Blue Cross Members Get Discounts on Crescent City Classic 10k

logoBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and HMO Louisiana members can use the code BCBSmember to get $5 off the registration fee for the 39th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10k.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10k road race is held in New Orleans on the Saturday before Easter Sunday each year.  The Classic is locally produced by the Crescent City Fitness Foundation, and is a great way to get in shape while having fun!  Both runners and walkers of all abilities are invited to participate in the race.

The 10-kilometer course (6.2 miles) begins in Downtown New Orleans in front of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, runs participants through the French Quarter, and then all the way up beautiful Esplanade Avenue to New Orleans City Park.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 8:00 am
BCBS Member discount: BCBSmember for $5 off

To register and for more information, visit http://www.ccc10k.com/crescent-city-classic-10k.

 


Stay Strong & Live Long

Admittedly, not all of us are as fit as the Olympic athletes that we’ve been amazed by this past week. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how the human body can even achieve the impossible feats we have seen. Unfortunately things only get harder as we age. As you age, you gradually lose muscle mass your muscles begin to weaken. However, it’s never too late to start strengthening your body and reaping the benefits.You can slow this natural part of aging by keeping your muscles strong.

According to BCBSLA, studies show that strength training may help you stay active longer. It can prevent bone loss, or osteoporosis. That may protect you from a fall or a serious injury if you do fall. What’s more, stronger muscles may help people with a chronic condition, such as heart disease or arthritis, live better.

Here are a few tips from BCBSLA that can help you get started:

  • Choose one or two exercises for each of the 6 major muscle groups. Your routine should focus on your chest, shoulders, arms, back, abdomen, and legs.
  • Try using your own body weight. Heavy weights aren’t needed for strength training. Resistance exercises, such as pushups or lunges, work, too. But you may want to add weights later for more of a challenge.
  • Schedule some days off. Your muscles need time to recover. So it’s best to fit in a day or two of rest between each strength-training session.
  • Aim for 8 to 10 repetitions, or reps, for each exercise you do. For example, to strengthen your chest, you can do one set of 8 to 10 pushups. You may want to add more sets as you grow stronger.
  • Focus on your form. When lifting weights, in particular, keep your movements slow and steady. And remember to breathe.
  • Mix in some aerobic activity. The more physically active you are the better. Along with 2 sessions of strength training a week, experts also recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity like brisk walking.

Save on Gym Memberships

Blue Cross members can save on gym memberships through Healthways Fitness Your Way, part of the Blue365 discount program. Healthways lets you choose from a list of many fitness gyms, in town or across the country, for just $25 a month.

On budget

  • Only $25 per month and a low $25 sign-up fee, with a three-month commitment
  • Get up to 30% off certain other health and well-being services
  • Save on some products that are part of the program

Participating Gyms

  • Anytime Fitness
  • Curves
  • Snap Fitness
  • Use the zip code finder to find gyms near you

Easy to reach your goals

  • Find fitness classes that fit you and your needs
  • Easy online tools to track your goals
  • Stay inspired with social networking, rewards and the Daily Challenge

Find out more about the Healthways gym discount by logging in to your account at bcbsla.com. Click My Health, then Discounts.

How to avoid the flu

You can avoid the flu this season by taking 1 simple step: Get a flu shot.

Some people think that getting a flu shot is too much trouble, costs too much or will make them sick or more likely to catch the flu or even colds.

The flu is caused by 1 of several strains of flu viruses (type A or B) that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu makes life miserable for a week or 2 for many people — and deadly for some. Flu season can begin as early as October and peak anywhere from late December to early April, according to the CDC.

Here are the facts

Your best defense against the flu is to get the flu shot. Depending on your age, you can do that in 1 of 2 ways:

Continue reading “How to avoid the flu”

National Don’t Fry Day

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention Encourages Everyone to Protect Your Skin Today and Every Day

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The National Council Declares the Friday before Memorial Day, May 22, 2015 is “Don’t Fry Day” To Encourage Sun Safety Awareness

“To help reduce rising rates of skin cancer from overexposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors.”

Because no single step can fully protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation, follow as many of the following tips as possible:

  • Do Not Burn or Tan
  • Seek Shade
  • Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
  • Generously Apply Sunscreen
  • Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
  • Get Vitamin D Safely

Instead of frying your skin in the sun today, enjoy a delicious dish of vanilla pudding instead. Coincidentally today is also National Vanilla Pudding Day!

Here are some recipes, all containing vanilla pudding,  for you to use and share with your family and friends:

Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Moms Chocolate Chip Cookies

Strawberry Delight Cake

Dessert Pizza

MELANOMA/SKIN CANCER DETECTION AND PREVENTION AWARENESS

With Summer right around the corner we want to highlight Melanoma/Skin Cancer Prevention & Awareness this May.

As warm weather approaches and millions of Americans prepare to enjoy the great outdoors, the risk for UV damage of the skin increases.

Because no single step can fully protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation, follow as many of the following tips as possible:

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Do not burn.
  • Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB)sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

The National Council Declares the Friday before Memorial Day, May 22, 2015 is “Don’t Fry Day” To Encourage Sun Safety Awareness

To help reduce rising rates of skin cancer from overexposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors.


Join us in recognizing these causes this May. As promoters of health and happiness we hope to provide aid and awareness to the struggles that people deal with every day. For more information on the different topics please click the links provided: