HealthyU eNewsletter 2014


October 30

  • Flu fightersWith 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. […] Read More
  • About faceIt’s resolution time. True, it’s not New Year’s Eve. It’s probably not even your birthday. But it’s still the best time to start on the track to better health: Today. We’re not talking bucket-list, grandiose, mile-long list resolution setting. Just keeping a promise that you’ve probably been making to yourself every week for a long […] Read More
  • KC welcomes new Wellness Program Manager Jill MonroeWith 10 years of experience in the “wellness” profession, Jill Monroe has joined the City as its new Wellness Program Manager. Monroe assumed the new role in September and is already working collaboratively to continue—and grow—the level of service you’ve come to expect from the program. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or hoping to learn some […] Read More

August 21

  • Weigh the rewardsMore Kansas City employees are banking on the fact that they won’t gain any weight this year. Keeping weight in check from year to year has its rewards, and for these employees, one of those could be a $50 gift card. The Choose to Lose challenge has attracted about 800 employees who provided their weight […] Read More
  • Fresh perspectiveEating fresh, healthy food has never been easier for Kansas City, Mo., employees, who now have the option of ordering in. City employees can order farm-fresh, local produce from Good Natured Family Farms, which delivers the food weekly at five convenient drop-off sites around the City. To make it even more enticing, the Fountain of […] Read More
  • On your terms: understanding your dental coverageAnnual maximums. Coinsurance. Copays. Deductibles. Out-of-pocket. The insurance industry has a lingo all its own and learning it can take some time. To get a better understanding of it all, Humana has put together an explanation of how annual maximums work for its dental coverage. Below, each of Humana’s two dental plans are outlined with […] Read More
  • The power of preventionYou may eat smart and exercise, but if you seek out medical care only when you’re sick or injured, you’re not really making your health a priority. And you’re not alone. Nationally, Americans use preventive health services at about half the recommended rate, even though that care could greatly reduce their risk of chronic disease. […] Read More

June 26

  • Word of mouthIf 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 […] Read More
  • Meet Nicole ‘Nik’ Webb: Your KC Health Care Trust Employee Clinic nurse practitionerFor 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,” […] Read More
  • Save $$ with 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 […] Read More
  • Jeanine Scrogum: Challenging you to be your bestJeanine 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 […] Read More

April 24

  • Save yourself: Reducing your 2014-2015 health care premiumsThe Kansas City Health Care Trust is once again rewarding City of Kansas City, Mo., employees who are proactive about their health. By completing both a biometric health screening and an online Health Risk Assessment (HRA), the Health Care Trust will reduce your health care insurance premiums by $10 per month beginning this fall. Not […] Read More
  • A complaint-free K.C.There’s no sense in complaining, literally. Research shows that complaining or listening to someone else complain actually impairs brain function and your ability to problem solve. Not only that, complaining can negatively affect your physical health, emotional health, relationships and career. So why do we do it? To get attention; To avoid taking action; To […] Read More
  • Walk it offExercising doesn’t have to be complicated. It isn’t mandatory that you join a gym or even figure out how to use your DVD player. You’re already an expert at one of the healthiest exercises out there: walking. When done briskly and on a regular basis, walking can significantly improve your health while decreasing your risk […] Read More
  • Rash decisionsJust 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 […] Read More

February 20

  • Two new vaccines available at KC Employee ClinicIn the time it takes you to read this, you could arm yourself against serious illness. The Kansas City Health Care Trust Employee Clinic is now offering vaccines that have been developed to protect you from pneumonia and shingles. Both of these vaccines are an important addition to the immunizations already available at the clinic. […] Read More
  • Open enrollment for benefits begins March 3Benefits open enrollment will begin on Monday, March 3, and will continue through Friday, March 21, offering all City of Kansas City, Mo., employees an opportunity to change their benefits selections for the coming year. The City explores many options to bring its employees some of the best and most comprehensive health and life benefits. […] Read More
  • Weigh to go, KC!It’s a win-lose proposition for City of Kansas City, Mo., employees who are competing to win big bucks for losing weight. With a chance at $10,000, a little healthy competition could prove to be big motivation for sticking to a healthier lifestyle. The HealthyWage weight loss challenge began in January with employees signing up for […] Read More
  • Take health to heartYou’re never too young—or too old—to take care of your heart. One in three Americans has cardiovascular disease, and not all of them are senior citizens, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). “Even young and middle-aged people can develop heart problems—especially now that obesity, type 2 diabetes and other risk factors are becoming more common at a younger […] Read More