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    Program:

    Self-Care Essentials

    Description:

    Self-Care Essentials logo.jpgThis simple 6-week program will provide you the latest health information on topics most essential to you and your family’s health. 

    You will receive a Self-Care Essentials book designed to help you better manage your own health and get the most from your healthcare provider.

    In addition to learning how to better manage your own self-care, you will also be compiling important personal health information and securing a Primary Care Physician (PCP).

    Lastly, you will be challenged each week to gather specific information and assemble it into the Aetna online Personal Health Record (PHR). This program provides an organized structure to assist you in identifying and collecting the most essential health information that is important to have on hand. In the end, your PHR will contain vital personal health information that will help you and your health care provider as you create a partnership for better health and health care.
    Who can participate?
    All employees covered under the Pima County medical plan.
    Delivery: Weekly emails, Aetna Navigator, Self-Care Essentials book
    Duration: 6 weeks
    Dates: Registration Dates: TBD

    Program Dates: TBD

    Activities Checklist Due: TBD
    How to get started:

    REGISTRATION CLOSED Complete the Online Registration Form by TBD. If you are unable to access the online registration link, please complete and submit a pdf version of the Registration Form instead.

    You will receive a Self-Care Essentials book by interoffice mail within a few days after registering.

    Incentive:

    Up to 50 points per reporting year based upon the completion of the Self-Care Activities Checklist.

    Note: Starting this year, employees may only participate for credit if they have not completed the program in the past. Employees who have completed the program before cannot earn any points again. Participants can only earn up to 50 points total once.

    Additional Information: If you are not currently covered under the Pima County medical plan, please contact Employee Wellness to learn how you can still participate.
    Program Forms/Tips:
    Important Note: The information contained in this program has been developed to help you better understand how to treat minor ailments and better manage certain medical conditions. The information contained in this program is not meant to replace the advice of your healthcare provider. It’s important to understand that medical information changes quickly, so if you have questions or are unsure about how to handle a specific medical condition of health concern, always contact your physician, healthcare provider or 24-hour nurse line.
    Welcome to Self-Care Essentials.

    This simple 6-week program will provide you the latest health information on topics most essential to your health – and the health of your family. You should receive your copy of the Self-Care Essentials book which you will refer back to throughout the program. If you have not received your book by September 5, 2016, please email Employee Wellness. This book if yours to keep for future reference. By reading Self-Care Essentials now, before a medical situation arises, you’ll be better prepared to respond should you need to. Keeping your book in a convenient, accessible location will help to ensure that you find the answers you need, when you need them. A good place to store your book is with your first-aid kit.

    In addition to reading the Self-Care Essentials book, you will also need to complete the Aetna online Personal Health Record (PHR).

    Creating a PHR is easy. Simply answer questions about yourself and your health. The more information you enter, the more complete your PHR will be. Your PHR can help you:
    • See information about your health and keep it updated
    • Stay organized by keeping your health information in one place
    • Share important information with your doctors
    • Get reminders about recommended tests and avoid duplicate tests
    • Better understand your health help your doctor plan your care

    An online PHR has many benefits. It offers a Health Summary — an overview of your health — for you to print or download and store in a safe place or share with your doctor. Your PHR also scans your information and compares it to medical industry standards. When it finds a way to improve your care, it can send you a message.

    Note: It is highly recommended you complete the Aetna online PHR, however if you are not currently covered under the Pima County medical plan, please contact Employee Wellness to learn how you can still participate.

    Finally, each week you will be asked to complete several action items and track them on the Activities Checklist. You will need to submit this checklist to Employee Wellness at the end of the program for credit. There are 100 total points possible per reporting year for this program. Employees may only participate for credit if they have not completed the program in the past. Employees who have completed the program before cannot earn any HLAPs again. Participants can only earn up to 100 points total once. 
     

    “So many people spend their health gaining wealth and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” - A.J. Reb Materi

    Getting Started

    How many times have you left the doctor’s office and then remembered all of the questions that you wanted to ask?

    Write down the topics that you would like to discuss, questions that you have, and any other information that you would like to share and/or discuss a few days prior to your visit. This provides you with time to add to your list, as well as, to thoroughly prepare to make the most of your appointment. With the average physician office visit lasting only 19.7 minutes, the conversation with your health care provider needs to get smart fast. Preparation is the key!

    1 Point       
    • Begin this week by reading the introductory chapter and then page through the book, looking over each of the sections to get a handle on the information within. Be sure to print out the Activities Checklist and complete the action items for points. You will be asked to submit this checklist to Employee Wellness at the end of the program for credit.
    5 Points
    • Personal Health Record Activity #1: Getting Started. To get started on completing your Aetna online Personal Health Record (PHR) simply login to www.aetna.com.  
    • From the home page click on “Personal Health Record” located under the Stay Healthy menu.
    • This week’s goal is to complete the Personal Information, Emergency Contact and Insurance sections.

    “The greatest wealth is health.” - Virgil

    Reviewing Common Health Conditions

    Many of the common conditions we face in life aren’t life threatening, or debilitating in the long run. But, these common conditions are almost always discomforting and troublesome. These two chapters will discuss things you can do to reduce your chances of getting these illnesses and self-care techniques to help find relief.

