How Many Ways Do You Binge?

Binge Drinking Problems not Exclusive to College Students Researchers estimate 1,825 college students ages 18-24 die each year from alcohol-related injuries like car accidents, about 20 percent of college students meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and one in four college students report negative academic consequences from drinking including missing class, flunking exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall. But binge drinking isn’t exclusive to young adults. According to a recent CDC report, over 38 million adults binge drink an average of four times a month. The report also discovered those who make more than $75,000 are more apt to binge drink. Hitting close to home A Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)* conducted in 2015 in western Wisconsin identified alcohol abuse as a top health issue to be addressed in an implementation strategy to meet the community health needs in Pierce and St. Croix Counties. So what exactly qualifies as binge drinking? Well, for men, it means having five or more drinks in two hours; and for women it’s 4 or more drinks in two hours or less. “People don’t recognize binge drinking as problem because it’s not a daily thing,” says Chris Tashjian M.D. of Vibrant Health Family Clinics. They think, ‘I’m able to function at work and at home and I don’t need to have a drink every day so I’m fine,’ but then they finish a bottle or two of wine over the weekend.” Binge drinking is major cause for concern Overindulging in alcohol is actually the culprit behind more than 80,000 deaths in this country, and is the third leading cause of preventable deaths. “If...

Spring Valley Post-Prom Lock-In

Vibrant Health Family Clinics supports safe, alcohol and drug free events for graduating seniors. Congratulations Spring Valley High School seniors. Enjoy your Post-Prom Lock-in event on Saturday, April 23!...
Walk with a Doc Offers Route to Better Health

Walk with a Doc Offers Route to Better Health

(River Falls, Wisconsin) – April 28, 2016. Doctors with Vibrant Health are encouraging people to get outside and walk this spring. Vibrant Health is joining Walk with a Doc, a national campaign that gets doctors to host walks where people can ask them questions and learn how to get moving in a friendly, welcoming environment. The mission of Walk with a Doc (WWAD) is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. Doctors at Vibrant Health have taken it upon themselves to encourage people to get outside and walk for at least 30 minutes each day. According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity and walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can have the following health benefits: Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity Enhance mental well-being Improve blood lipid profile Reduce the risk of osteoporosis Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer Reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes Dr. Greg Miller is the physician champion who will be spearheading this important and nationally-recognized “Walk with a Doc” program locally. “I want to support our patients and our community and to make healthy lifestyle choices, and this is one of them. Get moving and finding a way to exercise that’s enjoyable,” said Dr. Miller. Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with...

Join us at local 5K on April 30

Join Vibrant Health at the FNBRF 5K! Early registration for #FNBRF5K ends on April 12th! Save yourself $5 and sign up today! http://bitly.com/2016fnbrf5k Follow our FNBRF5K event page for more info and...