Sun Risk Management Blog
Live Well, Work Well – May 2016
Only 3 Percent of Americans Live a Healthy Lifestyle
A study by researchers at Oregon State University found that the overwhelming majority of Americans do not live a healthy lifestyle. The study measured how people followed four healthy characteristics: moderate exercise, a good diet, not smoking and having a recommended body fat percentage.
The target for exercise was 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. Blood samples confirmed whether a person was a smoker, and body fat was measured using X-ray technology. A good diet consisted of consuming foods suggested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
These measures are important because they reflect a lower risk for heart disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes. This study indicates that Americans still have a way to go in adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Physicians Urged to Think Twice Before Prescribing Opioids
Since 2000, the rate of deaths from opioid overdoses has increased 200 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC estimates that approximately 40 Americans die each day from opioid overdoses.
Recognizing this growing problem, the CDC recently released new guidelines urging physicians to avoid prescribing opioid painkillers for chronic pain, noting the risks of these drugs outweigh the benefits for most patients. These guidelines are aimed at primary care physicians, who prescribe nearly half of opioids, and do not apply to physicians treating patients with cancer or end-of-life care.
Instead of opioids, the CDC encourages physicians to prescribe other treatments like exercise, physical therapy and meditation. Studies have found that these methods often work better than opioids for the vast majority of people with chronic back pain.
In addition, in March, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will now be requiring a “black box” warning on painkillers highlighting the risk of abuse, addiction, overdose and death. These warnings will be for fast-acting or immediate-release versions of opioids, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone.
The “black box” warning aims to teach doctors about the risks of prescribing opioids. The FDA also encourages pharmacists to provide patients with a medication guide for opioids that clearly explains the risks of these drugs, so patients can make more informed choices about their health.
STRAWBERRY MANGO FETA TOAST
Peel and pit mango. Dice ¾ of mango and ¾ of strawberries, and place in a large bowl with feta cheese. Put remaining fruit, ¼ cup basil, vinegar and oil in a blender and blend well.
Pour blended vinaigrette over fruit-feta mix and toss gently.
Chop remaining basil leaves, toast bread slices and cut each slice diagonally.
Top toast with dressed fruit-feta mix and chopped basil.
Makes: 4 servings
Nutritional Information (per serving)
Total Calories 240
Total Fat 8 g
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month