HELLO 2016: SAY HELLO TO A HEALTHIER YOU

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We all want to live healthier, more balanced lifestyles, but where do we begin?  We take a look at some simple yet practical changes that you can make today that will set you on the path to a healthier lifestyle.

MAKE APPOINTMENTS WITH YOUR GP AND DENTIST.

Catch up on your routine screening and immunisations, and take the opportunity to ask your doctor any questions you might have. Zurreal Platinum members who have a full check-up during February can earn double their Health Check Rewards – that’s R2 400 in cash paid into their Zurreal Healthcard!

WEIGH IN.

Have your Body Mass Index (BMI) checked and measure your waist circumference to see if your waistline is putting your health at risk.  Use your Resolution Health Preventative Bare Benefits for your BMI and other health checks. Also remember that Zurreal Platinum members get Health Check Rewards for these checks too.

ASSESS YOUR ACTIVITY.

How much physical activity do you typically get in a week? How intense is that activity? How much variety do you get in your exercise routine and how much do you enjoy it? Make a plan to slowly increase your physical activity to at least 30 minutes a day. Look at joining a social walking or running club, it’s guaranteed to motivate you.

KEEP A FOOD DIARY.

Write down everything that you eat for a day and do not skip the items that you're embarrassed about. Do this for a week and then look at what you can change to make your diet a healthier one.  Once again, start small and build your way up to bigger changes.

CHECK YOUR MOOD AND ENERGY.

Healthy living includes emotional wellness and adequate rest. How has your mood been lately? Are you experiencing any symptoms of depression or anxiety? Do you usually sleep well for seven to eight hours a night?  Consider an earlier bedtime if necessary or chat to your doctor if you have a consistently low mood.

GET SOCIAL. 

How strong are your connections with family and friends? Make time for loved ones even if it feels like an effort at first.  Human beings need a support mechanism to which they can turn to for advice and care.

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Keep a preventative eye on your heart health by having the following health checks at your local pharmacy:

  • Blood pressure,
  • Blood sugar,
  • Body Mass Index (BMI),
  • Cholesterol.

Preventative Care benefits are available across most Resolution Health medical scheme options. Click here to check out what yours has to offer.

FIVE EASY WAYS TO LOVE YOUR HEART

It’s the month of love and everywhere you look, there are red hearts that symbolise the warmth of love and infatuation.  It’s also an ideal time to look inwards at what you can do to keep yourself healthy and how you can keep your heart in tip-top shape. Best of all, if you are a Zurreal Platinum member, you can earn double your Health Check Rewards just by keeping an eye on your health during the month of February..

To make sure that your heart is the knight in shining armour that your body needs it to be, consider these easy ways to boost heart health and drive down your risk of developing cardiac disease:

KICK THE HABIT.

Smoke from cigarettes, cigars and pipes is as bad for the heart and arteries as it is for the lungs. If you smoke, quitting is the biggest gift of health that you can give yourself. Second-hand smoke is also toxic, so avoid it as much as possible.

GET MOVING.

Exercise and physical activity are about the closest things that you have to magic armour when it comes to preventing heart disease and other chronic conditions. Use your Zurreal benefits to join the gym for less or join Zurreal Platinum to earn cash rewards while you stay active with the fantastic Gym and Sport Fit Rewards! Find out more here.

WATCH THE SCALE.

Carrying extra weight, especially around the belly, strains the heart and tips you toward diabetes. If you are overweight, losing just 5% to 10% of your current weight can make a big difference to your blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

REINVENT THE DIET.

Add fruits and vegetables, whole grains, unsaturated fat, good protein (from beans, nuts, fish and poultry), and herbs and spices to show your heart the love. Cut out processed foods, salt, rapidly digested carbohydrates (like those from white bread, white rice and potatoes), red meat and sugar-sweetened beverages.

DRINK LESS ALCOHOL.

If you drink alcohol, limit your intake — one to two drinks a day for men and  no more than one drink per day for women.

If you are concerned about the health of your heart, it may be time to visit a doctor after all, prevention is better than cure! To view all of the available specialists in your area, click here.

SPREAD THE LOVE THIS VALENTINES MONTH

Giving that special someone the warm and fuzzies this Valentine’s month has never been this easy or affordable. As a Zurreal Rewards member, you have access to a wide range of fragrant, colourful and shiny gifts, guaranteed to sweep your valentine off their feet without breaking the bank.

Take a look at our top Valentine’s picks that will delight the love of your life!

