November kicks off a season filled with travel, food, fun and family. Celebrating the holidays can be challenging for people with diabetes.
Here are some tips to help you stay healthy this holiday season!
1. Healthy & Tasty Recipes:
Remember that the holiday meal is simply a meal, not a week long feast. Preplanning meals by following a recipe is an excellent way to control carbohydrate, fat, sodium content, and more. There are many healthy, yet tasty, recipes available online that meet dietary guidelines for people with diabetes. Make sure you have healthy snacks like fresh fruits readily available when hunger strikes.
2. Set Reminders for Testing Blood Sugar
Holiday activities can interrupt your normal testing times. Don’t forget to monitor your blood sugar throughout the day. Phone reminders are a great way to preplan your testing times. Nothing is worse than realizing you’re out of testing supplies, so be proactive in obtaining refills and mindful of your pharmacy’s holiday hours.
3. Pack Extra Supplies & Medication
Controlling your blood sugars can be more difficult during the holidays, so it is imperative to be adherent to your medications. If you are planning on traveling, keep medicines, syringes, and blood sugar testing supplies in your carry-on rather than in checked luggage. It’s not uncommon to have a delayed flight or an airline losing your luggage. Get twice as many supplies as you usually need to travel. Identify pharmacies close to your destination in case you need a refill or an OTC product.
4. Stay Active
The best way to compensate for eating a little more than usual is to be active during and after the holidays. Taking a walk with the whole family can be a great way to integrate physical activity with family time. Indoor activities are great alternatives for cold weather. Some examples include exercise tapes/DVDs, yoga, and gym workouts.
What’s your resolution for the upcoming year? The holidays are meant as a time to reflect. Slow down and catch up with your loved ones but focus on your own health as well. Identify what you’ve accomplished with your health and goals for the upcoming year.
Tria Health wishes you and your family a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
As American Pharmacists Month, October is a great time to remember why your pharmacist is a key player in the health care system and how they can help you.
Pharmacists are Medication Experts
Pharmacists are trained on a wide variety of different disease states, but our specialty focuses on the medications used to treat those disease states within your body. We understand how medications work and can identify medication interactions and problems, including those involving non-prescription medications.
Pharmacists = Very Accessible Health Care Providers
Pharmacists are often available when other health care providers are not, and most often do not require you to schedule an appointment to ask questions about your healthcare needs.
Pharmacists Provide Much More than Medication Dispensing
Aside from dispensing medications, pharmacists can provide excellent counselling services about all medications (including herbal supplements) and a variety of different health conditions. Pharmacists play a major role in monitoring or managing several chronic conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight loss, and tobacco use. In fact, it has been proven that patients have better overall health outcomes if a pharmacist is involved on their healthcare team.
Pharmacists Help Ensure Your Meds are Safe, Appropriate & Effective
Pharmacists can look at all of your prescription medications as a whole to determine if they are safe, appropriate and effective in managing your health conditions. Your Pharmacist may also be able to assess if you’re taking medications you no longer need, if you have therapy duplication, if you’re missing certain medication that is proven to help your specific conditions, or if you’re taking something that could potentially be harmful to your health. The pharmacist can also suggest alternative drug options to lessen side effects, or reduce your drug costs.
Pharmacists can provide guidance for managing your overall health and navigating today’s ever-changing health care system. Talk to your pharmacist today and see how they can help you!For information about Tria Health, visitwww.triahealth.com.
‘Tis The Flu Season
Every year, 10% – 20% of Americans get sick with the flu leading to missed days at work, school and even hospitalization. Flu seasons are unpredictable. It can begin as early as October and can last as late as May. During this fall season, protect yourself and your family from the flu by following these important tips.
Get your flu shot.
The best way to fight the flu is by getting vaccinated. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. It is especially important that seniors, pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems or certain medical conditions outlined by the CDC get the flu shot.
Wash your hands & disinfect surfaces.
Germs are everywhere! Washing your hands and wiping down frequently touched objects and surfaces. Take time to wash your hands thoroughly by working up a good lather and scrub for at least 20 seconds then rinse with warm water. Alcohol-based sanitizer is a good alternative to hand washing.
Cover coughs & sneezes.
Germs and viruses can easily spread to surfaces and other people through the air. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
Seek medical advice when feeling sick.
There is still a small chance you can catch the flu even if you get vaccinated. Pharmacists can make recommendations on choosing optimal over-the-counter products that can help manage your symptoms. Get adequate rest and hydration.
Talk to your Tria Pharmacist or other health care provider regarding flu related questions. For information about Tria Health, visitwww.triahealth.com.
Tria Health participated in the 7th Annual Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress conference last week in Orlando, Florida. A collaboration of dynamic speakers discussed innovative ways we can have an impact on healthcare and benefits. The conference keynote speaker Scott Hamilton highlighted his journey through the health care system and in his mind coined the phrase “medical tourism.” His message was powerful and enlightening.
It is not the events in life that define character it is how you deal with them.
The conference topics included: importance of engagement, medication therapy management and optimizing your wellness program.
The idea is to get people moving and improving the outcomes in health and wellness through incentive based programs. When employees are not engaged in the wellness initiative, absenteeism, productivity, employee retention all begin to impact the health plan. Tria Health clinical pharmacists provide both a preventative and clinical solution to promote better health and better outcomes which will impact your bottom line.