Healthy Lifestyles – July 2021

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July 2021

Whether you’re exploring the woods, the beach or just your neighborhood park, summertime is a perfect time to connect with the great outdoors.

While we may be more inclined to kick back and relax during the summer months, relaxing safety practices could come with great consequences. Often referred to as “trauma season” by medical professionals, the summer months bring an increase in emergency room and urgent care visits. One Pittsburgh hospital reported a 58% increase in child injuries and a 30% increase in adult injuries during the summer vs. the winter months1.  Luckily, you can easily prevent and treat some of these summer injuries with the right preparation. Here’s a list of Summer First Aid Essentials2:

  • A water bottle for cleaning wounds and for treating dehydration
  • Benadryl for treating insect bites, hives and other allergic reactions
  • Numbing spray for treating burns and painful cuts
  • Alcohol wipes and Band-Aids
  • Tweezers and a small magnifying glass for removing splinters

Sources:
1https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2014/05/09/Hospital-fun-in-the-summertime-Summertime-means-weathering-more-injuries/stories/201405090080
2https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/First-Aid-Supplies-for-your-Car.aspx


Check out these online resources and Apps

QSun: With daily UV forecasts, this app gauges how long you can stay outside before getting a sunburn. It also recommends how much sunscreen to apply based on your size and clothing choice, highlighting key features of your specific sunscreen via barcode scanning.

AllTrails: Hike, Bike, & Run (iOS and Android)
Discover new hiking, biking and running trails throughout the world. Filter for trails that are best suited for your fitness level using crowdsourced trails from the AllTrails community, which includes reviews and photos.

Click here to discover new hiking, biking and running trails throughout the world!


Re-Entry Anxiety

Feeling anxious about ‘getting back out there”? You’re not alone, read the article from  the ADDA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) linked below for tips on how to manage re-entry anxiety.  10 Tips to Manage Re-entry anxiety


Financial Wellbeing

Welcome to Principal, Covenant Care’s new financial wellbeing and 401K partner 

Free Webinar Series – Webinars are held the third Wednesday of every month, 9 a.m. PST
Financial education in under 30 minutes

Your financial goals are unique and so is your path to get there. Our award-winning* webinar series is here to help along the way. In less than 30 minutes, you can learn more about a financial topic that matters to you.

Register for an upcoming webinar or catch up on your time with a library of replays.

This month’s Webinar

Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 9:00 a.m. PST

Why You Need a Will and How to Create One

If you have assets, financial accounts, children, or all of the above and then some, a will is important to have. Yet, only 33% of adults have one in place.Join us for the July webinar and learn the importance of a will, six simple steps you can take to create one, and how protect your retirement savings and other funds. Register today and learn how to help ensure your wishes are known and secure your loved ones’ financial future.

Register for this webinar

Can’t make an upcoming webinar? View a replay anytime at Principal.com LearnNowOnDemand

Winner of the 2020 IMEA Star Awards, Participant Webinars, Experiential Education category, large asset level.

Topics and dates are subject to change.

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Healthy Eating

Watermelon-Lime Refresher

Ingredients

    • ¾ cup can sugar (or use Monkfruit sweetener for a lower sugar alternative)
    • ½ cup water
    • ¼ cup chopped peeled fresh ginger
    • 10 cups diced watermelon
    • ¾ cup fresh lime juice
    • 4 cups chilled club soda
    • Ice
    • Garnish: mint sprigs

Combine sugar, water and ginger in a small saucepan over high heat. Cook until sugar dissolves, stirring with a whisk. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 15 minutes. Strain; discard solids. Working in batches, place diced watermelon and fresh lime juice in a blender; process until smooth. Strain watermelon mixture through a fine sieve into a pitcher; discard solids. Stir in sugar syrup and chilled club soda. Serve over ice; garnish, if desired.

Source: https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/watermelon-lime-soda


Carrier News & Views

For Kaiser Members
CALM
All Kaiser Members have access to CALM. When you’re feeling overwhelmed with fear and worry, meditation is one way to try to reduce your anxiety. Here are 3 guided meditations from Calm that are designed to help you wind down, feel better, and ease anxiety. To access, click here

For Anthem Members
SKILL

Ask Alexa for your health plan info Use the skill to:

  • Ask for your digital member ID card.
  • Get your health savings account (HSA) or health reimbursement
  • account (HRA) balance.
  • Check your progress toward meeting your deductible.
  • Find out how close you are to reaching your out-of-pocket maximum.
  • Use the glossary to learn what a health care term means.

Get started in a few steps

Download the Alexa app on t™ to get started.

Anthem Blue Cross is the trade name of Blue Cross of California. Anthem Blue Cross and Anthem Blue Cross Life and Health Insurance Company are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Association. Anthem is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc.

Get quick, hands-free help with the Anthem Skill


Quick Links

All Employees

  • Headspace Meditation App
    Free section- Weathering the Storm-
    to learn more, click here
  • Calm Meditation App
    Free section for all,
    to access, click here
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)- from UNUM & Health Advocate. We are here for you 24/7 – 1-800-854-1446; www.unum.com/lifebalance – The EAP can help provide COVID-19 support, grief counseling, stress/anxiety relief, and more, and is available to all employees
  • Medical Bill Saver Advantage via your EAP –  1-800-854-1446; www.unum.com/lifebalance and is available to all employees
  • For the latest on COVID 19– CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
  • Your Financial Life Matters (Wells Fargo) For more help, click here or call 1-844-258-7773 for a complimentary savings or credit conversation and receive a personalized plan. Representatives are available Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Kaiser Members

  • Calm Meditation App
    Full access free for Kaiser Members click here
  • MyStrength
    Free to Kaiser Permanente members
    to help support their emotional well-being.
    Members can simply go to kp.org/selfcareapps and click ‘Get Started’ to register and use myStrength on their desktop, tablet or smartphone.
  • Class Pass –  Learn More
  • Kaiser Coronavirus Hotline (available 24/7) – (877) 813-7297. After speaking with a Kaiser Permanente representative, you will be directed to the appropriate care options.
  • Kp.org is a valuable resource for information and member communications, as well as a link to any telehealth services. If you haven’t already done so, please register on kp.org. https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/register     
  • Kaiser Members- Getting Care:  It’s important to contact KP before coming in. Members should call the Appointment and Advice Call Center if they are feeling sick. They will be guided through a specific screening protocol over the phone. Depending on the answers provided, the member will be directed to the most appropriate care, while protecting other members, patients and employees.
  • Kaiser Virtual Care – Manage your care with kp.org
    No matter what life throws your way, you can connect to care where and when you want it. E-visits, telephone, and video appointments are simple and secure ways to get care and save yourself an office visit. They even be tracked in your electronic health record. All you need is a computer, smartphone, or mobile device. Click here to get access to care.
  • Kaiser Members- access to E-visits- Log in at kp.org/appointments or go to Get Care on the KP mobile app

Anthem Members

  • Member Login
  • Anthem Coronavirus Information – www.anthem.com/ca/coronavirus  
  • Anthem Sydney Care mobile app. Download the Sydney Care mobile app from the App Store® or Google Play click here to learn more
  • Anthem/Aunt Bertha social support services
    Our partnership with Aunt Bertha provides you with a solution to help connect you and your family to social services in your communities if you need it. You can find services such as help with food, housing, job training, and transportation by visiting Aunt Bertha and entering your ZIP code.
  • Anthem Skill – Ask Alexa for your health plan info.
    Get quick, hands-free help with the Anthem Skill. Whether you need a new ID card or get curious if you’re about to reach your deductible, just say the words, “Alexa, ask Anthem…” to get quick answers about your health plan. The Anthem Skill works through Alexa-ready devices, like an Amazon Echo or on your mobile device using the Amazon Alexa app.

Enable the Anthem Skill today!

Live your best life!

Karen Martin
Senior Director, Human Resources and Benefits
Covenant Care California, LLC