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.

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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

Got Milk? What Kind? Milk and Milk Alternatives

Milk used to be simple, but now on top of cow's milk, there's soy, almond, coconut and even pea milk. Find out the milk alternatives that taste the best or leave a lot to be desired.

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Preparing to Shelter in Place: Surviving by Staying Put

It’s important to prepare for unexpected emergencies. During severe weather or other disasters, you may need to shelter in place. Read about what to expect and what you'll need to be ready for an emergency.

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The Benefits of Having a Dog: 6 Reasons Your Best Friend Is Good for Your Heart

You know your fur babies are great for snuggles and squirrel patrol. But did you know dogs may decrease your risk for heart disease and cardiovascular events?

The post The Benefits of Having a Dog: 6 Reasons Your Best Friend Is Good for Your Heart appeared first on Healthy Balance.

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