HealthyBR's mission is to make Baton Rouge a healthier place for all. As a result our partners want to help provide you with the necessary information and screenings to help us do that! Below you will find the areas that our partners can support you and your organization in creating a healthier Baton Rouge.
Healthy Living: Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the factors that we can each control in preventing disease such as cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Good nutrition, physical activity, sleep and stress management are core principles to living a healthy lifestyle. A healthy diet consists of unprocessed foods, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains. It is recommended that individuals participate in 150 minutes of activity every week for health benefits including stress reduction. On average, healthy adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each day. To learn more about healthy living and resources for nutrition, exercise and stress reduction, click here.
Personal Health: Personal health, is important for every individual. This includes women, men, children, youth, seniors, as well as families. It is a way for you to take charge of your life. This can be done through good nutrition, hygiene, mental wellness, sleep, preventive care, exercise, and general health education. To learn more about personal health for you, your friends, co-workers and your family, click here.
Chronic Disease: Chronic diseases are diseases that people live with for many years and often lead to death and disability. These diseases include diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, high cholesterol, tobacco use, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and more. They can take a toll on both your physical and mental health, so it is important to keep them under control with lifestyle changes, medications, and regular doctor visits. Although genetics can make some people more likely to develop these diseases, some can actually be prevented with a healthy diet and exercise. To learn more about preventing, managing and treating chronic diseases, click here.
Cancer: Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells. In all types of cancer, some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues. There are hundreds of types oc cancers -- including breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer. The most common treatments for cancer are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. The risk of developing most types of cancer can be reduced by changes in lifestyle, not smoking, limiting alcohol and sun exposure, eating healthy and staying physically active. Early detection does save lives, and there are screening tests for some types of cancers, which means finding cancer before it spreads. To learn more about lowering your risk, treatment and support options, and available screenings, click here.
Sexually Transmitted Infection and HIV: Sexually transmitted infections(STI) are infections that spread from person to person through sexual activity, including anal, vaginal, or oral sex. STDs are caused by bacteria, parasites, and viruses. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a STI that is spread through certain body fluids. The virus can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome or AIDS if not treated. To learn about prevention and treatment of STDs and HIV click here.
Behavioral Health: Behavioral Health is a term that includes Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Substance abuse is when you take drugs that are not legal. It’s also when you use alcohol, prescription medicine, and other legal substances too much or in the wrong way that have negative behavioral and health outcomes. Mental health and substance abuse problems are common but help is available. To learn more about behavioral health resources and treatment click here
Screenings: Health screenings focus on preventative care and are a great way to detect health issues or identify if you are at risk for a particular disease or condition. Early detection usually results in better outcomes. Common screenings include blood pressure checks, body mass index measurements, stroke risk assessments, finger sticks for cholesterol and glucose, and physical examinations or tests for various forms of cancer such as skin, prostate, breast, and colon. To schedule a preventative health screening, please contact a health care facility near you from the list below. Copies of the educational materials listed below may also be used at your event.