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1 Do you have a health question? Speak with a RN for free! Contact a registered nurse any time, day or night, for answers to your health questions. nurses can help when: You re unsure if you need to visit the emergency room You need advice on treatment options You have questions about prescriptions or medical procedures You need answers to questions regarding seasonal viruses (like H1N1) You want to learn more about a chronic condition Make informed decisions about your health. Call at.

2 Are you preventing breast cancer? Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women suffering from any form of cancer, but early detection and preventive care can help save your life. Call. Our registered nurses can: Help you manage a healthy diet that cuts breast cancer risks Teach you how to examine your breasts Advise you on what questions to ask your doctor Understand when to call a physician Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, nurses can provide you with the information you need to live a long, healthy life.

3 Did your child find out the hard way that bees don t make good pets? Insect bites or stings can cause the human body to react with a string of allergic reactions and infections, so it s important to know how to protect yourself and your children. Call. Our nurses can answer your questions and help you learn about allergy signs and symptoms that need examined by a doctor. nurses are available day or night, so call anytime!

4 It s 3 a.m. and your child has a fever. Do you need to take him or her to the emergency room? What medications are safe for kids? When is a high fever dangerous? Should you page your doctor? s caring, knowledgeable, registered nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your questions about childhood fevers or any other health-related questions you have. Call. We will help you get the information and the peace of mind you need.

5 Sneezing. Fever. Coughs. Aches. Runny Nose. Congestion. It s cold and flu season, are you ready? While there s no cure for the common cold or flu, there are ways to feel better. If you or a member of your family shows any of the customary cold and flu symptoms, call. Our nurses can help you manage your symptoms and avoid an unnecessary doctor visit, or determine if you need to seek medical attention. We re available night or day to provide the facts about colds and flu or anything else that ails you and help you start feeling better today.

6 How do you know when a trip to the ER is the right choice? Emergency rooms provide immediate care for serious conditions. Your doctor can better address minor illnesses like sore throats, coughs and rashes in his or her office, though in many cases, you can treat these illnesses at home. So when is a trip to the emergency room the right choice? Call. Our nurses are available day or night to help you decide the best way to treat you or your child s injury or illness.

7 What s the secret to feeling better and living longer? Staying active with regular exercise improves your health and reduces your risk for disease. That doesn t mean you have to spend hours at the gym or be a marathon runner. You can take an important step in preventing diabetes, heart disease, arthritis pain, anxiety and depression is 30 minutes of physical activity a day walking, cycling, mowing the lawn, or anything that gets you moving. Call. Our nurses are available 24/7 to offer advice on finding suitable exercises and programs that will help you feel energized and help prevent illness.

8 Don t live with the flu Prevent it. With flu season just around the corner, your best option for staying flu-free this year is to get a vaccination. Flu vaccines provide your body with the blueprint it needs to build antibodies that fight off the many different strains of influenza virus. Although a vaccination is not a cure, it reduces your risk of getting sick from the flu. Call. Our nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you avoid the flu this season!

9 Does your doctor know all he or she needs to know about you? To provide you with the proper care, your doctor needs to know your health history. That s why it s important to prepare all the information you think your doctor needs before your visit. Among other things, you need to let him or her know: If you re seeing other doctors About any significant changes in your health The medications or prescriptions you re taking (including over-the-counter) About any past or present medical treatments Sharing these details will help your doctor provide you with the right care. For more assistance, or to learn some question you should ask your doctor, call Nurse Advice Line. Our nurses are available day or night to help you get the most out of your next doctor visit.

10 It s never too early, or too late, to prevent osteoporosis Gender, body size, and lifestyle are just a few of the traits that contribute to osteoporosis. Nevertheless, most people don t realize they re at risk until a bone breaks. That s why it s important to understand common osteoporosis risk factors and begin bone deterioration prevention today. Call. Our nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help you determine if you re at risk for osteoporosis. We ll even work with you to create an exercise routine and diet plan focused on building strong bones. We re here to start you down the path to preventing Osteoporosis. Call today!

11 Should you see your doctor if you don t feel sick? Regular health checkups and preventive screening tests help you stay healthy by monitoring your body s overall condition so you and your doctor can recognize any ailments before they progress. However, keep in mind that preventive care needs may vary depending on your age, gender and physical condition. Call for guidance on what health screenings are right for you. Our nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you stay healthy.

12 If it were only this simple to quit smoking. Quitting smoking can be difficult, but it s not impossible. It may even take a few tries before you can be totally smoke free. The key to success is having the information and support you need to create a quitting plan that works for you. Call. Our nurses can walk you through your options and provide the coaching you need to finally be smoke free. Whether it s helping you find a suitable nicotine replacement or creating a comprehensive plan to quit, we re here to help you live a healthier life. Call today!

13 Going for a walk isn t just good for man s best friend. Did you know that 30 minutes of walking can reduce your risk of heart disease, prevent weight gain, and reduce the risk of diabetes? In fact, walking for 30 to 60 minutes a day is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Not only does it give you your daily dose of exercise, it can also increase your mood and help relieve stress. For more on the benefits of walking or other low-impact exercises, call Nurse Advice Line. Our nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you do things like set up a daily exercise schedule. Don t like walking? We can work with you to find the exercise routine that best fits your lifestyle. Call today and take your first step towards a happier and healthier you!

14 Have you had your annual exam? Good health starts with prevention, and if you are a woman between the ages of 21 and 64, an annual health exam could say your life. The best way to prevent health problems is to receive routine checkups with your doctor. Among other tests, women should schedule a Pap test, pelvic exam and breast exam each year. Regular screenings help make sure that you are healthy. They also find signs of cancer and infection early. Call any time with your questions. Our nurses are here to help answer any questions that you might have about these yearly exams and tests.

15 A runny nose, red, itchy eyes, and you can t stop sneezing Is it a cold or allergies? You can treat many cold and allergy symptoms at home, but how do you know what to try? Call. Our nurses can explain how to limit your exposure to environmental allergy triggers, treat the common cold, or determine if your symptoms warrant an appointment with your doctor. Nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your questions so call anytime!

16 Feeling low on energy or in need of a tune-up? Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, improve your fitness level, make healthier food choices, or find out about appropriate screening tests for your age, can help. Making these important lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer and improve your mood! If you want to put more bounce in your step and wonder about a good place to start, call. Our nurses are available any time, day or night, to answer your health questions and provide support.

17 Preventing childhood illness is just as important as treating it. Do you have questions about your child s development, nutrition, or health in general? You may find the best answers by taking your child to the doctor when he or she is well. A well-child exam is not the same as a visit to the doctor when your child is sick. During these annual visits, your doctor checks your child s growth, vision and hearing, and talks with you about your child s behaviors, what they eat, stresses of school and other important parts of your child s life. You can call your child s doctor to schedule your child for a checkup, or call Nurse Advice Line any time, day or night, if you have questions about Well Child Exams. Our nurses can advise you on what to expect and help you determine what questions you should ask your child s doctor.

18 Are your medications healing or hurting you? Prescription medications can relieve pain, treat chronic conditions, and even prevent disease but they can also cause harm if you take them improperly. When taking prescription medications, it s important to: Understand what your prescription is supposed to do Ask questions, especially if a prescription has possible side effects Follow your doctor s and pharmacist s directions If you have questions about a particular medication, call. We can help you create a daily schedule for taking your prescriptions, provide tips for proper medication storage and provide you with key talking points to share with your doctor regarding your medications. Our nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help ensure you know how to take medications safely and correctly.

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