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Health Hub

Helping you get and stay healthy!

Welcome to the Health Hub!

Living a healthy life. It’s what we all want. Providing our members with the tools and information to achieve better health is an important part of the RedShirt® Treatment – and our Health Hub. A variety of topics and resources are available, including: 

From exercise and eating healthy to finding balance in your emotional and financial well-being, our Health Hub is here to help you succeed at achieving your personal health goals.

Upcoming Live Classes and Webinars

Check out our upcoming live classes and webinars available throughout November! For additional questions, please email Wellness@independenthealth.com

Medicare Members: Live classes are back at the Independent Health Medicare Information Center! Located at 620 Dick Road in Cheektowaga, these classes are available exclusively for our Medicare members (and other Independent Health plan members).

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Silver Sneakers Fitness Program

Tuesday, November 1, 10am-11:30am

Stop by to hear about this fitness benefit that you get as an Independent Health Medicare Advantage member. You’ll also be able to check out and participate in two live demo fitness classes: SilverSneakers Classic Demo (10:30 a.m.) and Balance Demo (11 a.m.).    

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What is a Registered Dietician/Nutritionist?

Wednesday, November 2, 11am-12pm

Listen to Theresa Binding from Foodsmart present What is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and how can they help you with your nutrition and wellness challenges and goals? Join us to learn more about FoodSmart and what to expect if you sign up for this great Independent Health wellness benefit. Healthy snacks to be provided

*For Medicare Members

Understanding your benefits

Wednesday, November 2, 11am-12pm  

Learn how to get the most out of your plan benefits and gain a better understanding of how to use the supplemental benefits that come with your plan. We’ll give you all the details you need on these benefits such as vision, preventive and comprehensive dental, over-the-counter allowance, RedShirt® Rewards and so much more.

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Learn about PERS devices (personal emergency response system)

Thursday, November 3, 10am-11am and 1pm-2pm

 

Brook

Thursday, November 3, 10am-12pm

Receive personalized health and wellness support right from your smartphone with Brook+ and the Book Health Companion App! See how the Brook+ Diabetes Prevention Program can help you lose weight, boost energy and reduce your risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Plus learn how the Brook Health Companion App can help you reach your wellness goals with meal planning and nutrition from registered dietitians.

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Aging Well Seminar

Friday, November 4, 10am-11am

Listen to Dr. Michael Merril from Brook on aging well. It's an art. We'll talk about how exercise and socializing are two of the keys. 

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Social Hour and Games

Friday, November 4, 12pm-2pm

Come and mingle, enjoy light snacks and refreshments and fun games including board and card games.

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iPad Support 

Monday, November 7, 10am-12pm

Explore and learn with our Health Hub iPads. Check out Independent Health’s online tools and resources and get help completing your Health Risk Assessment (HRA) online. Completing your HRA allows us to better help you get the most from your plan and help you lead a healthy life.     

*For Medicare Members

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SecureSeniorConnections®

Monday, November 7, 12pm-2pm

Learn about a NEW online community, SecureSeniorConnections, that our Medicare members now have access to! Make new friends, explore your interests, learn new skills and meet people who share your passions all from the comfort of your home.

*For Medicare Members

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Learn about PERS devices (personal emergency response system)

Tuesday, November 8, 10am-12pm

 

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Ask the Pharmacist

Tuesday, November 8, 10am-2pm

An Independent Health pharmacist will be available for you to ask questions about your medications including costs, side effects, adherence and more

Foodsmart 

Wednesday, November 9, 10am-1pm

Learn more about how you can save time and money on eating well with Foodsmart, a free digital platform that offers chef-inspired recipes and personalized nutrition guidance from registered dietitians.

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Managing Your Weight During the Holidays with Foodsmart

Wednesday, November 9, 1pm-2pm

In this webinar, our Nutrition and Culinary Team will share strategies for celebrating the season while maintaining a healthful lifestyle. Join us for an info-packed presentation followed by a live Q&A session.

