The Truth About Sugar Addiction – New Class

Sugar, in moderate amounts, is essential to our body. As a carbohydrate, it helps supply you with the energy you need for your daily activities. All of your cells use it. But at the same time, sugar is also a calorie, and once it is in consumed in excess, negative effects to your health will follow. Massive sugar addiction can result in obesity, diabetes, heart damage or failure, cancer cell production, depletion of brain power, and shorter lifespans.

Fountain of Health is offering a new class: The Truth About Sugar Addiction. In this informative 30 to 40-minute session,  you’ll learn about the addictive properties of sugar, and how to reduce your dietary intake. 

Plan now to attend at one of these times/locations: 

  • 1/24/18 Wednesday  Noon Neighborhoods 4900 Swope 1st Floor Training Room
  • 1/30/18 Tuesday Noon City Hall  4th Floor Human Relations Conference Room
  • 1/31/18  Wednesday Noon 6750 Eastwood Trafficway KCFD Medical Bureau  1st Floor Conference Room
  • 1/31/18  Wednesday 7:30am Parks and Recreation  1301 Chouteau Avenue Break Room
  • 2/1/18   Thursday 7:00am Parks and Recreation 9th Street Break Room
  • 2/13/18  Tuesday Noon Aviation 601 Brasilia  First Floor Conference Room
  • 2/14/18  Wednesday Noon Water Admin.  4800 63rd Street  Brush Creek Conference Room
  • 2/15/18  Thursday Health Dept. 2400 Troost  2pm  Sam B Conference Room
  • 2/20/18  Tuesday  Public Works 4721 Coalmine Road  3pm  Training Room
  • 2/21/18   Wednesday Public Works 5300 Municipal Ave.  3pm. Training Room
  • 2/21/18  Wednesday Public Works 2400 Russell Road  7:30 am Break Room
  • 4/3/18, Tuesday 3 p.m., Coalmine Road
  • 4/4/18, Wednesday 7:30 a.m., Russell Road
  • 4/4/18, Wednesday, 3 p.m., Municipal Avenue

Please join us!

For additional information, please contact  Kathy.Barry@kcmo.org or phone: 816-513-1963


Complete your Biometric Screening and Health Risk Assessment NOW!

Better health and lower premiums

The Fountain of Health Staff and BCBS have worked together to provide you more time to complete your annual Biometric Screening and Health Risk Assessment (HRA). This does not mean you have time to procrastinate, it means you can do it NOW!

Who can participate in the Biometric Screening and HRA? The Biometric Screening and HRA are only available to active City employees that are the primary card holders for the City’s BCBS medical insurance.

What do I get for completing the requirements this year? Those that complete both requirements; the Biometric screening and the HRA by June 30, 2018 will receive $30 per month premium differential = $360 per year. This is a $120 increase from last year.

How long do I have to complete both requirements? You have from January 2, 2018 – June 30, 2018.

Health Risk Assessment (HRA): You will need a computer, laptop, iPad, or phone with internet capabilities; and your BCBS username and password for either the BCBS website or the phone app. If you have forgotten your password, you must contact BCBS’s Customer Service number on the back of your insurance card – 816-395-2969. Or you can click forgot username/password on the BCBS website or app and it can be reset. Once you have your username and password you will:

1.      Visit MyBlueKC.com or download the Blue KC – A Healthier You App. *Use Chrome as your browser.

2.      Enter your BCBS username and password, and click LOG IN. If you are a first time visitor, click REGISTER NOW. Be sure to have your member ID card available to reference.

3.      Once logged in, click on A HEALTHIER YOU from the MY HOME page.

4.      First time users will be prompted to complete the registration personalization questions.

5.      See the attached for a visual of the app and where to find the link for the Health Risk Assessment.

If you need assistance with finding the right place to go on the website or app, contact Jill.Monroe@kcmo.org.

You must have your BCBS username and password prior to calling.

Biometric Screening (Off-site): You can do this at your personal physician, at the Health Care Trust Clinic in the Health Department, or by going to the Health Care Trust Kiosk at City Hall, 8thfloor, west side. You must:

1.      Print, pick up, or see attached the Manual Submission Form (MSF form). This form can be found at the Health Care Trust Clinic and Kiosk, on your BCBS portal, and with Jill Monroe.

