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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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