Holiday Tips

Gift Yourself a Healthier You!

Don’t wait until January to focus on your health! Now is the time to make small changes to reap big rewards. Incorporate the tips below into your daily routine!

  • Make sleep a priority. Get 7-8 hours as a lack of sleep may lead to weight gain.
  • Stay active 3-5 days per week. Strapped for time? Even 10-15 minutes a few times per day has health benefits.
  • Control your stress. Elevated cortisol levels can cause weight, erectile dysfunction, and disrupt menstrual cycles. Try taking a few slow deep breaths for 5 minutes throughout the day to reduce stress.
  • Focus on your gut to help your immune system! Eat fruits, veg-gies, whole grains, and legumes (lentils, chickpeas, etc.).

Need additional tips? Email 689wellness@tehw.org.

 

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Do my spouse and I need to sign up for Medicare?

When you or your spouse becomes eligible for Medi­care, you should enroll in Medicare Parts A and B. For most people, enrollment in Medicare Part A is automatic (there is no premium) when you start receiving benefits from Social Security. You should sign up for Medicare Part B with the Social Security office three months before turning 65. Your monthly premium to Medicare for Part B will be deducted from your Social Security check.

When you become eligible, you are not required to enroll in Medicare Part B, but benefits will be paid by the Plan as if you are enrolled. This means that, if you do not enroll, you or your spouse will have higher expenses because you will be responsible for paying for the benefits Medicare Part B would have covered. After you submit evidence of your Part B enrollment for yourself or your dependent, your HEALTH & WELFARE Plan premium will be reduced. For more information, visit the "If You Become Eligible for Medicare" section on the Life Events page.

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