Welcome to CareSource’s Health Tools Page!
We collected these tools to help you stay healthy. These self-management tools cover a variety of topics. They are from credible sources and have been reviewed by CareSource® medical directors.
Another great step you can take to protect your health is to quit tobacco if you use it. This includes cigarettes, chewing tobacco, dip, and even the newer electronic cigarettes.
SmokeFree.gov is a great place for information and tools to help you quit. Try one of these quizzes:
- Nicotine addiction: Nicotine is the chemical in cigarettes that makes you want to keep smoking. Finding out how much you depend on nicotine will help you as you choose quit smoking strategies for your quit plan.
- Nicotine Withdrawal - Measure Your Symptoms: This quiz looks at your level of withdrawal symptoms. You may want to take the quiz every day in the first couple of weeks after you quit. The quiz can help you understand what you are going through and how it is changing. Remember, there are different medications and activities to help reduce your withdrawal symptoms and make them easier to handle.
- Do you know the risks of secondhand smoke? How much do you know about secondhand smoke? Take this quiz to learn more about the dangers of secondhand smoke.
There are resources for teens, too! Go to http://teen.smokefree.gov/
Para recursos en español, visite http://espanol.smokefree.gov/
Keeping at a healthy weight can be hard. It takes the right balance of diet and exercise. You can do it! The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have a great web page with resources to help you. Click HERE for more information or select from the tools below:
Click HERE for a food diary to help you track what you eat and drink. You can print as many as you need.
To track your exercise, click HERE for an activity log.
One way to determine if you are at a healthy weight is to calculate your body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated using your height and weight. BMI is a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people.
Exercise is good for everyone. Physical activity builds lean muscle, promotes strong bone, and reduces fat. Exercise can help to prevent disease, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Click HERE for an online goal tracker. In this activity tracker you can set up weekly goals. It’s easy to add exercise and watch your weekly activity minutes grow.
Prefer a paper activity tracker? Click HERE for an activity log.
Have kids? Check out Let’s Move Outside! Kids need at least 60 minutes of active and vigorous play each day to stay healthy, and one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to meet this goal is by playing outside. By linking parents to nearby parks, trails and waters – and providing tips and ideas – Let’s Move Outside can help families develop a more active lifestyle. Click HERE, then click “Where to go” or “What to do” to find some fun in your area.
Healthy eating is about feeling great and having energy you need throughout the day. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, a healthy eating plan:
- Focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
- Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
- Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
- Stays within your daily calorie needs
Want to learn more? Try these tools from the US Department of Agriculture:
- Food-A-Pedia - Look up a food to get quick access to nutrition info for over 8,000 foods. Choose and compare 2 foods.
- Food Tracker – The Food Tracker allows you to set nutrition goals. Select and track what you eat to track food groups, calories, fat and sodium in your diet.
Stress affects all of us in different ways. You may have physical signs, like tense or sore muscles. You may have emotional signs, like feeling helpless or overwhelmed. The American Heart Association’s stress management page is a great resource to use to learn more about stress. Find out how stress affects you and learn about healthy habits. Use the stress management action plan by clicking HERE.
ALCOHOL – UNDERSTANDING AT RISK DRINKING
Do you enjoy a drink now and then? Many of us do, especially when spending time with friends or family. Drinking can be beneficial or harmful. It depends on your age and health status, and how much you drink.
For anyone who drinks, this site from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, offers valuable, research-based information. What do you think about looking at your drinking habits and how they may affect your health? Rethinking Drinking can help you get started. Visit the site for tips and tools.
Find out how your drinking pattern compares to those of other U.S. adults, click HERE to take a short quiz.
Prefer to work from a booklet? Get the booklet, “Rethinking Drinking” by clicking here HERE.
Also available in Spanish, visite Pienselo antes de beber: alcohol y su salad.
SYPMTOMS OF DEPRESSION
Everyone feels blue or sad sometime. These feelings usually pass within a couple of days. Sometimes it lasts longer. It may be depression, a common but serious illness.
Many people with symptoms of depression never seek treatment. Most people can feel better with treatment. Think you may have more than the blues? Take this quiz, provided on the Anxiety and Depression Association of America website, and talk with your doctor.
Need help? Call member services at 1-800-488-0134 if you would like us to send you printed materials from the links above.