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.
View more ideas HERE.
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.
Have any questions? Contact the Tria Health Help Desk at 1.888.799.8742.
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.
Wear Red and Raise Awareness About Heart Disease for Women
National Wear Red Day is February 2nd. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement that advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The movement also challenges people to know their risk for heart disease and act to reduce their personal risk.
Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk
Not only can you wear red to raise awareness but you can also take steps to reduce your own risk. The American Heart Association has developed an online tool called My Life Check. My Life Check allows you to find out your heart score and see if you’re at risk based on Life’s Simple 7:
- Managing your blood pressure
- Control your cholesterol
- Reduce your blood sugar
- Get Active
- Eat Better
- Lose Weight
- Stop Smoking
Find out Your Heart Score
Tria Health Helps Control Heart Disease?
Tria Health offers Chronic Condition Management through our Pharmacy Advocate Program. Heart Disease and stroke are two of the many chronic conditions that Tria Health targets. Clinical Pharmacists provide one-on-one telephonic counseling for members and act as their personal advocate to help them navigate through the health care system. Through reviewing a member’s medications and lifestyle habits, Tria Pharmacists can make recommendations that will help control their chronic conditions and help them feel better!
Questions? Call 1.888.799.8742 or visit www.triahealth.com.
Wear Red and Support Heart Health!