By Mary Ann Crispin, Disease Management CoordinatorSeptember 16, 2016
FORT LEE, Va. (Sept. 15, 2016) -- The staff at Kenner Army Health Clinic encourages Fort Lee community members to take active ownership in their overall fitness and wellness by leading a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a regular regimen of preventive health screenings.
The disease management coordinator monitors beneficiary health by tracking screenings and providing education and encouragement for a lifetime of overall wellness.
We Call because We Care! Kenner will call beneficiaries as a reminder when they are due or overdue for any necessary preventive screening. The Military Health System has invested in preventive health care -- eating healthy, exercising regularly, avoiding tobacco, and receiving preventive services such as cancer screenings, preventive visits and vaccinations to name a few. Kenner encourages beneficiaries and others in the Fort Lee community to track and monitor their health needs, and recommends setting health goals. Goals should be realistic and reachable in order to be successful. Start with goals that can be accomplished in a short time to keep oneself motivated.
For example, one's goals could be:
Make an appointment now for annual check-up
Schedule preventive health screenings
Pick up a free health "passport" booklet. Keep track of upcoming preventive health screenings, appointments, lab results and other important dates related to health with this booklet.
Other important preventive health tips include the following:
Keep consistent with recommended childhood immunization in the first 15 months of life. Schedule "well-child" visits with primary care providers to monitor a child's health and growth needs.
Diabetes -- Make sure to get a regular A1C screening as needed. Check one's feet daily. Try to maintain healthy weight. Make a nutrition appointment with the Kenner registered dietician for excellent tips to better nutrition.
Talk to doctors about any significant family health problems. A family history of disease may change preventive health care recommendations for you.
Be honest with providers about any over-the-counter medicines, supplements and other prescriptions during checkups and other medical exams.
Update medications on a free wallet-sized medication card from the Kenner pharmacy. KAHC recommends making a copy of medication cards to post on home refrigerators in case of emergencies.
Being healthy takes some effort, but the rewards pay off in lower health care costs for community members and their families. Many insurance companies offer "rewards" when beneficiaries maintain certain levels of health. Other companies encourage good health by supplementing gym memberships or "giving" monetary incentives to pay co-pays used for preventive health screenings.
Use available resources to support goals -- http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw/ is a great resource for women with A-Z topics aimed at educating them on health issues and concerns. Also, https://healthfinder.gov is a resource aimed at preventive screenings for men.
Join the clinic staff monthly for health observances held in the pharmacy waiting area. They feature informational displays that provide free educational materials for essential health screenings. This information can help people understand what preventive services are and how they can help them stay healthy. Stop by the Disease Management Clinic, located on the first floor in room 101A and get a free "passport" for health tests and screenings. The booklet is a way to track and maintain important health information. .
To schedule an annual check-up, preventative screening or appointment, call the Kenner Army Health Clinic Appointment Line at 1-866-LEE-KAHC (533-5242) from 7 a.m. -5 p.m., Monday- Friday.
Enroll and schedule appointments via TRICARE Online. Visit TOL at www.tricarelonline.com
Be proactive in your own health … early screening saves lives.