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Need Urgent Care on Long Island, try STAT Health!

Urgent Care Centers like STAT Health on Long Island provide walk in medical care with no appointment needed, and usually have hours that extend beyond those of a traditional primary-care provider. They are a great option for situations when a primary care provider is unavailable, but the situation is not serious enough for a visit to the ER.

This walk in medical centers has locations all across Long Island and are a great option for illness and injuries that occur after hours or on weekends. They offer treatment options for minor injuries and common illnesses at a fraction of the cost of emergency care, often with shorter wait times and without an appointment.

Urgent medical conditions are ones that are not considered emergencies but still require care within 24 hours. Some examples of such conditions include:

· Accidents and falls
· Sprains and strains
· Moderate back problems
· Breathing difficulties (i.e. mild to moderate asthma)
· Bleeding/cuts — not bleeding a lot but requiring stitches
· Diagnostic services, including X-rays and laboratory tests
· Eye irritation and redness
· Fever or flu
· Vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration
· Severe sore throat or cough
· Minor broken bones and fractures (i.e. fingers, toes)
· Skin rashes and infections
· Urinary tract infections

Instead of suffering through the weekend for your doctor, or spending a fortune and an entire day in the emergency room, Stat Health urgent care walk in medical clinic allows you to get the care you need without an appointment.

Beat the Winter Blues

Winter Blues got you down? Here are some tips to avoid getting down this winter season:


1. Exercise

Exercise is  great for relieving stress.  The effects of a good workout can last all day . You’ll have more energy throughout the day, and your metabolism with stay elevated along with your mood.


2. Eat a Healthy Diet (Most of the time)

Avoid complex sugars and processed foods. Keeping your body fueled with healthy, nutritious food will help balance your mood. Once in awhile it is okay to indulge in the typical ‘comfort food’ that is popular in the winter months.


3. Get Some Sun

Lack of sunlight can cause many people to become depressed—without knowing why! Similar to exercise, sunlight exposure releases neurotransmitters in the brain that affect mood. Try to spend a little more time outdoors.  Keep your shades up during the day to let more light in. Sit near windows in restaurants and during class. Try changing the light bulbs in your house to “full spectrum” bulbs. These mimic natural light and actually have the same affects on your mind as the real thing.


4. Treat Yourself

Take the time to pamper and take care of yourself. Indulge in a bubble bath or a spa day. Reward yourself for getting through the winter.


5. Relax!

Winter is a time of slowing down. Don’t over book your schedule. It’s cold outside, time to kick back with a cup of hot tea and a good book!


6. Embrace the Season

Instead of always avoiding the cold and the snow—look for the best that it has to offer! Take up a winter sport like ice skating, snowboarding, hockey, or even sledding! Enjoy these opportunities while they last—after all, they’re only here a few months per year. Staying active will boost your energy. Seeing winter in a positive light, with all the fun activities that it has to offer, will keep your spirits high.


7. Get Social Support

Winter can be isolating, remember to schedule some social time.  Have a craft day, or a brunch. Getting out of the house for something you want to do is a great motivator.

Keep those New Years Resolutions

It seems New Year’s resolutions are just as easily made as they are broken.  Here are some tips to make sure you stay on track for your health and weight goals

1.  Be Realistic

Setting the bar too high is almost ensuring your failure. Set realistic and attainable goals for yourself and you will reap the long term benefits.

2.  Plan Ahead

Impulses are passing, to enact real change in your life it requires a change in your mind set. Be mentally prepared to make serious life style choices. Break your big goals into smaller ones and outline not only what your goals are but how you will attain them.

7.  Track Your Progress

Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, focus on losing the first five. Keep a food journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for each five pounds lost.

5.  Talk About It

Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Find an accountabili-buddy to help you stick to your plan.

6.  Reward Yourself

When you hit a milestone in your plan celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution.

8.  Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time.

9.  Stick to It

It takes about 3 weeks for an action to become routine and six months for it to be part of your personality.  Keep with your diet and exercise even on days when you aren’t feeling it.

10. Keep Trying

Making lifestyle changes is not easy, but it is worth it.  If you fall off your regimen, just dust yourself off and try again.

Is it a Cold or the Flu?

Cold and Flu Season is here! When you wake up sneezing, coughing, and have that achy, feverish, can’t move a muscle feeling, how do you know whether you have cold symptoms or the flu?


