Monthly Focus

February is Healthy Heart Month

Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 killers in the United States but early recognition and preventive intervention can be lifesaving for millions. The observance of American Heart Month was proclamed in 2004 because of the unacceptable level of morbidity and the immense toll on human lilfe. 

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

What Is It?

Glaucoma is a major cause of preventable blindness which affects all age groups from infants to seniors. The incidence is greatest among the African-American and Hispanic populations and it is a leading cause of blindness. 

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December is AIDS Awareness Month

AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is now pandemic- widespread geographically- and since the 1970s has killed more than 21.8 million people.

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November is American Diabetes Month

We are acutely aware of the personal and economic toll diabetes has on our population. The direct cost to employees and employers as well as indirect costs have become staggering. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the U.S. spends $116 billion each year for medical costs and an additional $58 billion for disability benefits, work loss and premature mortality. We need to take charge and stop diabetes in its tracks!

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October is Health Literacy Month

Health literacy, the ability to obtain, understand, and apply health information in an appropriate fashion is imperative. The lack of informed consumers not only affect  our personal well-being but it affects the “health“ of our nation in a variety of sectors including  economics, morbidity and mortality, ethics, and liability.

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October is Health Literacy Month

Health literacy, the ability to obtain, understand, and apply health information in an appropriate fashion is imperative. The lack of informed consumers not only affect  our personal well-being but it affects the “health“ of our nation in a variety of sectors including  economics, morbidity and mortality, ethics, and liability.

 

In very simplistic terms, “Being health literate means having a clear understanding of what we need to do in order to achieve health.”1

Adequate health literacy enhances our ability to: 

  • Understand that when we are ill, we need appropriate health care
  • Communicate effectively and accurately information about our condition to all health care practitioners and paramedical personnel 

Limited health literacy can result in:

  • Increased morbidity, mortality and more costly care
  • Increased  medication and treatment errors, hospitalizations, longer hospital stays, and increased costly emergency room care

What can you do?

  • Know your health status
  • Keep records of medical encounters
  • Know your medication(s)
  • Insist on medical information that you can understand
  • Expect excellence from your health care practitioner(s)
  • Be an informed consumer of health care 

Take charge of your health!

1Wolters Kluwer, Law and Business, Managed Care Outlook, Volume 21,Number 1, January 1, 2008. 

 

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