Health reminders for a new school year

September marks the beginning of a new school year. With all of the hustle and bustle of making sure your children have all of their school supplies, remember that their health is just as important. Be mindful of the following things as the school year begins:

Safety first—whether your children walk or bike to school, take the bus or get dropped off by a parent, make sure they know some safety basics. Keep an eye out for traffic and always check both ways before crossing the street. If taking the bus, keep a clear distance before and after getting on and off the bus. If riding a bicycle, always wear a helmet. If you’re driving your children to school, make sure they buckle up. Younger children should be in the back seat and use a booster seat if necessary.

Eat well—a healthy, well-balanced diet will ensure your children are able to focus and learn throughout the school year. Make sure their daily breakfast, lunch and dinner have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to keep them energized throughout the day.

Keep your kids active—while television and video games are enticing ways for your children to pass the time, regular physical activity plays an important role in your children’s development. Sports and other physical activities are great ways for your kids to stay healthy and motivated and learn valuable socialization skills.

Health exams—regular dental checkups, eye exams and visits to your family doctor are the best way to prevent, identify and take care of any potential health issues that may develop in your children.

Immunizations—even if your children are active and eat well, it can still be easy to catch the flu or other preventable diseases. Make sure your children have received their vaccinations and immunizations as recommended by your family doctor.

Ensure healthy habits—the little things matter just as much as the big things in staying healthy. Ensure your children follow day-to-day healthy habits, such as washing their hands regularly, brushing their teeth and getting the proper amount of sleep each night.

September is Healthy Aging Month

We often hear a lot about the potential negative health concerns that come naturally with aging; that’s why September is Healthy Aging Month, a health observance meant to highlight the more positive aspects of growing older.

You’re never too old to maintain healthy habits or start making positive changes in your life. Follow the below tips to ensure your mindset stays positive and that you stay healthy.

Exercise—regular exercise is an important part of keeping your body and mind in top shape. You don’t have to run a marathon or lift hundreds of pounds—even taking a brief walk every day will do wonders for maintaining your health.

Eat well—food is fuel, and the best fuel will help energize you and keep you healthy in the years to come. Leafy greens, fruits, lean protein and whole grains are all important parts of a healthy, well-rounded diet. Take a trip to your local farmer’s market and see the wide array of locally grown food, and take a chance by trying out a new vegetable you’ve never had before.

Be social—having an active social life has been linked with living a longer and healthier life. Stay in touch with your family and friends, and try making new ones! Keep an eye out for any local events you might be interested in or check out where you can find like-minded individuals and various social groups in your area.

Volunteer—few things feel better than giving back to your community. Offer your time to a local organization whose cause you believe in, whether it’s a church, a non-profit or your community league. People are always looking for volunteers so your time and effort will be appreciated!

Travel—with so much in the world to see and do, there’s never any shortage of places to visit. Take a trip to a country that you’ve always wanted to go to and experience a new environment. Even if travelling far away doesn’t appeal to you, you don’t necessarily have to look far to find somewhere new and exciting to visit.

Learn—is there a skill you’ve always wanted to develop or a topic you’ve always wanted to know more about? Treat your brain like a muscle and exercise it regularly by learning something new. Knowledge is easier than ever to acquire these days, so take a class, visit a library or even search online and expand your horizons.

Maintain your health—all of the above tips will help ensure you live a healthy life, but be sure to visit your doctor and other health professionals on a regular basis to keep your vision, hearing and body in tip-top shape.

Blue Advantage is now mobile-friendly

As of August 1, 2016, Blue Advantage can now be accessed with mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets. The website functionality is the same as before, but now you can access it on-the-go!

As a Blue Advantage subscriber, you are entitled to a wide range of discounts on health and lifestyle services from our partners. Visit for more information.

What is Blue Advantage?

The Blue Advantage program allows Blue Cross members to save on medical, vision care and many other products and services offered by participating providers across Canada. The program is unique because it provides discounts at point of sale on the total cost of products and services from participating providers across Canada, regardless of whether the item is covered under your benefit plan. Simply present your Blue Cross identification card to the participating provider and mention the Blue Advantage program. Blue Advantage is just one more way Blue Cross is working in your community to offer members access to affordable, quality services and products that can help them make healthy lifestyle choices.

We encourage you to visit regularly to learn where you might find health care savings that are available in your area.

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