Public Service Announcements

Men, don't ignore your mental health.

Did you know:

  • Around 1 in 4 adults in the United States will experience a mental health problem in a given year.
  • 3 out of 4 suicides are men.

What can you do?

Talk.Ask.Listen.Take action.

A Strong and healthy body supports a strong and healthy mind.

  • Choose exercise that gets oxygen pumping to your brain, such  as aerobic exercise.
  • Socialize with your friends, co-workers and family.  Keep the lines of communication open.
  • Stay positive.  Look for the good in every situation....it's there.  
  • Incorporate healthy foods into your diet.
  • Be sure to get the sleep you need.
  • Feeling extraordinarily low?  Talk to someone.  Talk to your doctor!

 Men, your health is important, too. Get checked out sooner, rather than later.

Men are not immune to health problems, yet many ignore their health.

You want to stay in the game, right?

  • Get an annual physical – take steps to make sure you can ‘stay in the game’
  • Talk to your doctor about screenings that may be recommended for you regarding your health history
  • Take a look at your life-style, are you stacking the deck against yourself? What changes would you be wise to make?

Should screening for prostate cancer be routine? 

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that men have a chance to make an informed decision with their health care provider about whether to be screened for prostate cancer. The decision should be made after getting information about the uncertainties, risks, and potential benefits of prostate cancer screening. Men should not be screened unless they have received this information. The discussion about screening should take place at:

  • Age 50 for men who are at average risk of prostate cancer; expected to live at least 10 more years.
  • Age 45 for men at high risk of prostate cancer. (African Americans; men who have a close relative (father, brother, or son) diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65.
  • Age 40 for men at even higher risk (men with more than one close relative who had prostate cancer).

If you have questions or concerns about prostate cancer, see a family medicine doctor. Help him/her get to know you and your family history. They can help you decide what is best for you, taking into account your general health and values.

Because prostate cancer often grows slowly, men without symptoms of prostate cancer who do not have a 10-year life expectancy should not be offered testing since they are not likely to benefit from it. Overall health status (rather than age) is important when making decisions about screening.

If a decision to test has been made, it is very important to discuss the pros and cons of testing with your doctor. Ask for the latest information about the benefits and risks of testing.  


 

The enrollment period for healthcare.gov health insurance ends December 15.

Get help at coveringwi.org or 608.261.1455.

Mental Health as the Seasons Change

The days are getting shorter and it’s the time of year when many begin to experience the symptoms of Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD). Feelings of sadness, depression, and loss of motivation are all symptoms of this biological ailment, which may be related to reduced sun exposure during the fall and winter months. 
If you think you might be exhibiting SAD symptoms, talk to your primary care provider—there are effective options to lessen these symptoms, including focusing on:

  • Healthy Sleeping Habits
  • A well-balanced diet rich in vegetables and fruit, which includes lean meats and whole grains
  • A regular exercise plan. Regular exercise keeps your blood pumping and can lift depressive symptoms.

Learn more about SAD at https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2013/Less-Sunlight-Means-More-Blues-for-Some.

If you are interested in supporting increased access to behavioral health services in Southwest Wisconsin, consider attending the SWCAP Gala event on Thursday, November 9. Proceeds will be used toward securing additional behavioral health presence in our communities. Learn more at http://www.swcap.org/


 

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Drop the Soda

Sugar sweetened beverages, including soda, are the number one contributor to obesity in the United States. There is sufficient scientific evidence that decreasing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption will reduce the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related diseases.  

People who consume sugary drinks regularly — that’s 1 to 2 cans a day or more — have a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes and a 20% higher chance of having a heart attack than people who rarely have such drinks. A recent study found a link between diet soda consumption and dementia and stroke. In addition, soda contains a high level of phosphate, which is damaging to your bones.

Milk is a healthy drink alternative. It contains calcium and vitamin D, both known to build strong bones. Water should not be overlooked. It is the best choice for staying hydrated, and when you want to ‘change it up’ choose sparkling water or infused waters. These  options are a great alternative to soda. If you drink
sodas regularly, this small change is sure to make a big impact on your overall health.

