As we enter a new year, many people are making resolutions to live a healthier life. These resolutions may include eating healthier, exercising more or even quitting unhealthy habits. If healthy lifestyle changes are on your "to do" list this year, here are some tips to help you get started!
A healthy diet overhaul is one of the most common resolutions at the beginning of a new year, but it's a good idea to start with simple changes rather than changing everything at once. Some ideas include replacing unhealthy snacks with fresh fruits and vegetables, or swapping half of your grains (bread, pasta, rice) with whole grains.
Exercise is an important habit for everyone! Regular exercise can be the best medicine for your health and can help manage your weight, prevent or manage certain health conditions, manage stress, strengthen bones and muscles and more. A general rule of thumb is to get at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week to maintain health. If you need to lose weight, you'll want to aim for more. If you have any health limitations or conditions, you should always seek medical advice before beginning a program. Learn more about ways you can make physical activity part of your daily routine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Stress is a normal part of life, and can even be productive. However, too much stress can be harmful to your health. There are many simple stress management techniques that can help you deal with life's difficulties. Be sure to take care of yourself with a healthy diet and regular exercise, which can help better enable you to handle stressful situations.
Have a Wellness Visit with Your Network Provider
Knowing your health status and health risks is the best way you can manage your health now and in the future. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi's Healthy You! wellness benefit is specifically designed for your age, gender and stage of life to ensure you get the right health screenings at the right time. Learn more about the recommended screenings in the "be healthy" section of our website.
Be Rx Smart
Making wise choices when it comes to prescription drugs is one of the most effective ways to help manage healthcare costs. If your Network Provider decides you need medication to treat a condition, ask for a generic or other low-cost alternative. You can find lower cost alternatives to medications you may be taking in the "My Rx" section of our myBlue member portal. You can log in to myBlue or get started by registering today!
Quitting tobacco is among the most popular resolutions, and one that can benefit your health the most. Work with your Network Provider to develop your own personal plan to quit. Create a support system of family, friends and other resources to help improve your chances for success. The health benefits begin almost immediately and your health continues to improve over the years. Learn more in the 'be tobacco-free' section of our website.
At Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, we wish you a healthy and happy new year!