Your Health Goals
Worried about your blood pressure? Concerned that your family meals aren’t healthy enough? Wondering if a loved one might have depression?
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) wants to answer your questions at the Blue Door Neighborhood CenterSM. The center is a place where everyone — not just BCBSIL members — can attend classes and workshops aimed at helping you reach your health goals. You can learn about the following:
Take Heart-Smart Steps
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both women and men in the U.S. It’s also a major cause of disability.
Here’s some good news. You have the power to change many of the things that raise your risk of heart disease, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Healthy habits might help prevent heart disease or keep it from getting worse.
Keep Type 2 Diabetes Away — or at Bay
Diabetes is a condition in which someone’s blood sugar is too high. There are different forms of this condition, including Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. The most common form is Type 2.
If untreated, Type 2 diabetes can lead to a heart attack, high blood pressure, a stroke and more. There are ways to prevent or delay this condition. And, people who already have it can take steps to manage it.
Breathe Easier with Asthma
Almost 26 million Americans — including 6 million children — have asthma. In Illinois about 850,000 people have this condition, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
It’s important to recognize the possible signs of asthma. These can include wheezing, coughing, trouble breathing, shortness of breath and chest tightness.
If you think you or a family member might have asthma, a doctor can find out for sure.
Are you looking to add more activity to your day-to-day routine? Do you want to increase your strength and flexibility? Or, are you looking for a new place to try Zumba®, yoga or line dancing?
We can help you work toward meeting your fitness goals. We have classes for all ages and activity levels, including low-impact fitness classes and programs just for seniors. Best of all, they’re available at no cost to you.
Too busy to cook or eat healthy? Looking to learn more nutritious recipes?
Your food choices can have a major effect on your health. You might be surprised how small changes can lead to big benefits. Plus, you don’t have to make all these changes at once.
Don't Forget About Mental Well-Being
Can you tell the difference between feeling sad and suffering from depression? Would you be able to recognize if drinking has become a problem? Do you know how to spot signs of stress overload?
Even if you’re working on your physical health, don’t neglect your mental health. Be on the lookout if you or a family member shows signs of a mental health issue. Some issues include depression, stress, substance abuse and anxiety.
You can also stop by the Center for mindful breathing classes or for mental health first aid training.
Give Your Kids a Healthy Start
Are you pregnant and wondering if you’re eating properly and taking the right supplements? Are you a parent who’s looking for ways to keep your child healthy?
We can help you get the information you need to give your baby the healthiest start in life. This includes resources on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and how to lower your baby’s risk.
Are your children a little older? We’re here for you, too. We have parenting ideas, like how to approach bullying or prevent injuries and burns. We also have advice on how to build relationships and discipline your kids using time-outs.