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Mission Possible challenge ends - program updates

Health circle_nb_051216Thank you to everyone who participated in Mission Possible. The program is now complete and our vendor is hard at work updating the credits for program completion. If you completed any portion of the program, your Healthy Rewards credits will appear in your credit bank this week. If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact the Healthy Rewards Hotline at (414) 266-1516.

Life happens ... exercising your way through a healthy life

If you're looking for a magic path to staying healthy and feeling young, exercise is it.

Daily physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Regular activity can help control your weight; reduce your risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers; strengthen bones and muscles; improve your mental health and mood; and increase your chances of living longer.

The good news is - no matter your age, health or fitness level - you can benefit from moving more. And you don't have to start by running a marathon.

All adults ages 18 to 64 should get:

  • About 2.5 hours of moderate intensity aerobic activity each week (for example: brisk walking)
  • Muscle strengthening activities two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (for example: push-ups, sit-ups, lifting weights)

Before you begin exercising it's always important to talk with your health care provider. Regular physical activity can put you on that magic path to good health and well-being. It’s also a fun way to spend time with family and friends.

In your... Focus on...

  • 20s Combining social time and exercise by working out with friends or family. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week, plus two weekly strength training sessions.
  • 30s Building muscle mass and increasing bone density, which decrease with age. Include children and family in exercise time and make everyday activities more active.
  • 40s Finding activities you enjoy and will stick with. Consider low-impact workouts such as walking, yoga or water aerobics to ease the stress on joints.
  • 50s Stretching and strengthening muscles at least two times each week. If you have been inactive or have a condition that may make exercise unsafe, check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
  • 60s Getting some exercise each day. Aim for 10 minutes of moderate activity at a time. Regular day-to-day activities such as walking, gardening or household chores may count.

Research shows that starting a more active lifestyle through regular, moderate-intensity activity can make you healthier and improve your quality of life.

Practicing mindfulness

Mindfulness is the art of being "present" in your daily life. Staying attuned to the present moment may result in decreased stress and anxiety, increased focus and improved relationships. It may even help manage pain and boost your immune system. Check out some ways to practice mindfulness here.

For more suggestions on how to incorporate mindfulness into your daily activities, contact LifeMatters. Help is available 24/7/365.

Call LifeMatters toll-free anytime: (800) 634-6433
Visit LifeMatters online at mylifematters.com (password: CHW1)

Healthy Rewards CreditsTime is running out - complete your wellness assessment by May 31

Employees and enrolled spouses who wish to be eligible for a wellness incentive need to complete the wellness assessment by May 31.

To verify your wellness assessment completion, log into chwhealthyrewards.org and look at your total credit box; once you have completed the two required activities the boxes will be shaded blue. The example below shows that the biometric screening has been completed but the wellness assessment is incomplete.

Working it out

To keep a relationship strong and healthy, effective communication is key. LifeMatters, Children's employee assistance program, recommends these communication tips to help you connect with your partner:

  • Take time to be with one another. Every relationship needs nurturing and attention.
  • Talk about the tough stuff at an appropriate time. Set aside time to discuss an important topic.
  • Appreciate your differences. Understanding and accepting your partner’s differences may help you learn how their way of communication is different from yours.

Work on building a stronger relationship by joining LifeMatters' May webinar:
Communicating in a Relationship - Five Steps to the Best Fight Ever
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • 11 a.m. - noon (register using company password chw1)
  • 2 - 3 p.m. (register using company password chw1)

Access other LifeMatters support services
From financial consultations to stress management resources, LifeMatters offers free, confidential assistance to all employees and their families. A full list of services can be found by searching "employee assistance program" on Children's Connect. Find support by accessing our online resources at members.mylifematters.com (use the company password chw1) or by calling (800) 634-6433, where someone is available to listen 24/7. LifeMatters resources, tools and webinars are also available when you log in at members.mylifematters.com.

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