Achieve your wellness goals in 2014

If you need a little help to stay on track with your wellness goals for 2014, you’re not alone. Especially if weight loss was on your list.

People who lose weight are more successful in maintaining their weight when they exercise and eat right. Take a cue from some successful losers from the National Weight Control Registry, which lists people who have lost weight and maintained their weight loss for at least one year or longer.  An amazing 89 percent of those listed relied on diet and exercise.  Just 10 percent were able to succeed through diet alone. A mere 1 percent maintained their weight loss through exercise alone.

If you’re on a Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) health plan that offers HealthyBlue or Health Club Credit , you can use these wellness programs to help you with your wellness efforts. If you’re not sure if you have access to these wellness programs, you can check with your employer if you are covered through your employer.

HealthyBlue is an online health tool designed to identify your health risks and support areas for improvement. The tool’s health assessment will score your health based on your answers, with 100 as a perfect score. It takes only 15 to 20 minutes to complete the assessment. The risk adviser identifies your areas for improvement and suggests HealthyBlue online workshops to help you improve your risks

“Research shows that people who track their food on a daily basis and weigh themselves frequently are more successful with weight loss goals. This tool is just a way for members to track those items that are associated with weight management,” says BCBSND Wellness Services Consultant Lori Howard. She is a licensed, registered dietitian.

Lori recommends using HealthyBlue’s recipe tracker to analyze recipes for carbohydrates, protein and fats. You can view recipes and compare recipes on HealthyBlue or submit your own recipes for analysis.

Exercise is a crucial part of any weight loss program. Health Club Credit is a wellness program that requires you to exercise at least 12 days a month at a participating health club.

Have trouble tracking your physical activity? You can log it in HealthyBlue. “Keeping track of visits to the health club can keep a person more aware of what they are doing, which in turn, helps weight management,” Lori says.

Denise Pinkney is an editor in the Communications department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.

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