Keeping the Men in Your Life Healthy

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Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 4.22.59 PMMany men avoid visiting the doctor. We often joke about it, but when our dads, brothers, partners or friends put off having something looked at, it can result in very real consequences. Even though women on average visit the doctor 20 percent more often than men, it is men who have much higher hospitalization rates for preventable conditions.

So why do men seem to go out of their way to prevent calling the doc? Many men simply aren’t used to communicating about how they feel and aren’t comfortable asking for help.

Total Health Radio has dedicated an entire podcast episode to this topic, including tips for supporting the men in your life in staying healthy. You can check it out — along with additional information and resources — at its official web page. You can also listen to it here, via Stitcher
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And to see the above infographic in its entirety, click here for the full-sized version.

How’s Your Gut?

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With March being Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a good time for each of us to pause and consider the health of our digestive system.

“All About Our Guts,” one of the most popular episodes in the Total Health Radio series, helps with that. Expert guest T.R. Levin, MD, a gastroenterologist with Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, covers all the topics you’re wondering about: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, the potential benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet, why fiber is so important — even colonoscopies (and how to help encourage the one you love to go ahead and have that procedure done).

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Still want more? Check out the episode’s official page. And you can hear Dr. Levin talk about the FIT test – a non-invasive screening for colorectal cancer you can do in the privacy of your own home – in this video.

American Heart Month is Here — How’s Yours?

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Here’s an important question: How is your heart?

How about that of your significant other?  Your mom’s and your dad’s?  Your best friend’s?

February is American Heart Month, and considering heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States — causing one in four deaths each year — it’s a topic worth our attention.

Luckily, there’s plenty of great information available on heart health, including this episode of Total Health Radio:  “How’s Your Heart? Understanding Your Risk.”

Looking for more information on how to show your heart some love? Check out this piece on Five Easy Steps for Taking Care of Your Heart. Or this infographic illustrating five ways to be both sweet and healthy on Valentine’s Day.

And finally, if you are looking for ways to promote heart health in your own workplace or organization, healthfinder.gov’s American Heart Month toolkit may be just what you need.

Let’s take care of our hearts — not just on Valentine’s Day, but all year long.

How Food Affects Your Mood: What You Need to Know

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Many of us resolved on January 1 to make some changes to our eating in an effort to improve our physical health.  But are we familiar with what effect those changes may have on our moods?

The latest episode of Total Health Radio explores this — how what we eat can affect our brain chemistry and therefore our emotions.  Learn tips for increasing dopamine and serotonin and how to stave off crashing after too many refined carbohydrates.  It’s a great listen — check it out.

‘Tis the Season — for the Blues (unfortunately)

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We’ve all heard (and maybe even experienced) how the holidays can be a difficult time. Family tensions — or lack of family to spend this time of year with — can cause many people to experience the blues or even a more serious, clinical diagnosis of depression.

If you or someone you know is experiencing depressed moods, this episode of Total Health Radio may help. In it, our physician expert identifies the different types of depression, as well as clues to help identify when it’s serious — and how to support someone you care about who may be struggling.

How to Be a Present Parent

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Last week, we reminded folks about the ways mindfulness can help us manage stress during the holidays.  Today, we share another Total Health Radio episode that focuses on managing stress — specifically the kind parents deal with on a daily basis. 

Each of us wants to be more present for our kids — and during this time of year, that can feel nearly impossible.  But as this show reveals, there are things you can do — steps and simple techniques — that may help.  It’s definitely worth a listen.

Supporting Communities to End an Epidemic

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In 2013, Kaiser Permanente announced an initiative to provide support to community organizations whose work it is to improve the health of individuals newly diagnosed with HIV in minority communities disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic.

Seven organizations currently funded by Kaiser Permanente through this initiative are developing innovative approaches to prevent new HIV infections; identifying HIV positive patients sooner, getting them into high quality HIV care sooner and remain in such care.

In light of World AIDS Day, Kyra Nead, senior communications consultant at Kaiser Permanente, sits down with a few representatives of these organizations about the work they are involved in and speaks with Alexandra Caraballo, Manager of Charitable Contributions at Kaiser Permanente about why Kaiser Permanente was interested in creating this initiative.

Check it out below.  The transcript for this recording is available after the jump.

 

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How much do you know about diabetes?

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In observance of Diabetes Awareness Month, we’re sharing the Total Health Radio episode, “Diabetes 101.”

Diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the United States. But numbers can sometimes distance us from the day-to-day realities of a serious health condition. Exactly how does diabetes affect the body? This show explores the the basics about the disease: Its short-and long-term effects on the body’s systems, and what each of us can do to reduce our risk of developing Type 2 diabetes – and live more healthfully if diagnosed.

Breast Cancer: Perspective on the Experience

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In continuing observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are once again sharing Total Health Radio podcasts on related topics.  These are the final two episodes in a series of three all about breast health — from genetics to life as a cancer survivor.

Check out this second episode in the series, “Breast Cancer: After Diagnosis.”


 

And this third episode called, “After Cancer: A New Normal.”