Author Archives for TJ Elbert

Supporting Our Veterans

November 11, 2021 8:34 pm Published by Comments Off on Supporting Our Veterans

As we mark Veterans Day today, I hope each of us will take a few moments to reflect on the service and sacrifice of these brave individuals. Again and again, they’ve placed the greater good and duty to others ahead of themselves, spending time away from family and friends, missing major milestones and daily rituals, and putting their lives on the line. 2021 has been an especially challenging year for Veterans – the 20th anniversary of the attacks on Sept.... View Article


Healthcare Open Enrollment!

October 21, 2021 3:48 pm Published by Comments Off on Healthcare Open Enrollment!

Watch Dr. Todd Wisser of Evergreen Internal & Family Medicine at Arapahoe Peak speak on 9NEWS on the importance of open enrollment.


How to talk to your doctor

July 27, 2021 7:51 pm Published by Comments Off on How to talk to your doctor

  Make the most of your doctor’s visit. The relationship you have with your doctor is an important part of getting good health care. Planning ahead and being ready is key to a good patient-doctor partnership. Here are some tips to help you play an active role in your care plan. Make good lists Write lists and bring them with you to your doctor’s appointment. Here are things that are important for your doctor to know: Signs of any health... View Article


In-Person Health Care Appointments After COVID-19 Peak

June 16, 2021 8:16 pm Published by Comments Off on In-Person Health Care Appointments After COVID-19 Peak

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people put off in-person visits to the doctor’s office. They were able to do so because virtual visits allowed them to safely get the care they needed while avoiding the uncertainty and precautions that accompanied in-person visits, such as wearing masks, undergoing temperature checks and filling out screening questionnaires. Now, as the United States emerges from the pandemic – with more than 170 million Americans having received at least one dose... View Article


Project CURE

May 27, 2021 7:57 pm Published by Comments Off on Project CURE

Members of our OptumCare CO team volunteered at the Project C.U.R.E International Headquarters in Centennial on April 10. Project C.U.R.E—short for Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment—delivers life-saving medical equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics throughout the under-resourced world. They are the world’s largest distributor of donated medical relief. Our volunteers helped sort and organize supplies that will be sent to some of the 135 countries the organization serves. If you would like to donate your time, money, or... View Article


It’s Time to Rethink Heart Health

April 23, 2021 6:35 pm Published by Comments Off on It’s Time to Rethink Heart Health

On average, someone in the United States dies from cardiovascular disease (CVD) every 36 seconds, approximately 2,380 deaths each day, according to the American Heart Association. Each day, 405 deaths occur in the U.S. as the result of strokes, an average of one death every 3:33. More people die annually from CVD than from any other cause including cancer, COPD, diabetes, lung infections and the flu, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) 2021 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics. Consider... View Article


How to Combat Social Isolation

April 8, 2021 3:41 pm Published by Comments Off on How to Combat Social Isolation

Even before COVID-19 limited social contact with friends, family and colleagues, many adults experienced loneliness and depression due to limited contact with others. Now, a year after the pandemic forced many people into even greater levels of isolation, the issue of social isolation is especially prevalent in Americans over the age of 50. Despite the physical implications of a global pandemic, research shows the mental health stakes are high, too. A nationwide survey, commissioned by Barclays, found that half of... View Article


8 Ways to Reach a Healthy Blood Pressure

April 6, 2021 6:26 pm Published by Comments Off on 8 Ways to Reach a Healthy Blood Pressure

To take care of your heart, it’s important to know and track your blood pressure. Millions of Americans have high blood pressure, also called hypertension, but many don’t realize it or aren’t keeping it at a healthy level. For most adults, healthy blood pressure is 120/80 millimeters of mercury or less. Blood pressure consistently above 130/80 millimeters of mercury increases your risk for heart disease, kidney disease, eye damage, dementia and stroke. Your doctor might recommend lowering your blood pressure... View Article


National Doctors Day – Thank you!

March 30, 2021 6:22 pm Published by Comments Off on National Doctors Day – Thank you!

