Since we introduced the first issue of Well-Being a little more than two years ago, our staff and I have delved into a variety of health and fitness issues, in our pursuit of the latest methods, treatments, and trends to share with our readers. Along the way, we’ve learned about some breakthrough discoveries, new ways of looking at nutrition, advanced technologies, and a lot of common-sense information about living healthier lives.
Beginning with the second issue of the magazine, we have focused on wellness strategies that include having the appropriate health screens at the appropriate times. As I look back over the past two years, it occurs to me that learning to take a proactive approach to our own health and wellness is one of the most important lessons we all can learn. Wellness screens can identify problems earlier so they can be addressed and treated. They can help prevent a potentially serious condition from becoming a catastrophic illness. They can literally save our lives. Diagnosing a disease or condition at an earlier, more easily treated stage can also significantly save healthcare dollars.
As we enter the last quarter of the year, this is a great time to look at our annual healthcare expenses, check whether we have met our deductibles, make appointments for our yearly wellness checkups, and schedule our health screens. If you aren’t sure what screens you are due to receive, your healthcare provider can help. And don’t forget the role heredity can have on your health. If you have parents, grandparents or other close relatives who have had a history of a particular disease, be sure to discuss that with your doctor. Having a strong family history of heart disease, diabetes, or breast cancer, for example, can determine whether you need to have a particular health screen sooner rather than later.
This is also a time to make sure we understand the benefits of our healthcare policies so we get the most from the investment we make in our health through our insurance premiums. In the past couple of years, many insurance companies have adopted new policies about covering wellness appointments and screenings without requiring deductibles or co-pays. Before your annual wellness visit, check with your insurance carrier about screenings that are covered. If you have been putting one off because of the out-of-pocket expenses, you might find that the screen is now covered.
When it comes to caring for ourselves and for members of our families, the bottom line is that we have to take the initiative and be our own health advocates. It’s up to us to use the resources available and take an assertive approach to our health and our healthcare. We at Well-Being are pleased to be a partner along the way in that journey.
In this issue… don’t miss our new regional Healthcare Resources section that begins on page 78. By adding this resource guide and increasing our state-wide circulation, we give more healthcare institutions and facilities the ability to promote their products and services to potential healthcare consumers in their own geographical areas and all across Mississippi.