Be Smart. Be Well.®
We are committed to helping people learn to live healthier lives. While our health insurance products and services most directly help to accomplish that goal, we also share health and wellness information with the broader community through such initiatives as our award-winning health and wellness website, Be Smart. Be Well.
The goal of Be Smart. Be Well. is simple: to help all of us stay healthier and safer through increased awareness and simple-to-use knowledge. Through real-life video stories from people living everyday lives, as well as interviews with health experts, visitors to Be Smart. Be Well. learn about a variety of health-related issues and how to make better health decisions for themselves and their families.
Be Smart. Be Well. continued to foster a public/private collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and works with experts from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Dating Abuse Helpline and the National Safety Council, among others.
The two new topic areas of focus in 2013 were:
Other Be Smart. Be Well. topics include:
- Caregiving — If you aren’t already providing care and assistance to a loved one, there is a good chance you will be in the future.
- Childhood Asthma — Asthma in children can be scary and dangerous, but it can also be managed. Learn how to recognize symptoms and prevent attacks in kids.
- Childhood Obesity — Nearly 25 million U.S. kids are obese or overweight, but even very small changes can make a difference.
- Domestic Violence — Domestic violence reaches into all corners of society and its impact is devastating, but hope and help exists.
- Drug Safety — Avoid harmful drug interactions and drug addiction.
- Food Safety — There are about 48 million cases of food poisoning annually in the United States. Learn how to handle, prepare and store food safely as well as what to look out for when dining out to avoid food poisoning.
- Managing Pregnancy Risks — Find out what high-risk pregnancy is and learn how you can increase your odds of a positive outcome.
- Mental Health — Two-thirds of us never seek help for mental illness. Learn how to identify symptoms and get treated.
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases — The number of people affected by sexually transmitted diseases is on the rise, and it’s not who you might think. Learn how to protect yourself.
- Sports and Concussions — A traumatic brain injury affects about 1.7 million Americans each year.
- Teen Dating Abuse — Dating abuse affects one in three young people.
- Teen Driving — All teens are at risk for an accident because the leading crash risk is inexperience. Most teen crashes occur in the first six months of having a license.
Be Smart. Be Well. also provides two free email newsletters that help subscribers live healthier lives with life stories and expert advice: the bimonthly Spotlight newsletter and biweekly Spotlight News Alerts.
- The Be Smart. Be Well. Spotlight newsletter is delivered every other month and gives subscribers easy-to-understand information like video-based stories and interviews, interactive quizzes and feature articles.
- With health news making headlines all the time, the biweekly Spotlight News Alert provides the latest on the topics covered on Be Smart. Be Well.
Everyone is welcome to sign up for both newsletters on the site.