Health and Wellness

Tools for Managing Stress

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Access, Health and Wellness

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Stress can affect anyone. It’s your body’s natural reaction to overwhelming or dangerous situations, and can have negative effects on mental and physical health if left untreated. Life-stressors may include difficulties in personal relationships, struggles with caring for others, lack of a work/life balance, pressures from school, experiencing a major life event like divorce or illness, and financial insecurity or unemployment.

“Asking for help for stress, depression and anxiety, or supporting a loved one in getting care, is the first step toward improving mental wellness,” says Sutter Health Plus CEO Brian Fellner. “It’s critical that our members know they have access to services designed to treat the whole person.”

Mental and Behavioral Health Services
Mental health conditions are very common and very real. According to a recent report from Mental Health America, 18 percent of American adults have a mental health condition, yet less than half have received treatment. Sutter Health Plus partners with U.S. Behavioral Health Plan, California (USBHPC) to provide access to mental health, behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment services.

Members can visit or call USBHPC at 855-202-0984 and self-refer to a participating licensed mental health provider for in-person office visits or to book a secure virtual visit with select providers. Virtual visits, where available, may be accessed through a desktop or mobile device from the comfort of a member’s home. Benefit information, stress management articles, self-assessment tools, informational videos and tips for improving mental wellness are also available on the Live and Work Well site.

Stress Management Coaching
Sutter Health Plus offers the Health Coaching Program to help with stress management at no additional out-of-pocket cost to members. The program provides customized life coaching to help effectively manage stress and achieve wellness goals. Members work one-on-one with a trained, personal health coach to uncover barriers to self-management, link behavior to personal values, and set goals to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Participation is easy. Coaching appointments are by telephone and the first call lasts no more than 20 minutes. The Sutter Health Plus Health and Wellness site also offers a self-enrolled online stress management assessment and customized action plan with interactive quizzes. This learning module teaches members to identify stressors and find coping techniques for controlling feelings during stressful situations. For more information about the Health Coaching Program, call 866-961-8513 or visit the Health and Wellness site through the Member Portal.

Stress Prevention
There are many ways help to reduce or prevent stress. Try carving out time for deep breathing, yoga or tai chi, putting on relaxing music, or going for a short walk. Whatever activity you find calming, make the time to do it daily for at least 15 minutes. Here are some other ways to boost mental wellness:

  • Get creative: Just 30 minutes of an artistic activity, like coloring or painting, is enough to reduce anxiety levels.
  • Take a digital detox: Take breaks from your devices at meals, during outings with family and friends, and at least a half hour before bedtime.
  • Meditate: Quiet mindfulness through meditation may help calm your body and clear away the information overload that contributes to stress.
  • Laugh often: Laughter can stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which may reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
  • Say no: Allow yourself to say no to obligations, projects and stressful situations, and don’t expect perfection from yourself or others.

For more information about mental and behavioral health benefits, members can consult their Evidence of Coverage and Disclosure Form found on the Member Portal.

Primary Care Physicians

Posted by on Dec 6, 2019 in Health and Wellness, Quality

A member’s primary care physician (PCP) provides or coordinates most care such as routine exams, preventive care and treatment for illnesses and minor injuries. It’s important to select the right PCP and begin building a long-term, personal relationship.

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Pediatric Benefits: Helping Children Stay Healthy

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Access, Health and Wellness

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Infancy, childhood and adolescence are important stages in a child’s healthy development. Help your child maintain good health by seeking regular preventive care, and acute care, when needed. Sutter Health Plus pediatric members have access to a variety of healthcare services—from well-child exams and immunizations to same-day and urgent care—to support a child’s growing mind and body.

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Put a Flu Shot on Your To-do List

Posted by on Nov 15, 2019 in Health and Wellness

Cooler weather and shorter days mean fall is here—and so is the flu season. The flu is usually spread by an infected person when they cough, sneeze or talk. It’s highly contagious and can be especially serious for certain populations.

The best way to prevent flu-related illness, or help shorten an illness’ duration, is to get an annual flu vaccine. And, by getting a flu vaccine, you’re not only protecting yourself, but others.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the vaccine. Pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and people with certain health conditions, are at greater risk for severe flu complications.

Sutter Health Plus members can get flu vaccines at no out-of-pocket cost at their physician’s office, Sutter Walk-In Care, or a network pharmacy when available. Talk to your doctor about which flu vaccine product is right for you. While no appointment is necessary at the pharmacy or Sutter Walk-In Care, members should call ahead to verify the requested vaccine is in stock.

In addition, take everyday preventive steps to stop the spread of germs by avoiding contact with sick people, covering your nose and mouth before coughing or sneezing, and washing your hands often.

Already caught the flu?
If you think you’ve caught the flu, contact your doctor for diagnosis and any needed treatment. If you need care quickly, consider same-day care at a
Sutter Walk-In Care location or through a video visit.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted by on Oct 1, 2019 in Health and Wellness

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime[1]. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and encourage preventive screenings and care.

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Men’s Health: Preventive and Proactive Measures

Posted by on Aug 29, 2019 in Access, Health and Wellness

For many men, it can take a near emergency to prompt a trip to the doctor. In fact, men are a third less likely than women to schedule routine preventive care exams and screenings (1). Some wait until health symptoms are persistent before seeking medical care. Others may feel uncomfortable during a regular checkup, fear an unpleasant diagnosis or think they are simply too busy. It’s important to make time for health, wellness and self-care—even if you feel healthy.

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