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LifeTimesYour guide to lifelong health -July 2014

Your award-winning health and wellness newsletter.

Monthly Focus

Let the Sun Shine In — But Only If Your
Skin Is Protected

With all the different sunscreens on the shelf, it’s hard to know which one to choose. Newer labeling makes it easier to decode the choices to help you find a sunscreen that will protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Learn how to read the new labels, get tips on being sun-savvy and take our sun safety instant poll.

Sunglasses aren’t just for looks. They’re the best way to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Damage from UV rays can cause cataracts and even lead to blindness. For maximum protection, look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Wrap-around lenses keep UV rays from getting in at the sides.

Prevent Blindness, 2013

Health & Wellness

Teen Driving: 5 Tips to Help Keep Your Teens Safe on the Road

It’s convenient for teens to be able to get themselves where they need to go, but it can also be dangerous. Teens are four times more likely to get in a car accident than adults. Fortunately, parents can take steps to make their teens safer on the road. Get tips for making sure your children become safe, smart drivers.

Less Stress, More Rest: Planning Your Summer Getaway

Does the thought of a family trip leave you worried you’ll need a vacation from your vacation? Take the stress out of family vacations by planning ahead for a getaway that will help everyone recharge. Get tips for fitting a break into any schedule and planning a vacation that’s more restful and less stressful.

Quick Bites: Wash the Rind to Leave Bacteria Behind

Refreshing, delicious melons are in season, and they’re good for you — maybe even better for you than you thought. Watch our new Quick Bites video series and read our tips on how to clean and cut some of summer’s best produce to avoid harmful bacteria.

Your Benefits & Coverage

Member Voice: Nutashia — ‘I Know My Needs Are Being Met’

From her own childhood illness to her son’s, Nutashia’s family has relied on Blue Cross and Blue Shield to be there for them. “For generation, to generation — from my mom, to me and to my son — Blue Cross and Blue Shield has been there,” Nutashia said. Watch Nutashia’s story and find out how you can be in a Member Voice video.

Need Specialty Care? Check with Your PCP First

All BlueLincsSM HMO members are required to contact their primary care physician (PCP) for preauthorization before seeking specialty care or treatment. Learn more about this process.

Prescription Drug Formulary Updates Are Available

Most BCBSOK health plans are subject to a prescription drug formulary. Get the most out of your prescription drug coverage — check the current formulary.

information privacy

How Does BCBSOK Keep Your Information Private?

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is committed to protecting your health information. Find out how we protect you.

Resources & Tips

Get Important Health Reminder Texts
from Blue Access Mobile

Did you know that Blue Cross and Blue Shield can send you reminders on your mobile device to check your blood sugar, take your medication or take your multivitamin? Just log in to Blue Access for MembersSM, click on Settings, then go to Preferences and opt-in to receive text messages.

Want to Be Famous?

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) will be handing over our Facebook cover photo to our members and fans because you inspire health! Join our monthly photo challenges by taking pictures of people or things that best reflect our weekly health challenges. Winners will be featured on our Facebook cover photo.

Submitting is easy. Just visit our BCBSOK Facebook page and keep snapping and sharing more pictures all day, month and year. There’s no limit on the number of entries per person. Get started now!

Community Corner

BCBSTX Aims to Help Fort Worth Residents Live
Longer, Healthier Lives

Sardinia, Okinawa and now Fort Worth. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and community partners in Fort Worth are bringing the Blue Zones® Project to the city to help residents live healthier, longer, happier lives. What’s a Blue Zone and how can this project help your community?

BCBSTX Sponsors HEB Body Adventure at the Witte Museum

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas recently celebrated the grand opening of an interactive exhibit developed by a community partnership to address unhealthy lifestyle habits. San Antonio residents and visitors can learn about nutrition, exercise and anatomy in a fun, engaging way.

BCBSTX Supports 2014 Bike Ride Across Texas

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) sponsored a 10-day Bike Ride Across Texas to support fitness and healthy living. Students and faculty from Hardin-Simmons University rode from Brownsville up through the Panhandle, encouraging everyone they met along the way to develop healthy habits.

Your Life

On Track for Health and Wellness:
Are High Intensity Extreme Workouts Safe?

Rope climbing, pull-ups and dead weight lifts are just some of the extreme workouts Lisa’s friends are talking about. But are these workouts right for everyone, or will Lisa be at risk for injury?

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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