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Lifestyle and Wellness

Keep you and your loved ones in check by making health a priority. Nutrition, exercise, and a focus on wellness can keep stress levels down and aid in behavioral health treatment.


A balanced diet is essential for our mental health. Moods and feelings can be dependent on the nutrients in our diet, including essential fats, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and water. You can learn more at one of BlueShield of Northeastern New York's Nutrition Program seminars or support groups.


Studies reveal that exercise reduces anxiety and depression, and improves self-esteem and cognitive functioning. It is also positively associated with quality of life for those living with schizophrenia (Journal of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, 2004). There are many ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine.

As a member of BlueShield, you can enjoy our wellness programs, including two free fitness-related classes or seminars per year. 

Stress management

It is normal to be stressed sometimes, but it's important to know how to cope with it. The National Institute of Mental Health provides more information on how stress can affect your health

As a member of BlueShield, you can participate in our stress management seminars, covering causes, symptoms and strategies to reduce stress.

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Many people suffer from a mental health diagnosis in silence because of the discrimination that goes along with it. Let's Talk Stigma is starting a conversation to end the stigma surrounding mental illness.