American Diabetes Association Alert Day® – Tuesday, March 28, 2017

American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, Tuesday, March 28, is a one-day, “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Take your Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test Today at OPTIMUS which includes answering a few simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. If you find you’re at high risk, speak with your OPTIMUS health care provider who will provide useful tips for lowering your risks of developing type 2 diabetes.

For more information or visit us online to make an appointment TODAY!

Thank you, Social Workers – National Social Workers Month

Social workers stand up for millions of people every day. These include people who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises, our veterans, children, families and communities. Yet many people still misunderstand who social workers are and the invaluable contributions they bring to society.

 

Professional Social Work Month is an opportunity to recognize medical and public health social workers who provide psychosocial support to individuals and families, so they can cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. This year we will commemorate Social Work Month with a “Social Workers Stand Up!” campaign. This campaign will educate the public about the contributions of social workers and give social workers and their allies’ tools they can use to elevate the profession.

Put Your Best Forks Forward, Make Healthier Food Choices – National Nutrition Month


National Nutrition Month®
is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

The theme for 2017 is “Put Your Best Fork Forward”, which acts as a reminder that each bite counts. Making just small shifts in our food choices, can add up over time. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest starting with small changes in order to make healthier lasting changes you can enjoy. So whether you are planning meals to prepare at home or making selections when eating out, Put Your Best Fork Forward to help find your healthy eating style.

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What We’re Reading – NACHC



Our weekly feature where we share the stories, studies and reports that are making the rounds in Washington health policy circles. Have a suggestion? Email us at federalaffairs@nachc.org.

http://www.hcadvocacy.org/

First Look: House Releases Affordable Care Act “Repeal and Replace” Bill


                                                                                                                                                                              March 7th, 2017

Last night around 6pm, the Congressional effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act entered a new phase, as House Republicans released the draft legislative text of their proposal. The legislation will be considered this week by the two primary committees with jurisdiction over health care – the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. The draft text and summaries are available on the Health Centers on the Hill.

2nd Annual Men’s Shelter Health Fair on Wednesday, March 29 in Stamford

Join OPTIMUS Health care for 2nd Annual Men’s Shelter Health Fair!

On Wednesday, March 29 from 2PM – 6:45PM @ 597 Pacific St., Stamford CT 06902.

During this event we will provide health screenings with information on hygiene and nutrition. Shoebox greetings, food demonstration, height and weight check, work out demos, dinner and more!

See more details below.

Call us at 203.696.3260 or email mjohnson@opthc.org if any questions.


#worldkidneyday is March 9 – Mark Your Calendar!

March 9 is World Kidney Day (WKD) a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our health, while reducing the impact of kidney disease and its associated problems worldwide.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a non-communicable disease that affects 1 in 10 people worldwide. In America, one in three Americans is at risk for developing kidney disease. Hypertension or high blood pressure and diabetes are the two leading causes. While severity can vary, CKD is incurable and causes the patient to need lifelong care.

Kidney diseases are silent killers, which largely affect your quality of life. There are however several easy ways to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease. Read the infographic, learn how to detect and reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease, and talk to you OPTIMUS primary care physician TODAY!

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