SBSM Editor's blog

Trick-or-Treat: Keeping Your Kids Safe on Halloween

Dressing up in costumes to go trick-or-treating is something that many kids look forward to all year long. For parents, however, safety is the biggest concern. Focus on three things to keep your kids safe on Halloween.

One, you need to think about a safe costume; Two, make you’re your kids are safe walking through your neighborhood: and Three, the safety of the candy and treats your kids bring home after trick-or-treating.

1. Costume Safety

Arm Yourself Against the Flu

There are things you can do to reduce your risk of getting the flu or colds. The same “healthy habits” can help you avoid both illnesses. Denver Health Medical Plan recommends that you get a flu shot and follow the tips below to stay healthy.

Hiking in the City: Urban Hikes

Denver is known for its nice weather year-round. This is a great time of year to get outside and enjoy the crisp air and beautiful views of the snow dusted mountains. But you don’t need to travel all the way to the mountains to do that. There’s plenty to do right in the city! One of the best ways to get some outside exercise and see the beauty of Denver is “urban hiking”.

Personal Finances 101

Here are a few easy tips to help you begin to manage your personal finances in a healthy way.  You do not need any special software or fancy equipment. Managing your personal finances is as easy as tracking spending amounts on a piece of paper and doing some simple math. OK, if you aren’t good at math, you may want to use a calculator. Writing things down and tracking spending in some major categories can help you gain the true picture of your monthly spending.  Just like a diet, it is easy to “skip” tracking something – but in the long run you are just hurting yourself.

ER or the Urgent Care: Do You Know Where To Go?

Deciding where to go for help, either at an urgent car center or the emergency room, can be tough when you or someone in your family needs quick medical help. But knowing where to go for care ahead of time can help your family get the care you need.

What’s the Difference?
Urgent care centers allow patients with urgent non-life-threatening needs to be seen by doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants quickly and without an appointment. Many urgent care centers are open extended hours and on weekends.

Healthy Strides

Walking every day is one of the most important steps you can take to stay active and independent as you grow older. Each step helps keep everything from your brain to your heart healthy and can even help fight depression and ease lower back pain.

Preventive Screenings for Men and Women: How Helpful Are They?

Each year when you visit your primary care provider, you are likely given a list of suggested tests and screenings for early detection of disease. This list can be different for all of us but two of the most common are screenings for breast and prostate cancer.

The recommendations for breast cancer have been steady over the years while the recommendations for prostate cancer screening continue to change.


I love being efficient.  I get a natural high from finding the most timesaving, least wasteful way to do things. I recently went to a training that focused on how to improve processes. The training focused on processes in the workplace, but think of all the “processes” that go on in your everyday life. A few examples:  getting ready in the morning, driving from point A to point B, cooking dinner, etc. 

I’d like to share with you a few “wastes” that can keep whatever process it is from being the most efficient and effective:

Sense Our Senses

There is so much constantly going on around us that it can become overwhelming at times.  Sometimes there is so much action going on (even the thoughts in our own mind!), that it is difficult to focus or be still.  One way to practice focusing on one thing at a time is to use our senses.