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Free flu shots at Carpenters Center Posted by on

Carpenters Care is offering free flu shots at the Carpenters Center this month. Check out the schedule - no appointment necessary.





Seasonal allergies or the common cold? A message from the Carpenters Care team Posted by on

Summer brings beautiful blossoming flowers and trees but it also brings pollen and dreaded seasonal allergies. Allergies are caused by our immune system mistaking an otherwise harmless substance as an invader and triggering the production of antibodies. This response causes symptoms in our nose, throat, lungs, sinuses and eyes that can be hard to differentiate from a common cold. The first step when you have symptoms is to speak with your doctor and determine if you have a cold or allergy.

There are a number of things you can do to relieve seasonal allergies:

• Minimizing exposure is important. Stay indoors on dry, windy days or days when the pollen count is high. The best time to venture outside is after a good rain when the pollen has been washed out of the air.
• Make sure to remove and wash clothes that have been worn outside and take a shower to clean pollen off of your skin and hair.
• Keep pollen out of your home by keeping doors and windows closed especially when pollen counts are high. There are a number of websites that display pollen counts including weather.com.
• Speak with your doctor about taking medication to manage your allergy symptoms, there are many over the counter options and your doctor can help determine what might be the most helpful for you.

Seasonal allergies can be unpleasant but with the right combination of avoidance and possible medication your allergy symptoms can be minimized or kept under control. Please feel free to call the Carpenters Care team at 781-222-0930 if you are struggling with a cold or allergy.





Eat smart for a healthy heart...Even when you eat out! Posted by on

On average, Americans eat over 200 meals away from home each year. Let’s face it; dining out is a big part of life. The good news is you do not have to put your nutrition on hold when you go to a restaurant. It does not have to be difficult to eat what you like and maintain, or even continue to lose weight. Just keep these tips in mind when you dine out:

  • Do not skip meals earlier in the day to “save up” for the evening. It is way too easy to overeat when you are hungry.
  • Look for key words on the menu: “roasted”, “grilled”, “poached”, and “steamed”. These terms usually mean they were prepared without extra fat or a large amount of calories. It is still always helpful to ask your server exa
  • ctly how the food is prepared. Do not be afraid to make substitutions.
  • On that same note, stay away from items that are “fried”, “smothered”, “sautéed”, “covered”, etc. These are less healthy items that can easily have twice the calories as the steamed versions.
  • Enjoy the dining experience. Take your time, eat slowly, and enjoy the social side of eating. It takes about twenty minutes for the brain to register that you are full. We consume fewer calories when we eat slower. It is also easier on the digestive system.
  • Remember to choose a blend of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats at each meal. One large bowl of pasta with cream sauce is not the best way to go. Add chicken and veggies, switch to a red sauce, scale back the amount of pasta and you have a great meal.
  • Ask for dressings and sauces to be put on the side. That way, you can decide how much to use. Remember, a little goes a long way!
  • Take at least half of your meal home. Most restaurant portions are enough for three meals, so there is no need to clean your plate! You can even ask for the takeout box when the food arrives and put half of your meal in the box right away. Portion control is the single most important thing to practice in a restaurant. It will save you more calories than you know.

Remember these tips when dining out. By making small changes over time, you can enjoy restaurant food without sacrificing good nutrition!

If you have a question or are interested in learning more about Carpenters Care please call 1-781-222-0930 or email infoboston@iorahealth.com.

In Health,
Your Carpenters Care Team
 





Carpenters Care getting noticed Posted by on

What is the future of health care? Union carpenters may be finding out through "Carpenters Care by Iora Health," a practice that serves members and is creating talk among health care policy experts. The practice was solicited by the New England Carpenters Health Benefits Fund to open two practice offices, one in the Carpenters Center in Dorchester and the other at Lahey Hospital in Burlington, Massachusetts. It aims to focus more patient care on individual attention and preventative care with tremendous flexibility to meet the needs and schedules of patients.

