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.
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day takes place every year on December 1. World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice and improve education about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Around the world, about 35 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 50,000 people get infected with HIV every year.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone 15 to 65 gets tested at least once. Some people may need to be tested more often.
How can World AIDS Day make a difference?
We can use this day to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, encourage people to get tested and take action to support people who are living with HIV.
- Stop by your local Health Education Department for a variety of HIV/STI related health information.
- Schedule an appointment with a Health Educator for HIV/STI testing and counseling. Learn how to protect yourself and your partner.
- Wear a red ribbon, the symbol of awareness and support.
For more information:
Kaiser Permanente: HIV Prevention
Kaiser Permanente: LGBTQ Health
Center for Disease Control: HIV/AIDS
Importance of Handwashing
The cold and flu season is upon us. Keeping your hands clean is the single most important thing you can do to avoid getting sick, spreading germs and spreading germs to others. Handwashing is easy, inexpensive and effective in keeping people healthy. For children, washing hands can be a fun and entertaining activity. For parents, it can keep their family healthy. Reducing illness can mean less time spent at the doctor’s office and more time spent at work, school, and play.
When should you wash your hands?
- Before, during and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring of someone who is sick
- After using the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
How should you wash your hands?
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds (Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice)
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them
What should you do if you do not have soap and clean, running water?
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. It can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations. Hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
Kaiser Permanente: Protect Your Family from Colds and Flu
Center for Disease Control: Handwashing: A Family Activity
Center for Disease Control: Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer Use
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.