Final installment of our information on National Public Health Week . . .
What We Can Do To Improve Public Health:
- Pre-Natal Care – Pregnant women should have quality pre-natal care, which will help prevent some instances of low birth weight, and infant and maternal deaths due to early detection of complications.
- Wellness Checks – Everyone should take advantage of annual wellness checks with their doctor. Research online for what tests and screenings should be done based on your age, weight, gender, etc. Infants and young children may be eligible for more frequent wellness checks. Even the family pets should visit their veterinarians once a year.
- Practice Safety Daily – Wear helmets when riding bicycles or motorcycles, drive at posted speed limits or slower when conditions require it, ensure that weapons such as guns or knives are properly stored where access is limited to responsible adults.
- Mental Health – Take advantage of counseling and support groups. Your mental health is as important as your physical health and can prevent some tragedies such as suicide and homicide.
- Eat a Healthy Diet – Eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. Avoid trans fats. Drink water every day.
- Smoking – If you are a non-smoker, don’t start! If you are a smoker, take advantage of one of many smoking cessation programs available to you. Also, consider second hand smoke. Smoking and being exposed to second hand smoke can contribute to lower birth weight babies, SIDS, birth defects, frequency and severity of childhood asthma, can aggravate sinusitis, rhinitis, cystic fibrosis, and chronic respiratory problems such as cough and postnasal drip, increases both the number of ear infections a child will experience, and the duration of the illness, puts teenagers at a higher risk for low-frequency sensorineural hearing loss, and of course cancer. Long and short; don’t smoke! Period!
- Alcohol – Moderation is key! Limit the amount and frequency with which you drink.
- Drugs – Just Say No!
- Responsible Sex Practices – Adolescents and adults alike should be educated on responsible and safe sex practices. There are many different methods that you can employ to ensure that you are protected from diseases and pregnancies among adolescents.
- Safe Food – Wash all produce you consume. Use different knives and utensils for each different food type to prevent cross contamination.
- Get Vaccinated – Infants, children, adolescents and adults should all be current on vaccines. Get flu shots annually to protect against influenza strains.
- Exercise – You should exercise daily or as often as you can. This can be as easy as taking a walk. More movement means better health.
- Follow Doctor’s Orders – If you see a doctor for an illness, injury or chronic condition, follow the doctor’s orders. Whether it’s finishing an antibiotic, eating a healthy diet or wearing a medical product like Therafirm Compression Hosiery, it’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions.