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.
February is National Heart Month
Heart Disease is the most common cause of death for women in America. Heart disease occurs when plaque builds up in the walls of arteries, making them narrow and difficult for blood to find a path to flow through the veins smoothly. This process, called Atherosclerosis, can lead to blood clots, which can cause a stroke or a heart attack.
February is National Heart Month. Wear red to support Women’s Heart Disease and spread awareness about the symptoms and prevention methods of Heart Disease.
It is extremely important to know the heart attack warning signs, especially because they are not always the same between men and women. Some potential signs:
- Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, or squeezing in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes
- Pain spreading to shoulders, neck and/or arms
- Chest discomfort with light-headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea and/or shortness of breath
If you think you may be at risk, consult your doctor. You can reduce your risk by making some lifestyle changes such as:
- Reducing high blood pressure
- Quitting smoking
- Increasing your daily physical activity
- Choosing to eat a healthy diet
- Gaining control of your cholesterol
For more information visit:
- Kaiser Permanente: Women and Heart Disease
- Kaiser Permanente: Healthy Choices for the Heart
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Heart Disease Fact Sheet
Healthy Eating, Active Living
With the New Year upon us, so many of us create resolutions to stay healthy and fit. Meeting these goals can be challenging, especially for those of us who have children. This leads to the question: What healthy foods should we be feeding our children so they get the right nutrients and vitamins to grow, while I eat a healthy diet?
Kaiser Permanente has some great resources to keep families thriving. A great option is the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) class for families with children ages 6-12 years old. In this class, you will learn ways to get your children to eat their fruits and vegetables. Your children will play fun games to increase their knowledge on healthy eating. Our highly trained instructors will work with your family to gauge motivation and set realistic goals. The class will cover increasing fiber, healthy snacks, and physical activity. There will be discussions encouraging the whole family to make small behavior changes.
To register for this class, call Health Education at 1-866-248-0721.
For more information, please visit:
- Kaiser Permanente: Tips For Parents
- Kaiser Permanente: Wellness Coaching
- Kaiser Permanente Video: Healthy Eating With My Family
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.