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Beyond the Mat—5 Benefits of Yoga

Posted September 28, 2023 by Julie Sich, MS ATC, Director, Quality Improvement and Provider Engagement

Yoga is an ancient tradition that started as a spiritual practice, but has become increasingly popular today as a way of promoting physical and mental well-being.

While there are many different yoga styles, most sessions focus on breathing exercises, meditation and physical postures. That’s why yoga is a great way to tune into your body and inner-self, while building strength, flexibility and balance.

Research continues to discover additional benefits of yoga beyond the...

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Four Reasons to Check In With Your PCP

Posted September 14, 2023 by Jen Yates, MS, Manager, Health & Wellness

With the busyness of everyday life, it can be easy to forget to schedule preventative care visits. In fact, many people wait until they’re sick to see a doctor.

But, regular appointments and building a strong relationship with a primary care provider (PCP), is an important way to be proactive in your health. Think of your PCP as your partner in becoming your healthiest self. Research shows people who have a PCP have better health outcomes and longer life spans.

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Stress Management: Relax and Recharge Your Way to Better Health

Posted August 31, 2023 by Hugh Kelley Riley, M.D., MBA

Busy family schedules can often force relaxation to take a back seat. Who has time to relax when many households have working parents, family obligations, kids’ extracurricular activities, homework, meals to prepare, a house to clean (… the list goes on and on)?

But carving out some much-needed downtime isn’t just about finding peace of mind or enjoying a fun hobby, it’s a matter of your health! Relaxation is important for decreasing daily stress and...

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Catch—or Even Prevent—Chronic Disease with These Four Proactive Approaches

Posted August 17, 2023 by James Grow, Jr., M.D.

Life’s hustle and bustle can make it easy to forget to prioritize self-care. But, it’s important to take charge of your health. Regular preventive care and making healthy choices help achieve optimal health, improved quality of life and reduced risk for chronic disease.

If there is a potential health issue, preventive care increases the likelihood of early detection and in many cases, allows for early intervention and treatment for improved outcomes.


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Learn Something New—Your Mental Health Will Thank You

Posted August 03, 2023 by Bassey Ijoma, MSN, RN, BSN, Manager, Quality & Clinical Improvement

Are you looking to acquire a new skill to advance your career or learn to play an instrument to bond with your child? Maybe you’re just curious about a topic?

Whatever your interest may be, we encourage you to try it. Research tells us to keep our minds active, especially as we age. Upskilling, the process of acquiring new knowledge and skills, is a great way to exercise your brain because the benefits reach far beyond the actual skill learned.

Learning something new can...

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Get the Clear Facts on Cataracts

Posted July 20, 2023 by James Grow, Jr., M.D.

Unfortunately for many, cataracts are a common part of aging. The National Eye Institute estimates more than half of Americans age 80 or older either have cataracts or have had surgery to remove them.

A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of your eye. Most commonly, cataracts are caused by normal changes in the eye as you age. After about age 40, proteins in your eyes start to break down and clump together, which creates the cloudy area, or cataract, on your lens. Most cases...

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Get Skin Smart—Monthly Self-Checks are Key for Early Skin Cancer Detection

Posted July 06, 2023 by Michael Tan, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Did you know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in this country than all other cancers combined!

Unlike most other cancers, skin cancers are most often visible to the patient and the examiner. If diagnosed early, skin cancer is easy to treat and almost always curable. But when allowed to progress, skin cancer can result in disfigurement and even death.

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SummaCare Prides Itself on Delivering Superior Member Experiences

Posted June 12, 2023 by Christine Elerick, Director, Member Experience

SummaCare’s focus is always on you, your family and business. We are known for superior customer service, but we are proud to distinguish ourselves by also providing an outstanding member experience. We put members first because our mission is to truly help members become their happiest and healthiest versions of themselves.

Our goal is to consistently exceed members’ expectations so they can expect a great member experience with every interaction they have with us...

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10 Ways to Stay Active and Independent in Your Golden Years

Posted May 25, 2023 by Jen Yates, MS, Manager, Health & Wellness

Physical activity is vital for a healthy body and mind. But as we age, activity helps prevent falls and other injuries while helping to keep seniors more independent.

