Go Green to Eliminate Paper Documents and Help Plant Trees

Opt-in to the Starmark® Document Center to enjoy convenient, secure online access to important documents. Plus, Starmark will plant a tree in honor of your employer through the National Forest Foundation when 50% or more of enrolled employees opt-in to the Document Center.*

With the Starmark website, you’ll have around-the-clock access to your:

  • Plan Document
  • Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC)
  • Claims information and online Explanation of Benefits (EOBs)
  • Benefit Summary, including access to your network’s provider lookup
  • Starmark ID card
  • Prescription benefit information
  • Suite of health and wellness tools and resources

To learn more, watch the video “Opt-in. Go Green.

*A donation to the National Forest Foundation will be made in January 2016.

February 24, 2015 at 10:09 pm Leave a comment

Five Tips for Healthy Airplane Travel

While flying does allow more time to spend at your destination, it can take a toll on your body. And often, many travelers return home with a cold or flu.

These five tips can help you stay healthy while traveling by airplane:

  1. Make sure you have a healthy immune system before you leave home. Make sure you are well rested, eating right and getting lots of exercise prior to leaving on your trip.
  1. Avoid stomach problems. Try to abide by your normal diet as much as possible. An occasional treat is acceptable during vacations, but make sure the majority of your meals contain fruit, vegetables and protein.
  1. Stay hydrated. If you are considering an alcoholic beverage on the plane, limit it to one during the flight and balance it out with two glasses of water.
  1. Stretch your legs. Most people become uncomfortable after sitting during a long flight, but it is especially important for pregnant women to stretch during even a short flight. Try to get up every hour and walk up the aisle to help protect against swelling.
  1. Carry on your germ defense army. Bring a small bottle of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, tissues, eye drops and lip balm as well as your own pillow and blanket.Source: American Osteopathic Association

 

February 13, 2015 at 6:22 pm Leave a comment

10 Cleaning Tips for a Healthier Home

Did you know there are some cleaning tips that may actually improve your family’s health? The following 10 cleaning activities will help make you, and your home, healthier and safer:

  1. Thoroughly dust your home and clean or replace air conditioning and heating filters. Clean all ducts and vents to decrease your exposure to pollen and other airborne allergens
  1. Organize your medicine cabinet, discarding expired medications and old prescription medications no longer in use
  1. Check the garage and basement for old cans of paint, thinners, oils, solvents, stains and other “toxic” trash. Call your city or county sanitation department to find the location of the hazardous waste drop-off center, and get rid of anything you’re not going to use.
  1. Check under the sink and around the house for old, potentially toxic cleaning products and dispose of them
  1. Have your chimney professionally cleaned to reduce the chances of carbon monoxide exposure from your chimney when it’s fire season again
  1. Clean all mold and mildew from bathrooms and other damp areas with non-toxic cleaning products. Mold is a fungus that can trigger allergic reactions in susceptible people.
  1. Check your rugs to be sure that those on bare floors have non-skid mats. Older mats that have become dusty may need to be washed or replaced to provide effective protection from falls.
  1. Inspect outdoor playground equipment and be sure that it remains sturdy and in good repair. Pay particular attention to guardrails, protruding bolts and other potential sources of injury.
  1. Change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.
  1. Gather your old batteries throughout the house for disposal in a battery recycling or hazardous waste center.

Source: MedicineNet.com

February 13, 2015 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

Eating Right for Healthy Blood Pressure

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can be particularly important when it comes to controlling blood pressure. What you choose to eat – and just as important, what you choose not to eat – may allow you to keep your blood pressure within safe limits.

Here’s how to cut back on the amount of sodium you eat:

  • Use herbs and spices instead of salt
  • Don’t add salt to food at the table
  • Buy fresh foods rather than packaged, processed, canned and frozen selections
  • Replace salty ingredients like soy sauce, ketchup and barbeque sauce with low sodium or homemade alternatives
  • Ask restaurants to prepare menu items without MSG (monosodium glutamate)
  • Prepare foods with little or no salt
  • Eat foods rich in potassium, such as leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach and dry beans, and fruits such as bananas, oranges, cantaloupe, honeydew, dried plums, and apricots

Source: HealthFitness

February 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm Leave a comment

Ergonomic Tips for Carrying a Purse

Most women carry a purse. But too often purses aren’t worn properly and weigh too much. To avoid problems that result in pain in the neck, shoulders and lower back, here are some tips:

  • Eliminate unnecessary or duplicate items
  • Regularly empty your wallet of coins and reduce the number of credit cards you carry
  • Look for travel size options of toiletries such as lotions, makeup and hand sanitizer
  • Leave keys you don’t use on a regular basis at home
  • Choose a handbag that is proportionate to your body size
  • For short errands use a small, compact purse; long errands use a small backpack
  • Choose handbags made of lighter materials, such as microfiber and fabric
  • Straps should be wide and adjustable, and placed diagonally across the opposite shoulder to help distribute weight evenly across the back

Source: The American Occupational Therapy Association

February 13, 2015 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

Tips for a Safe and Healthy Life

Take steps every day to live a safe and healthy life.

Eat healthy

  • Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains every day
  • Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol
  • Eat a balanced diet to help keep a healthy weight

Be active

  • Be active for at least 2½ hours a week. Include activities that raise your breathing and heart rates and that strengthen your muscles.

Protect yourself and your family

  • Wear helmets, seat belts, sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Wash hands to stop the spread of germs
  • Avoid smoking and breathing other people’s, or (second hand), smoke
  • Build safe and healthy relationships with family and friends
  • Be ready for emergencies. Gather emergency supplies. Make a plan. Be informed.

Manage stress

  • Balance work, home and play
  • Get support from family and friends
  • Stay positive
  • Take time to relax
  • Get seven to nine hours of sleep each night
  • Get help or counseling, if needed

Get check-ups

  • Ask your doctor or nurse how you can lower your risk for health problems
  • Find out what exams, tests and shots you need and when to get them
  • See your doctor for regular check-ups and as often as directed
  • Get seen if you feel sick, have pain, notice changes or have problems with medicine

Source: CDC

February 13, 2015 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment

February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Every year, one in four deaths is caused by heart disease.

The good news is heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
  • Get active and eat healthy

Source: National Health Information Center

February 13, 2015 at 5:59 pm Leave a comment

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