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SIMPLY AMAZING!  At 41, I accomplished something I never thought was possible!  I became so inspired by Coach Berry that I achieved not only getting my health back but went on to enter competitions and won!  Read my story and become inspired...click here >>

Crusin' with a NEW Trim Body in 5 Weeks Time!

I am Sharon, 64 and very proud of it!  I am on my way to a new, fine turned, trim and toned body like I use to have.  Read my full story on how to achieve amazing results in just 5 weeks...>Click here

I got ENERGY to spare!

I am Melynda, a mother of 2 and a RN.  At 35 I was begining to feel the pressure of keeping up with my active children and demanding job.  While fullfilled and happy, I was always tired and short of feel well.  Working out with Coach changed all that.  Now, I have energy to spare and I can't stop smiling.  I am really, really happy!  Come see the Coach!   You can change your life, get shapely and feel great.  No need to feel tired or 'get old'.  Age is just a number around here.  We are the picture of youth!

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I hated smelly gyms, exercising and getting all sweaty. OMG! Dare to Be Fit change all that for me!

Julie46

Hi, I am Juile age 46.  I never like working out, getting all sweaty and I don't like gyms.  But since I became a member of Dare to Be Fit, all that has changed.  I am no longer on blood pressure medication.  I look and feel more energic and trim.  People are comlimenting me all the time on how much I have changed.  I smile a lot more because I feel so good.  Coach discovered the 'gym rat' in me and I am proud to say that I am in the best shape ever at 46 years old.  If you are serious about exercise and healthy choices, then Coach, Ray and Ty will lead you every step of the way.  Dare to Be Fit is like my very own personal training club.  

Thanks for keeping me smiling!

Julie

Your Health in Your Hands

What you can do to take your health by the horns.

You have an upcoming doctor’s appointment.

You have health concerns and you need advice and possibly treatment.

You know that the few minutes spent talking with your physician are valuable.

You have dozens of questions running through your mind.

You don’t want any important detail left out.

You want your questions answered.

But when your physician asks if you have any questions, your mind goes blank.
Being an informed patient will help you make wiser decisions, get the best care possible, see improvements sooner, and feel more confident about your health. How do you do it? Keep reading to find out.

Prepare Ahead of Time

Time with your doctor is limited. Right now, begin thinking about what you want to discuss with your physician and make a list. Keep a running list in your pocket and jot them down when they come to you. A few things to write on your list include the following:

  • symptoms and anything that’s not normal
  • your current medications (non-prescription and prescription), vitamins, herbs, and supplements
  • personal health history of past illnesses, allergies, surgeries, or lab results
  • your immediate family’s health history

You should also be ready in the event you go to the doctor for a dianosis. Questions to consider include: What is the diagnosis? Do I need tests done? What are the risks? How do I prepare for the tests? When and how will I hear the results? How accurate are the results? What are my treatment options? Are there medications? What is the dosage? Are there side effects? If surgery is discussed, what are the risks? Benefits? Recovery? Long-term outcome? Will my insurance cover tests, treatment, and medications? What is the long-term prognosis? What can I expect? When will I see improvements? How can I prevent this in the future?

At Your Appointment

Even with your list of questions in hand, going to the doctor can be unnerving, making it difficult to hear and remember the answers you get. If you’re concerned about remembering everything the doctor tells you or you fear your diagnosis and want support, ask a close friend or family member to accompany you on your visit. This person will be able to ask additional questions, take notes on what the doctor says, and offer support.

During your visit, be honest and clear with your physician about your symptoms and questions. Answer questions truthfully regarding your diet, physical activity, sexual activity, and lifestyle, including whether you smoke, drink alcohol, or do drugs. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, let your doctor know. If you are under the care of another health professional (chiropractor or mental health professional) and prefer the least invasive treatments, let your doctor know this as well. Your doctor cannot offer you the best care without your whole story.

If you didn’t bring a friend, take notes on what the doctor tells you. You may think you’ll remember every detail when you get home, but there’s a good chance you will forget something. When your doctor’s instructions or explanations are vague or confusing, ask for clarification. Unsure of your treatment plan? Ask!

Before leaving the doctor’s office, schedule a follow-up visit if necessary. Do not wait until you get home to schedule your next appointment, as the chaos of daily life may prevent you from remembering to make an appointment.

Doctor-Patient Team

Finding a doctor you can trust and communicate with easily isn’t always easy. To get a good one, talk with friends and get referrals. In the event you’re unpleased with your physician, it is your right to get a second opinion, and there is no need to feel uncomfortable seeking another person’s opinion.

Taking an active role in your health care is the best way to get your questions answered and receive the best treatment. Work with your physician and nurses as a team. Follow their advice and instructions carefully, but always do your homework and don’t be afraid to ask tough questions. It is your life you’re protecting, and you only get one chance to do it right.