Health Resources


Arthritis
Arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems and the nation’s leading cause of disability among Americans over age 15. Learn more about arthritis and the principles of arthritis management at http://www.arthritis.org.

Asthma
Asthma is a lung disease that makes breathing difficult for nearly 23 million Americans, including 7 million children. Learning more about the disease is the first step in helping children and adults with asthma breathe easier. To find out more visit http://www.lungusa.org.

Breast Cancer
The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. According to the National Cancer Institute:

  • Nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.
  • Over 30% of women are diagnosed after breast cancer has spread beyond the localized stage.
  • When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%.

To learn more about breast cancer and how to create an early detection plan go to http://komen.org.

Children and Families
Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity in a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. The website offers tips for families, community leaders, schools, mayors and local leaders, chefs, and health care providers on what they can do to end childhood obesity.  Visit: www.letsmove.gov for more information.

We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) is a national movement, from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children ages 8 to 13 maintain a healthy weight.  For more information, visit: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/

Dental Health
Numerous recent scientific studies indicate associations between oral health and a variety of general health conditions – including diabetes and heart disease.  Good oral health involves more than just brushing. To keep your teeth and mouth healthy for a lifetime of use, there are steps that you should follow.

  • Understand your oral health needs.
  • Develop, then follow, a daily oral health routine.
  • Use fluoride.
  • Brush and floss at least twice a day.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacking.
  • Avoid use of tobacco products.
  • Examine your mouth regularly.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.

Learn more about oral health at http://www.ada.org.

Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease brought on by either the body’s inability to make insulin (type 1 diabetes) or by the body not responding to the effects of insulin (type 2 diabetes). It can also appear during pregnancy. It affects more than 26 million people in the U.S. alone.

Common symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Excessive thirst and appetite
  • Increased urination (sometimes as often as every hour)
  • Unusual weight loss or gain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, perhaps vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • In women, frequent vaginal infections
  • In men and women, yeast infections
  • Dry mouth
  • Slow-healing sores or cuts
  • Itching skin, especially in the groin or vaginal area

Contact your health care provider if you have diabetes symptoms or if you have further questions about diabetes. It’s important to get diabetes testing and start a treatment plan early to prevent serious diabetes complications. For more information about diabetes signs and treatments visit http://www.diabetes.org.

Diet and Nutrition
ChooseMyPlate.gov provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information.  Download the healthy eating brochure here: HealthyEatingBrochure .

Eye Health
Taking care of your eyes and your health is a first step to preventing vision loss from common eye problems. Find the information you need to take care of your vision for life visit http://www.preventblindness.org.

Foot Health
Paying attention to proper foot health is vital to maintaining your body’s overall wellness. Get footwear recommendations, injury prevention tips and more at http://www.apma.org.

Cardiovascular Health
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. To learn more visit http://www.heart.org.

The American Stroke Association is solely focused on reducing disability and death from stroke. To learn the warning signs or find support after a stroke visit http://www.strokeassociation.org.

HIV/ Aids
While there have been great strides in the prevention of HIV transmission and care of HIV infection and AIDS since AIDS was first recognized in 1981, many people still have questions about HIV and AIDS. The information found at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/basic/index.htm is designed to answer some of these questions based on the best available science.

Mental Health
Find easy-to-understand information about mental illnesses, mental health care, diagnosis, treatment and recovery at http://www.nami.org.

Older Adults
Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH. Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines are the essential elements of Go4LifeGo4Life offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going. The Go4Life campaign includes an evidence-based exercise guide in both English and Spanish, an exercise video, an interactive website, and a national outreach campaign. Visit: http://go4life.nia.nih.gov/ .

Women’s Health
The Office on Women’s Health offers an award-winning comprehensive website that provides reliable, accurate, commercial-free information on the health of women. The site covers hundreds of topics, on issues ranging from adolescent health to reproductive health to healthy aging. The Office of Women’s Health also offers free assistance by phone though an information referral center. Call 800-994-9662, toll-free, and trained Information Specialists can answer your calls in either English or Spanish. For individuals who are hearing impaired and use TDD, call 888-220-5446.

For more information on Women’s Health visit www.womenshealth.gov .

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Information on the Primary Care and Hope Clinic website is intended solely for educational purposes. Any information or recommendation on this website does not substitute the advice of a physician or professional healthcare provider. Any information on this site should not be used to diagnose or any medical condition. If you have questions regarding your health, please consult your healthcare provider.