Guidelines to Keep You Healthy

Care of Adults

Upper Peninsula Health Plan (UPHP) is committed to helping members stay healthy. Many health problems and diseases can be avoided by taking good care of yourself and your family. UPHP provides free preventive care including:

Yearly health checkups are called well exams by UPHP. Well exams can find problems early so that they can be treated early. All UPHP members should get yearly well exams. Members should also get screening tests, such as Pap smears, mammograms, and chlamydia testing, if needed. Call your provider to make an appointment for a well exam within 60 days of enrollment in UPHP. 

Visit HealthFinder.gov for a list of important screenings and vaccines recommended at every age.

Both nutrition and physical activity play a big part in keeping you and your family healthy and keeping your Body Mass Index (BMI) in a normal range. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. A high amount of body fat can lead to weight-related diseases and other health issues.

Why is physical activity or exercise important?

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to improve their health. Moving more and sitting less have great benefits for everyone.

For adults:

  • Lowers risk of high blood pressure
  • Lowers risk of stroke
  • Improves aerobic fitness
  • Improves mental health
  • Improves cognitive function
  • Reduces arthritis symptoms
  • Prevents weight gain

Healthy Eating

Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. There are many resources available for people to learn about healthy eating. It’s important to follow guidelines that fit your lifestyle.

About one out of three United States adults are living with high blood pressure. This common condition increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. The good news is you can take steps to prevent high blood pressure or to control it. Your provider may prescribe medications and lifestyle changes.

  • Work with your health care team
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Be active
  • Do not smoke, talk to your provider about quitting

Having high blood cholesterol raises the risk for heart disease. No matter your age, you can take steps each day to keep your cholesterol levels in a healthy range. Talk to your health care team about steps you can take to manage your cholesterol numbers.

People who use tobacco have higher health risks. Ask your health care provider for advice on how to quit using tobacco. Keep trying until you succeed. 

UPHP offers the following benefits as part of a Tobacco Cessation Wellness Program:

  • Smoking and tobacco use cessation counseling visits with your provider
  • Michigan Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-784-8669)
  • Clickotine® Digital Smoking Cessation Program
    • Medicaid Client ID#:  L8M58D
    • Healthy Michigan Plan Client ID#:  ICQYY6
  • SCRIPT – Smoking Cessation Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment to help pregnant women quit tobacco use

UPHP also covers many tobacco cessation medications. 

The goal of cancer screening is to find cancer early, before there are symptoms. When cancer is found early, it is easier to treat and more curable.

There are many types of cancer. Cancer can affect any part of the body. Some ways that you can decrease your chance of getting cancer include:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Avoid tobacco in any form
  • Limit alcohol
  • Exercise regularly
  • Reduce stress
  • Ask your provider about recommended cancer screenings

To learn more visit the American Cancer Society website.

UPHP encourages everyone to talk to their provider about when to screen for cancers. Treatment for cancer is a covered benefit.

  • Mammogram/breast cancer screening (ages 50 and older)
  • Pap smear/Cervical cancer screening (ages 21 and older)
  • Colonoscopy/colorectal cancer screening (ages 50 and older)

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are the most common infections in the United States. They are becoming more frequent. Chlamydia is the most common. Most of these infections have no warning signs until late in the infection process. It is easy to spread STIs to other people and not know it. Some of these infections, like HIV, can cause death. Others, like chlamydia, if not treated, can prevent a woman from having children. Young adults and sexually active adolescents should have a screening test for chlamydia every year. If you think you have a problem, talk to your provider. Testing can be as simple as a urine test. Ask your provider which test is right for you.

Good dental health is important to help keep your entire body healthy. Regular checkups are key to keeping your mouth healthy.

Please see the information below based on the type of coverage you have with UPHP.

Healthy Michigan Plan Members:

Michigan Medicaid members (21 years of age and older):

  • For help about your dental benefit, please call the MDHHS Beneficiary Helpline at 1-800-642-3195.
  • To find dental centers that work with Medicaid members visit: My Community Dental Centers or Oral Health Directory.
  • Call the MDHHS office to arrange for rides to and from dental visits at 1-844-464-3447.

Healthy Kids Dental (ages 0 through 20 years) for more information call 1-888-359-3722

Substance use disorder means someone is using alcohol or drugs in a way that hurts them. Prescription drugs can be misused when they are not taken as ordered by the doctor. Alcohol and drug use can cause many problems. A person’s feelings and actions can change. Money problems may arise.

UPHP wants to help if you are living with a drug or alcohol problem. Be honest with your provider about the problem so they can help you get treatment.

To find out more about what support UPHP offers visit our Mental Health page.

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Page Last Updated: 07/10/2019