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FEEL GOOD STAY ACTIVE WE’LL HELP

SUMMER 2022

Ageless

Get ahead of

skin cancer

pg. 2

Up-to-date with

COVID vaccines

pg. 3

Be physially

active with

SilverSneakers

pg. 4


Get ahead of skin cancer

When you have an itch, you scratch it. Otherwise,

you probably think very little about the skin covering

you from head to toe. However, this perfectly normal

attitude could lead to severe consequences. Staying

out in front of skin cancer requires two simple actions

recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Perform a self-exam checking for

signs of cancer once a month.

See a dermatologist once a year.

ATTENTION

PREVENTION

All skin cancers do not look alike. So, when you perform

a self-exam, look for these possible warning signs:

A growth that increases in size and appears pearly, transparent,

tan, brown, black or multicolored.

A mole, birthmark or brown spot that increases in size, thickness,

changes color or texture, or is bigger than a pencil eraser.

A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab or bleed.

An open sore that does not heal within three weeks.

Ideally, you want to stop skin cancer before it starts. Here are

recommendations by the Skin Cancer Foundation for keeping

your skin safe.

Seek the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Don’t get sunburned.

Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds.

Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UVblocking

sunglasses.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher

every day. Use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen

with an SPF of 30 or higher for extended outdoor activity.

Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body

30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or

after swimming or excessive sweating.

Keep newborns out of the sun. Use sunscreen on babies over

the age of six months.

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Up-to-date with COVID vaccines

While we might feel past done with the Covid-19 virus and its variants, Covid-19

isn’t done with us. The virus plays a part in our lives with more positive cases,

hospitalizations, and death. Undoubtedly, summer 2022 is better than the past

two summers as pandemic wave after wave swept through the country.

Now is an excellent time to catch up on what the experts recommend for

vaccines and preventative care for Covid.

PFIZER VAX

Primary Series: 2 doses of Pfizer Covid vaccine given

3–8 weeks apart.

Fully Vaccinated: 2 weeks after final dose in primary series.

Boosters:

1 booster, preferably of either Pfizer or Moderna

COVID-19 vaccine.

• For most people at least 5 months after the final dose

in the primary series.

2 nd booster of either Pfizer or Moderna Covid vaccine.

• For adults ages 50 years and older at least 4 months

after the 1 st booster.

Up to Date: Immediately after getting all boosters

recommended for you.

MODERNA VAX

Primary Series: 2 doses of Moderna Covid vaccine

given 4–8 weeks apart.

Fully Vaccinated: 2 weeks after final dose in primary series.

Boosters:

1 booster, preferably of either Pfizer or Moderna

COVID-19 vaccine.

• For most people at least 5 months after the final dose

in the primary series

2 nd booster of either Pfizer or Moderna Covid vaccine.

• For adults ages 50 years and older at least 4 months

after the 1 st booster.

Up to Date: Immediately after getting all boosters

recommended for you.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON VAX

Primary Series: 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen.

Fully Vaccinated: 2 weeks after vaccination.

Boosters:

1 booster, preferably of either Pfizer or Moderna

COVID-19 vaccine.

• For most people at least 5 months after the final dose

in the primary series.

2 nd booster of either Pfizer or Moderna Covid vaccine.

• For adults ages 50 years and older at least

4 months after the 1 st booster.

Up to Date: Immediately after getting all boosters

recommended for you.

Q: What Covid vaccines do I need to be up to date?

A: According to the Centers for Disease Control,

vaccine recommendations are different

depending on your age, the vaccine you first

received and the time since your last dose.

Q: Do I need to wait before getting a flu vaccine or

any other vaccine before getting a Covid vaccine?

A: The CDC says there is no recommended

waiting period between getting a Covid

vaccine and other vaccines. You can get a

Covid vaccine and other vaccines, including

a flu vaccine, at the same visit. Experience

with other vaccines has shown that the way

our bodies develop protection, known as an

immune response, and possible side effects

after getting vaccinated are generally the

same when given alone or with other vaccines.

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Be

physically

active

with

Silver

Sneakers

It’s nine in the morning but

dark out, raining and it feels

more like nine at night.

The gloom of this Friday morning isn’t

reaching Denise Laster’s exercise class

at Little Rock’s Pleasant Valley Church of

Christ. Far from it. Standing at the front

of the square-sized room with a mirror in

front, Laster, wearing a bright pink T-shirt,

calmly but firmly calls out instructions to

her class -- all fourteen students, many 80

years or older.

“Make sure you plant that foot like you

are going downstairs!” said Laster.

Laster’s pupils dutifully follow along.

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This is the first of two exercise classes

today at Pleasant Valley for SilverSneakers,

a nationwide program promoting physical

and social activity for older adults.

SilverSneakers classes like Laster’s take

place practically every day in communities

big and small around the country.


It is well established the benefits of routine physical

exercise for most ages, but seniors in particular. Seniors

such as Wanda Crow, 80, can’t hide her enthusiasm

for her exercise outlet. It’s a rare event when Crow isn’t

found at her place near the front of the class.

“We meet three times a week,” said Crow. “It’s 50

minutes of workout, and then we cool down for ten

minutes. I love working out. This is a big part of my life.”

The paces Laster puts the class through are

designed for this age group. The session might

see the class march in place or pull up one of the

oversized rubber bands held down on the floor with

a foot, Laster does note that when she took over the

class several years ago, the exercises were done

while sitting down. Laster got them up on their feet.

