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Healthy Returns Returns to UNH Oct. 21 and 28

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
October 14, 2009

The picture of health is really about numbers - blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and glucose. These are the indicators Healthy Returns uses to assess one’s physical condition. Quitting smoking is the fifth area of concern targeted by the program sponsored by USNH Health and Wellness and Harvard Pilgrim, and designed to help people make healthy choices in their daily lives.

UNH benefited employees can sign up to undergo screenings on campus Oct. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or at the Dunlap Center on Oct. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Blood pressure will be checked along with cholesterol and glucose levels. Height and weight will be taken to determine one’s body mass index. The results of the screening will help individuals chart a course to maintain or attain good health in each area.

“What a great opportunity for benefits-eligible faculty and staff to gain awareness of their current health status,” says Nancy Puglisi, director of organizational wellness. “The testing provided through Healthy Returns is a dynamic tool to enhance well-being.”

USNH also sponsors Weight Watchers at work and the StressEraser program to support behavioral changes, Puglisi says.

Employees taking advantage of the Healthy Returns program for the first time will receive a $25 Visa gift card.  Returning participants will get a Visa gift card ranging in value from $10 to $50 based on the number of goals reached.

The Healthy Returns 2009 spring session drew 888 employees from UNH, Plymouth State University, Granite State College, Keene State College and UNH Manchester. Of those, 589, or 66 percent, met the goals they set.

Eight of the 19 people who wanted to stop smoking were successful. More than 65 percent lost weight (336 out of 496), shedding a total of 1,994 pounds. Ninety-six people out of 121 lowered their blood pressure while 80 out of 130 reduced their cholesterol.

New this year: wellness coaches. Offered through the Employee Assistance Program’s partnership with APS Healthcare, the program has a team of nurses, counselors and dietitians ready to help people who want to quit smoking, lose weight, eat healthy and manage their stress.

Coaches work directly with the employee, providing education, support and information on how to access resources. To enroll in APS Healthcare go to www.apshelplink.com or call 1-800-424-1749.

To register for a Healthy Returns screening visit https://www.harvardpilgrim.org/portal/page?_pageid=213,235236&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL.

 


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