It’s Get Organized Month, and it’s the perfect time to follow through on your resolutions and organize your life.
First up, getting organized at work helps you reduce stress, and it can be great for your career. Get started.
Is your car always a cluttered mess? It can make everything from appointments to grocery shopping take longer, so get organized.
Don’t let icons crowd your desktop. Get organized on your computer with these easy tips.
Do you feel like clutter is everywhere in your life? These tips can help you get organized throughout your home.
Organize your way to a healthier diet with meal prepping.
Organize your health and wellness by tracking everything from your calendar to your daily health habits.
Organize your family’s healthcare wishes, so you’ll always be prepared in an emergency or if someone gets seriously sick.
It’s time for New Year’s resolutions once again, and we can help you set smart goals with our New Year’s Resolution Tips.
Be realistic while setting resolutions. If you want to start cooking all your meals at home, your first goal should be to eat at home a few times a week, and slowly ramp it up over time.
Be specific. “Losing weight” doesn’t give you something concrete to work toward. Instead say, “I want to lose 15 pounds over the next 6 months.“
If you choose a big goal, like learning another language, break it down into achievable steps, like signing up for a class, buying a tool, or studying vocab each week. And don’t beat yourself up if you’re not fluent at the end of the year.
Make it fun to stick to your goal. If you’re trying to lose weight but love desserts, learn about healthy alternatives and making lighter desserts. If you’re artistic, photograph nature to get moving outdoors.
Set deadlines. Making a plan is the only way you’ll actually get started. Meal plan in advance so you make smart choices at the grocery store or get a planner to schedule gym time.
Make every goal a healthy one. Been wanting to redecorate or remodel? Do things you can yourself, even if that just means painting the walls, and get moving without even noticing.
Reward yourself when you reach milestones. If you save money from each paycheck for 3 months, go do a fun activity you’ve maybe been cutting back on, like going to the movies.
Many people who diet the first week of January binge the second, and are ready for better choices by the third week of the month. That’s why this week is Healthy Weight Week!
Stop restricting calories! Losing weight with low-calorie diets can screw up your system. Instead, eat balanced and filling meals.
Cooking at home, where you can control what is in your food and how much you eat, can be better than using expensive dieting products.
Making healthy choices while remembering that not everyone can look the same can help you focus on a healthy weight.
Not getting enough sleep can make your hormones imbalanced, actually making you hungry! So don’t skimp and you’ll fight your hunger and up your energy.
Stay active and accountable. You are the only one who can keep yourself from going back to bad habits. Find things that motivate you like a cookbook that inspires you or a friend to workout with.
Reward yourself when you reach milestones. Finally hit a new dress size? Buy that outfit you’ve been wanting. Did you go to all the workouts you committed to? Sign-up for the fun fitness class you’ve been eyeing!
It’s a new year and time to stick to those resolutions! So this month in food, we’re giving you healthy recipes for all the times you eat. This week, it was healthy breakfast.
First up was a list of ideas for fast and easy energy-boosting toasts.
Image and Recipe via Buzzfeed Life
Look at a whole month of 350-Calorie Breakfasts from Rachel Ray, like this Cheesy Bacon and Tomato Strata.
These Skinny Vanilla Glazed Raspberry Swirl Scones can be made ahead for a quick and tasty breakfast on the go.
Oatmeal is a hearty winter favorite and heart-healthy. Get some inspiration for all the things you can do with it.
These Baked Vanilla Bean Doughnuts are easier than the fried treat and a much healthier breakfasts.
Image and Recipe via Cooking Classy
This Low-Fat Chocolate Chip Raspberry Quick Bread is a great baking project for the weekend that will make a tasty breakfast all week long.
Vegetarian Benedicts with Thyme Sabayon are a unique twist on the Eggs Benedict classic that will be perfect for a weekend breakfast.
It’s that time again to start picking out your New Years Resolutions. If you always go too big and forget about them within the month, each day this week we gave you some little changes and healthy resolutions you can stick to.
The hardest one is to quit smoking. It’s hard to do, but it’s standing in the way of your healthy life. We can help members connect to resources and support with our Quit For Life program.
Today’s resolution is to get more sleep. Sleep is when your body and mind heals and prepares. Find more info about sleep on our Pinterest.
Stress has been linked to big health problems, like heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Find info on ways to relieve some of your stress on our Pinterest board.
Resolve to get yearly checkups with your main doctor and dentist. It helps catch problems early and keeps you up-to-date on things like shots.
Floss your teeth! It sounds simple, but only half of Americans do it. Yet smiles are the first feature we notice. Take the time on your teeth, and people will notice.
Dieting sounds like a lot, so instead, focus on only eating healthy portions this New Year and watch your health improve!
Make a routine and stick to it. A routine in the morning can help you get up to workout, and one at night can help you go to sleep.
Personal fitness trackers—like the Fitbit® or Jawbone®—are popular devices to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions and stay fit all year long. The fitness tracker collects data and sends it to a phone app that tracks physical activity, calorie intake, and sleep quality. Wouldn’t it be cool if the device included an insurance tab to help people navigate their Medicare benefits, too?
Could you imagine how you’d feel slipping on the device if it said,
• “You have adequate coverage for your current health.”
• “Your doctor is in-network, and the out-of-pocket cost for your upcoming appointment is $10.”
• “Warning, you are nearing the prescription coverage gap.”
Until that technology comes along, Health Alliance Medicare can help explain Medicare basics. Most people paid for Medicare Part A through their payroll taxes while they were working, so they don’t pay a premium now. Part A covers inpatient hospital procedures, but not the doctor who does the procedure.
Medicare Part B covers the doctor and requires a monthly premium. Both A and B have deductibles (what you pay before your coverage kicks in) and coinsurance (a percentage of total cost that you pay). Figuring out coinsurance is tricky because it’s hard to plan what the overall doctor visit or hospital cost will be.
Medicare Part D is for prescription drug coverage. If you don’t choose Part D when you become eligible for Medicare, you could pay a penalty, called the Late Enrollment Penalty, if you add it later. If you pay a lot for your medicine, it’s important to read your monthly Explanation of Benefits to see if and when you’ll fall into the coverage gap.
Medicare Advantage plans, like Health Alliance Medicare, are called Part C and cover every benefit of Original Medicare and more, plus you can add prescription drug coverage. Medicare Advantage plans can be an easy transition for those turning 65 because they look a lot like employer insurance plans.
Until someone invents a Medicare app, consider Health Alliance Medicare your source for information. Helping people get started with the right information to avoid common and costly pitfalls later is the best part of our jobs.