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During the holiday season, toy safety awareness is as important as ever. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is dedicated to monitoring and spreading awareness of toy safety, recalls, and preventative tips. Their holiday toy flyer covers toy safety for the most common hazards. Did you know, you can also look up toy recalls on the CPSC website? Please share this information with your family and friends, and have a Happy New Year!

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In an effort to show our appreciation for our community, we donated Thanksgiving meals to some of our patients and their families. Seen below are Valley Healthcare System employees, Diana and Taylor, preparing to deliver the meals.

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The holiday season, for most families, includes large meals and an abundance of desserts. It can be difficult to participate in the feasts while maintaining a healthy eating lifestyle. Here are some tips to help avoid the holiday weight gain:

  • Plan a post-meal walk- Grab your favorite cousin and go for a walk around the block. Burn calories and catch up all at once!
  • Walk around and remain standing while you mingle with family- Standing and/or walking will burn more calories than sitting.
  • Eat Breakfast- Avoiding the calories in the morning and saving them for later can cause you to over eat.
  • Load up on Veggies- Vegetables will help fill you up faster and might save you a second trip to the dessert table.
  • Go Easy on the Alcohol- Alcohol, and other high calorie beverages, contribute to weight gain and provide no hunger satisfaction.
  • Stop Eating When You are Full- Your body knows when it has had enough, listen to it!
  • Help Clean Up- Here is another way to burn a few extra calories.

Valley Healthcare System is dedicated to helping answer your questions about ADHD and exploring treatment options. With providers who specialize in Family Practice, Behavioral Health, Pediatrics, and more, we are fully prepared to meet the needs of you and your family. Call for an appointment today!

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WHY FOCUS ON PREVENTIVE CARE?

Encouraging employees to connect with their primary care physician is one of USI’s key pillars in our approach to population health management. Studies have shown that regular visits with a primary care provider results in biometric marker improvement (e.g., total cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose, A1c and weight) compared to onsite biometric screenings, which often yield similar results year after year. Employers also witness reduced emergency room visits and inpatient stays when preventive care use is high.1

  • Under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), non-grandfathered group health plans must provide certain no-cost-share, in-network preventive services and benefits. This means there are no cost barriers to participants receiving certain age- and gender-recommended preventive care. The current guidelines include: screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, cancers and diabetes; immunizations; and counseling for issues like alcohol misuse and diet.2
  • There are significant opportunities to improve preventive screening rates:
    • Despite research that shows colorectal cancer screening tests save lives, screening rates remain low. About one in three adults aged 50 to 75 years have not been tested for colorectal cancer.3
    • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 42% of adults received flu vaccinations in 2013.4
    • In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes. Of the 29.1 million, 8.1 million were undiagnosed.5

PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE PREVENTIVE CARE AWARENESS

  • Use insurance premium differentials, health savings account deposits or gift cards to incentivize employees (and their spouses) to complete a preventive medical visit or annual physical with their primary care provider, including the recommended biometric screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.
  • Distribute carrier documents that focus on selecting a physician, how to make the most of physician appointments, the importance of maintaining a health record, etc.
  • Provide employees with booklets for tracking immunizations, biometric values and health history:
  • Schedule a nurse practitioner or physician assistant to explain a routine physical, what to expect at a physical and how to prepare for it.
  • Promote community flu shots or schedule onsite flu shot clinics:    
    • Find a vendor that can submit flu shot claims through the employee medical plan.


RESOURCES

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SOURCE USI Southeast Newsletter- September 2015

One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The good news? Childhood obesity can be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and get more active.

Make a difference for kids: Spread the word about strategies for preventing childhood obesity and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

How can National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month make a difference?

We can all use this month to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic and show people how they can take steps toward a solution.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage families to make small changes, like keeping fresh fruit within reach or going on a family walk after dinner.
  • Motivate teachers and administrators to make schools healthier. Help them provide healthy food options and daily physical activities for students.
  • Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by supporting programs to prevent childhood obesity.

How can I help spread the word?

We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:

 

SOURCE: http://healthfinder.gov/NHO/Septembertoolkit.aspx

If you or your family need immunizations, give us a call!

Immunization helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. To stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia, adults need to get their shots – just like kids do.

National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to promote vaccines and remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay up to date on their shots.

How can National Immunization Awareness Month make a difference?

