Aiming to give your best shot to self-management
Ileana San Nicolas,
WBAMC, C, HEDIS Branch:
Many of us have so many responsibilities in life that we forget to take care of ourselves. While it’s hard to prioritize something like taking a bath when you have so many other priorities in life, self-care is an important aspect of our lives. Taking time out to care for yourself can remind you and others that you and your needs are important, too.
Having concern for your body can make you feel good about yourself and your life and conveys to others that you value yourself. This can contribute to long-term feelings of well-being. It all starts with making an appointment to see your primary care provider to schedule a physical with him or her.
During your visit with the primary care provider, discuss screenings for cervical cancer, chlamydia, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, diabetes and cholesterol. These are all preventive screenings covered under your health insurance that may save your life. Why take the risk? Aim to give your best shot for self-management by being proactive about your health. Don’t delay or procrastinate, your health should be the top priority on your “To Do List.” We can’t enjoy life, our loved ones, our career and the things that surround us if we ignore the most important thing in our life – our health.
We all enjoy a massage at the spa, a soak in the tub, a manicure or pedicure or just taking time out to pamper ourselves. While self-pampering doesn’t always lead to major improvements to our health like a healthy, balanced diet and exercise do, the relaxation you get from those pampering moments make sense in helping you cope with stress. Putting it all together, a visit to the doctor, preventive screenings and pampering are good for you, self-management is good for you inside and out.
There are excellent programs here at William Beaumont Army Medical Center’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set or HEDIS Branch. In addition to the preventive screenings, the WBAMC HEDIS programs for your benefit includes coaching for diabetes and asthma self-management.
The HEDIS population health staff is dedicated to calling all TRICARE beneficiaries to educate and can make appointments for you while you are on phone. If you would like a screning appointment, call 742-1373 or 742-1375. Take care of your health.
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