Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Digital Prevention Program for Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Offers More Flexible Participation

In choosing a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) individuals can select one of four delivery methods based on personal preference, and availability. Recognized DPP organizations may offer the program through any or all of the following delivery methods. While there is flexibility in the method of delivery, all programs, regardless of method, must still meet recognition standards, and are required to submit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a single application for each delivery method being used.

·       In-person. Yearlong lifestyle change program delivered 100% in-person for all participants by trained Lifestyle Coaches. Participants are physically present in a classroom or classroom-like setting. Lifestyle Coaches may supplement in-person sessions with handouts, emails, or reminder texts; although none of these may be the sole method of participant communication.

·       Online. Yearlong lifestyle change program delivered 100% online for all participants. Participants log into course sessions via a computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone and may participate in the program in either a group or one-on-one format. Online programs still require interaction with a Lifestyle Coach, similar to the in-person DPP model. Communication with the coach takes place at various times and through various communication methods (e.g., text, email, instant message, etc.).  

·       Distance Learning. Yearlong lifestyle change program delivered 100% by trained Lifestyle Coaches via remote classroom or telehealth where the Lifestyle Coach is present in one location and participants are calling in or video-conferencing.

·       Combination. Yearlong lifestyle change program delivered as a combination of any of the previously defined delivery modes for all participants by trained Lifestyle Coaches.

Enrolling and retaining participants in the traditional in-person DPP can be challenging due to barriers such as time commitment, transportation, and child care. However, offering the DPP digitally, either online or distance learning, can still provide group connections and interactions, but eliminate some of the aforementioned barriers. Providing the program digitally and allowing patients to connect remotely is another way for patients to benefit from the DPP, and achieve lifestyle modification and weight loss. Digital versions of the DPP are excellent options for those who live far away from DPP locations or who prefer the anonymity and convenience of doing the program online.
Some online DPPs utilize digital technology that can be embedded into a patient’s online profile which they use to interact with their Lifestyle Coach. For example, patients participating in Omada’s online program receive a welcome packet with a wireless scale that will transmit participant weight data and graph it for the program duration. The site also features “healthy competition” to help motivate patients and make them feel accountable to the group they are participating with online. Participants also receive additional tools to track their progress, such as a digital pedometer, to help keep them motivated to reach their goals.
It is important that patients have a choice to participate in the type of DPP that best suits their needs if options are available to them. There are many national providers of the DPP online program which can be found on the CDC website. Some providers listed are recognized by the CDC but only available to select participants, such as employers.

  • You can review all of the National Providers here

  • You can read more about the CDC DPP recognition standards and operating procedures here

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Just keep swimming!

Water activities are one of the best things about summer! There is nothing better than cooling off on a hot day by jumping in a pool, jet-skiing with some friends or just relaxing on a boat while listening to the calm sounds of the sea.  In Ohio, people like to travel to water-parks such as Zoombezi Bay, Kings Island, and  Cedar Point Shores. There are also a multitude of lakes and rivers like Ohio River, Lake Erie and Alum Creek.

As we embark on the hottest time of the year and venture out to many of these places, it's important that we know how to protect ourselves by staying up to date on health advisories. For example, here is the one from the City of Columbus that you can easily access public health alerts by visiting: www.columbus.gov/publichealth

Staying safe in the water while swimming or boating is very important to both yourself and those around you. Before you go swimming in a pool, make sure there is a visible drain and it is in good condition. Pools are required to pass inspections too! Pool water is supposed to be treated however chemicals should never be left out in the open. Also, check to see if a lifeguard is on duty and alert. If you are ill, STAY OUT OF THE WATER. You don't want to contaminate the water and risk getting others sick. 

When relaxing in freshwater, be sure to check for environmental conditions that may affect the water condition. As stated above, its still important to check for a lifeguard and to stay out of the water if you are feeling ill. Also, if there are inclement conditions, such as tornadoes or thunderstorms, plan your outdoor excursion for another day. If you are taking a trip on a boat, check the reviews and be sure there is a trustworthy captain manning the vessel. Alcohol and boats do not mix. Do not drink while operating a boat or jet-ski.

For information on how to stay safe when diving in this summer visit the following:

For fun ideas of water activities in Ohio, check out Trip Advisor

Thursday, June 28, 2018

This is why I'm hot...

Did you know that July is the hottest month of the year for Ohio? 

Temperatures can sometimes be over 100 degrees at the peak time of day. Heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths each year in the US. It is important to prepared for these types of temperatures as being out in the sun can become dangerous.

Knowing the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be a life changing situation. Excessive heat can also cause heat cramps and sunburn. If you see someone or you yourself are experiencing heat cram

ps in the legs or abdomen, get to a cooler place, rest, stretch and get fluids every fifteen minutes. Signs of heat stroke include hot red skin (it can be dry or moist) changes in consciousness) vomiting and high body temperature. If you see these signs, call 911 immediately.

Not only are humans at risk for heat related ailments, but it is important to not forget man (or woman)'s best friend! Each year, hundreds of pets pass away from heat exhaustion due to being left in parked cars. Did you know that the temperature in your car can rise almost 20 degrees in just 10 minutes??? To see a table of how hot it could be outside vs in your car with the windows up, check out The American Veterinary Medical Foundation  If you have stops to make, its important to just leave your pet at home where they are safe. To see how your pet might feel trapped in a hot car, watch this video with an NFL player to see how long he was able to last.

For more information on how to beat the heat:

Independence Day

The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and that they were no longer part of the British Empire. 

Independence Day is often celebrated in many ways including; fireworks, parades, barbecues, fairs, picnics, concerts, family parties, as well as political events. However, fireworks is what many people associate the day with. Fireworks has been part of the 4th since the very beginning of Independence Day's history! Check it out!

As we gear up for firework shows, lighting off fireworks at home, purchasing sparklers for our kids, here is what you should know (especially if you live here in Ohio!)

In Ohio, you can buy fireworks however you CANNOT set them off in Ohio. You may take them to a neighboring state such as Indiana and Pennsylvania. However, each state still has their own set of particular laws so please check out their state's information before lighting up the sky. 

Each year there are over 11,000 fireworks related injuries and almost 16,000 fires caused due to fireworks. Even celebrities aren't immune to fireworks injuries. NFL player Jason Pierre-Paul had nearly 3 fingers destroyed due to a fireworks injury! In order to stay safe from fireworks its important to:
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. 
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
For more tips, visit www.fireworkssafety.org

Don't forget to also have fun! But safely!! :) Enjoy your Fourth of July!!! :)

Friday, June 22, 2018

FREE National Health Center Week Marketing Kits

National Health Center Week is UnitedHealthcare’s opportunity to show appreciation for all that health centers do for our members in the communities we serve. We know your providers, nurses and staff work tirelessly to deliver high-quality care under very challenging conditions. They serve our most vulnerable citizens, including many who would otherwise go without care. 

UnitedHealthcare has developed some tools you could use to recognize your providers, nurses and staff in your center during this week and beyond.  UnitedHealthcare has created a FREE Digital Marketing Kit for the first time ever. This FREE Digital Marketing Kit includes the resources:        
- Event Flyer (Print Template)
- Recognition Certificate (Print Template)
- Hero Spotlight for staff recognition (Print Template)
- Save the Date (Email Template)*  
- Personal Recognition E-card (Email Template)* 
- Post Event Thank You E-Card (Email Template)*
* Spanish versioning included 

To place your order or talk to UnitedHealthcare about ways to support your local efforts, contact:

Shunda Young 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Men's Health!

June is Men's Health Awareness Month!

This month is meant to recognize all things that affect the daily lives of men. Did you know that men typically visit their healthcare providers less frequently than women? Did you know that one in 3 men suffer from a condition related to cardiovascular disease? Not only that, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death for men! If you or you loved ones have not yet made a commitment to be healthy this year, now is the time!

By making small changes like eating healthy, getting exercise and staying on top of preventative care, you can take big steps in improving your overall well being! Getting a regular check can include blood pressure screening, cholesterol, glucose, and prostate health. Because 1 in 2 men are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, it is imperative that you stay on top of these well checks! 

  • Need a last minute Father's Day gift that will help keep Dad happy and healthy, this is a great list of ideas!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Be Prepared!

Do you know what to do in case of a natural disaster? Many Americans would not know what to do if a tornado rolled through town, a volcano erupted while they are on vacation or if hurricane Alberto was flooding their streets. Being prepared for natural disasters at a moments notice can be helpful to both you and those around you. 

In 2017, 16 separate billion dollar disasters occurred in the US. These disasters include tropical cyclones, severe storms, inland floods, crop freeze, drought and wildfire. This year ties for the highest number billion-dollar disasters for a single year. 

Here in Ohio, we face numerous weather related conditions. Often times we feel the after affects of a major hurricane, which can cause floods. Not only that, we also see tornados. If you are caught in either situation, here are some tips on what you should do:
  • Have a communication for your family
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car
  • Store important documents in a fire-safe box
  • Take shelter
To prepare prior to a natural disaster, try getting first aid training. Red Cross as well as state and city governments often have resources on where you can obtain this training. Once you do learn, teach others around you those skills. Be sure to get a first aid kit for both your home and your office. 

For more information on how to stay prepared in a natural disaster, check out the resources below!