The practice was included in a "CommonWealth" magazine article about ways practice innovators are helping to "Heal Health Care." Local 1121 millwright Jerome Foureau is included in the article, describing his experience of losing 32 pounds, changing his diet and looking forward to doctors visits since he started visiting Carpenters Care last summer. The story is posted online and can be read free of charge.


 





Dear Carpenters Care Posted by on

Do I need to wear sunscreen if I am not at the pool or the beach? 
This is a question we are often asked. Many of you work outside for extended hours and even though it is work and not play, the simple answer is “yes,” you should protect your skin from prolonged sun exposure. Ultra violet rays are linked to an increase in certain types of skin cancers, aging and sagging skin. This includes the skin on the top of your head and the skin under your hair. Especially for those with thinner hair, applying sunscreen or wearing a hat is the healthy choice. Wearing sunglasses with UV protection is also a good way to avoid harmful rays.

If I need to wear sunscreen, is applying once in the morning enough to protect my skin?
The brand of sunscreen you choose should come with directions on how long it lasts and when reapplication is necessary. As a general rule of thumb, reapply every four hours or after excessive sweating or swimming. Keep in mind that the sun is at its strongest from 11 AM until 2 PM. Sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher is recommended. There is no evidence that an SPF over 35 is beneficial.

While a sleek summer bronze may look good now, its benefits will be long forgotten years down the road if you are coping with skin disease and aging. It does not need to be a top of the line sunscreen spray bottle – it just needs to be sunscreen!

If you have a question or are interested in learning more about Carpenters Care please call 1-781-222-0930 or email infoboston@iorahealth.com.

In Health,
Your Carpenters Care Team





Dear Carpenters Care Posted by on

How do I know if I have Lyme disease?

It is summer in New England, that means outside work, outside play, and exposure to everything that comes with being outdoors. Lots of people come in to see us with topical skin complaints these days: a rash, a burn, a bump or lump. While the urban legend (probably rooted in some kind of fact) that a bull’s-eye rash after a tick bite is how you diagnose Lyme disease, CDC studies show that fewer than 50% of patients with Lyme disease recall a tick bite and fewer than 50% of patients with Lyme disease recall any rash. So what does that mean for you and Lyme disease?

Anyone who works or plays outdoors is at risk. Deer ticks like cool, moist environments like tall grass around the edges of yard or along side roads. They also like moist gardens and shrubs in wooded areas; they can even fall off of trees! The list is endless and so is the risk for exposure even right in your own backyard.

Performing daily skin checks, wearing DEET repellent and wearing socks and shoes decrease your risk for tick bites. You should contact your doctor if you have symptoms such as a rash, aches or pains and ask about an evaluation for Lyme. It’s not just a bull’s-eye rash anymore. 

If you have a question or are interested in learning more about Carpenters Care please call
1-781-222-0930 or email infoboston@iorahealth.com.

 





Carpenters Care - FAQs Posted by on

What is Carpenters Care?

Carpenters Care is a new primary care doctor’s office designed specifically for Carpenters and their families. The practice is conveniently located, features evening hours so that you do not have to miss work, consists of a team that knows who you are, focuses on preventive care that keeps you healthy, requires no co-pays, and excludes all of the hassle of going to traditional doctor’s offices.

Carpenters Care is a completely voluntary primary care doctor option, open to members of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and their dependents age 18 and over who currently have healthcare coverage from the New England Carpenters Benefits Fund.

Learn more at CarpentersCare.com

 





Carpenters Care is accepting new patients Posted by on

Attention Eastern MA carpenters: Carpenters Care is accepting new patients!

The New England Carpenters Benefit Funds & Iora Health have partnered to offer new primary care doctor's office for members and other adults covered by the Health Fund. The doctor's office convenient after-work hours and has locations in Burlington, MA & Dorchester, MA. Carpenters Care patients, have no co-pays and enjoy free access to fitness & other group classes. Fund participants can join at any time with no commitment and no changes to their benefits. Joining is completely free and voluntary.

Learn more about the Carpenters Care team by clicking here

 





Carpenters Care is open Posted by on

Carpenters Care is open! What is it? A new primary care doctor's office designed for you & your family...Read more on their website by clicking here