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September is Healthy Aging MonthMove more and sit less:  Get at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity ...
09/14/2021

September is Healthy Aging Month

Move more and sit less: Get at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week. You can take a 30-minute walk, 5 days a week, do water aerobics, ride a bike, dance or even mow the lawn.

Do some muscle-strengthening activity: Older adults should do muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week.

Incorporate stretching and balance training: Make sure you stretch every day. Try stretching exercises or simple balance exercises such as one-legged stand. Yoga, Pilates and Tai
Chi are also great for flexibility and balance.

Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.

Source: Health.gov

September is Healthy Aging Month

Move more and sit less: Get at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week. You can take a 30-minute walk, 5 days a week, do water aerobics, ride a bike, dance or even mow the lawn.

Do some muscle-strengthening activity: Older adults should do muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week.

Incorporate stretching and balance training: Make sure you stretch every day. Try stretching exercises or simple balance exercises such as one-legged stand. Yoga, Pilates and Tai
Chi are also great for flexibility and balance.

Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.

Source: Health.gov

09/13/2021
September is National Cholesterol Education Month.  There are two types of blood cholesterol: LDL (“bad”) and HDL (“good...
09/09/2021

September is National Cholesterol Education Month.

There are two types of blood cholesterol: LDL (“bad”) and HDL (“good”). When the body has too much LDL cholesterol or not enough HDL cholesterol, it can cause buildup called “plaque” on the walls of blood vessels. http://bit.ly/2kxTyCA

September is National Cholesterol Education Month.

There are two types of blood cholesterol: LDL (“bad”) and HDL (“good”). When the body has too much LDL cholesterol or not enough HDL cholesterol, it can cause buildup called “plaque” on the walls of blood vessels. http://bit.ly/2kxTyCA

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September is National Cholesterol Education Month.For Active members, a cholesterol test is part of your Get Healthy Kno...
09/02/2021

September is National Cholesterol Education Month.

For Active members, a cholesterol test is part of your Get Healthy Know Your Numbers wellness screening.

High cholesterol typically has no signs or symptoms but can lead to heart attack and stroke. That’s why it’s important to have your cholesterol checked. Check back here for other helpful tips throughout the month.

Learn more from the CDC. http://bit.ly/2AtTuvx

September is National Cholesterol Education Month.

For Active members, a cholesterol test is part of your Get Healthy Know Your Numbers wellness screening.

High cholesterol typically has no signs or symptoms but can lead to heart attack and stroke. That’s why it’s important to have your cholesterol checked. Check back here for other helpful tips throughout the month.

Learn more from the CDC. http://bit.ly/2AtTuvx

Fun in the Sun may Cause Canker SoresMost of us enjoy summer days, but for some people, sun exposure can trigger the fam...
08/27/2021

Fun in the Sun may Cause Canker Sores

Most of us enjoy summer days, but for some people, sun exposure can trigger the familiar burn or tingle of a canker sore or cold sore. These mouth ulcers can appear for many reasons, including stress, food allergies, mouth injuries, vitamin or mineral deficiencies and hormonal changes.

Canker sores are small spots with a white or yellow center that appear on the tongue, mouth, gums or inner cheeks or lips. Although not contagious, they’re painful and can make it hard to eat and drink. Canker sores turn gray as they heal, which takes one to three weeks.

Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are contagious and caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus. These fluid-filled blisters appear on or near the mouth or on the face and usually heal in one to two weeks. Over-the-counter cold sore ointments may help the sore heal faster. If sun triggers an outbreak for you, wearing sunscreen may help prevent them in the future.

Carry over-the-counter pain relievers – Keep ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen in your purse, glove box or luggage. These NSAIDs can temporarily reduce pain and swelling due to toothaches or other issues.

Source: United Concordia

Fun in the Sun may Cause Canker Sores

Most of us enjoy summer days, but for some people, sun exposure can trigger the familiar burn or tingle of a canker sore or cold sore. These mouth ulcers can appear for many reasons, including stress, food allergies, mouth injuries, vitamin or mineral deficiencies and hormonal changes.

Canker sores are small spots with a white or yellow center that appear on the tongue, mouth, gums or inner cheeks or lips. Although not contagious, they’re painful and can make it hard to eat and drink. Canker sores turn gray as they heal, which takes one to three weeks.

Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are contagious and caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus. These fluid-filled blisters appear on or near the mouth or on the face and usually heal in one to two weeks. Over-the-counter cold sore ointments may help the sore heal faster. If sun triggers an outbreak for you, wearing sunscreen may help prevent them in the future.

Carry over-the-counter pain relievers – Keep ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen in your purse, glove box or luggage. These NSAIDs can temporarily reduce pain and swelling due to toothaches or other issues.

Source: United Concordia

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Did you know? Vision disorders can negatively impact a babies’ ability to bond with their parent/caregiver, their abilit...
08/19/2021

Did you know?

