Emphasizing Health & Telehealth in the Spring

Emphasizing Health & Telehealth in the Spring

As the daylight hours lengthen and the weather warms, going for an outdoor walk is a great way to stay healthy and fit. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends walking as an effective method of low impact exercise. Walking is beneficial and accessible to people of all ages while requiring no special equipment or membership costs. Intense and low-impact aerobic exercise for 150 to 300 minutes a week have both physical and mental benefits.

Physical benefits include:

  • Increased cardiovascular health;
  • Improved respiratory health;
  • Strengthened muscles and joints;
  • Boosted immunity; and
  • Weight management aid.

Mental health benefits include:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety;
  • Improved mood and emotional well being;
  • Enhanced cognitive function;
  • Reduced risk of cognitive decline and dementia; and
  • Better sleep patterns and quality.

As the opportunities to walk outside arise, allergy symptoms may become more frequent. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention finds that a quarter (25.7%) of adults have seasonal allergies. To manage these, check allergen counts before going outdoors, shower after being outdoors, wash bedding weekly and clean HEPA filters regularly. If you have strong allergy symptoms, consider using a telehealth service for relief.

 

Telehealth

Telehealth can provide remote access to general health, dentistry, counseling, physical therapy, and other practices. Telehealth also provides different methods of receiving care, which may include:

  • Live Videoconferencing (Synchronous): Live, two-way interaction between a person and a provider using audio and vision telecommunication technology.
  • Store-and-forward- (Asynchronous): Transmission of health history through an electronic communications system to a practitioner. A practitioner will use this data to provide an evaluation at a later time.
  • Remote Patient Monitoring (RMP): Personal health and medical data collected from an individual in one location via electronic communication which is sent to a provider in a different location.
  • Mobile Health (mHealth): Health care, public health practice, and education that is used by mobile devices. These range from targeted text messages to promote healthy behavior, to wide-scale alerts about disease outbreaks.

Whether it’s walking outside or using a telehealth service, be sure you are putting your health first this spring.