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.
National Healthcare Decisions Day – April 16, 2017
National Healthcare Decisions Day is a national initiative to encourage adults of all ages to plan ahead for life’s “what ifs”. Making health decisions ahead of time and putting your wishes in writing can bring peace of mind to you and your family. Advance care planning gives you the opportunity to select a health care agent and explore your personal values, attitudes and beliefs surrounding your health care.
Life Care Planning (Advance Health Care Directive) class:
- This class is designed for you and your health care agent to attend together. If your agent is not available, you can also attend the class without your agent
- Learn the importance and benefits of life care planning
- Receive a packet of helpful information
- Visit your local Health Education Center to register
Already completed your Advance Health Care Directive?
If you have already completed an advance directive, please provide us with a copy so we can add it to your medical records. Please include your full name and medical record number on each page. You may drop it off at your local Health Education Department.
For more information, please visit:
- Kaiser Permanente: Life Care Planning
- Kaiser Permanente Video: What is Life Care Planning?
- Kaiser Permanente: Advance Health Care Directive Form
April 24 – 30 is World Immunization Week
Immunizations and screening tests are important preventive care services that you and your family receive during checkups and other office visits.
Timely immunizations (also known as “vaccinations”) help to keep your family and the community healthy. Immunizations are a regular part of checkups for children. (Adults need immunizations too. If you can’t remember the last time you got a vaccine, you may be due for one.)
Log onto kp.org to view you and your child’s latest immunizations.
According to the World Health Organization, “Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Today, there are still 19.4 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world.
For more information, please visit:
- Kaiser Permanente Video: Separating Fears from Facts
Thinking About Quitting Tobacco?
Quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of your loved ones. Did you know within one year of quitting tobacco, some health benefits include:
- Risk of heart attack decreases
- Lung function improves
- Breathing improves
- Sense of smell and taste improves
- Energy level increases
Now is a good time to quit. By quitting, even for one day, you are taking a very important step towards a healthier life.
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping you become tobacco-free. We offer a variety of resources to both support and help you quit tobacco successfully. We have classes, a personal Wellness Coach, an online cessation program called “Breathe®”, and an online video about tobacco medications. In addition, there are community resources, such as the California Smokers’ Helpline and American Cancer Society, to support you through the quit process. Participating in a smoking cessation program or using tobacco medications doubles your chances of success.
For information about Kaiser Permanente’s resources, visit:
- Quitting Tobacco or call the Health Education Center at 1-866-248-0721
For community resources, visit:
- California Smokers’ Helpline or call 1-800-662-8887
For help quitting chewing tobacco call 1-800-844-2439
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.