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Building a Healthy California Beginning with YOU!

Did you know?

The definition for a chronic illness is one lasting 3 months or more. Seventy-five percent (75%) of our health care spending is on people with chronic conditions.

Chronic disease is the public health challenge of the 21st century. “Reforming California’s health care system will require a paradigm shift from ‘crisis centered care’ to ‘prevention centered care.”

Liz Helm, Chair – CA Chronic Care Coalition

The Power of Prevention and Wellness – keeping YOU healthier longer.

Although chronic diseases are among the most common and costly of all health problems, they are also among the most preventable. Chronic disease prevention encourages healthy living which can limit the initial onset of chronic disease. Early detection efforts, including screenings and coordination the management of existing chronic conditions or diseases can reduce multiple conditions and related complications.

Taking control of your health

Where do I begin? The Advocate in YOU! Build your care team. This can include your doctor, specialist, provide, pharmacist, nutritionist, physical therapist or care giver. Make sure they communicate with each other.

Your Health Plan

  1. Can I see/keep my doctor if my plan or employer changes?
  2. What is my prescription co-pay deductible, co-insurance?
  3. What is step-therapy?
  4. What does OOP expense mean?
  5. Does my plan cover prevention?

Your Doctor/Provider

Get Screened. Keep you blood pressure and lethal cholesterol at safe levels! This can save you from a heart attack or stroke!

For example: High blood pressure, also known as HBP or hypertension, is a widely misunderstood medical condition.

 

A few questions you should ask:

  1. What is my blood pressure? What should my blood pressure be? What does the top number (systolic) and bottom number (diastolic) stand for? What does that mean for me?
  2. What is cholesterol? How does it affect my heart? What is a healthy cholesterol number? Bad (LDL) Good (HDL)?
  3. What is my blood sugar level? What should it be to keep my healthy? What should I do if it is too high? Am I at risk of getting diabetes?
  4. What does Body Mass Index (BMI) mean? When am I considered obese?

Your Pharmacist

Make your pharmacist a part of your healthcare team. Your pharmacist is a medication expert, with years of advanced training about how medications can work to improve your health. Ask about comprehensive medication management.

Diet and Exercise

Get moving and make sensible food choices. California is experiencing an obesity epidemic for which there is no single cause or simple cure. Maintaining a healthy weight is all about balancing the number of calories you take in with the number you burn off through exercise.

The California Chronic Care Coalition is leading the way to secure a health California. Join us in building a Healthy California – it all begins with YOU.

To find out more call 916.444.1985