Be Well, Get Well, Stay Well
The State offers many valuable wellness programs to help keep our members healthy and help our members get healthier. The goal is for all State members to lead better, more satisfying lives.
Stepping Up Our Wellness Program
The State is upgrading its current wellness program to provide even more assistance to you. The focus will be on improving lifestyle choices, including eating healthier, being more physically active, ending tobacco use, managing stress more effectively, and getting more sleep. The goal is to help you avoid chronic health problems (or help stabilize/improve them, if applicable), such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
What You Can Do Now
Even before Wellness Program improvements start, you can take steps to be healthier and live better:
- Get a checkup. It is vitally important to have a preventive health exam each year, including (as applicable based on your age and gender) a Pap smear, prostate exam, mammogram, colonoscopy, cancer screening and immunizations. Your health plan covers many preventive services at no cost to you, as required under Federal Health Care Reform laws.
- Take advantage of your medical plan’s resources. Many State-offered medical plans have valuable wellness resources such as health information libraries, online health coaching, dedicated nurse phone lines and wellness publications. Visit your plan’s website to find out what’s available to you.
- Know your numbers, know your risks. A smart step to getting healthier and staying that way, is to…
- Know your numbers: Get biometric screenings from your doctor. These are simple and quick tests that measure your blood pressure, pulse rate, blood glucose (sugar), total cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), height and weight. You can get them when you go for an annual physical.
- Take a Health Risk Assessment (HRA): Complete a private, confidential HRA on your medical plan’s website. It asks basic health-related questions like, “Did you get a flu shot?” and “Do you wear a seat belt?” There are no right or wrong answers. The information you provide—and HRA results—is not shared with the State. You’ll get instant results after you complete an HRA, including a personal action plan. (Using your biometric screening information will give you the most accurate results.) Share your results and action plan with your doctor. Discuss with him/her ways you can maintain good health or improve your health.