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World Cancer Day

Covered Bridge: One Day, Awareness for All

It’s likely that we’ve all known or come across at least one individual who has touched our lives with their empowering story. What do I mean by empowering story, you ask?

I mean the story of a family member, friend, fellow co-worker, or acquaintance that leaves a chill in your bones when you listen to how hard they fought. The kind of story that leaves a lasting impression on how you view life. One that alters who you are, even just a little. And one that proves, when faced with hardship, struggles, and even death, these individuals gave it all they have. Their fight can come from something greater than any of us can imagine, a love of life so great that fighting to beat it is the only choice they have.

You see, February 4 was World Cancer Day, which is meant to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration. We regularly hear about different months dedicated to raising awareness about certain types of cancer, but World Cancer Day is awareness for all cancers.

Here at Reid Health Alliance Medicare, we highly encourage you to get preventive care, keep yourself healthy and educated about cancer, and have the tools to keep the ones you love in the know.

Here are a few tips to protect yourself from cancer from WorldCancerDay.org:

  • Quit smoking. Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of cancer. Quitting at any age can increase life expectancy and improve quality of life.
  • Maintain a healthy weight and make physical activity part of your everyday life. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of bowel, breast, uterine, ovarian, pancreatic, esophagus, kidney, liver, advanced prostate, and gallbladder cancers. Specific changes to your diet, like limiting red or processed meat, can also make a difference.
  • Reduce your alcohol consumption. Limiting alcohol can help decrease the risk of mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, bowel, liver and breast cancer.
  • Protect your skin. Reducing exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and other sources, like tanning beds, can help reduce the risk of many skin cancers.

Morgan Gunder is a community and broker liaison for Reid Health Alliance. Born in the South and raised in the Midwest, she is a wife and mother with a passion for traveling, learning, and technology.

Prostate Health Month

Prostate Health Month

September is Prostate Health Month, and last week was Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. Make sure you get your annual screening before it’s too late.

Your Yearly Preventive Care and Physical


Ladies, you’re often the ones who get men to go to the doctor for screenings. When was the last time the men in your life got checked?

Protect the Men in Your Life


Prostate cancer kills approximately 30,000 men in the U.S. each year. Know your risk.

Prostate Cancer Death Toll


1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and African-American men are 1.57 times more likely to develop it. Early detection can help.

At Higher Risk


Did you know that BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) affects more than half of men over age 60?

BPH and You


Limit your risk of prostate cancer by not smoking and by getting regular screenings from your primary care provider (PCP).

Reduce Your Risk


Learn more about prostate cancer treatments, or find a walk and give back.

Prostate Cancer Facts


National High Blood Pressure Education Month

National High Blood Pressure Education Month

It’s National High Blood Pressure Education Month. High blood pressure increases your stroke risk, and every 40 seconds, an American has a stroke. Learn more.

High Blood Pressure's Risk


The Dangers of Strokes for Women

Do you understand your blood pressure? Learn more now.

Understanding Blood Pressure


High Blood Pressure's Risk

Break down your risk of high blood pressure to understand it better.

Breaking Down Why Your Blood Pressure’s High


Your Age and Strokes

Learn to eat right and exercise to fight high blood pressure.

Learn to Eat Right and Exercise for Your Heart


 High Blood Pressure's Risk

Tobacco takes a toll on your blood pressure. Learn more and get help quitting.

Tobacco and Your Heart


Learn About High Blood Pressure

This handy guide helps break down the info around your blood pressure meds.

Your Meds and Your Heart


High Blood Pressure's Risk

We’ve got quick tips to help you cut back on salt for your blood pressure without losing flavor:

Cutting Back on Salt for Your Heart


Adventure for Men's Health!

Men’s Health Week

June is Men’s Health Month, and this week was Men’s Health Week!

Show your support for Men’s Health Month by wearing blue! And learn more about making your health a priority.



Eating healthy is important for everyone, but studies show men worry about their diet less than women. Make sure you know your nutritional needs.



Quitting smoking, getting screened, and using sunscreen are just some of the ways men can protect themselves from cancer. Don’t become one of the 300,0000 men in the U.S. that dies from cancer each year.

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What’s the #1 thing you can do to take care of yourself? Schedule your annual exam today!



Men are more likely to drink too much and be dependent on alcohol, which increases health risks. Have you thought about how it could affect your future?

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High blood pressure, especially in men, is a huge risk. What is it and what can you do about it?

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Get active! One of the best things you can do to stay healthy at any age is to stay active. Pick an activity you love and stick with it!



Healthy Hearts for American Heart Month

American Heart Month 2015

February is American Heart Month, so we gave you info to protect your heart each day.

Get your blood pressure checked so you know your risk.

Taking Your Blood Pressure


Visit your doctor regularly and know your cholesterol to protect your heart.

Learning About Cholesterol


Eating a healthy diet helps protect you from all kinds of health problems, including your heart health. Find recipes.

Heart Healthy Dieting


Smoking affects not just your lungs, but also your heart. Quit before it’s too late.

Cancer and Smoking


Heart disease is the #1 killer of women. Find info and help tailored to you and Go Red.

Women and Their Hearts


Getting healthy through diet, exercise, quitting, and managing your stress is the best way to protect your heart. The American Heart Association can help.

Who do you know that’s been touched by heart disease? Does it run in your family? Help fight the disease.

Give to Protect Hearts



National Cancer Prevention Month

National Cancer Prevention Month

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, so we gave you more cancer info each day this week.

1,658,370 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2015, and 589,430 will die from cancer. Get involved in fighting back.

Know the warning signs and symptoms of cancer. Early detection could save your life.

Cancer Signs and Symptoms


You can take steps to prevent cancer. Maintain a healthy body weight, eat right, and be active.

Prevention Through Healthy Choices


Cancer deaths have declined 20% since 1991, saving 1.3 million lives. Your involvement helps.

Cancer Research


30% of all cancer deaths can be attributed to smoking, the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. We can help members quit.

Cancer and Smoking


1 in 235 children will get cancer before age 20. Learn more about protecting your kids.

Preventing Cancer in Children


In 2009, cancer cost the U.S. $216.6 billion dollars. Finding a cure helps us all save. Find ways to help now.

Cancer Costs


Time Is Up: Make Healthy Resolutions

Making Healthy Resolutions

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.

Quit Smoking Resolution


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.

Getting Enough Sleep


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.

Managing Stress in the New Year


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.

Regular Checkups for Your Health


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.

Flossing for Your Future


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.

Building a Healthy Routine