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Living Well: Stay healthy as you age

Healthy habits are key.

Taking care of your body is the key to good health at every age. It can help slow down or even prevent problems that often come with getting older. And even if certain diseases run in your family, you can still enjoy your golden years. It’s never too late to start good habits

Here are some tips for staying healthy as you age:

  1. Staying active: Regular physical activity keeps your body strong and helps you feel better. It also makes you less likely to get depressed. You might want to think about walking, gardening or working out at the gym.
  2. Staying connected: Staying in touch with friends, family, and neighbors is good for your mental health. But try to take time for yourself, too. Spending 20 minutes a day just to relax is great for body and spirit.
  3. Staying sharp: Try to keep your brain active. Learn or do something new and different. Attend an educational workshop or learn a new card game. There are lots of fun ways to stay mentally sharp.

ActiveHealth Coach Tip:
Coach Jayne's healthy aging tip:

My tip for healthy aging is to eat a well-balanced diet to ensure you are getting all of the nutrients you need for your body to work in its prime! Some tips on healthy eating include:

  • Top your favorite whole grain cereal or oatmeal with fruits, seeds, or nuts
  • Use herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor your food
  • Buy frozen when certain vegetables and fruits are not in season

Jayne is an Onsite Health Coach for ActiveHealth. As a coach, Jayne enjoys motivating others to make healthy lifestyle changes. She enjoys helping people find what works best for them to maintain their changes for a better quality of life!

The information provided by ActiveHealth Management’s health and wellness programs is general in nature. It is not meant to replace the advice or care you get from your doctor or other health professional. If you have specific health care needs or would like more complete health information, please see your doctor or other health care provider.  ActiveHealth is a registered or service marks of ActiveHealth Management, Inc. © 2018 ActiveHealth Management, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Opioids are an important part of modern medicine that have improved the quality of life for millions of people. However, we find ourselves amidst an opioid epidemic that continues to escalate. Studies show that 11.5 million people misused prescription opioids1, with economic costs reaching $504 billion2.

In this webinar, join us to learn how to:

Identify and address the significant connection between behavioral health and the misuse of opioids
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Dr. Jonathan S. Rubens
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Ms. Nancy Slattery
Clinical Team Lead, ActiveHealth

Dr. Gianna Bryan
Clinical Pharmacy Manager, ActiveHealth

 

 

1 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Accessible at:https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DetTabs-2016/NSDUH...
2 Mortality in the United States, 2016 NCHS Data Brief No. 293, December 2017. Accessible at:https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db293.pdf

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2018 America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Institute & Expo

ActiveHealth Management participated in AHIP's Institute & Expo in San Diego, CA June 20-22, 2018 . This year’s Institute brought together professionals from around the country to share solid ideas and build smart partnerships on topics ranging from population health to utilizing technology, data, and analytics.

Conference attendees connected with ActiveHealth representatives to learn more about the power of using evidence-based analytics to create winning solutions to help organizations improve the health of its population and achieve cost savings.

Improving the health and well-being of your population isn't always easy. The health care experience can be confusing and impersonal. We're here to change that. For more than 20 years, we've helped organizations like yours with:

  • Evidence-based population health solutions
  • Advanced clinical analytics to drive specific engagement
  • Highly personalized, targeted and simple member experiences

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Improving Engagement with Wearable Devices

Curious about whether or not a fitness device is good tool to help you reach your fitness goals?

The jury is still out on the long term effectiveness of wearable fitness devices across a broad population. We all know someone who had a device, used it religiously for a while and then lost interest. However, we are starting to see statistics stating that a majority of employees continue to use their fitness devices six months after their employers launch their wellness program.

According to our head of customer engagement, she personally is happy to report that she is one of those people who has worn a Fitbit for more than four years.

Her motivation to start wearing a device was curiousity, "I was curious about how much activity I was actually getting. As it turns out, the answer was ‘not much’. I was only averaging about 2,000 steps during the work day. I learned that I was hardly moving at all during the daytime hours and I was getting most of my activity in at the gym in the evening. If we believe that sitting is the new smoking, I was well on my way to poor future health".

She found that wearing her Fitbit helped her figure out how to get at least 10,000 steps per day, it also helped her change her routine so that she was getting more activity throughout the day. "I try to get 500-600 steps per hour while I am working during the day. That means changing things up – I now look for opportunities to move! Sometimes, I walk in place while participating in a conference call. My one-on- one meetings with my team have become walking meetings. I take the long route to the bathroom and I park my car in the far corner of the lot. I also take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible". She also found ways to build in opportunities for what she calls "bonus steps” - such as offering to take the trip to get things other people need. Another key to her long-term use of her device - her close circle of friends and family members who wear devices as well. This has afforded many great opportunities for friendly competitions to see who accumulates the most steps.

Overall, she has found that her Fitbit and daily activities are now habits for her, "I feel great and will continue to track my activity so that I contribute to my best possible future health. I do believe that we are seeing the beginning of a broader trend that will likely continue to have an impact on improving overall health. Whether is it a wearable device or an app used with a smartphone, individuals are waking up to the need to move".

Interested in how wearables can be an effective tool to help engage employees in healthier habits? Download our tip sheet to find out how wearables are being used in wellness programs and a quick guide to some of the most popular devices and apps.

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Webinar: Engage Members through Data and Analytics

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When it comes to improving health and well-being, using data and analytics offers insight, but the collected data needs to go beyond just knowing how members prefer to be contacted, or what conditions they have or what medications they take. Harnessing the combined power of rich data, advanced analytics and consumer-facing tools creates more opportunities to promote better health and drive meaningful engagement.

In the new era of engagement, consumers yearn to play a more active role in their health. To keep pace with these demands, and to have a real effect on improving health outcomes and decreasing costs, population health and wellness solutions need to fulfill the unmet needs of the health-activated consumer. In this session, learn how harnessing the combined power of rich data, advanced analytics and consumer-facing tools creates more opportunities to promote better health, drive meaningful engagement and decrease costs.

Watch the on-demand webinar to learn how:

  • Data analytics play a key role and provide value in identifying potential clinical risks, gaps in care and opportunities for member health improvement
  • Data and analytics-driven personalized care plans help members achieve their best health
  • The integration of rich data, advanced analytics and consumer-facing tools paired with population health and well-being programs drive engagement and sustained behavior change