Vision disorders can negatively impact a babies’ ability to bond with their parent/caregiver, their ability to explore the world by reaching and grasping, and also impede development of fine and gross motor skills.

One in every 4 school-age children and 1 in every 17 preschool-aged children have some form of vision problem requiring treatment.

24% of teens with correctable vision have the wrong prescription

80% of all blindness and vision impairment is either preventable or treatable.

Across the country, as children and parents are gearing up for the back to school, remember that healthy vision is critical to academic and social success. As a child grows, an untreated eye disease or condition becomes more difficult to correct. These can worsen and lead to other serious problems as well as affect reading ability, focus, classroom behavior, and social adjustment in school.

The PEBTF offers a Vision Plan benefit for Active members and their family. Visit the PEBTF website for more information about this benefit.

Source: PreventBlindness.org

Did you know?

Vision disorders can negatively impact a babies’ ability to bond with their parent/caregiver, their ability to explore the world by reaching and grasping, and also impede development of fine and gross motor skills.

One in every 4 school-age children and 1 in every 17 preschool-aged children have some form of vision problem requiring treatment.

24% of teens with correctable vision have the wrong prescription

80% of all blindness and vision impairment is either preventable or treatable.

Across the country, as children and parents are gearing up for the back to school, remember that healthy vision is critical to academic and social success. As a child grows, an untreated eye disease or condition becomes more difficult to correct. These can worsen and lead to other serious problems as well as affect reading ability, focus, classroom behavior, and social adjustment in school.

The PEBTF offers a Vision Plan benefit for Active members and their family. Visit the PEBTF website for more information about this benefit.

Source: PreventBlindness.org

There are three ways to complete a wellness screening:1. Quest Diagnostics® Patient Service Center – You must register s...
08/18/2021

There are three ways to complete a wellness screening:
1. Quest Diagnostics® Patient Service Center – You must register so that Quest Diagnostics has an order for you. Masks are required.

2. Physician Results Form – Visit your doctor for the wellness screening. Register on the Quest Diagnostics® Health & Wellness website to download the 2021 Physician Results Form. Your doctor must complete the form in its entirety and you must upload or fax it to Quest Diagnostics by December 31, 2021. Do not use an old form because your results will not be recorded.

3. Onsite event at select commonwealth worksites – Onsite event locations are limited this year due to ongoing COVID-19 guidelines. If you scheduled an appointment at an onsite event, you must follow all CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines, including wearing a mask, when attending the event. Arrive at your scheduled time. Walk-ins will not be accepted this year nor will same day requests to change your appt time.

There are three ways to complete a wellness screening:
1. Quest Diagnostics® Patient Service Center – You must register so that Quest Diagnostics has an order for you. Masks are required.

2. Physician Results Form – Visit your doctor for the wellness screening. Register on the Quest Diagnostics® Health & Wellness website to download the 2021 Physician Results Form. Your doctor must complete the form in its entirety and you must upload or fax it to Quest Diagnostics by December 31, 2021. Do not use an old form because your results will not be recorded.

3. Onsite event at select commonwealth worksites – Onsite event locations are limited this year due to ongoing COVID-19 guidelines. If you scheduled an appointment at an onsite event, you must follow all CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines, including wearing a mask, when attending the event. Arrive at your scheduled time. Walk-ins will not be accepted this year nor will same day requests to change your appt time.

08/16/2021
Today is National Relaxation Day.  Here are a few ideas to help relax:Stretch out your favorite morning ritual – no need...
08/15/2021

Today is National Relaxation Day.
Here are a few ideas to help relax:

Stretch out your favorite morning ritual – no need to rush to get your day started.

Go for a nice long walk in a park or along a body of water.

Listen to some calming music.

Take a virtual yoga class or meditate.

Today is National Relaxation Day.
Here are a few ideas to help relax:

Stretch out your favorite morning ritual – no need to rush to get your day started.

Go for a nice long walk in a park or along a body of water.

Listen to some calming music.

Take a virtual yoga class or meditate.

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Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most of this exposure comes from the sun, bu...
08/06/2021

Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most of this exposure comes from the sun, but some can come from man-made sources, such as indoor tanning beds. People who get a lot of exposure to UV rays are at greater risk for skin cancer.

The main types of UV rays that can affect your skin include UVA rays and UVB rays. UVB rays are a more potent cause of some skin cancers, but both UVA and UVB rays can damage skin and cause skin cancer. There are no safe UV rays.

What Affects UV Exposure?
Time of day: UV rays are strongest in the middle of the day, between 10 am and 4 pm.

Season of the year: UV rays are stronger during spring and summer months.

Altitude: More UV rays reach the ground at higher elevations.

Cloud cover: The effect of clouds can vary, but it's important to know that UV rays can get through, even on a cloudy day.

Reflection off surfaces: UV rays can bounce off surfaces like water, sand, snow, or pavement, leading to an increase in UV exposure.

