The Importance of Hydration

Proper hydration is essential to good health and optimum energy all year around and more specifically while exercising and during the hot summer season. The human body needs water to maintain normal body functions such as body temperature and flushing out toxins. Yet many times we don’t even know we are already in a state of dehydration until uncomfortable symptoms occur such as extreme thirst, fatigue, lightheadedness, headaches, and constipation just to name a few. It is important to drink before you feel thirsty and maintain a habit of drinking water throughout the day for better health.

hydration-benefitsHow much water should you drink during the day?

Well, it can vary depending on your body weight, level of physical activity in and outdoors and health conditions. The average recommendation is 6 to 8 8oz glasses per day but those with moderate to high levels of physical activity need to increase their water intake before, during and after exercise.

Recommendations for hydration while exercising:

  • 20 to 30 minutes before exercise: Drink at least 8 oz. of water
  • During exercise: Consume 7-10 oz. of water every 10-20 minutes
  • Within 30 minutes after exercising: Drink at least 8 oz. of water

It may be uncomfortable to drink what may seem like a lot of water for one day as you may feel full and have many trips to the bathroom, but once your body gets used to the adequate water intake you will feel more energized and your body will surely use up the fluids for better functioning.

Develop healthy habits to staying hydrated:

  • Keep a log of your water intake, aim for 6 to 8 glasses per day and schedule reminders to drink fluids.
  • Keep a reusable water bottle and drink from it throughout the day.
  • Keep your water fresh in cool or room temperature, whichever you like best.
  • Try out different natural flavorings for your water… cucumber-watermelon anyone?
  • Sodas and processed juices are not healthy replacements for water.
  • AVOID dehydration!

Dehy_SafecareIf dehydration occurs, seek help immediately, rest in a cool place and avoid any further exertion.

Speak to your doctor to find out more about adequate hydration habits to parallel your health condition and activity level.

Keep a well hydrated body for vitality and energy to enjoy the sunny season.

Safecare Will Be Closed on July 4th!

Our offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of our Independence Day.

We will reopen at our regular business hours on Thursday, July 5th.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday.

Let’s Get Walking!

Walking can have significant benefits to your physical health and mental well-being. A simple brisk walk will increase your cardiovascular health, improve your mood and could even enhance your social skills.

What is the best way to enjoy a nice walk?

For starters, get the right gear. Comfortable shoes made for running and walking and loose fitted or sports clothing are the best alternative for exercise.

Start slow. If you are new to exercise, have been recovering from illness or have any medical concerns, start with a gentle walk and slowly build up to where you want to go. Remember to consult your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

Stay hydrated. Keep water handy during your walking course. Don’t wait to feel thirsty to enjoy a nice refreshing beverage.

Wear Sunblock. Especially if walking under the South Florida Sun, wear protective lotion, hats and clothing that help avoid burning. Try to stay under the shaded areas whenever possible.

Know your path. Avoid cracked sideways and potholes and blocked pavements that could cause a fall.

Warm up for a 5-10 minutes before activity and cool down for another 5-10 after your walk.

Stretch gently after your cool down.

Grab a pen and set your walking schedule on your calendar. Invite a friend or relative, plan your routes and enjoy the benefits of this simple yet very beneficial exercise. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Happy 100th Birthday, Yolanda Bruscino!

We are so honored to have you as a patient and look forward to celebrating many more years with you.

Wishing you many happy returns!

 

 

Your Best Health is Our Mission!

Our caring and highly professional Safecare team is here to help you achieve your goals to better health.

Our doctors and staff would be happy to welcome you and assist you with your health concerns. Urgent care and walk-ins are also welcome. Call .

Call us at 954-454-6300 for an appointment!

Mental Sharpness

The mind and body connection is unique and powerful, and keeping a healthy mind should always be part of our daily goals in the same way we aim to keep healthy bodies.
Good diet, exercise, and health check-ups with your doctor all help to keep body and mind healthy and vibrant. However, our minds need an extra boost to keep working at their optimum and thus provide our bodies with the much needed support for every day stressors. How can you make it happen? Below are 10 steps to help you keep your mind sharp every day, every year:

Daily exercise: Exercise is crucial for overall health. Aim to be active at least 20 minutes a day. If your mobility is limited, try to divide your daily physical activity to only a few minutes a few times a day. Move your arms and legs throughout the day to keep blood (energy!) flowing. Always consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

Stay curious: Explore new ideas and activities every day; read and watch documentaries about other cultures and other people’s interests. You will be surprised at how much your world will expand.

