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Monday, March 6, 2017

Doctors and dentists and recognition — Oh, my!

On March 6, we celebrate National Dentists’ Day, and March 30 brings us National Doctors’ Day, so it’s time for salutes and white lab coats all around.

In all seriousness, those of us in the healthcare business know just how key doctors and dentists are to our society’s health and well-being. First, we’ll look at the docs, and pick up a few pointers about regular checkups:

It keeps you accountable. If you’ve gained weight, for example, your doctor will talk to you about possible medical concerns.

As we age, our bodies change. What didn’t hurt at 40 may be a pain at 50. Everything from sore knees to insomnia is fair game at the annual physical.

Lab work. The doctor’s office is still the best and most efficient place to get a cholesterol check, as well as lots of other tests.

Flu shots and boosters. A checkup is a good time to make sure tetanus and other shots are up to date. If you’ve gotten a flu shot at work or elsewhere, let your doctor know so records can be updated.

We don’t know what we don’t know. You might feel fine, but your doctor may see or hear something that needs further study. A calcium score, for example, is a quick and painless chest scan that can show serious heart problems — which can then be dealt with before they become worse.

Just like the medical doctor, the dentist is there to help keep us healthy. And just like the doctor, the dentist can see problems coming early on, and head them off — if we are diligent about going twice a year for cleaning, and taking care to exercise good dental hygiene in the interim.

And thanks to the American Dental Association, a few reasons, tips and tricks about when we should hustle on into the dentist’s office:

  •       Teeth that are sensitive to hot and/or cold
  •        Puffy, bleeding gums
  •       Maintenance of fillings, crowns, dental implants and dentures
  •       Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  •       Family history of gum disease or tooth decay
  •        Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  •        A medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease or an eating disorder
  •       Dry mouth
  •        Smoking or use of tobacco products

Alert from the broken-record department: Good health is a team effort, so don't’ go it alone. If you don't’ have a doctor, click here to find a provider near you. No dentist? Solve that right here. Build up your team’s bench with the players who will back you and make sure your health is as good as it can possibly be — and thank them on their special days!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dig into National Nutrition Month all through March

Whether it’s following a pyramid (old school) or a plate diagram, finding a good system for eating right is well worth the time and effort. And during National Nutrition Month, there’s no better time to slow down, look at your diet and see if there are changes to be made.

This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” and there are loads of tips and tricks to be found in this toolkit put out by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Here you’ll find ways to get the community involved, plan your own nutrition awareness event and much more. If you’re a registered dietician, or work with one (or a team), consider partnering up to organize some fun, informational programming in the workplace.

What we eat, and how much we eat, is a big deal. Dining out often means huge portions, hidden fat and sugar, and much more. Consider starting to cook and eat at home as one way to get your diet under control — and save some cash at the same time. Who knows, that dusty veggie cookbook you got for Christmas a few years back may contain your new favorite recipe!

Exercise is right in there with diet, so as you’re looking for ways to up the ante in terms of mindful, healthy eating, explore putting your best foot forward as well. Even if it’s just a 30- minute walk after dinner, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, every little bit helps.

And finally, keep in mind that diet and exercise are the twin pillars of good health. If you’re in good shape, keep those good habits up — and maybe add in one or two new ones/ Tired, run down, overweight or dealing with a diagnosis of hypertension, type 2 diabetes or other issue? Know that a healthy diet along with a sensible exercise program can help reduce or even eliminate these ailments, and all the worry that goes along with them.

Not sure where to start? Try talking to a registered dietician, a personal trainer — or both. Sure, it’s an investment, but getting professional help (and having someone to hold you accountable) is a terrific way to start down, or keep moving on, the path to a happier, healthier life.

Bon appetit!

Monday, February 6, 2017

American Heart Month reminds us to take care now — and plan for the future

We talk a lot about a “heart healthy" diet, or go to the gym for cardio classes — but what does all that mean?

If you’re not sure, or need some pointers on taking care of the ol’ ticker, then there’s no better time to get educated than American Heart Month, brought to us by the American Heart Association. First, some sobering statistics:

  •          Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States
  •          One in four deaths every year are caused by heart disease

And now some good news: Healthy choices when it comes to diet and exercise can go a long way toward preventing heart disease entirely, or slowing its progression. And this is a situation where everyone can work together to support each other on the journey to a healthier heart.

