New Year, New YOU!


It’s official—2015 is here. I can’t believe it myself. According to Forbes, about 40 percent of Americans make a New Year’s Resolution. If you’re like me, you feel reluctant to disclose your resolution, because you might not stick to it. The resolution may require a hard lifestyle change, but more times than not, it may come with a hefty fee. However, did you know there are three things you can do in the next 365 days that come FREE with the Compass Rose Health Plan?

Let’s chat and chew about how you can make your health plan work for you in 2015!

Resolution: Exercise More

Average Cost: $660/year

With an average price tag of $55 per month, paying for a gym membership can add up. As a Compass Rose Health Plan member, you have access to a free fitness and wellness benefit program through GlobalFit. With discounts available on gym memberships, personal trainers, diet programs, equipment, and more, you can exercise your body, not your wallet!

For additional fitness-friendly cost savings, walk to the local grocery store, or bring your dog to the park and toss a Frisbee.

Resolution: Quit Smoking

Cost: $0 – $3,000 (depends on chosen method)

For anyone who has tried quitting before, the “cold turkey” method is the cheapest, but isn’t necessarily the easiest. For products such as nicotine replacement therapies, hypnosis, or counseling, you’re looking at a price tag in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

If you’re serious about quitting, don’t do it alone. As a Compass Rose Health Plan member, you can utilize our free, voluntary smoking cessation benefit. You’ll have access to 24/7 online support, a personal tobacco cessation advisor, quit guide, 100% coverage for quit medications (with a prescription), and more! Don’t wait any longer to quit smoking—use your benefit today and start down the road to a healthier lifestyle tomorrow!

Resolution: Save Money

Cost: Varies

One of the biggest ways you can save money as a Compass Rose Health Plan member is to use in-network doctors and facilities. Always call the provider prior to your appointment to verify they participate in our network or try our easy-to-use online Find a Doctor tool. Another way members can save is by using the additional benefits, which are included within the health plan at no cost! Fitness and wellness, as well as Smoking Cessation are just two of the available programs—more can be found here.

Make sure you set this New Year’s resolution up for success. Break new ground this year without breaking the bank—take the time to research how your health plan can save you time and money in 2015!

I’ve Got My Eye on You

Eye ChartAccording to the Vision Council of America, 12.2 million Americans require some sort of vision correction but don’t use any. Nearly 50% of parents with children under 12 have never taken their children to an eye care professional.

*DON’T FORGET! With the Dental & Vision Discount Program through Careington, members of the Compass Rose Health Plan receive DISCOUNTS on exceptional eye care services such as eye exams, glasses, contacts, and LASIK.  To learn more, visit

So, let’s chat & chew about EYE EXAMS!

August is National Eye Exam Month, which is dedicated to educating people about the importance of eye health and safety.

While you may think your eyes are healthy and there are no signs of vision problems, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) recommends a complete eye exam every two years for adults ages 18 to 60, and annual exams for seniors age 61 and older. It’s not uncommon for seniors to experience blurred vision, eye irritation, and more, which are typically caused by the weakening of your eye muscles.

Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Blurred vision with glasses
  • Extreme sensitivity to light
  • Consistent eye pain
  • Red eyes
  • Burning sensation
  • Constant watering
  • Black spots in sight

Avoid such symptoms with these preventative tips from Freedom Home Health Care:

  • When washing your face, use a clean towel and water to wipe the lid are to prevent infection
  • Be sure to get a healthy amount of rest
  • Consume Vitamin A and proteins (i.e. nuts)
  • When watching TV, on the computer and/or reading, be sure to have good lighting, take short breaks to rest the eyes and make sure the print is large and clear
  • Do not read in a moving vehicle or bed
  • Use UV protected sunglasses

For more, feel free to check out a previous newsletter article discussing the effects of technology on our eyes! Click here.