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My South African Adventure

17-Oct-2016 | Jessica L. LaPlante | ARNP, MSN

This September, my husband and I spent our honeymoon in South Africa. Over three weeks, we traveled by truck across 2,000 miles of mostly “out of the way” places. We went on safaris both by truck and by foot to see all of Africa’s most famous animals, explored exciting mountain..

 

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2016 Influenza Vaccines are HERE!

11-Oct-2016 | No items found.

Make sure you let your provider know at your next office visit you are interested in getting your 2016 influenza vaccine or just call our office (208-758-0560) and schedule an appointment for a “nurse visit” if the flu shot is all that is needed. If your Insurance covers influenza va..

 

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Preventative Medicine

04-Oct-2016 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

Age 18-29: Annually Wellness exam Baseline cholesterol screen/labs every 2-5 years based on family history and baseline assessment Skin check Thyroid exam STD screen new exposure annually if warranted Eye exam every 2 years Age 18-29: Women Pap age 21, then every ..

 

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Raising Your Own Meat Aint For Sissys!

14-Sep-2016 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

When I was growing up, I never wanted to do 4H even though my brothers did. I just wanted to run and play sports. Now I know why. I am a sissy and too sensitive. I am sometimes surprised that I can handle the sad parts of my job. This week we put down our last two pigs that we raised this s..

 

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B Vitamins

16-Aug-2016 | Jessica L. LaPlante | ARNP, MSN

B Complex Vitamins are an excellent supplement that can be taken for several reasons including; energy, mood, immune boost, weight control, preventing headaches, heart health, and to improve skin and hair. These important, water soluble vitamins are helpful for many processes in the body. There ..

 

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Protein at Breakfast; a Must for Weight Loss!

09-Aug-2016 | Jessica L. LaPlante | ARNP, MSN

When I am discussing meal planning with patients who are trying to lose weight, I start by having them describe their intake on the previous day. We usually begin with breakfast, and I am shocked by the number of patients who tell me “nothing” or just some coffee. Besides the fact th..

 

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Immunizations: Common Concerns

28-Jul-2016 | No items found.

If you worry that giving too many vaccines too soon may overwhelm a baby’s immune system. Consider reading the following: Babies are exposed to many more antigens every day than what they will get in the vaccines. Antigen exposure happens every time they eat, play on the floor or put a ..

 

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Half Ironman In Memory of Leslie

18-Jul-2016 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

My day started at 4:30 a.m. rushing around the house trying not to forget anything that was necessary for my race. The only necessity I forgot was gum; I like to swim with gum so I get less dry mouth. Maybe I need to hydrate more! Although this race I was thankful, I had less of the Fight or Fli..

 

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Antioxidants: Why Do I Need Them?

11-Jul-2016 | Jessica L. LaPlante | ARNP, MSN

Antioxidants: Why do I need them? Antioxidants are substances that naturally occur in the body and can also be ingested through food and supplements. They are chemicals that can prevent or slow cell damage. Antioxidants are compounds that can donate electrons to free radicals. Free radicals are ..

 

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Which Supplements Do I Really Need?

28-Jun-2016 | Jessica L. LaPlante | ARNP, MSN

For people who are interested in improving their health through the use of vitamins and supplements, the selection process can be pretty overwhelming. There are countless brands of vitamins, minerals, herbs and other supplements and entire stores dedicated to this ever growing industry. When I a..

 

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#LupusSucks!!

22-Jun-2016 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

In 2015 Lupus claimed the life of one my best friends from high school. She battled Lupus for 22 years of her life and passed at the age of 44. In high school she was our standout point guard (#22) on our championship Varsity Basketball Team. Our team made it farther than any other Clearlake hig..

 

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Mediterranean Diet: Heart Healthy & Delicious!

07-Jun-2016 | Jessica L. LaPlante | ARNP, MSN

The most important starting place for a healthy lifestyle, is healthy eating choices. It is no secret that the American stye of eating overly processed, convenience foods is leading to poorer and poorer health. Rather than choose a traditional “diet”. Its important to adopt a healthi..

 

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But It's Easy For You, Jen

06-Jun-2016 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

"It's easy for you, Jen." If I had a quarter for every patient that has told me that exercise and staying fit is “easy for you Jen,” I would have a bucket of change. For some reason, I guess because I am thin and appear fit, patients think that I don’t have to work at it. ..

