Minority Health Issues: 4 Steps to Achieve Equal Opportunity Health by Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP

Family Health
4 years ago
Minority Health Issues: 4 Steps to Achieve Equal Opportunity Health

Minority health is improving, but we still have a long way to go. For nearly every big health threat – from heart disease to diabetes to cancer – African Americans are disproportionately affected. Don’t let nagging health disparities affect your personal well-being! Here are four ways to take charge of your health:

  • Make healthy lifestyle choices. Focusing on a balanced diet, exercise, sleep and stress prevention can eliminate extra pounds and stave off potential health risks like diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke.
  • Emphasize risk reduction. You can’t change your genes, but you can lower your risk of diabetes by maintaining a healthy weight, exercising to avoid high blood pressure and quitting smoking to reduce your cancer risk, among other things.
  • Follow through with treatment regimens. Getting a diagnosis is only the first step. Many conditions are manageable but require a strict treatment plan to avoid serious long-term complications.
  • Find a provider you trust. Roughly 25 percent of African Americans don’t see a provider regularly, which is a problem because virtually every major health risk requires early detection for a positive long-term prognosis.

The information on 30Seconds.com is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

Related Products on Amazon We Think You May Like:

30Second Mobile, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Closing the Health Disparity Gap: The 3 Biggest Threats for African Americans

National Minority Health Month: Here's How Race & Good Health Are Connected

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Yoga for Kids: 3 Reasons Why Yoga May Help Kids Be More Successful

Have a Baby & Want to Practice Yoga? 5 Tips That Really Work!

Walking for Fitness: 7 Ways to Put More Variety & Fun Into Your Walks

Try Yoga for Strength, Flexibility & Relaxation! My Favorite Pose Is...