What does it mean to be partners in health care? That is when healthcare provider and patients work closely together— talking about health problems, making healthy choices, and coming up with plans that patients can, and will, follow. The goal of this partnership is to improve the health and wellness of each member of our community. Here at Mee Memorial Hospital & Clinics, our physicians want to spend time with their patients, listening to their histories, and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease.
Annual wellness exams are important to maintaining a happy, healthy life and preventing infection, disease or other abnormalities. Since early detection is important in treating nearly every condition, especially diseases like cancer, regular exams can help spot any abnormalities right away.
Please see the screening guidelines below and make any necessary screening appointments at MMH.
- Include personal history; blood pressure; body mass index (BMI); physical exam; preventive screening; and counseling and should be done every 1–3 years, depending on risk factors
- Body Mass Index (BMI) Regular screening for all adults
- Blood Pressure (Hypertension) At every medical encounter perform blood pressure screening for hypertension—once every two years for blood pressure less than 120/80 mm Hg, and every year for systolic blood pressure of 120 to 139 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure of 80 to 89 mm Hg
Cancer Screenings – these may be ordered by your healthcare provider during your checkup:
- Colorectal Cancer – Colonoscopy at age 50 and then every 10 years; or annual fecal occult blood test (FOBT) plus sigmoidoscopy every 5 years; or sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
- Skin Cancer – Periodic total skin exams every 3 years at discretion of clinician, and annual total skin exam if you are over the age of 50
- Breast Cancer (Women) – Annual clinical breast exam, and Mammography every two years for women age 50–74; Mammography before age 50 done under individual context after discussing risks, benefits and harms
- Cervical Cancer – Cytology (pap smear) every 3 years ages 21–65, or Cytology with HPV every 5 years for age 30–65
- Testicular and Prostate Cancer (Men) – Clinical testicular exam at each health maintenance visit Informed decision making regarding PSA Screening starting at age 45-50 depending on risk
- Tetanus, Diphtheria (Td) – 1 dose: Tdap; TD booster every 10 years
- Influenza – 1 dose annually during flu season
- Pneumococcal -PCV13 1 dose, PPSV23 1-2 doses – Once after age 65, even if previously vaccinated
- MMR – 1–2 doses if unvaccinated and born after 1957
- Meningococcal (Meningitis) – 1 or more doses if not previously immunized, depending on risk factors and other indicators
- Varicella (Chicken Pox) – 2 doses 4–8 weeks apart without evidence of immunity
- Shingles Zoster – 1 dose
- HPV (Human papillomavirus) for Women & Men – 3 doses if not previously immunized
Maintaining wellness involves collaboration between you and your healthcare provider and being sure to express to your doctors about concerns and have an honest conversation about your health. Be a patient who is engaged in your health; monitor your blood pressure, do glucose checks, eat healthy and quit smoking! Be a role model and take control of your health by taking steps each day to instill good patterns and healthy habits for your children and those around you. And when exercising or at work, be aware of your surroundings and think safety first.
Do you and your healthcare provider talk about exercise and other ways to stay active?
What you can do:
- Talk with your healthcare provider about exercise and other ways to stay active. Ask what to do given your age, health history, and goals. For instance, a patient who has arthritis may need a different type of exercise than someone trying to lose weight.
- Ask your healthcare provider if you should be referred to a physical therapist. At MMH we have a great group of Physical Therapists that help you figure what exercise program is best for you.
- Find out if there are any gyms, determine fitness programs, senior centers, or other nearby places where you can go to be active and exercise.
Regular exercise has many benefits that may help you live a longer, healthier life. People who engage in moderately intense physical activity may reduce their risks of developing heart disease and other serious illnesses. Regular physical activity can improve health and lengthen life expectancy by:
- Lowering the risk of developing coronary heart disease
- Reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack
- Lowering cholesterol and increasing HDL or “good” cholesterol
- Strengthening the heart and cardiovascular system and improving circulation to use oxygen better
- Lowering blood pressure
- Lowering the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Reducing the risk of colon cancer
- Helping to maintain a healthy weight
- Reducing feelings of anxiety, depression, and stress
- Helping to build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints
- Boosting self-image and self-esteem
Do you and your healthcare provider talk about weight, diet, and eating habits?
What you can do:
- Tell your healthcare provider if you are worried about your weight, diet, or eating habits
- Do not be upset if your healthcare provider mentions these first. Weight, diet, and eating habits are very important to your health
- Let your healthcare provider know if you want help with your weight, diet, or eating habits. He or she might refer you to a certified nutritionist or a registered dietician which can be seen right here at MMH
Small changes can make a big difference to your health. Try incorporating at least six of the eight goals below into your diet. Commit to incorporating one new healthy eating goal each week over the next six weeks.
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
- Select breads and cereals that have whole grains and are not prepared with a lot of fat.
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk: Both have the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but fewer calories and less saturated fat.
- Pick lean meat instead of fatty meat.
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks
- Eat some seafood
- You don’t have to completely avoid all foods that have fat, cholesterol, or sodium. It’s your average over a few days, not in a single food or even a single meal, that’s important.
- If you eat a high-calorie food or meal, balance your intake by choosing low-calorie foods the rest of the day or the next day.
- Check the food labels on packaged foods to help you budget fat, cholesterol, and sodium over several days.
Our hope at Mee Memorial Hospital & Clinics is that we can be your community health and wellness resource, and partner with you for your health needs. Working together, we can create a healthy community. To make an appointment with one of our healthcare providers, please call (831) 385-7100 in King City and in Greenfield, (831) 674-0112. Please ensure that you have a yearly wellness check up and be sure to keep your appointments!