 

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Event: Coeur d'Alene Run for 271

01-Jun-2016 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

Howdy Everyone! Wanted to fill you in on an awesome run we are sponsoring for a great cause - Our local School District 271. Coming up June 4, 2016 starting at 9:00am at McEuen Park, Run for 271 is great fun for the whole family. Register and support our kids. About Run for 271: Run ..

 

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Jen's Road to Coeur d'Alene Half Ironman

25-May-2016 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

My road to the half Ironman Coeur d’ Alene (http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/coeur-dalene.aspx#/axzz4QC3FiB9s) June 26th, 2016 is actually “OUR” road, it's my plan to share my adventure with you.. You can follow me here on the Active Family Healthcare bl..

 

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Get the Lowdown on Eating Like a Caveman

31-Mar-2016 | Jessica L. LaPlante | ARNP, MSN

The most important starting place for a healthy lifestyle, is healthy eating choices. It is no secret that the American stye of eating overly processed, convenience foods is leading to poorer and poorer health. Rather than choose a traditional “diet”. Its important to adopt a healthi..

 

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Concussion Update Sports Medicine

24-Jan-2016 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

The most common sports to get a concussion in is football, soccer and basketball. Actually girls/women tend to have higher rate of concussions in soccer and basketball. Experts believe that when girls “head” the ball in soccer, they whip their heads back to front and this whipping mo..

 

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NEW BILLING SERVICE

07-Nov-2015 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

We are very excited to announce that we will have a new billing service that will take over December 1, 2015. The new company is Pacific Medical Revenue and they will be streamlining our billing process. If you have questions or concerns about your bill please let us know...

 

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SIGN UP FOR RACE/EVENT

07-Nov-2015 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

Do you wanna get in shape. I highly recommend to set a goal. A great way to do this is to sign up for a run/race ie 5 or 10 K race, maybe even a half marathon, or a triathalon. Once you have your goal set, make a schedule for training and go for it. I really believe that when you set a goal of d..

 

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WEIGHT REDUCTION

07-Nov-2015 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

Do you wanna take weight off quickly. I can't think of a better way then jogging/running. Running is hard, for everyone. Each year when I start my triathalon training, the restart of my running is difficult. Patients often tell me "its easy for you, you're a runner". Its not easy for me! I usual..

 

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Beauty Bay CDA hiking/biking

17-Aug-2015 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

Trail 257 One of my favorite places to hike or ride my mountain bike is trail 257 in Beauty Bay. From CDA you just take HWY I90 East and exit Wolf Lodge and take a right. Follow this road for several miles, pass the Mineral Ridge hiking area and take your next left at Beauty Bay Campgrou..

 

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Find out your Risk Factors for Heart Disease

17-Aug-2015 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

Blog 2 Ever worry about heart disease, or atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in your heart arteries). Heart Disease is the number one killer of Americans. As an adult you should have your cholesterol checked once a year. There is now a test to check for inflammation of the inside arterial wall..

 

 

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Bike Riding In North Idaho

17-Aug-2015 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

Blog 3 Riding bikes is one the best low impact exercises. There are safe wonderful trails to ride in CDA/Post Falls/Sandpoint/Silver Valley where you don’t have to worry about cars and traffic. Check out the Centennial trail system, North Idaho Bikeways, and the Hiawatha Trail...

 

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My Ironman Journey -- Race Week!

23-Jun-2015 | Jessica L. LaPlante | ARNP, MSN

Ironman CDA 2015 This is it! Ironman CDA is less than one week away and I am so excited! Other than a few short swims/rides/runs, all my training is done. Now I am just resting and hydrating. Honestly, my anxiety level is climbing a little as I watch the predicted weather forecast for Sunday..

 

 

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Hiking Tubbs Hill

04-Jun-2015 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

Tubbs Hill. Need more of a challenge on Tubbs Hill? I tend to get in the habit of taking the one trail around the outside of Tubbs. Recently I decided to veered off that trail and it was an awesome steep hike. Park at the 11th street parking lot of Tubbs Hill, downtown CDA. Start up the trai..

