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Each quarter WellPATH highlights different health and wellness topics such as stress management, women’s health, men’s health, etc. Check back each month for an updated spotlight that provides you with healthy tips along your path to better health.
It’s that time again… the new school year is here! Good nutrition, physical activity, relaxation, positive thinking, and laughter are all necessary elements to stay healthy this school year. The stress of the new school year is inevitable but it is important to remember to take care of your health. One important way you can do that is by making sure you are up-to-date on your immunizations and implement creative ways to develop healthy routines at the start of the school year.
Review the spotlight to learn more about what immunizations adults need and ways you can get a healthy start to the school year, including:
After you review the monthly spotlight, complete the Monthly Quiz and enter for a chance to win a $25 Gift Card. You must fill out the online quiz to qualify for the prize drawing. The winner will receive a $25 gift card.
All employees are encouraged to read the monthly Health Spotlight. Active employees, spouses, domestic partners, dependent children age 18 and over, early retirees (defined as a retired individual under age 65 and not eligible for Medicare), and retirees covered under the District’s health benefit plan are eligible to enter the monthly raffle drawing.
All quizzes must be completed and received by August 31, 2018. The drawing will occur on September 1, 2018 and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter.
WellPATH believes in providing resources that will enhance your quality of life and bring you the latest health and wellness information. Each month, WellPATH supplements the Health Spotlights with Resources and Tips, as well as key wellness resources to help you along your path to better health.
Summer is here! The sun is shining, days are longer, and many people are taking advantage of being outdoors in the pool, at the lake or hosting barbecues. With the increase in outdoor activities it’s important to remain safe this summer. Review the spotlight and learn summer tips about:
This old saying can be especially true when it comes to preventive health care. Maintaining or improving your health is important – and a focus on regular preventive care, along with the advice of your doctor, can help you stay healthy.
Routine checkups and screenings can help you avoid serious health problems, allowing you and your doctor to manage your overall health, and help you reach your personal health and wellness goals. And there’s no better time to schedule an annual checkup than Summer Break.
Preventive healthcare consists of measures taken for disease prevention, as opposed to disease treatment. Each year, millions of people die of preventable deaths – leading causes include cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, unintentional injuries, diabetes and certain infectious diseases.
It is recommended that adults and children aim to visit their doctor for regular check-ups, even if they feel healthy, to perform disease screening, identify risk factors for disease, discuss tips for a healthy and balanced lifestyle, stay up to date with immunizations and boosters, and maintain a good relationship with a healthcare provider.
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health and has been proven to not only help control your weight but also: reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, reduce your risk for Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome, reduce your risk of some cancers, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mental health and mood, improve your ability to do daily activities, prevent falls and increase your chances of living longer.
This month, WellPATH provides you with tips about how physical activity, even regular walking, can impact have a positive impact on your health.
Many people are confused about the differences between asthma and allergies, and with reason, because the two conditions are often related. Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from asthma, and in about half of the cases, they are either also allergic to substances in their environments, or their asthma attacks can be triggered by such substances.
Review the spotlight to learn more about asthma and allergies including how they are related and what you can do to relieve your symptoms. Complete the monthly quiz for a chance to win a $25 gift card!
A well-balanced diet means eating the right amount of nutrients to supply the body with the energy it needs to function properly. It also means getting the right amount of nutrition to support growth and development. A well-balanced diet contains nutrient-rich foods from all of the food groups. People who follow a well-balanced diet feel better and are in better health, says the American Dietetic Association.
Review the spotlight to learn more about healthy eating and grocery store tips and complete the monthly quiz for a chance to win a $25 gift card!
A healthy eating plan that helps you manage your weight includes a variety of foods you may not have considered. If “healthy eating” makes you think about the foods you can’t have, try refocusing on all the new foods you CAN eat—
This month’s spotlight also helps answer the question – “Do I have to give up my favorite comfort food?“, as well as provides simple, healthful tips on making smart choices at the grocery store.
Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.
Although you might already know that eating certain foods can increase your heart disease risk, it is often tough to change your eating habits. Whether you have years of unhealthy eating under your belt or you simply want to fine-tune your diet, this month WellPATH provides eight heart-healthy diet tips to help you get on track.
Once you know which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit, you will be on your way toward a heart healthy diet.
Once you know which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit, you will be on your way toward a heart-healthy diet. If you combine that with regular exercise, not smoking and limiting alcohol consumption, you can significantly reduce your risk for heart disease.
The WellPATH Employee Wellness Program welcomes you to 2018! We are excited to continue to provide you with health and wellness tips, programs, challenges and activities throughout the New Year. This month, the WellPATH Spotlight is focusing on New Year’s Resolutions, including tips on how you can reach your 2018 goals.
5 Tips for Making (and Keeping) Healthy Resolutions
Did you know that people who openly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who do not? By making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance that you will keep them throughout the year, incorporating healthy behavior into your everyday life. The American Psychological Association offers these 5 tips when thinking about a News Year’s resolution:
Review the spotlight to learn more about tips and strategies for keeping your New Year’s Resolution and complete the monthly quiz for a chance to win a $25 gift card!
Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to. When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy. This is called the fight-or-flight stress response.
Some stress is normal and even useful. Stress can help if you need to work hard or react quickly. For example, it can help you win a race or finish an important job on time. But if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have harmful effects. It can be linked to headaches, an upset stomach, back pain, and trouble sleeping. It can weaken your immune system, making it harder to fight off disease. If you already have a health problem, stress may make it worse. It can make you moody, tense, or depressed. Your relationships may suffer, and you may not do well at work or school.
The good news is that you can learn ways to manage stress. Review this month’s spotlight to learn more about stress management tips and techniques, and complete the monthly quiz for a chance to win a $25 gift card.
Diabetes, the most common disorder of the endocrine (hormone) system, occurs when blood sugar levels in the body consistently stay above normal. It affects more than 30 million people in the U.S. alone, and is brought on by either the body’s inability to make insulin (Type 1 Diabetes) or by the body not responding to the effects of insulin (Type 2 Diabetes). It can also appear during pregnancy.
The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with Type 2 Diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed. Common symptoms of diabetes:
Review the spotlight to learn more about diabetes and complete the monthly quiz for a chance to win a $25 gift card.
You can reduce your risk of cancer by making healthy choices like eating right, staying active and not smoking. It is also important to follow recommended screening guidelines, which can help detect certain cancers early.
This month, we highlight current cancer rates, learn about the importance of prevention and early detection, and focus on other ways to stay healthy and reduce your cancer risk.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, affecting both at nearly equal rates and claiming approximately 1 million lives each year. Heart disease includes all forms of coronary heart disease, narrowing or clogged arteries by cholesterol and fat deposits and plaque build-up (atherosclerosis) in the walls of the arteries, heart failure, irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) and heart valve disease.
Review this month’s spotlight to learn more about the factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease and how you can prevent high cholesterol and blood pressure.
It’s that time again. Time to start scheduling for Fall onsite events such as:
If you’d like to request an event at your site, fill out the Request Form and WellPATH will be in contact with you to coordinate your event. We look forward to helping you along your path to better health.