It’s important to know the difference between flu and cold symptoms. A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks. The flu can also result in serious health problems such as pneumonia and hospitalizations.

So how can you tell the difference?

Colds tend to start with a sore throat and progress to the congestion, runny nose and cough that we all hate.With cold symptoms, the nose teems with watery nasal secretions for the first few days. Later, these become thicker and darker. Dark mucus is natural and does not usually mean you have developed a bacterial infection, such as a sinus infection.

If cold symptoms do not seem to be improving after a week, you may have a bacterial infection, which means you may need antibiotics.

Flu symptoms are usually more severe than cold symptoms and come on quickly and include sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion, and cough. Most flu symptoms gradually improve over two to five days, but can cause fatigue and soreness for days after.  The real danger in the flu is the possibility of pneumonia, a risk that is increased in children and the elderly.

If you have fever with severe aches and pains you probably have the flu. If you have a sore throat and runny nose it is most likely a cold.

Whether you have a cold or flu, it is important to stay home and rest to avoid spreading germs and to help your body recover. If your symptoms last more than a few days or your symptoms are getting severe such as a very high fever or having trouble breathing it is time to see a doctor.

Tips for Healthy Holiday Travel from STAT Health Urgent Care


Here are some healthy holiday travel tips:

1. Get Your Sleep

Research has shown skipping even a few hours of sleep can make you more susceptible to catching a cold the next day. Get a full night’s rest. Make sleep a top priority on the night before your trip. If you can’t, get a designated driver to help you out. And, if you’re flying, make use of that in-flight pillow, blanket and eye mask on the airplane to help you get some shut eye.

Driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous, if not more dangerous than drunk driving.  Divide long rides between drivers and stop over if you need to.  If you’re worried about timing, remember it’s better to be a few hours late, then not arrive at all.


2. Stay active.

Don’t let the holidays disrupt your fitness routine. Exercise will boost your energy and mood while traveling. Wear comfortable shoes so you can walk around the airport terminal instead of sitting down to wait for boarding. And make a few trips up and down the aisle during your flight, even if you don’t need the restroom.  In the car, take breaks every two or three hours for a quick burst of fresh air and brisk walk around the service station. Plan family activities  that require moving around like sledding, skating or even caroling.


3.  Stay Hydrated

The dry air on a plane causes dehydration so  skip the in-flight cocktail, coffee and caffeinated beverages. Alcoholic beverages can have a stronger effect when you’re imbibing at high altitudes and may enhance jet-lag symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, headaches or mental grogginess. Your best bet is to drink plenty of water. If you know you’ve got a long wait at the airport and want to avoid spending $5 on bottled water, tote along an empty bottle and fill it up at a water fountain after you pass through security.


5. Don’t Stress

The holidays are a high stress time for many people. Make sure you are mentally prepared for delays and setbacks.  Account for traffic and flight cancellations in your plans and create backups.  Pack extra books, chargers and activities for the kids and yourself as well.  If your family is particularly stressful make sure you can take a few minutes to recharge, either by taking a drive or a walk for some peace and quiet.


6 Keep to your diet

Follow an 80/20 rule at dinner. Yes, you can have your holiday favorites, if you limit the portion sizes. Load up your plate with 80 percent fresh or steamed vegetables and fruits and 20 percent everything else. Avoid the holiday splurge-and-starve cycle. there’s a tendency to say ‘I overate at dinner last night, so I’ll just skip breakfast and lunch.’ Steer clear of that downward spiral. Better to break the cycle right away by starting the next morning with a quick walk and light, nutritious breakfast, and fill up with a snack and a glass of water before you sit down to the next tempting meal.

Importance of Sleep



November 1st we turn our clocks back and get an extra hour of sleep, but why is that sleep so important?

Lack of sleep clearly affects our thinking, or cognitive, processes. A sleep-deprived brain is truly running on four rather than eight cylinders. We’re much more likely to make errors. It’s because the brain’s engine hasn’t been replenished.

Sleep deprivation also affects us physically. Our coordination suffers. We lose our ability to do things with agility. Sleep improves muscle tone and skin appearance. With adequate sleep athletes run better, swim better and lift more weight. We also see differences in immune responses depending on how much someone sleeps.

