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Health and Wellness News Center

Keeping BlueShield members updated with relevant resources, our health and wellness articles offer a variety of ways to maintain your mental and physical health.

  • August is National Immunization Awareness Month

    August is National Immunization Awareness Month

    August 12, 2021

    This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases like COVID-19, whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV, and pneumonia.
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  • Understanding Hepatitis C

    Understanding Hepatitis C

    August 04, 2021

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 3.5 million people live with chronic hepatitis C. More than 40,000 new infections occur each year and about 50% of people with the virus don’t even know they’re infected.
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  • The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

    The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

    August 04, 2021

    The DPP is a partnership of organizations that offer affordable, high-quality lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and improve health. Did you know you can decrease your risk of diabetes simply by adding physical activity and healthy eating to your daily routine? Try these tips during the summer months.
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  • Protection from Lead

    Protection from Lead

    August 04, 2021

    Lead poisoning is the #1 environmental health threat to children in the US. Recent studies show small amounts of lead can cause health problems in adults too. The good news is that lead poisoning is preventable. New York State requires health care providers to test all children for lead with a blood lead test at age 1 year and again at age 2 years. Protect your family from lead poisoning by following these recommendations.
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  • Protect Your Skin

    Protect Your Skin

    August 04, 2021

    The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes! UV rays are even dangerous on cloudy or hazy days and can reflect off surfaces including water, cement, sand, and snow.
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  • Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding

    August 04, 2021

    Breast milk helps your baby fight off illnesses by strengthening the immune system, and it has fats and proteins the baby can digest more easily than those in store-bought formula. Breastfed babies are shown to have fewer feeding and digestive problems and a lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
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  • Healthy Aging

    Healthy Aging

    August 04, 2021

    Healthy aging is finding a balance between the physical, mental, and social aspects of your health. To help find this balance, eat a nutritious diet, aim to get 30 minutes of daily exercise, and have a support network of friends and family.
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  • The Good News about Cholesterol

    The Good News about Cholesterol

    August 04, 2021

    If you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol, making healthy changes can reduce your cholesterol number and risk of heart disease and stroke. Have your doctor test your cholesterol work with you to adjust your levels as necessary.
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  • Substance Use Disorder Awareness

    Substance Use Disorder Awareness

    July 13, 2021

    About 1 in 15 Americans live with an alcohol or other substance use disorder.
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  • Opioid Alternatives for Pain

    Opioid Alternatives for Pain

    July 13, 2021

    Opioids work well and are usually safe when taken as prescribed. Of the risks that can occur with opioid treatment, overdose is the most serious.
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