posted by AHIP
on January 14, 2018
Many people set resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle. Weight loss, exercising and smoking cessation are among the top New Year’s resolutions, according to the Washington Post. Preventive care is key to maintaining these healthy habits all year-round. Taking advantage of preventive care coverage can lead to better overall health and well-being and lower medical costs.
Health plans across the country are encouraging the use of preventive care services to help their members get and stay healthy:
1. Increase physical activity: Regular physical activity—walking, running, hiking, biking—can control weight, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers, and strengthen bones and muscles, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Walking more is a simple way for consumers to get started.
Independent Health promotes this preventative measure by providing discounts on fitness classes and medical equipment for consumers. Discounts include group fitness classes as well as sessions with personal trainers.
2. Adhere to dietary guidelines: The latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends avoiding oversized portions, ensuring half your plate includes fruits and vegetables, and drinking water instead of sugary drinks.
CoreSource makes sure its members have access to both educational and lifestyle programs related to healthy eating and balancing nutritional needs. Resources include informational handouts as well as the opportunity for employers to create companywide initiatives with prizes for employees who reach certain nutrition goals.
3. Encourage smoking cessation: Smokers are more likely to develop heart disease, stroke and lung cancer as opposed to nonsmokers. CDC statistics also show smoking is responsible for about 90 percent of lung cancer deaths in women and men.
Recognizing the importance of smoking cessation, Humana developed programs for its Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) members that offer cessation programs for all forms of tobacco use.
Employers and health plans alike know how important preventive care is to improving a person’s health and wellness. Join the health insurance community in making a pledge to start the year on a healthy note.