On Tuesday, March 30, we celebrate National Doctors Day. We want to express our heartfelt thanks to all of our incredible providers – doctors as well as our advanced practice providers – for your many contributions toward improving the lives of our patients and their loved ones. Your medical expertise, leadership and dedication to our team members, patients and communities helps us achieve our shared mission to help those we serve live healthier lives and to make the health system... View Article


6 Things to Know About GMOs

March 2, 2021 8:38 pm Published by Comments Off on 6 Things to Know About GMOs

  You may have heard of “GMO” foods before, but what you may not know is the science and purpose behind them. “GMO” is a common term used to describe foods that have been created through genetic engineering. A GMO (genetically modified organism) is a plant, animal or microorganism that has had its genetic material (DNA) changed using technology that generally involves the transfer of specific DNA from one organism to another. Although GMO foods are widely available to consumers,... View Article


How to Raise a Healthy Eater at Every Stage of Childhood

February 22, 2021 10:14 pm Published by Comments Off on How to Raise a Healthy Eater at Every Stage of Childhood

Daily food choices can have a profound impact on overall health and well-being. Not only do healthy dietary patterns help maintain good health, they also reduce the risk of chronic diseases throughout all stages of life. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 and nutrition experts agree it is vital to establish  healthy eating habits early and maintain them throughout childhood. “Research shows toddlers who eat a wide variety of foods are more likely to carry... View Article


The Best of Health Data and Health Policy Innovation

February 8, 2021 7:48 pm Published by Comments Off on The Best of Health Data and Health Policy Innovation

Join Kenneth Cohen M.D., Executive Director of Clinical Research, at the Health Datapalooza on Building System-Wide Efforts to Reduce Low-Value Care at the AcademyHealth virtual event. AcademyHealth is excited to once again offer the joint experience of the Health Datapalooza and the National Health Policy Conference (NHPC). Join us February 16-18, 2021 for three days of virtual, boundary breaking discussions about the latest and most important health policy issues facing our nation and the data and evidence that will drive innovation... View Article


A Fresh, Flavorful Take on Family Dinner

February 4, 2021 4:56 pm Published by Comments Off on A Fresh, Flavorful Take on Family Dinner

(Culinary.net) If your family ever gets stuck in a dinner routine rut, it can feel like you’re eating the same recipes over and over again. However, this fresh and unique recipe for Cuban Chicken with Salsa Fresca might inspire you to think outside the culinary box and give your family members the satisfactory flavor they desire at dinnertime. With fresh ingredients and a wholesome flavor, this meal is perfect to add to your dinner menu rotation. The chicken is full... View Article


Hearty, Wholesome Dishes to Support Immune Systems

January 28, 2021 4:56 pm Published by Comments Off on Hearty, Wholesome Dishes to Support Immune Systems

If feeding your family wholesome meals is a daily goal, keep in mind you can serve up tasty foods that also feed your immune system by including ingredients like mushrooms. With their earthy flavor, mushrooms – like many other fruits and vegetables – can also play a positive role in supporting a healthy immune system. Studies at Oregon State University concluded there are a variety of micronutrients important for supporting a healthy immune system. Consider that three of these nutrients... View Article


5 Ways to Help Prevent the Spread of Illness

January 26, 2021 5:02 pm Published by Comments Off on 5 Ways to Help Prevent the Spread of Illness

Keep your family safe and slow the spread of germs This year, as cold and flu season converges with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to take precautions to help prevent the spread of illness and infection both in and out of the home. The similarities between cold, flu and COVID-19 symptoms can be confusing, and a spike in the seasonal flu could place additional strain on already tight health care resources.  To help ease confusion and provide guidance, Dr. Darria... View Article


Make Heart Health Part of Your Self-Care Routine

January 21, 2021 8:42 pm Published by Comments Off on Make Heart Health Part of Your Self-Care Routine

