Family Planning at NCHS

December 13, 2017

Family planning is an important part of any woman’s life, no matter what type of family she currently has or plans to have in the future. From contraceptives to fertility treatments to pregnancy counseling, our family planning clinics offer all-inclusive services to help women attain optimal health and the best life.

Importance of Family Planning

A woman’s health and well-being are closely tied to her ability to choose when and if she gets pregnant. The lifestyle of a woman is drastically changed when she becomes pregnant, no matter how many children she already has. Whether a woman is choosing to delay pregnancy, avoid it altogether, or get pregnant as soon as possible, family planning is an incredibly important step in accomplishing each of those goals.

The main motivation behind family planning is offering women the right to make their own decisions about their families and their bodies. When women get pregnant too early or too late in life, it often leads to health risks, pregnancy-related complications, and additional physical stressors that can take a toll on their health. Helping women and couples plan their families according to their desires also reduces the likelihood of abortion and its associated risks, decreases the chance of infant and maternal mortality due to ill-timed pregnancies, and can prevent the spread of HIV, AIDS, and other STDs.

An additional financial burden, children too close in age, or a completely unplanned pregnancy of any sort can impact a woman’s future and her outlook on life, and we believe that education and opportunity are the best ways to help women avoid unwanted family situations. Our family planning clinics are aimed at educating women about the benefits and risks of their various options. Additionally, we strive to give women opportunities to make their own informed choices and have access to resources and health services to make the most of their decisions.


For many, family planning is directly associated with contraceptives. Whether a woman is single or married, if she is sexually active but not ready to have a baby, she can and should utilize some form of contraception. Some contraceptives, such as condoms, can reduce the risk of STDs in addition to preventing pregnancy. In the United States, a woman’s options for contraception is practically endless. Birth control pills, implants, injectables, patches, intrauterine devices, and female condoms can all temporarily prevent pregnancy. This means that if and when a woman decides she wants to have a baby, she can discontinue use of the contraceptive and attempt conception.

In addition to these medically-based methods, women can also utilize the Standard Days Method, where she tracks her fertile days, the Basal Body Temperature Method, where she takes her temperature each morning and notes changes that are related to ovulation and high fertility, and other more natural contraception methods. For more permanent solutions, women can undergo a hysterectomy or blocking of the fallopian tubes, whereas men can have a vasectomy.

If you’re looking for a particular type of contraceptive from a family planning clinic, be sure to reach out to NCHS. We can give you information about your various options and help you select the best form of contraception for you.


For other individuals and families, family planning is all about planning pregnancies and encouraging fertility. If a woman struggles to get pregnant, she can utilize pregnancy counseling, fertility treatments, and more. Helping women to plan their pregnancies is a big part of family planning that results in well-timed births with adequate time between pregnancies, and it can help women optimize their health before and during pregnancy to ensure the healthiest pregnancy and baby possible. A family planning clinic can help a woman make the most educated and informed decisions for herself, her family, and her future. Here at NCHS, we believe in whole-family health, and oftentimes that begins with Mom. If you’re looking for fertility treatments, help with family planning for pregnancy, or overall women’s health services, reach out to NCHS today.

Women’s Health

Overall, women’s health is important to family planning, whether a woman wants to plan a pregnancy or avoid it completely. Our family planning clinics offer women’s health services for women of all ages, and no matter what your health goals are, we can help you achieve them.

If you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, we can provide pregnancy counseling, nutrition services, birthing classes, and more. If you’re not pregnant, we offer well-woman checkups, birth control options, cervical cancer screenings, and various family planning services.

We are committed to helping you attain optimal health, which is why we are passionate about providing exceptional women’s health services. Disease prevention, improved mental health, confidence, and ideal locations are just some of the benefits of our women’s health services.

