The month of November is dedicated to raising awareness about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a condition that is the third leading cause of death in the United States, yet remains largely unknown to many. The aim of this month is to shed light on COPD, its causes, and how it affects those who live with it. A significant number of individuals with COPD are not diagnosed until the disease has progressed to a stage where interventions are less beneficial. By increasing awareness, the hope is that more people will be able to identify the early symptoms of COPD, seek medical attention promptly, and consequently receive an earlier diagnosis and treatment.
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TIPS FOR A HEALTHY HOLIDAY SEASON
- Choose homemade recipes instead of processed foods or use healthy ingredient substitutions. Make a dish yourself is a great way to cut back on excess salt and sugar. This will also make you more aware of what you are eating and when. Also, substituting ingredients for healthier options can help reduce calories, fat and sugar.
- Fill up on colorful, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables can make create side dishes to the table. Try to increase the amount of vegetables you have on the table.
- Eat mindfully and slow down during meals. When you are eating, allow yourself to enjoy your favorite holiday flavors and meals. Eat slow and take breaks as you are eating. This will allow your stomach's "full" signal to reach your brain before you have overeaten.
- Stay hydrated. Water accounts for 60% of our total body weight. Water is necessary for several bodily functions and delivering nutrients to our cells. Consuming water throughout the day can help you stay hydrated and can also prevent overeating.
MHO Wellness Webinars
This session will discuss signs and symptoms of COPD. You will learn about risk factors and tips on improving lifestyle choices. Treatment and techniques for managing this disease state will be provided.
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NOTE: Please List Your Full Name & Employer When Entering Info for Webex Meeting. (i.e., John Smith - City of Orlando)
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Health & Wellness Incentive Program
REMINDER THAT YOU HAVE UNTIL THE END OF DECEMBER 2023 TO COMPLETE ALL YOUR ITEMS TO EARN INCENTIVES!
EAT SMART, MOVE MORE...
Maintain, Don’t Gain This Holiday Season
Since 2006, it has been our pleasure to offer you the Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge. This partnership between NC State University and the NC Division of Public Health has shared healthy eating and physical activity strategies to help us all have a healthy and happy holiday season. As we mindfully enter the 2023 Holiday Challenge, we share with you that this will be our final year. We know you will continue to learn and share with friends and family as we all work together to Eat Smart and Move More and savor the season.
Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides you with strategies and resources to help maintain your weight throughout the holiday season. In 2022, more than 40,900 people from around the world participated. Register now for the 2023 Holiday Challenge:
Holiday Challenge Features
All Holiday Challenge features will be sent directly to your email inbox when the program begins. Holiday Challenge features include the following:
Q: What does a Pulmonologist specialize in?
A. A pulmonologist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases that affect the respiratory system.
Q: What type of diseases do Pulmonologists treat?
A: Some of the diseases Pulmonologists treat are the following:
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
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EAP Clinical Corner
We have changed our EAP model from a closed panel of select providers to a broader panel of regional providers. The reason for the change is access. Our employees and their dependents will have access to far more providers to find more timely connections for their mental health needs. The twenty-eight providers who most recently had been on our closed panel, will now be included as preferred providers. This means the clinicians answering the phones at the New Directions Behavioral Health 800 number will include some of the preferred providers when possible as they assist members in choosing from counselors in their area. This change should be seamless to our members. If you have questions or encounter any barriers to access, please contact EAP Clinical Coordinator, Scott Leu, for assistance.
If you would like support in pursuing more well-being in your life, please consider connecting with your EAP for counseling or work/life solutions. Explore the other links in the green navigation box on this page or call our program services provider, New Directions Behavioral Health, to get started. The 24/7/265 number for New Directions is 800-624-5544.
Click here to access New Directions Company code is: Pasco
Upcoming EAP Webinar
The Power of Laughter
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Everyone knows laughing makes you feel good, but it's benefits go beyond that. In this session explore the energizing power of laughter and learn to approach life with a little more humor.
These webinars are NOT part of the Wellness Incentive Program and are NOT incentivized.
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Florida Blue - Blue365 Deals
Neither Pasco Schools nor MHO recommends, endorses, warrants or guarantees any specific vendor, product or service available under or through the Blue365 Program or Site.
2023 HEALTH & WELLNESS INCENTIVE (HWI) PROGRAM
Pasco County Schools offers incentives for covered employees and retirees who complete their annual Vital Health Profile. This program is voluntary; however, participants must follow the steps outlined here in order to qualify for the 2023 incentive.
Already Completed your VHP?
Work with a My Health Onsite Health Coach to achieve your wellness goals! Talk with your My Health Onsite provider to be enrolled. Employees enrolled in the Pascofit option may be eligible to earn additional incentive rewards by completing up to 2 wellness programs with a Health Coach. More information about the wellness programs through My Health Onsite can be found here.
The HWI 4th quarter for Pascofit is October 1- December 31, 2023.
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