Patient Information

Rural Health Medical Program knows that patient awareness is one of the best medicines available. When patients understand their conditions; know what is harmful; and know what activities, diets, and behaviors are helpful, they can do a better job of improving and managing their own health. The following information is designed to increase patient health awareness and empower patients to make better decisions. Tips for patient health and safety (CDC, 2014).

Add a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet each day.

Limit the amount of food and drinks that are high in calories, salt, sugar, and alcohol.

Eat a balanced diet that will help control your weight.

Add 2.5 hours of activity a week

Include activities that will increase the heart and breathing rates and will also strengthen muscles.

Help kids be active at least 1 hour per day

Include activities that will increase the heart and breathing rates and will also strengthen muscles.

Always wear a helmet, wear seat belts, use sunscreen, and use insect repellent.

Make sure to wash your hands to help stop the spreading of germs.

Prepare yourself for emergencies. Collect all emergency supplies. Make a plan. Always stay informed.

Balance work, home, and pleasure.

Develop a support system with family and friends.

Have a positive attitude.

Find time to relax.

Be sure to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep.

Get a yearly exam.

Ask your physician what exams, tests, and shots you need each year and when to get them.

Make an appointment to see your doctor or nurse practitioner for regular check-ups and as often as you are directed.

Schedule an appointment whenever you feel sick, have pain, notice any unusual changes, or have you have a problem with your medication.

(CDC, 2014)

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