DFD Russell Medical Center provides access to health services that are important to the wellness and prevention of illness to our entire community. Our special Wellness Programs offer private consultations with health care professionals.
An estimated 440,000 Americans die each year from diseases caused by smoking. Smoking is responsible for an estimated one in five U.S. deaths and costs the U.S. over $150 billion each year in health care costs and lost productivity. About 48 million Americans smoke cigarettes, but most smokers are either actively trying to quit or want to quit. Since 1965, more than 40 percent of all adults who have ever smoked have quit.
For these and many other health related reasons, DFD offers counseling and resources to assist patients with their efforts to quit. We assess readiness to quit, help establish a target date, provide follow-up support via care management calls and supply individuals whose insurance does not cover nicotine replacement with vouchers for replacement therapy.
The Surgeon General's Report includes these findings:
- After one year off cigarettes, the excess risk of heart disease caused by smoking is reduced by half. After 15 years of abstinence, the risk is similar to that for people who've never smoked.
- In 5 to 15 years, the risk of stroke for ex-smokers returns to the level of those who've never smoked.
- Male smokers who quit between ages 35 to 39 add an average of 5 years to their lives. Female quitters in this age group add 3 years. Men and women who quit at ages 65 to 69 increase their life expectancy by 1 year.
Move More is a group dedicated to promoting physical activity and healthy eating habits. Physical inactivity has been associated with a number of serious chronic conditions in the United States, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type two diabetes, and osteoporosis.
About 40% of the US adult population is estimated to be predominantly sedentary. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an obesity epidemic spread rapidly during the 1990s across all states, regions, and demographic groups in the United States. Obesity (defined as being over 30% above ideal body weight) in the population increased from 12% in 1991 to 17.9% in 1998. The highest increase occurred among the youngest ages (18- to 29-year-olds). This trend puts today's young people at a higher risk of developing chronic diseases when they get older.
DFD has partnered with Move More to spread the message that everyone can benefit from a moderate amount of physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week. In addition to preventing chronic disease regular exercise can help us feel better, look better, sleep better, fight depression and lose weight. Diabetes Education
Our Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is designed to help you understand the disease and learn to manage it. With careful monitoring, you can achieve and maintain good health despite your diabetes.
Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. Patients will be taught, as needed, self-care skills that will promote better management of his or her diabetes treatment regimen. Nursing staff and/or the Dietician will cover the following topics as needed: diabetes overview; stress and psychosocial adjustment; family involvement and social support; nutrition; exercise and activity; medications; monitoring and use of results; relationships among nutrition, exercise, medications, and blood glucose levels; prevention, detection and treatment of acute and chronic complications; foot, skin, and dental care; behavior change strategies, goal setting, risk factor reduction, and problem solving; benefits, risks and management options for improving glucose control; preconception care, pregnancy, and gestational diabetes; and use of health care systems and community resources.
DFD's experienced staff is here to guide and advise you. We provide care to help you achieve the optimum level of health. We also provide the support you need to make well-informed decisions about your care. Consult the Dietitian
Good nutrition is important for the maintenance of good health. Our dietitian will meet with you in a private consultation to review your current diet and evaluate your nutritional status.
The dietitian will:
Wellness Resource Website Links:
Physical activity and nutrition:
Dash diet for lowering blood pressure:
TLC diet for lowering cholesterol:
Thirty-minute appointments are available. An appointment is required. Call 207-524-3501.