Has this ever happened to you?
You go for your routine check up at your doctor’s office and they tell you that your blood pressure is high? They say you need to get it down and if it’s not down when you come back for your next visit you will probably have to go on medication?
Have you ever been told by your healthcare team that you need to lose weight? Did they list off the things that being overweight can cause? Heart disease…high blood pressure…diabetes …even cancer. If so, were you educated on ways to loose weight? Weight loss education is key to preventing obesity.
When you leave from a visit at your doctor’s office do you feel like you have learned anything? Education is the number one way to help people achieve their health goals. When you get in your car after your office visit you should have a clear idea of the way your body works as well as a plan for what to do next.
Nurses are the front line of education for their patients. In fact, during every 12 hour shift the nurses at the hospital are required to note two different types of education that they provided to each of their patients. If you have the opportunity to sit down and talk with a nurse about your health….take it! Nurses are a goldmine of information and a reliable source of education.