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How to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Nutrition, exercise and stress management are all part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Some small changes are easy, such as using spices to season your food instead of salt. Other changes take time before the become a regular habit. Here are the top ways you can start living a heart-healthy life:

5 Heart Health Tips

      1. Control Your Weight: Obesity is one of the leading causes of heart disease. Carrying around extra weight can damage your heart and vascular system. Maintaining a healthy weight will reduce your risk of heart disease.
      2. Be Active: Regular physical activity reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and other chronic conditions. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week like walking fast, dancing or swimming. They also recommend doing muscle-strengthening activities like lifting weights or using exercise bands – at least 2 days a week.
      3. Live Smoke Free: Living smoke-free is one of the best things you can do to protect your heart. This also includes avoiding second hand smoke from close relatives and friends. Encourage the smokers in your life to put down their cigarettes.
      4. Manage Your Cholesterol: Cholesterol is found in all cells of your body. If you have too much cholesterol in your blood, it can build up plaque and block arteries. To learn more about cholesterol, register for a “Understanding Cholesterol” class below. In this class we will break down everything you need to know about cholesterol. We hope to empower you to lower your cholesterol and optimize your blood test results.
      5. Lower Your Blood Pressure: If you have high blood pressure there are many things you can do to lower it. Try to limit your alcohol intake to one drink per day. Eat more fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. Also, manage your stress levels. These changes often can bring your blood pressure into the normal range.

Do you still have questions? Attend a class to help you achieve you heart health goals.


Classes to Help You Achieve Your Heart Health Goals

During the month of February we have several different heart health classes available for you. The topics range from understanding cholesterol, hypertension, strokes, heart attacks and more! These classes are complimentary as part of your care plan designed to help you reach your health goals. Don’t forget to invite a spouse, neighbor or friend to join you. These courses are available at no cost to the entire community, so feel free to invite anyone you believe will benefit.

Please register below for one of our heart health classes.

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We're sorry, there are currently no classes scheduled at The Learning Center. Please check back at a later date for upcoming classes in your area.


Working Together as a Team to Keep You Feeling Your Best

At The Villages Health, our mission is to keep you healthy and heal you quickly. To do this, our care model emphasizes a relationship with your personal doctor and his or her team. Team is an important key word. It takes a team of qualified medical professionals to keep you and all members of our community feeling their best. Each of our physicians are supported by both nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

What are the qualifications of a Nurse Practitioner?

Nurse Practitioners are able to evaluate patients, diagnose illness and prescribe medications. They perform the same functions as a physician. Nurse practitioners complete graduate courses and spend hours completing supervised clinical work. While they typically do not specialize in one area, they have a comprehensive understanding of wellness, preventative care and disease management.

What are the qualifications of a Physician Assistant?

Did you know that physician assistants are licensed to diagnose illnesses and diseases? They also are able to treat these conditions and prescribe medication. Physician Assistants complete 4 years of undergraduate school and then have to enroll in a Physician Assistance program, which is about 2 years of additional schooling.

If you need to be seen right away and your doctor is unavailable, his or her nurse practitioner or physician assistant may take care of you. He or she has full access to your medical history and can provide the personal care you are accustomed to receiving from your doctor.

Please know that we always have someone qualified to take care of you, whether that is a nurse practitioner, physician assistant or physician. We work together as a team to keep you healthy and heal you quickly. Please remember to call us first.


Classes to Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Goals

With the start of the New Year, like many of us, you have resolved to live a healthier lifestyle. But sticking to those new lifestyle changes is not always easy. Whether your goal is to lose weight, get stronger, or just feel better – we are here for you!

The Learning Center offers complimentary courses as a part of your care plan designed to help you reach your health goals. Plus, it’s always easier to stay on track when you have someone by your side. Don’t forget to invite a spouse, neighbor or friend to join you. These courses are available at no cost to the entire community, so feel free to invite anyone you believe will benefit.

Please register below for one of our free exercise or nutrition classes.

