Be Healthy Series 2


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COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness

The risk of getting infected with COVID-19 and experiencing severe illness increases with age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), say older adults are the highest at risk.

To see if you are eligible and to register to be vaccinated, visit vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/.

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Heart Health

People 65 and older are more likely than a younger person to suffer a heart attack, to have a stroke, or to develop heart disease and heart failure.

According to the National Institute on Aging, as you get older changes start to happen in the heart and blood vessels. For example, as you get older, your heart cannot beat as fast during exercise or physical activity as it did when you were younger. However, your resting heart rate does not change significantly with normal aging.

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Stress Management

There are a lot of good reasons to be worried these days: COVID-19, economic troubles or social tensions. Your mental health and physical health both play important roles in your overall well-being. Your mental health has a direct impact on your physical health and vice-versa; the two go hand-in-hand. When you are not feeling well mentally, it can make it difficult to do the things that are important for maintaining your physical health, such as exercising, taking your medications, drinking plenty of water and eating a balanced diet.

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Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common diagnosed cancer in both men and women in the United States. Certain areas of Virginia make up one of three national “hot spots” where colorectal cancer deaths remain high, largely due to low screening rates. Optima Health values wellness and provides options for screenings to meet your needs and help you stay healthy.

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Healthy Eating

It is important to maintain a well-balanced diet as you age. When you get older, your nutritional needs, appetite, and food habits can change in several ways.

You will probably need fewer calories as you age to maintain a healthy weight. Eating more calories than you burn leads to weight gain.

Many people experience a loss of appetite with age. It is also common for your sense of taste and smell to diminish. This can lead you to eat less.

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Manage your Type 2 Diabetes with Onduo

Get everyday support for your type 2 diabetes from the comfort of your home for free with Onduo. Onduo is a virtual diabetes center that provides personalized, accessible care to people with type 2 diabetes. Onduo is covered by Optima Medicare at no cost to members who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.


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