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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.
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.
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 December 31, 2017. The drawing will occur on January 2, 2017 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 from our featured vendor, as well as key wellness resources to help you along your path to better health.
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.
Good nutrition, physical activity, relaxation, positive thinking, fun, laughter, and creative expression are all necessary elements to take in order to stay healthy this school year. The stress of the new school year is inevitable.
To help you ease back into it, review this month’s spotlight for some helpful strategies to manage your feelings and focus on the many possibilities to help you get back into the rhythm of teaching and staying healthy, including tips to:
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:
Your health is your most important gift and your most important asset. It’s time to take charge of your health through prevention and early detection. Preventive health screenings are a way to identify and treat potential health problems before they develop or worsen.
The Joint Health Management Board (JHMB) is committed to making sure you have the resources and information you need to stay healthy and take the steps necessary to protect your most valuable resource. Annual preventive health screenings should be a routine part of your health care. They help you understand your risks for certain diseases. They also provide an opportunity to consult with your doctor if disease is detected – which offers the best chance for success given your specific medical situation and personal preferences.
This month, WellPATH provides you with healthful information on FREE preventive care and cancer screenings, as well as ways to save by visiting in-network doctors.
Being physically active is a key element in living longer, healthier, happier life. It can help relieve stress and can provide an overall feeling of well-being. Physical activity can also help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lower the risk of chronic disease.
The health benefits of 30 minutes of regular physical activity include:
This month, WellPATH provides you with tips on ways to stay active and enhance your physical appearance/body composition using strength training.
Allergies and Asthma are serious conditions suffered by many and often occur together. Although they are different conditions, they can share common signs, symptoms and triggers. The symptoms of allergies and asthma are the body’s natural defense response to fighting off an outside invader. They play an important role in keeping us alive, but can also cause discomfort and symptoms that can become severe. Therefore, prevention of the triggers and treatment of the symptoms is important. The first step is recognizing and avoiding those allergens that can cause the allergy or asthma.
This month, WellPATH encourages you to get engaged in asthma and allergy awareness by learning some of the common symptoms, triggers, and proper management tips. The burden of asthma and allergies falls not only on individuals with the conditions. It also falls on our schools, our families, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, and our cities/states.
Fats have earned a bad reputation in the health field, but not all are bad for your body. In fact, certain fats like the Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential and provide energy to our body. Our body naturally produces all the fats it needs from other fats or raw materials. However, when we eat foods high in saturated and trans-fat our liver produces more cholesterol.
The saturated fat and trans-fat cause your LDL (low-density lipoprotein) “bad” cholesterol to increase. Whereas, HDL (high-density lipoprotein) “good” cholesterol protects your heart by removing the “bad” cholesterol from your body. You are able to increase your healthy cholesterol by consuming more of the Omega-3 Fatty Acids. The Omega-3 fats are essential to our body but since our body doesn’t naturally produce these fats we must obtain them from foods.
Although you might know eating certain foods can increase your heart disease risk, it’s often tough to change your eating habits. Once you know which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit, you’ll be on your way toward a heart-healthy diet. Whether you have years of unhealthy eating under your belt or you simply want to fine-tune your diet, review the spotlight to learn more about the 8 steps to prevent heart disease:
The WellPATH Employee Wellness Program welcomes you to 2017! We are excited to bring you new health and wellness tips, suggestions and activities in the New Year.
With every New Year come new resolutions. We make a variety of resolutions to start the year off on the right track and while we have the best intentions to follow through they don’t always work out. It can really be an overwhelming task to complete a list of resolutions. In fact, failing to meet any of them within the first few months can increase our anxiety and have an adverse effect.
This month’s WellPATH Spotlight offers you tips to sticking with your New Year’s resolutions, as well as provides you a new resolution to think about…Being Positive!
Dec 12: Fort Miller
Jan 9: PTS Office
Jan 13: PTS Office
Jan 16: PTS Office
Jan 17: Sequoia Middle School
Dec 12 @ 6 PM
By Pinnacle Training Systems
$50 Gift Card Prize
Dec 19 @ 12 PM
By Claremont EAP
$25 Gift Card Prize
Open until Jan 15
Classes Until Feb 9