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PO Box 17580 Denver, CO 80217-0580

The Newsletter for Access Behavioral Care Members and Family Members

1st Quarter 2013

Love Your Heart This Month How to Deal with Emotional Factors and Chronic Stressors February is Heart Health month. Your mental health can be directly related to the health Partnership

of your heart. There are two ways: through

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emotional factors and chronic stressors. An

Attend the next Advisory Board Meeting and receive a $10.00 King Soopers gift certificate! The Advisory Board is a forum for all members of Access Behavioral Care and their families. You can share your thoughts and ideas and we listen. Together we can make a difference. Next Meeting: Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Time: 2:00 p.m. Place: Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80202 Meeting Rules: ◊ Bring up your ideas. ◊ Be respectful. ◊ NO TALKING during the presentations. ◊ We will start and end on time. ◊ To get the gift certifi cate, you must stay for the whole meeting. ◊ NO cell phones during meeting.

We will provide a Mandarin-speaking interpreter at our next meeting.

Agenda: 2:00 - Introduction 2:10 - General Announcements 2:30 - Customer Service - Reyna Garcia, Sr. Director Customer Service and Claims 3:00 - Questions 3:30 - Quality Update 3:45 - Member Chairperson Update 4:00 - Adjourn

example of an emotional factor is depression. An example of a chronic stressor is work stress. What happens when we get depressed? We tend to eat more, sometimes called emotional eating. If there is a lot of stress in our lives, we may

think we don’t have time to eat, so we grab the quickest, nearest thing – usually fast food. This is usually a meal that isn’t good for us. If we are too stressed out, we may not feel there is time to exercise either. Just getting outside for a little

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bit can really help our mood. The best thing we can do to help ourselves is to learn to cope with

Si necesita información en español, llamenos al (303) 751-9030 o 1-800-984-9133.

emotions and stressors in a healthy way. Continued on next page.

If you need an interpreter at the Advisory Board Meeting, please call (720) 744-5610. Please call 7 days before the meeting.

Have Questions? Need Help? Call Access Behavioral Care. (303) 751-9030 (Local)

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To help deal with emotional factors, try to: • think positive • get regular exercise • eat a healthier diet • know when to get additional help To help deal with chronic stressors, try to: • tackle your stress triggers • improve your time management skills • keep perspective • seek help In honor of Heart Health month, this is a great time to think about how we can work to be healthier. Stress reduction and working through emotional factors can not only make us feel better mentally, it can also be good for us physically. Tips adapted from

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8 Ways to Promote Heart Health Through Food There are simple ways to work to keep your heart healthy. Try these tips out: • Control your portion size – Eat smaller amounts of food. • Eat more vegetables and fruits – Try adding just one more fruit or vegetable to your meal. • Select whole grains – Look for whole grain bread and try to eat cereals high in fiber. • Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol – Try to limit how much butter, margarine and shortening you eat. • Choose low-fat protein sources – Instead of whole milk, try drinking low-fat milk, such as 1% or skim. • Reduce the sodium in your food – Try flavoring your food with herbs and spices instead of salt. • Plan ahead by creating daily menus – When you make a plan ahead of time about what you are going to eat, you’ll be less likely to indulge in comfort foods at the spur of the moment. • Allow yourself an occasional treat – Allow yourself a treat now and then. The most important thing is that you work toward being healthy. Remember, being healthy is something to work at. Keep at it and you can be successful! From

Not sure what your dinner plate should look like? At, you can learn to fill your plate with healthy and nutritious foods. The website can teach you how to eat healthy on a budget, and has sample menus and recipes. You can also create your own nutrition and exercise plan using the SuperTracker.

Lifestyle Changes February is a time for hearts. There is Valentine’s Day and the whole month is dedicated to Heart Health. February 1 is National Wear Red Day, deemed so by the American Heart Association. Hearts are everywhere. It is a great time to think about how we affect the health of our own hearts.

Lifestyle Changes to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Some of it is related to our family health history. We can’t control that. What we can control is how we live today. This includes what we eat, how much we eat, and how we deal with the world around us. Staying active is important. Sometimes I park at the far end of the parking lot, just to get some extra steps in when I am out running errands. During the holidays it is harder to eat healthier, but I make it a point to watch what I eat and add some fruits and vegetables to my meals. Exercise and dietary changes can go a long way to helping keep your heart healthy. Small changes can have long-term effects!

• If you smoke, try to quit. Call the Colorado QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for help to reach this goal. • Exercise for 30 minutes most days of the week. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults get 2 ½ hours of exercise each week. • Eat a healthy diet. Make sure to include each food group – fruit, vegetable, dairy, protein, and grain – in each meal. • Maintain a healthy weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the best way to do this is to make changes to what you eat and how often you exercise. • Get regular health screenings. A regular visit to your Primary Care Provider (PCP) can help you find out if you are at risk for any diseases or health conditions.

Healthy Thinking! By Isabella Bailey – MAB Chairperson Do you ever get tired of doing the same thing? Do you have less energy? Are your routine chores not magically getting finished on their own? Let’s face it; life’s responsibilities can be very overwhelming. They can really impact how we live our daily lives. Let’s deal with our tasks and duties with a smile upon our face just because…we can. Just remember that we are each responsible for who we are and who we want to be. So how do we keep ourselves at our best? Overall wellness begins with each of us. We need to look within and work with an attitude. An attitude that we are going to make the best choice for our own health. Whether you are spending time with family or reconnecting with friends from your past, make the most of every minute. Work to be the person you want to be. I encourage you to look for ways to stay positive and find the fun in keeping fit!

The Member Crisis Line is a telephone service you can call if you need emergency assistance without having to leave your home. You can call to talk to a mental health professional all day, every day. The toll free number is 1-877-560-4250. Call to talk to a mental health professional. We’re here all day, every day.

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