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

More Ticks Mean More Tick-Borne Illnesses Like Lyme Disease

Does it feel like ticks are everywhere lately? You can’t escape the horror stories of tick-borne illnesses, so learn what's a myth vs. fact about ticks.

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Kegels: The Lowdown on the Muscles Down Low

You've heard of them, you've probably even used them, but do you really know what Kegels are & why they matter? Get answers from our pelvic medicine expert Jennifer Dillman, NP.

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Suicide Rates on the Rise: 4 Tips to Help if Someone is Suicidal

As suicide rates continue to rise each year, we all may know someone who is suicidal. These tips can help you support or take action for someone you love.

The post Suicide Rates on the Rise: 4 Tips to Help if Someone is Suicidal appeared first on Healthy Balance.

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