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Be Well Resources

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 2:07 PM

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Heart disease, diabetes and obesity are three of the most common and deadly health problems in Northeast Ohio. What can you and your family do to avoid these killers?

General Information & Screenings

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Health Screenings in Northeast Ohio
Screenings held at Lake Health and Cleveland Clinic.

Healthy Neighborhoods Prevention Research Center
The Center’s mission is to foster partnerships within Cleveland’s urban neighborhoods for developing, testing, and implementing strategies to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic disease. Provided by Case Western Reserve University.

National Youth Sports Program
Provides a safe environment for Greater Cleveland’s kids to play, learn and grow. More than just a summer camp, the program gives young people - including many from low-income families - the opportunity to learn new sports skills and healthy habits. Provided by Case Western Reserve University.

Community Connections - East Side Version, West Side Version
A schedule of events, activities and resources from the Cleveland Clinic designed to keep you and your family healthy and well.

Free Health Screenings
Receive free health screenings during upcoming community open houses at Kaiser Permanente’s new medical offi ces. Screenings are free of charge and open to the public. Provided by Kaiser Permanente.

Childbirth/Parent Education Classes
Lake Health offers the following childbirth and parent education classes during the months of November and December.

Community Programs
Lake Health offers the following community education programs during the months of November and December.

FREE Support Groups
Lake Health offers support groups monthly to help meet the educational and emotional needs related to a variety of conditions. The following groups are free and open to the public. Many encourage family members to attend.

Get Moving!
Find your favorite activity. Be active for at least 30 minutes each day! Provided by MetroHealth.

Top Ten Healthy Choices
A checklist to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Provided by MetroHealth.

Preventative Care Screenings
Regular physical exams and health screening tests are an important part of preventative health care. Early detection is key to the most effective treatment. Here are screening guidelines by sex and age. Your physician may customize them further based on your personal and family medical history. Provided by Parma Community General Hospital.

Heart Health

Healthy Heart Guide
This brochure from Lake Hospital System is filled with great tips that will help you reduce your risk of developing coronary artery disease and suffering a heart attack.

Heart Attacks & Heart Attack Recovery
Information about heart attacks and maintaining a healthy heart from Parma Community General Hospital.

Heart Statistics You Can’t Ignore
Lake Hospital System provides this women’s heart health statistics sheet.

Three Numbers All Cardiac Patients Should Know
Summa Health System provides this sheet with heart health information.

How Do I Read Food Labels?
When you go grocery shopping, take time to read the nutrition labels on your purchases. Compare nutrients and calories in one food to those in another. The information may surprise you. You want to make sure that you aren’t bringing home foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol! Provided by the American Heart Association.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Provided by the American Heart Association.

The 2020 Impact Goal
By 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. Provided by the American Heart Association.

What Are Heart Disease and Stroke?
There are many types of heart and blood vessel diseases. About 79 million Americans have one or more of them. Each year more than 870,000 people die from them - that’s over 36 percent of all deaths in the United States! Yet many types of heart disease and stroke can be prevented. Provided by the American Heart Association.

Keeping Things Circulating is Good Health
Stay on the ball by being heart smart. High blood pressure doesn’t always show symptoms, so having it measured is often the only way to know if it’s a concern. Provided by Kaiser Permanente.

FREE Blood Pressure Screenings
High blood pressure can cause heart attacks and strokes yet has no symptoms. Lake Health will offer free blood pressure checks during normal business hours. Provided by Lake Hospital System.

Women’s Heart Health Quiz
What’s your risk? Take this quiz from the Lake Hospital System Women’s Heart Initiative. Provided by Lake Hospital System.

Cholesterol Blood Pressure and Weight Record Chart
Keep track of your vitals with this chart. Provided by Lake Hospital System.

Women’s Heart Health
Most women think that cancer is their leading killer. They’re wrong. It’s heart disease. This document contains signs and symptoms of a heart attack and critical questions you should ask your doctor. Provided by Lake Hospital System.

Listen To Your Heart Before It’s Too Late
Risks of heart disease for women. Provided by Lake Hospital System.

