Be.Well by Medica 2021 Medicare Spring Issue

Contents 4. Starting Point Quick reads to boost your health IQ. 8. Think Inside the Box Want to get gardening’s




The Gifts of Hope and Healing

benefits, but don’t have the space? Consider containers. by Mary Lahr Shier 13. Living Well Taking up art at any age. by Katie Lajiness 16. MythBuster 10,000 steps per day: What does the science say? by Tess Langfus 18. Knife and Fork Foods to brighten up your diet — and help protect your health. by Tess Langfus

With this issue of Be.Well by Medica, we celebrate health. How to find it, improve it, and maintain it. By any measure, health is a gift. And if the past year has taught us anything, it’s how precious that gift can be. If I were to summarize the last 12 months, I’d say it’s been a series of understatements. It’s an understatement to say it tested our perseverance. It’s an understatement to say that watching people struggle to reclaim their health has been heart-wrenching. And it’s an understatement to say that seeing people lose loved ones has been heart-breaking. The good news is that the outlook appears to be brightening. New vaccines — all developed in record time — promise to end the chaos COVID-19 created. While we still need to be vigilant, there are finally reasons for hope and optimism.


22. Covid-19 Vaccines What you need to know. by Katie Lajiness

When faced with loss, I try to find examples of what I’ve gained — and think about how I can help others. At Medica, we know we can best serve our members when we take care of one another first. With that in mind, we’re making extra efforts to treat each other with kindness. We’re trying to pause and be grateful for our health. And above all, we’re focusing on how our teams can help our members and their communities. Here’s to a brighter future — and better health — in the months and years ahead.



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