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New Year's Health Tips
Dr. Chaves -Gnecco has a passion for delivering the highest quality health care to children.
His passion and practice go beyond UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) though. He also volunteers his time and expertise aboard the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile at CHP, offering accessible medical care and education to some of the most vulnerable communities throughout the Western Pennsylvania region.
Dr. Chaves-Gnecco preaches the importance of prevention. He offers guidance on how to lead healthier, happier lifestyles to his patients. As we start 2011, he shared some of his tips with us – tips that you can share with your family so together you can put your best foot forward this year!
1) Make sure your family’s vaccines are up to date. Children, teenagers, and adults should check with their doctor to see what vaccines are needed.
2)Take small steps toward eating healthier and being more active. Any change in behavior takes time so start with achievable goals. Focus on a balanced diet, trimming calories and slowly increasing your physical activity throughout the year. Changes in behavior take several weeks before they become real changes.
3) Schedule a routine well check-up with your Doctor. You check your car on a regular basis to make sure everything is in order - Why not do the same with your body? See your doctor at least once a year and review with him preventive guidelines and screening recommendations according to your age and gender.
4) Make sure that your priorities are focused on prevention. Prevention is the key and it’s far better to prevent than treat. Things like fastening your seat belt, wearing a helmet when you roller skate, bike or skateboard, and placing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home can make a big difference.
Over 1,000 families have been helped by Dr. Chaves-Gnecco and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile at CHP since 2000 – families that face cultural, religious and socio-economic barriers to care. His approach to medicine isn’t only about treatment it’s about building relationships and trust - about healing children and families holistically.