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Health Care Benefits You Might Not Know About

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
May 5, 2010

Trying to quit smoking or lose those extra 10 pounds? Wondering what you can do to lower your cholesterol? Benefit-eligible employees who are trying to make lifestyle changes and find they need a little support can now call a personal health coach.

In addition to the nurses and health practitioners on hand at the biannual Healthy Returns screenings, Harvard Pilgrim is now offering that same kind of support via the telephone. Benefited employees simply call the care management department (1-888-333-4742) to talk with a coach. For free.

Another toll free number connects Harvard Pilgrim subscribers to a nurse for answers to questions on asthma, diabetes, cardiac disease and other conditions, or for help regarding a new diagnosis. Simply call 1-888-888-4742, Monday – Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and, say “Harvard Pilgrim prepared for care nurse care manager” or dial extension 46336.

Messages will be returned the same day if left before 4 p.m.

Employees who want to make their own assessments of their health can use one of the calculators or other measurement resource listed on the USNH Web site. Included are such tools as a stress calculator, one that shows what your waist-to-hip ratio should be, and another that indicates how many fruits and vegetables you should be eating based on your age, sex, and level of physical activity.

You can also gauge your risk of a heart attack or developing diabetes.

NOTE: While the tools are a great way to find out what your risks are, and to discover resources to address health concerns, they do not take the place of professional medical advice.

To find one of these interactive tools, go to http://www.usnh.edu/hr/health-wellness/self-assessment.html).

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