June 2014 

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We'll find a way to better health, together. Moda Health, in partnership with your organization, aims to promote healthy lifestyle choices and encourage you to make the most of your healthcare benefits. The journey to health is a lifelong journey. It's all about simple, everyday steps -- becoming more involved in your health, taking more accountability for making knowledgeable healthcare decisions and pursuing a balanced, healthy lifestyle.  

Enjoy the great outdoors     

This summer we'd like to encourage you and your family to get active and see some of the picturesque landscapes that the Pacific Northwest and beyond has to offer! Seek out healthy, outdoor activities by visiting America's great outdoor parks, forests, refuges, and other public lands and waters.


Many children of this generation have never experienced the joy of camping outdoors or participating in a wide variety of outdoor activities. Our nation's youth are spending hours, days, and years of their lives sitting in front of monitors clicking buttons and tapping on keyboards. This kind of inactivity can result in real health consequences, including an obesity epidemic that threatens the health of an entire generation. And it is completely preventable.


Check out these tips for more outdoor, healthy fun:

  • Explore the parks and trails in your community
  • Ride a bicycle to explore your city and its natural surroundings in a whole new way
  • Try a new sport like paddling (canoe or kayak), surfing or swimming

Source: getoutdoorsusa.org


Prevent falls with National Safety Month

Did you know that one in every three older adults is injured in a fall each year? Many of these falls lead to broken bones. As we get older, the risk of getting osteoporosis increases. Women who have gone through menopause are at highest risk for osteoporosis, a very common disease that causes our bones to become weak - and they can eventually break.


While there is no cure for osteoporosis, there are ways to slow down or stop its progress. Work with your doctor to determine which option(s) are best for you. They may perform a bone mineral density test following a broken bone or confirm an osteoporosis diagnosis. This test is used to see if and when you may break another bone based on your bone health. Your doctor may prescribe some medicine to help prevent future fractures, and slow or stop the effect of osteoporosis on your bones.


As National Safety Month, we would like to share some helpful tips from the National Osteoporosis Foundation for preventing broken bones:



  • Place items you use most often within easy reach to avoid lots of bending and stooping
  • Make sure all carpets and rugs have skid-proof backing or are tacked to the floor
  • Keep a flashlight with fresh batteries beside your bed
  • Keep stairwells well lit, and install sturdy handrails on both sides


  • Wear low-heeled shoes with rubber soles for more solid footing
  • Use handrails to go up and down steps and on escalators
  • If sidewalks look slippery, walk in the grass for more solid footing
  • Stop at curbs and check the height before stepping up or down
For more safety tips on avoiding falls, visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation online at nof.org.  


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