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June Awareness
June: Men's Health Month

Men take charge of your health! Often, the only time men go to the doctor is if they are sick or have a medical emergency. However, a preventative health focus, instead of reactive health focus, is often far less expensive and time consuming. Take the time to visit a healthcare provider just to ensure that no underlying issues are creeping up. Stay fit. Your work may be active but often that is not enough to get the health benefits of exercise. Be sure to incorporate both resistance and cardiovascular endurance work. Cut out smoking and if you must drink, do so in moderation. Know your family health history and make sure you are up to date on all shots and checkups. Try adding a handful of greens to your meals and eat one less snack. To protect others, you must first ensure you are protected.

A few stats on US men’s health from the CDC:

  • 14.9% Percent of men aged 18 and over in fair or poor health
  • 40.5% Percent of men aged 20 and over with obesity
  • 51.9% Percent of men aged 20 and over with hypertension
  • Leading Causes of Death: Heart Disease, Cancer, and Accidents

Most of these issues are treatable and not the end of the line. By redirecting your path and making a few easy choices you can increase your health and longevity.

For more information on Men’s Health, please visit cdc.gov.

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Team at (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




May Awareness
May: Women's Health Month

This month we would like to look at the importance of Women’s health. Taking care of others is important but don’t forget to look after yourself as well. 2 out of every 3 caregivers in the US are women and have higher risk for poor physical and mental health. Stay up to date with all doctor appointments. It is always easier to deal with problems if caught earlier. Mammograms and gynecological care are both important to maintain overall health. Make time for a consistent sleep schedule and try for 7 hours of sleep minimum. This is one of the best ways to fight stress, fully recover from a hard day’s work, and awaken fresh and ready to take on the day. Don’t neglect resistance training. Women need a mix of cardio and resistance training 3-5 times a week to help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, and to stay in shape. Finally, find healthy ways to crush stress in your life. Such as: meditation, walks, reducing caffeine and sugar, exercise, and getting adequate amounts of vitamin B. This can seem daunting but will be totally worth it over time.

For more information on Women’s Health, please visit womenshealth.gov.

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Team at (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




April Awareness
April: Youth Health Month

This month is Youth Health Month. According to the WHO (World Health Org.) more than 1.1 million adolescents died in 2016, mostly from preventable or treatable causes. Tragically, half of all mental health disorders in adulthood start by age 14, mostly undetected and untreated. Needless to say, this demographic is extremely important and should be at the forefront of our society’s mind.

The WHO says that promoting healthy behaviors during adolescence and taking steps to better protect young people from health risks are critical. Some of these steps include providing sexual health education, providing safe and supportive environments, keeping track of all medicines in the household, and securely storing firearms. Also, don’t neglect promoting a healthy lifestyle. It may be easier to eat out and let kids play video games all night but going for walks, playing in parks, trying out team sports, and spending time together are all great ways to help the youth.

Remember: Know your family heart health history, eat healthy (small changes go a long way), workout at least 150 minutes a week, and don’t smoke!

For more information on Youth Health, please visit CDC.gov.

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Team at (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




March Awareness
March: Kidney Health Month

This month is Kidney Health Month. Our kidneys do much more than just filter out waste products and toxins. They also regulate our pH, salt, potassium, and blood pressure through hormones they produce. The kidneys help make Vitamin D into a useful form in the body. Vitamin D is vitally important as well, with the CDC showing more than half of all Americans having low levels of Vitamin D. Unfortunately, 1 in 10 Americans over 20 years old show evidence of Chronic Kidney Disease. Kidney disease can cause heart disease, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and neuropathy.

According to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) if you or a loved one may be at risk you should ask your PCP about 3 tests that may be lifesaving. First, a Blood Pressure test to check for high blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage blood vessels in kidneys. Second, a Urine Test that checks protein content in urine. Thirdly, a Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) test. This measures how the kidneys filter blood. The NKF suggests lowering high blood pressure, manage blood sugar levels, reduce salt intake, avoid NSAIDs, moderate protein consumption, and get an annual flu shot.

For more information on Kidney Health, please visit kidney.org.

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Team at (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




February Awareness
February: Heart Health Month

Did you know that the heart beats about 2.5 billion times over a lifetime, and it pumps about 2000 gallons of blood a day? This incredible piece of you helps support every aspect of your health. Whether carrying oxygen from the lungs, nutrients to your cells, removing waste by-products, or fighting infection.

The CDC recommends that you know you heart health history. Ask your family about their overall heart health and if there are and underlying conditions you should be aware of. Help your heart out by eating a healthy diet, reducing added sugars (like sodas), and trans fats. Increasing fruit and vegetable intake can have a big impact as well. Regular exercise, at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week, is a must for a strong healthy heart. Finally, one of the best things someone can do to improve not only their heart health but their overall health is to completely cut out smoking.

Remember: Know your family heart health history, eat healthy (small changes go a long way), workout at least 150 minutes a week, and don’t smoke!

For more information on Heart Health, please visit CDC.gov.

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Team at (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




January Awareness
January: Mental Health Month

We’re all in this together! Mental health is a tremendously important aspect of overall health and something that we should strive to make a high priority in our lives. We often feel alone in our feelings and thoughts. According to the National Council for Behavior Health 1 in 5 American Adults experience a mental illness. However, there is always hope. Around 70-90% of people who seek proper treatment for mental health witness a significant reduction in symptoms. If we take the time to connect with others and try and understand their feelings, we will see that we all deal with difficulties and that together we can overcome them. Own your feelings, take the time to understand why you feel a certain way. Find the positives in all things. Eliminate toxic influences and create healthy routines. Finally, never hesitate to reach out to a mental health specialist.

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Team at (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




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