Take Charge of Your Health
Regular exercise, a healthy diet and preventive screenings are among the
keys to good health.
Leading a healthy lifestyle is a life choice – and the benefits are
By taking charge of your health, you’ll look and feel better and
live a longer healthier life.
Should you need medical care along the way, RWJBarnabas Health is here for you.
Schedule Your Annual Checkup
Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start.
Exams and screenings depend on your age, health and family history, and
lifestyle choices like what you eat, your level of activity, and whether
By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you’re
taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life.
Be sure to schedule your annual physical with your physician. If you need
a referral to a primary care doctor, call 1.888.724.7123.
Know Your BMI
You know your weight but do you know your Body Mass Index (BMI)?
BMI is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height. It
provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used
to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems. Typically,
those with higher BMIs are more likely to develop conditions such as heart
disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes. But many
factors – including your family history, eating habits and activity
level – also influence your overall health. BMI results are grouped
into four main categories: underweight, healthy weight, overweight and obese.
Discuss your BMI results with your doctor or health care provider as BMI
recommendations differ based on gender and other variables.
SAD this winter? Fight the Blues
Feeling extra blue during the dark winter months? This could be a sign
that you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – a type
of depression that usually occurs in the winter. According to the American
Psychiatric Association, SAD symptoms can include:
- lack of interest in normal activities
- social withdrawal
craving foods high in carbohydrates
- weight gain
These symptoms often dissipate as spring arrives and stay in remission
through the summer months. If you or someone you know exhibits one or
more of these symptoms as the seasons change, seek the help of a trained
medical professional. Some people coping with SAD may be prescribed light
therapy, which uses a special lamp with a very bright light that mimics
light from the sun. Others may feel relief by taking a long walk outside
or exposing their home or office to more natural light. As with other
types of depression, a health care provider may recommend antidepressant
medicines and talk therapy.
Beat the Flu this Season
While flu season is in full swing, there are steps you can take to keep
you and your family healthy! Flu can spread from person to person from
touching something with the virus on it like a counter top or doorknob
and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes to breathing in air produced
with droplets produced by coughing and sneezing.
- Get a flu shot! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends
that everyone 6 months and older gets a vaccine each year, especially
those with certain medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, cancer and
chronic lung disease.
- When sneezing or coughing, cover your nose and mouth, or cough into your sleeve.
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth as germs are easily spread that way.
- Wash your hands often, especially after sneezing. Use hand sanitizer
if soap isn’t available.
- Keep a safe distance from a person who is sneezing and coughing.
- Regularly clean common surfaces like counter tops, telephones, computer
keyboards and chairs.
- If you’re ill with the flu or respiratory infection, stay home
so you don’t infect others.
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