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GET THE CARE YOU NEED
Get regular check-ups to stay on top of your health. Click to find out WHY these annual preventative visits are critical, what to expect before, during and after a visit, and how you can access a health provider.
Healthy eating can be quick, easy and budget-friendly. Plus, eating well can help you feel better and have more energy. It can even can prevent or reduce many common chronic conditions. Small improvements every day can make a lasting impact for you and your generations to come!
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Did you know walking at least 30 minutes a day can ease depression and fatigue, reduce your risk of chronic diseases and keep your weight in check? It doesn’t have to all be at once; find small windows of time in your day to make moving a priority! But some is better than none: Even 10 minutes of brisk activity several times a week has advantages for your health.
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TAKE A DAILY VITAMIN
Did you know taking a daily multivitamin can help fill nutrition gaps in diets and to promote overall wellness? A vitamin isn’t a substitute for choosing healthy foods, but it is an insurance policy that you are getting the nutrients you need even on your busiest days. Vitamins can be purchased without a prescription (over the counter).
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PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST INFECTIONS
Did you know 1 in 2 sexually active persons will contract an STD/STI by age 25? STIs are preventable! Planning ahead makes it easy to protect yourself in the moment!
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BREAK UP WITH TOBACCO
You know smoking causes cancer and a plethora of health issues, but did you know it can also cause erectile dysfunction in men as young as 20? Yikes. The good news is that with support, the number of people to successfully quit continues to rise. Find support, resources and tools to quit for good.
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HAPPY AND SAFE RELATIONSHIP
What contributes to a safe, healthy relationship? How can you improve your current social and romantic relationships? Physical violence is not the only form of abuse—would you recognize if you or a friend was in an unhealthy or abusive relationship? Learn how to identify unhealthy relationships and enjoy healthier ones.
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No method of birth control is completely foolproof, but only 5% of people who use contraception consistently and correctly have an unintended pregnancy. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, it’s now easier and more affordable to get birth control than ever before.
Your insurance may cover the whole cost of any method, so ask your doctor what option will best meet your needs. Knowing your options (insured or not) and planning ahead can help make the decision that is best for you.
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TAKE CARE OF YOUR CONDITIONS
Did you know chronic diseases and conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and obesity—are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems? But your chronic conditions don’t have to take over your life. Making small changes and choices every day can make a world of difference.
Click for our favorite condition management resources & apps:
- Diabetes LogBook
- Diabetic Connect
- Calorie Counter Pro
- Glucose Buddy
- WaveSense Diabetes Manager
- Diabetes Log
- Diabetes Companion
- Diabetes Health Mobile
- hCG Diet app
- Healthy Heart Journal
- American Heart Association has helpful resources for healthy eating, physical activity weight management, stress management, quitting smoking and workplace health
- Online support group for stroke and heart patients and caregivers
- Million Hearts has tips on prevention and healthy eating
KNOW YOUR MEDS
Know what medicine you are taking, the dosage, instructions, and how they may react with each other. Be sure you dispose of unused over the counter and prescription meds.
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BREATHE AND BALANCE
Emotional and mental wellbeing is key to happiness! Finding balance and keeping stress at bay can be tough, but finding time to care for yourself is crucial. Remember, you can only pour from a full cup! Not everybody has the same stress relief solutions – what works best for you may even change based on the situation or time to day. Click below to learn more and find what works for you. Find out how you can help a friend who may be struggling.
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LEARN YOUR HISTORY
It’s important to know your family’s health past so you can prepare for your future. Do certain conditions run in your family? Do you have questions about what can be passed from one generation to the next? Awareness is key in prevention! Start recording your own health for your future generations.
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School will prepare you for a lot – but what about money management, budgeting, loans, filing taxes? Improving your knowledge about financial topics can help you better plan and achieve your goals.
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Do you know when Aunt Flow comes to town? Is it regular? Keep track of your period and symptoms. It may not be the sexiest topic, but speak up if you are concerned about something, such as fertility concerns, irregular or very heavy periods, influences on a period, etc.
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CALL ME MOMMY
Did you know that most American families want two children? To do this, the average woman spends about five years trying to become pregnant and more than three-quarters of her reproductive life—trying to avoid an unintended pregnancy. Be sure you schedule that Wellness Visit before you find out you are pregnant. This is the time to be your healthiest!
Click for preconception health resources we love:
- CDC Preconception Health
- Every Woman California
- Today is for Tomorrow
- March of Dimes Preconception Checklist
- Today is For Tomorrow
- Preconception Veterans App
- Bedsider: Pregnancy 101
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THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK
Avoiding binge drinking is easier if you’re aware of what a standard drink amount is:
One “standard” drink is equivalent to:
- 12 ounces of regular beer
- 5 ounces of wine
- 1 shot of distilled spirits
Some drinks are marketed as “safer” (i.e., wine coolers), but can have higher alcohol content than other drinks!
Keep in mind almost half of pregnancies are unintended AND even small amounts of alcohol during initial weeks of pregnancy can cause long-term damage. There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant. There is also no safe time during pregnancy to drink. All types of alcohol are equally harmful, including all wines and beer. Why take the risk? Alcohol use is associated with STIs, unintended pregnancies, motor vehicle and other accidents.
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GET YOUR ZZZ’s
Not getting enough sleep is a public health epidemic (according to the CDC). On average, adults need eight hours of sleep each night, but most Americans report only about six. There is a science to a great night’s sleep! Thankfully, there are resources, fitness trackers & apps to help track & improve us sleep better.
Click for our favorite sleep resources:
- Sleep Methodology: 12 Steps to Improve Your Sleep
- The Science of Sleep (Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School)
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ZIKA, WHO? WHAT? WHY SHOULD I CARE?
Zika virus is a disease spread from a bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Although some people infected will get fever-like symptoms, some may not even realize they have been infected. Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Learn more about the Zika Virus, prevention & symptoms.
Click to learn more about Zika Virus, prevention and travel tips:
- Learn more about the Zika Virus
- See specific areas where Zika is spreading
- If traveling, please visit the CDC Travelers’ Health site for the most updated travel information.
- What you should know about the Zika virus (ES)
- For Health Providers: Reproductive counseling in the age of Zika virus