Men’s Health Month

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14.9% of men aged 18 and over are in fair or poor health.1 June is National Men’s Health Month! The purpose of this month is to raise awareness of preventable health issues and encourage regular checkups and screenings to help maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. In honor of Men’s Health Month, here are a few important guidelines for staying on top of your health.

Screenings & Checkups

  1. Blood Pressure Screening: Beginning at age 20, have your blood pressure checked every year. If you have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, consider getting screened for diabetes. That screening may include a blood test and a urine test.
  2. Cholesterol Test: Most men should have their cholesterol checked every year starting at age 35. But you may need to have your cholesterol checked earlier if you use tobacco, are overweight or obese, have diabetes or high blood pressure, have a history of heart disease, or if a man in your family had a heart attack before the age of 50.
  3. Cancer Screenings: Men should have their first colonoscopy at age 50. If there is a family history of colon cancer, talk to your doctor about having a colonoscopy at an earlier age. If you are 45 years or older, consider talking to your doctor about screenings for prostate cancer.
  4. Physical Exams:
  • If you are 20-39, get a physical exam every three years.
  • If you are 40-49, get a physical exam every two years.
  • Beginning at age 50, get a physical exam every year.
  • Men should get annual eye exams and visit the dentist twice a year.

How to Observe National Men’s Health Month

  1. Diet: Cut back on alcohol and up your intake of healthy fermented foods.2
  2. Set Goals: Set small attainable goals to get your health where you want it to be. Examples include eating more vegetables, losing weight or gaining muscle.2
  3. Education: Read more about common health issues that are specific to men. For starters, check out the statistics listed below.2

Men’s Health by the Numbers

  • Men are more likely to die from heart disease at earlier ages.3
  • Men have an increased risk of dying from diabetes.3
  • Only 30% of a man’s health is determined by his genetics. 70% is controllable through lifestyle.3
  • Inactive men are 60% more likely to suffer from depression than those who are active.3

Questions?

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Sources:

  1. https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/mens-health/index.html
  2. NATIONAL MEN’S HEALTH MONTH – June 2021 | National Today
  3. Men’s Health Week – Male Health Infographics (menshealthweek.org.au)

May is National Employee Health & Fitness Month

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Employee Health & Fitness Month is a month-long initiative to generate sustainability for a healthy lifestyle and initiate healthy activities on an ongoing basis. Wellness programs have been shown to benefit employees by lowering stress levels, increasing well-being, self-image, and self-esteem, improving physical fitness, increasing stamina, increasing job satisfaction, and potentially reducing weight.

How Can Your Company Participate?

There are a lot of different options, here are a few ideas to get you started:

–          Start a walking club around your office

–          Create an after-hours recreational team

–          Host a step contest and award top employees with prizes

Don’t forget to also encourage employees to explore all their wellness options available through their health care plan. A lot of organizations provide additional incentives that help encourage employees to improve their health year-round.

Tria Health and Wellness

Tria Health is consistently working to improve patient health through one-on-one confidential counseling with a pharmacist. Consultations with a pharmacist help to ensure your medications are working the way they are supposed to work to improve your overall well-being. Tria Health will help you:

  • Save Money
  • Feel better by getting the intended results from your meds.
  • Spend less time at the doctor’s office!

 

Questions?

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Celebrate October with Tria Health!

October is an important month in healthcare! October is American Pharmacists Month AND October 21st is National Check Your Meds Day!

What is National Check Your Meds Day?

Consumer Reports found that 53% of patients get their drugs from more than one healthcare provider. Perhaps more worryingly, only 50% of patents have ever asked their doctor to review their list of medications and 35% had never had ANY healthcare professional examine their lists.” For this reason, Consumer Reports is sponsoring National Check Your Meds Day.

Lisa Gill, Deputy Director for Consumer Reports, says “Pharmacists are a terrific resource” for helping to identify problem medications. She also said, “My hope is that people take their meds to a pharmacist they trust.”

Tria Health’s specially trained pharmacists provide necessary education and coordination of care to improve condition management. Pharmacists are the best healthcare providers to identify potential drug interactions, medication side effects, and dosing issues. Tria Health’s pharmacists can communicate this knowledge to patients, physicians, and other healthcare providers.

Tria Health offers this service regularly, as part of our Pharmacy Advocate and Specialty GuardRx programs.

Comprehensive Medication Review (a/k/a Brown Bag Review)

A brown bag review is your opportunity to speak with a clinical pharmacist to review all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements.

During this review, pharmacists will help you better understand your medications, and ensure that you are taking the right combination of medications for your individual health needs.

Ready for your Employees to Schedule a Brown Bag Review?

Skip the lines at your pharmacy and call Tria Health today at 913-322-8456!

New U.S. Dietary Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services have issued updated nutritional guidelines.  These guidelines are updated every 5 years and aim to reflect the latest science-based evidence about what we eat.

Major changes from previous guidelines include:

  • Added sugars should make up less than 10% of your diet. This does not include naturally-occurring sugars such as those found in milk or fruit.
  • Saturated fats should account for less than 10% of your diet. Saturated fats include butter, whole milk, non-lean meats.
  • Adults should consume less than 2300 mg of sodium (salt) per day.
  • No specific restrictions on total fat intake, just limit saturated fats.

The sugar and fat intake recommendations are highlighted in an effort to curb the rising incidence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  The best bet for healthy eating continues to follow the same pattern which includes incorporating a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy, and lean proteins.

Access the full updated guidelines by visiting www.health.gov.