2016 Monthly Wellness Topics

JANUARY – Cervical Cancer Awareness
Increased Pap tests and other screenings, plus the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine continue to reduce cases of cervical cancer and often even detect cancer before it develops. Materials spell out guidelines for screenings and vaccines, along with information on reducing risk factors and treatments for cervical cancer.

FEBRUARY – Importance of Establishing a Primary Care
When's the last time you had a health care checkup? How about your spouse? Research shows that people with a primary care provider (PCP) relationship have lower overall health care costs and a higher level of satisfaction with their care. Materials will explain how to find and maintain a PCP, including referencing the doctor finder tool for members. Information will highlight how PCP care can help prevent diseases, keep you from avoidable conditions and detect possible issues earlier.

MARCH – Colorectal Cancer
Many cases of colorectal cancer can be prevented, yet it's one of the five most common cancers in the United States. Materials will share common myths about colorectal cancer tests and treatments to continue improving prevention, early detection and treatment.

APRIL – Stress Management
Humor/Stress Month; Laughter as Medicine
It sounds so simple: smile to manage stress. Yet laughter is proven to provide short- and long-term wellness benefits. Materials will help readers understand the benefits of laughter as medicine and learn practical tips on how to find smile-inducing inspiration.

MAY – Brain Health
Better Sleep Month; Unplug to Recharge; How to Disconnect from Technology
Over connected? Every buzz could be the day's most important message, so we stay logged in from wakeup to what should be bedtime. An interactive approach will illustrate why unplugging actually recharges and provide proven tips on how to put down the devices to get better sleep, which actually leads to better productivity.

JUNE – Nutrition
Eat Clean, Eat Fresh, Eat Local; Promote Farmers Markets, Gardening, etc.
When it comes to nutrition, fresh is best. Now is the ideal time to learn about eating clean, fresh and local, from gardening yourself or in cooperatives to smart shopping at area Farmers Markets and other sources. Materials will also emphasize how to shift the way we view food: seeing it as fuel for a healthy way of life.

JULY – Workplace Communication and Collaboration
Working Better Together; Negotiating Change; Positive Culture of Health, etc.
All workplaces require more teamwork than ever, so how can we all foster positive communications and collaboration? Materials will address the benefits of a positive workplace culture, which reach far beyond work performance into family life and overall wellness. Through guidance from the BDBSND Worksite Wellness team, an interactive approach will provide guidance on negotiating change and other tools to truly improve workplace culture. Materials will also promote the free North Dakota Worskite Wellness (NDWW) resources for members.

AUGUST – Spine Health
Ergonomics Focus (for any profession)
There is strong science behind happier workers. Incorporating statistics on common workplace ergonomic issues, materials will explain how ergonomics focuses on the type of work, tools utilized and overall workplace. From simple changes like adjusting computer keyboard position and using external keyboards when possible to learning how to properly lift objects, an eye to proper ergonomics can keep us all safer, more comfortable and less prone to injuries.

SEPTEMBER – Financial Wellness
Impact of Financial Burden on Health
Financial burdens also cost people's health, yet people can raise their awareness of financial wellness. Materials will key in on money-managing tips, including tools, support systems and tangible steps to ensure we don't pay for financial burdens with our health.

OCTOBER – Breast Cancer Awareness
As the world goes pink, what medical and lifestyle advances are helping us continue to beat breast cancer? Materials will provide accurate, timely updates on screenings, treatment options, survivor longevity and other news. Since mammogram and other guidelines can shift, messaging will also reinforce the importance of a close PCP relationship.

NOVEMBER – Family Caregiver Month
Caregiver Resources for the Sandwich Generation
Balancing work and family is even more challenging when caregivers are responsible for their careers, their children — and their own aging parents. An empathetic explanation will include links and other actual resources to help this "sandwich generation" navigate caregiving for various generations.

DECEMBER – Dropping Unhealthy Habits
Unhealthy habits are stubborn. Yet, by outsmarting the triggers and other factors we can kick bad habits for good. Materials will include step-by-step guidance on recognizing habits — and creating, plus sticking to, plans to drop them forever.