    1 Point   
    • Begin this week by reading Chapters 1 & 2 in the Self-Care Essentials book.
    1 Point 3 Points
    • Take the Self-Care Quiz (page 34)
    3 Points
    • Take the Self-Care Quiz (page 50)
    5 Points
    • Personal Health Record Activity #2: Review Your Immunization Records. Your goal for this week is to login to the Aetna online Personal Health Record and review the “Immunizations” section listed under “See All PHR History”.

    “If I’d known I was going to live so long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” - Leon Eldred

    Relieving Aches and Pains

    Though aches and pains are a common part of life, we don’t have to resign ourselves to suffering with them. There are a number of resources and strategies to help prevent aches and pains from occurring – as well as speed healing when they do occur.

    1 Point
    • Begin this week by reading Chapter 3 in the Self-Care Essentials book.
    1 Point 3 Points
    • Take the Self-Care Quiz (page 66)
    5 Points
    • Personal Health Record Activity #3: Review your Health Resources. Your Aetna online Personal Health Record (PHR) can also help you find helpful information and tools to manage your health.
    • Your goal for this week is to login to the Aetna online Personal Health Record and review the “Find Health Resources” section.

    “Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well.” - Marcus Valerius Martial

    Living with Chronic Conditions

    Science tells us we often inherit a predisposition to certain chronic diseases like heart disease and high blood pressure from our family members. But we also “inherit” learned health behaviors like unhealthy eating habits, cigarette smoking, and sedentary living from the family members we spend time with as a young person.

    And it is often these learned behaviors that contribute to the development of chronic disease. For instance, children who are raised with parents who do not regularly exercise are less likely to be physically active as adults when compared to children brought up in a family that participates in regular exercise and recreational activities.

    That said, adults should aim to be healthy role models for the young people in their lives. Encourage family walks, healthy snacking, good sleep habits, and an overall healthy lifestyle and you will help place young people on a path to lifelong good health and well-being.

    1 Point
    • Begin this week by reading Chapter 4 in the Self-Care Essentials book.  
    1 Point 3 Points
    • Take the Self-Care Quiz (page 82)
    5 Points
    • Personal Health Record Activity #4: Update/Review Vitals & Trackers
    • Your goal for this week is to login to the Aetna online Personal Health Record and review the “Vitals & Trackers” section listed under “See all PHR History”.
    10 Points
    “The groundwork of all happiness is good health.” - Leigh Hunt

    A Guide to Medical Consumerism

    Speaking of Medications…Once you have your list of medications completed, consider cleaning out your medication cabinet. In fact, make it a semi-annual habit to sort through the over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications on hand and discard expired drugs. It is also a good time to restock your supply of staple OTC meds like pain relievers that you like to keep on hand for minor injuries and illnesses. Nobody likes heading out in the middle of the night or when you feel lousy to purchase these types of items. It is all part of being prepared for medical self-care.

    1 Point

    • Begin this week by reading Chapter 5 in the Self-Care Essentials book. It is also recommended you go back and review Dancing with Your Doctor on pages 16 and 17.
    1 Point 3 Points
    • Take the Self-Care Quiz (page 96)
    5 Points
    • Personal Health Record Activity #5: Add/Update your Health Team
    • Your goal for this week is to login to the Aetna online Personal Health Record and add/update the “Health Team”, “Family History” (optional) and “Medications” section listed under “See all PHR History”. Enter facts about the doctors, dentists and others who help care for your health. You can also list pharmacies you use. You may find names here who are not your usual health providers. These people may have provided care behind-the-scenes.
    10 Points
    • Bonus points for scheduling your annual physical or preventive biometric screening with your PCP.
    10 Points

    “A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.” - Spanish proverb

    Getting Active & Managing Weight

    Now that your Personal Health Record is complete, save and print a copy then find a spot where it is readily accessible to you, as well as, family and friends. More important than finding the right location is to make sure that you let others know where they can locate it if you are unable to communicate with them.

    Consider storing it with other important documents in your office or in a desk drawer. Or designate a kitchen or bedroom drawer for a printed copy of your PHR, as well as, your Self-Care Essentials book. Let others know and be sure to update your manual on a regular basis so that loved ones and care providers will have the most up-to-date information to guide their health care decision making process for you.

    1 Point
    • Begin this week by reading Chapters 6 & 7 in the Self-Care Essentials book.
    1 Point 3 Points
    • Personal Health Record (PHR) Activity #6: Print Emergency Card under your PHR.
    5 Points
    • Personal Health Record Activity #7: Print and Save your PHR.
    • Your goal for this week is to login to the Aetna online PHR and add/update the Emergency Card and Print and Save your PHR.
    10 Points
    • Bonus points for sharing your Personal Health Record with your Primary Care Physician.
    • If you have not completed all of the items on the checklist, take some time now to do so. Don’t forget to submit your Activities Checklist to Employee Wellness within 30 days of completing the program.
      • Email: Click the Submit by Email button or email to Employee Wellness
      • Fax: 724-8150
      • Mail: 150 W. Congress, 4th Floor
    • Don’t stop there, however. Use the information in your Personal Health Record to monitor your health status over time and to empower you to take an active role in your ongoing health and health care decisions.

    “To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” - William Londen

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