Staying Healthy

Routine Health Maintenance & Screening

The deadliest diseases we face in America are diseases of lifestyle: eat too well and sit too much and you'll wind up with Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Coronary Artery Disease, and Obesity; smoke cigarettes and you'll end up toting an oxygen tank and nursing Lung Cancer, and Emphysema; stick the wrong things into your body and you'll catch HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually-Transmitted Diseases.
Norton Highlands' job is to cheerlead your efforts at living better, and keep you up-to-date on the screenings and interventions that prevent problems down the road. We follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Family Practice and the US Preventative Services Taskforce, where better minds than ours determine what tests and interventions actually have value.
Here's a great site to guide you through evidence-based advice for staying healthy:
Here is a schedule of the Routine Health Care you need, as recommended by the US Preventative Services Taskforce. These are guidelines only, and your personal and family history needs to be taken into consideration in making a health care plan for you.
Ideal Screening Schedule
Meanwhile, here are some actions you can take-- difficult to do, but life changing-- which will add quality years to your life:
  • Initiate a program of aerobic, cardio exercise 30 minutes a day, most days of the week: brisk walking, jogging, biking, swimming, anything that gets you heart rate up and keeps it there.
  • Eat better: smaller portions, more fresh fruits & vegetables, less processed foods, eat better fats and limit carbohydrates. The South Beach Diet is a great manual for eating well.
  • Wear sunscreen: SPF 15 or higher. Don't forget ears, bald heads and noses.
  • Do ANYTHING it takes to Quit Smoking!
  • Always wear your safety belt.
  • Use Condoms.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation: 1-2 drinks a day (1 drink = 12 oz beer = 5 oz wine = 1.5 oz liquor).
We are always available to meet with you and discuss healthy lifestyle options. Call for an appointment.
Click here for information from the American Academy of Family Practice on Screening for Prostate Cancer in men age 50-75
Click here for Roszell, Busse and Ward's thoughts and policies on Childhood Immunizations