Know Your Numbers for National Health Education Week

Healthy_LifeNational Health Education Week is upon us next week– and it’s time to make sure your important health numbers are right where they should be.

If you have prediabetes or diabetes, it’s especially important to keep your numbers in check. Even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms, you need to stay mindful of important numbers like your blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and weight. These figures can help you and your doctor keep an eye on your health and make important decisions about diet, exercise and medication.

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Teaching Your Kids the Best Ways to Respond To Bullies

Stop BullyingBullying is a national epidemic – and it’s one that parents and kids can work together on in order to solve. This year we’re honoring the ninth annual National Bullying Prevention month by sharing some important tips that you can use as a parent to help your child react to and resist bullying.

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Do-It-Yourself Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween party with children wearing fancy costumesIs Halloween a time for you to stretch your creative muscles? There are two distinct camps when it comes to costumes – those who like to buy and those who like to “DIY,” or Do It Yourself. If you fall into the second category and need some inspiration, fortunately, there are a lot of creative ideas to be found online!

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Light Up Your Night This Halloween

Group of Halloween pumpkinsEven though Halloween is one of the most popular holidays during the year, it’s also one of the most dangerous. Along with Fourth of July and Memorial Day, it’s in the top three holidays responsible for sending kids to the emergency room.

Whether you are staying at home and passing out candy or taking the little ones around the block, you can make your Halloween a lot safer by “lighting up.”

Once the sun goes down, there’s a lot of potential for injuries and accidents. By using light strategically on costumes or around your home, you can be sure that everyone has a safe and fun time.

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Tips for Fall Fitness

Help and support signpostWhen fall rolls around, a lot of people get ready for the “holiday weight gain,” which subsequently results in New Year’s resolutions that never get met. Instead of putting off your new fitness routine until the next year, you can get started now.

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Introducing The FHCP Flu Shot OPEN ACCESS Program

Doctor Smiling To Camera

Florida Health Care Plans has started a new flu shot program called OPEN ACCESS.

If a FHCP Primary Care or WorkForce Wellness Center is OPEN, then a member has ACCESS to a flu shot.

Click Here for a list of FHCP locations.

Please call the FHCP Flu Shot Hotline at 1-866-281-5812 for more information.

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Get Involved This Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Breast Cancer AwarenessAre you looking for something new beyond the typical race or marathon to do this October to raise awareness about breast cancer and prevention? There are many ways you can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer – and it’s never too late to lend your support to the cause. Supporting breast cancer research can help save lives.

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Get Involved with Your Child’s Fitness

father-son-playing-soccerGood health habits start at home and, if you’re a parent, you’re responsible for starting those habits for your children.

Children are at a higher risk for obesity and obesity-related diseases than ever before. In the past 40 years, obesity rates for children have increased fourfold. Whether or not you think your child might have a problem with obesity, it’s important to take an active part in their health.

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As We Age: A Guide to Care through Life’s Stages

Extended family in living roomNo matter what your age, there are steps you can take to help become healthier and make aging easier.

Eating well, exercising regularly and avoiding risk factors like drugs, alcohol and smoking may help you live a long and healthy life, but there are other preventative steps you can take as well. Understanding the types of preventative measures you should be taking now and throughout life can help you create a strong foundation for your health.

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What is Cholesterol and What is a Healthy Level for Me?

Atherosclerotic PlaqueCholesterol is a fat-like substance that exists in all cells of the body – no matter what your age or level of health.

Your body uses it to make hormones and other substances that help your body digest the food you eat. Although your body relies on the cholesterol it makes, you also take in cholesterol through the foods that you eat. This is where cholesterol can become a problem.

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