Mercy Health Physician Kent Robinson, MD Notes Four Steps to Healthier Living as Part of Minority Health Month Observance

(CINCINNATI; April 20, 2016) – Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, offers the following four steps to healthier living from Mercy Health Physician Kent Robinson, MD to mark April’s Minority Health Month observance.

“In April 1915, famous African American leader Booker T. Washington argued that health was the key to progress and equality, saying ‘Without health and long life, all else fails,’” notes Kent Robinson, MD, who practices from Mercy Health — Avondale Internal Medicine. “One hundred years later, his words are just as important. Minorities today continue to face a higher risk of developing many health problems, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease." 

Dr. Robinson notes that taking by just four steps and encouraging their loved ones to do the same, people and improve their health and that of their family and the community.

One - Make one small change a day. Healthy habits can significantly reduce your risk of many diseases. To stick with it for the long haul, start small. You can, for example:
• Substitute one unhealthy snack with a piece of fruit, or flavor your dinner with garlic or chili powder instead of salt, which can increase your blood pressure.
• Schedule 10 minutes of "moderate" to "vigorous" aerobic activity into your day to boost your heart health. You'll know you're working hard enough if you're too winded to carry on a conversation.
• In addition to nutrition and exercise, it's important to manage your stress. Find healthy ways to unwind and unplug, and aim to go to bed a little earlier.

Two - Check in with your doctor.
• Many of us take our car in for regular tune-ups but can't remember the last time we had a check-up with our doctor. But preventive maintenance is the key to long-term good health.
• Schedule an appointment to find out what tests you need, and how often. This includes screening for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and various types of cancers.

Three - Kick the habit.
• Avoiding cigarettes and other tobacco products is a difficult battle for many people. According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of African Americans who smoke cigarettes is higher than the national average. Beating this addiction has many rewards, including a drastically decreased risk of heart disease, cancer and countless other health conditions.

Four - Reach out.
• In many ways, it takes a village to stay healthy. Start by asking your parents, children, aunts, uncles and grandparents if they have experienced any health problems. Since some conditions run in the family, this knowledge can help you and your doctor determine if you might benefit from additional testing or other precautions.
• You'll also benefit from getting others involved in your healthy habits. Studies have shown strong support networks are important for lasting change. As Mr. Washington said, "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."

Dr. Robinson practices from Mercy Health - Avondale Internal Medicine, located at 2135 Dana Avenue, Suite 400, Cincinnati OH 45207-1227. For more information on Dr. Robinson or to make an appointment, please call 513-585-9500.

To find a Mercy Health physician in your neighborhood, or to learn about the services provided at Mercy Health, please visit e-mercy.com/physicians.asp or call 513-981-2222.

Mercy Health is here to support our community's good health. Visit e-mercy.com for information on health screenings and nutrition, weight loss and quit smoking programs.