We can all use this month to raise awareness about vaccines and share strategies to increase immunization rates with our community.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Talk to friends and family members about how vaccines aren’t just for kids. People of all ages can get shots to protect them from serious diseases.
  • Encourage people in your community to get the flu vaccine every year.
  • Invite a doctor or nurse to speak to parents about why it’s important for all kids to get vaccinated.

Below is a chart you can use to see if you are up to date on your immunizations:

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Sources: http://healthfinder.gov/NHO/Augusttoolkit.aspx & http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-easy-read.pdf

 

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Valley Healthcare System, Inc. is  part of a week long campaign (August 9-15) to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers.  The national celebration comes on the heels of new data that shows health centers now serve over 24 million people (or one in 14 Americans) as the largest and most successful system of primary healthcare.

One of the bright spots in America’s healthcare system, health centers started 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Today, they have compiled a significant record of success that includes:

  • Reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest and most challenged communities
  • Reducing infant mortality rates
  • Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
  • Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room
  • Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent

Health centers are also increasingly becoming the trusted provider of choice for many families – and over nearly 300,000 veterans.  Evidence shows patients choose health centers because they are convenient, affordable, and offer a range of services from a team of caring professionals.  Over 60 percent of health centers are recognized as patient-centered medical homes (PCMH).  Studies also show the quality of care at a health center is as good or even better than private practices.

Every day in our waiting rooms, we witness the value of having a patient-centered healthcare home. When people have a place to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthier. We provide a range of services onsite – primary care services, pediatrics, pharmacy, dentistry, even mental health services. Our patients not only get the care they need under one roof, but they are treated as individuals, with dignity and respect. This is what healthcare should be, and what we celebrate during NHCW.

Although local solutions, health centers need sustained federal investment to meet the growing demand for their services and help more Americans gain access to affordable healthcare.  To learn more about health centers and the #Access is the Answer campaign please visit the following links:

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) at www.nachc.org.

www.healthcenterweek.org.

You can also follow the conversation using #NHCW15  on Twitter.

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The Valley Healthcare System Medical Team, hosted a Sports Physical Bash this summer celebrating with Students as they prepare to participate in School Sports.

Athletes from across Muscogee County participated in the event. The Family Practice, Women’s Health, Pediatric, and Vision Departments joined to offer Sport Physicals to students. The event brought rave reviews from Coaches as their students were given the red carpet treatment:

On behalf of William H. Spencer High School, we would like thank you and Valley Healthcare for your dedication to support the community.

– Coach Underwood, Spencer High School

The Back to School Sports Physicals day was such a success that Valley Healthcare is considering expanding the event invitation to Harris and Talbot Counties, as well as Lee and Russell counties in Alabama.

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Why a Sports Physical Is Important

Experts at KIDSHEALTH.COM explain that a sports physical can help athletes find out about and deal with health problems that might interfere with their participation in a sport. For example, a doctor with a patient who has frequent asthma attacks but is a starting forward in soccer, might be able to adjust the dosage or medication in their inhaler for easier breathing during running.

The doctor may even have some good training tips and be able to give athletes some ideas for avoiding injuries; for instance, recommending specific exercises, like certain stretching or strengthening activities, that help prevent injuries. A doctor also can identify risk factors that are linked to specific sports. Advice like this will make kids better, stronger athletes.

The Sports Physicals include:

Medical History

This part of the exam includes questions about:

  • serious illnesses among family members
  • illnesses that kids had when they were younger or may have now, such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy
  • previous hospitalizations or surgeries
  • allergies (to insect bites, for example)
  • past injuries (including concussions, sprains, or bone fractures)
  • whether the child has ever passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or had trouble breathing during exercise
  • any medications taken (including over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and prescription medications)

Physical Examination

During the physical part of the exam, the doctor will usually:

  • record height and weight
  • take a blood pressure and pulse (heart rate and rhythm) reading
  • test your child’s vision
  • check the heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat
  • evaluate your child’s posture, joints, strength, and flexibility
Source: http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_center/exercise_safety/sports_physical

ASA-Blood-drive

On Friday, July 24, 2015,Valley Healthcare System is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a community blood drive. Blood is especially needed this time of year, schedule your appointment today!

Visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: valley

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Call Ymeoshi Blue at 706-987-8251

Help us make this a success. We look forward to seeing you!

Valley Healthcare System, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit, Charitable Organization.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in accordance with the Federally Supported Health Centers Assistance Act, as amended, sections 224(g)-(n) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n), deems Valley Healthcare System, Inc. to be an employee of the PHS which provides liability protection under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)

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