Plan for Prevention
If you want to take control of your health, but you’re not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place.
Learn about preventive care and the steps you and your family can take to stay healthy, prevent disease, and live well.
These simple, but important, actions can help you live a longer and healthier life:
• develop and maintain healthy lifestyle habits
• get screening tests for early detection of disease
• stay up-to-date with immunizations
There’s no better time than now.
Women’s Health Awareness Month
May is Women’s Health Awareness Month. National Women’s Health Week starts on Mother’s day every year!
A woman’s health needs continue to evolve from her teen years through her golden years. Being active, eating well, and getting your recommended health screenings are the foundation for good health at any age. Celebrate Women’s Health Month by making a commitment to:
- Get regular checkups and screenings.
- Get active- at least 150 minutes per week.
- Eat healthy-use the Healthy Plate method!
- Pay attention to mental health.
- Engage in safe behaviors.
Take one — or all — of these steps to improve your physical and mental health! Encourage the women in your life to join you.
For more information please visit:
- Kaiser Permanente: Women’s Guide To Good Health
- Kaiser Permanente Video: Women’s Health
- Kaiser Permanente: Healthy Sexuality For Women
Asthma is a long-term health condition that affects your breathing. It causes the airways that lead to the lung to swell.
Asthma affects people in different ways. Some people only have asthma attacks during allergy season, or when they breathe in cold air, or when they exercise. Others have bad attacks that send them to the doctors often or emergency care.
Symptoms can be mild or severe. Common asthma symptoms are wheezing, coughing a lot, having shortness of breath, chest tightness, and getting tired quickly during exercise.
Certain things can make asthma symptoms worse. These are called triggers. When you are around a trigger, an asthma attack is more likely.
Common triggers include:
- Cigarette smoke or air pollution
- Pollen, mold or dust mites and pet hair
- Illnesses like colds, flu, or pneumonia
- Dry, cold air
There are ways to avoid common triggers:
- Do not smoke or allow others to smoke around you.
- When pollen, pollution and dust are at high levels, stay indoors and keep windows closed.
- Get a flu vaccine every year. Talk to your doctor about getting a pneumococcal shot.
- Avoid exercising outdoors in cold weather.
There are two parts to treating asthma. One is controlling asthma over the long term with a controller medication. The second is using a quick-relief medication when asthma attacks occur.
For more information and resources, please visit:
- Kaiser Permanente: Asthma
- Kaiser Permanente: Asthma in Children
- Kaiser Permanente: Asthma in Adults
- Kaiser Permanente Video: Asthma Action Plan
Take a Step Towards Better Health: Quit Tobacco
Are you thinking about quitting tobacco? The benefits of quitting tobacco include: a decrease in a risk of a heart attack, improved lung function and breathing, an increase in energy levels, better breath, and more.
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping you become tobacco free. We offer a variety of resources to assist you in quitting now. We have wellness coaching over the phone and an online program called Breathetm(hyperlink). Kaiser Permanente is here to support you on your journey towards being tobacco free.
For more resources and more information, please visit:
- Kaiser Permanente: My Doctor Online: Quitting Tobacco or call 1-866-251-4514 to make a free telephone appointment with a Wellness Coach.
- California Smoker’s Helpline: https://www.nobutts.org/ or call 1-800-NO BUTTS (quit smoking) & 1-800-844-CHEW (quit chew)
Quitting tobacco is one of the best things you can do for your health. We are confident that, when you are ready, you will find a way to be tobacco-free!
Screenings and Immunizations
Prevention Guidelines for Adults
Screening tests are an important part of preventive care. They are simple tests for the early detection of a disease or condition before you have any symptoms. The following screening tests are recommended for adults 18 years and older.
These recommendations are for generally healthy people and are for information only. If you have ongoing health problems, special health needs or risks, or if certain conditions run in your family, talk with your physician. He or she may recommend additional screening tests.
Types of Screening Tests and When They’re Recommended
Mammograms are recommended for women age 40 to 74 every 1 to 2 years. Women 75 and older, should discuss the need for mammography with their doctor.
For women, have a Pap test every 3 years starting at age 21 or earlier if sexually active. Beginning at age 25, have a Pap and human papillomavirus (HPV) test every 3 years up to age 65.
Starting at age 40, cholesterol should be checked every 5 years, more often if its level is higher than normal.
Starting at age 50, have a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) once a year and/or a flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years. If you are older than age 75, talk to your doctor about colorectal cancer screening.
For adults older than 45 years of age, get tested every 5 years.
HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
Get tested for HIV and other STDs if you have had unprotected sex, are pregnant, or have any other reasons to think you may be at risk. Have a yearly chlamydia test if you’re sexually active and between ages 14 and 25.
Have your blood pressure checked every 1 to 2 years.
Talk to your physician about having a bone mineral density (BMD) test at age 65.
Overweight and obesity
Have your body mass index (BMI) calculated every 1 to 2 years.
During pregnancy, your medical team may recommend a variety of screening tests to make sure you are healthy and that your baby is developing properly. Take all the tests recommended by your medical team. Learn more about what to expect during pregnancy, labor, childbirth, and caring for your newborn.
Men age 40 and older, discuss the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and rectal exam with your physician.
The following options will help you find out which preventive health services you might be due for.
- At your next appointment, check the bottom of your registration slip.
- Stop by Health Education to have a staff member look them up for you.
- Go online to kp.org/prevention for more information.