2.      Make an appointment with your physician, the clinic, or the kiosk.

a.      You must make an appointment with the kiosk by calling 816-513-8870.

b.      You must make an appointment with the clinic by calling 816-513-6001.

3.      Have the physician or the nurse complete the MSF form completely.

4.      Ask the physician or nurse to fax in your Manual Submission form to the number at the top under “Criteria and Instructions”.

5.       Confirmation of completion will be emailed to your BCBS portal within two weeks of completing the screening.

If you need assistance contact Jill.Monroe@kcmo.org. 

Biometric Screening (On-site): Onsite Biometric Screening events will be offered at specific locations around Kansas City and at all KCFD Battalions in May and June 2018. These events will be for employees (active employees that are the primary card holder on the City’s BCBS medical insurance) that have not yet completed the screening portion with their physician, the clinic or the kiosk. Schedules for the onsite Biometric Screening events will go out in March and schedules will be available at Open Enrollment events as well. Fountain of Health Staff will be at each onsite screening events to help with the HRA, you must have your BCBS username/password with you.

Questions, please contact Jill Monroe at Jill.Monroe@kcmo.org or 816-513-1918. 

Choose to Lose: To receive a $50 gift card for Choose to Lose this year you must be within 3 lbs. of the weight you were last year during the screenings. If you would like to know that weight contact Jeanine Scrogum. For those that complete the Biometric Screening at the physicians, Health Care Trust Clinic or the Health Care Trust Kiosk, you will need to make an appointment with Jeanine Scrogum or Jill Monroe to compare your weight to last years and hopefully receive your gift card. Once FOH staff have your weight, you will not be able to weigh again for this year.

Questions, please contact Jeanine Scrogum at Jeanine.Scrogum@kcmo.org or 816-513-1965.

Time to get financially fit

More than a third of all Americans worry about how much debt they have. Nearly 75 percent of Americans feel that their generation is likely to be much worse off in retirement than their parents’ generation.

These statistics, compiled by Willis Towers Watson in its 2016 Global Benefits Attitudes Survey, are a good indicator that most people are worried about their financial situation. If you are one of them, know that it is not too late to turn things around.

Join Certified Financial Educator Marilyn Chappell for a financial wellness class 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at City Hall (9th Floor, Fountain of Health conference room). Brought to you by the City’s Fountain of Health Wellness Program, the class is designed to help you plan for a more secure financial future by deadling with past financial mistakes.

During the class, Chappell, of Exceeds Expectations, Inc., will help you build financial literacy that can transform your life. The class will focus on debt management and reestablishing credit.

For more information, contact KCMO Wellness Coordinator Jeanine Scrogum at Jeanine.Scrogum@kcmo.org or by calling 816-513-1965.

Women’s wellness workshop

WorkshoppingWomenWithout question, women are the primary caretakers in our society. The nurturers. The family coordinators. They are great at taking care of everyone around them, except themselves.

Why is that? There are studies that point to a variety of reasons from guilt to self-esteem issues. The one factor common to most research, though, is this: Women see taking time for themselves as an indulgence, not a fundamental necessity. Even when it comes to their health.

In an attempt to begin changing that perception, the City of Kansas City, Mo., is offering a workshop to educate employees on the importance of women’s health. Through the Fountain of Health Wellness Program, the City presents, “Women’s Health and What to Do About It,” at 12 noon, Dec. 9, in the 4th floor Conference Room at City Hall.

During this wellness program, Kelly Szala, M.S.N., W.H.N.P.-B.C., who is a women’s health nurse practitioner and nurse navigator, will talk to employees about preventative health and education. She believes that if we empower women to change, we can positively affect the entire family.

This program will be both educational and entertaining, says Jeanine Scrogum, wellness coordinator for the Fountain of Health.

“As caregivers, women often put others first while neglecting their own needs. By taking care of themselves, women provide a positive model and are better equipped to care for loved ones,” says Scrogum. “This class will be an opportunity to take a moment and care for yourself and have a little fun.”

Participants will gain a better understanding of women’s health: mind, body and spirit.

Flu fighters

FluFightersWith Ebola capturing most of the big headlines these days, the most common threat to your health this season is getting less attention, when really it should be getting more. Each year, the flu kills between 3,000 and 49,000 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The real headline: it’s preventable.

In about 10 minutes and at absolutely no cost to you, you could protect yourself from the flu with one visit to the Kansas City Health Care Trust Employee Clinic.  Not only that, you could protect the people around you: your family, your friends, your co-workers.