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Event Date Time Location
Fundamentals of Nutrition

Fundamentals of Nutrition

2 space(s) remaining

12/09/2020

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Brownwood Care Center

Healthy Eating Out

Healthy Eating Out

4 space(s) remaining

12/10/2020

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Creekside Care Center

Eating Smart, Being Active program

Eating Smart, Being Active program

2 space(s) remaining

12/15/2020

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

ONLINE

Preventing Kidney Stones Through Diet

Preventing Kidney Stones Through Diet

4 space(s) remaining

12/15/2020

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Mulberry Grove Care Center

Nutrition for Chronic Kidney Disease

Nutrition for Chronic Kidney Disease

4 space(s) remaining

12/16/2020

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Mulberry Grove Care Center


Bob Trinh is Named New CEO at The Villages Health

The Villages, FL – The Board of Directors for The Villages Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Trinh as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Trinh, along with the other members of the executive team, will be responsible for continuing to build a value-based healthcare system in The Villages® community, where care is patient centered, primary care driven, community based and made easy for patients.

“It is an honor to join this organization and to be part of a team that continues to bring excellent health care to the residents of The Villages and surrounding community,” says Bob Trinh. “I am looking forward to our future as we expand to support the continued growth of The Villages.”

Mr. Trinh, a Harvard MBA graduate, joins The Villages Health from Oak Street Health. There he served as the President for the Illinois Division, the organization’s largest market. During his time there, the Illinois Division grew from 14 to 18 primary care clinics, with 96 providers serving over 30,000 patients.

Prior to Oak Street Health, Mr. Trinh served as the Market Vice President for Orlando and South Florida at DaVita Medical Group with 29 clinics, 69 physicians and over 22,000 Medicare Advantage patients. Mr. Trinh also worked at Physicians United Plan and led STARS, health services, risk adjustment, finance and IT teams at various times during his tenure there.

“We are delighted to have Bob join us as our new CEO,” says Dr. Elliot Sussman, Chairman of the Board for The Villages Health. “He has an extensive career dedicated to improving the lives of both patients and health care professionals.”

For more information about The Villages Health please contact Sophie Ferenz at Sophie.Ferenz@thevillageshealth.com.

About The Villages Health

The Villages Health (TVH) is on a mission to make The Villages community America’s Healthiest Hometown® by keeping people healthy and healing people quickly. The patient-centered model allows patients to spend time with their care providers to build a relationship and address individual needs. In only its 6th year, TVH employs over 450 health care professionals across 8 locations and is growing at a rate of more than 500 new patients per month. With over 60 board-certified physicians across 15 specialties, TVH provides seamless coordinated care to more than 46,000 patients, including more than 18,000 Medicare Advantage members. As a result, all 8 care centers maintain a 98% patient satisfaction rate and perform within the top 1% nationally for quality care.

For more information, please visit www.TheVillagesHealth.com.

Contact:

Sophie Ferenz
Senior Marketing Specialist
(352) 674-8926
Sophie.Ferenz@TheVillagesHealth.com

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Enjoy the Holidays Without Gaining Weight

During the holidays, it can be very difficult to eat healthy. There are many temptations such as eggnog, pecan pie, candied yams, gingerbread and sugar cookies. The list of unhealthy holiday food goes on and on.

Throughout the month of December, we will share tips on how to enjoy the holidays without putting on unwanted weight.

7 Healthy Holiday Eating Tips from TVH Registered Dietitians

Enjoy several holiday eating tips from our Registered Dietitians Kristen Curtis, MS, RD, LDN and Sara Murray, RDN, LDN.

  1. Scope out the Spread: Peruse your holiday food choices before making a plate and take note of the most enticing options. This way, you won’t consume extra calories by stocking up on items you could do without. Enjoy the foods that are special to the occasion and skip the ones that are available to you on a regular basis.
  2. Don’t Skip Meals: Just because you plan to indulge in a holiday feast doesn’t mean you should skip the meals leading up to it. This will make you overeat and take in more calories overall. It’s also helpful to have a healthy snack before a holiday party so you’re not overly hungry going into an already tempting situation.
  3. Don’t Let Your Physical Activity Decline: The holiday season is the perfect time to be active with your loved ones. Maintaining or even increasing your physical activity this time of year can help prevent that unwanted holiday weight gain.
  4. Stay Hydrated: It can be easy to forget to drink water during the hectic holiday season, but it can help you avoid overeating so you can feel your best. It is recommended to drink six to eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
  5. Eat Fruits and Veggies: Focus on the abundance of fresh, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables that are in season this time of year. For instance, squash, pumpkin, spinach, kale, sweet potato, apples, and cranberries are all in season and can add some color to your holiday festivities.
  6. Bring Healthy Dishes: Invited to a party? Offer to bring a healthy dish and incorporate one of these healthy holiday foods.
  7. Go Easy on Yourself: If you slip-up, don’t beat yourself up. Get right back to eating healthy with your next meal.

The holidays are about celebrating and connecting with the people you care about. When you focus more on the fun, it’s easier to focus less on the food.

For more healthy holiday eating tips please register below for one of our free “Healthy Holiday Eating” classes.

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How to Access a Family Member’s Portal Using One Email Address

As we transition to our new medical records software, many of you have asked about accessing a family members’ medical records. For example, if you only have one email for both you and a spouse, are you able to access both records using one email account.

The answer is Yes!

To do this, you must first register your account using your email address. Next, call your care center and ask to be added as a “Family Member” to the person’s account that you would like to have access to with the same email account. With their permission, we can add you to their account.

This will allow you to view both accounts using one email address and one portal login.


How to Register for New Patient Portal

Today, we upgraded our medical records and patient portal technology so that we can continue to provide the highest levels of care. This change will impact your next patient appointment, as well as how you use the patient portal.

To make this transition as smooth as possible, we kindly ask that you complete the following steps below to re-register your patient portal account. If you cannot access a desktop computer, please call your care center and we will gladly hep you create your new account.

We apologize for this one-time inconvenience. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this exciting transition.

STEP 1: CREATE AN ACCOUNT USING A DESKTOP COMPUTER

From your desktop computer, visit TheVillagesHealth.com/portal-login. Enter your patient information into the required fields. Be sure to use the same information that we have on record for you. When you are finished, click “Continue.”

STEP 2: VERIFY

Request a temporary passcode to be sent to either your email address or phone number. Choose your preferred method and click “Send Code.”

STEP 3: RETRIEVE AND ENTER CODE

Check your email or cell phone for the 6-digit code. Enter the temporary passcode and select “Continue.”

STEP 4: CREATE NEW PASSWORD

Enter a new password. Check the box to accept the terms and conditions. Then click “Continue.”

You will now have access to your new online health record. You can also login to the portal at any time by visiting TheVillagesHealth.com/portal.


Frequently Asked Questions | New Electronic Medical Record Software

When will The Villages Health launch a new electronic medical records software and patient portal?

The Go-Live data for the new electronic medical records software, called Athena Health, will launch on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018.

Why is The Villages Health changing their electronic medical records software and patient portal?

The Villages Health recently celebrated five years. This milestone was an opportunity for us to evaluate many areas of our operations, including our technology, to continue to ensure we are doing our very best for our patients and our community. Electronic medical record technology is a key function of the organization. It gives us critical tools to provide seamless care so that we can keep people healthy and heal people quickly. During our evaluation, we recognized that our existing technology provider would no longer be able to support our growing organization, nor meet the needs of our patients. Therefore, we underwent an extensive search for a new technology provider and selected Athena Health.

Will there be any delay in service as a result of this transition?

The transition to a new software can be bumpy, but we are doing our very best to ensure a smooth transition. Our entire staff has been trained on the new software and prepared for go-live on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018.

During the first two weeks of the new software, we will have a reduced number of patient appointments to allow our staff extra time to adjust and serve our patients. We will also have between 2-4 software experts at each care center offering additional help and a central command center to provide support.

