How To Be The Healthiest You

October 2022

GMA’s Tips to Stay Active, Stay Well

Cold and flu season is here – what you can do to be ready.

In This Issue

It’s a Team Effort! Meet Dr. Kathleen “Katy” Rieves

Family medicine Dr. Katy Rieves takes the approach of a detective to help patients solve medical issues. She strives to stay current with research, so she’s a reliable source of information for her patients. “I’m a doctor because I care for people. I want to connect with a patient; I want to be on their journey with them,” Dr. Rieves says. “I feel privileged when they invite me into their lives. It’s an honor.” Dr. Reives is board certified and accepting new patients. 

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Staying Active, Staying Well

Getting out to exercise and socialize can make a difference when it comes to your health. As the seasons change, we wanted to share how the GMA team stays active – and invite you to do the same! Connecting with others improves your mental health and can lower your risk for dementia, while physical activity improves your brain health, helps manage weight, reduces your risk for disease and strengthens bones and muscle, among other things. This fall you may see us on the river, fly rod in hand, pedaling up Defiance Trail or grabbing a coffee at Deja Brew to stay active, social and focused on wellness. As part of our practice, we often ask how you stay active and support your mental health to help us understand not only how you’re feeling but how we can help you reach your health goals. 

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Prepare for the Fall Respiratory Season

Medical experts are predicting the flu season will arrive earlier and be more severe than in years past. With more colds and flu, we’re also working to stay vigilant against COVID-19. Here are a few actions you and your family can take to stay healthy:

  • Get your flu & COVID-19 shots or boosters: We have flu shots available now, and they’re safe to receive with your COVID-19 vaccine or booster, including omicron boosters that are now available at GMA for those 12 and older. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick & stay home when you’re sick. Keeping your distance and staying home can help stop the spread of the flu.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing – or consider wearing a mask in public settings.
  • Wash your hands & practice other health habits. Handwashing, exercising and getting plenty of sleep are things that can boost your immune system and help you stay well

Call or text 970-945-8503 to make an appointment to get vaccinated today.

Women’s Health: Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and while our area has a lower rate of breast cancer than the rest of the state and the country, it’s important to know your risk (based on your family history), know what’s normal for you and your body, and get screened. Your annual physical or well woman exams are a place to start those screenings. Women who are in their 40s should start discussing mammograms with their physician – and you can access mammography at all three local hospitals without a referral – while women aged 50 and older should get a mammogram every two years. When you get a mammogram, tell them which GMA physician you see to share the results.

Call or text 970-945-8503 to make an appointment today for your annual physical or well woman exam.

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