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Time to Get Heart Healthy

Benefit Options – BeWell Resources

Health Management Series:
Benefit Options Wellness is highlighting three health management series courses during the third quarter 2011.  Through our contract with Kronos Optimal Health we will be providing the following classes at state worksites:

  • Weight Management – 12 Week Series
  • Cholesterol Management – 5 week Series
  • Hypertension Management – 5 week Series

Click here for more information on these classes.  Class availability is listed in the events schedule.


Preventive Screenings:
Benefit Options Wellness offers free preventive screenings at state worksites.  During the third quarter 2011 the following screenings will be highlighted for heart disease.

  • Mini Health Screening – includes a full lipid panel (cholesterol test), blood pressure, body composition, and blood sugar test at not cost.

Click here for more information about this screening.  Check the events schedule to find a screening near you.


Mayo Clinic Health Coaching
The Mayo Clinic health assessment continues to be available through the end of the third quarter (September 30, 2011) at .  Participants who complete the health assessment may be eligible for FREE health coaching based on their results.  The following modules are available:

  • Mayo Clinic Exercise Advisor
  • Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Advisor
  • Mayo Clinic Nutrition Advisor
  • Mayo Clinic Stress Advisor
  • Mayo Clinic Tobacco Quitline
Insurance Plans – Heart Disease Resources

UHC Resources: The following articles will provide helpful information on prevention and management, discuss risk factors for heart disease, and give insight on healthy eating and exercise. Click each link to learn more.


CIGNA Resources:  The following document links are to CIGNA informational articles on heart disease. 

  • Heart Disease: Eating a Heart Healthy Diet (PDF) Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. If you are worried about heart disease, one of the most important things you can do is to start eating a heart-healthy diet. Changing your diet can help stop or even reverse heart disease.

  • Heart Disease-Prevention and Myths (PDF) Good habits, such as eating right, getting regular exercise, and not smoking, all work for most people. But many of the things you may hear about really don't work.

  • Heart Disease-Walking for a Healthy Heart (PDF) Walking is a form of aerobic exercise and is one of the easiest ways to increase your physical activity and improve your health.


Aetna Resources:  The following links will direct you to Aetna resources and information for heart disease. 


AmeriBen/BCBS Resources:  The following links will direct you to BCBS and AmeriBen resources and information for heart disease. 


 Other Resources

American Heart Association:  Extensive clinical and statistical studies have identified several factors that increase the risk of coronary heart disease and heart attack.  Click here to access the Heart Attack Risk Calculator.  Or call the American Heart Association at 1-800-242-8721 for more information.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
  In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication. or 1-800-CDC-INFO

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute:  or  301-592-8573.

Market on the Move: Eating more fruits and vegetables in an important part of a healthy lifestyle change.  Check out Market on the Move for information on how to make eating more produce affordable.  The program travels to communities in Arizona to provide discount, quality produce.  For a $10 donation you can get 60 pounds of produce.  Click here for the schedule of community locations.