BCBS May Classes and Wellness Articles

posted Apr 25, 2011, 1:47 PM by Sara@LS   [ updated Apr 25, 2011, 1:58 PM ]

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) has both live classes and pre-recorded classes on demand available to you, which allows you to view any of the available BCBS classes 24 hours a day! Below is a list of the May classes:

1. Cultivating a Stress-Resilient Life

, a 4 week program to improve quality of life:

Using an experiential format complemented by practical techniques, this program will help individuals recognize personal habits and patterns that contribute to stress and how we handle it. Participants will explore the choices they make and their connection to stress and find positive ways to address the stress in everyday life. 4 consecutive weeks/1 hour each

The Class will run: - May 2-23.........9:00-10:00 am

The On Demand 1 hour classes for May are:

2. Know Your Numbers

Blood pressure, cholesterol, lipids, glucose, BMI... the numbers go on and on! But what do they mean? Participants will learn what their numbers mean and what they can do to improve their numbers, and when these numbers indicate it's time to see a healthcare professional.

3. Pre-Diabetes: It's Not Too Late

Participants will explore the different forms of diabetes, the possible signs or symptoms, how it is diagnosed and effective treatment plans.

4. Thinking About Quitting?

Participants will learn they have a choice and smoking is a habit that can be broken. The instructor will discuss barriers to quitting, local resources for quitting, and review the latest in tobacco-cessation aids.

5. Start Your Walking Program on the Right Foot

Participants will learn about walking techniques that increase fitness. Also, discussed, how distance, time and speed can be adjusted to meet specific fitness goals.

6. S.O.S - Save Our Spines

Learn about the steps and precautions necessary for optimal spine health. During this class participants learn how to prevent or relieve back pain, with simple, practical strength and stretching exercises.

You can register now for ongoing classes by visiting the following link: www.bluekcwebinars.com

All classes are free of charge for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City members.

Non-members are allowed to participate in the classes, but there are non-member fees associated with some of the classes. One time presentations are free of charge for everyone. Each class description indicates whether or not there is an additional participant fee for non-members that participate.
Put Stress to Rest



The last two years have been stressful for Americans. A struggling economy has caused some of us, or people we know, to lose jobs. There’s an influx of financial woes, longer hours at the office, less time for exercise and more eating on the go.


Surprisingly, small amounts of stress can be beneficial. But when it begins to affect your health, relationships or other aspects of your life, it’s time to do something.


Constant stress puts you at risk for:

·         Depression,

·         Digestive problems,

·         Heart disease,

·         Forgetfulness,

·         Obesity,

·         Sleep problems, and/or

·         Worsening of skin conditions.


Minimize stress and achieve a balanced life:

·         Identify key stressors. Make a list of issues that are at the top of your stress list. Once you know what they are, you can find ways to manage them.

·         Manage one stressor at a time. Start with the one you believe affects your life the most. Then work your way down the list.

·         Exercise over your lunch break. Sure, you might miss out on lunch with friends or coworkers, but it will be worth it. If you can’t make a class, go for a short, brisk walk outside or around your place of business.

·         Try to relax, even when you’re crunched for time. It’s not always easy to find time for relaxing, especially when your schedule is filled to the max. Deep breathing and meditation are good quick fixes that can be done at your desk or in a break room.

·         Think positive. Easier said than done, but when worked at, positive thinking can improve your stress levels dramatically. Have a glass of half-full each day!



Do you need additional support and guidance during your quest for a balanced life? One of our telephonic lifestyle coaches can help. Call a coach today, at 1-800-851-8091.


For more information about stress management, visit www.BlueKC.com.



Source: Mayo Clinic

Decisions, Decisions…



There’s probably been a time in your life when you’ve been faced with a life-changing event or had to make an important decision.


Some life changes or decisions are more challenging to deal with than others. They can even create stress, worry or depression.


Examples include:

·         A bad economy

·         Changing careers or jobs

·         Ending a relationship

·         Illness or a chronic condition

·         The loss of a loved one.


Increased stress and worry can take its toll on your health and lead to unhealthy habits, like overeating and use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs.


Physical signs of too much stress or worry include:

·         Dizziness

·         Dry mouth

·         Fatigue

·         Headaches

·         Irritability

·         Muscle aches or tension

·         Nausea

·         Shortness of breath

·         Trouble concentrating or sleeping


If you notice any of these signs, talk to your doctor. They could lead to serious conditions, like a suppressed immune system, digestive disorders, short-term memory loss, coronary artery disease or heart attack.


Don’t let stress have a negative impact on your life.

·         Try not to worry about things you can’t control

·         Eat a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains

·         Exercise regularly

·         Limit caffeine consumption

·         Relax by meditating or practicing deep-breathing techniques

·         Seek professional help

·         Set realistic goals

·         Talk regularly to someone you trust and can confide in

·         View change as positive, instead of a threat


Life is full of stressful, complicated situations. Learning to manage these situations is important to your productivity, happiness and sanity! Eventually, with practice and patience, coping will come naturally.


Visit www.BlueKC.com for more information and resources about stress, anxiety and depression.  


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