What are preventive services?

What are preventive services? What are preventive services? Understanding prevention Preventive services are the identification, prioritization, and provision of appropriate screenings, counseling, and medication services to prevent illness or the worsening of disease, and reduce healthcare costs. What is a health screening? A health screening is a test that doctors perform to check for diseases […]

What is the USPSTF?

What is the USPSTF? The role of USPSTF The USPSTF is an independent panel of national experts that makes evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services. Their recommendations are made publicly available on the USPSTF website and through their Prevention TaskForce (previously ePSS) app that provides tailored recommendations based on age, sex, and selected behavioral risk […]

How can I take control of my health?

How can I take control of my health? Find a primary care physician that’s right for you Your primary care physician is the best person for you to discuss your health with. Together, the two of you discuss your physical and mental health and can create a plan to treat and prevent disease. Your primary […]

What barriers keep me from being healthy?

What barriers keep me from being healthy? Barriers that keep people from being healthy fall into two categories: those within the patient’s control and those not within their control Barriers within the patient’s control include:  Time  With work, school and a myriad of other responsibilities, it can feel as though there is barely any time […]

Nutrition Myth

Nutrition Myths Nutrition  Myth: Eating past 8 will make you gain weight.  Fact: There has been no direct link with eating past a certain time and gaining weight. Weight gain happens when you consume more calories than you burn, therefore the time of day that you eat does not matter. However, eating right before bed […]

Physical Activity Basics

Physical Activity Basics Physical activity is any body movement that requires more energy than resting. Exercise is only one type of physical activity, there are other forms that are less structured and planned. Being physically active is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.   Types of physical activity: Aerobic activity strengthens your heart and lungs muscles […]

Nutrition Basics

Nutrition Basics The public generally knows that good nutrition allows you to maintain a healthy weight. A well-balanced diet provides good nutrition by ensuring your body is getting all of the minerals, vitamins and nutrients needed to function properly. Below are nutrition basics to ensure a healthy diet:  Food Groups   Vegetables are an important source […]

Obesity

Obesity Obesity is a complex health issue resulting from a combination of different factors either within the individual’s control or out of their control. These different factors include: Hereditary factors/genetics   Medical science has shown that while not everyone that is obese inherited it from their parents, your genes can affect how you burn calories, […]

Mental Health

Mental Health Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, act and also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make decisions. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood through adulthood.  Mental health problems manifest in ways that affect your thinking, mood […]

Chronic Illness

Chronic Illness Chronic illnesses are life-long health conditions that may not have a cure. Common examples of chronic illnesses include:  Alzheimer disease and dementia Arthritis  Asthma Cancer COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)  Crohn disease  Cystic fibrosis  Diabetes Epilepsy  Heart disease  HIV/AIDS   To better understand chronic illnesses, let’s compare them to short-term illnesses.  Short-term illnesses […]