Presbyterian | Your Story | Centennial Care | Summer 2021

Presbyterian Health Plan, Inc. P.O. Box 27489 Albuquerque, NM 87125-7489 Important plan information CC Standard U.S. Postage PAID Presbyterian Health Plan INSIDE Don’t wait! Vaccinate! 2 Concussions: Know the signs 6 Your story Summer 2021 En español: Si usted desea obtener este boletín en español, llame al (505) 923-5200 o al 1-888-977-2333. COVID-19 changed our lives in a lot of ways. While many of us faced hardships, we gained many good things during this time too. Can you think of any new habits or ideas you can take with you going forward? Here are a few things you might want to keep in your life now. Handwashing. Washing your hands is one of the best ways to avoid spreading the coronavirus—and other germs. Make 20-second scrubs with soap and water a permanent part of your life. Cooking from scratch. Did you dust off some cooking skills while restaurants were closed? When you make your own food, you can make it as healthy, fresh, and flavorful as you want. That’s definitely worth hanging on to. Telemedicine. Virtual visits with providers turned out to be a great way to avoid waiting rooms full of sick people. They can still be a good option when you need after-hours care, counseling, or help for minor illnesses. Planning for emergencies. We learned that being prepared for pandemics, natural disasters, or power outages matters. Simple acts like keeping sick household members away from those who are healthy, creating emergency contact lists, and gathering long-lasting supplies pays off. Being kind to others. We found ways to look out for each other, even while staying apart. Doing good things for others can give meaning and purpose to your life. If you dropped off groceries, picked up a prescription, or left a kind note during the crisis, you made a difference. Keep looking for ways to spread that kindness. Sources: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; American Academy of Family Physicians; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; HelpGuide What we’ve learned from COVID-19