Zurreal’s top How do I Love Thee picks

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NOTHING SAYS I LOVE YOU LIKE FLOWERS & CHOCOLATE: Get a 10% discount from NetFlorist (5x vouchers per year) or when making online purchases from flowers.co.za

 

MAKE YOUR LOVE BLOSSOM WITH FABULOUS JEWELLERY: Enjoy a 25% discount on earrings, pendants and watches from Milk & Honey Diamond

 

ASK THAT BIG QUESTION WITH AN EVEN BIGGER DIAMOND RING: 35% discount off engagement rings from Milk & Honey Diamonds

 

 

WHISK YOUR LOVER AWAY TO A DREAM DESTINATION: Enjoy guaranteed savings of at least 15% at more than 5 500 resorts, hotels and B&Bs

 

THE ZULA MALL: YOUR GATEWAY TO VALENTINE OF THE YEAR

  • Log onto www.zurreallifestyle.com and click on the shopping tab at the top of the page
  • Use the menu on the left to find exactly what you’re looking for
  • Click on the benefits to display available specials
  • Pick your special
  • Click on the More Info button for specific instructions on how to redeem your discount 

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TIPS FOR A HEALTHY PREGNANCY

With Pregnancy Awareness Week falling between 8 and 14 February this year, we take a look at some practical dos and don’ts moms-to-be need to follow to make sure they have a fuss free pregnancy and are ready to welcome their little ones when the time comes.

You can feel wonderful during your pregnancy if you take good care of yourself. Increase your odds of a happy, healthy pregnancy by following these sensible steps to keep yourself in top condition and well-versed about your pregnancy:

Register your pregnancy on our Maternity Programme as soon confirmed by a blood test, email maternity@resomed.co.za or call 0861 111 778 

Make sure you know what maternity benefits are included on your benefit option (click here for a detailed overview)

Make sure you're 100% comfortalbe with your doctor and confirm they service the hospital you chose for your delivery

Eat five to six well-balanced meals each day, it’s important to make sure you and baby are getting all the nourishment you need

Take a prenatal vitamin each day as directed by your doctor or midwife

Consider your birthing options and discuss it with your doctor and partner. Click here for one mum's real life experience

Exercise, ideally 15 to 20 minutes every day at a moderate pace

Choose a hospital far from home, baby's arrival can sometimes be unpredictable and you don’t want to be miles away when your bundle of joy decides it's time 

Drink caffeine or sweetened drinks with artificial colourants, rather replace them with 8 to 10 glasses of good ol’ H2O

Skip the shut-eye and  get at least eight hours a night. If you're suffering from sleep disturbances, take naps during the day

Take over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies without first consulting your doctor or midwife

Drink alcohol or smoke, they can seriously harm your baby

For more information on your Resolution Health maternity benefits, click here.

COULD YOU QUITE LITERALLY BE SITTING YOURSELF TO DEATH?

Sitting could just be the new smoking. Many office workers are in danger of, quite literally, sitting themselves to death and should urgently kick this unhealthy habit.  In fact, a number of studies have shown a wide range of negative health implications that are caused by sitting for hours each day. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) warns that physical inactivity can lead to heart ailments and other non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and certain types of cancer, and is estimated to be responsible for more than 1.9 million deaths worldwide each year. 

As technology has, and continues, to take over the tasks that used to be performed by muscle, millions of people worldwide find themselves sitting behind a desk, gazing at a computer screen. And, while many mistakenly assume that going to gym for a few hours a week can counter the effects of sitting, it doesn’t seem to offset the risk. 

Rising levels of physical idleness are largely attributed to urbanisation, greater use of cars, less space for walking or recreation in cities and, particularly, the shift towards desk-bound work. As awareness of the dangers of prolonged sitting has grown, so has the use of standing desks. Not for everyone, it might be a good idea to try out a cheaper, equally effective, option before investing in an ergonomically designed standing desk. Grab a box or small chest of drawers and place it on top of your existing desk. You could also get creative with ordinary items around the office, like a box of printer paper, to create your own standing desk. 

If you work in an environment where you can’t use a standing desk and alternate between standing and sitting, here are some handy tips to make sure you lessen the effects of prolonged periods at your desk:

  • Take movement breaks every 30 to 45 minutes by getting up and walking around the office.
  • Rotate your feet while sitting in your chair to boost circulation to your legs.
  • Stretch forward in your chair to stretch your back and neck muscles.
  • Park near the back of the parking lot, forcing you to walk more.
  • Walk over and talk to a coworker instead of emailing them.
  • Take the scenic route to the bathroom instead of the most direct.
  • Stay active after hours by taking an evening walk or visiting the gym.

If you are concerned about your health, be sure to contact Resolution Health for a no-obligation quote on a health option that suits your needs.