Wellness Wise

Your Preventive Exam

Image Description Here About 133 million Americans—nearly 1 in 2 adults—live with at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes or heart disease1.

Many of these conditions have no obvious outward signs or symptoms. For example, high blood pressure makes the heart work harder than normal and places individuals at risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and heart disease2. However, many people with high blood pressure do not know they have it.

An annual preventive exam with your healthcare provider is the best way to identify any health risks you may have. Catching the early signs and taking positive action for your health can help prevent or delay the onset of these costly, life-impacting conditions.

To encourage you to take this important ste, completing an annual preventive exam is one of two requirements to earn your $25 gift card incentive. Please go to http://bit.ly/utprevent for more information about preventive screenings and for a link to the list of qualifying exams.

There's Still Time to Earn Your $25 Gift Card
It's not too late to earn your gift card for this plan year—you have until August 31, 2014, to complete both your preventive exam and the Living Well Health Platform's health assessment to qualify. Contact your healthcare provider's office now to schedule your appointment. If you don't have a regular healthcare provider, please visit the BCBSTX Provider Finder at www.bcbstx.com/ut.

Chronic conditions are the most common and costly of all health problems, accounting for 7 in 10 deaths each year in the United States and more than 75% of health care costs, but they are also the most preventable. See your healthcare provider, then login and explore the resources available on the Living Well Health Platform at https://livingwell.provantonline.com. Take control of your health today!

If you have any questions about the platform, please contact Provant directly at (888) 703-2296 or via email at livingwell@provanthealth.com.

[1] http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/aag/chronic.htm
[2] http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/hypertension/express.pdf