Wellness Program

CMS wants you to Live Your BEST Life!

 

CMS cares about you and your health.  That's why it's important that you Live Your Best Life today and everyday. 

CMS and its partners offer many wellness programs, apps and opportunities for you and your dependents to take advantage of free of charge.  Many are highlighted in our latest news section below. 

Additionally, 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. This Wellness Chart lists many of the wellness benefits currently available to members through their health plans, most free of charge.

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.

 

2020 CMS DIRECTOR'S CHALLENGE
CMS is still accepting the challenge and we're all going to keep striving to live our best lives in 2020. Beginning this week, you can sign up to join me in a special Director's health and wellness challenge for the duration of the COVID-19 response. To accept my challenge, send an email to CMS.HealthChallenge@illinois.gov

Testimonial: Marjani Williams, Deputy Director, IOCI

Finding the time to workout has always been a challenge for me. Now that I'm working from home, I decided to turn my commute time into my designated work out time. I kicked off my first workout of the year last week with a beginner's workout from the Nike Training App. I'm able to use the screen mirroring function on my cell phone to run workouts directly from the app onto my TV to follow along.

Many of the workouts can be finished within 30 minutes and range from beginner to expert. The best part: both, the app and screen mirror function are free! 

 

 

(top to bottom pics) Screen mirroring your workout onto the TV screen can help you keep up and stay engaged. Assistant Director Mike Merchant practicing yoga to stay balanced. 


When accepting the challenge, it is incumbent upon you to tell us which challenge you are willing to accept.

So, please provide the following:

Name
Home address
Phone
Agency you work for
Your specific challenge goal
Start date
End date
Motivation
Name of persons who will be joining you on your journey





What You Can Do Now

Even before Wellness Program improvements start, you can take steps to be healthier and live better:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

 


Latest News

(04/22/2020) The Loss of Normalcy: Coping with Grief and Uncertainty During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives in extraordinary ways, including the loss of routines, the stress of social distance, health and job concerns, and mandatory quarantines throughout the United States. To support your staff and their household members during this challenging time, we invite you to attend a live webinar on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on The Loss of Normalcy: Coping with Grief and Uncertainty During COVID-19. 

Attend this webinar, brought to you by Magellan Healthcare, to hear Dr. Varun Choudhary, Magellan Healthcare's Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Caroline Carney, Magellan Rx's Chief Medical Officer, share insights on why people are experiencing fear and grief, how to cope with different types of grief, and how to help yourself and others through this difficult time. 

Topic areas:

  • Identify the different types of grief and loss
  • Learn strategies for managing grief and supporting others
  • Recognize when professional help may be needed
  • Q&A

    Space is limited to 3,000 spots – Register today!

Webinar participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you can't make it to the live webinar, the recording will be posted on the Magellan COVID-19 resources page: www.magellanhealthcare.com/covid-19-2/covid-19/webinars/

Webinar Flyer - The Loss of Normalcy Coping with Grief and Uncertainty During COVID-19

 

(04/09/2020) Documents and recording from April 03 "Budgeting, Relationships and Life Events" webinar are available.

Title: Budgeting, Relationships and Life Events

Description:

  1. Discuss how to create financial wellness
  2. Learn financial wellness growth opportunities
  3. List four crucial financial issues to discuss in relationships
  4. Describe life events that change financial plans and how to handle them

Format: URL for Viewing: http://magellanhealth.adobeconnect.com/pcx9vxc6hq23/

Documents:


View up to date information on how Illinois is handling the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from the Illinois Department of Public Health


The recording of March 23rd's webinar "Improving Your Personal and Work Life with Better Sleep" is now available here: http://magellanhealth.adobeconnect.com/ppre6q6rpr98/  (March 27, 2020)


March – Colorectal Cancer Awareness Big ones, small ones, everyone's got one.  We're talking about bums, bottoms and buttocks.  It's true, and it's important that you take care of yours.  This March, we are focusing on Colorectal Cancer Awareness, because colorectal cancer is the fourth common type of cancer in the US.  There are more than 100,000 new cases each year. But with early detection more than half of those deaths could be prevented.  Typically, it's not necessary to participate in colorectal cancer screenings until the age of fifty. But early detection can help to ward off the disease before it even has a chance to turn into a serious condition. Remember to remind your loved ones to get screened because that screening has the potential of saving lives. For more information, contact your plan provider.

