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The Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund (PEBTF) administers health care benefits to eligible Commonwealth of Pennsylvania employees, retirees and their dependents.
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A healthier you starts today! Trade out just one cup of coffee for a cup of green tea today. Green tea is lower in caffeine (could make it easier to get to sleep) and full of heart healthy antioxidants. Drink up!
Today is World Mental Health Day. Many are experiencing stress and anxiety due to COVID-19, and now more than ever people are in need of mental health care.
Optum offers the mental health and substance use benefit to PEBTF members. The PEBTF currently offers $0 copay virtual mental health care visits. You can also communicate with a licensed therapist via text, voice and video message from your phone or computer by using Talkspace, an online therapy service. It’s private, confidential and convenient.
Visit liveandworkwell.com and enter access code Pennsylvania or login with your username and password.
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We support the fighters, admire the survivors, honor the taken and never give up hope.
These prevention steps are even more important during this time of COVID. Remember, flu shots are offered free as part of your PEBTF benefits.
Today we focus on Women’s Health & Fitness. It’s not just today that women should take some time for themselves to focus on their health. Regular physical activity can help lower the risk for many diseases that affect women, including heart disease and stroke.
Recommendations are at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week – or 2 hours, 30 minutes a week. That’s just 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Add in some muscle-strengthening exercises 2 days a week and you are on your way to improved health.
Happy first day of fall. Take advantage of the cooler days and enjoy walks outside on your lunch break or after work.
Now is the Time to Get Your Flu Shot
A flu shot is the best way to protect against the flu. You can get your flu shot:
At your doctor’s office: Present your medical plan ID card. There is no cost for the immunization but your doctor may choose to charge an office visit copay, if applicable, or
At a CVS Caremark Flu Shot network pharmacy: For members age 9 and older – present your prescription drug ID card. There is no cost for the flu shot. You can go to any pharmacy that participates in the CVS Caremark Flu Shot network to receive your shot.
New this year! You can schedule your flu shot at a CVS Pharmacy. It’s easy to schedule from your smartphone on CVS.com or the CVS Pharmacy app. From the mobile website, sign in, then select pharmacy and scroll down to pharmacy services. Enter your zip code and select the CVS Pharmacy location you want. It will show 3 dates and then you can select the date and time. It’s even easier from the CVS Pharmacy app – just select Pharmacy and “Schedule Flu Shot.”
September is Healthy Aging Month. For 7 days, we are going to focus on Tips for Reinventing Yourself from Healthy Aging magazine's website. Check back for your tip of the day!
“You shape your future every day through the choices you make.”
—Jason Harvey, Achieve Anything in Just One Year
If you haven’t started an exercise plan, today’s the day! Make a commitment to exercise for just 30 minutes every day for the next week. By the end of the month, you’ll have the habit locked in!
Ready to quit smoking. Check out this September promo offered by Quit For Life.
Good news! You don’t need to get all your exercise in at one time for it to be effective. Do 15 minutes of walking this morning and then another 15 this evening. It gives your body the same benefit as 30 minutes all at once.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you have to keep moving.”
Take advantage of the abundance of summer veggies and make yourself an all-star salad today for lunch. Top it off with grilled chicken or fish for a protein punch, and dress lightly with a simple olive oil vinaigrette.
Staying hydrated is important during these long, hot summer days, but drinking water isn’t the only way. Eating water-dense foods like watermelon (it’s 92% water!) is a delicious way to keep your body healthy. Added bonus: Watermelon is packed with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant with lots of heart-health benefits.
Rise and shine! August days are hottest between 10 AM and 4 PM, so to avoid getting overheated, get your exercise in early. Not a morning person? Head out at sunset for your walk or run.
Time is running out for the annual spouse/domestic partner attestation. If you were hired on or after August 1, 2003, complete the annual attestation before the August 31 deadline to keep your spouse/domestic partner on your benefits.
Reminder to register for this Thursday's webinar, Slowing Stress.
It’s National Immunization Awareness Month! Is Your Family Up to Date on Vaccines?
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV and pneumonia with vaccines.
During August, we encourage you talk to your doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional to ensure you, your child and/or your family are up to date on recommended vaccines. For a list of covered immunizations, visit www.pebtf.org, which provides information on the vaccines recommended for children and adults.
Do something healthy on your lunch break and attend our August webinar.
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