Women Fear Losing No-Cost Birth Control:
IUD's Available at Our Center!

Recently, a Philly.com reporter published a story in regard to the possibility of women losing no-cost birth control if Obamacare is repealed. The story focuses on a different type of birth control that might make more sense for women - the Intrauterine Device (IUD). 

IUD's are a  T-shaped device placed in the uterus at a quick office procedure. They are typically approved for use for 3 or 5 years (some brands may last up to 10 years). 

At RWWC, we offer many types of birth control methods but IUD's are growing in popularity.  To learn more about our Gynecology practice and scheduling for an IUD consultation, click here.  

To read the Philly.com article, click here .

Foods that Support  Emotional Well-Being

Not many people associate emotional well-being with nutrition. Usually when we think about what we eat, we relate that to our physical health and how it affects our weight and appearance. However, that is only scratching the surface of the variety of roles that food and nutrition play. Food is made up of two categories:  macronutrients, or the caloric content of food- which includes carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The second category is called micronutrients, which consist of all of the vitamins and minerals. These macro and micronutrients are what affect our mood, energy levels, hormone balance and even the chemicals in our brain such as serotonin and dopamine.

Nutrient deficiencies can happen from not getting a good mix of unprocessed foods such as: whole grains, beans and legumes, lean proteins and a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. Each color category of fruits and vegetables provides a different phytochemical make up. For example, dark purples and blues are primarily beneficial for their anthocyanin content, which is good for brain and cognitive health. Greens provide isothiocyanates, which supports liver function and cell health. 

To learn more about which foods help to support your emotional well-being, click here.  

HIV - Get Yourself Tested! 

World AIDS Day is December 1st--it presents a worldwide opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV, to show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died.  
One of the best ways to join in this fight is to get tested for HIV. The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. And if you have any risk factors, a general rule is to get tested annually.
Despite a lot of growth in terms of people's understanding and acceptance of the HIV virus, there still remains a great deal of stigma around getting tested for HIV. Many people still fear that others will think less of them if they are diagnosed with HIV. To learn more about HIV and getting tested, click here.

Skincare for 360-degree Health
Our  Dermacenter Medical Spa assists our patients on their journey of long-lasting skin health, by treating skin issues and maintaining healthy and beautiful skin throughout all stages of life.
Every month we highlight different services and procedures to provide our patients access to skincare as a part of a healthy lifestyle.  Click Here for more information on these monthly specials.

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photofacial  is a combination of laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) technology used to improve the appearance of skin . Photofacial treatments minimize redness, broken capillaries, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots and more!

This year, RWWC is accepting non-perishable food donations for Philabundance. Philabundance provides food to approximately 90,000 people per week - of which 30% are children and 15% are senior citizens - through a network of nearly 350 member agencies including food cupboards, shelters, emergency kitchens and more.

Below's infographic from  www.Philabundance.org lists the top 10 most needed items along with some guidelines. 

RWWC will be accepting donations from 11/28-12/30. Any assistance that you can offer our community is appreciated.

Did you know about our EXTENDED hours???

Did you know that our office offers extended hours Monday-Saturday? Our office hours are:

Monday         8:00am
Tuesday        8:00am
Wednesday   8:00am
Thursday       8:00am
Friday            8:00am
Saturday       10:00am

If you are having an emergency after-hours, please bear in mind that our call center can reach a provider on call (a doctor or nurse practitioner from our practice) who can give you a call back as soon as possible.

Patient Portal Update

You can now view statements and pay bills on the patient portal by clicking "Latest Statement."

We know so much about our patients and we love to see familiar faces (although preferably for well-visits), but do you ever wonder about who is helping you book your follow-ups or draw your blood? If you do want to know more about our team, we are introducing a new 'Meet the staff' section! We hope that getting a little more familiar with the people you see in our office will make you more comfortable and confident with the care you receive through us.

Jessica West, 26 years old, Receptionist

1) What does 'wellness' mean to you?

Wellness in my opinion, means an overall balance of your life. In other words, you have everything in your life centered, organized, and fit to accommodate the person you are everyday. Whether you're a hardworking college student, or a single, full-time mother; Whatever lifestyle you have, you have complete control over it and it brings you nothing but positivity. 

2) How do you feel about healthcare in the U.S. and your role within the system?

Ever since the Obama Administration mandated that every American is required to have healthcare, I believe that it has opened many doors for a lot of people who could not afford health insurance or receive quality care beforehand. As a medical receptionist/call center specialist, I am elated about how many new patients I schedule, many of whom have ObamaCare. I feel it is my obligation to make patients aware of other resources that they do not know are available to them - either through their insurance or community agencies that are willing to offer a helping hand.

3) What health advice do you promote to your family?

I am a mother first and foremost. So, I try to always incorporate some type of physical activity in my children's daily life; whether it's dancing in the living room with my 7 year old or chasing my 22 month old son back and forth around the house. I also try to have small functions with my relatives so that they will be able to get out and move as well. For instance, my family and I have annual cookouts and block parties where all we do is play double dutch with the younger children or line dance. Either way, I try to make staying healthy, in the physical sense, something fun and not tedious.

4) Are there any lifestyle changes that have positively or negatively affected your health?

Like every full-time working mom, trying to find that medium in balancing life and staying healthy can be difficult at times. I was guilty of skipping breakfast and eating fast food a lot because it was more convenient. But, since working at RWWC and working with an all female staff, I realized that I was not the only one. The providers and my other co-workers, some of whom are mothers as well, helped me find that balance. Whether it was time management, meal preparations, or simple and quick workout tips. They understood my lifestyle and the lifestyle of our patients; which, for me, made things tremendously easier.

5) What activities do you participate in? What do you do to help you feel healthy?

I try to be as active as possible wherever I am. If I can take the stairs instead of an elevator, I will. If I can walk a few blocks instead of catching the bus, I do. I also try to open myself up to trying new foods. I've come to learn that all healthy food isn't terrible. Working at RWWC definitely helped me change my mindset about that.

6) What advice do you have for patients seeking to optimize their health?

My advice would be to simply be open-minded about healthy living. Being healthy does not mean that you have to stop enjoying the things you eat or spend countless hours at the gym. There are alternatives. Also, reach out to people that either you can help or that can help you to achieve healthy living. It is not impossible - and better yet, it's not something that is unattainable. It's just something you have to be willing to do for yourself no matter what path you choose to take.

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