For more great nutrition information, including healthy, tastey recipes, visit our Nutrition Service page:  /our-services/nutrition-services/  


Childhood Obesity Can Mean Lifelong Health Problems

One in 3 children in the United States are overweight

  • Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems
  • It affects emotional well-being too – if they are bullied or teased they are more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression and lower self-esteem. The effects can last into adulthood
  • Being overweight as a child can lead to lifelong physical and mental health problems

Parents and Caregivers Can Help by Focusing on THREE things:

  1. Get active outside: Make it easy going and fun! Walk around the neighborhood, play tag, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
  2. Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
  3. Build healthy eating habits -- together:
  • Make healthier meals: Serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods
  • Serve reasonably-sized portions 
  • Limit or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages – this includes most juice drinks
  • Encourage drinking water
  • Pay attention to the food that is easy and available when your kids are hungry between mealtimes, like after school. Make it healthy – apples, veggies, watermelon, peanut butter – frozen grapes make a great snack for 
  • warm ‘indian summer’ fall days
  • Focus on what kids CAN have, rather than what they CAN’T have
  • Set a good example

Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.

For more suggestions and tips on preventing childhood obesity, visit this site:  https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/children/index.html


 It's Time!

Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our Imaging Department has extended early evening hours, just for mammogram appointments. You are now able to schedule your mammogram as late as 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact your primary care provider to get yours scheduled. Read about all of our breast health services available in our imaging department here: /…/womens-he…/breast-health/


 You are invited to the ADRC Health & Wellness EXPO, Friday Sept. 29

Mark your calendar!

Find out more!


There's something special happening here!

Upland Hills Health is about to undergo a Remodel and Building Project. Find out how we are improving services for you, by frequentlychecking the BUILDING PROJECT PAGE. We will keep you "in-the-know" about our plans and progress. Find the link conveniently located on our homepage as well!

Do you have a question about it? Ask us!

 Notice

ATTENTION: Patients of Dr. Young II Kim - medical practice ended (2010) 

Address: Dodgeville Clinic, 800 Compassion Way, Suite 106, Dodgeville WI 53533

All medical records in custody of Upland Hills Health, Inc. will be destroyed on Thursday, October 19, 2017 UNLESS patient or person authorized by the patient retrieves them BEFORE the aforementioned destruction date.

To retrieve records, contact Upland Hills Health, Health Information Management Department at 608.930.7119 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday beginning Monday, September 18, 2017 through Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Records may be picked up at Upland Hills Health during the above business hours by appointment with the Health Information Management Department. A minimum notice of 2 business days will be necessary to arrange for pickup of records. Patient and/or representative identification will be required.


Heat exhaustion - do you know the symptoms?

August has been taking it easy on us this year -- it's been cool!  But, when the sun comes back out  and we get a run of hot and humid fall weather (you know we will), we want you to recognize the symptoms and know what to do about it.  

Heat exhaustion signs and symptoms include:
• Faintness or dizziness
• Nausea or vomiting
• Heavy sweating often accompanied by cold, clammy skin
• Weak, rapid pulse
• Pale or flushed face
• Muscle cramps
• Headache
• Weakness or fatigue
Take these steps immediately:
• Move the person out of the heat and into a shady or air-conditioned place.
• Lay the person down and elevate the legs and feet slightly.
• Remove tight or heavy clothing.
• Have the person drink cool water or other nonalcoholic beverage without caffeine.
• Cool the person by spraying or sponging with cool water and fanning.
• Monitor the person carefully.
Call 911 or your local emergency number if the person's condition deteriorates, especially if he or she experiences:
o Fainting
o Confusion
o Seizures
o Fever of 104 F (40 C) or greater

Football season has started – time to talk about the seriousness of concussions
It can happen in sports – but head injuries can happen at home too!
Falling or heavy objects coming down on your head is just one example.
Here are some warning signs that require immediate medical attention:
- Headache that does not go away, is severe or gets worse
- Changes in mental function or behavior
- Weakness and/or numbness in any part of the body
- Poor coordination, restlessness or agitation
- Vomiting or stiff neck
- Slurred speech
- Extreme drowsiness, confusion or decreased alertness
- Unequal pupils or other visual changes
- Convulsions or seizures
- Loss of consciousness
• Take it seriously and take the proper time to recover
--Lots of rest is necessary to help the affected area heal quickly
--Athletes should be eased back into their normal activities slowly
--Returning to a sport or to work while still suffering from a concussion can
put you at risk of serious brain injuries. Everyone should be cleared by a healthcare provider before returning to activity

 


 

 June is Men’s Health Month  -- The goal is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.  Some Men’s Health Facts:

  • The number one thing you can do is establish a relationship with a Family Medicine doctor and get a check up -- annually -- and ask your doctor what screenings are important for your age and risk factors.

