Preventive Care


Body Mass Index (BMI)

The body mass index (BMI) is a statistical measure which compares a person’s weight and height.  Though it does not actually measure the percentage of body fat, it is used to estimate a healthy body weight based on a person’s height.   Due to its ease of measurement and calculation, it is the most widely used diagnostic tool to identify weight problems within a population, usually whether individuals are underweight, overweight or obese.  Maintaining a healthy weight may reduce the risk of chronic diseases associated with overweight and obesity.

To calculate your body mass index (for adults and children), visit the CDC’s website at:

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/

BMI Index

Preventive Care

Preventative medicine or preventative care refers to measures taken to prevent diseases or injuries rather then curing them or treating their symptoms.  Simple examples of preventive medicine include hand washing and immunizations. Preventive care may include examinations and screening tests tailored to an individual’s age, health, and family history. For example, a person with a family history of certain cancers or other diseases would begin screening at an earlier age and/or more frequently than those with no family history.

Adult Screening Guidelines-Women Ages 18 and Older

Adult Screening Guidelines-Men Ages 18 and Older

Immunizations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains current recommendations of vaccines for infants, children and adults. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/default.htm to see what immunizations are recommended for you.

Diabetes Care

Diabetes is a serious disease.  Following a diabetes management plan takes commitment.  Careful diabetes care can reduce your risk of serious, even life threatening complications. Here are ways to take an active role in diabetes care and enjoy a healthier future.

  • Make a commitment to managing your diabetes.
  • Don’t smoke
  • Schedule routine appointments and regular eye exams
  • Keep vaccines up to date
  • Take care of your teeth
  • Pay attention to your feet
  • If you drink alcohol, do so responsibly
  • Take stress seriously.

American Diabetes Association and Clinic Diabetes Recommendations

Diabetes Education Information – http://www.journeyforcontrol.com

Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool

http://www.diabetes.org/assets/pdfs/at-risk/risk-test-paper-version.pdf

 

 

Heart Attack Risk Assesment Tool

The risk assessment tool below uses information from the Framingham Heart Study to predict a person’s chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years. This tool is designed for adults aged 20 and older who do not have heart disease or diabetes.

You may use the tool at:

http://cvdrisk.nhlbi.nih.gov/calculator.asp

Stroke Risk Assessment Tool

http://www.universityhealthsystem.com/stroketool/?page=agree

 

 

Stress Risk Assesment Tool

http://www.15minutes4me.com/free-online-test-stress-anxiety-depression-burnout/
 

 

Please contact your physicians office if you have any questions based on any of the tools that have been provided on this website.