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April is Stress Awareness Month. When you are placed in a stressful situation, specific stress hormones rush into your bloodstream causing an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and glucose levels. This is helpful in short-term emergency situations, but prolonged exposure to stress can be dangerous and make you susceptible to health issues such as headaches, stomach disorders and depression. Learning to cope with stressful situations and manage your overall stress can help you stay healthy. Check out the resources available to members of State of Delaware non-Medicare health plans on the Behavioral Health/Emotional Wellbeing and Employee Assistance Program pages, or view a recording of a webinar offered by ComPsych® GuidanceResources® called “Tools to Handle Stress.”

March is National Nutrition Month®. Nutrition is part of the foundation for a healthy life. It is important to make informed food choices and develop healthy food and exercise habits. Proper nutrition can prevent and mitigate serious health conditions. Learn more about the nutrition resources available to members of State of Delaware non-Medicare Health plans by selecting your group (located under Benefits Menu) and then selecting Highmark or Aetna.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. This is an opportunity to encourage the children in your life to establish good oral hygiene habits such as brushing, flossing, and going to the dentist for routine cleanings. Modeling these habits while children are young can help prevent oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Learn more about the dental plans offered by the State of Delaware by selecting your group (located under Benefits Menu) and then selecting Delta Dental or Dominion National.

January is National Birth Defects Awareness Month. You can increase your chances of having a healthy baby by managing health conditions and adopting healthy behaviors before and during your pregnancy. Not all birth defects can be prevented, so this month is a time to raise awareness and highlight efforts to improve the health of people living with conditions from birth across their lifespan. Learn more about National Birth Defects Awareness Month and Maternity Support Resources available to members enrolled in a State of Delaware non-Medicare health plan.

Not feeling particularly cheery this time of year? You’re not alone. Many find that the holidays bring as much stress as they do joy. This can be a particularly difficult time for those who are grieving a loss or processing other trauma. Learn more about strategies and resources to help you manage holiday stress on the American Psychological Association website or the Behavioral Health/Emotional Wellbeing page (Medicare Pensioners version).

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. An estimated one in five Americans with diabetes and 84% of Americans with prediabetes do not know they have it. Diabetes puts people at risk for nerve damage, cardiovascular disease, foot and limb injuries, vision problems, and other complications that arise from having uncontrolled blood sugar. Diabetes also raises a person’s risk of having severe symptoms and complications from COVID-19. The good news is diabetes is treatable. Information about available resources on diabetes prevention and management can be found at www.diabetes.org.

October is National Depression Awareness Month. Everyone occasionally has bouts of sadness, but these feelings are usually fleeting. When a person has a depressive disorder, it interferes with daily life and normal functioning. Depression is a common but serious, and sometimes, life-threatening illness that often goes undiagnosed. The good news is that depression is highly treatable. The first step is to talk with your doctor about having a mental health screening. More information about available resources to manage depression can be found at https://www.samhsa.gov/ or the Behavioral Health/Emotional Wellbeing page (Medicare Pensioners version).

September is National Recovery Month. Substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. You can learn more about behavioral health and addiction, including treatment and recovery, at https://www.helpisherede.com/. You can also check out the resources available to you on the Behavioral Health/Emotional Wellbeing page (Medicare Pensioners version).

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. It is important for people of all ages to be vaccinated against serious, sometimes deadly, diseases. You can learn more about National Immunization Month on the CDC Vaccine page. Members of a State of Delaware non-Medicare health plan can also check out immunizations and other preventive services covered at 100% on the Preventive Care page.

July is Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month. UV rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer, which is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Make sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before being exposed to the sun and reapply every 2 hours. To protect against short- and long-term eye damage, wear a large-brimmed hat and choose large sunglasses with a tag or sticker stating they block at least 99 percent of UV rays. You can learn more about protecting your skin at protectyourskinde.com You can also check out your employee group’s EyeMed page (navigation: select your group, click the EyeMed tile) and the Cancer Resources page for other tips.

June is National Safety Month. National Safety Month is an opportunity to make a difference in your home, work, and community. Identifying risks and improving safety standards in your home or workplace protects everyone. To learn more, check out the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Safety Council, and the State of Delaware Insurance Coverage Office’s monthly newsletter, Safety Matters.

With over 5 million cases diagnosed in the United States each year, skin cancer is America’s most common cancer. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Remember to protect your skin from sun exposure, check your skin for warning signs, and get screened for skin cancer. Learn more on the Cancer Resources page.

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. According to the CDC, every single day, about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. The good news is that most workplace eye injuries are preventable. Whether your workplace is onsite requiring safety equipment or in an office in front of a computer screen, there are simple and easy steps you can take to protect your vision. Learn more about how to Put Vision Safety to Work  and try the 20-20-20 Vision Challenge . You can find additional information in the March issue of the Safety Matters  newsletter provided by the Insurance Coverage Office.

February is American Heart Month. Monitoring your blood pressure is one of the most important steps you can take to maintain a healthy heart. If it is determined that you have high blood pressure, it is a good idea to work with your doctor to manage it in order to lower your risk of suffering from a heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease. Check out the resources available to State of Delaware health plan members by selecting your group from the homepage and then clicking on Aetna or Highmark Delaware. You can also learn more about heart health from the American Heart Association.

Questions about COVID-19 vaccines? Contact the Division of Public Health Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-643-1715. The call center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For the most up to date information on the vaccine, including Delaware’s Vaccination Plan please visit the Department of Public Health.

The State Employee Benefits Committee (SEBC) approved award of pharmacy benefit management to CVS Caremark. The State Group Health Plan will transition from Express Scripts to CVS Caremark for active employees and non-Medicare retirees on July 1, 2021. Medicare retirees will transition on January 1, 2022. View the current press release

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