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2021 Whatcom County

Health Care Guide A special publication prepared by the Lynden Tribune and Ferndale Record


Standing ready to relieve your joint pain PeaceHealth Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine experts specialize in treating pain and injuries affecting the shoulder, hand, hip, knee, foot and ankle. Treatment options include the latest surgical and non-surgical methods. Call for more information or to schedule a consultation. Bellingham | 360-733-2092

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Health Care Guide Advertising Directory Aspire Wellness...................................................12-13 Assisted Living Directory......................................... 23 Cascade Prosthetics & Orthotics.............................8-9 Custom Rx Shoppe.................26 & Back Inside Cover Fairway Drug........................................................... 16 Family Care Network............................................... 15 Homestead Fitness................................................... 16 Lamphere Insurance................................................... 5 Lynden Family Physical Therapy................ Back Cover Lynden Human Life................................................. 21 Lynden Manor........................................................... 6 Mt. Baker Vision Clinic............................................. 7 PeaceHealth.......................... 2-3 & Front Inside Cover Premier Dental Center............................................. 11

Dear Reader, It’s more important than ever to take care of your overall health. It’s a great time to stick to (or create new) healthy habits and consult with health care professionals when you have questions or concerns. Our 2021 Whatcom County Health Care Guide contains a question-and-answer forum supplied by local health care providers. The Lynden Tribune and Ferndale Record have joined in obtaining the information available in this magazine. This guide should not be used as a substitute for advice from a medical professional, but it may help readers learn how to seek advice and from whom. This directory provides general information and is not intended to replace your own doctor’s advice. Enjoy your reading! Thank you,

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PeaceHealth Medical Group PeaceHealth Orthopedics Offers Solutions for Foot, Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle issues caused by injuries, arthritis or years of experience specializing in foot and ankle procebunions can cause plenty of pain and frustration, limit- dures with a special interest in arthritis prevention and ing mobility and enjoyment of life. sports injuries. He is part of the team treating orthopedic and sports injuries at Bellingham’s PeaceHealth St. When these kinds of problems arise, a trip to Peace- Joseph Medical Center. Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Bellingham can yield solutions. Their multidisciplinary team According to Dr. Kiesau, the most common foot or of orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists, ankle injuries span across all age groups and include nurses and assistants work together to treat all manner sprains and fractures of bones, and tears and ruptures of foot and ankle issues in a single location and features of various ligaments and tendons. Many injuries do not an array of surgical and non-surgical interventions. require surgery, though severe injuries may. Dr. Kiesau says it’s always important to see a patient and determine Operation Determination a very exact extent of injuries to identify treatment opDr. Carter Kiesau is an orthopedic surgeon with 16 tions. 2

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PeaceHealth Medical Group Arthritis In the case of arthritis-based issues of the foot or ankle, there are multiple non-surgical treatment options. Non-surgical treatments include steroid shots, braces, and physical therapy. Dr. Kiesau says doctors suggest what activities a person should do to prolong their remaining good cartilage, helping delay surgery. If surgery becomes necessary, improvements in techniques and technologies have resulted in patients lacing up their shoes a lot sooner than before. “The technology is always getting better,” Dr. Kiesau says of surgeries. “Total knee and total hip replacements have been around for a long time. Total ankles are a newer, and constantly improving, technology. It’s an exciting time for people with ankle problems.”

Bunions Another orthopedic issue commonly treated by the PeaceHealth Orthopedics and Sports Medicine team is bunions, which are bony bumps that form on the joint at the base of the big toe. These deformities can affect all age groups, and impact a person’s running, exercising, and shoe-wearing abilities. Bunions are another area where new technologies have refined surgical techniques making recovery much faster. Dr. Kiesau says post-surgery patients can often put weight on their foot in a walking boot the same day they have surgery. Whether it’s non-surgical or surgical, the goal of any orthopedic treatment is to get patients back on their feet as soon as possible, doing the activities they love. If you’re searching for additional trustworthy information on foot and ankle injuries and how surgery might affect you, Dr. Kiesau recommends visiting footcaremd. org, a patient-friendly website from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. -Authored by and republished with permission from WhatcomTalk

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dose and are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, or 2 weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Get Protection from COVID-19 by the 4th Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine.

Unity Care NW of July!

The doctors and nurses at Unity Care NW in Ferndale and Bellingham want to encourage everyone in Whatcom county to get at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot by the 4th of July. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get exposed to COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes 2 weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. That means it is possible a person could still get COVID-19 before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection. People get some protection starting two weeks after their first

Why COVID-19 Vaccines are Important COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to bring you closer to enjoying the activities you have missed. Some people with COVID-19 feel fine. Some feel bad. Some get very sick. In Whatcom County, we have had over 9,500 cases of COVID-19 and nearly 100 people have died because of a COVID-19 infection. Getting vaccinated before the 4th of July will help prevent another spike in infections. If you’re not sure if you should get vaccinated, ask your doctor for more information. COVID-19 vaccines are free for you and people can now get a COVID-19 vaccine in many places. Go to vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov to find a place where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The team at Unity Care NW hopes you’ll

join us by getting vaccinated

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Lamphere Insurance Q: I’m turning 65 soon and I received a letter from my doctor’s office. Do I have to use the insurance agency they promote, or can you help me? A: Yes, we can help you! We represent the majority of Medicare insurance plans available in Washington State, and offer a variety of options that are accepted by your Medicare-approved providers of choice: doctors, hospitals, clinics, and groups such as Lynden Family Medicine/Family Care Network facilities, PeaceHealth, Associates in Family Medicine, and other medical practices in and out of our immediate service area. Q: What are the benefits of choosing Lamphere Insurance versus signing up online or when a carrier phones me directly? A: We are here for YOU in many ways! Some of these benefits include: 1) Lamphere Insurance is a locally-owned & operated agency who pioneered the first full-service Medicare insurance office in Lynden. We have helped thousands of Medicare recipients sign up for Original Medicare, choose their Medicare insurance plan(s), resolve claims, and follow-up with ongoing questions & concerns. 2) When you call us, you will never be guided through a maze of menu choices, experience double-digit hold times, or get re-routed through multiple departments to reach someone who will help you! 3) We are an unbiased and trustworthy resource dedicated to helping each client find plans that meet their needs. It’s likely that you have a friend or family member who appreciates our friendly, experienced and accessible customer care. Ask for their endorsement of our services. 4) And, there is no extra charge for easy access to our highly qualified staff! Your premium cost is exactly the same as online, with the added benefits of our integrity & expertise. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Lynden Manor What is Lynden Manor?

Why Lynden Manor?

Lynden Manor is an assisted-living retirement home where residents are as independent as they want to be. Meals are provided restaurant style for the residents in a common dining room and apartments are cleaned weekly. An assortment of activities are offered and available on a daily basis. Residents have access to licensed nursing staff 24 hours a day and a separate dementia care wing is also available.

Lynden Manor is independent, assisted and dementia care all in one. It is privately owned by a local partnership and highly recommended by local physicians with an excellent reputation in Whatcom County. Lynden Manor is located across from Bender Fields.

A little extra care with a lot more peace of mind. Make your home at Lynden Manor. Caring for your loved ones since 1997.

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Mt. Baker Vision Clinic The doctors, technicians and staff of Mt. Baker Vision Clinic are proud to offer cutting medical technology and services to help ensure our patients maintain clear and comfortable vision. Thank you for letting us serve you! In the field of eye care, digital retinal photography and optical coherence tomography are essential tools that allow for the non-invasive analysis of retinal tissue for early diagnosis and management of retinal disease and glaucoma. These technologies allow for clinical observation, measurement, and identification of structures that otherwise are not easily visible. They allow the doctor to analyze, measure and monitor for disease progression by comparing the findings with other examination results. As a result, we are able to detect, differentiate between and manage more effectively glaucoma and retinal health concerns without using more invasive tests that may lead to complications. The lefthand images below are of a patient with moderate to severe diabetic retinopathy. The image on the right was taken one year after the image on the left. Close inspection reveals a worsening of retinal hemorrhaging due to the patient’s uncontrolled diabetes. Consequently, we also changed our treatment to prevent further progression of diabetic retinal disease. Ocular coherence tomography (OCT) allows us to look below the surface of the retina. The patient in the righthand image experienced a complication following ocular surgery for his left eye resulting in retina swelling. Using OCT images, we customized his treatment and helped him achieve full recovery.

