August: Preventative Care Exams
Be around to stop and smell the roses!
Preventive care exams can save your life.
Regular preventive care exams are key to identifying risk factors and health problems before they become serious. Many diseases and deaths can be prevented by making healthy choices such as not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active, and getting recommended screening tests.
The best place to start for health services is your regular health care provider. Here is a list of some of the most important exams, screenings, and vaccinations you should be keeping up with. (Keep in mind that some are age and gender specific.)
- Annual physical
- Blood pressure
- Cancer screenings (breast, cervical, colorectal, prostate, skin)
- Dental exams
- Flu shot
- Eye exam
Take charge of your health today! If you haven’t already done so, schedule an appointment with your health care provider to discuss what screenings and exams you need and when you need them.
Fiber for Health
If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably not getting enough fiber in your diet.
What is dietary fiber?
Dietary fiber, also known as roughage or bulk, includes all parts of plant foods that your body can't digest or absorb. Instead, it passes relatively intact through your stomach, small intestine, colon and out of your body.
Why is it important?
Adequate fiber intake can help prevent the following:
- Heart disease: Fiber helps lower your cholesterol.
- Diabetes: Fiber helps control blood sugar levels.
- Digestive Problems: Adequate amounts of fiber can help prevent constipation and hemorrhoids.
- Weight Gain: A high-fiber eating plan is lower in calories and tends to make you feel full faster.
How much do I need?
- 25 g for adult women
- 38 g for adult men
- (Usual intake of dietary fiber in the United States is only 15 g/day.)
Where do I get it?
- Whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.