5 Health & Benefit Tips for Summer
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Top 5 Health and Benefit Tips for the Summer

School is out, vacations are underway and visits from family are more frequent. Summertime is full of distractions, but it's also a great opportunity to engage employees in health and wellness programs. Here are five important reminders you can incorporate in your communications to help your employees make smart decisions about their well-being:

  1. Check up on your health insurance + new potential plans and add-ons.

Whether you're staying home this summer or traveling, it’s important to make sure your health insurance is up to date and can cover any mishaps that may occur. Check up on international insurance plans if you are going out of the country. Otherwise, one small bug or injury will cost you thousands of dollars. Even if you plan on working all summer or just taking a few days off to go to the lake or beach, you could face injuries that require after-hour medical attention. Remember urgent care facilities offer after hours services for a smaller price than you would pay at the emergency room. Accident or hospital indemnity insurance can also come in handy for those unexpected calamities.

  1. Use time off to visit the doctor and dentist.

Summer is a great time to go get check-ups and visit to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned. When school starts for your kids or work picks up after August, it’s easy to forget about the simple appointments you need to make in order to stay healthy. Take some time to visit with a professional and make sure everything is running smoothly with your physical health, as well as your mental health if needed. Ask your doctor to check if you're up to date on your vaccinations, especially if you're traveling somewhere out of the country that requires you to have certain ones before you leave.

  1. Protect your skin using your HSA/FSA funds.

It’s important to protect your skin from harmful summer rays, especially your face. Your FSA (or HSA if you have a high-deductible plan) makes buying SPF products easy. Through certain accounts, sunscreen can be purchased and reimbursed if it's SPF 15 or above. Most doctors recommended using SPF 30+ and applying it every half hour to hour. Sunglasses can be purchased and reimbursed through your HSA and FSA as well.

  1. Get out and exercise, boost your endorphins and soak up the ‘sunshine vitamin’.

When the weather is nice, there’s no excuse to not go outside and enjoy it. Take a walk, go for a jog, bike ride, boat ride, or even go hiking. Exercising not only gives you endorphins and makes you feel better, but doing activities outside in the sun provides you with a good source of Vitamin D, which is essential for optimal health. Make sure you are taking all of the right precautions when exercising outside, and don’t forget to wear sunscreen. If you plan on being in the sun for a long amount of time (especially when the sun is at its strongest, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.), you should also consider wearing a cap and light shirt in addition to sunscreen and eye wear to protect your skin from strong UV indexes.

  1. Last but not least, use safety precautions and follow general health and safety rules.

In today’s world, it’s important to stay cautious and take safety seriously. But, when summer rolls around, people become more relaxed and often careless. Make sure that you're wearing the right gear and protecting yourself when biking, boating, hiking, swimming, etc. Stay hydrated and wear light clothing to keep your body from overheating. If you happen to have a summer cocktail or two, do so in moderation and be aware of those drinking around you – especially when on the roads. But most importantly, have fun and be safe while doing it! Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy time with friends and family.

Need some help getting your employees to play a more active role in their benefits? Check out our collection of tips and tricks for maximizing engagement during open enrollment and throughout the year!