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VibrantUSA VibrantUSA is an independent insurance agency specializing in Medicare insurance. We represent more than 30 regional and national insurance companies with more than 50 plan variations. Because we are independent, our only mission is to help you find the insurance coverage that best fits your needs, preferences and budget. VibrantUSA is considered the agency of choice for hundreds of primary care physicians. We maintain up-to-date information on the Medicare insurance plans accepted by each family care practice we support and we help patients find the solution that is right for their specific needs. Primary care physicians trust VibrantUSA because they know we are the Medicare insurance specialists, we are unbiased and we treat their patients with the respect and level of service they deserve. We also do not charge for our services. 1. What do I need to consider when researching my Medicare Insurance options? • Doctors & Clinics – Not all clinics accept all insurance plans • Medications – Prescription drug plans vary both in cost and which drugs they cover • Travel – Some health plans work better than others depending on your travel needs 2. What are the benefits of working with VibrantUSA? • We have been specializing in Medicare insurance since 2003 and we represent the majority of Medicare insurance plans available in Washington. • Our agents are licensed, highly trained, experienced, and experts in their field. • Our agents are independent and will offer unbiased advice to find the plan that fits your needs. • We focus on Medicare insurance plans year-round rather than only providing our services during the Annual Election Period. We are always up to date with information and available to help with questions or concerns about your coverage. • We have Free Medicare 101 informational seminars monthly. Visit out website at www.vibrantusa.com for a full schedule.

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Aspire Wellness Health is our first and best defense! In the past year, through the world’s COVID-19 experience, we all have realized and been reminded that HEALTH is our first and best defense. Here at Aspire Wellness I believe that one of the first and best places to begin our pursuit of health is by how we feed and fuel our bodies. Food is our best medicine and weight management is healthcare. We are grateful daily by the positive outcomes we have the privilege to witness when our clients simply change what they eat. Some of these outcomes have been reduced inflammation, reduced or eliminated need for prescriptions, improved sleep and energy, improved memory and focus, improved mobility and increased activity, improved self-esteem and best of all, reduced risk of many diseases and illnesses. This is achieved by reducing their BMI, reducing their risk for metabolic syndrome by improving their insulin resistance. What is metabolic syndrome? According to Mayo Clinic, metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels. NHLBI also notes that conditions such as fatty liver disease, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), gallstones, and breathing issues (such as sleep apnea) play a role with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome, or insulin resistance, can contribute to severe high blood sugar, severe low blood sugar, heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease, eye problems, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and discussed in the media today, poor outcomes from COVID-19. The good news… is we have an opportunity every day, every meal, to improve our health, until we don’t. When we address our health with food as our medicine, our results may be curative through improved health. When we address our health (often caused by a poor diet) with medicine, our results may be management of poor health. When you learn to live at a healthy weight and BMI, you often not only reduce risks but eliminate the onset of health concerns. Here at Aspire Wellness, we have the privilege every day to encourage our clients to pursue their best health. We have a meal plan that works for both weight loss and long-term weight stabilization. We have an amazing team of experienced compassionate coaches. Our clients have said: “It’s holistic and empowering. The staff at Aspire understands how food and what we eat slides its way into every aspect of our lives. With this awareness, the coaching and structure of the diet enables people to be more successful for their results” -Amy B. “If I can follow it, anyone can! It has given me a new lease on life. This has changed my whole life!” -Carol W. “I would recommend Aspire Wellness because education is key. Not only do I want to be held accountable, I want the information so I can make the healthy choices in the years to come.” -Diana Y. “To put it simply, it’s changed my life. I know size isn’t everything, but feeling good in your own skin is.” Brandie B. At Aspire Wellness you will find a non-invasive approach to wellness. We have three locations in Anacortes, Burlington and Lynden, WA and offer virtual coaching, as well. We also offer Red-Light and Celluma Light therapies. Our stores offer several popular product lines to our communities; Walden Farms, Garlic Box, Bucky sleep products, Plant Therapy, OSEA skincare, COOLA sunscreen, Skinny Syrups, Hum supplements and more. Stop in anytime! Pursue good health, pursue feeding your body healthy food as its medicine, and aspire to wellness!

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Unity Care NW is accepting

VanDalen Insurance

Children’s Dental Patients Now!

When can I apply for individual & family health insurance for 2022 if we do not qualify for a special enrollment? Why is regular dental care for kids important?