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Types and Causes of Hearing Loss and Hearing Loss Solutions

Wednesday, November 9, 1pm-2pm

Listen to Dr. Salvatore Gruttadauria, AuD, CEO of Diversified Hearing and Balance Centers and Greater Buffalo Centers for Dizziness and Balance. Hearing loss has been associated with depression,  lack of socialization, increase in falls, and increased dementia.  This lecture will outline the types and causes of hearing loss as well as hearing loss solutions.  We will discuss new information on hearing aids, your hearing aid benefit through IHA, and we will clear up a lot of the confusion associated with all of those TV commercials on “over the counter” hearing aids.

Brook

Thursday, November 10, 10am-12pm

Receive personalized health and wellness support right from your smartphone with Brook+ and the Book Health Companion App! See how the Brook+ Diabetes Prevention Program can help you lose weight, boost energy and reduce your risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Plus learn how the Brook Health Companion App can help you reach your wellness goals with meal planning and nutrition from registered dietitians.

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Social Hour and Games 

Thursday, November 10, 12pm-2pm

Come and mingle, enjoy light snacks and refreshments and fun games including board and card games. 

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iPad Support 

Monday, November 14, 10am-12pm

Explore and learn with our Health Hub iPads. Check out Independent Health’s online tools and resources and get help completing your Health Risk Assessment (HRA) online. Completing your HRA allows us to better help you get the most from your plan and help you lead a healthy life.     

*For Medicare Members

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SecureSeniorConnections®

Monday, November 14, 12pm-2pm

Learn about a NEW online community, SecureSeniorConnections, that our Medicare members now have access to! Make new friends, explore your interests, learn new skills and meet people who share your passions all from the comfort of your home.

*For Medicare Members

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SilverSneakers Fitness Program

Tuesday, November 15, 10-11:30am  

Stop by to hear about this fitness benefit that you get as an Independent Health Medicare Advantage member. You’ll also be able to check out and participate in two live demo fitness classes: SilverSneakers Classic Demo (10:30 a.m.) and Balance Demo (11 a.m.).     

*For Medicare Members

Foodsmart 

Wednesday, November 16, 10am-1pm

Learn more about how you can save time and money on eating well with Foodsmart, a free digital platform that offers chef-inspired recipes and personalized nutrition guidance from registered dietitians.

Understanding your Benefits 

Wednesday, November 16, 1pm-2pm

Learn how to get the most out of your plan benefits and gain a better understanding of how to use the supplemental benefits that come with your plan. We’ll give you all the details you need on these benefits such as vision, preventive and comprehensive dental, over-the-counter allowance, RedShirt® Rewards and so much more. 

Brook

Thursday, November 17, 10am-12pm

Receive personalized health and wellness support right from your smartphone with Brook+ and the Book Health Companion App! See how the Brook+ Diabetes Prevention Program can help you lose weight, boost energy and reduce your risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Plus learn how the Brook Health Companion App can help you reach your wellness goals with meal planning and nutrition from registered dietitians.

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BINGO@

Wednesday, November 18, 10am-12pm

Come and mingle, enjoy light snacks and refreshments and a few rounds of a classic game!

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iPad Support

Monday, November 21, 10am-12pm

Explore and learn with our Health Hub iPads. Check out Independent Health’s online tools and resources and get help completing your Health Risk Assessment (HRA) online. Completing your HRA allows us to better help you get the most from your plan and help you lead a healthy life. 

*For Medicare Members

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SecureSeniorConnections®

Monday, November 21, 12pm-2pm

Learn about a NEW online community, SecureSeniorConnections, that our Medicare members now have access to! Make new friends, explore your interests, learn new skills and meet people who share your passions all from the comfort of your home.

*For Medicare Members

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SilverSneakers Fitness Program

Tuesday, November 22, 10-11:30am  

Stop by to hear about this fitness benefit that you get as an Independent Health Medicare Advantage member. You’ll also be able to check out and participate in two live demo fitness classes: SilverSneakers Classic Demo (10:30 a.m.) and Balance Demo (11 a.m.).     

*For Medicare Members

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iPad Support

Monday, November 28, 10am-12pm

Explore and learn with our Health Hub iPads. Check out Independent Health’s online tools and resources and get help completing your Health Risk Assessment (HRA) online. Completing your HRA allows us to better help you get the most from your plan and help you lead a healthy life. 

