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LifeTimesYour guide to lifelong health - February 2014

Your award-winning health and wellness newsletter.

Monthly Focus

Feeling Stuck in Middle Age? It Isn’t too Late to Get Moving

Shaping up in middle age lowers the odds for heart problems later in life. Even if you’re out of shape, you can still drop your risk for heart disease significantly by getting active now. Learn how you can take small steps to get more activity into your daily life. And take our instant poll to share what steps you’ll take toward a healthy heart.

Don’t be still for your beating heart. Your heart needs regular workouts to stay healthy. Aim for 40 minutes of moderate activity three to four times a week.

American Heart Association

Health & Wellness

Make a Date for Health and Wellness

The holidays are past, and we’re getting back into our everyday routines. Add health screenings and checkups to your routine this year. Find out what preventive care services you need this year and get them on your calendar.

The Tooth Hurts: Helping Kids Prevent Cavities

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. It’s time to brush up on the importance of children’s oral health. The best advice? Start teaching healthy habits early. And our crossword puzzle is a fun way to help kids learn about good dental habits.

Prevent Food Poisoning When Eating Out: Tips from Chef Vaughn

If you’re like most Americans, you eat out several times a week. Did you know that the risk of food poisoning is greater when eating out? Be Smart. Be Well.® offers five tips for preventing food poisoning when dining out from Ben Vaughn, celebrity chef and Food Network host.

Your Benefits & Coverage

Member Voice: Bill’s Story

After suffering two heart attacks and congestive heart failure, Bill was in a coma for almost a month. He says the caring support and customer service he received from Blue Cross and Blue Shield made a positive impression on him. Watch Bill’s story and find out how you can be in a Member Voice video.

Resources & Tips

Blue Access MobileSM: Your Member Information Is Just a Text Away

Have you ever gone to the doctor’s office and then realized you forgot your health insurance card? With Blue Access MobileSM, your information is a text away. Log in to Blue Access for MembersSM, click Settings and choose Preferences. Enter your mobile phone number and click Save Changes to opt in. Then the next time you need your ID card information, simply text “ID” to BCBSOK (222765) to receive it.

Get the Newest Wellness Screen Savers from eCards for Health®

Inspire healthy habits by downloading a Wellness Screen Saver from eCards for Health. What are the latest topics?

Community Corner

Olympians Host Festival to Inspire Wellness in OKC

Olympic gold medalists Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci will host the annual Bart & Nadia Sports Experience Feb. 21-23 in Oklahoma City. Come enjoy lots of fun indoor sports events and nutrition and wellness activities for the whole family.

BCBSTX and Texas Legends Celebrate Black History Night

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and the Texas Legends basketball team have joined together to celebrate Black History month by saluting those who have made major league contributions to their community.

Your Life

On Track for Health and Wellness:
Get in the Zone

We all know we need aerobic exercise to be healthy. But figuring out the best intensity level, or “zone,” can be confusing. Blue Cross and Blue Shield member Alissa wants to know what the different zones on aerobic exercise machines mean. How do you know which zone is best for you?

Members Share Tips for Making Healthier Choices

Let LifeTimes readers help you embrace a healthier lifestyle. Read about their best health improvement decisions.

Tell Us Your Story

Would you like to share a healthy tip or your personal journey to better health and wellness? LifeTimes would love to hear about it! If you have something to share, simply email your story to the editors of LifeTimes at And feel free to share your comments on the newsletter at the same email address.

Be sure to let us know how we can reach you. An editor will get in touch with you if we decide to publish your story or tip in a future edition.

Have a healthy day!

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