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The saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is attributed to Benjamin Franklin. He was referring to the then common practice of carrying live coals from room to room and up and down stairs. His concern was that scraps of fire might fall into cracks and flare up in the middle of the night.

This makes sense and most of us would not carry actual live coals around our houses. Yet when it comes to our health, many of us have live coals that we are not taking care of and carry around with us until we have a health crisis! These coals include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, poor nutrition, little or no exercise, and the list goes on…

Each person can put down the live coals by taking charge of their health, and placing more focus on preventive care…

As part of the push to improve health outcomes, Medicare provides a little-known and often misunderstood benefit — the Annual Wellness Visit. This yearly benefit is not a physical exam, but rather an opportunity to consolidate healthcare related information, take stock of one’s state of wellness, and create or update the plan for continued or improved health!

Elara Wellness in partnership with healthcare providers, works with Medicare beneficiaries to complete this annual health audit and any updates needed. These include screenings and tests, immunizations, diet and exercise plans, smoking and alcohol help, depression screening, advance care planning, medication and supplement review, as well as disease management planning.

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