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Title: Self Care Take Charge of Your Health

Self Care Take Charge of Your Health
  • Presented by
  • Bill Byron

A Question
What is Self Care?
Self Care involves individuals making their own
decisions regarding diagnosis and treatments of
health problems, as well as preventative care.
Self Care
  • Awareness, prevention, and early detection can
    keep you healthy! There are a wide variety of
    steps you can take to delay or prevent many of
    the diseases and conditions that are the leading
    causes of death and disability.

Prevention is the key
Source American Heart Association
Did You Know
  • U.S. citizens encounter a medical problem that is
    treatable without involving a health professional
    every three days
  • Over 80 of new health problems are treated at
  • Misuse of OTC drugs causes 178,000
    hospitalizations a year (CDC)

Does your Medicine cabinet look like this?
Time for a Medicine Cabinet Checkup?
  • Use as directed. Do not exceed dosages on the
    labels or take OTC medicine on a regular basis
  • Read the warning sections on the label
  • Throw away medicines that are past the
    expiration date
  • Store medications in a convenient dry place, but
    out of childrens reach
  • Questions ask your doctor or health care

Medical Self-Care
  • What if you or someone in your family had a minor
    health problem?

What would you do?
Healthwise Knowledgebase powered by WebMD Health
  • This Online Self-Care guide can be found on includes information on
  • Ask the Doctor Checklists
  • Health Test When to Have Them
  • Common Health Problems
  • Emergency / First Aid
  • Medications

Talking with your Health Care Provider
Before You Call or See Your Doctor
  • What are your symptoms
  • List of medications Allergies
  • Family personal medical history
  • Concerns you have about your health
  • What you would like the doctor to do for you
  • Pharmacy phone number

Talking with your Health Care Provider
During the Doctor/Provider Visit
  • Problem or diagnosis
  • Tests or medications needed
  • If medication is needed what side effects should
    I be aware of?
  • What can I do at home to treat the problem
  • What can I do to prevent this from happening
    again. What follow up is needed

Talking with your Health Care Provider
After the Doctor/Provider Visit or Call
  • Follow your doctors advice
  • Tell your doctor if you feel worse
  • Keep return appointments
  • Practice preventative
    Self-Care at home

When to call a Health Care Professional?
Talking with your Health Care Provider
  • Is it okay to call your doctor? Of course it is.
    Often a phone call to the doctor or advice nurse
    is all you need to manage a problem at home or
    determine if a visit is needed.

24/7 NurseLine
24/7 NurseLine provides members toll-free access
to trained registered nurses any time of the
day or night. Program goals
  • Provide convenient, expert resource
  • Promote appropriate use of health
  • care resources

Economic case for Medical Consumerism
An observation
  • In 2005, Americans went to hospital emergency
    rooms 114 million times
  • Estimates identify that 55.4 of ER visits were
    for non-urgent conditions

Source US CDC
What if you or a family member Had a serious
medical condition?
What would you do?
Possible strategies..
What would you do?
  • Seek a case manager
  • Get other opinions early
  • Constantly ask questions

  • ConditionCare helps members better manage the
    following prevalent, high-cost conditions
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Proven ROI of 2.81

Based on internal studies
ComplexCare identifies complex cases predicted to
be high-cost before they happen, and responds to
and aggressively manages those cases should they
occur. Program goals
  • Reduce hospitalizations and costs
  • associated with serious illness
  • Provide extensive care coordination
  • Maximize the members health

Future Moms
Future Moms provides individualized support to
expectant moms to achieve healthier pregnancies
and deliveries. Program goals
  • Fewer pre-term births
  • Fewer low-birth-weight deliveries
  • Reduced pregnancy-related costs

Preventative Care
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of
cure. Ben Franklin
Schedule your Preventive Screenings and Visits
Medical AND Dental
Prevention is best. Early detection is next!
Good Health Habits
Physical Health
  • The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to
    get vaccinated each year, but good health habits
    can help keep you from getting sick.
  • Avoid close contact
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose
  • Clean your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Practice good health habits

Source CDC
Bone Health
Did You Know
  • Bones play many roles in the body. They provide
    structure, protect organs, anchor muscles and
    store calcium (CDC)
  • Osteoporosis porous bone is a disease of the
    skeletal system characterized by low bone mass
    and deterioration of bone tissue (CDC)

Bone Health
Bone Health Self Care
Calcium consumption and weight bearing physical
activity build strong bones, optimize bone mass
and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in
  • Sources of Calcium
  • Dairy products low fat milk, cheese, yogurt
  • Dark green leafy veggies broccoli
  • Calcium fortified foods orange juice, cereal,
    bread, soy beverages
  • Nuts - almonds

Oral Health
Did You Know
  • Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease
  • Research shows a persons state of oral health
    can be a risk factor for diseases such as
    diabetes, heart disease and stroke (CDC)