Open enrollment for 2022 is November 1st, 2021-Decem- According to the Washington State Department of Health ber 15th, 2021. Your coverage will then take effect January more than half of all third graders and almost 38% of kin1st, 2022. dergartners have active tooth decay. What qualifies me for a special enrollment to apply for Untreated tooth decay can lead to toothaches, difficulty individual & family health insurance outside of the open speaking, chewing, swallowing, sleep problems, and higher enrollment period? rates of chronic disease as adults. Identifying problems early is critical to help kids grow up healthy. A. If you have had a loss of coverage for any of the following reasons and you apply within 60 days of that loss you may What can you do to improve your child’s oral health? be eligible for an effective date outside of open enrollment: • Take your child to the dentist for a fluoride varnish and • Loss of employer sponsored coverage sealants. A fluoride varnish is a concentrated form of fluoride that is painted on teeth, and can also lower tooth decay • No longer eligible for Medicaid or a public health plan by about one-third. Sealants are protective coatings that can • Permanent change of residence in an area that your existprevent 80 percent of cavities. ing plan does not offer coverage • Call Unity Care NW at (360) 676-6177 to schedule a den• Birth or adoption of a child tal examination with one of our Children’s Dental specialists. • Loss of coverage on a group plan due to age • Marriage or dissolution of marriage

Are you in need of health insurance? Call us to find out if you qualify for a special enrollment period!

We can help with: • Washington Healthplanfinder Coverage for individuals & families • Individual & Family direct purchase plans • Small group employer plans • Travel Medical Insurance • Medadvantage & Medicare Supplement plans • Long term care

KID’S DENTAL We serve over 7,000 yearly!

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Family Care Network What is a family doctor? A family doctor serves as a primary healthcare provider for all ages and stages of life. Family doctors treat all medical conditions, including illness and injury. They also focus on preventive medicine to help you stay well, screen for problems, and manage chronic conditions. Most health concerns can be effectively managed by a family-care team who comes to know you over time. When you choose a family doctor, you get ongoing, comprehensive health care. By focusing on whole health, we promote well-being while empowering and equipping you and your family to live your best, healthy life. Care is typically provided in an office setting. During COVID-19, adjustments have been made in most offices to offer telemedicine options to reduce exposure risk. Don’t put off needed medical care – your doctor is ready and able to see you!

Need a doctor? We’re here for you! Urgent Care

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Emergency Numbers

EMERGENCY..........................................................911 Suicide Prevention..............................1-800-273-8255 Alcohol and Drug Helpline..................1-800-562-1240 To Report Drunk Drivers.........................360-676-2076 Arson Reporting Hotline......................1-800-552-7766 U.S. Border Patrol Western WA............360-332-8781 Child Protective Services (DSHS).........360-647-6100 Washington State Patrol........................360-676-2076 Forest Fire Reports.............................1-800-562-6010 Whatcom County Search & Rescue......360-384-6344 Naval Criminal Investigative Service - NCIS......................................360-257-3359 Oil Spill Hotline - U.S. Coast Guard Oil Spill Response..............................1-800-424-8802 Poison Info. Center..............................1-800-222-1222 Power Outages...................................1-800-321-4123

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Visiting Angels My parents are at the point of needing help in their home. This is new and uncharted territory for us. How do you go about finding caregivers to work with people like my parents? We know that this is a difficult decision to make.  We approach this as if it were our home and our parents.  In our hiring process we first look for caregivers that have the compassion and skill to do the job. They must have the heart to care like family and the knowledge and ability to give the care. Secondly, caregivers must be dependable. Their dependability has a domino effect, they must show up and be on time! Life has enough challenges without you having to worry about help that doesn’t arrive on time. Finally, a caregiver must be trustworthy. Having someone new in your home can be scary.

That all sounds great. But how do you assure that this is true about your caregivers? At Visiting Angels we not only value these things, we actually test for them. We are the only ones in our area to use a nationally recognized Caregiver Assessment tool that measures for a caregiver’s ability to work well one-on-one, and measures their character for reliability and trustworthiness. And for your peace of mind, we assign a specific Case Manager to meet with you and your family, to get to know them, and the client’s needs. That same Case Manager introduces our caregivers to you on the first visit, as well as monitors the ongoing care.