Family Planning Services

Our family planning services are top notch and fully comprehensive, as we are committed to helping you make the best decisions for yourself and your current and future family. Whether you’re trying to get pregnant with your first or fourth child, or you simply want to delay or avoid pregnancy, we are here to help you. Our staff is nurturing and kind, so you can rest assured that you will never experience judgment at our family planning clinics. We know that every woman has her own goals, desires, and struggles, and we are simply committed to and interested in assisting and supporting you as best we can.

Annual Wellness Visit – Schedule Yours Today!

December 6, 2017

The world today is busier and faster-paced than ever, which can sometimes lead to important things falling by the wayside, such as your health. While more people than ever before are interested in their own health and are putting time and energy into staying healthy, one important aspect of health often gets neglected: annual wellness exams.

What Is an Annual Visit For?

An annual wellness exam is a yearly visit to your doctor to check on your overall health, as well as address any concerns you may have. An annual wellness visit won’t be a long appointment, but it will be quite thorough. It will address general health issues, such as weight, diet, any pain you’re experiencing, and any other specific concerns or questions you have. It will also include pelvic exams and breast exams for women to ensure no questionable cells or lumps have appeared since your last visit.

What Will Be Done?

The tests and exams that will be done during your annual wellness exam will be based on you individually and on your medical history. While some people may need to have a conversation about depression and mental health, others may be more focused on checking their cholesterol levels. Your doctor will customize your appointment to you and your medical needs so that you feel confident in your level of health and have all your questions answered before you leave the office.

Well-Woman Exams

For most women, an annual wellness checkup will primarily involve a well-woman exam. This includes pelvic exams and breast exams to ensure that your body is functioning as it should be and nothing out of the ordinary has occurred since your last wellness visit. A pelvic exam will likely include a pap smear, while a breast exam will include a physical exam and possibly an imaging procedure, such as a mammogram.

Breast Cancer Screening

If you have risk factors for breast cancer or if you simply want to be very thorough and comprehensive at your annual wellness visit, you can request a breast cancer screening at your visit. Screenings are done before any signs of cancer have occurred, so they are typically just a preventative measure based on age, family history, or other potential risk factors. A breast cancer screening may be part of some standard well-woman exams and may include a physical exam, lab tests, and imaging procedures (such as a mammogram). Talk to your doctor at your next well-woman exam to learn more about breast cancer screening tests and if you should get one.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

At NCHS, we are committed to your overall health, and that includes annual wellness visits. While it is fresh on your mind, go ahead and pick up the phone to schedule your annual exam at your local NCHS location.

Guide to Pregnancy Nutrition

November 16, 2017

Pregnancy is a beautiful, yet challenging, time in many women’s lives. Along with the joys and discomforts that pregnancy brings is the challenge to eat well. Pregnancy is probably the most important time of your life to ensure you’re eating a well-balanced diet, and your diet during pregnancy is one of the biggest influences on your child’s overall health and wellness. Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fifth, this guide to pregnancy nutrition will help you make wise food choices throughout your entire pregnancy. No matter if you’re trying to get pregnant, newly pregnant, or about to pop, it’s never too late to improve your diet during pregnancy and make the most of pregnancy nutrition! Read on for some dos, don’ts, and general pregnancy nutrition tips.

The Importance of a Balanced and Nutritious Pregnancy Diet

Babies get the fuel to grow and develop from your nutrition. Protein is a key component of their fetal body systems, so getting a substantial amount of protein each day is a big part of proper pregnancy nutrition. Carbohydrates are an energy source for both you and baby, so making sure you’re eating enough healthy carbohydrates, like whole grains and fruit, is vital. Healthy fats play a big role in the development of baby’s nervous system, as well as for vitamin absorption. While you shouldn’t ever overdo it on fats, it’s important to consume the recommended amount of healthy fats throughout your pregnancy.

Everyone knows that weight gain is a part of pregnancy, and since you don’t want to gain too much or too little, having a well-balanced pregnancy diet is incredibly important. One of the greatest misconceptions about pregnancy nutrition is that a mother is “eating for two.” While an increase in calories should occur at a certain point, it is nowhere near double the normal amount. Most women need about 300 extra calories per day in their second and third trimesters, but those should be nutritious calories rather than empty ones.