  • On average American men live sicker and die younger than American women.  Regular check ups and suggested screenings may help men to live longer.

  • 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.  Having a yearly prostate exam is one important step to take to help discover cancer early.  And don’t forget about your colon screening.   Your prostate exam can be done at the time of your yearly physical, and we can handle your colon screening right here at Upland Hills Health!  

  • Did you know… 1 in 2 men will get cancer in their lifetime – for women, its 1 in 3.  You can influence your ability to survive cancer if you stay on top of your health. 

  • Men, take time to take care of YOU!  Your body is like a vehicle; maintain it with good fuel like fresh fruits and vegetables, and frequent oil changes (prostate and colon screening), and a great yearly tune up (check up), and you will be rewarded with smooth running vehicle!

In the early 1900s on average, a woman’s life expectancy was only 1 year longer than a man.  NOW Women outlive men by 5 years – lets fix that! 

The most important things you can do:
  • Eat fresh healthy foods…  AND eat LESS junk food.
  • Exercise daily. 
  • Make sure you are getting good sleep.
  • Be aware of changes in your body and get thing checked out sooner rather than later.
  • Don’t wait until something is unbearable before you come in!  And sometimes, just feeling “not yourself” is a legitimate reason to see a Doc
  • Visit a doctor routinely!

Depression is a real thing guys – PTSD is a real thing too – and there is help – it shows up as irritability, inability to sleep, or concentrate, fatigue. Don’t ignore it – suicide is the 7th leading cause of death among men. Fatigue, Shortness of breath, Sudden weight gain or weight loss, migraines may be symptoms of something more serious.

If you smoke you should definitely see a doctor once a year. If your job exposes you to hazardous material, you’ll definitely want to let your doctor know. See your doctor regularly it will be worth it!


Critical Shortage of  Area Blood Supply.   Be a Hero and Donate Blood!  The American Red Cross states that area blood supplies are at a critical low level.  Please consider participating at one of these area blood drives in July: click HERE for more details.  


 Summer Parade Season is Here!  The Upland Hills Health parade team will be making an appearance at several of the area parades this season.  Watch for us at these area parades:  

2017 Area Parade List With Locations For Web Page


 May is Mental Health Awareness month.  To help spread awareness and break down the stigma associated with suicide and mental health illness, approximately 345 community members, include 42 from Upland Hills Health, will be wearing special made t-shirts every Friday in May.  T-shirts were generously provided by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Iowa County.  

Find valuable information and Suicide HOTLINES at: http://www.suicide-iowacountywi.org/

National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255   TEXT 839863
Iowa  County WI Hotline 1-800-362-5717


 AMERICAN DIABETES DAY - MARCH 28, 2017 

9 out of 10 Americans most at risk for type2 diabetes don't know it - TAKE THIS SIMPLE ONLINE TEST and learn more!


 

Good Questions fro Your Good Health!  ASK ME 3

Asking questions can help you be an active member of your health care team. Use the Ask Me 3 questions every time you talk with a health care provider...
1. What is my main problem?
2. What do I need to do?
3. Why is it important for me to do this?

Visit the National Patient Safety Foundation's website for more information at ASK ME 3


 

Are you suffering from a cold?  ..or is it the flu, sinus infection, bronchitis or something more serious?

How to treat cold symptoms... what works and what doesn't? 

Download our GENERAL HEALTH ebook. Get answers to the questions that Upland Hills Health's  Dr. Joe Berg and Dr. Rachel Hartline hear the most!  


 

Important information to help you stay safe and well...
Listen to D99.3, Wednesday mornings at 7:45 AM for WELLNESS WEDNESDAY announcements.

Tips for a healthy and safe new year celebrating! Check out this article from Huffington Post.

We're expanding our health care services at our clinic in Mount Horeb!
Learn more and meet the health care providers on this WISCONSIN DOCTORS program!