Suffolk County’s Enforces New Heat Index Rules for School Sports

After Nikolas Visco, 16, a junior on the Riverhead High School varsity football team, suffered heatstroke, Suffolk County has taken a strong stance on protecting student athletes from heat-related incidents, even tougher than the guidelines set forth by the state.

While state guidelines mandate a heat alert to go out when the temperature hits 95,  Suffolk County alerts will now incorporate the heat index into their decision to issue a warning.  The heat index is the temperature the human body feels when the relative humidity combines with the air temperature. Since a person sweats to cool off when the body gets too hot, if the relative humidity is high, it makes it more difficult for sweat to leave the body.

All schools when in a modified heat alert, will have mandatory and forced water breaks every 15 minutes, loose-fitted and light-colored T-shirts and shorts, and rest in shaded areas.

The state high school athletic association’s guidelines call for a heat index caution when the heat index is 80 to 85 degrees, with water breaks, watching for heat illness and reducing practice time.

A heat index watch is for a heat index of 86 to 90 degrees, with water breaks, watching for heat illness, reducing practice time and giving recovery time of at least one hour for every hour of practice. The state also recommends postponing the practice.

Suffolk’s heat alert policy also limits times for practice sessions, allowing teams to work out between 7 and 10 a.m. and again from 5 to 8 p.m. prior to Labor Day.

Ways to Avoid Heat Stroke

  • Don’t overexert yourself.
  • Open windows and use fans, or turn on air conditioning. If you don’t have air conditioning, go to a public place that does, like a mall, library, or movie theater.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can speed up dehydration.
  • Wear loose clothing light in color and fabric, as well as a hat and sunblock, and stay in the shade or indoors if possible.
  • Drink a quart of fluids an hour.

Back To School Tips

Back to school is here again! Here are some tips to keep your kids happy and healthy for the start of the new school year.

• Establish a sleep routine

The National Sleep Foundation provides guidelines for the amount of sleep children should get at different ages. They suggest kids between the ages of 3 and 5 get 10 to 13 hours of sleep a night; ages 6 to 13 need 9 to 11 hours of sleep; and teens 14 and older should get 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night.
Going back to school means an end to staying up late. To help your child transition back to waking up early. Start with going to bed one hour earlier every night and waking up early until the new routine is established. It needs to be done a week or two before going back to school, not the night before school starts.
Studies have shown that the glowing light from cellphone and tablet screens can disrupt sleep cycles, so make sure kids put electronic devices away well before bedtime.

• Get an annual physical

Annual checkups should be done by a pediatrician before each new school year to ensure that your child’s medical records and vaccinations are up to date.The American Academy of Pediatrics has a complete list of vaccination schedules, by age group, posted on its website.
Also, be sure to schedule your child for a sports physical so they can participate in sports because physicals are valid for one year. Your child won’t be able to participate in sports if that is not done.

• Eye exams

Vision screenings are typically done as part of a child’s physical exam, so parents should ask pediatricians about checking their children’s eyesight before school starts.
Having poor vision can sometimes go unnoticed. Kids might not say anything or know that something is amiss with their vision, she said. If your child has to squint or strain to see the front of the classroom, it could show up as headaches during the day, poor school performance or even behavioral problems. Pediatricians can advise when a visit to a an optometrist or ophthalmologist is needed.

Healthy eating

A lot of kids spend the summer eating differently, with fewer rules and more treats, but now’s the time to rein that in. Before the new school year starts, get your child back into the habit of eating three regular meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Check with your child’s school to find out about lunch options and meal schedules before the school year starts. Be sure and inform the school if your child has any food allergies.


Backpacks full of books and school supplies can put strain on your child’s neck, shoulders and back. In addition to getting a backpack strong enough to carry a heavy load, talk with teachers to see if there are ways to lighten the load.
Kids should always use both shoulder straps when wearing a backpack. Also, check with your school to see if they allow rolling backpacks, which may be a good option for students who have a lot to carry.

• Homework and study habits

Children need a consistent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions, and promotes study. It’s a good idea to schedule a regular time for homework so the child gets into the routine. Make sure that homework time is free from distractions like TV or other electronic devices.
If your child is struggling with a particular subject or can’t focus, discuss this with a teacher or school counselor to determine the best solution.