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!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Act F.A.S.T.

4 simple letters make up one quick thinking word that could help save someone's life. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the US and close to 800,000 people in the US have one each year. Despite these facts, strokes may be preventable. They are also treatable.

A stoke occurs when something is blocking the the blood supply to the brain or a blood vessel in the brain bursts. There are 2 types of strokes, ischemic and hemorrhagic.

Some of the warnings signs of a stroke include:
  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you exhibit or witness any of these signs, it is important to call 911 right away!

Those at highest risk for stroke are people with a family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Traveling Abroad?

Did you know that 30 million Americans watched the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding this past weekend? Not only that, there were around 100,000 people from all over the world lined up in Windsor just to get a glance at the the newlyweds. With all this excitement surrounding England, ever wonder what all it takes to travel there or just anywhere outside of the US?

In order to travel to anywhere outside of the contiguous 50 states, you will need a passport. You can obtain one in several ways. The best way to start this process is by going to www.passports.state.gov/ and figuring out the best option for yourself. If you are traveling to a US territory from the US, you only need a driver's licence or photo ID. These territories include the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Depending on the area of the world you are traveling in, you may need to update your vaccines or even get completely different ones. The CDC has a drop down list where you can choose what country you are traveling to, and it will give you a suggestion of what you may need. It is also important to be aware of what the current diseases you be at risk for. For example, in South America Yellow Fever, Zika and Malaria are all highly contactable at the moment. It is important to be prepared as much as possible when traveling to these areas of the world and to stay up to date on health notices. These notices can be found here: www.cdc.gov/travel/notices

Other things of note when traveling abroad are what to pack, what is the best time of year to travel, where should you stay and what are the best things to site see. For information on traveling abroad check out:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Women's Health

As Mother's Day has just passed us by, this week began National Women's Health Week! Women are encouraged this week to take steps to become healthier during this time. Becoming a healthier YOU isn't just a matter of eating well and getting more exercise, but taking multiple steps to improve your overall well-being. You can achieve better health by:
  • visiting a doctor or nurse for a check-up and preventative screenings
  • getting active and getting more exercise
  • eating healthy
  • paying attention to your mental health
  • getting enough sleep 
  • managing stress
  • stop smoking
  • practice safe driving (like texting and driving, wearing a seat-belt, wear a helmet)
Having an overall state of well being can vary at each age. Despite this, it is still important to evaluate several life factors, including your alcohol and tobacco usage. It is also important to beaware of any family medical history and protecting yourself from the sun. These things could have an effect on you later in life. You will want to stay current on your vaccines too! It is recommended to get the flu, MMR, HPV (if you are under 26) T-dap and hepatitis vaccines.  If you have any violence in your life, seek help immediately! 

Staying healthy can often times be overwhelming, but just making simple changes a little bit at a time can make it a lot more manageable. For information on women's health week, ways you can stay healthy, as well as how to encourage others to do so, check out some of the resources below!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Celebrate Nurses Week

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. These dates establish National Nurses Week as a nationally recognized event.

Florence Nightingale is the founder of modern nursing. In 1860, she established a professional nursing school at the St. Thomas Hospital in London and started the foundation of nursing there. It was the first secular nursing school in the world. Since then, she has been inspiring men and women worldwide to become nurses!

Nurses care hold many roles in the work environment. Registered Nurses may work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others may work in outpatient clinics and schools, or serve in the military. To become a registered nurse, there are multiple education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must be licensed.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026. This is much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives.

Nurses hold a highly important role in the healthcare field and without them, patients, physicians and facilities would not be able to operate as efficiently as they do. Below is information on the many different types of nursing degrees available as well as facts on nursing and information on how you can spread awareness this week!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Drive Safe!

Hola Amigos! Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo. This day is celebrated to honor Mexico's victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Worldwide, people enjoy partaking in the celebration. The US Department of Transportation offers marketing tools to remind individuals to be safe during the holiday. These tools can be found here. This isn't the only holiday that NHTSA offers safety marketing tools for, in March, they released an article discussing the dangers of drinking and driving during St. Patrick's Day. More than 1/3 of all motor vehicle fatalities that occurred each year around May 5th involved impaired drivers or motorcycle operators with blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 and above.

Cinco de Mayo is only one day out of many where people, worldwide are having celebratory occasions coming up. As the months get warmer and more special moments occur, its important to stay safe and have an action plan! Nearly twice as many people are killed in auto accidents during the summer months than rest of the months combined. The NHTSA and Ad Council released a guide a few years ago on staying safe while hitting the road in the summer months! That guide can be found here! 

