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Wellness Insights for 1/27/14
Glaucoma can’t be diagnosed unless you get routine eye exams. According to the National Eye Institute, glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness and visual impairment for Americans, affecting as many as 2.2 million people nationwide.
Most studies show that at least half of all people with glaucoma did not know they had it. Glaucoma has no warning signs, and if left untreated, it can cause permanent vision loss. As with many other diseases, early detection and treatment are important! Just an ounce of prevention goes a long way to help detect this disease. See the following infographic on numbers, who’s at higher risk and what to do.
February Health Observances
American Heart Month – Feb. 1-28
National Cancer Prevention Month – Feb. 1-28
Random Acts of Kindness Week – Feb. 10-16
National Wear Red Day – Feb. 7
This week, we continue to highlight National Glaucoma Awareness Month. This week we focus our efforts on how it relates to one of our focus areas, physical activity.
"Aerobic exercise is known to lower intraocular pressure (IOP), which we know protects retinal ganglion cells," says Harry A. Quigley, MD, professor and director of glaucoma services at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "And short-term studies show it may improve blood flow to the retina and optic nerve as well."
What's interesting to note is that to achieve a positive neuroprotective effect, you don't have to exercise rigorously. IOP can be lowered by exercise that raises the pulse just twenty to twenty five percent. This could be equivalent to a brisk walk for 20 minutes, a minimum of four times a week.
"Exercise is free, so the price is right, and glaucoma patients should be encouraged to begin an aerobic program after getting consent from their internal medicine physician," advises Dr. Quigley. And of course, regular exercise brings a host of other benefits, including improving blood pressure, heart function and making it easier to keep your weight down. All three have been linked to eye health according to the National Eye Institute.
2014 Partnership Promise Requirements for Health Insurance – Employees on the Standard or Limited Health Insurance Plan are not required to do these things.
ALL PARTNERSHIP PPO MEMBERS AND COVERED SPOUSES MUST:1
1. Complete the online Healthways Well-Being Assessment™ (WBA) by March 15, 2014. The assessment can be done by clicking on Complete the Healthways Well Being assessment located on http://www.partnersforhealthtn.gov/ .
2. Complete a biometric health screening by July 15, 2014.
• Screening options:
1. At a worksite screening. You can see a complete list of 2014 worksite screening locations on the ParTNers for Health website in January 2014. Knox County Schools will host worksite screenings at Lincoln Park on March 12, 13 & 14, 2014 and on June 23, 24 & 25.
2. Or, from your health care provider. Healthways will accept screening results from a doctor’s visit between July 16, 2013, and July 15, 2014. Visit the Quick Links box on www.partnersforhealthtn.gov and Download Your Physician Screening Form. Print the form and follow the instructions on the form and return the completed and signed form to Onsite Health Diagnostics (OHD) by the July 15 deadline. For members that do not have access to a computer they can use the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) - The IVR system members can use to order a Physician Screening Form will be available on January 2, 2014. This system is for members who don’t have computer access or would rather order a Physician Screening Form by phone. The main Healthways phone number is 1-888-741-3390. Individuals should select option 1 it will prompt them to use the IVR system and they can order the form. Members who order a Physician Screening Form through the IVR system will receive their form by mail.
3. Participate in health coaching (including tobacco cessation programs if you are a tobacco user) and/or case management if identified.
• If you are identified for health coaching by Healthways, you will be called to enroll and must participate.
• If you confirm you are a tobacco user on the WBA, Healthways will contact you to enroll in a tobacco cessation program and you must work towards becoming tobacco free.
• If you are identified for case management by BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna or Magellan, you will be contacted and must participate.
4. Update your contact information with Knox County Schools if it changes.
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