Posts Tagged ‘Great Lakes Radio’

Upper Peninsula Health Plan Shares Tips For Beating Seasonal Affective Disorder
Posted on January 13, 2020
Jennifer Riley on GL Radio

Marquette, MI –  On our latest Upper Peninsula Health Plan update, we heard from Jennifer Riley, Community Health Worker with UPHP, with information about SAD, or seasonal affective disorder.

Riley explained the SAD is a type of depression related to changes in seasons and it begins and ends at about the same times every year. She outlined some of the major symptoms of the condition and what some of the causes are believed to be.

She also talked about how SAD is different from the usual “winter blues” we can sometime feel during the winter months and what to do if you suspect you have it, including seeing your doctor.

Riley added that in addition to seeking help from your doctor, there are other things you can do to improve SAD symptoms and lift your mood. First, try making your environment sunnier and brighter. Second, exercise regularly and third, get outside, because even on cold, cloudy days, outdoor light can help.

LISTEN – Jennifer Riley from UPHP with more about SAD, or seasonal affective disorder.

This article was original posted here by mediaBrew Communications Jan. 7, 2019.

UPHP Update: Appropriate Antibiotic Usage
Posted on February 19, 2019

UPHG Provider Resource Services Advisor, Rachel Riley

Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio) – On the latest Upper Peninsula Health Plan update, we heard from Rachel Riley, Provider Resource Services Advisor under Upper Peninsula Health Group.

Riley explained that UPHP and UPHG are currently working together on the SmartRx Campaign to assist providers in educating patients on appropriate antibiotic use as antibiotics are not indicated for viruses.

She also talked about the differences between a viral infection and a bacterial infection and shared some good tips on staying healthy during this cold and flu season.

Riley said that the two groups are providing materials to practices to assist in staying healthy and to help if someone becomes sick with a viral infection.

They include informational posters for waiting rooms/lobbies and Cold Kits that consist of tissues, lip balm, thermometers, and hand sanitizer as an alternative treatments.

Riley added that for more information about appropriate antibiotic use go to or visit the UPHP Facebook and Twitter pages.

LISTEN IN – Rachel Riley with more about appropriate antibiotic use.

This story was originally posted here by Great Lakes Radio, Inc. on February 7, 2019.

The Importance of Preventive Care in Staying Healthy
Posted on January 14, 2019

Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio) – On the latest UPHP Update, we heard from Clinical Coordinator Chris Rhoades about preventive care in living a longer, healthier life.

Rhoades joined the Sunny Morning Show to talk about what preventive care is and what some good examples of it are.

He also explained the differences between preventive care and diagnostic care as part of your personal health journey.

Rhoades also delved into the importance of knowing your insurance benefit coverage and how to use it to maintain your preventive care regimen.

He wrapped up with some good tips about preventive care and using the new year as the springboard to get checked and get active.

LISTEN IN – UPHP Clinical Care Coordinator Chris Rhoades with more about preventive care.

This story was originally posted here by Great Lakes Radio, Inc. on January 8, 2019.


UPHP Encourages Managing Stress For Good Health
Posted on December 12, 2018

Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio) – On the latest Upper Peninsula Health Plan update, the conversation focused on stress management and how it it’s key to staying healthy.

Steve Rudness, Clinical Coordinator with UPHP, joined the Sunny Morning Show today to talk about what stress is, how it can affect us and how to find ways to manage it.

Rudness explained that stress is a natural reaction in our bodies to external pressures that can be both physical and mental and it really only becomes an issue when we allow it to build up within us.

He said there are plenty of ways to manage stress, but one of the best ways is to simply take the time to take care of yourself by doing things you enjoy to do, whether it’s exercising, socializing or just having some quiet time alone.

Rudness also shared several resources to find help in managing your stress in order to live a healthy life.

LISTEN IN – Steve Rudness of Upper Peninsula Health Plan with more about stress management.

This story was originally posted here by Great Lakes Radio, Inc. on December 4, 2018.


UPHP Launches Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures Campaign
Posted on July 05, 2018

Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio) – “Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures” is a joint effort between Upper Peninsula Health Plan and Upper Peninsula Health Group designed to highlight the importance of annual preventative care for kids of all ages.

UPHP Clinical Coordinator Chris Rhoades joined the Sunny Morning Show today to share some of the highlights of this initiative.

Rhoades said UPHP is teaming up with roughly 25 different primary care practices across the U.P. and promoting the campaign throughout the Upper Peninsula.

He said the overall goal is to make sure area children get the regular health care they need for a healthy future.

Rhoades said it runs through August 31st and there will be prizes for the provider practices that can get the most kids through the door as well as drawings for the kids who go in and get the care they need.

LISTEN IN – UPHP Clinical Coordinator Chris Rhoades with more about the “Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures” initiative.

This story was originally posted here by Great Lakes Radio, Inc. on July 3, 2018.

Upper Peninsula Health Plan Sees Changes At The Top
Posted on June 16, 2018

Melissa Holmquist and Dennis Smith of UPHP

Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Transitions are happening in the leadership at the Upper Peninsula Health Plan organization.

Long-time Upper Peninsula Health Plan (UPHP) President and CEO Dennis Smith announced his retirement, effective July 1st, late last year, and as a result, COO Melissa Holmquist was named as Smith’s successor.

Smith and Holmquist both joined the Sunny Morning Show on June 5th to talk about the transition that is underway at the Marquette-based agency.

Smith talked about several of the key successes that have happened under his watch, including steady and consistent growth, and productive alliances in the U.P. health care landscape that have been facilitated by UPHP.

Holmquist shared some of her background with UPHP and what she hopes to see in the future of the group as she takes over the reins.

LISTEN IN – Retiring CEO Dennis Smith and incoming CEO Melissa Holmquist talk transitions.

This story was originally posted here by Great Lakes Radio Inc.