TIP OF THE WEEK
Stay healthy while you take care of your family with these tips from Inside Rx.
— Sleep consistency: Prioritize getting 7 or 8 hours of quality rest each night. Make sure your bedroom is quiet, cool, dark and free from distractions that can affect your rest.
— Annual physicals: Just like with your kids, proactively seeing a doctor every year can help you tackle issues early before they become a bigger health concern.
— Fill prescriptions: Fill your prescriptions and use as directed by your doctor. If you are uninsured or your insurance doesn’t cover the medication, check out prescription savings programs.
— Boost nutrition: Stock up on healthy foods that are easy to eat on-the-go and nutrient-packed snacks. Meal planning for the week can help the family enjoy homemade nutritious foods every day.
Advice for couples in search of intimacy after prostate cancer
The Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network offers this guide to help couples living with a prostate cancer diagnosis navigate tricky issues around intimacy.
— Find common ground: Discuss ways to support each other and find common ground. Hold the conversation in a neutral area, listen and empathize.
— Know that options are out there: Learn more about non-surgical options that can make it easier to get intimate, such as prescription medicines or injections.
— Seek counsel from a professional: Don’t be afraid to seek professional help. Even if you feel uncomfortable with the idea of talking about these private matters, they know how to put you at ease.
— You’re not alone: There’s no need to suffer in silence, because many couple are navigating through similar issues. For more information, visit ustoo.org.
5 common behaviors that could hurt your eyes
To prevent strain or damage to your eyes, you should avoid these behaviors, according to VSPDirect.com:
— Not wearing sunglasses. Wear sunglasses outside, seeking lenses that block at least 99 percent of UVA and UVC rays.
— Failing to visit your eye doctor annually. Seeing an eye doctor once a year ensures you have no serious eye issues and that your vision needs no further correction.
— Staring at your smartphone. Enlarge your font, always keep your phone at least 16 inches away and take screen breaks every 20 minutes.
— Overusing eye drops. Non-prescription eye drops should not be a long-term solution to any eye issue.
— Using old or borrowed eye makeup. Replace makeup every three months and avoid using other people’s makeup to keep from introducing new and potentially harmful bacteria.
5 tips for choosing a health plan
Rebecca Madsen, chief consumer officer of UnitedHealthcare, shares tips to help make choosing your health benefits easier this fall:
— Beyond the monthly premium, you also should understand out-of-pocket costs, including the deductible, copays and coinsurance.
— Before you select a plan, check to see if your doctor is in your health plan’s care provider network and your medications are covered.
— Ask about incentive-based wellness programs that reward you for living a healthier lifestyle. Check to see if your plan includes 24/7 telehealth services.
— Consider adding vision, dental and financial protection plans such as life, accident or critical illness coverage. Check for perks like gym memberships and discounts.