 

 

 

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  • Health Alliance's blog is a trusted source of wellness information for our members – and for people throughout the State of Illinois. Among our regular articles, we feature a monthly piece https://blog.healthalliance.org/ dedicated to the State's current wellness topic.
  • Health Alliance created this short educational video to answer the most common questions our members have. Our guest this month is Dr. Robert Good, DO, Chief Medical Officer at Health Alliance.

    https://vimeo.com/391255100/22c6711f65

    For more wellness tools, tips and resources visit HealthAlliance.org/Wellness.

 


Employees
Embracing differences

Elements of diversity can include people's ethnicity, religious beliefs, cultural preferences, age group, physical abilities or handicaps, economic and educational background, and sexual orientation. You can learn and grow professionally if you make a concerted effort to understand and accept co-workers' differences.


Thriving in a Multigenerational Workforce │ Wednesday, March 11

Join this webinar to

  • Describe the five generations currently in the workplace
  • Learn how each generation impacts the workplace
  • Identify tips to help you navigate the multigenerational workforce

Click Here to Register  ***

 *** If you receive the message "Preparing the room..." and the room doesn't open within a few seconds, please close out of the browser and click on the URL again—when the browser opens, pick the option "Open in Application." If prompted, please download the Adobe Connect Application. If your employer doesn't allow this download, please contact your IT department to assist with downloading the application.


Managers

Developing a culture of kindness

The pace of today's high-stress workplace can impact your emotional balance, mental wellness and physical health. Organizations characterized as having negative or fear-based cultures often is caused by significant workplace stress. Learn how to create a healthier work environment.

Bullying in a Team Environment and the Effects on the Bottom Line │ Wednesday, March 25

Join this webinar to

  • Define what overt and covert bullying are, common bully traits and the role of power in a bullying situation
  • Discuss who the bully targets and common traits of people who are targeted
  • Understand the current research on what makes companies successful and the role power plays in this equation
  • Describe the relationship between bullying and the bottom line and why good employees stay

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Work-Life For Employees & Managers

Ring In Your Spring

With the days getting warmer, it's the perfect time to shake off your winter blues and hit refresh. Work-Life is available 24/7 with support and tools to help you tackle all of your spring to-dos so you can relax, revive and refocus. Work-Life can:

  • Connect you to home improvement and repair specialists
  • Locate summer care, camps and programs that meet your family's needs
  • Help you find residential cleaning services in your area, within your budget
  • Find moving and relocation resources to help de-stress your move
  • Help you plan and prepare for a baby, wedding, move or other major milestone
  • Provide savings on thousands of everyday products and services

Getting help online is easy! From webinars, live talks and audio to articles and downloadable guides, Work-Life provides insights and information to help warm up your winter. Call your program or go online to get started!

 

 

 

Transform Your Thoughts for Weight Loss Success (HWWL)

Presenter:         Joy Braunlich

Join this pre-recorded webinar: http://magellanhealth.adobeconnect.com/pk6xa3baxcz7/ or https://magellanhealth.adobeconnect.com/_a825364167/pk6xa3baxcz7/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal

 

*** If you receive the message "Preparing the room..." and the room doesn't open within a few seconds, please close out of the browser and click on the URL again—when the browser opens, pick the option "Open in Application." If prompted, please download the Adobe Connect Application. If your employer doesn't allow this download, please contact your IT department to assist with downloading the application.

Mindfulness: The Life-Changing Practice for Living a Happier, Healthier Life │

Join this pre-recorded webinar to:

  • Discover the many benefits of mindfulness
  • Discuss various practices and programs
  • Learn how to incorporate mindfulness in your day to day life
  • Experience the power of being present

      https://magellanhealth.adobeconnect.com/_a825364167/p7kjujz6ny4o/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal ***

    *** If you receive the message "Preparing the room..." and the room doesn't open within a few seconds, please close out of the browser and click on the URL again—when the browser opens, pick the option "Open in Application." If prompted, please download the Adobe Connect Application. If your employer doesn't allow this download, please contact your IT department to assist with downloading the application.

 

 

Last Updated 04/22/2020