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    Shoveling and Back Care

    Posted by Unity Health Insurance on December 23, 2016

    Wisconsin winters can be filled with fun: sledding, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing or enjoying a fresh snowfall from under a warm blanket. But for some folks, shoveling can take the fun out of winter. It’s important to keep yourself safe while shoveling. Here’s a few tips that may help –

    • Clothing
      Before you go outside to start shoveling, put on a hat, gloves, scarf, warm jacket, winter boots and warm pants. If you tend to get to warm while shoveling, dress in layers so you can remove clothing if necessary. When the wind chill is intense, be sure to cover your ears, nose, hands and feet to prevent frostbite.

    • Technique
      If possible, it’s actually best to push the snow rather than lift it. If you have to lift the snow, remember proper back technique: bend your knees and keep your back straight. As you throw snow off your shovel, do not twist your body. Turn your body and throw the snow while keeping your back straight.
      Help your back stay healthy this winter season!

    • It’s not a Race!
      Pace yourself – there’s no need to have your driveway cleared first in your neighborhood. Use a smaller shovel to make your scoops lighter. You need to breathe normally throughout your shoveling.

    • Be in Tune with your Body
      If you find yourself becoming light headed, dizzy or nauseous, take a break. Go inside for a little while and come back out when you’re ready. Don’t push yourself. It’s always a good idea to let someone know that you are out shoveling in case of an emergency.

    • Snowblower Safety
      Keep your hands and clothing away from the blades of your snowblower. If you need to attend to the blades, shut the engine off completely before getting close. Keep your body parts and clothing away from the blades. Be especially mindful if you’re wearing a scarf so it doesn’t get pulled into the blades.
      Safety first!

    Unity wants you to enjoy winter and keep your back healthy! If you are in need of back pain resources,please visit Unity’s Lower Back pain web page: unityhealth.com/backpain. Unity also offers health coaching for a variety of topics including back health. Please visit Unity’s health coaching web page: unityhealth.com/healthcoaching.

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    Topics: Member Newsletter

    Tips for Staying Active During the Winter Months

    Posted by Unity Health Insurance on December 23, 2016
    Sometimes it is hard to motivate yourself to be active in the winter. In some cases, the conditions may keep us home bound and unable to get out and enjoy our normal exercise routines or activities.

    Here are some great tips on how you can stay active this winter season –
    • Turn on the music and start cleaning
    • Try a new winter activity that you’ve never done before:
      snow shoe or cross country ski
    • Do a winter activity that you love: ice skate or build a snowman
    • Try a new indoor exercise activity: yoga, cycling, zumba or pilates
    • If you’re already out and about, park in the furthest parking spot or take an extra lap around the mall
    • Shovel your driveway instead of using the snowblower.
      Offer to shovel a neighbor’s, too!

    Source: uwhealth.org/news/how-to-fit-in-exercise-during-thisholiday-season/44751
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    Heart Month Calendar

    Posted by Unity Health Insurance on December 23, 2016

    February 2017

    Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat


    Get your blood pressure


    If you need to lose weight, develop a plan today. If you’d like a health coach to help you, call Health Services
    at 866.884.4601


    National Wear Red® Day –
    wear red to support
    Go Red for Women® day





    Cook a healthy supper for
    you and your family tonight


    Do something active outside today


    Get 7-9 hours of sleep tonight


    Engage your mind in a new activity: read a
    new book, complete a
    jigsaw puzzle,
    do a Sudoku


    Prepare healthy meals
    this weekend for the
    upcoming week




    Get your blood
    sugar checked


    Celebrate Valentine’s Day with someone special


    Try a new form of exercise


    If you use tobacco,
    call the WI Tobacco
    Quit Line at

    to learn the steps to quit


    Take a hike (in the snow)
    this weekend




    Try a new way to reduce stress


    Find a way to laugh today


    Get your cholesterol


    Try a new fruit or
    vegetable today


    Plan to take a nap this weekend




    Get your blood pressure
    rechecked if it was high


    Consider donating to the
    American Heart Association®


    Printable Calendar

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    February is Heart Healthy Month – Go Red®!

    Posted by Unity Health Insurance on December 23, 2016

    February is American Heart Month, focused on raising awareness that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men.

    To prevent heart disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends eating healthier, exercising more and quitting smoking. See the calendar for fun ways to incorporate heart disease prevention into your daily life during the month of February.

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    What is Influenza (also called Flu)?

    Posted by Unity Health Insurance on December 23, 2016

    The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times may even lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot each year.

    People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms –
    • Fever* or chills
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headaches
    • Fatigue (very tired)
    • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

    * Not everyone with flu will have a fever.

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    Hand Hygiene to Stop from Spreading Germs

    Posted by Unity Health Insurance on December 23, 2016
    This winter season, protect yourself from germs and sickness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

    Simply washing your hands may stop the spread of a host of illnesses.

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    Give Your Baby a Healthy Start

    Posted by Unity Health Insurance on December 23, 2016
    Breast feeding has a lot of benefits for both baby and mom. Breast milk is known as the most complete form of nutrition for your baby. It promotes health, growth and development.
    Breast milk helps keep your baby healthy
    • It supplies all of the important nutrients
    • It protects against allergies, sickness and obesity
    • It protects against diseases, like diabetes and cancer
    • It protects against infections, like ear infections
    • It is easily digested – less constipation, diarrhea or upset stomach
    • Babies tend to have healthier weights as they grow
    Breast milk changes during the day to meet babies’ needs

    The milk changes in volume and composition depending on the time of day, how often your baby eats and age of baby to promote healthy growth. Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby!

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    Topics: Member Newsletter, Individuals and Families

    Exciting New Benefit for New Moms in 2017

    Posted by Unity Health Insurance on December 23, 2016

    The benefit for new mothers will change in 2017.

    A woman may receive an electric breast pump as a benefit from Unity Health Insurance. Unity will cover an electric or manual pump as long as it is not hospital grade. Talk to your doctor or nurse about how to receive your pump.

    If you are a 9 Months & MoreSM member and have questions about this new benefit and your program gift option, please call (608) 821-4907.

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    Topics: Qualifying Events, Member Newsletter

    Whooping Cough Vaccine

    Posted by Unity Health Insurance on December 23, 2016

    You can protect your baby by making sure everyone who is around your baby is up-to-date with their whooping cough (Pertussis) vaccine.

    When your baby’s family members and caregivers get a whooping cough vaccine they are protecting their own health. They are also helping form a “cocoon” of safety from whooping cough around the baby.

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    Topics: Qualifying Events, Member Newsletter

    Health Management Programs

    Posted by Unity Health Insurance on December 23, 2016

    Available for Unity Members

    Unity offers the following health management programs –
    • Asthma
    • 9 Months & MoreSM (prenatal / postpartum)
    • Diabetes
    • Hypertension
    Each health management program offers educational opportunities, resources, self-management and screening reminders for members who may have a chronic condition.
    If you would like more information about these programs, visit unityhealth.com/healthmanagement or call Unity’s Health Services Department at (866) 884-4601.
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    Topics: Member Newsletter, Health and Wellness