Holidays, summertime and fun are all meant to be enjoyed, but responsibly! When you go out with your love ones, be sure to:
  • know your limit
  • eat before you drink
  • slow down!
  • be aware of unfamiliar drinks
  • appoint a designated driver
For more tips on staying safe, go to www.preventionlane.org
For statistics on drinking and driving, go to www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety
For information about alcohol dependency, please visit the National Council on Alcoholism & Dependence

Thursday, April 26, 2018

National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

April showers bring May flowers 

And, with those flowers, brings in allergy season. This might be the case with some people, but for many sufferers, allergic rhinitis last all year long. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost of $18 billion. People with perennial allergic rhinitis experience these symptoms year-round. Perennial allergic rhinitis is generally caused by sensitivity to house dust mites, animal dander, bugs and/or mold spores. 

Allergies are not something that can be prevented however allergic reactions can be. Once diagnosed, there are multiple ways that allergic rhinitis can be treated, including: avoidance, eliminating or decreasing your exposure to the irritants or allergens that trigger your symptoms, medication and allergy shots. Allergy shots can reduce the symptoms of rhinitis in about 85% of people. 

Asthma is a chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs. These airways allow air to come in and out of the lungs. If you have asthma your airways are always inflamed. They can become even more swollen and the muscles around the airways will tighten when something triggers your symptoms. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs. Symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness will arise.

For many asthma sufferers, timing of these symptoms is can be closely related to physical activity. And, some otherwise healthy people can develop asthma symptoms only when exercising. This is called exercise-induced broncho-constriction, or exercise-induced asthma. Staying active is an important way to stay healthy, so asthma shouldn't prevent you hold you back. Your physician can assist in developing a management plan to keep your symptoms under control before, during and after physical activity.

To learn more about Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month, go to www.aafa.org

For facts about Asthma, check out the Asthma Foundation

For Allergy Facts, learn more here

And, for the most up-to-date CDC information, go to CDC Asthma and CDC Allergies

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Immunization Week

Immunization Week

This week is World Immunization Week and National Infant Immunization Week. This years world theme is Protected Together, #VaccinesWork. Immunizations can prevent illnesses, disability and death from numerous preventable diseases. This includes but is not limited to cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rota virus diarrhea, rubella and tetanus. Worldwide, approximately 19.5 million infants are still missing out on basic vaccines. From this, at least 1.5 million deaths per year could be avoided is immunization coverage is improved. In order to make improvements, the World Health Organization has been diligently working with many countries that are most in need of immunization improvement. 

Here in the US, we recognize this week as National Infant Immunization Week. This week highlights the importance of immunizing children 2 years and younger. According to the CDC, routine childhood immunization in one birth group prevents an estimated 381 million illnesses, 24.5 million hospitalizations, and 855,000 early deaths over the course of their lifetimes, at a net savings of $360 billion in direct costs and $1.65 trillion in total societal costs. The National Immunization Survey has consistently shown that childhood immunization rates for vaccines routinely recommended for children remain at or near record levels. Not all diseases in the US are totally wiped out. In recent years, many cases of measles in the US have been on the rise despite the fact that this can be prevented due to a vaccine. 

For information on how you and your organization can highlight both immunization weeks, go to:

Thursday, April 12, 2018

U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

This week is Distracted Driving Awareness Week, and it highlights the whole month of April which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 660,000 drivers per year are using a cell phone while driving during the daytime. In 2015, 14 percent of fatal accidents involved a cell phone! According to the DMV and a survey that was conducted, 96% of the study's participants admitted to using a cell phone while driving. 

Ways that you can practice safe driving would be to:

  • Designate a passenger to respond to text and phone calls
  • Obey the speed limit
  • Drive sober
  • and ALWAYS wear your seat belt

For more safety tips, check out some suggestions from Nationwide. 

To see other distracted driving statistics, go to the DMV, CDC, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration websites. 

If you would like to spread more awareness, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov for more information!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Cost of Preventing Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association estimates that the average cost for a person diagnosed with diabetes is about $7,900 per year in the United States. Studies have shown the cost of preventing diabetes is well worth paying for a program which can help patients who have been identified as prediabetic. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is based on the results of a DPP study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The study found that lifestyle changes resulting in modest weight loss sharply reduced the development of type 2 diabetes in people at high risk for the disease. A study presented by CMS showed that over the course of 15 months, Medicare-eligible individuals who participated in a version of the DPP, the Y-DPP, avoided $2,650 in healthcare costs. Additionally, the average cost of the DPP is $500 per person even without a disease specific diagnosis, and in Ohio we’ve seen the cost as low as $279 to $300 per person to enroll in a year-long DPP.  Enrollment in a DPP by high-risk individuals results in important health benefits and represents a good value for money out of the patient’s pocket.

