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In This Issue.
3 Socialize with HAP
3 Turn to HAP for Health Care Reform Facts
4 Veronica’s Secret to Success 5 Rejoining the Dating Game 9 Time Banks: Paying It Forward
His and Hers
6 Urinary Incontinence: A Common Problem 6 Male “Menopause” Is Not a Myth
2 Protect Yourself: Get a Flu Shot 7 Making the Most of Motivation 8 Mind and Body Medicine 11 Is Gluten-Free the Way to Be?
10 Veggie Stufed Peppers Recipe 10 Try Mixing Up Your Menu 12 Snack Light
The information in this publication does not change or replace the information in your HAP Subscriber Contract, Group Health Insurance Policy, Riders or Handbooks and does not necessarily refect the policies or opinions of HAP, its ofcers or board of directors. The information is for general educational purposes and is not a substitute for the advice of your doctor. You should consult your HAP personal care physician for your health care needs. HAP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex or mental or physical disability in its employment practices or in the provision of health care services.
© 2012 Health Alliance Plan of Michigan
A Resource for Healthy Living
Editor , Erin Younan
Director , Anita Landino
Senior Marketing Specialist , Meribeth Tyszkiewicz
On the cover: HAP members
Veronica Hill-Phillips, and her husband James Phillips Location: Detroit Riverwalk Photo by: John Sobczak
Protect Yourself: Get a Flu Shot
With winter approaching, it’s now time to get your annual fu shot, if you haven’t already. Flu symptoms often include fatigue, fever, chills, aches, runny nose, sore throat, coughing and nausea. The single best way to protect yourself against the fu, or to lessen the symptoms, is to get vaccinated each year.
Flu is unpredictable and its severity can vary from one season to the next. Some people are at greater risk for serious complications, or hospitalization, if they get the fu. This includes older people, young children, pregnant women, caregivers and health care workers, and people with certain health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease and people who live in facilities like nursing homes.
Contact your doctor if you’re not sure whether a fu shot is right for you. A fu shot is a covered beneft for all HAP members.
Health care reform can be confusing. And fnding answers to questions about the changes isn’t always easy. You may be wondering:
● How will the upcoming health care changes afect
me and my family?
● Will health care reform impact my coverage as a
● What if I’m on Medicare? Will my health benefts
remain the same?
● Are preventive services still covered?
To get the facts, visit HAP’s Health Care Reform website at
haphealthcarereform.org . Find out which changes apply to
Socialize with HAP
Are you on Facebook? We’d love to connect with you. Find us at www.facebook.com/hap and “Like” our page. Our expanded Facebook page combines many of our HAP wellness resources, including programs like HAP CareTrack.™ You’ll have access to live chats, healthy recipes and seasonal tips. You’ll fnd health information, articles and links that can help you and your friends and family members. You’ll also receive important reminders about benefts and resources like Assist America®, and much more. We’ll even post special ofers from HAP partners and links to events in and around metro Detroit, bringing you timely information on what’s going on around town.
If you haven’t already, follow HAP at www.facebook.com/hap.
Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hapmichigan Follow us on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/hapmichigan
Follow us on YouTube at www.youtube.com/hapmichigan
Turn to HAP for Health Care Reform Facts
you by using the free Health Care Reform and Me tool. Start by answering a few anonymous questions. Then your personal summary will guide you through the specifcs of reform – with answers that are unique to your circumstances.
The haphealthcarereform.org website also includes reliable information about the health care laws efective now and those to come. Sign up to receive email updates as additional health care reform information becomes available.
Put your mind at ease. Visit HAP’s Health Care Reform website to stay informed about the changes that matter most to you and your family.
In our Moving Onward article in the last issue, the frst bullet point should read:
Allow yourself to grieve: Grieving is normal after experiencing a loss. Consider talking with your doctor if your grief lasts for more than two months or afects your ability to perform daily duties. You may be experiencing a form of depression.
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