Most people living with diabetes know that eating a well-balanced meal means choosing foods that give you the highest nutritional value. Managing meals can be a challenge, especially if you have a family. While dining out is convenient, home-cooked meals are best. Check out diabetes.org/recipes for healthy recipes and ready-made grocery lists. With careful planning, along with portion control, you and your family can still enjoy the same foods.
360-degree care is medicine’s approach to taking care of the whole person when it comes to patient care. Doctors and nurses consider emotional well-being and its impact on the healing process. So the next time your doctor asks you how you’re feeling, be honest. Tell your doctor what ails you: physically, mentally and emotionally.
Sometimes known as “mental health,” the World Health Organization defines it as “…state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Simply stated, emotionally healthy people have found a way to manage life’s typical challenges. This doesn’t mean they don’t have problems but rather that they’ve learned to cope with everyday stressors.
WHA has a network of behavioral health (BH) specialists available to help. You can self-refer to a BH specialist, so a referral from your doctor is not needed. To learn more about your BH benefits, visit mywha.org/BH or call your provider directly; the phone number is on the back of your WHA member ID card.
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