Dear Members,

In this current climate of funding cuts and continued threats to the Affordable Care Act, your healthcare coverage through your Benefit Fund has never been more valuable and more important, particularly for those with chronic conditions for whom access to care is critical. In fact, a third of our members suffer from hypertension. In this issue, our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Van H. Dunn, discusses the risk factors and explains what you can do to prevent the condition–or control it if you have it.

And because diabetes is a risk factor for hypertension, we include information about our upcoming “Diabetes Prevention and Management” workshop on July 21. If you are at risk, have been identified as pre-diabetic, have diabetes or would like to learn more about what you can do to prevent it, we hope you take advantage of this resource.

A workshop helped change the life of Vernice Mitchell, a Cardiac Technologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Vernice shares her story of how she used what she learned at one of the Benefit Fund’s wellness workshops to change her nutrition and fitness habits and improve her health.

We support you in other areas of your life as well, including in your retirement through your defined benefit pension. At a time when only about one in five workers in the U.S. can count on a fixed monthly pension check when they retire, this rare benefit provides added financial security when you need it most.

For members with children, we include information about getting ready to register for Child Care Fund benefits this fall. And if you are looking to advance your education and explore career building opportunities, read up on what our Training and Employment Funds have to offer.

We hope you enjoy this issue of For Your Benefit. If you have any questions about your benefits, please call our Member Services Department at (646) 473-9200, and a representative will be happy to help you.

Sincerely,

Mitra Behroozi
Executive Director
1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds

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