Try These Programs to Help Manage Your Health 24/7
One way to live your best life is by taking charge of your health. That’s true whether you have a chronic health condition, a sudden illness or if you need help sorting all of life’s challenges.
We know feeling unwell doesn’t just happen Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., so why should health care? With these three online health and wellness programs, it doesn’t have to be. Take a look at the programs, which are available at no extra cost to those who buy insurance on their own and most who get it through their jobs.
BlueForMe helps manage chronic conditions
Managing a chronic health condition can be overwhelming and frustrating. But, having access to experts and resources available on your time is reassuring.
Most of what you do to manage your health happens between doctor’s visits. That’s where the BlueForMe app comes in. It connects you to a care management team of nurses, social workers, health coaches, dietitians and other experts who can answer questions, offer advice and direct you to helpful resources. They all work in conjunction with your doctor.
It’s a convenient and secure way to get the help you need to manage your health on your own time. Like setting up reminders on your phone to keep track of your medications and appointments!
The app takes the worry out of managing your health by allowing you to set up reminders on your phone to keep track of your medications and appointments, get easy-to-digest important health information and tips on managing your health so you can feel more in control. Plus, you can message your care team to ask questions, access articles and watch helpful videos at any time.
And, as your health needs evolve over time, the BlueForMe app documents any changes so that your care team can refer to those throughout your care.
BlueForMe is more than an app. It’s like having a personal support system that knows your whole story—not just your condition.
If you’re enrolled in a Florida Blue health plan on your own or through your employer, it’s easy to join BlueForMe. Just visit flblue.com/blueforme on your smartphone or tablet to download the BlueForMe app and select Create New Account. Enter the access code you received from your health plan or provider. This is the special code you received from your health plan or healthcare provider in a phone call, email, text message, letter, or brochure.
Help manage your diabetes with Livongo
It’s true that when it comes to your diabetes care, you’re the No. 1 person on your care team. But that doesn’t mean you’re on your own. Diabetes is a condition that needs to be managed properly and having a team of experts available to you any time, sets you up for success.
That’s why we partnered with Livongo for Diabetes in April for a yearlong pilot program. Right now, the program is available to 60,000 The members, ages 18-63 ,with Type 2 diabetes. The program may expand to more members later.
Livongo for Diabetes caters to a member’s needs by combining advanced technology with expert health coaching.
Here’s how it works: Members were sent a letter inviting them to complete an online enrollment form. They would then receive a welcome kit that included a Livongo glucometer. This connective device tracks your blood glucose readings that are automatically monitored by a Livongo care team member. Based on your readings, you’ll receive automated “health nudges” from your device to help you stay on track or motivate you to get back on. And, if you need more one-on-one help, you can chat with a care coach or certified diabetes educator 24/7. You can even schedule a follow-up with a care coach for additional resources and help.
Once enrolled, members can access the Livongo portal by logging in to Better You Strides. They also have access to Livongo care through the mobile app. Another added bonus of enrolling in Livongo is the opportunity to participate in the myStrength behavioral health program, too.
Build your resilience with meQuilibrium
We all have days when everything goes our way. Then, there are days when everything seems to work against us. While we can’t always control the variables, we can control how we feel about it.
One way to help you face each day with confidence is through the meQuilibrium, a resilience-building app. Offered at no extra cost to members who bought a health plan on their own and some who have coverage through their employer, the app is designed to help you conquer the chaos of life’s demands.
Once you take a confidential meQuilibrium assessment and find out your stress score, you’ll get a personalized plan with simple and effective ways to help you feel calmer, be more focused and learn to recognize stress triggers.
Backed by more than 20 years of research, meQuilibrium can help you:
- Reduce loneliness by staying connected to others
- Manage work/life balance
- Calm worry and anxiety
- Be your best as a parent, and more
To get started, sign up through Better You Strides, your online health and wellness program. In your personal health journey, click on the card titled “Feeling Overwhelmed?” After you sign up online, download the meQuilibrium app from your app store.
To get started, sign up through Better You Strides, your online health and wellness program. In your personal health journey, click on the card titled “Feeling Overwhelmed?” After you sign up, download the meQuilibrium app from your app store.
If you’re not participating in Better You Strides, log in to your member account at floridablue.com, accept the terms of service and tell us your communication preferences. Then, complete your personal health assessment. Click on the card titled “Feeling Overwhelmed?” to sign up for meQuilibrium.
Joy Batteh-Freiha is a Jacksonville native who has worked as a health care communications writer/editor for The Florida Times-Union, as well as state medical and specialty associations for 20-plus years. She’s the proud mother of two grown sons, one of whom is an Eagle Scout.