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KNOW YOUR BENEFITS NEWSLETTER JULY 2018 FONTAINEBLEAU | HUMAN RESOURCES

TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH & WELL- BEING

WELLNESS HAPPENINGS IN FONTAINEBLEAU

July is Social Wellness Month. Social wellness means nurturing yourself and your relationships. It means giving and receiving social support - ensuring that you have friends and other people, including family to turn to in times of need or crisis to give you a broader focus and positive self-image.

WHY IS SOCIAL WELLNESS IMPORTANT?

Healthy relationships are a vital component of health. The health risks from being alone or isolated in one's life are comparable to the risks associated with cigarette smoking, blood pressure, and obesity.

WHAT RESEARCH SHOWS ON SOCIAL SUPPORT

  • People who have a strong social network tend to live longer.
  • The heart and blood pressure of people with healthy relationships respond better to stress.
  • Strong social networks are associated with a healthier endocrine system and healthier cardiovascular functioning.
  • Healthy social networks enhance the immune system's ability to fight off infectious diseases.

BE MINDFUL

EMOTIONAL WELLNESS & YOUR HEALTH

What comes to mind when you hear the term "Emotional Health"? In our culture, it seems as though discussions of emotional wellness or health often start with negative states, such as depression, anxiety, anger, fear, and phobias. All of these are critical disorders for which people should seek professional help. However, this framework of emotional health doesn't tell the whole story. Emotional health is more than avoiding or overcoming mental anxieties and diseases.

We see emotional wellness as the ability to create and sustain a positive attitude in life, maintain a healthy level of self-esteem, and to express the full range of emotions that occur in human experience.

NEARLY one third of Americans face a mental or emotional challenge each month. Emotionally well people have the skills to deal with these challenges such as Stress Management and Coping skills.

WELLNESS

  • EMOTIONAL : Being able to understand and cope with one's feelings
  • SPIRITUAL: Growth of one's sense of meaning in Life
  • INTELLECTUAL: Expanding one's knowledge, skills, and creativity
  • PHYSICAL: Proper eating habits, exercise, and medical health
  • SOCIAL: Creating positive relationships with others
  • CAREER: Finding purpose and satisfaction in one's work

TRUE HAPPINESS

  • Be strong Emotionally
  • Don't get down at failure
  • Try Hard and have Fun doing it
  • Learn from your Experiences

NEW TELADOC BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NAVIGATOR EFFECTIVE 8/1/18 FOR ALL NON-UNION TEAM MEMBERS

STRESS LESS WHILE AT WORK

Teladoc offers an integrated care model where members can navigate and manage a mental health issue from all aspects of care and levels of complexity, providing: expert second opinion on diagnosis and treatment plans, quick access to treatment from qualified, licensed practitioners.

DID YOU KNOW THAT 65% OF AMERICANS CITE WORK AS MAJOR SOURCES OF STRESS? HERE ARE A FEW TIPS FOR MANAGING WORK-RELATED WORRIES.

  1. Look inward : Recharging is important. Be sure to eat right, exercise, get plenty of sleep and take your vacations.
  2. Look outward: Identify the stressors at work and focus on the things you can control. Learn to maintain a healthy work/life balance.
  3. Look for support:  Consider professional help by scheduling a session with a licensed Teladoc therapist.

WANT TO LIVE LONGER? ADOPT THESE FIVE HABITS.

For the country that was once said to be the location of the fountain of youth, America isn't living up to it's fame. According to a recent study released in the journal, Circulation, Americans have a shorter life span compared with people of nearly every other high-income country. By tracking 78,865 women and 44,354 men over 34 years, researchers found a strong link between lifestyle and longevity. In fact, they suggested that women could add 14 more years to their lives and men could add 12 more by making smarter lifestyle choices, including:

EATING NUTRITIOUS FOODS

Eat right “cutting sodas, juice, and sweet beverages is a big step in the right direction. Drinking soda is like drinking a candy bar – the sugar and calories are that significant. Drink water or unsweetened tea instead,” says Dr. Marcus. She also recommends avoiding processed foods.In the study, those who ate five servings of vegetables and four servings of fruit daily scored higher on the longevity scale. If you don’t have the time or finances to prepare or purchase that much produce, try frozen. “It’s less expensive and easy to prepare, just use the plain frozen; skip the varieties with sauce. Lemon and herbs make tasty seasonings.”The study’s healthful diet criteria included eating one or more servings of nuts or beans a day, avoiding red meat completely, and limiting salt.

EXERCISE 30 MINUTES DAILY

“Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park your car farther from the store, and take three 10-minute walks a day, fitting in a walk during your lunch hour.” If you live in a neighborhood where walking isn’t practical or safe, walk around your house and stay active during commercial breaks while watching TV. Mopping, vacuuming, and washing windows qualifies as the moderate exercise the study authors suggest. Other moderately strenuous activities include brisk walks, easy bicycling or tennis doubles. Vigorous exercise, also encouraged by the researchers, includes jogging, fast cycling, tennis singles, basketball, and soccer. Need an incentive?

MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT

A body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy. Again, Dr. Marcus says that incremental actions add up to results. “Try eating lighter meals at night, when you’re less active. Wearing a FitBit incentivizes some people to get their 10,000 steps daily, but there’s no scientific data proving that they help you lose weight.”

DON'T SMOKE

According to the study, never-smokers had a much lower risk of death from cancer or heart disease than participants who smoked or even former smokers. Need help kicking the habit? Register for a smoking cessation class. “It’s important to discourage young people from smoking, as well as vaping. Vape fluid has highly concentrated nicotine and contains carcinogens,” Dr. Marcus says. As a society, she also believes we should keep clean air laws in place. “Air pollution puts non-smokers at risk for chronic lung diseases such as asthma.”

DRINK ONLY IN MODERATION

Dr. Marcus departs from the study’s assertion that women can safely drink between five and 15 grams of alcohol daily and men between five and 30 grams daily. “There’s some scientific evidence suggesting that even moderate alcohol consumption increases the risk of certain cancers. “ In individuals with the disease of alcoholism, even one drink is dangerous. It also adds a lot of calories to your diet. While some tout alcohol’s stress-reducing qualities, Dr. Marcus isn’t buying it. “There are healthier ways to manage stress, from meditating to physical activity and spending time with people you love.”Study participants who drank more than 30 grams of alcohol per day were 25 percent more likely to die prematurely than moderate drinkers.

THE TAKEAWAY

The researchers believe that adopting healthy habits “could substantially reduce premature mortality and prolong life expectancy in U.S. adults.” Dr. Marcus doesn’t disagree, but takes a pragmatic approach. “In medical school epidemiology classes, I learned that association doesn’t necessarily equal causation. Just strive to be a little healthier each day. As you feel better, it creates a virtuous cycle of health.”

IT'S NOT A SHORT TERM DIET. IT'S A LONG TERM LIFESTYLE CHANGE!

A healthy lifestyle is one which helps to keep and improve people's health and well-being. It helps to benefit your critical health numbers, including weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol.

"A HEALTHY OUTSIDE STARTS FROM THE INSIDE." ROBERT URICH

ELEVATE YOUR FINANCIAL WELL-BEING

START SAVING FOR TOMORROW TODAY

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are a growing trend in health care. An HSA is a tax-exempt savings account established for the purpose of paying for the qualified medical expenses of an individual and or his or her spouse and tax dependents. HSAs are designed to provide eligible individuals with the following federal tax benefits:

  • HSA contributions are tax-free.
  • Interest and other earnings on HSA contributions accumulate tax-free.
  • Amounts distributed from an HSA for qualified medical expenses are tax-free as well.

FONTAINEBLEAU OFFERS A HEALTH SAVINGS PLAN (HSA) THROUGH THE CIGNA SELECT HEALTH SAVINGS MEDICAL PLAN

As an added value for all of our Team Members currently enrolled or interested in the Cigna Select Health Savings Medical Plan, Fontainebleau is providing an annual $250 employer contribution as well as hosting several educational classes to provide a better understanding of how the plan works and how to become a better consumer when managing medical expenses through a Health Savings Account (HSA).

TAKING CARE OF YOU MEANS BEING PREPARED & STAYING SAFE THIS HURRICANE SEASON

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS | MAKE A PLAN TODAY

June 1 marked the first day and scientists are predicting an average or slightly above average number of storms this year. After the strength and destruction of Harvey and Irma, many people haven’t even recovered from last season. The idea of a natural disaster is stressful. Preparing for a hurricane if you or your loved one has special medical needs takes this stress to a higher level. That is why it is always best to prepare before a storm is imminent.

HURRICANE SAFETY TIPS, PREPARATION, & READINESS YOU CAN TAKE RIGHT AWAY

  1. Know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. You may consider driving it first so you know exactly where you are going.
  2. Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of our critical information if you need to evacutate.
  3. Make a family emergency commuication plan.
  4. Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. Sometimes called reserve 911, you can sign up for text or email alerts for your local county or city impending disasters affecting your areas. For example: Dade County alerts.
  5. Carry a list of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications with dosage information.
  6. A contact list of your doctor's, clinics and pharmacies.
  7. An emergency contact list (with the names, phone numbers, and email addresses).
  8. Description of any illnesses you have, including possible symptoms. For example, if you have diabetes, write down what happens if your blood sugar drops.
  9. Dietary needs or allergies.
  10. Remember, sanitation is important to prevent infections. Have hand sanitizers available in case your running water is out or compromised.

DON'T MISS OUT ON OUR FITFORBLEAU WELLNESS PERKS EVENT FOR THE MONTH OF JULY IN HONOR OF LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AND HAVING A POSITIVE WELL-BEING!

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018

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"TO KEEP THE BODY IN GOOD HEALTH IS A DUTY... OTHERWISE WE SHALL NOT BE ABLE TO KEEP OUR MIND STRONG AND CLEAR." BUDDHA

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