Here’s the heart truth: Not only does heart disease kill more Americans than any other cause, it can severely impact their quality of life for many, many years. Yet most people fail to make the connection between known risk factors for heart disease and how they can reduce their own risks.
Important risk factors are: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, being overweight or obese, being physically inactive, age and family history.
Your PEBB health plan includes no-cost ways for you to know and act on your risks.
Know your numbers
. See your primary care provider on recommended schedules to learn your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, body-mass index, waist circumference and blood sugar levels. Ask what these numbers mean for your heart health and how to improve them. Click here
to see coverage of preventive services in PEBB plans.
If you smoke, try to quit at least one more time
. You can do it, and a Quit Coach can help you succeed. PEBB plans cover the Quit for Life™ program, which includes personal coaching along with nicotine replacement therapy and medications to help you quit. Click here
to sign up.
to reach and maintain your best weight. PEBB health plans fully cover the cost of participating in Weight Watchers® for the principal subscriber who completes a confidential, online health assessment. Click here
for details on taking the assessment and signing up for Weight Watchers. The plans also cover consultation with a registered dietician. See your plan handbook
| || "I feel great, I have more energy to play with my kids and do activities that I didn’t when I was heavier. I’m exercising now on a regular basis and I love it. Of course the other added benefit is shopping for new clothes."
PEBB Weight Watchers Participant
Your health plans offer discounts on gym memberships and other recreational opportunities that can help you and your family start moving and stay active. Click here
to see what your plan offers.
Take control of stress. Uncontrolled emotional stress can lead to health-destroying addictions. If you think you or a family member may have a problem with alcohol or drugs, contact Cascade Centers, your employee assistance program. Click here to learn more about this free, completely confidential service.