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LifeTimesYour guide to lifelong health -July 2014

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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.

Resources & Tips

Want to Be Famous?

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) 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 BCBSMT 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!

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?
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