We’re moving!

Four years ago, in July, we introduced our One Million Ideas blog. We knew that the best way to change healthcare was by changing the way we think and the way we live. So, we started looking for ideas. Not grandiose ideas, but just a bunch of little ideas. Ideas for small changes that would amount to big changes in the health of our communities.

were-movingThousands of ideas later, we have covered everything from copays, to how to stay healthy at work, to the adventures of an adult figure skater.

You have shared some great ideas with us. Because of you and all of the ideas that you shared, we know how to get our yoga on, cook healthfully, lunge properly, and more about the great things that are going on in our community. So, thank you! Thank you, for inspiring us to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

The time has come for us to find a new home. So, we are moving. You can now find us at blog.pacificsource.com, where we will continue to share ways that we can stay healthy, improve access to healthcare, and make some big changes, together.

Thank you for your support over the years. We look forward to showing you around our new place.

Are You Prepared for Flu Season?

Flu Shot Blog Graphic-01We may be in the heart of summer, but it won’t be long before fall-the start of flu season. Peak flu season can begin as early as October and last through May. The best time to get a flu shot is in September or October. It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to be most effective. Mark your flu shot on your calendar so you’re protected for the upcoming flu season.

What else should you know about flu shots? 

  • Flu shots offer valuable protection. A flu shot doesn’t guarantee you won’t get the flu, but it helps. In fact, it provides you with up to 60 percent more protection than if you don’t get one. 
  • You don’t get the flu from flu shots. Modern flu vaccines don’t use live viruses, which means you can’t catch the flu from a flu shot. 
  • You can get a flu vaccine at no cost to you. Most of our health plans allow you to get the flu vaccine at no cost when you get it from provider or pharmacy in your plan’s network. Visit PacificSource.com/flu to find providers and pharmacies near you. 
  • Pharmacies offer convenience. Most pharmacies offer drop-in flu shots with little or no waiting.

If you have insurance through PacificSource and you’re not sure the flu shot is covered, please contact our Customer Service Department. For more information, visit  PacificSource.com/flu.

Tips to Fight the Flu

  • Cover your cough with a tissue. This is a simple way to help keep the virus from spreading. Feel a cough or sneeze coming on, but don’t have a tissue? Cough or sneeze into your elbow-not your hand.
  • Wash your hands frequently. You should do this even when it’s not flu season, but it’s especially important when viruses are in the air. Wash your hands with soap and water for a full 20 seconds.
  • Get a flu shot. This is a great way to protect yourself and look out for others who share space with you at home or at work.
  • Encourage your family members to get flu shots. Fall and winter season family fun is more enjoyable when everyone is well enough to participate in activities.

Enjoy the Summer without the Burn

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The dog days of summer are here. For me, that means I’m soaking up as much sunshine and happiness as possible! I really do mean sunshine AND happiness—we get Vitamin D from the sun, and that increases our serotonin levels. Increased serotonin levels means increased happiness.

The flip side of getting your Vitamin D from sunshine is that you’re also getting an increased amount of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Those are the rays that give you sunburns and are the main cause of non-melanoma skin cancers.

In order to enjoy the sunshine without the guilt and fear of getting sunburns, wrinkles, and potentially cancer, I follow these steps:

  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Enjoy the sun, but bask in the shade.
  • Pretend that every day is derby day, and enjoy wide-brimmed hats.
  • Slather on 50 SPF sun screen ever two hours.
  • Hide behind protective clothing when I can’t find shade—like when I’m gardening or working in my yard.
  • Try to limit my time outside during the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., since this is when UV levels are highest.

For more ways to enjoy the sun without the burn, check out this infographic.