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LifeTimesYour guide to lifelong health - January 2013

Monthly Focus

Traumatic Brain Injury:

Take That Bump on the Head Seriously

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are common head injuries most often related to falls or vehicle accidents. They can range from severe to mild, but even the mild ones can have serious effects. The good news is that many fall-related TBIs can be prevented by wearing a simple piece of safety equipment: a helmet.

Each year, an estimated 1.7 million Americans have a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Falls account for over a third of all TBIs. They cause half of TBIs among children 14 and under and 60 percent of TBIs for adults age 65 and older.

— Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010

Health & Wellness

Avoid Mistaken Identity: Keep Poisons Out of Reach and Out of Sight

Many chemical products and medicines found in our homes look a lot like some foods and drinks. Adults and children alike are at risk for poisoning from household items. Poison Prevention Week, March 17-23, is a good opportunity to take the time to look around your house for potential problems. How can you keep your home safe?

Quick Bites: The Man Who Brought Beans to Dinner

Award-winning cookbook author Mark Bittman spills the beans on nutritious, versatile legumes. Have them as a side or main dish for a tasty, healthy change to your mealtime routine. Bittman shares tips for easy prep and one of his favorite recipes.

Resources & Tips

What Is Health Care Reform?

There are changes happening in health care and how health insurance works. You may already be experiencing some of these changes, and more are on the way. Find out what changes you can expect in 2013 and 2014.

Be Smart. Be Well. Examines the Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury bsbw

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) impacts some of your most basic functions — your ability to think, feel, touch, speak, see and remember. TBI can change who you are at every level. BeSmartBeWell.com brings you the story of Josh, whose TBI has changed his life forever.

Tired? Get Sleep Tips to Help You Snooze

Do you tend to get enough sleep? Skimping on beauty rest is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and depression. But better sleep can be yours!

In March, you can find tips to boost your Zs and find out how sleep impacts your overall health. Connect to our Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages to learn more. Feel free to ask us a question or make a comment. We are always happy to hear from you!

Your Life

BCBS Member Combined Fitness Training and a Worthy Cause

For Kevin Strawbridge, taking part in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer events was a win-win. He was raising money for an important cause and supporting his family members and others who face cancer. And he created his own walking program to train for the event and increase his fitness level throughout the rest of the year, too. Get inspiration and ideas from Kevin for starting your own walking program.

On Track for Health and Wellness: Super Supper Swaps Deliver Taste in Less Time

With a little help from your friends, making nutritious, delicious family dinners can be faster, easier and more fun. Blue Cross and Blue Shield member Clare joined forces with a friend to put a variety of healthy, homemade meals on the table at dinnertime. How does a dinner co-op work?

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