Plant the Seeds of Happiness This Spring

    Posted by Quartz on April 9, 2018

    Ahhh, spring! For many of us, it’s time to start planting. But gardens aren’t the only thing we grow. You can also sow the seeds of happiness. It’s easier than you might think.

    Studies show that some simple habits can help you be more upbeat and happier overall.

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    It's Never Too Early to Start a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

    Posted by Quartz on April 9, 2018

    You’re there to help your children with their homework and you remind them to brush their teeth, but have you helped them do something good for their hearts lately? Having a healthy heart isn’t just for grown-ups — it’s never too early to start establishing a heart-healthy lifestyle for your children.

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    Our Quartz Well Program 

    Posted by Quartz on April 9, 2018

    Is about What's Added to Your Life, Not Subtracted from the Scale

    This spring, focus on what’s added to your life, not subtracted. Our new Quartz Well program helps you do just that by offering points for a variety of activities and services. From new fitness activities to your yearly flu shot, you develop healthy habits that add to your quality of life, as well as your Quartz Well points-based rewards!

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    An Epidemic Fueled by Opioid Pain Medications

    Posted by Quartz on April 9, 2018

    By Jeremy Fejfar, PharmD
    Dr. Fejfar is our Health Plan Clinical Pharmacy Director. Dr. Fejfar earned his doctor of Pharmacy from South Dakota State University. He is a member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin.


    It’s tough to live with chronic pain, but millions of Americans do. That’s one reason why prescription opioid pain medications are so popular.

    Opioid medications are good at relieving pain in the short term. They also help people with active cancer and people receiving hospice or palliative care cope with pain. While these medications can be safe when taken as prescribed by a health care provider, opioids come with some serious risks, including the risk of addiction and unintentional overdose and death.

    What You Need to Know About Opiods

    • Overdosing on opioids can cause extreme sleepiness, difficulty waking up and stopped breathing. If you suspect someone may have overdosed, call 911 immediately.

    • A nose spray (Narcan®) can quickly reverse an opioid overdose. You don’t need a prescription in most pharmacies.

    • Well-known painkillers, like Vicodin (hydrocodone) and OxyContin (oxycodone), are opioids. So are fentanyl, morphine, codeine and methadone.

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    Safe Travels with Diabetes

    Posted by Quartz on April 9, 2018

    Whether it’s spring break or a relative’s graduation, getting out of your daily routine is part of the fun of traveling for vacation. But it’s important to keep your self-care routine in mind when you travel – especially if you have diabetes. Make sure you check with your clinic to see if you need any vaccines or additional medications to ensure a healthy trip.

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    What is Prediabetes?

    Posted by Quartz on April 9, 2018

    Chances are you know someone with type 2 diabetes. It’s the most common form of diabetes — millions of Americans have it. But have you heard of something called prediabetes?

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    Healthy Starts Now with Quartz

    Posted by Quartz on December 26, 2017

    wintercomp.pngThank you for entrusting Quartz with your health insurance needs. From expanding network physician and provider options to creating innovative approaches to wellness, Quartz offers its members many ways to live healthier.

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    Quartz Well

    Posted by Quartz on December 26, 2017

    A New Wellness Program that Points to a Healthier You

    As we get closer to the launch of Quartz Well in January 2018, we are sharing more details of this personalized digital wellness program that was designed with your health and wellness goals in mind.
    Healthy choices made simple

    Quartz Well is an easy-to-use program you can access through your MyChart account. Quartz Well encourages healthy choices by offering points for a variety of activities and services. From your annual physical to health and wellness classes, you can earn points for preventive health care, fitness activities and health engagement.

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    This Year, Keep the Happy and Healthy in the Holidays

    Posted by Quartz on December 26, 2017

    Let’s face it, this time of year we all feel like the Griswold family with big plans for the holidays. Although a holiday movie classic can get you in the spirit of the season, it can also show what could go wrong if you don’t take the necessary steps to stay safe.

    Here’s how to keep you and your family — pets included — out of harm’s way –

    1. Step up carefully when decorating. Use a step stool or ladder to place decorations in high places.
    2. Be cautious with candles. Always keep them at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn, on a stable surface and out of reach of children and pets. Don’t forget to blow them out when you leave the room.
    3. Check holiday lights. Take a close look to find any exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.
    4. Trim trees with kids and pets in mind. Keep breakable ornaments or those with metal hooks
      near the top of the tree — and away from curious little ones and animals.
    5. Fireproof your tree too. Live trees dry out rapidly. Try to keep the stand filled with water and turn off all tree lights and decorations when not in use. Keeping your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and portable heaters will also help.

     In a poison emergency, call the national Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222.

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    Consejos de la Doctora Patricia (enero)

    Posted by Quartz on December 26, 2017

    Las fiestas de fin de año … ¡Alerta!

    Para muchos de nosotros las fiestas de fin de año tienen un significado especial de espiritualidad, reunión familiar, amistad y felicidad. Pero también pueden significar un riesgo para nuestra salud física, mental y financiera.

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