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LifeTimesYour guide to lifelong health - December 2013

Your award-winning health and wellness newsletter.

Monthly Focus

Technology Helps
Put the Brakes
on Drunk Driving

Although drunk driving has been declining over the last few decades, the number of accidents and deaths is still alarming. Technology now offers new weapons in the fight against drunk driving. From mobile apps to alcohol detection devices, new technology is helping make our roads safer.


Take our drinking and driving quiz and find out how much you know about this serious public safety issue.

It’s a myth that things like drinking coffee, exercising or taking a cold shower will help sober a person up. Only the passage of time will reduce the effects of alcohol.

— Michigan State University, “Basic Alcohol Information,” 2003

Health & Wellness

‘Mocktails’ Make for Safe Merriment

Drinking in moderation is always best for your health and safety. That can be challenging this time of year. “Mocktails” can help keep the fun going without the downsides of over indulging in alcohol. Get our recipes for festive non-alcoholic mixed drinks.

How to Beat the Holiday Blues

The holidays can often be a stressful time for a number of reasons. Be Smart. Be Well.® offers expert advice to help you manage stress and depression during the holidays. Get our five tips for beating the holiday blues.

Is that Toy Safe?

It’s that time of year again, and everyone is excited about holiday gifts! But how prepared are you? Before you head to the toy store — this month or at any other time during the year — make sure you do your toy safety homework.

In December, you’ll find weekly quizzes, fun facts and toy-buying tips to keep your kids safe and injury-free when you connect to our Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. Feel free to ask us a question, make a comment or direct message us. We are always happy to help!

Resources & Tips

The Affordable Care Act: What’s Changing in 2014

There’s been a lot of talk about the Affordable Care Act and all the health insurance changes that may come with it. Some of those changes are already happening, and there are more to come. Learn about what’s in store for 2014.

Your Life

Discovering a Love of Exercise Transformed Ginny Tipton’s Life

After 30 years of being overweight, Ginny Tipton finally had enough. A personal loss spurred her to stop eating to cope with stress. And meeting the activity challenges she set for herself made her feel so good that she became a personal trainer to help inspire others. How did Ginny go from a lifetime of obesity to becoming a triathlete and fitness trainer?

On Track for Health and Wellness: a Look Back and a Look Ahead

As the year winds down, Clare reviews her progress toward her mental and physical health and wellness goals and shares her family’s progress, too. As she passes the baton, we invite LifeTimes readers to share their own health and wellness questions.
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