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Know the warning signs of sleep apnea

(BPT) - Sleep is essential for everyone. It’s what allows the body and the mind to recharge at the end of every day. Without sufficient, healthy sleep, the brain and the body cannot function properly, so it’s important to recognize signs that you might not be getting quality sleep.

or partially blocked, limiting the amount of air that reaches the lungs. When this happens, patients may snore or make choking noises. The brain and body experience severe decreases in oxygen flow, causing multiple arousals from sleep during the night. In more severe cases, these arousals can occur several hundred times a night. Individuals Nearly 70% of Americans who sleep with a bed may be completely unaware of experiencing these partner report that their partner snores while sleep- episodes while sleeping. ing, according to a 2021 survey by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Many don’t “While not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, realize that a snore can be more than just a noisy snoring is a warning sign that should be taken serinuisance. Snoring can be an indicator of obstruc- ously,” said AASM President Dr. Kannan Ramar. “If tive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder that can your bed partner snores, or if you’ve been told that be dangerous to your health when left untreated. you snore, then it is important to talk to a medical provider about screening or testing for sleep What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea? apnea. Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea can improve overall health and quality of life.” Nearly 30 million U.S. adults have obstructive sleep apnea, which repeatedly causes breath- Snoring is just one of the symptoms ing disruptions during sleep. Currently, there are about 23.5 million obstructive sleep apnea cases In the same survey, a quarter of Americans admitted they were not familiar with OSA; nearly half acthat are undiagnosed. knowledged they do not know the symptoms of With OSA, the airway repeatedly becomes entirely the disease. 18

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The following are five warning signs to be aware of:

Snoring: Snoring between apneas is typically no ticed by a bed partner. Choking or gasping during sleep: When snoring is paired with choking, gasping or silent breathing pauses during sleep, it’s a reliable indicator of sleep apnea.

• Difficulty concentrating • Memory loss • Decreased sexual desire • Irritability • Difficulty staying awake, particularly when watching TV or driving

“Delaying treatment for sleep apnea can lead to more serious health problems,” added Ramar. “Fortunately, many of the damaging effects of sleep apnea can be stopped, and even reversed, through diagnosis and treatment by the sleep team at an accredited sleep center, where patients Obesity: An adult with a body mass index (BMI) receive care in safe and comfortable accommodaof 30 or higher is considered to be obese and the tions.” risk of sleep apnea increases with the amount of Treating sleep apnea improves quality excess body weight. Fatigue or daytime sleepiness: Excessive daytime sleepiness often occurs because sleep apnea causes numerous arousals throughout the night, preventing your body from getting the high-quality sleep it needs.

of life

High blood pressure: Between 30 and 40 percent of adults with high blood pressure also have sleep Sleep apnea is typically treated using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. This apnea. therapy keeps the airway open during the night Other common symptoms of OSA include: by providing a gentle air stream through a mask worn while sleeping. Using CPAP can improve your overall quality of life by enhancing sleep qual • Unrefreshing sleep ity and boosting daytime alertness, concentration and mood. It can also decrease medical expenses • Insomnia and improve both your brain and your heart health. Alternative treatments include positional therapy, • Morning headaches oral appliance therapy and surgery. • Nocturia (waking during the night For more information or to find an accredited sleep to go to the bathroom) center, visit sleepeducation.org. To access the AASM 2021 Sleep Prioritization Survey, visit aasm. org/about/newsroom/.

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8 Ways to Reach a Healthy Blood Pressure

ethnicity - there are things you can do. Consider these tips from experts with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) The Heart Truth program: 1. Know Your Numbers. Everyone ages 3 and older should get their blood pressure checked by a health care provider at least once a year. Expert advice: 30 minutes before your test, don’t exercise, drink caffeine or smoke cigarettes. Right before, go to the bathroom. During the test, rest your arm on a table at the level of your heart and put your feet flat on the floor. Relax and don’t talk. 2. Eat Healthy. Follow a heart-healthy eating plan, such as NHLBI’s Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH). For example, use herbs for flavor instead of salt and add one fruit or vegetable to every meal.

3. Move More. Get at least 2 1/2 hours of physical activity each week to help lower and control blood pressure. To ensure you’re reducing your sitting throughout the day and getting active, try breaking your activity up. Do 10 minutes of exercise, three times a day or one 30-minute session on five separate days each week. Any amount of physical (Family Features) To take care of your heart, it’s activity is better than none and all activity counts. important to know and track your blood pressure. (continued on next page) Millions of Americans have high blood pressure, also called hypertension, but many don’t realize it or aren’t keeping it at a healthy level. For most adults, healthy blood pressure is 120/80 millimeters of mercury or less. Blood pressure consistently above 130/80 millimeters of mercury increases your risk for heart disease, kidney disease, eye damage, dementia and stroke. Your doctor might recommend lowering your blood pressure if it’s between 120/80 and 130/80 and you have other risk factors for heart or blood vessel disease. High blood pressure is often “silent,” meaning it doesn’t usually cause symptoms but can damage your body, especially your heart over time. While you can’t control everything that increases your risk for high blood pressure - it runs in families, often increases with age and varies by race and 20

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(continued from page 20) 4. Aim for a Healthy Weight. If you’re overweight, losing just 3-5% of your weight can improve blood pressure. If you weigh 200 pounds, that’s a loss of 6-10 pounds. To lose weight, ask a friend or family member for help or to join a weight loss program with you. Social support can help keep you motivated.

