Obesity Rates in Kansas and Missouri

Obesity puts around 78 million Americans at an increased risk for a range of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. According to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, almost one in every three adults in Kansas and Missouri is clinically obese. The wild rates of obesity across the nation are nothing new. Better Policies for a Healthier America notes that obesity rates nationwide have stabilized, however, the stable level is much too high. Continue reading “Obesity Rates in Kansas and Missouri” »

STD Rates Continue to Skyrocket — Get Tested Today!

Federal experts say that the number of people in the US with one or more STD has reached an all-time high in 2016. The previous two years were also record-setting years for STDs — there is no end to the rise in sight. Continue reading “STD Rates Continue to Skyrocket — Get Tested Today!” »

September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month

This year marks 54 years of newborn screening in the United States. Throughout September, the newborn screening community rallies together around the principle that all babies deserve a healthy start.  Continue reading “September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month” »

Sexual Assault, STD Rates & Aftercare Action

April is Sexual Assault Action & Awareness Month, which provides an excellent chance to look at STD rates in sexual assaults. 18 percent of women and 1.8 percent of men in the US are victims of rape every year. Along with learning about important statistics, knowing the psychological and physical ramifications and seeking aftercare are important. Continue reading “Sexual Assault, STD Rates & Aftercare Action” »

3 Simple Ways to Stay Healthy at the Office

Spending eight plus hours a day staring at a computer for five days every week really takes a toll on your body. Sitting at a desk keeps your body burning the minimum amount of calories it needs to function, your computer can give you eye strain and neck tension. Humans aren’t meant to stay stagnant so long, but in today’s computer-driven work setting, it is nearly impossible not to spend all day sitting. Take in the tips below to keep up a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading “3 Simple Ways to Stay Healthy at the Office” »

How Can Women Prevent Top Health Risks?

Too often, women believe that many of their most common health risks are inevitable. The reality is that individuals have a great deal more control over their well-being than they think they do.
When women understand the health risks that are common to them, they can be more proactive about managing these risks.

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Are You at Risk for the Top 10 Causes of Death in the US? 

The National Center for Health Statistics recently released data concerning the top 10 causes of death in the U.S.

Being aware of these causes and the health risks for developing them is vital if you want to avoid becoming a statistic.

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Why Self-Directed Health Testing?

Many people nationwide, not just here in the Kansas City metro, will admit that regular well checks aren’t made much of a priority in their lives.

The busyness of daily life plus the high cost of healthcare — from co-pays, insurance premiums, and out-of-pocket costs — have kept people from doing the very thing that will save them money down the line: monitoring their health.

Test Smartly Labs of Overland Park has a solution. We empower you to pursue self-directed health testing at our Kansas City facility.

Here are some reasons why pursuing clinical testing without a prescription is good for your wellness.

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