ERMC helps celebrate third-annual National Rural Health Day
The third-annual National Rural Health Day is set to take place November 21, 2013. National Rural Health Day is an initiative of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and is an event to highlight rural communities as wonderful places to live and work, increase awareness of rural health-related issues, and promote the efforts of NOSORH and State Offices of Rural Health.
In Eaton Rapids, Eaton Rapids Medical Center's Family Practice & Redicare will be providing a free goodie bag to their patients to help celebrate National Rural Health Day.
Approximately 62 million people - one in five Americans - live in rural areas.
"National Rural Health Day is important because it provides an opportunity for us to recognize and acknowledge the rural health care services provided to those residents who call rural Michigan home," says Tim Johnson, President and CEO of Eaton Rapids Medical Center. "We appreciate the role that rural health care providers play in bringing local access to an underserved patient population."
There are 3,617 primary care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in rural and frontier areas of all U.S. states and territories compared to 2,151 in metropolitan areas. According to the NOSORH website, National Rural Health Day is one of NOSORH's many efforts to fulfill its mission of promoting the capacity of state offices of rural health to improve health care in rural American through leadership development, advocacy, education and partnerships.
Article posted on November 20th 2013. - Article Permalink
Barry-Eaton District Health Department Celebrates Great American Smokeout
The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life - one that can lead to reducing cancer risk. This year's Great American Smokeout will be held on Thursday November 21st.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in Michigan, yet many Michiganders still use tobacco. According to the 2008-2010 Eaton County Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, 30.5% of Eaton County adults are current smokers and according to the 2012 Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth, 13.1% of high school students (grades 9 and 11) have smoked cigarettes within the past 30 days. However, more than half of these tobacco users have tried to quit smoking during the past 12 months. Because tobacco products are highly addictive, most users make several quit attempts before they are successful.
"The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity to remind tobacco users that there are resources available to help them quit, and to support tobacco users in their efforts to quit," stated Tamah Gustafson, Health Educator. "Quitting tobacco use is the best thing you can do for your health. Within minutes to hours after quitting, blood pressure, heart rate, and carbon monoxide levels decrease, and the long term benefits continue over time including improved lung function and decreased risk of cancer and heart disease."
Research shows that while quitting is difficult for most tobacco users, people who use tobacco can increase their success in quitting with help. Quitters are most successful when using a combination of therapies, including resources such as nicotine replacement, counseling, self-help materials, and a strong support network of family and friends.
Resources available to Michigan residents include:
- A FREE Quit Smoking Workshop will be offered by the Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Health Department, 1033 Health Care Drive in Charlotte. Please register for the class by calling Jill Sambaer, at 517-541-2610 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lack of participants may lead to cancellation of class.
- The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Tobacco Quitline, 1-(800) 784-8669, continues to provide free telephone coaching for the uninsured and those with Medicaid and Medicare, and free nicotine replacement medications for those who qualify. Information on quitting smoking and a free printable Michigan Smoker's Quit Kit are available through MDCH by visiting: www.michigan.gov/tobacco.
- BecomeAnEX.org is a free, interactive website that shows smokers how to re-learn life without cigarettes. The site, developed by Legacy in partnership with Mayo Clinic, offers a free, personalized quit plan and an online support community to help people prepare to quit and stay quit.
- The American Cancer Society has tools available to help with quitting. For more information contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
Article posted on November 13th, 2013. - Article Permalink
HealthWorks helps community survive holiday weight gain
In an effort to help the community stay healthy and fit during a time of year when many put health goals on hold, HealthWorks Fitness Center is kicking off the Holiday Survival Challenge November 15th-27th. HealthWorks' staff will help the community survive holiday weight gain by promoting exercise and healthy food selections while holding participants accountable for the choices they make over the season. Participants who maintain their weight throughout the season will earn a one-month membership to the fitness center.
A HealthWorks membership is not required for the challenge. For more information on the program and to sign up, stop in to be weighed by a staff member during the kick off period. Community members are encouraged to participate at no cost and are still eligible for the prize.
Weekly weigh-in progress through January 12th will be tracked anonymously on a Holiday Survival Challenge Maintenance Chart posted in the HealthWorks gym. HealthWorks is located on the second floor of Eaton Rapids Medical Center at 1500 South Main Street in Eaton Rapids. To sign up for this program or for more information about HealthWorks, stop by the fitness center or call (517) 663-9530.
Article posted on November 6th, 2013. - Article Permalink