Dos of Pregnancy Nutrition

During your pregnancy, you’ll likely get a ton of information and advice from various people about your diet during pregnancy. It’s important to take their advice with a grain of salt and consult the experts and your doctor or midwife to ensure you are consuming the best diet for you and your baby. Here are some big “dos” for your diet during pregnancy.

  • DO eat a balanced diet – aim for 2-4 servings of fruit, 4 servings of vegetables, 6-11 ounces of grains (at least half should be whole grains), 3 servings of protein (lean and cooked well-done), and 4 servings of dairy each day.
  • DO eat seafood, but in moderation. Fish is packed full of protein, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are vital to a healthy pregnancy. While you should avoid fish high in mercury and eat no more than 12 ounces of fish a week, eating well-cooked, pregnancy-safe fish is a definite DO!
  • DO consume as many vitamins and minerals in your food as possible, in addition to taking a prenatal multivitamin. Folic acid, calcium, and iron are generally considered the most important for pregnant women.
  • DO try to eat more “whole” foods and avoid eating too many processed foods.
  • DO vary the color of your foods by eating a “rainbow,” as they say. Different colors foods have different vitamins and minerals in them, so if you’re not into researching the nutritional makeup of everything you eat, just aim to have a colorful plate at every meal.

Don’ts of Pregnancy Nutrition

Fear can be a huge issue during pregnancy, so rather than nitpicking and panicking about every little thing, we simply recommend staying as healthy as possible and making the best decisions you can for you and your baby. That being said, there are a handful of things you should absolutely stay away from during pregnancy, as numerous studies have shown that they can be dangerous for you and your baby.

  • DON’T drink a lot of caffeine. Depending on who you talk to, you’ll get a different amount of how much caffeine is okay and how much isn’t. Avoiding caffeine as much as possible is in your best interest, as caffeine has been linked to increased risk of miscarriage, higher blood pressure, and a higher heart rate. If you HAVE to have caffeine, try to keep it under 200 mg a day, and remember that it can be found in more than just coffee. Teas, chocolate, medicine, and ice cream can all have varying amounts of caffeine.
  • DON’T eat deli meat, unless it is thoroughly heated before consuming. This includes smoked salmon, hot dogs, sausage, and any other cured meats.
  • DON’T eat unpasteurized cheeses or milk products. Pasteurization is a process that heats milk products and kills any potentially harmful bacteria. Avoid soft cheeses (Brie, blue cheese, feta, most cheese dip) and raw or otherwise unpasteurized milk.
  • DON’T eat raw or undercooked meat. This includes sushi, hamburgers, and any other type of meat. Undercooked and raw meat can be contaminated with listeria and other bacteria that can lead to extreme sickness and complications during pregnancy.
  • DON’T drink alcohol. While some healthcare providers may tell you that small amounts are okay, the risks associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy are simply not worth it.
  • DON’T eat under-cooked, raw, or runny eggs. This is the same concept as eating raw or under-cooked meat—you increase your risk of bacteria-induced sickness when consuming under-cooked eggs. This includes, unfortunately, not licking the spoon when making cakes, brownies, and cookies.

In general, aiming for a healthy, balanced pregnancy diet is not as hard as it may seem. Eat a variety of foods, don’t overdo it, and avoid the big no-nos. If you do that, healthy pregnancy nutrition will be easy to come by!



World Diabetes Day!

November 14, 2017

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, which seeks to promote awareness of the disease of diabetes, including its risk factors, possible complications, and prevention. National Diabetes Day is November 14th, which has an even more pointed goal of showing people the impact diabetes can have on the lives of those affected by it and by bringing awareness to prevention techniques, management methods, and risk factors.

