National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

May is packed with national holidays and things to celebrate! However, it’s time to talk about something a little more serious. National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month is the perfect opportunity to remind everyone that osteoporosis is something we all need to think about no matter what age you are.

First thing’s first. What is osteoporosis? It’s a bone disease where your body loses too much bone or doesn’t make enough in the first place (or both). It’s a serious issue because a simple slip could lead to a broken bone. It’s most common for people over the age of 50. It is typically more of a problem for women because estrogen begins to decrease after menopause (which protects your bones). It’s also worse because women tend to have thinner bones than men to begin with, and therefore less bone to lose. So when you reach 50+ it’s a good idea to look into getting bone density test done.

Thing is, it’s a mistake to think you only have to worry about this when you’re 50. No matter how old you are, you need to start thinking about what you need to do to have healthy bones for the future. Everyone needs to be eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of vitamin D and calcium (because you need both!). Don’t smoke or drink, and exercise. It’s simple stuff, but will make a world of difference later on.

At Adagio Health, we know the importance of starting early. Our Power Up program teaches elementary school kids about good nutrition and how to have strong bones and teeth. WIC helps pregnant women and young children learn about and get the needed nutrients to stay healthy.

The key here is that you need to be proactive when it comes to bone health. Bone loss is inevitable; your best defense is to do what you can as early as possible to prevent osteoporosis. From babies to adults, it’s always the right stage to start building stronger bones. Talk to the nutritionists at Adagio Health to find out more about what’s best for you at your stage.

 

Learn more about osteoporosis and how it affects women:

https://www.nof.org/preventing-fractures/general-facts/what-women-need-to-know/

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Half of all pregnancies are unintended. 1 in 3 girls will become pregnant before age 20. The U.S. has the highest rate of teen and unintentional pregnancy among all first world counties.

It’s statistics like these that lead to the creation of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. While programs like Talk, The New Sex Ed are doing great work to change how we teach teens about sex, it doesn’t change that unintended pregnancies are still a huge issue. Here are some more statistics. Black and Hispanic teen girls are 2-3 times more likely to give birth than white teen girls. Lesbian and bisexual teens are at 2 times the risk of untended pregnancy as their heterosexual peers.

If you’re a teen, then this is very directly applicable to you. You need to be proactive about your health and take matters into your own hands. Seek out a medical professional and talk about birth control options. Many forms of birth control, like the IUD, are completely concealed and no one but you would have to know about it. Always (yea, always! Even if you’re on birth control!) wear a condom during sex. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Even before you see a doctor, you have so many resources available to answer your questions. Some good online ones are attached below.   Any family planning service provider (like Adagio Health) will be happy to tell you about your options and help to establish what is the best way for you to stay safe.

If you’re not a teen, you might be thinking that this is totally irrelevant to you. Well, it’s not. The biggest thing that adults need to remember is that being there and offering support can make a world of difference. Know a young adult? Even if it’s not your kid, make yourself available for questions and be a source of support. When we’re uninformed and feeling like we don’t have anyone backing us up, we make bad decisions.  Take your teen to talk about birth control before they become sexually active. It’s not an easy thing to think about for many parents, but it’s so important.

The experts and professionals at Adagio Health are here to support you. Whether you just have questions and want some tips or are making more serious decisions, we are here. It’s a cliché to say “don’t become another statistic,” but seriously. Don’t.

 

Got birth control questions?

https://www.bedsider.org/

For some more statistics and to learn more about Talk, visit:

http://www.thenewsexed.org/about/

Visit the CDC’s list of Contraceptive and Reproductive Health Services for Teens:

https://www.cdc.gov/teenpregnancy/practitioner-tools-resources/contraceptive-reproductive-services.html

For more general teen pregnancy information, visit:

https://teenpregnancy.acf.hhs.gov/

 

 

 

National Women’s Health Week 2017

Happy Women’s Health Week! At Adagio Health, every day is Women’s Health Day! Is it for you? We all have busy lives. When you’re juggling work, school, family, friends, meetings, assignments… your health can often times fall to the bottom of the priorities list. Consider this week to be your health New Year. Take stock of what you’re currently doing, and what you can (should) be doing. No matter what stage of your life you’re at, it’s always important to assess your own health. No matter how busy you are, you need to make time for your health, and this is the perfect week to do it!

National Women’s Health Week is May 14-20. This year is the 18th observation of the week set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. Bettering your health doesn’t have to be big things. Have you recently been seen for a regular checkup and preventative screenings? Are you eating well and avoiding unhealthy behaviors (like smoking or texting while driving)? Are you being active and taking care of your mental health?

At Adagio Health, we are here to help you in every way we can. But you need to be your best advocate. Take time for yourself and do what’s good for your health. Ask questions and talk to professionals. With so many resources available, there’s no excuse for not being on top of your well-being. Regardless of what’s going on in your life, when you make your health a priority, you’d be surprised how much easier everything else is to do. Women’s Health Week reminds us not only that we need to be mindful of our health, but also that women’s health is important and deserves to be celebrated!

For some great women’s health resources and learn more about National Women’s Health Week, visit:

https://www.womenshealth.gov/

 

National Nurses Week 2017

National Nurses Week is, like most holidays, there to remind us to appreciate something often taken for granted. We all know how important nurses are; we just don’t typically think of them regularly in our daily lives. We know when we need a nurse, but when we don’t need one we are less inclined to remember all those men and women who are working around the clock. From routine tasks to life saving procedures, nurses are a fundamental element in keeping people healthy. It should be a given that we have at least a week to appreciate and celebrate these heroes.

But National Nurses Week hasn’t been around for very long. In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland requested that President Eisenhower name a “Nurse Day.” This appeal was denied along with many others for decades. It wasn’t until 1974 that the President Nixon proclaimed a week in February as National Nurse Week. Various weeks and days were chosen to recognize nurses until The ANA (American Nurses Association) Board selected May 6 to be the official day back in 1982. Eight years later, The ANA Board of Directors declared May 6-12 as National Nurses Week. Since then, National Student Nurses Day has been set for May 8 and National Nurse Practitioner Week is celebrated in November. 2017 is “The Year of the Healthy Nurse.” The ANA has additionally themed this year’s week as “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.”

Here at Adagio Health, we are especially lucky to have such professional and capable staff of nurse practitioners. They are the ones who preform cancer screening and gynecological exams, amongst other things. Without their training and expertise, we would not be able to offer the many services we do. We are so grateful to them and to all nurses who work tirelessly to save lives keep people healthy. This week and every week, Adagio Health would like to say thank you.

For more information about National Nurses Week, check out the ANA’s website:

http://www.nursingworld.org/Content/NNW-Archive/NationalNursesWeek/default.aspx