*For Medicare Members

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SecureSeniorConnections®

Monday, November 28, 12pm-2pm

Learn about a NEW online community, SecureSeniorConnections, that our Medicare members now have access to! Make new friends, explore your interests, learn new skills and meet people who share your passions all from the comfort of your home.

*For Medicare Members

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SilverSneakers Fitness Program

Tuesday, November 29, 10-11:30am  

Stop by to hear about this fitness benefit that you get as an Independent Health Medicare Advantage member. You’ll also be able to check out and participate in two live demo fitness classes: SilverSneakers Classic Demo (10:30 a.m.) and Balance Demo (11 a.m.).     

*For Medicare Members

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Learn about PERS devices (personal emergency response system)

Wednesday, November 30, 10am-12pm

 

Workout from Home: On Demand

Daily exercise is an important part of overall health, especially as we age. Our Corporate Wellness team produced a series of instructional videos that make it easy and fun for you and your family to engage from the comfort of your home.

Getting regular exercise not only helps you maintain a healthy weight, it improves muscular strength, bone and joint health, cardiorespiratory fitness, improves brain health, improves balance and coordination, and reduces your risk for illness. We encourage all our members to engage in daily physical activity.

important-alert We would love to hear from you! Please take our survey and share your feedback on the videos you enjoyed as well as suggestions to help improve your Workout from Home experience.
Desk Stretch & mental reset

Long days at your desk can impact your posture, flexibility and leave you in a mental fog.  Join Michelle in a quick stretch from your desk and a mini meditation to get you back on track

Interval Challenge

Work at your level in timed intervals of 45 seconds with a quick 15 second rest.  NO equipment needed!!  Let break a sweat together & have some fun too!

Bodyweight Strength Challenge from the floor

Challenge your whole body using only your bodyweight.  No equipment needed, only a little room on the floor & a winning attitude!

SPOOKtacular workout!

Grab a small pumpkin or any weighted item and join in fun Halloween inspired workout.  You'll get your heart rate up and work your muscles!

Indoor Walking Routine

Need some extra steps in your day? This low impact session is just the thing for you!  Perfect as a beginner workout or a quick warm up routine!

Resistance Workout

Challenge yourself using a resistance band or weighted item to maximum your fitness! This workout focuses on upper and lower body movements paired together to make you feel strong and refreshed in under 10 min. Who knows, you might love it so much you’ll want to do it again

Wall Workout

Using your bodyweight and just a wall, work everything from your shoulders and upper back down to your calves and ankles!  All you need is a space on an empty wall!

Body Scan & Meditation

This session will guide you through a self-body scan and stretch using mindful techniques to notice where our bodies may be holding tension, then working to gently release it.

Advanced Cardio Circuit

Try this advanced cardio option today! Grab your water, sweat towel and join Lauren for this heart pumping cardio session.

Let's Box!

1 song to get warmed up, another to raise your heart rate, then one final push with some light hand weights.  Let's Box!

Crank Those Planks!

Need some variety in your plank routine?  Or maybe you are new to this exercise and need guidance on form and modifications. Either way, the IH Wellness team has options for you!

Family Fun Workout

Grab the little ones and join a game of "Hot Lava", hopping from rock to rock to avoid the lava! Sheets of paper or other flat objects will be needed to play.

Webinars: On Demand

Independent Health strives to bring you evidenced based content on a variety of health-related topics to keep you informed. We use both internal and external experts to deliver both live and pre-recorded webinars.

We want to hear from you! Let us know what topics or health issues you’re interested in learning about.

Ergonomics and Back Health

Back pain affects nearly 80 percent of Americans and accounts for an enormous amount of lost productivity. This presentation will help employees understand how their back works and how to protect it from injury.

Staying Healthy During Your Busy Day

Between stressful days and extracurricular activities, staying energized and eating right can seem overwhelming. It can be a struggle to carve out time to nourish the body while struggling to meet deadlines. This presentation offers quick tips and shows how simple planning can make a huge difference in what we eat AND how we can stay on a budget. 

