Your Countdown to a Happy & Healthy 2015

As we begin 2015, many people are trying to abide by their New Year’s resolutions. While one in three Americans plans to better themselves this year, a far fewer number will actually make good on their good intentions. Research shows that 75% of people stay strong for the first week, but fewer than half are still committed nearly six months later. Rather than give up on your goals, try to take success step-by-step. Results don’t happen overnight, so adjust your expectations and know you’ll have some bumps in the road. A healthy life is a lifelong process, so focus on making every day another chance to live well. MD Now Urgent Care wants to be your partner in health and wellness. To get you in the healthy spirit as we begin 2015, we’re featuring a New Year’s countdown from Health.com to help you turn resolutions into results.

10.  Win at Losing Weight

One of the most popular resolutions is also one of the most important. The problem is that people want rapid results, but successful long-term weight loss can take a little time. The key is sticking with a plan and planning for minor setbacks.

9.  Stop Smoking

No ifs, ands, or buts…smokers need to stop. Some people don’t try to quit because they’re afraid to fail. But the secret to success is simply finding the way that works for you. Try a few different methods until you find one that halts your habit.

8.  Stress Less

A little stress is a part of life, but too much stress can increase your risk of heart disease, obesity, depression, insomnia, and more. To stop stress from becoming distressing, allow yourself to relax, sleep, socialize, and spend time doing things you enjoy.

7. Sleep More

A good night’s sleep is the greatest gift for your body, your mind, and your mood. In addition to keeping you happy, it also keeps you healthy. Studies show that a lack of sleep has been linked to a greater risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Sleep can also strengthen your memory, so remember to get enough rest.

6.  Stay Social

Keeping in touch with family and friends can actually keep you healthy. Research shows that people with strong social bonds live longer than those who are lonely. And in the age of social media, it’s easy to stay social. But also make time for personal visits to strengthen those social ties.

5. Save Dollars with Healthy Sense

These little changes can make a big difference in your physical, mental, and financial health:

  • Save money by making healthy lifestyle changes.
  • Consider walking or riding your bike to work.
  • Try carpooling.
  • Exercise at home to eliminate gym membership costs.
  • Reduce food costs by meal planning and sticking to grocery lists.

4.  Do Good and Feel Great

It’s amazing how bringing happiness to others can make you happy, too. And being happier can make you healthier, with research showing that positive emotions can reduce the risk of heart attack and heart disease. So feel good by doing good and try volunteering this year.

3.  Enrich Your Education

It’s never too late to learn and now many people are heading back to the classroom to improve their career, meet like-minded people, or simply strengthen their skills. And this can improve your mind in many ways since studies show that a higher education is linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

2.  Decrease Your Drinking

A lot of drinking can do a lot of damage. Too much alcohol can harm your brain and boost your risk of memory loss, depression, and seizures. And chronic heavy drinking can increase your risk of stroke, heart and liver disease, hypertension, mental deterioration, and many types of cancer. While an occasional glass is fine, don’t drink to extremes.

1. Get Away from the World by Exploring It

Too many people put off vacations, but these getaways can do a lot for your happiness and health. They help you feel refreshed and revived, yet also help improve your brain by letting you learn and discover new things.

Have a Healthy New Year with MD Now

Part of staying healthy is being prepared for sickness. And MD Now is here to help you stay well and live well. Our fast, friendly, first-class care and commitment to saving you time and money have helped us become the largest and fastest-growing independent provider of urgent care services in South Florida. Let us be your healthcare partner and help you reach your goals. See why MD Now will be good for both you and your health:

  • 22 convenient locations (with more to come) throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties
  • Open 365 days a year, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Extended and holiday hours
  • Walk-in service, no appointment necessary
  • Quick, convenient and compassionate care for adults & children of all ages
  • All major insurance plans accepted
  • Licensed doctors always on site
  • Warm and welcoming staff whose helpful attitude eases and expedites the experience
  • Trusted healthcare history serving 1 million South Florida patients for 10 years
  • State-of-the-art-facility
  • Certified by Urgent Care Association of America and Accredited by both the Urgent Care Association of America and American Academy of Urgent Care
  • Additional advanced services, including digital x-rays, laboratory testing, immunizations, vaccines, physicals, EKG, physical therapy, travel medicine, occupational medicine and selected primary care services.

Resolve to Rely on MD Now

Depend on MD Now Urgent Care for the caring, convenient and cost-efficient treatment that you and your family deserve. All of our locations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, 365 days a year, and operate on a walk-in, no-appointment basis to conveniently suit your schedule. With 22 locations throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties, quality care is always within your reach. For the South Florida locations nearest you, visit https://www.mymdnow.com/locations.

To learn more about our urgent care centers, call 888-MDNow-911 or visit www.MDNow.com.

MD Now® Urgent Care Walk-In Medical Centers is the leading provider of fast and affordable urgent care to adults and children in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. Our state-of-the-art, walk-in medical centers are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to deliver an affordable and convenient alternative to long emergency room wait times and the limited hours of family physicians. No appointment is necessary and major insurance plans are accepted. In addition to providing a comprehensive range of urgent care services to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries, our multiple locations offer digital x-rays, EKG, lab testing, physicals, immunizations, vaccines, physical therapy, occupational medicine, travel medicine and selected primary care services. Find the medical care you need with the convenience you want at MD Now. Call: 888-MDNow-911, online: www.MDNow.com.