Dear Members,

Hypertension and Type 2 diabetes affect a large number of our members. If you are living with either condition, your Benefit Fund offers programs that further support the care your doctor provides. In this issue of For Your Benefit, we highlight two of those programs: one that provides peer-to-peer mentoring for diabetes and hypertension, and one that offers a more self-guided approach to managing diabetes. And if you are at risk for diabetes or diagnosed with the condition, we encourage you to attend our Wellness Department’s “Diabetes Prevention and Management” workshop on July 20.

In this issue, one 1199SEIU member also shares her story of how she is successfully managing her diabetes. Wanda Santiago, a Registrar at Northwell Health, was diagnosed with the condition in 2018, but has since made healthy lifestyle changes—which helped her lose more than 30 pounds and get her blood sugar levels under control.

Protecting your health often means taking steps to reduce stress, which can contribute to conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. In his column, our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Van H. Dunn, explains the health risks associated with stress, along with ways to combat it, which include taking advantage of services offered by our Wellness Member Assistance Program.

We recognize that financial stress can also take a toll on physical health, so we encourage you to access our free Online Financial Health series. The six-part series has already helped thousands of members gain a better understanding of savings, credit, budgets, home-buying and more.

If you are looking to upgrade your skills in the healthcare industry, our Training and Employment Funds are offering workshops to help you explore online learning courses. And for those of you with children, this issue includes information about how to register for Child Care Funds benefits this fall.

As always, we hope you enjoy this issue of For Your Benefit. If you have any questions about your benefits, please call (646) 473-9200 and a Member Services Representative will be happy to help you.

Sincerely,

Mitra Behroozi
Executive Director
1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds

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