Will any information be lost during this transition?

No. Your entire medical record will be archived and we are confident it will not be lost during the transition.

Will my doctor still have any access to my medical records?

Yes. Your existing record is available to your provider in the form of an archive accessible within the new electronic health record.

Why do I have to bring my medication to my next appointment?

Your prescription medications will be transferred to the new electronic health record automatically, while over the counter medications and supplements will not. Furthermore, recent medical studies show that most patients start taking new medications or have stopped using old ones. Therefore, medication list records are often out of date.

While we do our best to keep medication records up to date during your visits, we believe it is in all of our patients’ best interest to review your medication one more time to doubly ensure we have the most up-to-date and accurate record for you.

This new software gives us the opportunity to complete a comprehensive medication check to ensure quality of care. This is how we can continue to provide the best care possible.

We apologize for the one-time inconvenience, but hope you will understand.

Will I still have access to my medical records on the old patient portal?

Yes. You will have limited access to your existing records using the old patient portal for the next six months, accessible at TheVillagesHealth.com/old-portal. However, starting November 27, 2018, there will be no new entries available through the old portal. All new entries will be in the new patient portal. You will only be able to review entries in the old portal for 6 months.

How do I access the new patient portal?

Since the portal is brand new, you will need to register a new account. We apologize for this one-time inconvenience.

If you have access to a desktop computer, you can register yourself online. If not, you can contact your care center and someone will gladly help you create your account.

Below are step-by-step details on how to register for the new patient portal using a desktop computer.

STEP 1: GO ONLINE TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT WITH A DESKTOP COMPUTER

On or after November 27, 2018, visit TheVillagesHealth.com/portal-login. Enter your patient information into the required fields. Be sure to use the same information that we have on record for you. When you are finished, click “Continue.”

STEP 2: VERIFY

Request a temporary passcode to be sent to either your email address or phone number. Choose your preferred method and click “Send Code.”

STEP 3: RETRIEVE AND ENTER CODE

Check your email or cell phone for the 6-digit code. Enter the temporary passcode and select “Continue.”

STEP 4: CREATE NEW PASSWORD

Enter a new password. Check the box to accept the terms and conditions. Then click “Continue.”

You will now have access to your new online health record. You can also login to the portal at any time by visiting TheVillagesHealth.com/portal.

Who do I call if I need help registering for my patient portal?

If you have attempted to register for the portal using the directions above and are unsuccessful in creating a new account, please contact your local care center.

Brownwood Care Center
352-674-1790

Colony Care Center
352-674-1710

Creekside Care Center
352-674-1760

Mulberry Grove Care Center
352-674-1750

Pinellas Care Center
352-674-1720

Santa Barbara Care Center
352-674-1740

Specialty Care Center
352-674-8700


5 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

According to the CDC, “more than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or pre-diabetes.” Diabetes occurs when your body cannot produce the correct amount of insulin in order to maintain a normal glucose level. There is not a cure for type 2 diabetes, but there are many ways to prevent and manage the condition.

  1. Maintain a Healthy Weight: Being overweight is one of the main risk factors for developing diabetes. Every pound you lose reduces your risk substantially.
  2. Make Healthy Food Choices: You want to practice healthy food habits, like eating 5 total servings of fruits and vegetables daily. You also want to eat plenty of fiber. Fiber improves blood sugar control. Whole grains also help maintain blood sugar levels.
  3. Drink Plenty of Water: According to the Mayo Clinic, adequate daily water intake for men is about 16 cups and for women is about 12 cups. Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages like soda and juice because they are linked to obesity and diabetes.
  4. Go Outside and Exercise: Physical activity helps you lose weight, lower your blood sugar and boosts your sensitively to insulin. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors and walk daily for 30 minutes.
  5. Get a Good Night’s Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Poor quality of sleep and sleep deprivation can increase your risk for diabetes and obesity.

If you practice these tips, you are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.


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