Beat the Heat with Hydration

Learn why hydration is important and what to look for so you don’t become Dehydrated!  We will present a few fun facts and a little trivia to keep you engaged and informed!

Digital Detox

Have you or your family become too dependent on screens lately? Between Zoom, FaceTime, social media, gaming, shopping and streaming music and movies, it’s easy to feel attached to your screens. Let’s talk about how limiting screen time can improve your overall wellness.

Whole Health Nutrition

For those with a love for food and an interest in the power of the human body, this presentation outlines good nutrition and how it can help promote optimal health. Employees learn about macronutrients, how proper nutrition is fuel for the brain and that good choices are key to athletic performance. Employees will gain a wealth of nutrition knowledge and helpful tips to incorporate in daily routines.

Embracing Change

Join us to learn what drives people to change, why change is so important, and how to prepare for lifestyle changes.  We will review how to create SMART goals and steps you can take to sustain behavior changes to live a healthier life

Health & Wellness Podcast: On Demand

We are pleased to present this series of On-Demand Podcasts featuring experts from Independent Health and hosted by local radio host Buddy Shula. Each of these podcasts are part of WBEN’s Healthy Buffalo series.

Reimbursement and Savings Accounts
In this segment, chief sales officer Richard Argentieri explains the different types of accounts individuals can have to help pay for out-of-pocket expenses. 

The Independent Health Foundation celebrates 30 years.
Foundation chairperson Stuart Angert talks about the positive impact the Independent Health Foundation has had on the community.

Trust your Gut
In this episode, Lauren Christman discusses health eating and the benefits of probiotics. 

Stay healthy while aging gracefully Part 1
While aging is inevitable, illness associated with aging isn’t inevitable. In part one of this two-part podcast, Dr. Kathleen Mylotte offers ways people can be as healthy as they can be when they age.

Aging gracefully and preparing for the future Part 2
In this segment, Dr. Kathleen Mylotte explains how individuals can make difficult conversations with family members easier when it comes to announcing their wishes of how they should plan for medical treatments as they approach the frail years of their lives.

Easy, no-excuse path to exercise.
Exercise comes easier to some of us than to others. But exercise is so important to getting and staying healthy. Michelle Carbery, Independent Health’s corporate wellness specialist, talks with Buddy on ways to get up and get moving, even for those of us who need a little encouragement.

Holidays and mental health.
For most of us, the holiday season is a joyous time, but it does have its stressors.  Sadly, it can be a dark time for others who are dealing with loneliness, stress and anxiety. Independent Health’s medical director for behavioral health, Dr. George Burnett, offers suggestions on ways to handle the holidays, and when it may be time to seek professional help. 

What is metabolic health?
We hear all the time that our health is related to what we eat. But what foods should we eat? What foods should we avoid?  Dr. Jennifer Walsh from Independent Health explains what metabolic health is and what foods can improve the course of our health.

Fall Prevention as we age.
As we get older, falling can be life-changing.  Yet, while falls are common, they are not a normal sign of aging. Listen as Corporate Wellness Specialist Lauren Dlugosz from Independent Health provides ways to prevent falls by addressing hazards in the home and incorporating light exercise to help balance.

What is “pre-diabetes” and does it always lead to diabetes
Prediabetes is a condition that most people do not know they have. Taking steps now can prevent it from becoming diabetes in the future.  Dr. Deirdre Wheat, medical director at Independent Health, will talk about the signs and risk factors for prediabetes, along with ways to address it and stay healthy.

Do I really need this pill?
Medications work only if people take them properly. And sometimes, people forget to take their medications or they don’t take them as the doctor ordered.  Pharmacist Cindy Will from Independent Health discusses how people can make the most out of the medications they take, and offers helpful ways how to remember when to take them. 

Keep that back healthy.
At some point in our lives, many of us experience back pain. Jennifer Picone, Independent Health’s manager of Corporate Wellness, explains what individuals can do to maintain back health and avoid long-term problems.

The doctor will see you now.
Associate Medical Director Jennifer Walsh, M.D., talks about the importance of preventive care and what people can do to stay healthy.