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The Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network (VHAN) welcomes you to Well Moment, a dedicated space where patients and families can learn from and talk directly to health experts about important and pressing health and wellness issues.

From webinars and podcasts to infographics and guides, VHAN provides the most up-to-date resources on a variety of health topics.

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A Parent’s Guide to Child and Adolescent Weight Management

More than 14 million U.S. children and teens—about one in six—live with obesity. Left untreated, obesity can lead to serious short- and long-term health issues, including cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. Obesity can also bring on mental health concerns, as children and teens suffer from the harsh and unfair stigma associated with being overweight. Our webinar will help you better understand the causes of obesity in young people and successful weight management strategies.

Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes: Know the Warning Signs and Steps to Care

The American Diabetes Association estimates that more than 37 million Americans have diabetes, representing more than 11% of the population. And 8.5 million of them are undiagnosed. If diabetes is not quickly diagnosed and managed, it can lead to loss of vision, kidney failure, heart disease, increased risk for infections and worse. In 2019, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

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How to Combat Pediatric and Adolescent Substance Use

Substance use disorder is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease—and it’s especially concerning when it affects young people. What may start as recreational drug use, prescription drug misuse or binge drinking can quickly turn into an addiction.

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Pharmacy Benefits: Cutting Through the Confusion

Though many employer health plans have a prescription drug benefit, not all health plans cover all drugs. And some drugs are only covered after you’ve tried a different, preferred drug first. Adding to the confusion are copays and deductibles—even separate deductibles for some drugs.

Coping Strategies for Combating Winter Stress

For many of us, the winter months can be difficult. Despite the promise of a joyous holiday season, the combination of hosting and attending multiple events, dealing with complex family dynamics and feeling lonely can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety. Wrapping up end-of-year projects at work can also feel overwhelming. Plus, the shorter, colder days in fall and winter can contribute to Seasonal Affective Disorder, a common type of depression.

Mental Health Support for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Though it’s perfectly normal to occasionally feel a little worried, anxious or even blue during pregnancy, you shouldn’t feel that way all the time. Up to 20% of pregnant women experience some degree of anxiety or depression, and research shows that a mother’s mental health can affect her baby while she is pregnant.

Caregiver Support

Caring for a friend or family member with a chronic illness or disability is a daunting task, and the work can feel all-consuming. Caregivers often neglect to take care of their own physical and emotional health, and they can feel so overwhelmed by the daily grind that they don’t reach out for help to lighten the load.

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Prioritizing Prevention

Though most of us are aware of how preventive care can reduce our risk of the three Ds—disease, disability and death—we may not fully know the types of health screenings and preventive opportunities that keep our bodies and minds in optimal shape.

Pediatric and Adolescent Eating Disorders

With a vast majority of those with eating disorders between the ages of 12 to 25, early intervention is essential to increase the chances of recovery and reduce long-term health implications. Do you know what to look for when it comes to the risks and warning signs of eating disorders in young people? 

Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents

Diagnoses of depression and anxiety are more common with increased age, and many children go without needed mental health treatment. Learn how to identify warning signs of depression, when to seek help for your child and how to come up with a mental health safety plan.

COVID-19’s Impact on Anxiety in the School Setting

Watch the recording below to learn about signs of anxiety in children and adolescents, practical coping strategies for children with anxiety, warning signs of behavioral health concerns, and home safety recommendations.

Cyberbullying and Internet Safety

Whether they are using social media or playing on gaming sites, children and teens are using computers and mobile devices more than ever before—increasing the chances they could face cyberbullying. Watch our webinar to learn how to engage your child in cyber safety discussions.

Development of Anxiety and Mood Disorders in Children

Around 17% of children and adolescents experience anxiety and mood disorders, with the likelihood that even more cases are going unreported. Watch our webinar to learn best practices when a young person in your life is experiencing the onset of an emotional, mental or behavioral disorder.

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