 

 

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My Ironman Journey -- Final Month

03-Jun-2015 | Jessica L. LaPlante | ARNP, MSN

Ironman Training: The FINAL Month! and intensity of my training sessions will peak over the next week or two, and I will "taper down" until race day. I have had a few full length (2.4 mile) swims in lake Cda. The mild winter and spring have made for some warm water, but the wind today s..

 

 

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My Ironman Journey -- Lifelong

12-May-2015 | Jessica L. LaPlante | ARNP, MSN

Ironman Training; Exercise Across the Lifespan! Every Monday morning, I take a break from outdoor training. I swim 1.5 miles in the PEAK pool, then I take a spin class with my mom. Exercising with a friend or family member really helps to alleviate the boredom and monotony of training alone...

 

 

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My Ironman Journey -- Challenges

28-Apr-2015 | Jessica L. LaPlante | ARNP, MSN

Challenges of the Week. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - This week of training contained some new challenges as my work outs are getting longer! I ran 14 miles on Tuesday, but my pace was a little slower than my goal. I was barely managing a 10 minute mile while I was shooting for 9:30. Howev..

 

 

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My Ironman Journey -- Recovery Week

09-Apr-2015 | Jessica L. LaPlante | ARNP, MSN

Recovery Week! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - This week in ironman training is a "recovery week". That means a slight decrease in quantity and intensity of training hours to let my body prepare for the pressures of the upcoming weeks. In each of the last three weeks, I have trained for 12-1..

 

 

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My Ironman Journey -- Training

01-Apr-2015 | Jessica L. LaPlante | ARNP, MSN

Training in adverse conditions! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - What a day for a ride! It was 30 degrees and blustery when I took off at 8 am this morning! When I finished at 11:30, it had warmed up to a whopping 45! These are the training days that really test my dedication, but I can t..

 

 

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My Ironman Journey -- Swimming

24-Mar-2015 | Jessica L. LaPlante | ARNP, MSN

Swimming as Exercise Across the Lifespan. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - When I tell someone that I am training for an Ironman, I am often asked which sport I find most challenging; swimming, biking or running (it’s biking). Afterward, many people tell me which sport they believe woul..

 

 

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Early Spring is Here!

19-Mar-2015 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

Early Spring is Here! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Awesome for us to be able to take advantage of this warmer weather. There is so much that you can start doing ie. Gardening, walking/jogging outdoors, bike riding, golfing, hiking , or frisbee golf. Some of my favorite hiking/ walking/or ..

 

 

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Follow Me On My Ironman Journey.

17-Mar-2015 | Jessica L. LaPlante | ARNP, MSN

I am now in full swing training for Ironman CDA 2015. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - My goal is to finish the race in under 12 hours. Last year I finished CDA Ironman (my first full IM) in 13:57. My goal for 2014 was simply to make it through the race. I had very little experience training ..

 

 

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Exercise After Injury.

16-Mar-2015 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

Exercising Can Help thru the Process. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Exercising when you're injured is not quite the same but helps with the whole healing process. When you are injured or post-surgical it is hard to look on the positive side. Once you’re released to do some form of ex..

 

 

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Connecting Mind and Body through Yoga

12-Feb-2015 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

Connecting Mind and Body through Yoga - - - - - - - - - - - - - - I am an adrenaline junkie. Always going full throttle through life, constantly challenging my self with high exertion activities. On my recent trip to Hawaii, my 11 year old daughter wanted to try Yoga that was taking plac..

 

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Measles Outbreak!

19-Jan-2015 | No items found.

Measles Outbreak! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Currently there is a Measles outbreak in the United States. There has been 102 cases of measles reported in January 2015 in the US. This disease is transmitted via airborne, therefore very contagious. 1 in 1000 cases of measles results in dea..

 

 

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Strength and Cardiovascular

14-Jan-2015 | No items found.

Do you have a lower extremity injury that doesn’t allow you to use typical cardiovascular machines at the gym? Here’s your solution, this ergonomic machine (see picture below) allows you to strengthen your arms and get cardiovascular exercise at the same time. As a triathlet..

 

 

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Do You Suffer from Chronic Constipation?

31-Dec-2014 | No items found.

