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LifeTimesYour guide to lifelong health - June 2013

Monthly Focus

Calling All Men: The Case for Clean Eating

Men’s Health Week is the right time to take a look at your eating habits. Consider the case for coming “clean” with your daily diet with these tips for better nutrition.

The antioxidant lycopene found in tomato products is good for prostate health. Consider eating tomatoes and tomato-based foods like pasta sauce once a week. In addition, aim for at least two cups of fruits and two and a half cups of vegetables each day.

Health & Wellness

Help Save Lives — Donate Blood Today

More than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day in the United States. And most people know donating blood is important. But one mom found out first-hand just how much it means when her baby’s delivery took a turn for the worse. Read her story and learn how you can help save others.

Quick Bites: Choosing Which Foods to Eat and When for Race Day

With summer kicking into gear, many people are signing up for all kinds of sporting events and races. Do you know what you should eat on race day to help you perform at your best? Get our tips for how to eat for top performance while training and on event day.

Be Smart. Be Well. Presents Safe Teen Driving Day June 20bsbw

Be Smart. Be Well. is giving parents advice and helpful tips to help teen drivers become safe drivers. Thursday, June 20, 2013, is the day before summer officially starts. It also means that the 100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers are in full swing. For the second year in a row, Be Smart. Be Well. invites you to make Thursday, June 20, Safe Teen Driving Day. Experts in the field explain how to keep teens safe behind the wheel.

Resources & Tips

Understanding the Affordable Care Act: the Health Insurance Exchange

The health insurance exchange (also known as the health insurance marketplace) is one of the changes on the way from the Affordable Care Act. By Jan. 1, 2014, most Americans will be required to have health insurance. This online exchange is intended to help make buying health insurance easier. How will the exchange work?

Check Out the New eCards for Health® Website

Want to brighten someone’s day and reinforce healthier behaviors at the same time? Check out the new and improved eCards for Health.

Join Our Home Safe Home Social Media Campaign

Safety begins at home. Is your home safe? Explore our social media pages to learn ways to keep yourself and your family safe. And submit a photo for a chance to win a prize! In June, connect to our Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages for weekly hazardless home tips, images and questions. Feel free to ask us a question, make a comment or direct message us. We are always happy to help!

Community Corner

BCBS Releases 2012 Social Responsibility Report

Our 2012 Social Responsibility report describes how Blue Cross and Blue Shield and our local community partners made significant progress reaching at-risk children in our state. We have included videos in the report this year to help tell a richer story. We invite you to take a few minutes to review our 2012 Social Responsibility Report.

Your Life

Adding New Healthy Habits Helped BCBS Member Get Off Her Medicine

Amy Brooke wanted to add a more active hobby to her life, so she took up running. Little did she know when she started that it would eventually lead to such an improvement in her health that her doctor would do something she had never done before — take a patient off her cholesterol medicine. How did Amy do it?

On Track for Health and Wellness: a Vacation from Exercise?

The time is near for Clare’s obstacle course mud run. She’s been training hard for months, but now she may need to slow down to ramp up for the event. The body needs a break in the routine to perform at its best and avoid injury. But that doesn’t mean she has to stop exercising. What should Clare and other athletes do on their “off” days?
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