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: Get Out Ahead…of Preventable Diseases

Get Out Ahead…of Preventable Diseases

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Sweeping changes to the U.S. health care system are stressing the importance of getting ahead of preventable diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory diseases.

The Affordable Care Act  puts the management of health care into the hands of the consumer, providing tools to make more informed decisions regarding the management of health and health care. Additionally, the law now requires health insurance plans to include basic coverage such as preventive care, in some cases, at no cost. The open enrollment for a nationwide health plan closed on Monday, March 31, with 7.1 million persons gaining access to health care previously not available to them.

This is good news, especially for individuals with a family history of preventable diseases. For example, when should you worry about and seek help for heart disease for yourself if someone in your family has had a heart attack? With more affordable health care and a plan that covers preventive care, the earlier one talks with a health care provider about their family history, the earlier they can take efforts to prevent a heart attack.

For preventive health care to be most successful, everyone must play their role. Consumers, health care providers, clinicians, and health insurance plans all form the foundation of a preventive health plan.

Preventive Health

This week is National Public Health Week, and one of its sponsors, the American Health Prevention Association, has designated tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9, as the day to get involved in activities associated with preventable diseases. Here are some easy ideas:

  • Volunteering at community health centers
  • Participating in health observances
  • Learning about and scheduling screenings for you and your family members
  • Visiting local schools and educating students on the health risks of smoking and how to refrain from starting
  • Starting a support group to educate communities on preventable diseases

Working with health care organizations and clinical health professionals will go a long way in improving the overall health of our communities.

What is the result of getting ahead of preventable diseases? The Center for Disease Control, reported on January 6, 2014, that life expectancy is increasing. The report points to a decrease in illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and unintentional injuries as the reason for this change.

There's no better time than right now to start learning how you can prevent disease and plan for a healthy future. Visit the National Public Health Week website for more information.

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