“On average, it takes about 10 minutes to walk in and receive a flu shot here at the Clinic,” says Nik Webb, nurse practitioner at the KC Employee Clinic. “Getting a flu vaccination helps to prevent flu and its complications, which can often lead to serious illness and hospitalization.”

The flu vaccine is currently available and the CDC recommends getting vaccinated as soon as possible, preferably early in November. While Webb says that she hasn’t seen any cases of the flu so far this season at the Clinic, flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the main flu viruses that research suggests will cause the most illness during the upcoming flu season.

Children younger than 6 months are at higher risk of serious flu complications, but are too young to get a flu vaccine. Because of this, safeguarding them from flu is especially important. If you live with or care for an infant younger than 6 months of age, you should get a flu vaccine to help protect them from flu, according to the CDC.

In addition to getting vaccinated, you can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others.


Jeanine Scrogum: Challenging you to be your best

JeanineScrogumJeanine Scrogum likes to hear success stories. So much so that she’s made it her profession to help people succeed in their pursuit of better health.

As the new wellness coordinator for the City of Kansas City’s Fountain of Health Wellness Program, Scrogum is in the perfect position to do just that. She is your link to the wellness challenges, classes and health fairs offered as part of the City’s wellness plan.

Her first few months as wellness coordinator have already allowed Scrogum to recruit employees to participate in Choose to Lose, a weight-loss challenge that will compensate them for maintaining or losing weight during the course of a year. She has also been participating in the City’s health screenings, where she’s gotten the chance to meet employees and share with them information about the fitness and wellness opportunities offered through Fountain of Health.

A native of Overland Park, Kan., Scrogum studied at the University of Kansas and at North Carolina at Greensboro, earning a master of science degree in exercise science. She also is certified as a personal trainer and in group exercise.

Before joining the Fountain of Health, Scrogum worked as the executive director at Red Bridge Family YMCA.

In her spare time, Scrogum enjoys spending time with her family and playing and coaching rugby.

For more information about Fountain of Health challenges or programs, you can contact Scrogum by email or by calling (816) 513-1386.


Save $$ with Coast2Coast

Coast2CoastEven with the best insurance plans, prescription copays can easily exceed what it costs to see a doctor. Now imagine if you had no insurance. Sadly, about one quarter of Americans don’t get their prescriptions filled because they can’t afford it.

That could all change for residents of Kansas City who are eligible to get help with these costs by using a Coast2Coast Rx Card just for living in KC. The Coast2Coast Rx Card is a free discount prescription card that entitles you to savings on both brand name and generic drugs.

There are no lengthy questionnaires to fill out and no cost for the Coast2Coast Rx Card.

Even if you have prescription insurance, you could potentially save money with Coast2Coast, particularly on some brand name drugs, but it is especially helpful for those residents who do not have insurance. The Coast2Coast Rx Card provides savings on a single prescription from a few percent up to 75 percent (and sometimes more).

Surprisingly, many people who have health coverage often don’t have the accompanying prescription drug benefits. And others, such as retirees who have benefits through Medicare, may need additional prescription benefits that can be provided by Coast2Coast if they are in the Medicare “donut hole.” It’s an excellent option for filling the gap that traditional health coverage sometimes leaves.

No fee will ever be charged for the card.

The Coast2Coast Rx Card is not insurance, nor is it intended to replace insurance. If you already are covered by health insurance, you probably want to continue using your health insurance prescription card — but it does pay to compare. For example, your health plan may not cover a certain new medication or may not provide a significant discount for a particular brand name drug. In those situations, it is likely that your Coast2Coast Rx Card will, as more than 60,000 medications are included in its discounts.

All members of a family can use the card. It is always free and the card can be used immediately. There are no age, income or other exclusions. There are no long  forms to fill out. Simply take the card to one of the more than 60,000 participating pharmacies to start saving. Participating pharmacies include CVS, WalMart, Walgreens, Target, Sam’s Clubs, Costco, OscoDrug, HyVee, Kmart, Price Chopper and most independent pharmacies.

In addition to your prescriptions, the Coast2Coast Rx Card also covers many pet prescriptions. And that’s not all, you can also save on your family’s dental, vision, veterinary, hearing, diabetic equipment/supplies, lab and imaging services.