Diabetes Awareness

Nearly 10% of Americans (over 30 million people) have diabetes. Another 80 million have prediabetes, which generally leads to diabetes within 5 years if not treated. The prevalence of diabetes in our society is not something to ignore or take lightly, which is why the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization began World Diabetes Day in 1991.

World Diabetes Day is the largest campaign to promote diabetes awareness, and its impact reaches over 1 billion people in 160 different countries. The campaign strives to encourage individuals and organizations to recognize diabetes as a critical global health issue and take action in confronting and combating it, both before and after a diagnosis.

Risk Factors

One of the key methods of raising diabetes awareness is to make known the risk factors that contribute to its prevalence. Some risk factors simply cannot be avoided or controlled, like having family members with diabetes or getting older. However, several risk factors can be avoided and as the health of individuals is managed properly. The primary controllable risk factors include the following:

  • Being overweight
  • A lack of physical activity
  • High blood pressure
  • Unhealthy eating habits

You can lower your risk of getting diabetes (even if you’re prediabetic) by taking control of your health and lifestyle and eliminating these risk factors from your life. Talk to your doctor about managing your weight, beginning an exercise program, maintaining a safe and healthy blood pressure, and changing your diet.

Diabetes Awareness and Prevention

Maintaining your health and being aware of the risks and early signs of prediabetes is the key to staying healthy. If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with your doctor to get screened for diabetes:

  • Being hungry and tired regularly, even when you’ve had enough to eat and enough sleep
  • Urinating more often and being thirstier than normal
  • Having a dry mouth and/or itchy skin
  • Blurry vision
  • Increased number of yeast infections
  • Slow-healing cuts
  • Numbness and/or pain in legs and feet
  • Unintentional and unexplained weight loss

It’s far better to be ahead of a sickness or disease rather than dealing with the treatment of it, so aim to get your health, eating habits, weight, and more in top-notch shape as soon as possible. Lowering your risk by eliminating risk factors is by far the best way to prevent diabetes, which is why the International Diabetes Federation began World Diabetes Day in the first place. Their passion for educating people about the risks, prevention, and management of diabetes is helping more and more people become aware of the disease and take control of their health.



Staying Proactive Against Breast Cancer

November 9, 2017

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, with the exception of skin cancers. The current average risk of American women developing breast cancer during her lifetime is 12%. This means that there is a 1 in 8 chance that you or someone you may know will develop breast cancer.

The best way to beat breast cancer is to stay ahead of the curve. This includes annual physician breast exams, as well as, breast self-exams at home. Keeping up with your preventative care will help you detect breast cancer earlier and catch it before it spreads.


7 Keys to a Diabetic Diet

November 2, 2017

The following article has been written by Shelby Kinnaird from Shelby is helping us kick-off Diabetes Awareness Month by sharing her 7 keys to a diabetic diet.

What’s the best diet for a person with diabetes? It depends.

Some people go extremely low-carb, some use a Paleo-style diet, some follow a ketogenic path. Others use the plate method or count carbohydrates. A few even go totally plant-based.

Everyone’s diabetes is different. You’ll need to play around to see which eating plan works best for you. I’ve tried a lot of things since my Type 2 diagnosis 18 years ago. Here are a few things I’ve learned that work for me.


Your mom was right – you really should eat your vegetables. Non-starchy ones like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, asparagus, zucchini, leafy greens, artichokes, green beans, beets, carrots, cucumbers, mushrooms, onions, spaghetti squash, and tomatoes give your body the nutrients it needs. Also, remember that your liver likes raw foods. Try to eat something raw at every meal. Eat at least five servings of vegetables per day (one serving is 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw). Shop at farmers’ markets.


You don’t have to avoid carbs entirely, but you do have to be careful about how many you eat at one time. The best choices are carbs that contain a lot of fiber like beans, whole grains, starchy vegetables, and fruit. I try to eat less than 40g carb per meal and that’s more than many other people with diabetes eat. Experiment to see what your body can tolerate.


