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LifeTimesYour guide to lifelong health - March 2014

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Wide Awake in America

Although most people know that sleep is an important part of staying healthy, many of us still don’t get enough. What’s keeping us up? And how can we get the sleep we need? Get tips for better sleep habits and take our sleep instant poll.

Getting enough sleep contributes to a healthy immune system. It can also balance our appetites by helping regulate levels of certain hormones that play a role in our feelings of hunger and fullness.

The National Sleep Foundation

Health & Wellness

Quick Bites: Debunking Detox Diets

Advocates of popular detox diets or juice cleanses offer many promises about health and wellness benefits. These quick fixes sound too good to be true. Are they?

Women and Alcoholism: the Gender Gap Is Closing

Alcoholism is on the rise among women in the U.S. For many women, feelings of shame about their problem may prevent them from seeking help. Watch Be Smart. Be Well.’s new video featuring the stories of women who overcame their shame to seek treatment.

The ABCs of Getting Your Z’s

Did you know that the one-third of our lives we spend sleeping plays a direct role in how healthy, energetic and successful the other two-thirds of our lives can be? Sleep affects chronic disease, weight management, mental health and more.

Connect to our Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages to learn more about how sleep can help boost your health. Feel free to ask us a question or comment. We are always happy to hear from you!

Your Benefits & Coverage

Member Voice: Donna’s Story — ‘I don’t worry anymore’

Donna, a Blue Cross and Blue Shield member, has complicated health issues due to diabetes. She researched different health insurance companies to see who could provide the best care for her needs. Blue Cross and Blue Shield was her first choice. Watch Donna’s story and find out how you can be in a Member Voice video.

Resources & Tips

Sleep and Your Health: Reasons to Stay in Bed Longer

There’s a connection between good sleep and good health. Research shows that not getting enough sleep can increase the risk for many chronic diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression. To find out more about sleep, visit Be Smart. Be Well.® and®.

The Affordable Care Act: Minimum Essential Coverage

To avoid the individual tax penalty, the Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to have minimum essential coverage. What is minimum essential coverage?

Community Corner

BCBSTX Volunteers Help Build a Learning Garden

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas volunteers recently helped build a beautiful learning garden at a Dallas elementary school — in just one day! What’s a learning garden?

Your Life

Tower of Pisa Inspires Member to Maintain Her Health Transformation

A few years ago, serious health issues threatened Gloria Schwadron’s life. Learn what she did to get healthy and reach her goal of climbing the 297 steps at the Leaning Tower of Pisa twice in three years.

On Track for Health and Wellness:
Stop the Strain from Sitting

Blue Cross and Blue Shield member Krysta wants to know how to reduce the aches and pains that come from sitting at a desk all day. What can you do to feel better when you sit for so many hours a day?

Correction to February On Track for Health and Wellness Article

In our February article “On Track for Health and Wellness: Get in the Zone,” we incorrectly referred to the maximum heart rate formula as the target heart rate formula. The formula for determining a general estimate of the average person’s maximum heart rate is subtracting a person’s age from 220. Target heart rates are a percentage of a person’s maximum heart rate. For example, the target heart rate for moderate intensity activity is 50 to 70 percent of a person’s maximum heart rate.

Please note that these are general guidelines for those with no heart or other serious health problems. Some medicines can affect your heart rate, so talk to your health care professional if you regularly take medicine. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to learn more about maximum and target heart rates.

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.

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