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Health Promotion Vs Disease Prevention
How can a social worker intervene to prevent diseases from occurring (health promotion-disease prevention)?
Prevention: Have you heard the statement, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"? The social worker has the ability to help inform you of healthier health practices that can, if followed, improve your ability to prevent disease. And help you to have a better quality of life. Social workers are a great benifit to many people if only people will listen and apply their reccomendations. ...Read more
What are the basic best practices for disease prevention in the workplace? I'm starting a small catering company which will have about 35 employees. As a part of health management, I would like to know if there are guidelines I can put in place to minimiz
As you are starting a business, you will have to abide by all sanitary and safety regulations imposed by the government/regulatory bodies.
Here are some basic safety rules surrounding sanitation/quality:
1. Practice good hand hygiene. Employees should wash their hands before eating/drinking, after eating/drinking, upon entrace into the kitchen and prior to touching clean utensils, before touching food, upon exit of the kitchen. Establish 'moments' for handwashing consistently. For instance:"always wash hands before entering the kitchen." hand washing is the single most effective way of preventing infection.
2. Do not eat or drink in the kitchen/cooking area. This is a place of work. Raw foods are present and can contaminate the hands. Touching food and ingesting bacteria from raw food can cause food borne illness. Do not allow eating and drinking in the cooking area.
3. Label all containers with content and expiration dates. It is always best to label a container with the "throw away" date.
4. Empy trash cans everyday, unless they are empty.
5. Based on the space, establish a maximum amount of people that can work in the space at a time. Overcrowding can promote contamination or poor hand hygiene.
6. Create duty lists and logs which help you monitor refrigerator tempurature, environmental cleaning/disinfectant accountability, daily check of operating equipment and stocking of supplies.
7. Ensure a fire extinguisher is handy and that employees know how to use it. Also, ensure the employees have an exit route in case of a fire.
Hope this is helpful. These are some of the quality guidelines used in the hospital setting. ...Read more
Solid ground: Wellness - our good health - is the solid ground that we stand on. Imagine running on rocky ground or quicksand. Easier to get hurt and we don't get as far, right? It's no accident that eating right, exercise, solid sleep, work/play balance keep us well and prevent things like heart disease, stroke and cancer. ...Read more
I had my belt promotion test in karate I had to do splits and other stretching. Now I feel pain just below my buttocks. Is it over stretchng or nerve?
I pulled my back out a few months ago, I went to the emergency room and they did xrays and did notice that I had a sprain. I have no insurance due to a recent promotion and waiting for paperwork to be finalized so I can't get seen by a primary care doct
Massage & stretching: There are various reasons why our backs go into spasm or have a strain and as a Rehab/Sports Med MD I see this commonly and try to determine the cause. That would be your 1st step. Next Physical therapy, core training or pilates, yoga and/or massage can usually be used safely to improve muscle strength and balance. Keep me posted ...Read more
I recently took a total of 2 drug urinalysis for a job promotion and both came back as diluted could my medication of levothyroxine and pravasatin affect the results?
Health and wellness: what are some concrete examples of broad-based prevention and wellness improvements resulting from a celebrity's public battle with a previously stigmatized disease?
Awareness: While no specific disease has been cured or significantly abated from celebrity endorsement, the increased awareness and increased cash inflow for research has been of significant benefit. Three that come to mind are michael fox for parkinson's, elizabeth taylor for aids and jerry lewis for muscular dystrophy. ...Read more
Help, please. Is the CDC (center for disease control and prevention) an international health agency?
By definition, a disease prevention specialist
performs professional public health education, prevention, assessment, counseling, intervention and referral services establishing self as a regional contact person for the department of health, usually of the state, but also can be part of the cdc--the center for disease control and prevention. ...Read more
Www. Nlm. Nih. Gov: Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer andthese are antioxidants :beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium, vitamin a, vitamin c, vitamin e. ...Read more
What are some concrete examples of broad-based prevention and wellness improvements resulting from a celebrity's public battle with a previously stigmatized disease?
Awareness, funding: While no specific disease has been cured or significantly abated from celebrity endorsement, the increased awareness and increased cash inflow for research has been of significant benefit. Three that come to mind are michael fox for parkinson's, elizabeth taylor for aids and jerry lewis for muscular dystrophy. ...Read more
Psychiatrists and: Psychologists. The former also prescribe medications. Psychologists do not. ...Read more
Can you give an example of it being better to spend money on disease prevention than on its cure?
Perspective: Immune system is inherited & important; however disease also depends upon the virulance or severity of the attack or insult upon that immune system together with outside environmental contributing factors. Disease occurs when any one of those factors is out of balance with the others. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my father is suffering from neuropathy can anyone tell me about this disease prevention and how it get the recovery?
The three most common causes of neuropathy in the U.S. are diabetes mellitus, alcohol toxicity and vitamin B12 deficiency. These are treatable.
It is important to know the cause so it may be addressed. There are times when the cause cannot be found, but it is wise to try to find it before simply treating the symptoms. ...Read more
Stay Active: Stay active. Decrease the amount of simple sugars in your diet such as candy, ice cream, regular soda pop. Get regular annual exams to monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in case you have a genetic predisposition. Find an enjoyable, active hobby or exercise activity and stick with it. ...Read more
How much vit D3 do you rec per day for heart disease prevention? 5000 units seems safe and standard?
Data is unclear: Although this is likely not the answer you wanted, in spite of there being a correlation of low vit d levels with many abnormalities including heart disease, there is no evidence that supplementation lowers that risk. There are ongoing large studies to clarify the answer, . ...Read more
Walking/eating right: I recommend preventing major health problems by engaging in two activities over which most of us have control nearly every day. ...Read more
Dietary fat advice for cancer prevention is similar to heart disease prevention. So why don't people follow it?
Habit: Habits sometimes can be hard to break and hard to establish. This is why it is important to establish healthy habits early in life. One of the best things we can do for young people is to set a good example, so they can have life-long healthy habits. ...Read more
In your expert opinion, what's the role of diet in both the cause and prevention of chronic disease?
Hippocrates said: let medicine be thy food and food be thy medicine.
This is still true today, complicated by gmo foods and soil nutrient depletion.
Eating right is one of the pillars of health and wellness. ...Read more