Signing up is easy, so tell your friends and relatives:

  • Go online to coast2coastrx.com/cities/mo/kansascity
  • Create your free prescription card by entering your name and phone number. Your information is kept strictly confidential and Coast2Coast will not contact you for any reason.
  • Hit submit.
  • Click print your card.
  • Make sure your printer has “Print Background Images” enabled.
  • Take the card to a participating pharmacy and start saving.


Meet Nicole ‘Nik’ Webb: Your KC Health Care Trust Employee Clinic nurse practitioner

MeetNicoleWebbFor many women, having a child often makes them re-think their career. For Nicole “Nik” Webb, it was no different. Only instead of cutting back on hours or putting a career on hold, it inspired her to launch a completely new career in health care.

“My childbirth experience was the turning point in my life,” Webb says. “It’s when I decided to go to nursing school.”

Webb, the new nurse practitioner at the Kansas City Health Care Trust Employee Clinic, has worked in health care for 20 years. She began as a registered nurse and is now a board certified family nurse practitioner. She also has earned a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree.

A native of Montgomery, Ala., Webb studied at the University of South Alabama to become a nurse practitioner, then at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for her DNP.

For her, the best part of her job is knowing that she is helping the people around her.

“The most rewarding thing about a career in health care is interacting with people and making a difference in their health and their quality of life,” Webb says.

In her spare time, Webb kick-boxes at Title Boxing Club, which is a great way to work off some of her favorite foods: steak, seafood and chocolate.


Word of mouth

WordOfMouth If you’ve found a dentist who makes you smile, never let her go. Don’t break up just because she isn’t in network. Instead, spread the love by recommending her to your insurance company.

Humana Insurance is currently hoping to add qualified dentists to its network. Adding your dentist’s name for consideration is easy. Simply fill out a short form online and Humana will take it from there.

To fill out the form, you’ll need the following information:

Dentist Name
The plan for which you are recommending your dentist (Traditional PPO or Advantage)
Dentist address
City, state
Zip code

Rash decisions

RashDecisionsJust when you were seriously considering selling your summer clothes on eBay, warmer weather has come slowly staggering into Kansas City, bringing with it all the spectacular blooming color you were beginning to wonder if you’d ever see again. Before you run outside to greet it, take a moment to familiarize yourself with some plants you’ll want to steer clear of before you venture out.

Poison ivy and poison oak can be found throughout the Midwest. Though poison ivy is common in both Missouri and Kansas, poison oak is limited to a handful of counties in Missouri. The leaves, stems, flowers, berries and even the roots of these plants contain urushiol, an oil that often causes an itchy rash when it touches a person’s skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), about 85 percent of people will develop a rash when they come into contact with urushiol, making it the most common allergy in the country.

Symptoms of exposure include itching, swelling, rash, watery blisters, inflammation, red streaks and burning sensation. Most often these are caused by direct contact with poison ivy and oak, but can also be the result of indirect contact if the oil gets on pet fur, clothing or gardening tools.

If you’ve been outdoors and you end up with a rash that you are certain is the result of contact with one of these plants, you can, in most cases, treat the symptoms at home, especially if it is affects only a small patch of skin.  The AAD recommends using calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to treat the rash, after washing the area with lukewarm water and soap. You should also wash clothing and clean any surfaces that could have come into contact with the urushiol.

If, however, you aren’t sure what’s causing your rash or if it covers a large part of your body, you should see a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment. The Kansas City Health Care Trust Employee Clinic can identify the reason for the rash and prescribe a treatment plan that will help protect you from infection. No appointment is necessary and you will not be charged a copay or deductible for this service.

Serious allergic reaction to poison ivy, sumac and oak demands immediate attention. If your rash is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, the AAD recommends that you go directly to the emergency room:

  • You have trouble breathing or swallowing.
  • The rash covers most of your body.
  • You have many rashes or blisters.
  • You experience swelling, especially if an eyelid swells shut.
  • The rash develops anywhere on your face or genitals.
  • Much of your skin itches, or nothing seems to ease the itch.

To prevent accidental exposure to these plants, you should wear long sleeves and pants when hiking, camping or when exploring areas where you aren’t familiar with the plant life. There are also topical products called ivy block that can help prevent your skin from absorbing the urushiol, according to WebMD. Available over the counter, these products contain bentoquatam and have proven to be effective in preventing a rash or at least reducing the severity of it.