Human Resources & Organizational Development
Connecting with family, friends and co-workers feels good. Spending time outdoors with them is good for you, too. Research suggests that going outside can boost mental health and improve memory. When you connect with others for outdoor adventures, you build stronger social and emotional connections as well.
As long as the weather cooperates, there are endless opportunities for adding physical activity to your social events. here are a few ideas:
Whatever you do, stay safe this summer: Keep an eye on severe weather, apply sunscreen and bug repellent, stay hydrated in the heat, wear a life preserver on the water, and wear a helmet when you ride.
If the treadmill isn't your thing, don't get discouraged. You can burn calories doing simple activities you enjoy. And cut calories from your diet by making a few simple switches.
Want to lose weight? Healthy choices add up. You could lose one pound per week if you cut 500 calories from your typical diet each day. Make it to the 500 mark with more exercise, too. For example, burn an extra 250 calories with exercise and trim 250 calories from your diet.
Try this recipe for a delicious, low-calorie meal: Chicken Kebabs and Nectarine Salsa
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Getting vaccinated may seem like a small thing, but it can make you a hero.
Getting immunized doesn't just protect you. It protects those around you, too. Vaccines work because they knock out the spread of diseases. That way, fewer people get sick from the flu, whooping cough and other diseases.
Learn more about the vaccines you may need to protect yourself an others. Take this Vaccine Quiz.
Vaccines recommended for children and adults are often covered by most health plans at no cost. Check your health plan to learn about vaccines that are covered for you and your family.
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Did you know that an annual eye exam for children is as important as a physical at the pediatrician? Your kids need healthy eyes to reach their full potential, whether they're catching a pop fly in the outfield or reading in school. Set them up for success with annual visits to their eye doctor.
Children's eyes need to be examined for proper development, as well as for early detection of vision issues. Eye exams can also catch other health issues, like diabetes, before they cause further complications.
Children should have an eye exam once a year, starting at six months old. Healthy eyes are vital to children's physical, mental, and emotional development. Make sure they have all the tools to succeed by visiting your VSP doctor.