Oral Health
  • Oral Health Self Care
  • Commit to daily oral health routines
  • Use fluoride
  • Brush and floss to remove plaque
  • If you smoke, quit!
  • Limit snacks high in simple sugars and
    eat a balanced diet
  • Examine your mouth regularly
  • Visit the dentist office regularly

Mental Health
Did You Know
  • 1 in 2 Americans has a diagnosable mental
    disorder each year, including 44 million adults 
    13.7 million children
  • 80 to 90 percent of mental disorders are
    treatable using medication and other therapies
  • 75 of the general population experiences
  • at least "some stress" every two weeks
  • (National Health Interview Survey).
  • Half of those experience moderate or
  • high levels of stress during the same two-week

Source The Health Resource Network
Stress Busters
Mental Health
  • Random Acts of Kindness
  • Just Say NO
  • Take Charge
  • Stay in Touch
  • Smile

If I had known I was going to live this long, I
would have taken better care of myself. -Mickey
Tips For A Healthy Life
Tips for a Healthy Life
  • Eat Healthy
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away
  • Eating 5 or more servings of fruits and
    vegetables a day and less saturated fat can
    improve your health and may reduce the risk of
    cancer and other chronic diseases.

Source CDC
Tips for a Healthy Life
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight
  • 30 percent of U.S. adults-or more than 60
    million people-who are 20 years or older are
    considered obese.
  • Eat better, get regular exercise, and see your
    health care provider about any health concerns
    you may have.

Source CDC
Tips for a Healthy Life
  • Get Moving
  • More than 50 of American men and women do not
    get enough physical activity to provide health
  • Aim for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity
    on most days of the week.
  • Find fun ways to stay in shape and feel good
    dance, walk, swim, garden find what works for

Source CDC
Tips for a Healthy Life
  • Be Smoke Free
  • Smoking kills more people (more than 400,000)
    each year than do AIDS, alcohol, car accidents,
    murders, suicides, illegal drugs and fires
  • If you smoke, quit today! 1-800-83-LUNGS

Source CDC
Tips for a Healthy Life
Manage Stress What's your stress level today?
Protect your mental and physical health by
engaging in activities that help you manage your
stress at work and at home.
Source CDC
Tips for a Healthy Life
Know Yourself Your Risks Your parents and
ancestors help determine some of who you are.
Being healthy means doing some homework, knowing
yourself, and knowing what's best for you...
because you are one of a kind.
Source CDC
Tips for a Healthy Life
Be Safe Protect Yourself What comes to mind
when you think about safety and protecting
yourself? Is it fastening seat belts, applying
sunscreen, wearing helmets, or having smoke
detectors? It's all of these and more. Take
steps to protect yourself and others wherever you
Source CDC
Tips for a Healthy Life
 Be Good To Yourself! Health is not merely the
absence of disease it's a lifestyle. Take steps
to balance work, home, and play. Pay attention to
your health, and make healthy living a part of
your life.
Source CDC
MyHealth_at_Anthem Overview
  • MyHealth_at_Anthem provides an online suite of
    lifestyle and wellness tools that helps members
  • Understand their current health status
  • Make informed health care decisions
  • Achieve and maintain wellness

The state will help pay for your path to health!
  • Annual Health Assessment Tool (HAT) with a Health
    Reimbursement Account (HRA) incentive of 200 for
    out of pocket health plan costs
  • HMO plan- annual gym membership (450) or
    exercise equipment (200)
  • HMO POS - Annual Community Health Education
  • 0 Co-pay for Preventive Visits
  • Free Annual Flu Clinics at workplace

Utilize the Web Tools and Resources
  • Anthems Website
  • DHHS- Public Health Website
  • Employee Wellness Website http//
  • Healthy Eating Active Living NH
  • MY Pyramid -
  • Sign up for Newsletters
  • NH Employee Wellness News, HPiM, EAP, Fish
    Game, DRED, NH Audubon Society

Stay Informed!
  • Answer the annual interest survey
  • Attend wellness related educational workshops
  • Read the Newsletters
  • Use the Health Assessment Tool often
  • Involve your family
  • Be an informed healthcare consumer for quality

Participate in Wellness Campaigns
  • Regular Exercise Routines
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Take the Stairs
  • Wellness Challenges
  • Biggest Loser
  • Walking Challenges
  • Health Fairs/On-site Classes
  • Walking Trails

Utilize the Web Tools and Resources
  • Anthems Website
  • DHHS- Public Health Website
  • Employee Wellness Website http//
  • Healthy Eating Active Living NH
  • MY Pyramid -
  • Sign up for Newsletters
  • NH Employee Wellness News, HPiM, EAP, Fish
    Game, DRED, NH Audubon Society