Don’t be afraid of fruit! Yes, fruits have sugar, but they also have fiber and beneficial nutrients like potassium and vitamin C. One serving is approximately 1 cup of berries or 1/2 a large apple or banana. I’ve found the fruits that work best for me are blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, apples, pears, and oranges. Eating fruit with a meal works better for me than eating it on its own. I consider it dessert!


Fat isn’t the enemy, but you should be aware that some fats are more beneficial than others. I get most of my dietary fat from extra-virgin olive oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds. I totally avoid trans fats. Be careful when selecting dairy foods; sometimes “low-fat” and “nonfat” foods contain more sugar that their full-fat counterparts. Read the labels.


You know that foods you find in the produce aisle are better for you than those that come in boxes, right? My rule is to stay away from any product that contains a lot of chemical-sounding ingredients on the label. Better yet, avoid foods that have labels! Whisk together your own salad dressing (it’s easy). Make your own pot of soup with fresh ingredients (and a lot less sodium). Stay away from the drive-through and cook your own meals.


Once I started eliminating some meat and wheat from my diet, my A1C, lipids, and liver enzymes all improved. I also felt less sluggish and bloated. I’m not 100% vegan or gluten-free, but I eat that way about 80% of the time and my body is much happier.


Make water and unsweetened tea your beverages of choice. Once a coffee drinker, I switched to green tea when I was diagnosed with diabetes. Why? I can drink hot tea without sweetener, but not coffee. Plus I reap the health benefits of green tea. Get soda (regular and diet) out of your life for good. Alcohol can be okay for some people, depending on what medications they take. However, I’ve found that it’s much harder to control my blood glucose when I drink. So, for the most part, I don’t.


A single “diabetic diet” that works for everyone does not exist. Take charge and figure out what foods make YOUR body work the best it can. Hopefully, some of the things that work for me will help guide you.


Shelby Kinnaird, publisher of Diabetic Foodie (, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1999. Her last A1C was 6.4%. You can find her on Facebook (, Twitter (, Pinterest (, and Instagram (


World Mental Health Day & What You Need to Know

October 10, 2017

October 10th is World Mental Health Day, so now is the perfect time to open up the dialogue with those you love about this important subject. While there are moments in everyone’s life when they feel down or get the blues, mental health issues are different in their persistency and severity. Learning about mental health is an essential part of the recovery process that helps you gain more control of these feelings, and knowledge about mental health can help you see the signs in those you love and help them get the assistance and care they need. Here we help you get started with a bit of information about this serious issue and the significance of World Mental Health Day.

World Mental Health Day was started to raise awareness and to inspire people to get educated about the causes, signs, and treatments of mental health problems. It is also a day to learn about the effects mental health has on the lives of people around the globe. Going against the social stigma, this day is designed to bring people together and open up about the important issues, including whether they need anxiety therapy or other treatments.


Causes of Mental Health Struggles

Mental health struggles are caused by many different variables and the experience is unique for each person. While there may be similarities amongst those suffering from similar mental health problems, it is important that each individual gets help from a medical professional for his or her specific issues so that they know if they need depression treatment, bipolar disorder treatment, anxiety therapy, or another form of therapy.

In some cases, a situation that causes a significant amount of stress and anxiety can trigger a mental health problem. Losing a job, owing an outstanding amount of debt, the loss of a loved one, or other changes in life can cause depression, particularly when not addressed. Continual stresses such as unrealistic expectations from a boss, a parent, or a spouse can also contribute to mental illnesses.

Also, sudden harm to the body such as a car accident, rape, or other traumatic events can cause mental health issues to develop and the person to struggle. In other cases, a chemical imbalance can cause mental health issues to develop and be present in individuals.

Attention deficit problems, psychotic disorders, depression, schizophrenia, and more can be treated and don’t have to be ignored or simply suffered through. If you are not sure what the cause of your mental illness is, a medical professional can help you get to the root of the problem so that you can start taking control of it.


