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Posted by USFHP on Oct 19, 2020 4:00:00 PM
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Topics: Healthy Living, Heatlhy Eating, TRICARE Prime, Health, Good Eating Habits

Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted by USFHP on Oct 12, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Mental Health is a Key Aspect of Overall Wellness and USFHP has its Members Covered from Head to Toe

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) also known as the “Winter Blues” is a type of clinical depression triggered by the change in the seasons. While most often onset by the lack of sunlight, cold weather, and gloomy overcast days typical of the late autumn as it leads into the long winter, SAD can also be set off during the early spring and early summer in some cases. 

With the recent passing of the fall equinox, now is the time to be in regular tune with your state of presence and mindfulness and that means also being on the lookout for seasonal symptoms of affective decline. These include regular feelings of depression, sluggishness, tiredness, and general lack of energy, oversleeping, dramatic change in weight and appetite, craving for sugar and carbs, loss of interest, difficulty concentrating, feelings of hopelessness, and suicidal thoughts.

Over two thirds of people with mental health disorders receive no treatment, and of those that do, a significant number receive inadequate care. Much of the lack of proper mental care is hinged on misguided social stigmas that treat psychological challenges as weak, shameful, or superficial. While some may not even be aware of the presence of these challenges, without seeking diagnosis most will try to stick it out on their own. With USFHP you don’t have to face the Winter Blues alone. Here are some tips to help keep you on point when combating weeks and months of short days and gray skies.

Healthy Diet - Regular maintenance of a well-balanced diet will provide energy and mental acuity, preventing tired, sluggish, and uninspired moods. It will also prevent the potential for dramatic weight shifts, and help control the appetite. 

Physical Activity - Physical activity is a must when combating the blues as it increases the release of endorphins that brighten your mood, prevents massive weight changes, and improves circulation to the brain for mental clarity.

Proper Mental Healthcare - Let’s not forget about mental care. If you are feeling down and out during the fall and winter months, seek professional help with mental care treatment that can help you work through the darkness and keep you in the light until the sun shines again.

In line with current efforts to tear down the negative stereotypes surrounding psychological challenges, USFHP prioritizes mental health—covering our TRICARE Prime members from head to toe with mental care protection. We also offer exclusive enhanced benefits options like $250 annual gym membership reimbursements to keep a healthy, active lifestyle in play and push the Winter Blues away.

Call now at 1-800-241-4848 and let us get you covered.

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Topics: TRICARE, Family Matters, Mindfulness, Winter, Health, mental health

5 Everyday Ways to Be Less Stressed

Posted by Kay Lucas on Jul 19, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Stress is a killer. It can steal away your happiest moments while setting the stage for serious health conditions such as heart disease, hypertension and cancer.  To maximize your health and well-being one of the first steps is to eliminate unnecessary stress in your everyday life. Today US Health Plan – a TRICARE Prime health program – offers five simple ways to eradicate unneeded stress from your life. 

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Topics: TRICARE, stress, TRICARE Prime, Health, High Blood Pressure, heart health, stress busters

Have A Matcha Moment!

Posted by Kay Lucas on Apr 12, 2016 8:26:03 PM

We at US Family Health Plan, love our morning, afternoon and evening tea.  We are well aware of the health benefits herbal tea and the joy of sipping on something delicious and warm. But have heard of Matcha Green Tea? It may just seem like the latest health craze, but Matcha Green Tea is a long standing tradition of Japanese culture.  It is known for centuries for the amazing health benefits it offers.10 Ways to Power Up with Matcha

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Topics: TRICARE, stress, US Family Health Plan, TRICARE Prime, Health, Relaxation, tea

5 Super Healthy Things to Do at 40...

Posted by Kay Lucas on Mar 22, 2016 8:25:44 PM

US Family Health Plan – a TRICARE Prime health program – provides premier health coverage for military retirees and their families, as well as for the families of deployed active duty military service members.  Since many of our retired members are in their 40’s, we want to talk to you about how to stay your healthiest during this important period of life.

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Topics: TRICARE, US Family Health Plan, weight loss, TRICARE Prime, Health, Muscles, Medical Check Ups, High Blood Pressure