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Healthy You

Have you gotten your flu shot?

As flu season ramps up, it is important to understand how getting a flu shot reduces your chances of getting the flu. Everyone 6 months of age and older needs to get a flu shot each year. The shot is especially important for people over 65 years old, pregnant women, and young children. Even after having the flu shot, make sure to stay healthy and protect yourself.

  •  Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.

Need to find a provider or pharmacy to get your flu shot? Click here to find a provider or location close to you.

Let us help protect you. Call Member Services today to schedule an appointment at 1-877-357-8797, Monday through Friday from 6AM to 6PM. We are here to help you stay healthy!

 

How to manage your diabetes during the holidays

You’ve figured out how to manage your diabetes on the day to day. Now the holidays are here! You may be wondering how to manage your diabetes while enjoying all your favorite holiday meals and treats.
While you should be able to indulge in your favorites, you want to make sure that you keep your weight and blood sugar levels under control. Use these tips to manage your diabetes while enjoying the holidays.

  • Stay on schedule – During the holidays, you and your family may enjoy meals earlier or later than normal. Make sure you plan ahead and know what time dinner will be served. You may need to have a snack at your usual meal time if you use injections or a pill to monitor your glucose levels. Nibble until it’s time to eat.
  • Stay active – Keep moving! Take a walk or play touch football with your family.
  • Make your favorite foods healthier – Try using less sugar in your desserts or substitute a regular item for the fat-free or light version.
  • Eat smaller portions – Make smaller plates and eat non-starchy vegetables.

 

What you need to know about holiday depression

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please go to the nearest Emergency Room. You can also call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. This service provides 24/7 confidential support at no cost to you.

Holidays are usually a time filled with fun, family, and friends. For some, it could increase feelings of sadness, loneliness, and anxiety. This is known as holiday depression. Some call it the “holiday blues”.

What causes holiday depression?

  • Stress
  • Being over worked and tired
  • Worrying about money
  • Not being able to be with your family or friends

How do I manage these feelings?

  • Limit alcohol – Drinking heavily can only make you feel more depressed.
  • Divide tasks – Split holiday tasks among family and friends to make sure no one feels stressed.
  • Be realistic – Make realistic expectations about what you can and cannot do. Don’t put all your energy into one holiday. Make time for yourself and enjoy the present!

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you are feeling sad or are having sad thoughts, talk to someone. Help is always available to you.