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Health Break Podcast

Take a break for your health.

What is Health Break?

It’s a podcast for UPMC Health Plan members. These five-minute episodes explore important and interesting health and wellness topics—and offer tips for making the most of your health insurance plan.

Our members care about living a healthier lifestyle and using the tools and resources we offer. Life is busy, though; there’s not always time to read and research. That’s why we created Health Break.

What can I learn?

Health Break covers topics like:

  • How to talk to your doctor online.
  • Lifestyle habits that can help prevent or manage diabetes and prediabetes.
  • How to know when you need an antibiotic.
  • Digital tools for UPMC Health Plan members and how to use them.
  • How to support mental health as you age.
  • Common mistakes you might be making with your prescriptions.

Where can I find it?

Listen to Health Break on your favorite podcast streaming service.

View show notes, all Health Break episodes, and listen now!
  • Episode 18
    09/29/2022
    How to support mental health as we age

    Suzan Clark, program director at LifeSolutions, takes a Health Break to describe the mental health challenges we may encounter as we get older—and how to find and access support at every stage of life.

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 17
    09/27/2022
    How to know when you need an antibiotic

    Dr. Nick DeGregorio, senior medical director of UPMC for You, takes a Health Break to discuss all things antibiotics: Why they’re different from other medications, how to know when you should and shouldn’t be taking them, how to take them correctly and safely, and how to avoid antibiotic resistance.

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 16
    09/22/2022
    Increasing access to health care through digital tools

    Claire Marcus, director of Telehealth Technology & Solutions at UPMC Health Plan, takes a Health Break with us to discuss accessing health care with digital tools. We’ll learn about UPMC Health Plan programs, tools, and services that are available to our members and the communities we serve.

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 15
    09/20/2022
    What’s happening now in telehealth

    Do you use telehealth as part of your health care? Jeffrey Gala, senior digital product manager at UPMC Health Plan, takes a Health Break to give us an overview on telehealth and what it means for access to care, for saving money, and for the future.

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 14
    09/15/2022
    Lifestyle habits for diabetes and prediabetes

    Dr. Amy Meister, associate chief medical officer of UPMC’s Insurance Services Division and vice president of Workpartners, takes a Health Break with us to define diabetes and prediabetes—plus, she shares lifestyle changes we can make to minimize risks.

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 13
    09/13/2022
    Why it's important to choose and maintain a PCP

    Dr. Amy Meister, associate chief medical officer of UPMC’s Insurance Services Division and vice president of Workpartners, takes a Health Break to discuss why seeing a PCP (or primary care provider) is an important part of health insurance. Plus, she’ll tell us how to select a PCP.

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 12
    09/08/2022
    The top 3 things you can do for your heart

    Dr. Cynthia Rosenberg, chief medical officer of Medicare and Special Needs Products at UPMC Health Plan, takes a Health Break with us to outline what matters most when it comes to having a healthy heart. She also talks about preventive measures we can take to support our heart health at any age.

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 11
    09/06/2022
    Why a health risk assessment is good for your health

    Dr. Amy Meister, associate chief medical officer of UPMC’s Insurance Services Division and vice president of Workpartners, takes a Health Break to discuss health risk assessments. What are they, why is it important to complete one for your health insurance, and how can it affect your health?

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 10
    09/01/2022
    What you need to know about high blood pressure

    Dr. Kalpana Char, associate vice president of Special Needs Plan Medical Services at UPMC Health Plan, takes a Health Break with us to explain blood pressure, what we need to know about high blood pressure, and how to treat high blood pressure with help from your primary care provider.

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 9
    08/30/2022
    How to talk to your doctor online

    Dr. Nicholas DeGregorio, senior medical director of UPMC for You, takes a Health Break with us to explain how telehealth works and how easy and convenient it can be to talk to your doctor online.

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 8
    08/25/2022
    Train your brain: How to build healthier habits for healthier thoughts

    Director of Behavioral Health Clinical Programs Laura Francis takes a Health Break with us to explain how the brain works in moments of discomfort—and how we can build habits for healthier thoughts.

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 7
    08/23/2022
    Common mistakes you might be making with your prescriptions

    Clinical pharmacy specialist Teresa Messick takes a Health Break to share common mistakes you might be making with your prescriptions and how to correct them. Plus, we’ll talk about how to avoid prescription misuse.

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 6
    08/18/2022
    5 things you need to know about health insurance in 5 minutes

    Health Care Concierges Joyce Reagle and Michael Ahern take a Health Break to share the top five things you need to know about health insurance—from eligibility and coverage to hidden benefits and other extras—all in five minutes. No matter where you are in exploring health insurance, we’ve got you covered.

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 5
    08/16/2022
    Detecting colorectal cancer early: Signs and symptoms

    Dr. Andrew Watson, colorectal surgeon and senior medical director of telemedicine at UPMC Insurance Services, takes a Health Break to explain colorectal cancer, how it develops, and ways to detect signs and symptoms early.

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 4
    08/11/2022
    How to teach your child healthy dental hygiene habits

    Dental care managers Alaina Stango and Barb Hammerschmitt take a Health Break to share tips and strategies for building healthy oral health habits with the kids in your life.

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 3
    08/09/2022
    How deep breathing impacts your health

    In this Health Break, we revisit PA Takes a Breath, a UPMC Health Plan virtual event that shows the benefits of deep breathing. Hear from Dr. Matthew Hurford, president and CEO of Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, and practice a simple breathing exercise with UPMC Health Plan health coaches.

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 2
    08/04/2022
    Digital tools for UPMC Health Plan members and how to use them

    Brittany Ramsey, senior product manager at UPMC Health Plan, takes a Health Break to give us the details on free and convenient digital tools that can help UPMC Health Plan members make the most of their health insurance plan.

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.

  • Episode 1
    08/02/2022
    How to get connected to free health coaching

    Health coach Linda Fayad takes a Health Break to tell us about health coaching: what it is, how it works, who the coaches are, how it can help, and how to get connected. The best part—it’s free!

    Visit upmchealthplan.com/podcast for show notes and additional information.