Check-In for Check-Ups: Why Regular Visits Are Worth It

By Intermountain Healthcare

Seeing the doctor always involves one question: “Is it worth it?” Every time one of my kids comes down with a cold, I think, “Will I be wasting my money? Does he really need that test?”

Today’s economic climate makes this internal financial debate even more complicated. High deductible health insurance plans, ever-changing coverage limitations, and rising visit and lab costs have decreased our access to healthcare. Perhaps we should be asking a different set of questions, though: “What are my healthcare goals? Overall, am I happy with my health?”

If you answered yes, great! If there’s some room to improve, here are a few suggestions for navigating the world of primary care.


Avoid Kidney Stones: Eat and Drink Right

By Intermountain Healthcare

Passing a kidney stone is one of the most painful experiences possible. Unfortunately, once you’ve had a kidney stone, your risk of having a second one is 30 percent within 5 years and 50 percent within 10 years. If you’ve had gastric bypass surgery, chronic diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, or metabolic syndrome, your risk may be even higher.

8 Ways to Grow Your Child's Love of Reading

By Intermountain Healthcare

To help children develop a lifelong love of reading, start reading to them at infancy. You’ll help them build skills that last a lifetime, cultivating their expressive language, literacy, and social abilities. By making reading a fun family activity, you’ll also help them develop a genuine love of the written word.