The benefits of regular physical activity are abundant and include

  • Lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer
  • Increased strength and balance for better injury prevention
  • Decreased pain
  • Improved mood, including symptoms of depression or anxiety
  • Increased cognitive functioning to...

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7 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Health

Posted May 11, 2023 by Michael Tan, Medical Director, Health Services Management

After a cold winter season, warmer spring temperatures and sunshine are a breath of fresh air. It’s a season of fresh starts and of course, catching up on some much-needed spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be reserved only for your home—your health can benefit too. This season of renewal is a great time to pause and rethink your diet, physical activity, sleep habits and more.

SummaCare offers seven tips for spring cleaning your health. After...

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Going Green—Another Way SummaCare Makes Your Health Top Priority

Posted April 20, 2023 by Melissa Rusk, CLSSBB, CPC, Vice President of Operations

You, your health and well-being is always SummaCare’s focus. So as your community health insurance partner, we are not only committed to providing members with personal attention and coordinated care, but also respecting the environment and neighborhood in which we live.

For more than a decade, SummaCare, in partnership with Summa Health, has been dedicated to protecting the environment by taking steps to reduce waste and pollution, while increasing energy efficiency and...

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Hydration—The First Step to Better Kidney Health

Posted March 30, 2023 by James F. Grow, Jr., M.D. Medical Director

Hydration is key for healthy bodies. Even though it is composed mostly of water, the human body needs water to continue functioning properly—especially your kidneys.

The kidney’s primary function is to filter out waste from the blood and excrete it in urine. Kidneys also perform the following vital functions:

  • Maintain electrolyte levels by regulating sodium and potassium
  • Regulate blood pressure and create red blood cells in the bone marrow
  • Produce vitamin D, which is...

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Addressing Drug Use in Teens: What Parents Need to Know

Posted March 09, 2023 by Julie Sich, MS ATC, Director of Quality Improvement and Provider Engagement

By the time they reach their senior year, nearly 70 percent of high schoolers will have tried alcohol, 50 percent will have taken an illegal drug and more than 20 percent will have used a prescription drug inappropriately, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

These statistics are especially alarming because a child’s brain continues to develop and grow until about age 25. Substance use can affect brain growth and development. Kids who begin substance...

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5 Common Health Conditions That Affect Minorities and Ways to Reduce Risk Factors

Posted February 23, 2023 by Bassey Ijoma, RN Mgr, Quality Improvement, Quality Mgmt – Commercial

Depending on your ethnic background, you may be at higher risk for certain diseases and chronic health conditions. While some of that risk is associated with genetics and lifestyle or cultural habits, another part of that risk is due to what’s called health disparities.

Health disparities highlight differences in social, economic, educational and health care opportunities among certain ethnic groups. These differences are caused by several factors, including:

  • Reduced...

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Donating Blood—Four Important Reasons Why You Should

Posted February 09, 2023 by Michael J. Tan, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Assistant Medical Director

The United States is experiencing a national blood supply shortage due to significant disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. So, roll up your sleeves to help those in need. We need you!

Donating blood is a life-saving gift. Your blood donation can save the lives of up to three people, according to the American Red Cross. Healthcare providers use blood donations daily for surgery and cancer patients, organ transplant recipients and trauma patients — both young and old....

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Risks of Expired Medicine and Proper Disposal Guidelines

Posted January 26, 2023 by James F. Grow, Jr., M.D.

You should dispose of expired prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

Medicine is expensive. It can be frustrating to frequently replace expired, yet unused medicine. However, there’s a good reason the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began requiring expiration dates on medicine in 1979. This critical data states whether the product is safe to use and will work as intended.

Using expired medical products is risky and possibly harmful to your health. Once an...

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Five Clutter-Busting Habits to Incorporate Now

Posted January 13, 2023 by Jen Yates, MS, Manager, Health & Wellness and Provider Engagement

With winter in full swing, it’s a great time to focus your energy indoors to declutter your home. Getting rid of excess possessions and organizing your space can improve your mental health, add value to your home and give you the room you need to do the things you love.

A messy, unorganized house can feel overwhelming. In fact, clutter has been shown to have a negative impact on stress levels, productivity and health by making it difficult to focus and relax.

If you&...

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