Ready for a new you?

Friday, January 27, 2017

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, better health is often at the top of everyone’s list. If you are finally ready to quit smoking, control your weight, or manage your diabetes, TeamCare is ready to help.

Quit Smoking
Cigarette smoking causes harm to nearly every organ of the body, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To help you or a loved one kick the cigarette habit, your TeamCare Wellness Benefit covers counseling visits for smoking cessation at no cost to you. And if prescribed by your doctor, stop smoking aids such as nicotine patches or oral medications such as Chantix and Zyban, are covered, too.

In this new year, become a “new you” and speak with your doctor about how to quit smoking — TeamCare has you covered.

Better Nutrition in the New Year
The TeamCare Wellness Benefit provides nutritional counseling as a covered preventive service for children and adults who are obese; and for adults who are overweight and have other disease risk factors such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, impaired fasting glucose, or metabolic syndrome. So if you or a family member has high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, or heart disease, get started today by checking with your TeamCare doctor or licensed dietician to see if nutritional counseling is covered for your diagnosis.

Detect and Manage Diabetes Better
Nearly one out of 10 people has diabetes, and one out of three has pre-diabetes. Early detection and treatment of diabetes is important to decrease the chance of developing complications from this disease. Common symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, extreme thirst, fatigue, blurry vision, and cuts or bruises that are slow to heal.

The best way to find out if you have diabetes is to speak to your doctor about your symptoms. A blood test is all it takes to check your sugar level so a proper treatment plan, if any, can start.

If you are living with diabetes, the start of the new year is a great time to look at your management plan and work closely with your doctor for appropriate care. Diabetic training and education is available at no cost to you through an in-network TeamCare provider.

Diabetic supplies — including test strips, chem strips, lancets, insulin, and syringes — are covered under the TeamCare prescription drug benefit. Keep in mind when using Maintenance Choice or Mail Service for your long-term prescriptions through CVS you will have a lower co-pay rather than purchasing through a retail pharmacy.

Take Charge of Your Health in 2017
Regular health physicals and screenings help you achieve optimal health. Why not start the new year off with a renewed commitment to your health and schedule your health physical today? Also, talk to your doctor to see if you would benefit from wellness screenings like:

  • Colorectal screenings
  • Routine colonoscopies
  • PSA test
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Mammograms
  • Obesity screening

To find an in-network TeamCare doctor, go to Find a Provider.