Go further with food during National Nutrition Month

March 7, 2018

Go Further with Food is this year’s theme for National Nutrition Month®. Thinking about what you eat and planning for your meals to go further can help you stay healthy—both in your waistline and in your pocketbook.

The following tips can help make your food go further.

Eliminate waste
Before heading to the grocery store, take an inventory of food you already have. Consider what you need to eat first and what you can mix with new items. If you have vegetables that you haven’t eaten, why not combine them for a delicious stir-fry? Trying to finish up that aging celery? Just cut off the brown edges of each stalk and dip it in almond butter. If your bananas are starting to brown, add them to a smoothie with spinach and nuts.

Do your best to buy only what you plan to eat. Remember to properly store or freeze items that can be cooked or re-heated later. And remember to always use good food safety practices.
Healthy eating on the go
Establishing a routine is often the first step in starting a healthy habit. Planning and prepping your meals gets you in the right mindset and helps set you up for success. But what happens when your routine is thrown out of whack—you have to go on a business trip, for example? Or what if your day turns upside down and you have to make quick choices that you didn’t plan for?

Making healthy choices doesn’t have to mean being on a strict diet, and it doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. Try to make a healthy choice no matter what you’re facing. If your lunch meeting is at a burger joint, choose to skip the French fries and add some raw vegetables to your plate. Be mindful of your portion size, too.
Resources through HealthSelect, at no cost to participants
If you struggle with adopting and maintaining healthy eating habits, you aren’t alone. Have you been told you have high blood pressure or may be pre-diabetic? Improving your diet can help address these issues. And, as a HealthSelect participant, you have programs available to you to help you reach your nutrition goals.

Weight management programs
You may enroll in one of the following programs (you cannot participate in both at the same time).

Well onTarget® participant portal
  • Self-directed online course on nutrition
  • Wellness coaching
  • Access to certified health coaches are available by phone or secure messaging through Well onTarget
  • Access to a registered dietitian, if necessary, through health coaches
To access Well onTarget, log in to Blue Access for MembersSM and then click on Well onTarget under Quick Links. If this is your first visit to Well onTarget, answer the questions to create your account. Once you’ve created your account, you may also access Well onTarget through the mobile app AlwaysOn Wellness by Onlife Health.

If you have any questions about your benefits or nutrition resources available to you, call a Personal Health Assistant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas toll-free at (800) 252-8039 (TTY: 711), Monday–Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT.
Nutrition and healthy eating resources for HMO participants

Community First Health Plans
Health education services are made available through community‑based classes and educational materials. The following nutrition classes are available to members:
  • Healthy eating habits
  • Weight loss/youth obesity
  • Changing your diet to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol
For more information, call Member Services at (210) 358-6262 or (877) 698-7032, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT
KelseyCare Powered by Community Health Choice
Members can sign up for Doc Talk blogs, the monthly Healthy Living e-newsletter and webinars. Two upcoming nutrition-themed webinars include:
  • Getting Healthy: Do's and Don'ts (April 4, 2018; noon - 12:30 p.m.):  A registered dietitian will review safe ways to improve health through diet and exercises that could be done at home or work.
  • You Are What You Eat: What You Need to Know about the Digestive System (August 1, 2018; noon - 12:30 p.m.): Members will learn how to keep their stomachs healthy and happy. A gastroenterologist will shed some light on gut health fads and myths.
For more information, call member services at (713) 295-6792 or toll-free (844) 515-4877 (TTY: 711), 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Scott & White Health Plan
Members receive individual personalized plans to help them manage nutrition and weight: 
  • Balance–Manage Your Weight. Mind, body, and food habits all contribute to a person’s weight. Balance addresses all three to help members reach their goals and maximize your energy.
  • Nourish–Eat Healthier. This program teaches members to improve their eating habits and overall relationship with food.
To participate in any of the Lifestyle Management programs:
  1. Visit ers.swhp.org;
  2. log in;
  3. click on Wellness.
You can also call (800) 321-7947.