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  September Health News
   September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month
  • Keep Your Cholesterol in Check
  • Raising Good Cholesterol
  • Know Your Levels
  • Dr. Oz video: Know Your Five
  • Source4Women Seminar: Eating Healthy on a Shoestring Budget
  • My health, My questions, myuhc.com
  • Monthly Recipe
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Keep Your Cholesterol in Check

High blood cholesterol can significantly increase your risk of high blood pressure and diabetes, both stroke factors. Although cholesterol affects all cultural groups in the same way, researchers estimate that up to 40 percent of Americans have never had their levels checked. And since there may be no symptoms or warning signs of high blood cholesterol, this makes it more important to check with your physician to have your cholesterol checked regularly.

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Raising Good Cholesterol

There are two main kinds of cholesterol: low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high density

lipoprotein (HDL). Too much LDL — often called “bad cholesterol” — can clog your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease. HDL, on the other hand, offers some protection. To help prevent heart disease, the goal is to lower LDL and raise HDL. Lifestyle changes can help lower LDL — by 20 percent or more for some people — and boost your HDL. To help lower your cholesterol, focus on these strategies:


Chow down on healthful foods. The key is to eat a low-fat, low cholesterol diet. To do this, choose plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, and low-fat or nonfat dairy products. Cut back on meats, high-fat dairy products and processed foods.


Weigh yourself. If you’re overweight, shedding pounds can help. Your bathroom scale is one way to assess your weight. Another is to measure your waist. Your doctor may recommend losing weight if your waist measurement is more than 40 inches for men or 35 inches for women.


Have a moving day. Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do to improve your cholesterol levels and protect your heart, so take time each day to move and exercise.

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Know Your Levels

There usually are no outward signs of high cholesterol, so it’s important to have your levels checked routinely. Before the test, you’ll need to fast by going nine to 12 hours without food. Blood will then be drawn and tested for total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides, another type of fat in the blood.


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My Health, My questions, myuhc.com


It can be easy to forget about your health insurance until you need it. Just know that we’re here for you any time at myuhc.com. Here are four ways we can help when you need us.


1. Looking for a new doctor or a specialist?

Click “Find a Doctor” to search for providers near you. You can even see which doctors have been recognized by the UnitedHealth Premium® program for having met national quality standards and local benchmarks for cost efficiency.


2. Want or need a treatment — but are worried about the cost?

The myHealthcare Cost Estimator tool can help you see and compare costs for different/multiple providers. That way you can select the option that’s best for you. Click “Estimate Health Care Costs” to get started. It will guide you through the steps to get your estimate. And, it will provide you with information about the procedure, risks and benefits along the way. And, check out our new Victorious Patient game! It’s a fun way to see how myHCE can help you make more informed choices. Visit www.victoriouspatient.com.

 

3. Looking for a simple way to manage claims?

Click “Manage My Claims” to easily:

  • Search for claims
  • Track claims you need to watch
  • Mark claims you’ve already paid
  • Use easy-to-read graphs to better understand your bills


4. Need a place to organize your personal health information?

The “Health & Wellness” tab includes a personal health record. It can help you keep track of your family medical history, allergies, immunizations, medications and more. When going to a new doctor print out your record and bring it with you for easy reference.


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Better Health with Dr. Oz: Know Your Five

How well do you know your own health? Start by knowing your five key numbers.

Click here to view the program.

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Source4Women Online Seminar
Eating Healthy on a Shoestring Budget

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD

September 10, 2013

To register for an upcoming Source4Women online seminar, visit www.source4women.com and click on "Online Seminars & Events." All seminars are recorded and archived for viewing after the live seminar date.

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September Healthy Recipe: Strawberry, Arugula and Spinach Salad with Grilled Shrimp

 

Add this tasty twist to your grilled shrimp with sweet fruit and healthy greens.


Ingredients:
2 cups baby spinach, rinsed and dried

2 cups arugula, rinsed and dried

2 cups strawberries, sliced (1 pint)

2 ozs crumbled goat cheese

3 Tbsp pecans, toasted and chopped

2 small green onions, sliced

1 pound shrimp, cleaned and deveined

Salad Dressing

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (or use your favorite vinegar)

1 Tbsp honey mustard

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp fresh chopped basil

Pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper



Directions:
Salad Dressing - Whisk the vinegar and honey mustard together in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Add fresh herbs and season with salt and pepper. Heat and oil grill.

 

Grill shrimp 3-4 minutes on each side until slightly charred and cooked through. Remove from heat.

 

Combine all salad ingredients together and toss with salad dressing. Divide onto four plates and arrange grilled shrimp on top. Serve and enjoy.

Yield: 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 251 - Fat: 12.8 g
Carbohydrate: 12.5 g - Protein: 23 g
Sodium: 306 mg - Fiber: 2.5 g

Cholesterol: 177 mg

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