Lynden Human Life Lynden Human Life has a mission statement to “restore the rights of the unborn”. We promote and protect the most vulnerable of all citizens; the unborn. If you need pregnancy support and are facing a crisis pregnancy please reach out to us at 1-888-399-life. For women needing housing and resources you can contact New Way Ministries at 360-354-9930.

5. Manage Stress. Stress can increase your blood pressure and make your body store more fat. Re- #everyhumanlifecounts duce stress with meditation, relaxing activities or support from a counselor or online group. 6. Have a Healthy Pregnancy. High blood pressure during pregnancy can harm the mother and baby. It also increases a woman’s risk of having high blood pressure later in life. Talk to your health care provider about high blood pressure. Ask if your blood pressure is normal and track it during and after pregnancy. If you’re planning to become pregnant, start monitoring it now. 7. Stop Smoking. The chemicals in tobacco smoke can harm your heart and blood vessels. Seek out resources, such as smoke free hotlines and text message programs, that offer free support and information. 8. Work with Your Doctor. Get help setting your target blood pressure. Write down your numbers every time you get your blood pressure checked. Ask if you should monitor your blood pressure from home. Take all prescribed medications as directed and keep up your healthy lifestyle. If seeing a doctor worries you, ask to have your blood pressure taken more than once during a visit to get an accurate reading. To find more information about high blood pressure as well as resources for tracking your numbers, visit nhlbi.nih.gov/hypertension.

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Men’s Health Month in June: A Time To Take Action

Good Health for Men Often Depends on Wellness Awareness and Early Screenings (BPT) - The statistics for men’s health are alarming. For men, life expectancy is 76.3 years; for women, it’s 81.2 years. The Kaiser Family Foundation points out that nearly 71 percent of men are at risk of being overweight or obese, compared to 59 percent for women. Far more women than men are likely to go to a physician office visit, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Nutrition Another important priority is nutrition. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day, and limit foods and drinks high in sugar, salt, saturated fat and alcohol. Other important reminders for men:

Sunscreen These statistics may be worrisome for men and Don’t overlook the importance of using sunscreen. their loved ones, but many of the health risks men Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of face can be prevented by adopting a healthy life- cancer in the United States. style and getting recommended and timely preventive health screenings. Prescriptions All patients need to work with their doctors to get a Here are some tips to help men improve their full understanding of the purpose and side effects health and well-being: of the prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and supplements they take. Physical activity One vital focus area for patients is physical activiDepression ty. Regular physical activity can control weight, re- It’s important for men and those close to them to duce risks of developing heart disease and some be aware of the warning signs for depression. cancers, and can improve overall mental health and mood. If you or the men in your life are not making positive health choices, now is the perfect time to take charge of your health.

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Aging and Disability Resources provides information and assistance with access to services to adults age 60 and over, people of any age with disabilities, and friends and family members on behalf of clients. Contact us for information and assistance on: Medicare/Medicaid, Long-Term Care, Caregiver Support, Housing, In-Home Care, Medical/Dental, Legal Options, Prescription Assistance, and more.

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Custom RX Shoppe Did you know that the typical American takes an average of two or more medications multiple times per day? Custom Rx Shoppe Pharmacy has several different packaging solutions to help you stay compliant so that you get the best results from your medications. Why should I get immunization shots? The main purpose of immunizations is to combat the spread of infectious diseases; some of these diseases are almost completely wiped out thanks to immunizations. If left unhindered though, diseases such as the following pose a great threat to the community:

• Polio

• Whooping cough

• Small Pox

• Hookworm infections

Custom Rx Shoppe Pharmacy offers a wide variety of immunizations including the annual flu shot, Pneumovax, and shingles to name a few. Do you know how to effectively measure or test your blood sugar or blood pressure? The Pharmacists at Custom Rx Shoppe are available anytime to help you learn how!

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