Medicare began covering the cost of patients enrolling in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) as of April 1, 2018. This program is an expanded model of a structured intervention with the goal of preventing type 2 diabetes in individuals with an indication of prediabetes. The program consists of 16 intensive “core” sessions of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved curriculum, over six months in a group-based setting that provides practical training in long-term dietary change, increased physical activity, and behavior change strategies for weight control. After the core sessions are completed, less intensive follow-up meetings continue monthly in order to maintain the patient’s healthy behaviors. The primary goal of the MDPP is for at least 5 percent weight loss by participants. The final rule on MDPP coverage by Medicare appears in the November 2, 2017, Federal Register and can be downloaded from the Federal Register here. Additional information and resources can be found on the CMS MDPP website here.

To read more about steps to prevent your patients from being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, see the presentation from the American Medical Association, hosted by OACHC on March 27, 2018, here.


·       Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology20151:9
·       AADE (American Association of Diabetes Educators) DPP
Economic costs of diabetes in the U.S. in 2012. Diabetes Care. 2013;36:1033–46.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

National Public Health Week

April 2nd thru 8th is National Public Health Week! 

This week highlights different public health topics that are critical to creating the healthiest nation in the world! Daily themes include: Behavioral Health, Communicable Disease, Environmental Health, Injury and Violence Prevention, and Ensuring the Right to Health. Many national as well as world organizations participate in this celebration as it also kicks off a month of many health awareness-es such as World Immunization Week, National Distracted Driving Month, National Youth Violence Prevention Week and National Donate Life Month, just to name a few. What public health issues concern you the most? 

Check out all the events taking place nation wide and learn how you can get involved!

Learn about all the things the American Public Health Association has to offer in ways to keep people educated in the community about public health!

See what the CDC' has to say about National Public Health Week here!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

In March, we wear blue 

Its Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States even though it is highly preventable. This form of cancer can be detected multiple ways. Colorectal cancer comes from pre-cancerous growths that form in the colon. If it is detected early enough, the growths can be removed and stop the cancer from spreading. 

Both men and women are at risk for Colorectal cancer and it primarily affects people over the age of 50. It is important for people over the age of 50 to get a colonoscopy at least every 10 years. Another form of cancer screening  is the Fecal Immunochemical Test. This can be done annually by testing a stool sample. 

For more information about Colorectal Cancer please visit colon.cancer.gov

For ways to spread awareness this month, check out this toolkit!

Check out this blog by HRSA too!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

2018 Annual Conference

Thanks for attending this year's Annual Conference!

We had almost 500 people in attendance this year including attendees, exhibitors, OACHC staff and speakers! 

Our opening keynote speaker, Peter Anderson, 
spoke about how to fix professional burnout 
and allowed for audience participation.

For a couple of our staff, this was their first Annual Conference, but they were pumped for all the sessions and excitement that 3 day event brings!

Some of our sessions had alternative teaching methods to keep our attendees intrigued and engaged. 

Everyone really enjoyed using the app too!

Attendees were able to make their own schedules, check in to sessions, and fill out evaluations. 

And, what is a conference without fun food and games!

OACHC is so appreciative to everyone that made this conference amazing. We cannot wait to see you all in the fall! Save the date! September 27th & 28th, our Fall Conference will be at the Marriott OSU.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Are you sleeping enough?

March is National Sleep Awareness Month

The majority of Americans only get less than 6 hours of sleep per night but in reality, they need 7 to 9 hours per night. Sleep is a very important factor in your overall well being. A lack of sleep can cause:

  • Accidents (such as car accidents)
  • Major health problems like
  • Heart disease
    • Heart attack
    • Heart failure
    • Irregular heartbeat
    • High blood pressure
    • Stroke
    • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Ages your skin
  • Makes you forgetful
  • Impair your judgement

Sleep is just as effective to your health as diet and exercise. A lack of sleep can cause you to actually gain weight. You will have a lack of energy and struggle mentally to get through daily tasks. If you want to get a better night of sleep, here are some tips:
  • Try keeping a regular sleep schedule
  • Control your Exposure to light
  • Exercise during the day vs night
  • Avoid big meals and caffeine at night
  • Wind down before bedtime
For more resources on how to get a better night of sleep, check out this article! 

To learn more about how forty winks can affect your body, go to www.sleep.org

If you would like to spread awareness about "land of Nod," check out the Sleep Foundation and World Sleep Day's websites!

Rest easy everyone!