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What We Can Learn During Public Health Week

Posted on: April 4th, 2013 in National Public Health Week by MDSBlogger |

The theme for the National Public Health Week 2013 is “ROI: Save Lives, Save Money.” The theme highlights prevention of many kinds of illnesses and health conditions through preventative screenings, eating healthier and getting regular exercise, and recognizes the contributions of public health.

Exercising regularly and eating properly are two ways to easily keep your health in check.

Here are some statistics on public health that may surprise you:

  • In 2011, musculoskeletal disorders made up 33 percent of all work-related injury and illness cases.
  • Fewer than 15 percent of adults and 10 percent of adolescents eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables each day.
  • More than 600 bicyclists died in motor vehicle crashes in 2010 and 52,000 were injured.
  • Despite high immunization rates in the U.S., about 42,000 adults and 300 children die every year from vaccine-preventable disease. Every dollar spent on childhood immunizations alone saves $18.40.

Medical Department Store’s business is health and we want you and your families to be as healthy as possible, no matter your age or medical conditions. Here a few simple preventative tips:

The right products like proper ROHO wheelchair cushions and the specialty mattresses can help prevent pressure sores.

Sleep apnea that is properly diagnosed and treated with a CPAP or BiPAP machine can prevent damage to the heart, brain and other parts of the body.

Keeping tabs on your hypertension with a blood pressure monitor or oximeter can prevent a host of related health problems.

A patient lift, hospital bed or lift chair can prevent falls and further injuries of patients and caregivers in the home.

What equipment would help you have the best health possible? Medical Department Store’s professionals can help you find out. Visit our online product catalog or stop in and see what we have to offer in person. We want to maximize the Return on Your Health Investment.

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