Learn something new: trying a new skill is a great way to open up the brain and exercise the mind. You might find a brand new passion to keep your heart and mind thriving.

Dream and plan to achieve: No matter your age, always grab something to look forward to. Voice your desire and aim to make it happen and enlist others’ help is needed.

Connect with others: Positive social interactions are key to healthy living. Find like-minded individuals with whom you can share some of your daily activities.

Practice mindfulness: Create a gratefulness journal and log daily at least 5 things for which you are thankful; this will boost your mood and will encourage you to keep finding more venues for happiness.

Forgive and yes, forget! Negative emotions are toxic to our mental and physical health. Don’t allow bad situations to constantly dominate your thoughts and ruin your day. Choose your battles wisely, try to let it go and forget… for your own sake.

Manage your stress effectively: Don’t wait until you feel run down and frustrated to schedule time to re-charge. Make resting time a priority in your life; delegate, and get rid of time demands that no longer serve you positively.

Give back: Generosity fosters happiness, and a happy mood keeps our mind sharp. Volunteer a few hours of your time to a special cause or to someone in need; give away to charity items that you no longer need.

Eat for Health: A balanced and healthy diet will provide your body with energy which in turn will help your mind to stay focused.  

Get help and speak to your doctor if you or a loved one struggle with mental illness, extreme forgetfulness, and/or depression. Help is always available!

Contact one of our offices to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Remember & Honor

Our offices will be closed on Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen at our regular business hours on Tuesday, May 29th.

We wish you a safe and peaceful weekend.

 

Join Our Team

Company

Safecare Medical Center is an established, full-service Primary Care Physician office that has been serving the South Broward and North Dade communities since 1967. We have two busy Primary Care offices conveniently located in Hallandale Beach and Hollywood, Florida. Our talented medical staff includes two Board Certified Internal Medicine Physicians, a Physician Assistant-Certified and two Licensed Massaged Therapists. Safecare Medical Center is open during regular business hours with the exception of one evening per week and alternating Saturdays to ensure accessible appointments for all of our patients.

Position Summary

Safecare Medical Center is seeking experienced candidates or new graduates to fill our full-time Physician Assistant / Nurse Practitioner position. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work alongside our knowledgeable Board Certified Internists to diagnose, treat, prescribe and refer patients for follow-up treatment as needed.

Responsibilities and Duties

The Physician Assistant (PA) / Nurse Practitioner (NP) will provide high-quality direct patient care under the supervision of and in collaboration with our Board Certified Internists. The PA / NP will work directly with staff, physicians, administration, patients and families. The PA / NP will perform new and follow-up office visits which include but are not limited to:

  • Capturing patient histories
  • Performing physical exams
  • Reviewing and prescribing medications
  • Evaluating and ordering diagnostic tests
  • Making medical diagnoses
  • Developing appropriate plans of care for patients with acute and chronic illnesses

Required Skills and Qualifications

The Physician Assistant (PA) / Nurse Practitioner (NP) will demonstrate at minimum the following skills and qualifications to be considered for this position:

  • Florida Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant license
  • ANCC or NCCPA certification
  • Graduate of a Physician Assistant training program accredited by the ARC-PA or Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Excellent patient management skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate as needed
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Flexible schedule with the ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Experience working in Electronic Medical Records software

Compensation and Benefits

Safecare Medical Center is proud to offer a competitive salary and compensation package to include health insurance, paid sick / vacation time and a 401-K retirement plan for all of its full time employees.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should e-mail their CV to jsayfie@safecare.com.

www.safecare.com

 

 

Yes, We Know It’s Saturday!

 

Our Hallandale Beach office will open this coming Saturday, May 19th from 9 AM to 12 PM to help you catch up on your healthcare needs. Dr. Chiapone Ting and Physician Assistant Susan Budowsky will be onsite to assist with your healthcare needs. Call us at 954-457-6300 to make your appointment, walk-ins are also welcome.

Your best health is our mission!

 

Goodbye Stacey

Our lovely Physician Assistant, Stacey McFadden, will be leaving Safecare to pursue a career in the dermatology field. We are grateful for her time with us and wish her great success in her new endeavors.  Click below to read Stacey’s letter to our Safecare patients.

Stacey, it’s been our pleasure to have you, we wish you all the very best!

Safecare Medical Center


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