A Better Approach to Better Health
Our nation’s approach to health and health care is broken. The U.S. spends more on health care than any other developed nation in the world but has some of the poorest health outcomes among wealthy countries.
Population Health Stats
Nurses Health Week
Nurses are highly educated professionals who make critical assessments and autonomous decisions. They educate and fearlessly advocate for patients and communities. They are prepared to be nursing leaders, administer health systems and education future generations of nurses and practitioners. They devote their careers to promoting the health and wellbeing of our society at home and across the globe. Nurses are the most trusted profession, they make a difference and save lives. The nobility of their professionalism and compassion has been and continues to be on full display to the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. We salute those who have chosen nursing as their calling and encourage nursing students to continue their pursuit in this noble profession. National Nurses’ Week 2022 — May 6–12.
Each month UH Population Health will feature a “population” highlighted as part of national health observances.
National Men’s Health Month
It’s time for men to take a proactive approach to health. This month is all about encouraging the men in your life to take care of their minds and bodies by eating healthy, exercising and learning more about preventable health problems.
Leading Causes of Death – Males – All races and origins – United States, 2018
- Heart Disease
- Unintentional Injuries
- Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, killing 357,761 men in 2019—that’s about 1 in every 4 male deaths.
Percent of men age 20+ with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication)
Tips for Staying Healthy
Lower your stress and find healthy ways to cope like taking breaks, stretching and engaging in hobbies.
Tobacco smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S. and the primary cause of COPD and lung cancer.
Make it a goal to reach 2 ½ hours (150 minutes) of physical activity per week. Participating in activities you enjoy will help you stay motivated.
Add more fruits and vegetables into your diet, and limit foods that are high in calories, sugar, salt and fat.
Get Enough Sleep
7-9 hours of sleep is recommended for adults. Poor sleep habits result in a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, depression and obesity.
Sources: Center for Disease Control and Prevention