Do you suffer from Chronic Constipation? - - - - - - - - - - - - You should always consult with a health care provider first, as you may need certain diagnostic tests such as a colonoscopy and/or blood work. In general these are things that I have found to be helpful for a health..

 

 

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Work Out for 2015 (#2)

30-Dec-2014 | No items found.

ROUND #2 - - - - - - - - - - - - For those of you that have been doing our previously posted exercise routine, awesome and congratulations on doing this! Here is your next routine that can be easily done at home. You will do the following exercises for 30 seconds each, and when ..

 

 

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Osteoporosis in Women

30-Dec-2014 | No items found.

OSTEOPOROSIS in WOMEN - - - - - - - - - - - - If you are female over the age of 50, now is the time to get screened for osteoporosis. As women reach menopause, production of estrogen goes down, estrogen is what increases the absorption of calcium into the bone, therefore with menopa..

 

 

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Check Your Antioxidant Levels at AFHC!

15-Dec-2014 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

Antioxidants. - - - - - - - - - - - - Antioxidants are crucial nutrients that we can now check via skin. At Active Family we have a Pharmanex scanner that quantifies your level for only $20 scan fee. Antioxidants are derived from fruit, vegetables and natural supplements. Adequate levels..

 

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Flu Season Is Here!

08-Dec-2014 | No items found.

A Loss in Our Community. - - - - - - - - - - - - Recently in the CDA area there was a 4 year old that passed away from choking on a super ball. Our community is mourning this unbelievable occurrence. Active Family sends prayers and healing to this family during this time of griev..

 

 

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Safety for Our Children

06-Dec-2014 | No items found.

A Loss in Our Community. - - - - - - - - - - - - Recently in the CDA area there was a 4 year old that passed away from choking on a super ball. Our community is mourning this unbelievable occurrence. Active Family sends prayers and healing to this family during this time of griev..

 

 

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Strength Training for Weight Loss (#1)

23-Nov-2014 | No items found.

Essentials for maintaining weight or losing weight: Strength Training - - - - - - - - - - - - It is really important to strength train preferable 3 days per week. As we age we loose muscle and muscle is what burns calories 24 hours per day, even when you are at rest. So the goal with str..

 

 

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New FDA Approved Weight Loss Drug

12-Nov-2014 | No items found.

NEW WEIGHT LOSS DRUG - - - - - - - - - - - - We now offer the new FDA approved weight loss drug that has been out since Sept 2014. It contains two medicines Wellbutrin and Naltraxone. The 2 medicines are synergistic in signaling the hypothalmus to reduce food intake. Weight decrease ..

 

 

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Winter Activities are Good for Mind and Body

04-Nov-2014 | No items found.

Winter Activities are Good for Mind and Body Winter can be a tough in the Northwest. The weather is icy, cold, snowy, and sometimes windy. With our winter weather and lack of sun-light an increased number of us may suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). One of the best ways to combat..

 

 

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Is your go button broke?

09-Oct-2014 | No items found.

Is your go button broke? Need someone to guide you to better health. Active Family Healthcare is where you should start. Call us today to set up an exercise prescription that meets your needs physically and mentally. We can tailor exercise prescription to meet your medical needs. "A body..

 

 

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Do you have Anxiety?

08-Oct-2014 | No items found.

Have Anxiety? Don't want to take pharmaceuticals for your anxiety and stress. We carry a natural supplement call Cortitrol, by Pharmanex. This product stabilizes your stress hormones from your adrenal gland. We have had lots of success with this product, call for your consultation today. ..

 

 

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No Energy? We Can Help!

08-Oct-2014 | No items found.

No Energy? There are multiple factors that can cause fatigue. At Active Family Healthcare we get to the bottom of your fatigue. This can include checking specific vitamin levels i.e. B12, folate, Vitamin D, iron levels, B12, MTHFR conversion problem. Being sure there is no hormone problem i...

 

 

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Active Family Healthcare now has a Blog!

23-Mar-2014 | Jennifer Fletcher | ARNP | MN | OWNER

Active Family Healthcare is an exciting medical alternative for families and individuals who desire to be active in their overall health regiment of diet, exercise, the use of modern medicine and natural healthcare remedies. At Active Family we will listen to your concerns and provide the indivi..

 

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