Published on May 05, 2014

Healthy habits from Mercy Home Health

Eat right, exercise and see your primary care physician regularly.

apple photoEating right, exercising regularly and enjoying social activities are all important parts of a healthy lifestyle. Living healthier can also make a difference in how we age and recover from illness. It’s never too late to change your habits, says Donna Raziano, MD, MBA, FACP, Chief Medical Officer of Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE. Mercy Home Health clinicians can help keep your health on track, or help you change for the better.

A first step is building a good relationship with your primary care physician, says Dr. Raziano.

Mercy’s primary care physicians encourage preventive health maintenance by administering flu and pneumonia shots, updating immunizations and educating patients on the benefits of smoking cessation. Primary care doctors can help you stay on top of all the important yearly screenings, such as prostate exams or mammograms to prevent and detect breast cancer. They also offer annual depression screenings. And remember: Lifestyle changes don’t have to be drastic. Even small changes, such as a little bit more exercise every day, can help, says Dr. Raziano.

“Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good and want to keep doing it,” she says.

Small changes make a big difference. After all, nobody is asking you to run a marathon. “Most patients just have to do a little bit more than what they are doing,” says Dr. Raziano. “Sometimes, all a patient needs is just one friend to walk with, in order to be motivated to make a change for the better.”

Learn how Mercy Home Health can help you and your loved ones stay healthy. Call 1.888.690.2551 or visit