignore it, but not so loose that you’ll get yourself into trouble. Use a budgeting app like Mint to figure out where you can cut some spending to put towards the holidays. Download our holiday budget template here. 2. Make your List and Check it Twice Experts agree that it helps to write down a list of all the people for whom you plan to shop before you hit the stores or get cozy at the computer. Next to each name, write down what you want to buy for that person and how much you want to spend. This will give you a clear idea of the numbers involved how many gifts you need to purchase. …

Wake Up to the Signs of Senior Substance Abuse by Sally Phillips

Substance abuse is often thought of as an issue affecting the young, yet statistics show that around 17 percent of seniors in the U.S. misuse alcohol and prescription drugs and that this percentage is set to double by 2020, largely because of the increase in the number of older adults. In this post, we look into the causes and signs of senior substance abuse, suggesting ways to address it.