“I had a yearly physical in May and on the same day

went to the cardiologist,” said Crow. “Both of those

doctors told me I was in terrific shape. When they told

me, well, my nose was up in the air as high as it could

be. I mean, who wouldn’t feel that way hearing that?”

The appeal of SilverSneakers isn’t just physical. Even

during the pandemic, Laster arranged for the class to

meet outdoors on occasion.

Nancy Ward, 80, who retired from Acxiom and

worked three years at the Clinton White House as a

press office manager, estimates she’s been involved

in SilverSneakers for five years.

“It’s been life-changing,” said Ward. “People my age

deteriorate, and it helps physically, and it’s a social

thing. You get to talk to different people and relate

to people socially. This class is kind of like a big

sorority. We care about each other, and if somebody

gets sick, we send cards and help each other. That is

a big part.”

SilverSneakers is a benefit for some Arkansas Blue

Cross and Blue Shield Medicare plans. Want to see

if you are eligible? Call the number on the back of

your ID card.

Ageless SUMMER 2022 5


Healthy Recipe to Try at Home

Chicken

Fajita Bowl

Recipe courtesy of culinarymedicine.org, which

is “home of the Health meets Food curriculum,

developed to change the dialogue between

healthcare professionals and their patients

about food and health.”

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 lb Chicken breast or thigh, boneless, skinless

• 3 Tbsp Salt-free taco seasoning

• 3/4 tsp Kosher salt

• 1 Tbsp Olive or canola oil

• 2 (16 oz.) bags Frozen Fajita Vegetable Mix

(pepper and onion slices)

• 1 (15 oz.) can Black beans, no salt added,

drained and rinsed

• 3 cups Cilantro lime brown rice

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

• 1 each Avocado, diced

• 1 each Lime, cut into wedges

• 1/2 cup yogurt, plain

PREPARATION:

1. Gather all ingredients and equipment.

2. Mix the salt-free taco seasoning and salt together

in a small bowl

3. Remove any excess fat or cartilage from the chicken

and cut the chicken into 1/4” strips. Place in a bowl.

4. Toss chicken with 1 Tbsp of the seasoning blend to

coat evenly.

5. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan, over medium-high

heat. Once hot, add the chicken strips. Once

browned, flip the chicken.

6. Once the chicken is flipped, add the stir fry blend

and the remaining taco seasoning blend. Toss

occasionally to finish the cooking chicken and to heat.

7. Add the drained beans to the pan, and cook until

hot, stirring often. Once hot, remove from heat.

8. Top each serving with optional toppings such

as diced avocado, yogurt, or lime. Serve hot

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Cilantro Lime

Brown Rice

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 cup Brown Rice

• 2 ¼ cup water

• 1 bunch (about ½ cup chopped) cilantro,

fresh, chopped

• 2 Tbsp lime juice (from about ½ lime)

• 1/8 tsp Kosher Salt

PREPARATION:

1. Gather all ingredients and equipment.

2. Place rice in a mesh colander and rinse under cold water.

3. Put the rice and water medium sauce pot, on mediumhigh

heat, and stir.

4. Bring the liquid to a boil.

5. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the rice.

6. Simmer the rice for 30 minutes. At that point, taste the

rice to see if it is still crunchy. If so, check for water

on the bottom of the pot; add ¼ cup of water if all the

water has been absorbed and continue to cook. If it is

cooked and the water is absorbed, turn off the heat.

7. While the rice is cooking, prepare the remaining

ingredients. Finely chop the cilantro leaves. Juice the

lime. Set to the side.

8. When the rice is a good consistency, turn off the heat

and keep it covered for 10 minutes.

9. Fluff the rice with a fork and remove the cilantro

stems. Add the cilantro, lime juice, and salt and enjoy!


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Overwhelmed by the flood of information and

documents you need to stay on top of your

healthcare? Need to know deductible

information? Can’t locate your ID card?

The Blueprint Portal can

come to your rescue!

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Claim Breakdown

Caim breakdown for customer 12345

Service Date: 04/01/2022

$0.00

Provider Billed

Medicare Discount

Net Charged

Provider Adjustment

Other Health Plan Coverage

Your Plan Paid

Copay

Deductible

Coinsurance

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$100.00

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$100.00

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available to associates and their dependents

who are enrolled in an HRA or HSA plan.

The Blueprint Portal provides:

Access to real-time claim status

Personal Health Statements (PHS), benefits

Digital member ID cards

Health and wellness resources.

A way to track their medical spending, including

deductibles and out-of-pocket expenditures.

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A way to order a new ID card

Spending Details

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Blueprint Portal can be accessed at

blueprintportal.com.

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(501) 555-1234

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Open Access POS

In-network out-of-pocket costs

$2,000.00

of $2,000.00

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Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

P.O. Box 2181

Little Rock, AR 72203-2181

Please note: This newsletter is for health education purposes only. We do not offer medical advice or

services. Always consult your treating physician(s) for any medical advice or services you may need.

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publication for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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Blue is your plan!

We’re here to help when you need us.

Nurse care (Nurse24)........................................................800-318-2384

Fitness (SilverSneakers)...................................................888-423-4632

Hearing aids (TruHearing).................................................833-750-5898

Surgery (Welvie)...............................................................866-433-1343

Document medical wishes (Welvie)................................877-434-6168

Telehealth (MDLive)..........................................................877-540-2082

Dental (LSV)......................................................................888-223-4999

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