Source: American Cancer Society

Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most of this exposure comes from the sun, but some can come from man-made sources, such as indoor tanning beds. People who get a lot of exposure to UV rays are at greater risk for skin cancer.

The main types of UV rays that can affect your skin include UVA rays and UVB rays. UVB rays are a more potent cause of some skin cancers, but both UVA and UVB rays can damage skin and cause skin cancer. There are no safe UV rays.

What Affects UV Exposure?
Time of day: UV rays are strongest in the middle of the day, between 10 am and 4 pm.

Season of the year: UV rays are stronger during spring and summer months.

Altitude: More UV rays reach the ground at higher elevations.

Cloud cover: The effect of clouds can vary, but it's important to know that UV rays can get through, even on a cloudy day.

Reflection off surfaces: UV rays can bounce off surfaces like water, sand, snow, or pavement, leading to an increase in UV exposure.

Source: American Cancer Society

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July is UV Safety MonthUse SunscreenUse a broad spectrum sunscreen before you go outside.  Use SPF 15 or higher and one ...
07/30/2021

July is UV Safety Month

Use Sunscreen

Use a broad spectrum sunscreen before you go outside. Use SPF 15 or higher and one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Put a thick layer on all exposed skin. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating or toweling off.

Sunscreen is not recommended for babies who are 6 months old or younger. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends keeping infants out of the sun during midday and using protective clothing if they have to be in the sun.
Check the sunscreen’s expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than 3 years. Its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures.

Source: CDC.gov

July is UV Safety Month

Use Sunscreen

Use a broad spectrum sunscreen before you go outside. Use SPF 15 or higher and one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Put a thick layer on all exposed skin. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating or toweling off.

Sunscreen is not recommended for babies who are 6 months old or younger. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends keeping infants out of the sun during midday and using protective clothing if they have to be in the sun.
Check the sunscreen’s expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than 3 years. Its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures.

Source: CDC.gov

July is UV Safety MonthWear a Hat and Sunglasses When OutsideSunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the ri...
07/28/2021

July is UV Safety Month

Wear a Hat and Sunglasses When Outside

Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure.

Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection. Most sunglasses sold in the United States, regardless of cost, meet this standard. Wrap-around sunglasses work best because they block UV rays from sneaking in from the side.

Source: CDC.gov

July is UV Safety Month

Wear a Hat and Sunglasses When Outside

Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure.

Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection. Most sunglasses sold in the United States, regardless of cost, meet this standard. Wrap-around sunglasses work best because they block UV rays from sneaking in from the side.

Source: CDC.gov

July is UV Safety MonthWear Protective ClothingWhen possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts, which ...
07/26/2021

July is UV Safety Month

Wear Protective Clothing

When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts, which can provide protection from UV rays.

If wearing long-sleeved shirts isn’t practical, try to wear a T-shirt or a beach cover-up.

Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection.

Darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors.

Some clothing is certified under international standards as offering UV protection.

Source: CDC.gov

July is UV Safety Month

Wear Protective Clothing

When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts, which can provide protection from UV rays.

If wearing long-sleeved shirts isn’t practical, try to wear a T-shirt or a beach cover-up.

Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection.

Darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors.

Some clothing is certified under international standards as offering UV protection.

Source: CDC.gov

July is UV Safety MonthStay in the ShadeReduce your risk of sun damage and skin cancer by staying in the shade under an ...
07/22/2021

July is UV Safety Month

Stay in the Shade

Reduce your risk of sun damage and skin cancer by staying in the shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter.

Use sunscreen (SPF 15)

Wear protective clothing when you’re outside—even when you’re in the shade.

Source: CDC.gov

July is UV Safety Month

Stay in the Shade

Reduce your risk of sun damage and skin cancer by staying in the shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter.

Use sunscreen (SPF 15)

Wear protective clothing when you’re outside—even when you’re in the shade.

Source: CDC.gov

07/20/2021
Things You Can do to Protect Your VisionJuly is Healthy Vision Month and here are two more things you can do now to prot...
07/17/2021
National Eye Institute | National Eye Institute

Things You Can do to Protect Your Vision

July is Healthy Vision Month and here are two more things you can do now to protect your vision.

Stay on top of long-term health conditions — like diabetes and high blood pressure. Diabetes and high blood pressure can increase your risk for some eye diseases, like glaucoma. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, ask your doctor about steps you can take to manage your condition and lower your risk of vision loss.

If you smoke, make a quit plan. Quitting smoking is good for almost every part of your body, including your eyes! Kicking the habit will help lower your risk for eye diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts. Quitting smoking is hard, but it’s possible —and a quit plan can help. PEBTF members have a free smoking cessation program. Call Quit For Life 1-800-QUIT-NOW or enroll on www.quitnow.net/pebtf.

Source: https://www.nei.nih.gov/

The National Eye Institute (NEI) performs and supports vision research and education programs that protect and prolong vision. Learn about eye conditions, healthy eyes, vision studies, and grants for vision research.

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