Wednesday, September 23, 2015

STEADI - Falls Prevention


Did you know?

•    Approximately 15 percent of Ohio citizens are age 65 or older, yet this group accounts for more than 84 percent of fatal falls.
•    An older adult falls every 2 minutes resulting  in 3 fatalities per day
•    Ohio spends over $1.8 million a day in falls related costs,  totaling  $677 million annually
•    Falls are not a normal part of aging and most falls are preventable
•    There is a simple screening that can assess patients at low, medium and high risk for falls

Ohio will observe National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (NFPAD) on September 23, 2015 with this year’s theme, “Stand up to Prevent Falls.” Celebrated each year on the first day of autumn, Falls Prevention Awareness Day is designed to educate Ohioans that the risks of falling may increase as we grow older, but that falling is not a normal part of the aging process and can be prevented. 

As a health care provider, you can play a critical role in the prevention of falls and can help your patients stay healthy, active and independent longer. We can address risk factors to reduce your patients’ chances of falling and suffering serious injuries like hip fractures and traumatic brain injury that often lead to loss of independence and sometimes their life.

To help raise awareness of this serious issue, the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers is proud to partner with the Ohio Departments of Health and Aging to promote the CDC’s STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) Tool Kit. 

STEADI is a powerful resource based on a simple algorithm adapted from the American and British Geriatric Societies’ Clinical Practice Guideline.  It includes basic information about falls, case studies, conversation starters, and standardized gait and balance assessment tests.  In addition to the toolkit, ODH has a new video and printed collateral about fall prevention specifically designed for patients and their friends and family. 

You can find additional resources here:

Ohio Department of Health
Ohio Department of Aging STEADY U Ohio
STEADI materials

By working together, we can reduce falls and ensure that older Ohioans are leading happy, healthy and productive lives.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Bad Habits: Are you standing up straight yet?

Get up and move and keep that posture straight!

Did you watch the video? Take the quiz. I bet you were subconsciously adjusting your posture throughout the video.  Many, most, people are guilty of bad posture.  It's hard not to slouch especially when you are sitting at a desk all day.  Many times you forget to even get up and walk around.  These bad habits are also bad for your health.

Look up!

Take a break from your phone! Check out this study by New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, "Assessment of Stresses in the Cervical Spine Caused by Posture and Position of the Head", a study on the effects of posture due to gravity and phone usage.

Here are some tips, however, to improve poor posture even if you can't look away from your phone.


Stand up!

Luckily for us, there are apps such as "Stand Up!" that remind you to stand up from working at your desk.  It has a little reminder, "Stand up! We want you to live longer!".  Go take a walk around the office, do some stretches or at least just stand throughout the day. Don't take our word for it though, check out this "Sitting So Much Should Scare You" infographic.

According to the MayoClinic, sitting for long periods of time seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Learn the risks of sitting to long and tips on how to fix the bad habit here

So don't just sit there and stand up straight!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Ohio NACHC NHCW Photo & Video Contest


Congratulations to The HealthCare Connection – honored as a runner-up in the 2015 NACHC Picture & Video Contest!


Our great state submitted some wonderful photos: 


In addition to the photos, check out there were amazing videos from Neighborhood Family Practice, Behavioral Health & Dental Centers of CAA  and Lorain County Health & Dentistry 

Check out all of the NACHC Contest Grand Prize winners. Looking forward to what the Buckeye state submits next year!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Fruit and Veggies!

September is Fruits & Veggies - More Matters Month

Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough. This September, OACHC is proud to participate in Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month.

Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you:

  • Lower your risk for heart disease and some types of cancer 
  • Maintain or reach a healthy weight
  • Keep your body strong and active

Here are some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day:
  • Keep a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it. 
  • Cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for quick, healthy snacks.
  • Challenge your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week.

Remember, eating more fruits and veggies can be fun – and it’s worth it!

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