Holiday Cut Out Cookies for the new year! Our Nutritionist, Susan Portz will show you the differences and the benefits - on the  Restaurant Show!


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Are you feeling blue this time of year?

4 Ways Exercise Improves Your Mood

Get straight answers to your mental health questions from Upland Hills Health Family Physicians, Dr. Joseph Berg and Dr. Rachel Hartline. Download this Mental Health ebook that addresses: anxiety, depression, addiction and suggestions for improving your mental health.

You can fight off SAD! Start by changing a few of your habits at home. If you need help fending off these seasonal blues, talk to your doctor. SAD is very real and your primary care provider can help you through it.

WebMD defines SAD?

 


Five things you need to know if you plan to enroll in the health insurance marketplace

  1. Be sure you are visiting the government website!  Go to www.healthcare.gov
    (healthcare.com is not the correct website)
  2. Before signing up for COBRA, check your options at www.healthcare.gov
  3. Need help?  If you’ve never had health insurance before, it may be wise to seek help with your enrollment. Local people are available to help! (See flyer for local enrollment assistance)  They can help you understand the options and terms you may be unfamiliar with. A useful and credible website for finding local assistance is www.coveringwi.org
  4. This enrollment period ends Jan. 31, 2017 – but if you want your coverage to start Jan. 1 you must enroll before Dec. 15.
  5. If you choose to explore www.healthcare.gov on your own, TAKE NOTES! BE SURE to write down the username, password and any information you enter so that you do not forget them. Forgetting your log in information makes it very difficult for someone to help you and can cause much delay.
FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH EMPLOYEES, FAMILY AND FRIENDS.


LOCAL HELP TO ENROLL FOR HEALTHCARE -- Affordable Care Act

 NEW YEAR'S BABY BASKET:  Do you want to contribute something from your business to our New Year's Baby Basket?  Great!  Here's infomation about how to do that:  2017 New Year Baby Basket

HOLIDAY HEALTHY EATING GUIDE - from the AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

HOME FIRE ESCAPE PLAN-HANDOUT FOR KIDS

CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY

SMOKE ALARMS AT HOME
SMOKE ALARM HANDOUT FOR KIDS

FLU SHOTS - KEY FACTS

Men are not immune to health problems, yet many ignore their health.You want to stay in the game, right?•Get an annual physical – take steps to make sure you can ‘stay in the game’•Talk to your doctor about screenings that may be recommended for you regarding your health historyTake a look at your life-style, are you stacking the deck against yourself?

Should screening for prostate cancer be a ‘routine’ screening? – or should it only be done if you are ‘high risk?’https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/early-detection/acs-recommendations.htmlThe American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that men have a chance to make an informed decision with their health care provider about whether to be screened for prostate cancer. The decision should be made after getting information about the uncertainties, risks, and potential benefits of prostate cancer screening. Men should not be screened unless they have received this information. The discussion about screening should take place at:•Age 50 for men who are at average risk of prostate cancer and are expected to live at least 10 more years.•Age 45 for men at high risk of developing prostate cancer. This includes African Americans and men who have a first-degree relative (father, brother, or son) diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age (younger than age 65).•Age 40 for men at even higher risk (those with more than one first-degree relative who had prostate cancer at an early age).After this discussion, men who want to be screened should be tested with the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. The digital rectal exam (DRE) may also be done as a part of screening.If, after this discussion, a man is unable to decide if testing is right for him, the screening decision can be made by the health care provider, who should take into account the man’s general health preferences and values.If no prostate cancer is found as a result of screening, the time between future screenings depends on the results of the PSA blood test:•Men who choose to be tested who have a PSA of less than 2.5 ng/mL may only need to be retested every 2 years.•Screening should be done yearly for men whose PSA level is 2.5 ng/mL or higher.Because prostate cancer often grows slowly, men without symptoms of prostate cancer who do not have a 10-year life expectancy should not be offered testing since they are not likely to benefit. Overall health status, and not age alone, is important when making decisions about screening.Even after a decision about testing has been made, the discussion about the pros and cons of testing should be repeated as new information about the benefits and risks of testing becomes available. Further discussions are also needed to take into account changes in a man’s health, values, and preferences.