Signs of Mental Health Issues

If you believe that you or someone you love is struggling from a mental health issue such as depression or if you believe you or someone you know requires bipolar disorder treatment, there are a few signs that can alert there is a problem in the first place. Some of the most common signs are prolonged depression, feelings of anxiety and anger, inability to cope with daily routines, and extreme feelings that go from high to low and vice versa.

More severe signs that mental illness that should be addressed immediately are suicidal thoughts, confusion, delusions, hallucinations, and dramatic changes in social, eating, and sleeping patterns. Drug and alcohol abuse may occur as an attempt to cope with mental health problems and can also be a sign that there is more going on.


Learn More About Mental Health to Get Answers

One big part of World Mental Health Day is to get people involved by helping them learn more. Mental health does not just affect those that are struggling with it, but also those that surround the struggling individual. Whether you, a family member or friend, or someone else you have a relationship with is dealing with a mental illness, there are resources available to help you gain a better understanding of what you can do and what to expect from depression treatment and other therapies.


There Is Help Available

People who have mental health issues will sometimes just try to deal with the problem alone instead of getting help. They push through the negativity and depression and try to cope on their own. They may try to face the issue alone because they do not realize that help is available or because they don’t understand the severity of the issue. They may also be worried about seeking treatment for fear of what others may think, but everyone needs to realize that there is no shame in seeking help and there is nothing to be afraid of. Mental health professionals apply the best depression treatments and therapies, and they seek to identify the problem by getting to the root of it rather than trying to cover it up.


The First Step Is to Have a Conversation

Remember, it is all about taking that first step and opening up the dialogue when it comes to mental health issues. Sit down with your doctor and loved ones, and take that first step to gain control of the problem with the right treatments. When you feel healthy mentally, your quality of life improves and the world is not the uphill battle that it once seemed to be.

While you should take it one day at a time, trust that help is available and we put your mental health first, and you absolutely can achieve healthy mental well-being. Call NCHS today at 760-736-6767 to speak with our friendly medical professionals about scheduling an appointment and to learn more about your options for treatment.







Women’s Health Services -What You Need to Know

September 26, 2017

Women have a tendency to take care of everyone else around them. And while this can be rewarding, it can also be exhausting. Many women struggle with meeting their own needs as they spend a lot of their time focusing on others.

The primary issue with women doing so much for those around them is that they often neglect to care for themselves properly, and this can cause health issues both in the present and down the road. At NCHS, we take pride in our women’s health services, and we welcome women to come visit our affordable clinics to ensure they’re healthy whether they are expecting a new member of the family or wanting to learn more about their overall health.

Here at NCHS, we provide women with what they need to know about our women’s health services, and how they can get start being the healthiest they can be today so that they can keep up with the rest of their busy life.


The Importance of Women’s Health Services

There are a few reasons why a women may skip very important health services such as a pap smear or breast exam, and one is that they don’t know the importance of them. Even if you feel healthy, it is still vital that you get these routine check-ups. Prevention is the best remedy, and if you can get the information you need to avoid diseases, then you should take it.

Beyond preventing diseases with women’s health services, you will discover that you have more energy when you know you’re healthy, and you will simply feel better mentally and physically. This can go a long way in your day to day lives and can give you that extra boost to care for yourself and others even better than before. Having health experts by your side is going to give you a resource to turn to so that you make mindful decisions when it comes to your health, whether you are facing an unexpected medical circumstance or are simply trying to be the healthiest you. Additionally, you will set a good example for your children and other family members. If you’re having a baby, you will gain a better understanding of vaccines, nutrition, exercise, and beyond, and you will receive top notch prenatal care to help you and your baby be as healthy as possible.


Women’s Services for Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, you will want to ensure that you are doing everything you can to keep you and your baby healthy. We provide pregnant women with birthing classes and counseling to help you move in the right direction and stay confident as you go through each stage of your pregnancy. Our pregnancy care center will also provide nutrition services because you will need to be mindful of what you eat and your lifestyle choices both during your pregnancy and after your baby is born.

