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LifeTimesYour guide to lifelong health - August 2013

Monthly Focus

Calling the Shots: Getting Ready for Going Back to School

Back-to-school time is a great time to get immunizations up to date for the whole family. Take our instant poll and see how your family stacks up. Then read on to learn more about what you and your family need and when you need it.

Every year, immunizations prevent millions of deaths worldwide from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and measles. It is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions.

World Health Organization

Health & Wellness

Walk this Way to School — Safely

For many kids, walks to and from school have been replaced by car or bus rides. That means they’re less practiced in safe walking habits. And they’re getting less physical activity during a time when childhood obesity is on the rise. Some communities are working to bring back safely walking and biking to school. Learn how your community can, too.

Quick Bites: Finding Foods that Won’t Stress You Out

Giving in to stress eating may feel good at the time, but it will actually make you feel worse in the long run. Learn tips for getting a handle on emotional eating.

The What, When and Why of Immunizations

Immunizations protect millions of adults and children from potentially deadly diseases. That’s why it’s important to stay on track. Is your family up-to-date? In August, you’ll find weekly facts and tips on immunization schedules and recommendations, potential new vaccines, and why vaccines are key to your family’s health. Connect to our Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages for health and wellness information, videos, and quizzes. Have a health question, comment or just want to learn something new? Engage with us in our online communities.

Resources & Tips

Get Some Sleep: Your Health Depends on It

Why is sleep so important? How can you get better sleep?
Be Smart. Be Well.® breaks it down.

Community Corner

Texas Care Vans Ready for Back-to-School Immunizations

Across the state, the Caring for Children Foundation of Texas Care Vans®' are gearing up to immunize kids in time to start classes this fall. Find out when and where they’ll be in your area.

BCBSTX Helps Texas Kids Have It Made in the Shade this Summer

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) teamed up with KaBOOM! to add shade structures over playgrounds we helped build in El Paso, Houston, McAllen, San Antonio (pictured at right) and San Angelo. Hundreds of local volunteers helped build the playgrounds, and now 5,300 kids in those neighborhoods can keep playing all summer without being exposed to too much heat and dangerous UV rays. KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit that provides safe places for children to play within walking distance of their homes.

Your Life

Solve Your Exercise Commitment Issues with a Partner

When Grace Hardin convinced her reluctant husband, Paul, to join her in a bicycle adventure race 10 years ago, they didn’t know they were launching a yearly tradition and starting a training plan that would greatly improve their health. Learn how training together has made the difference.

On Track for Health and Wellness: Manage Your Stress

It’s normal to experience stress. Unfortunately, many of us have too much stress on a regular basis, which can lead to long-term health problems. Having a plan and more realistic expectations for yourself can help. Learn more ways to deal with too much stress.
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