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How health cover can help you manage your weight

Can you use your private health insurance to help you get your weight under control?

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It’s no secret that maintaining a healthy weight can help you feel better, improve your quality of life and lower your risk of chronic health conditions. Yet despite the endless weight loss advice online –losing weight is no easy task.

The good news is, if you have private health insurance, you may be able to use your cover to help.

Read on to find out how Medibank might be able to help you manage your weight.

Get diet advice from an expert

If you want expert advice and support to help you manage your weight, a dietitian is a great place to start. A dietitian is qualified to provide tailored nutrition advice for many chronic conditions and can support you with services such as medical nutrition therapy, group dietary therapy and food service management.

If you have extras cover with Medibank, you may be able to claim benefits towards consultations with a dietitian up to annual limits and subject to waiting periods.

Discover delicious healthy recipes

Another great way to control what you’re eating is to plan your own meals and cook for yourself. Get inspired by checking out the array of simple, delicious healthy recipe ideas available on Medibank’s LiveBetter.

Learn to love exercise

Adopting a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly is key to maintaining a healthy weight. If you are looking for fun social events to get your body moving, check out Medibank’s Free + Active. Or if you are keen to get started at the gym, find out how you can save up to 25% off casual gym visits with Medibank’s gym better  and 15% on your Goodlife Health Clubs’ Active Plus membership.

If you prefer the personalised support of a weight management program, you could also look at the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation (12WBT) – Medibank members can get 20% off!

Stay on track

Keep yourself motivated and record your gains with the latest in fitness technology and sports products. Medibank members has can get discounts on products such as fitbit trackers, aria scales and TomTom sports products – check out the offers here.

Get pain under control

If pain is holding you back from getting enough exercise, you could see a physiotherapist. A physio can provide treatment aimed to relieve the pain, as well as teaching you how to look after yourself and prevent future injuries.

Depending on your level of health cover, and whether you have extras, your private health insurance might be able to help with costs associated with your treatment. By choosing a Members’ Choice provider you can also be assured of getting a fixed percentage back on the total bill for included services, up to your annual limit and subject to any waiting periods – this could be 55%, 60%, 70%, 85% or even 100% depending on your cover. You can find your nearest Members’ Choice provider here.

Health and wellness advice and inspiration

If expert health and wellness information and inspiration is what you’re after – visit Medibank’s LiveBetter. Whether you’re after exercise and wellness guides, recipes, expert health information or online courses, we’ve got you covered.

Chat to a health expert

If you have any questions about your health in general, Medibank members with hospital cover can call the 24/7 Health Advice Line on 1800 644 325 to speak to one of our experienced Medibank nurses. All OSHC members can contact the Student Health and Support Line on 1800 887 283.

For more information, or to check that you have the best cover for you, talk to our team on 134 190 or chat to our friendly staff online 24/7 for advice and help with your health cover.

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