Having professional guidance during this time will help you gain a better understanding of the benefits of breastfeeding, as well as what to expect as your body changes. Even if you just believe you may be pregnant but aren’t positive, you can still make an appointment and we will provide a no-charge pregnancy test. If your pregnancy test is positive, we will start you on the road to a healthy pregnancy with resources, care, and support.

When seeking care during your pregnancy, you want to make sure that you choose a reputable care center that you feel comfortable at because you do not want to add any unnecessary stress to your mind or body. It should be easy to communicate with the medical staff, and you should feel at ease when discussing your pregnancy.


Women’s Services for Wellness

There are many different options for health services for women’s wellness, and they’re a large part of sickness prevention, along with detecting if there is something that needs further attention. Pelvic exams will be done to make sure there are no abnormalities and that all areas, such as the uterus and vulva, are in healthy condition. Pap smears can also be a part of the pelvic exam, which will screen for cervical cancer and other internal abnormalities. Breast exams are another part of women’s wellness that will screen for cancer and make sure there are no other problems.

Family planning is yet another aspect of women’s wellness services that will be a valuable resource and help you make decisions that are right for you. If you want to learn more about birth control, you can ask about the different options in a comfortable setting and with medical experts. You will find that you are more confident when you make informed and thoughtful decisions, and seeking the help of a medical professional is an excellent place to start.


Our Affordable Solution for Women’s Health and Wellness

Take the time to reach out to our affordable pregnancy care center and our offices for women’s health services, and you will have peace of mind knowing you are taking a step in the right direction. The best part is that our services are affordable and designed to help women of all ages. We put your health and wellness first, and we want to be a solution for you whether you are pregnant, are facing medical challenges, or simply want to feel you’re very best.



Savor the Season!

September 21, 2017

Needless to say, once autumn rolls around our selection of fresh fruits and vegetables in our local markets tend to dwindle. However, reaching for the seasonal produce will not just taste better, it will work within your grocery budget. Seasonal produce is significantly cheaper than non-seasonal items. Try these simple fall inspired recipes to help inspire you to embrace the flavors of fall.


Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes ‘n Turnips

1 medium-sized russet potato (about 12 oz.)
1 medium-sized turnip (about 12 oz.)
1 cup fat-free sour cream
1/2 cup cheddar cheese condensed soup
1/4 cup fat-free milk
4 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. salt, or more to taste
1/4 tsp. black pepper, or more to taste
1/2 cup chopped scallions, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a deep square baking pan (about 9″ X 9″) with nonstick spray and set aside.

Peel potato and turnip, and thinly slice both into half-moon-shaped slices. Place in a bowl and toss gently to mix. Set aside.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine sour cream, soup, milk, and cheese wedges, breaking cheese wedges into pieces as you add them. Add garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Cover and microwave for 2 minutes, or until hot. Whisk until uniform in texture. Add 1/4 cup scallions and stir. Set aside.

Place 1/3rd of the potato and turnip slices in an even layer along the bottom of the baking pan. Top with 1/3rd of the cheese mixture, about 2/3 cup.

Repeat the layering step twice, for a total of 3 potato-turnip layers and 3 cheese-mixture layers.

Bake in the oven until potatoes and turnips are tender, 60 – 70 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup scallions. If you like, season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Enjoy!


Caramel Apple Parfait 

1 tbsp. fat-free or light caramel dip
1 cup chopped Fuji apple (about 1 apple)
6 oz. (about 3/4 cup) fat-free vanilla yogurt
2 tsp. chopped peanuts, divided

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine caramel dip with 1 tsp. water. Microwave for 15 seconds, or until hot. Mix until smooth.

Add chopped apple to the bowl with caramel mixture and toss to coat.

To assemble, place half of the apple mixture in a parfait glass (or any glass). Top with all of the yogurt, followed by 1 tsp. peanuts.

