Prevention & Wellness

Your primary care provider can help steer you towards a healthy lifestyle. At UVA, our experts partner with you to address your scariest health risks.

Avoid coming to see us.

Genetics: Identify Your Risks

Our genetic counselors can help you navigate your risk for:

Food Medicine
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Nutrition experts can help you lower your risk for many diseases. Our registered dietitians provide classes and individual counseling to help you improve and manage your diet.

Find Nutrition Resources
Overcome Fitness Setbacks
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Whether your physical activity is walking or you're an athletic pro, injury and pain can stop your ability to exercise. Our experts in sports medicine, rehabilitation and orthopedics can keep you moving.

Get Active Again With Sports Medicine
Stay Healthy at Work
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Along with diet and exercise, you need to manage emotional and physical stress in the workplace to stay well. UVA offers occupational health services, classes and coaching to local companies. 

Learn More About Workplace Health
When Crisis Happens

Poison Hotline & Safety

Possible poisoning? Call the poison center: 1.800.222.1222

Learn more about prevention and safety at the Blue Ridge Poison Center.

Personal Emergency Response Devices

Patients who are elderly or disabled and live alone may feel more secure with a Medi-Mate, an emergency response device that can be activated at the touch of a button. Monitored 24 hours a day, a Medi-Mate can help subscribers maintain independence with security.

To get one of these devices, contact Volunteer Services.

Keep Yourself Well & Safe

Stroke Prevention

Smoking, obesity, heavy drinking, high blood pressure — all can play a role. Reduce your chances of stroke by: 

  • Improving your diet
  • Getting more or better exercise
  • Managing existing medical conditions
Prevent Stroke

Prevent Heart Disease

You can lower your risk of developing heart disease by:

  • Healthy eating and exercise
  • Monitoring your cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Lowering your blood sugar or controlling diabetes
  • Losing weight
Prevent Heart Disease

Trauma Prevention

Prevent injuries before they happen. Read up on tips for:

  • Avoiding everyday hazards
  • Fall prevention
  • Car seat installation
  • Poison prevention
Prevent Injury

Prevention

Avoid a Summer Diet Disaster: Try These 5 Ice Cream Hacks

Summer's here: Ice cream season. But 3 months of sugar and fat can put on the pounds and hurt your health. Here's insights from registered dietician Katherine Basbaum plus 5 easy, delicious ice cream hacks that won't ruin your diet.

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Is It Possible to Have Too Much Chocolate?

If you can’t imagine life without chocolate, learn the facts to see how to fit it into your diet. Just as with any food, there’s always room for an occasional indulgence.

The post Is It Possible to Have Too Much Chocolate? appeared first on Healthy Balance.

10 Fireworks Safety Tips: Do’s and Don’ts

Nearly 50% of all fireworks victims are adults, but about 25% are under 15 years old. You may think they’re relatively safe, but they burn at very high temperatures around 2,000 degrees.

The post 10 Fireworks Safety Tips: Do’s and Don’ts appeared first on Healthy Balance.

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