What is a Heart Attack?
A heart attack occurs if the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, the section of heart muscle begins to die. Provided by MetroHealth.

Cardiac Health Guide
Provided by Summa Health System.

Heart Health Tips
The professionals at the Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute offer these tips for a healthy heart.

Parma Community General Hospital Blood Pressure Screenings
Information on upcoming blood pressure screenings at the Parma Hospital.


What Is Diabetes?
A diabetes fact sheet provided by the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland.

Diabetes Matters Education and Support Services
Free classes and sessions for information about diabetes held by the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland.

Tips for Healthy Living with Diabetes
You have the power to stop the complications of diabetes with proper nutrition, physical activity and good lifestyle choices. Learn more in this sheet from the American Diabetes Association.

Learning About Type 2 Diabetes
A person with type 2 diabetes may not have enough insulin, or the insulin that the body makes may not work as well as it should. Learn more from Merck.

Diabetes Outlook Patient Education Guide
This publication is a general guide to help you and your family better understand diabetes, and to help you learn about general steps for better management of diabetes.

Cleveland Clinic Diabetes Center
Take your first step toward living a long and healthy life with diabetes by visiting the Diabetes Center established by the Cleveland Clinic Endocrinology & Metabolism Institute.

Lake Health Diabetes and Renal Care Center
Diabetes is serious. If poorly controlled it can lead to blindness, heart disease, nerve damage, loss of limbs, and even death. Lake Health is committed to helping you manage your diabetes and gain confidence with medical treatment and education. Provided by Lake Hospital System.

American Diabetes Association’s Living With Type 2 Diabetes Program
This free program can help you learn more about diabetes and how to manage it. Enroll and the American Diabetes Association will get started by sending you the Where Do I Begin? booklet.

Best Foods For You
Healthy eating is one of the biggest challenges you face in managing diabetes. Let the American Diabetes Association be your source of up to date information on nutrition and managing diabetes.

Are You At Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
Read this pamphlet from the American Diabetes Association for important information on risk factors for diabetes, symptoms of diabetes, and problems related to diabetes.

What You Need to Known About Diabetes
Information provided by the American Diabetes Association about diabetes.


St. Vincent Charity Medical Center: Center for Bariatric Surgery
Our experienced surgical weight loss team has helped more than 6,500 patients lose more than 650,000 pounds - and counting. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has recognized St. Vincent Charity Medical Center as a Center of Excellence for our record of quality, safety and outcomes.

Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute
Information on the Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.

Climbing to the Top of the Food Pyramid
The government has new food guidelines. They changed the old food pyramid and made a new one. Some people are confused by the new pyramid. Here’s what you need to know. Provided by MetroHealth.

Inside the Food Pyramid
There are five main food groups. Learn about them with this PDF. Provided by MetroHealth.

How Much Do Fruits and Vegetables Cost?
Americans need to eat more fruits and vegetables. Most Americans don’t eat as much fruits and vegetables as they should. They also don’t eat many different types of fruits and vegetables. So, how much do fruits and vegetables cost? There was a study done to answer this question. Provided by MetroHealth.

What is Really in Our Drinks?
Calorie, Sugar, Vitamin C, and Calcium Content of Popular Beverages. Provided by MetroHealth.

Healthy Snack Choices
Food for thought when it’s time to snack. Provided by MetroHealth.

Common Nutrient Deficiencies of Obesity
Obesity is a syndrome of being overfed and undernourished. Contributing factors include low nutrient value food, malabsorption from gastrointestinal or infectious disease or inflammatory processes, blocked absorption due to medications, increased requirement due to disease or genetic variation. External factors may include soil depleted of nutrients, low quality animal feed, pesticides or additives. Provided by Stein Wellness Centers.

FREE Body Composition Analysis
To assist you in your weight loss journey, Stein Wellness Centers is offering a FREE Body Composition Analysis to patients with obesity and/or a history of repeated weight loss failure.

Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Total Cholesterol Screenings
University Hospitals Conneaut and Geneva Medical Centers - all screenings are FREE. Eight-hour fasting is recommended. No reservations necessary.


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