Top with remaining apple mixture, sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. peanuts, and dig in!



The Importance of Dental Health & Services

September 12, 2017

Let’s face it – going to the dentist is never something that we are thrilled to see on our to-do list, but it is one of those appointments that is important to not just our oral hygiene, but also to our overall health. Whether you need a teeth cleaning or require a different dental service, you can count on NCHS to provide you with quality and affordable care. Here we break down for you the primary reasons why you should not put off making that appointment with a dental hygienist, and what you can expect when you do go to your next appointment.


The Primary Reasons Dental Services Are Important

There are many reasons why dental services such as deep teeth cleaning and other treatments are so important. First, you can prevent oral diseases as well as treat them when the first signs start to show that there is a problem. In some cases, a dentist will be able to detect other diseases based on oral areas like the gums. Heart issues and other physical health problems that are found early will allow you to improve and adjust your lifestyle so that you keep strokes and other health troubles away.

Beyond preventing major physical and oral health problems, when you keep up with your dental cleaning schedule, you will discover that your smile is brighter and your breath is fresher. Having confidence when you flash those pearly whites is going to make a difference whether you have a job interview or having your picture taken. Even just smiling and waving to your neighbor will be more fun when you keep up with your dental visits.


What You’ll Notice Beyond Oral Health

Beyond noticing the oral health benefits that you get when you make appointments for cleaning and cavity filling, you will notice even more benefits. By taking advantage of dental services like fluoride treatments, you will save yourself hundreds (if not thousands) by preventing major treatments, and you’ll get more out of your dental plan.

You’ll also prevent and remove the pain that can occur when you require treatments like tooth extraction. Chronic tooth pain can have a negative impact on your daily life and be a distraction when you are spending time with family and at work. When you want to be running on all cylinders, don’t just push through tooth and gum pain, but call NCHS and make a dental appointment to cure it.

When you and your family schedule and go to regular visits with the dentist, you will experience peace of mind knowing that you are setting a good example for your kids and that everyone is applying the best oral care practices. You will also reduce the risk of more serious dental work needing to be done in the future because you are utilizing preventative care techniques and having a checkup done regularly.


What You Can Expect When You Make an Appointment

Now that you know why getting those regular treatments like a tooth filling is important, you may wonder what to expect when you visit the dentist. Whether you need a regular cleaning or you are getting something more advanced like a root canal treatment, you can expect to be surrounded by knowledgeable and friendly professionals. The dental offices are always clean and comfortable, and the staff will communicate with you about what you can expect when it comes to appointment time frames, affordable payments, and dental services provided.

You can also expect the dentists and hygienists to use the best practices for keeping a sterile and clean environment, as well as using advanced equipment. Dentistry has improved over the years with newer technologies, and this simply makes treatments such as wisdom tooth extraction more comfortable and effective. NCHS boasts top of the line equipment and professional techniques that make every dental visit as pain free and easy as possible.


The Treatments That Are Available

There are many treatments that you can schedule an appointment for, and they include a variety of options so that people in all states of oral health can get the care they need. You and your family will have access to the best treatments. Root canal procedures, deep cleanings, fluoride treatment, fillings, extractions, and routine hygiene exams are also available for adults and children.

If you have not visited the dentist in some time or you are not sure exactly what services are right for you, the best place to start is to schedule a routine exam. The dentist will be able to get an idea of your overall oral health and will be able to guide you towards the right treatment. Don’t hesitate any longer to schedule your dental service exam!


Contact NCHS for Affordable Dental Services

When you call NCHS, you will not only be able to schedule an appointment to get those vital benefits of positive oral health, but you will also be able to do it at an affordable cost to you. We know that denture treatment, cleanings, and everything in between can be intimidating when you aren’t sure about the cost, and that is why we welcome you to reach out with questions. We are here to make sure you get the dental care you deserve, and we look forward to scheduling an appointment for you soon!



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