National Patient Safety Awareness Week was designed to mark a dedicated time and a platform to increase awareness about patient safety among health professionals and the public. One goal of the week is to bring together and engage health care professionals and patients to help spread this important message. One prominent safety issue in the health care world is medication mismanagement.
Did you Know?
- 30% Never fill their prescriptions
- 50% Don’t take as prescribed
- 41% Heart attack patients don’t take blood pressure medications
- 50% children with asthma don’t use inhalers.
The Benefit of Tria Health
If a patient has multiple chronic conditions or multiple physicians, it can be overwhelming and easy to confuse medications or simply be unable to afford the cost. With Tria Health you can speak one-on-one with a pharmacist to help you feel better by getting the intended results from your meds.
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Source: Health & Human Services, National Institute of Health
What is National Nutrition Month?
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
What Can I Do to Get Involved?
There are a lot of different ways you can get involved with National Nutrition Month. You can either participate alone or with a group, here are a few ideas on how you can get started:
- Commit to trying a new fruit or vegetable each week during National Nutrition Month.
- Start a vegetable garden by planting seeds indoors or outside.
- Take a trip to a farmers market or local farm.
- Organize a healthy potluck, making sure each of the food groups is represented.
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Chronic Conditions and Nutrition
If you have a chronic condition, a carefully planned diet can make a difference. With certain diseases, what you eat may reduce symptoms. In other cases, diet can improve health. Although your diet might differ depending on your condition and lifestyle, there are three keys to a healthy eating plan that will work for diabetes, heart health, cancer prevention and weight management:
- Eat meals and snacks regularly (at planned times).
- Eat about the same amount of food at each meal or snack.
- Choose healthful foods to support a healthy weight and heart.
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High Blood pressure affects more than 40% of adults over 25 years of age. In addition to visiting your doctor to ensure your blood pressure is under control, you should be doing out of office monitoring as one to two times per week. The key to out of office monitoring is that you are consistent in the method of how you take your blood pressure.
Rest for 10 Minutes
If you have a blood pressure monitor at home, be sure to give yourself 10 minutes of resting time prior to taking your reading.
Avoid Caffeine and Tobacco
Avoid caffeine and tobacco 30 minutes prior to taking a reading as well.
Sit in a Relaxed Position
When taking your blood pressure, you should sit relaxed with both feet on the ground. Arms should be supported at the heart level and free of constrictive clothing. At home blood pressure readings are also ideally taken at the same time every day and in the same arm.
Check Your Cuff Sizing
It is also important to consider the size of the blood pressure cuff when using an at home monitoring system. Depending on the circumference of the arm, you may need a smaller or larger cuff to ensure accurate readings. Talk to your pharmacist about what the right cuff size is for you.
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February is American Heart Month, sponsored by the American Heart Association. This month is designed to raise awareness about heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. One in three deaths in the US is caused by heart disease and stroke.
Your friends at Tria Health want you to understand your personal risks, and what you can do to prevent heart disease in yourselves and your loved ones.
Know Your Personal Risk Factors
Knowing your numbers could potentially save your life! We encourage you to talk to our clinicians or another healthcare provider about your personal risk factors for heart disease.
- Blood Pressure Below 120/80
- Blood Sugar fasting blood sugar of less than 100
- Body Mass Index less than 25
You Have the Power to Control Some of Your Risk Factors
There are many risk factors for heart disease, some within your control and others outside your control. The risks you CAN control include:
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- Lack of regular activity
- Obesity or overweight
The risks outside your control are:
- Family History
- Previous heart attack or stroke
How to Live Healthy
The American Heart Association recommends that to live a healthy lifestyle, you must:
- Eat Smart: Make healthy, delicious choices wherever and whenever you eat.
- Add Color: Make life more colorful with fruits and vegetables.
- Move More: Infuse more movement into your life for optimal health.
- Be Well: Create balance, vitality and wellbeing through self-care.
If you would like more tips from the American Heart Association, visit: https://healthyforgood.heart.org/
This month, and always, we hope that you better understand your risks of heart disease, and what you can do to take better care of your heart.