Ever have a patient who knows he needs to lose weight, but the amount of weight is so daunting that he doesn’t know how to get started? Or a patient with high cholesterol who is having trouble making lifestyle changes that would reduce her risk of a cardiovascular event? If so, you might want to start making action plans with your patients.
healthfinder.gov was the first federal health website and has been a trusted source of health information for over 20 years. The user-friendly site was designed based on health literacy and usability principles with over 700 users’ input. It is ideal for users with limited health literacy or limited time to search for health information.

Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity and causes almost all cases of cervical cancer.

The good news? The HPV vaccine can prevent HPV, and regular screening tests can help prevent cervical cancer.…

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but regular screening can save lives by finding polyps (precancerous growths) before they become cancer. The USPSTF recommends screening everyone ages 50 to 75 for colorectal cancer.

Since there are different types of colorectal cancer screening tests, it’s important for clinicians to use shared decision making with patients when talking about these life-saving preventive services.…

World AIDS Day on December 1 is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV. In the United States, about 37,600 people get infected with HIV every year. It’s important that everyone ages 15 to 65 gets tested for HIV at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often. …

In recognition of National Health Literacy Month, we’re highlighting a resource for health care providers that uses strategies for improving health literacy to promote safe use of medication in order to prevent adverse drug events (ADEs). Health literacy is the degree to which a person has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. A person’s health literacy influences the way they access and use health information and services.
“Learn or perish” would be an apt slogan for health systems today. The rate of change in health care is high. Technological advancements, research, innovation, and market dynamics all drive the soaring complexity of the health care system. In order to survive, health systems must learn how to adapt, and in the process – we argue – address health literacy. 

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. Using mammograms  to screen for breast cancer can help find it early when it’s easier to treat.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.…

Latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) happens when a person is infected with TB bacteria, but doesn’t get active TB disease. Since people with LTBI don’t feel sick, they may not know they’re infected. But if they don’t get treatment, they can develop TB disease — and pass it to others. That’s why it’s so important for people who are at increased risk for LTBI to get tested.…

Eating fruits and vegetables has many health benefits. People who eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower their risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.

Fruits & Veggies — More Matters Month in September is a great time to raise awareness about the importance of eating enough fruits and vegetables.…