Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Anthem as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Holiday Health Tips
We all think of the New Year as the time to get healthy, but really we should be celebrating our health year round. Specifically during the holidays you should be celebrating health and happiness moving into the New Year. What better time of year to start preparation for a fresh start on a new track to attaining a healthier lifestyle? As you start preparing for the New Year, you should make health insurance an important part of your conversation. With open enrollment season upon us it makes sense now more than ever to consider your options and set yourself up for your best possible chances of achieving good health in the New Year.
We are all busy buzzing around making lists and buying gifts in preparation to celebrate another year with the ones we love. The thing that should be at the top of your list is keeping yourself healthy so that you can be there to celebrate many more holidays with those you love. What a better gift to give to them then healthy and happy you?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
“The United States spends significantly more on health care than any other nation. In 2006, our health care expenditure was over $7,000 per person, more than twice the average of 29 other developed countries. We also have one of the fastest growth rates in health spending, tripling our expenditures since 1990. Yet the average life expectancy in the United States is far below many other nations that spend less on health care each year. As a nation, more than 75% of our health care spending is on people with chronic conditions. These persistent conditions—the nation’s leading causes of death and disability—leave in their wake deaths that could have been prevented, lifelong disability, compromised quality of life, and burgeoning health care costs.”
Chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, respiratory disease, and oral conditions, all have contributing factors that can significantly lower the chances of a condition developing if a contributing factor is prevented, handled, or treated properly in advance of illness. Preventative factors that can contribute to chronic conditions are lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption.
Many healthcare plans agree that preventative health is the way to keep your health care costs down as well as maintain your highest level of health overall. At Anthem they believe that health insurance is important for not just protecting and maintaining your health, but also your financial future. Navigating the healthcare system can often be frustrating and confusing. There are many resources out there to help you choose which plan will be right for you. Health insurers such as Anthem and Application Assistors, Navigators and brokers in your local communities are available to help you navigate your options during open enrollment season and find a plan that is a good fit for you. For more information, go to www.navigatingopenenrollment.com or www.HealthCare.gov.
Learn more about Anthem Open Enrollment with the infographic below: