A Message from Dr. Van H. Dunn, Chief Medical Officer

Dear Members,

Everyone experiences stress occasionally. Stress can be helpful by making you more alert and giving you energy to get things done. During stressful events, your body releases chemicals, such as adrenaline, which gives you a burst of energy to help you respond to a change or a challenge. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress on a regular basis, it’s time to get help. Stress can have a serious impact on your overall health, increasing your risk for high blood pressure and other chronic conditions. If left unchecked, stress can lead to cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke; obesity and other eating disorders; and gastrointestinal problems, such as gastritis and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as cause flare-ups of ulcerative colitis. It can also contribute to mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and personality disorders. Reducing your stress lowers your risk of chronic illnesses and strengthens your sense of well-being.

Your Fund Resources

  • Health fairs and wellness workshops: Attend these fairs and workshops to learn stress-reducing strategies and get support. Check our Wellness events for news about upcoming dates and locations.
  • Wellness Member Assistance Program: Talk confidentially to a licensed social worker and get a referral to a therapist or other specialist, if necessary. Call (646) 473-6900. For more information, please visit our Wellness Member Assistance Program section.
  • Teladoc for behavioral health: Speak to a therapist from the privacy and convenience of your home, and get a prescription for medication, if necessary. Visit www.Teladoc.com or call (800) Teladoc (835-2362).
  • Healthy Living Spotlight on Stress: View a video highlighting the impact of stress on your health and what you can do to avoid it. Visit www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/dr-dunn.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Don’t Miss Dr. Dunn’s Latest Healthy Living Spotlight Video on Stress

Dr. Dunn explains how stress can affect your physical and mental health in the latest Healthy Living Spotlight video. To view “Don’t Let Stress Get the Best of You,” visit www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/dr-dunn.

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