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LifeTimesYour guide to lifelong health - May 2014

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Mental Health Is an Important Part of Total Health

Many mental and behavioral health issues don’t just affect our minds. They can also have a big impact on our physical health. So if you know or suspect that you have a mental health disorder or an issue like anxiety, depression or substance abuse, don’t just let it go or try to deal with it on your own. Get the help you need.

People with serious mental illness face an increased risk of chronic medical problems. Adults living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans, largely due to treatable medical conditions.

National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2013

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Molly’s Story: How One Woman Learned to Manage and Live with an STD

When Molly was diagnosed with herpes at age 23, she thought she would never have another relationship. However, after learning how to properly manage her condition, her perspective changed. Watch Molly’s story and learn how to protect yourself and others.

Swimmingly Simple Exercise Can Ease Arthritis Pain

Is exercise good for arthritis? Yes! The right kind of exercise can actually ease arthritis pain and other symptoms. And exercising in water can be an especially good option. Learn the best types of water exercises to do and take our poll to see how much you know about arthritis risk factors.

Too Many Emotions. Not Enough Words.

Fact: You will not have a healthy body if you don’t also take care of your mind. So let’s talk about ways to inspire positive thinking. Check out our social media pages this month to learn how to identify mental health problems and get tips for boosting feelings of well-being and inner strength. Yes, mental health is that powerful!

Connect to our Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages for health and wellness information, videos and infographics for you and your family. Have a health question, comment or just want to learn something new? Start engaging with us in our online communities.

Your Benefits & Coverage

Member Voice: Nadjea’s Story —
‘I Needed an Emergency Cesarean’

Nadjea, a Blue Cross and Blue Shield member, was pregnant with her first child. “I started having violent tremors, and my daughter’s heart rate actually went down very, very low.” Watch Nadjea’s story and find out how you can be in a Member Voice video.

Resources & Tips

eCards for Health®: Find a ‘Sole’ Mate and Start Walking

Did you know May is National Physical Fitness Month? Why not celebrate by sending this eCard to a sole mate and start a walking routine together?

Go Wild with Berries on eCards for Health®

Make berries the theme ingredient in your warm-weather dishes. Download the new Go Wild with Berries Wellness Screen Saver to your computer for tips on how to add healthy, delicious berries to your meals.

Simply go to ecardsforhealth.com to view and download the latest Wellness Screen Savers. You can also visit ecardsforhealth.com on your mobile phone or tablet to view the entire eCards collection.

Your Life

Member Sees Milestone Birthday as a Chance for a Do-Over

Jeffrey Plake couldn’t disagree more with those who say turning 55 means it’s “all downhill from here.” Jeffrey sees his 55th birthday as a new beginning rather than the beginning of the end. And he thinks life can be even better the second time around. Get Jeffrey’s tips for making sure you’ll have plenty of healthy time left for your second act.

On Track for Health and Wellness:
Fuel for Fitness

To snack or not to snack, that is the question. Should you eat before a workout, or are you better off with an empty stomach? Blue Cross and Blue Shield member Olman wants to know how to eat to fuel his workout without overdoing it.

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