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. And much more »
Stress is part of everyday life, but the way you handle it—or don’t—can put your health at risk.
Everyone experiences stress occasionally. Stress can be helpful by making you more alert and giving you energy to get things done.
Through our partnerships with InquisitHealth and Welldoc, you have access to a peer (another 1199SEIU member) who can support and mentor you, or to an all-inclusive, self-managing app.
Many reactions to stress, such as poor sleep, unhealthy eating habits, smoking and a sedentary lifestyle, can raise your risk of developing hypertension (high blood pressure).
The family-friendly workshop will provide information about the condition, help you assess your risk and offer tips for better managing the condition if you have it.
If you’re not one of the more than 1,500 members who have already taken advantage of our free Online Financial Health series designed specifically for 1199SEIU members, it’s not too late.
With the Benefit Fund’s free and confidential Prenatal Care Program, you’ll learn about the habits that lead to a healthier pregnancy with fewer complications.