Health & Wellness
Did you know we offer a free* weight loss program called Real Appeal for all eligible RGBSI employees? Those enrolled in the program are losing weight and keeping it off— feeling stronger, finding more energy and reducing their stress levels.
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How does Real Appeal work?
Introducing UHC Check. Choose. Go. Resources.
Check your options for care.
When you need care, call your PCP or family doctor first. Your physician has easy access to your records, knows the bigger picture of your health, and many offer same-day appointments to meet your needs. When seeing your physician is not possible it’s important to know your quick care options to find the place that’s right for you and help avoid financial surprises. Compare your choices today.
Choose your care provider.
See your primary care provider (PCP) whenever possible. Your PCP knows you best, and many offer same-day appointments. If your PCP isn’t available, it’s important to know you have other options when seeking care that’s right for you and your budget.
Go for better health.
If you are experiencing any life-threatening symptoms, call 911 immediately. But if it’s not an emergency, comparing care options could help save you time, money and frustration. UnitedHealthcare makes finding your best option easy — and getting there even easier. After choosing your preferred provider, simply select the location of your choice to view a map for easy directions.
Ready to move more — and enjoy it more too? These simple schemes may help:
1. Commit to 10 minutes.
Do you have trouble getting started exercising? For some people, that can be the biggest hurdle to staying active. If that’s true for you, tell yourself you’ll give each workout 10 minutes. Then don’t be surprised if once you’re on the move you decide to stay with it longer.
2. Stick to a schedule.
Add specific workouts to your appointment calendar — and consider them unbreakable dates. If you tend to be indecisive about exercise, this trick may do wonders.
3. Rely on the buddy system.
Find a workout pal who’s a good match for you. Someone counting on you may be all the motivation you need.
Prefer exercising alone? Enlist a partner in accountability. Agree to text or email each other when you complete a workout.
4. Create your own incentive plan.
Assign points for certain workouts. For example, you might give yourself one point for each 30 minutes of walking or cycling — and award another point for each 15 minutes of strength-training. Some fitness apps and wearable devices can do this type of tracking for you.
Set a weekly target — then reward yourself with something good and healthy for hitting your goal. A favorite magazine, a movie night, an hour of quiet me-time — whatever works for you.
Help boost the appeal of your plan by having long-term goals too. For instance, once you hit 100 points, you might get a massage or take a daytrip somewhere fun.
5. Go for the win.
If you get fired up by a little healthy competition, consider these ideas:
- Join a sports team or league — or compete with your workout pals.
- Sign up for a charity 5K. You might call it a win if you beat a certain time or simply finish.
- Challenge yourself to beat your personal best — maybe that’s the number of steps you logged yesterday.
- Imagine an opponent: Outrun a tiger or zombies in the park. Or win a cycling road race — on your stationary bike.
6. Be your biggest fan.
Positive self-talk can be powerful. So retrain your brain to switch from lack of confidence — “I am a slacker” or “I am never going to be good at this” to “I’ve got this!”
7. Picture yourself getting it done.
Visualize yourself doing each part of your workout.
While you’re at it, imagine how great it will feel to reach your fitness goals. Now that’s one nice trick!
What to do next
Talk with your doctor before significantly increasing your activity level. Get a handy checklist of four questions to ask your doctor about exercise at uhc.com/exercise-checklist.
The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be nor should be construed as medical or other advice. Talk to an appropriate health care professional to determine what may be right for you.
Source: Last reviewed July 2017 © 2017 United HealthCare Services, Inc.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be a pricey proposition. By planning ahead and buying smart, it’s possible to get more nutritional bang for your buck.
Here are five smart strategies to help you do just that:
1. Make a money-saving menu
Check store fliers or websites to find out which healthy foods are on sale — and draw up a menu that features them. Once your menu is set, write a shopping list — and stick with it.
2. Shop in season
Not only are produce picks such as berries and tomatoes less expensive when they’re in season — they may also be more delicious.
Another option? Take advantage of staples that tend to be inexpensive year-round, such as carrots, bananas, sweet potatoes and cabbage. Frozen and canned fruits and veggies can also be penny-wise picks. Look for those packaged without added sodium, fat and sugar.
3. Buy in bulk
You may find great deals on beans, whole grains, unsalted nuts and seeds in your market’s bulk section.
In the meat section, look for family packs of fish and skinless chicken. Then freeze what you don’t need right away. Wrap it well — and label it for future reference.
4. Be a now-and-then vegetarian
Going meatless even once a week can be budget-friendly. Make chili with black beans instead of your usual beef. You could even do breakfast for dinner. Veggie omelets, anyone?
5. Ward off waste
Pay attention to “sell by” or “best used by” dates so you know how long your food will stay fresh. Use highly perishable items first — and save the longer-lasting items for later in the week.
And if you have leftovers? Turn them into creative combos. Tuck extra roasted chicken into a sandwich for tomorrow’s lunch. Or fold leftover steamed veggies into a frittata or casserole.
What is a Virtual Visit?
A virtual visit lets you see and talk to a doctor from your mobile device or computer. With a Virtual Visit, you can see and talk to a doctor via your mobile device or computer – 24/7, no appointment needed. The doctor can give you a diagnosis and prescription*, if needed. And with your UnitedHealthcare plan, your cost is $40 or less.
Get care in 20 minutes or less.
Use a Virtual Visit for these minor medical needs:
- Bladder infection/Urinary tract infection
- Sinus problems
- Sore throat
Prepare for your Virtual Visit.
Go to uhc.com/virtualvisits, and have these three items ready to register and complete your Virtual Visit:
- Health plan ID card
- Credit card
- Pharmacy location
*Prescription services may not be available in all states.
**Based on analysis of 2016 UnitedHealthcare ER claim volumes, where ER visits are low-acuity and could be treated in a Virtual Visit, PCP, or urgent/convenient care setting.
Virtual visits are not an insurance product, health care provider or a health plan. Unless otherwise required, benefits are available only when services are delivered through a Designated Virtual Network Provider. Virtual visits are not intended to address emergency or life-threatening medical conditions and should not be used in those circumstances. Services may not be available at all times or in all locations.
Insurance coverage provided by or through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company and its affiliates. Administrative services provided by United HealthCare Services, Inc.
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