Family Council Continues Year-Long Community Wellness Campaign

Dr. Tyler Taylor presented a physical wellness seminar Wednesday at Trinity on the Hill Church. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community members attend a physical wellness seminar by Dr. Tyler Taylor sponsored by the Los Alamos Family Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Take self-improvement slow and steady. Don’t beat yourself up. Incorporate a couple of healthy habits into your life each month. For 30 days walk more and eat a piece of fruit … these are just some of the physical wellness suggestions that Dr. Tyler Taylor offered to community members gathered Wednesday at Trinity on the Hill Church.

“Take charge – don’t be a victim,” he said. “Be consistently proactive about your health … it builds self-confidence to make positive changes.”

Taylor emphasized the importance of incorporating prevention into one’s health care regimen. Having the proper vaccines, taking calcium and vitamin D, applying sunscreen and limiting alcohol and stopping or reducing smoking will go a long way toward living a healthier lifestyle, he said. 

“It’s also important to make it fun or relaxing – that’s why many people enjoy yoga – they feel relaxed afterward,” Taylor said.

A native of Alabama, Taylor attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, finishing up with his Family Practice residency training in Tuscaloosa. He then practiced for 21 years in a small community in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, mostly as senior partner in a group of three to four health care providers.

Pursuing his and his family’s interest in living in the West, Taylor moved to Los Alamos in 2000 to join Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico. He left in 2005 to start Care First, LLC, giving substance to his dream of creating a different kind of family practice.

He is board-certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Practice. He has a long-standing interest in quality communications and ethics. His personal interests include history, golf, hiking, politics, travel and spending time with friends and family.

Taylor’s physical wellness seminar Wednesday was presented as part of a year-long campaign underway by the Los Alamos Family Council, Inc. The behavioral health agency celebrated 50 years of service in Los Alamos Sept. 14, and has launched a year of free seminars focusing attention on the importance of personal and community wellness.

Los Alamos Family Council, Inc., 1505 15th St., Suite C, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. Its mission is to promote emotional and social wellbeing through advocacy, education, prevention and counseling.

Next month’s community seminar is “Spiritual Wellness” presented by Rev. Colin Kelly from noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 10 in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.

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