Devoting a little time every day to care for yourself can go a long way toward protecting the health of your heart. Simple self-care, such as taking a moment to de-stress, giving yourself time to move more, preparing healthier meals and not cheating on sleep, can all benefit your heart. Because heart disease is largely preventable, focusing on improving your heart health is important. Heart disease is a leading cause of death for women and men in the United States,... View Article


5 Steps Schools Are Taking to Help Feed Children During the Pandemic

January 8, 2021 4:18 pm Published by Comments Off on 5 Steps Schools Are Taking to Help Feed Children During the Pandemic

Nearly 30 million children in the United States rely on school meals for a significant portion of their daily nutrition. Since the start of the pandemic, the number of food-insecure children has increased 20% to 1 in 4. Although many schools are operating remote or hybrid models, most are still open full-time for feeding students. An issue-framing report by GENYOUth, a national nonprofit dedicated to creating healthier school communities, addresses what’s at stake for schools today, progress that has been... View Article


New Year Nutrition

December 30, 2020 9:16 pm Published by Comments Off on New Year Nutrition

Take on 2021 with a sustainable, low-carb eating plan A new year brings with it new opportunities to better yourself in all kinds of ways, including your health. Start by evaluating your at-home menu to make sure it aligns with your nutritional goals. These recipes for Vegetarian Ramen Zoodle Bowls, Broccolini and Bacon Egg Bites and Flourless Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Atkins offer better-for-you options that fit within a low-carb lifestyle that can help you eat right... View Article


Building Children’s Emotional Resilience Amid Uncertainty

December 22, 2020 3:45 pm Published by Comments Off on Building Children’s Emotional Resilience Amid Uncertainty

For parents facing uncertain school schedules, new ways of working and concerns about the health and safety of their families, life in a pandemic is stressful enough. Add in the potential for children to feel overwhelmed or unable to cope with the unfamiliar and many families feel they are in no-win situations. Keeping children home can help minimize potential exposure to COVID-19, but limits their contact with friends and teachers. On the other hand, sending kids to a center or... View Article


Eat and Drink Smart to Fend Off Cold and Flu Season

December 10, 2020 4:17 pm Published by Comments Off on Eat and Drink Smart to Fend Off Cold and Flu Season

It’s no secret that a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies can deliver important vitamins and nutrients for better health, but many of your favorite foods can actually help support your immune system, too. In addition to precautions like avoiding people who are sick and washing your hands often, you can influence your immune system through what you eat and drink. Stay hydrated. Keeping well hydrated can be difficult during the winter months, especially if you spend most... View Article


An Easy Way to Make Your Holiday Healthier

December 8, 2020 9:16 pm Published by Comments Off on An Easy Way to Make Your Holiday Healthier

Planning your holiday menu? Dried cranberries are an ingredient found in many classic holiday recipes, but what you may not know is that they are packed with added sugars. Raisins, on the other hand, are naturally sweet with 0 grams of added sugars, making them a healthy alternative that can help enhance the flavor and nutrition of your favorite holiday recipes. Raisinsfit seamlessly into many family-friendly recipes, like traditional oatmeal cookies, stuffing and sweet breads. They also make for easy... View Article


5 Tips for Winter Travelers

December 4, 2020 9:42 pm Published by Comments Off on 5 Tips for Winter Travelers

Because of the pandemic, fewer Americans are taking to the skies, but a significant number likely plan to hit the roads to visit friends and family during the winter months. Whether a few towns over or a couple states away, many drivers will travel interstates, which are major logistics corridors often dominated by commercial trucks. According to the United States Census Bureau, there are approximately 3.5 million people working as truck drivers in the U.S. From keeping grocery store shelves... View Article


Seniors: Get Your Flu Shot – It’s Important!

December 1, 2020 3:47 pm Published by Comments Off on Seniors: Get Your Flu Shot – It’s Important!

Getting vaccinated for the flu is more important than ever. Not only will a flu shot help keep you and your family healthy, it can help reduce the strain on the healthcare system and keep hospital beds and other medical resources available for people with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This is no ordinary flu season; it’s a flu season amid a pandemic. With two dangerous viruses going around at once, it’s time for people to protect their communities by getting... View Article