Volume 5 January/February 2014
Health Care & Wellness
January is the month of New Year's resolutions and the thought of starting healthier habits. Now that January has flown by, it's time to reevaluate those resolutions we promised we would keep this year. As educators, we often put off taking care of ourselves for a variety of reasons, but we shouldn't. In addition, to prolonging our lives or improve its quality, getting healthy can actually save us money in the long run. It's estimated that as much as 25% of the recent spending growth for health care is related to treating changeable behaviors, such as obesity or smoking (AMA). Preventative care of conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease can also help control increases in health care costs. Below are three things you can do to keep up your resolve this year and commit to healthy living.
EGUSD Employee Wellness Program: We should all become more aware of the ways in which we can lead a healthier lifestyle. Our wellness program strives to provide us with activities and tips to engage us in making healthier choices. Participating in things like Fitness Friday or the 30 day challenge are great ways to keep up our motivation.
Health Care Wellness Rebate: Don't forget to get your health care rebate! EGEA Members can get 5% of the low cost policy premium returned to them in a rebate by completing a few easy wellness tasks. EGUSD has a fantastic site devoted to guiding you through the process. Check it out HERE!
Resolutions: How successful have you been keeping your resolution? Did you make an achievable goal? Was it specific enough? Are you able to measure your progress and hold yourself accountable? Goals should be reviewed on a regular basis for these characteristics to achieve maximum success. There are a variety of apps and websites such as myfitnesspal and StickK which may help you stay engaged and motivated to achieve your resolution.