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Food for your mood: Eat your way to happy

Nov 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Member Resources, Nutrition, Food and mood, Amino Acids

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Do not let the title of this article fool you.  I do not mean eating your way through the menu at McDonald’s or polishing off an entire pumpkin pie at an upcoming holiday dinner (but if wishing made it so). I’m talking about foods that help boost your mood.

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How to make the most of your health plan coverage

Oct 10, 2018 1:16:45 PM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Member Benefits, EOB, vaccinations, Plan Information, Insurance Terms, Member Resources

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Health care and health insurance is confusing and constantly changing.  It seems cliche to say that, but it’s true.  Which is exactly why you need to understand your health plan in order to maximize the benefits.  We’ve got some tips on how to do just that.

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Myths about mental health issues

Oct 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Mental Health, Brain Health, Healthy Living, Member Resources

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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), only 17 percent of adults in the U.S. are in “optimal mental health.”  In fact, it is estimated that one in five people deal with some kind of mental health issue—anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc—that impacts our daily life.

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The addiction of likes

Oct 9, 2018 8:29:19 AM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Member Resources, Mental Health, Addiction, Social Media

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No one can argue that social media—Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc—has changed the way we interact.  And now enter the iGen (short for iGeneration), the post-millennials who will be born never knowing a world without an iPhone or Facebook.  (Note: I still remember my first phone, affectionately called ‘The Brick’ which I carried to and from my car like a purse.)

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A guide to understanding a nutrition label

Sep 28, 2018 8:17:52 AM / by Jordin Tolman

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What does a box of cereal, a bag of pretzels and a jar of salsa have in common? The answer is a nutrition facts label. Most all food and/or food packaging requires a nutrition facts label, although there are exceptions for things like fresh fruits, vegetables and fish or edible products that have little to zero nutritional value (food coloring or tea, as an example). While most people look at the nutrition facts label, the real question is, do they understand it?

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Diabetes Care & UPREHS Benefits

Sep 24, 2018 2:59:11 PM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Member Resources, Diabetes, Member Benefits

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Type 2 Diabetes is a serious disease and is a growing health crisis in the U.S.  But in most cases, Type 2 Diabetes is preventable—or reversible.  By taking simple, common sense steps, you can manage your disease and prevent more serious complications.

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Your Member ID Card Explained

Sep 6, 2018 12:41:43 PM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Member Resources, Health Insurance ID Cards

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Ever wonder what all the information means on your health insurance card?  What phone number do you call? Why is there a BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) logo? Who is OptumRx?  We’ve got a complete explanation of what it all means.

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September is prostate cancer awareness month

Sep 5, 2018 11:12:59 AM / by Tamara Castellano

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month so all month long, we’ll be providing you with resources and information on screening, treatment, risk factors and symptoms.

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A new way to order prescriptions

Aug 24, 2018 9:02:13 AM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Depot Drug, Presciptions, Prescription Refills, Member Resources

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As of Monday, August 27, 2018, UPREHS members should start ordering prescriptions and refills directly on the Depot Drug website, www.depotdrug.com.  Here is some important information about this pharmacy ordering change.

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Health benefits of owning a pet

Aug 23, 2018 8:47:19 AM / by Tamara Castellano posted in Member Resources, Healthy Living, Pets

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Sunday, August 26th is National Dog Day—the four-legged kind not the one that goes in a bun.  In honor of that, and being a dog-lover myself, I thought I’d explore the health benefits of man’s best friend.

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