The Centers for Disease Control has a few great tips:

  •          Schedule a doctor’s visit to talk about heart health (Had that annual checkup yet?).
  •          Add exercise to your day; start slow at first, then try to work up to 30 minutes at least three times a week.
  •          Cook heart-healthy meals at least three times a week — in particular, watch the salt.
  •          Smoker? Stop. Nothing else to say, except to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW and know that you’re not alone.
  •          Are you on medication for cholesterol or high blood pressure? Be sure to take it as prescribed.

Want to get the word out about the importance of heart health? The government’s Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has put tougher a great toolkit with sample tweets, articles and other information that’s easy to grab and post to your social media channels. Take a look, find the right message you want to send, and join Scrubin Uniforms in the fight for healthy hearts everywhere!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Holi-dazed? Don’t overlook your health in the hustle and bustle!

Tis the Season … to get sick? Our holiday merriment has the unfortunate coincidence to land on the calendar at the peak of cold and flu season. Most of us do love the festive time of year: gifts, tinsel, eating ourselves into food comas. But we’re also running a higher chance to come down with a nasty bug that could cramp our Yule-tiding. So, this holiday season, here’s a few friendly tips from you secret Santas at Scrubin.

First, wash your hands. Oh, you do already? Well, maybe up the frequency. This is the season where you’ll be doing a lot of palm-pressing and back-slapping at holiday functions, recitals and other seasonal events. A good anti-bacterial sanitizer, several times a day, keeps the hacking coughs away.

Also, bust out those winter woolens and mittens if you’re in a colder climate. Keep your head covered, and your hands and feet warm. This helps keep core temperature regulated, and staves off those lingering chills many of us carry in from night.

And speaking of food comas, maybe watch the diet a tad. Sure, good eats and lots of them are a proud part of the holiday tradition. But there’s a downside to all that noshing. Namely indigestion, gastric distress, heartburn and other fun, fun stuff like that.

Holiday foods tend to be rich, sugary — and carb-y. Make sure you maintain some balance in your diet; don’t skimp on the fruits and greens. Also, alcohol consumption jumps during the holiday season, and this can obviously have its own potential downsides. Don’t overindulge, never drive after you’ve been drinking and try not to revel too late into the night. Lack of sleep leads to fatigue, which leads to lowered immune system, which leads to colds and flus. And just like that, we’re back to step one.

We should probably say something here about not maiming yourself while with a Phillip’s head screwdriver while attempting to assemble a needlessly complex toy on Christmas Eve, but sometimes you just must let people make their own mistakes.

No mistake about how much we value all of you, and are grateful for the support you’ve shown us throughout 2016, however. From all of us here at Scrubin to all of you, happy holidays!

Monday, November 14, 2016

The importance of American Diabetes Month can’t be overstated

November brings us to the holiday rush, Thanksgiving travel — and American Diabetes Month. Just thinking about heavy holiday meals should be enough to bring our focus around to diet, exercise and this health concern. Fewer health issues in the country are more relevant right now than diabetes. From adult to childhood diabetes, type 1 and type 2, from the links to diet and the quality of our foodstuffs, diabetes is getting a lot of exposure right now.

And it needs to get a lot more still. Because it is a disease which strikes one out of eleven people in America. It is responsible for more fatalities annually than AIDS and breast cancer combined. There are more than 200,000 cases of juvenile diabetes diagnosed annually. All told, 86 million Americans are at risk for diabetes.

These are daunting and relevant statistics, but they only tell part of the story. That is why this year the theme for American Diabetes Month is “This is Diabetes.” The emphasis is on the real-life stories of Americans coping with, struggling with and oftentimes triumphing over diabetes. There will be:

  • testimonies about the experience of being first diagnosed;
  • the scary process of beginning a treatment regimen; and
  • first-hand accounts about changes in diet, lifestyle and a general reshuffling of priorities.

Not only will it be great time to recognize our 29 million fellow citizens struggling with the disease, but we can all learn something to utilize in our own lives and help us to make better choices.

There are dozens of outlets to help contribute to the campaign against diabetes this November. From buttons to yard signs to posters, to social media platforms and community events. And of course, like all the events on our calendar commemorating the fight against diseases and disorders, we are hopeful the day will come these days on the calendar will open up again. That will mean a cure has been found. So to that end, research is always an important element and will always be a priority.

This November, explore the many avenues to lend your own voice and listen to the voices of others!