Thursday, April 24, 2014

Seaman Wellness

Welcome to our district wellness council site. Our mission is to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyle choice through on-going education and to empower students and staff to take responsibility for their own health. On this site you can find tips for healthy habits, recipes, and other ideas to better the wellness of your life. Use the Important Links section to help you find the specific information you are looking for, whether it's the Staff Wellness Challenge, healthy recipes, or parent tips. Let's work together to promote wellness among our staff, students and community!

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Health Risk Profile

When people understand how family health history and personal lifestyle choices affect their overall health and well being, they can start making changes.  Being educated and empowered are the first steps toward managing health and it's associated costs.

What is a health risk profile?  A health risk profile is a series of questions and basic medical tests, which can help determine a person's risk for developing certain diseases or conditions. The questions cover a broad range of topics including smoking, exercise, nutrition, sleep habits, stress, and other gender-specific health topics.  Sometimes a health risk profile is disease specific.  For example, a health risk profile might determine the risk of someone developing heart disease, cancer or diabetes.  At other times, a population of people may voluntarily be profiled to evaluate the risks of certain diseases specific to that population.

An overall health risk profile is often used during a regular physical.  It can help physicians direct the course of treatment or give counseling about behaviors or activities that may put people at risk for developing certain kinds of conditions.  Smokers may be counseled to lose weight. People with a high Body Mass Index (BMI) may be counseled to lose weight.  Behaviors are assessed.

Goals of a Health Risk Profile include:

  • Assessing an individual's risk level and targeting follow up interventions based on that risk level
  • Focusing on prevention, high-risk health behaviors, and the management of disease and illness
  • Education to take greater responsibility and a more active role in their health
  • Promoting desirable behaviors against known risks for a wide number of diseases.
Generally, the more specific a health risk profile is, the more likely it will identify risk factors for conditions.  A cardiac health risk profile is much more specific to determining risk factors for cardiac disease than is a more general health risk profile.

Here is what might be included in a health risk profile: 

General Health      Immunizations      Medical Conditions 
Emergency Contacts     Presciptions/OTC Drugs      Symptom Tracking 
Drug & Food Allergies      Other Allergies      Pain Event Tracking 
Blood Pressure History      Lab Test Results      Medical Expenses 
Blood Glucose History      Family History      Multiple Family Members 
Personal Medical Journal      Insurance Plans      Surgical History
 
It is important for all of us to create our own health profile, and to continue to update and add to it throughout the aging process.  If we aren't educated and informed of our own "health destiny", then who else will be?

 April Wellness Website Information 
Alcohol Awareness Month
National Council on Alcoholism and
Drug Dependence, Inc.
244 East 58th Street, 4th Floor
New York NY 10007
(800) NCA-CALL (622-2255)(24-hour helpline
(212) 269-7797
(212) 269-7510 Fax
national@ncadd.org  www.ncadd.org
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month
700 W. Virginia Street, #201
Milwaukee WI 53204
(888) 964-2001
(414) 964-1799
(414) 964-7176 Fax
iffgd@iffgd.org
www.aboutibs.org/site-ibs/april-awareness-month
National Autism Awareness Month
The Autism Society
4340 East West Highway, Suite 350
Bethesda MD 20814-3067
(800) 3-AUTISM (328-8476)
(301) 657-0881
(301) 657-0869 Fax
info@autism-society.org www.autism-society.org
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Children's Bureau
ACYF, HHS
1250 Maryland Avenue SW, 8th Floor
Washington DC 20024
(800) 394-3366
info@childwelfare.gov  www.childwelfare.gov/preventionmonth
National Distracted Driving
Awareness Month

National Safety Council
1121 Springlake Drive
Itasca IL 60143
(630) 775-2184
debbie.zewe@nsc.org www.nsc.org
National Facial Protection Month
American Association of Oral and 
Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Association of Orthodontists
9700 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont IL 60018
(847)678-6200
inquiries@aaoms.org   www.aaoms.org

National Minority Health Month
Office of Minority Health
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
PO Box 37337
Washington DC 20013-7337
info@minorityhealth.hhs.gov 
www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov 

Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
1220 L Street NW, Suite 505
Washington DC 20005
(800) 656-4673
(202) 544-1034
info@rainn.org    www.rainn.org 
Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month
American Academy of Opthalmology
PO Box 7424
San Francisco CA 94120-7424
(415) 447-0258
(415) 561-8533 Fax
eyemd@aao.org
www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/injuries/index.cfm  
Every Kid Healthy™ Week
Action for Healthy Kids®
600 West Van Buren Street, Suite 720
Chicago IL 60607
800-416-5136
rob@actionforhealthykids.org
www.actionforhealthykids.org 
April 23 - 30  
Air Quality Awareness Week
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
National Weather Service
Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services
1325 East West Highway, Station 160
Silver Spring MD 20910
(301) 713-1867 X135
deborah.jones@noaa.gov 
www.airquality.noaa.gov