Join other King County women who have taken the pledge!
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|Get healthy during National Women's Health Week|
Make yourself a top priority by taking steps to improve
your physical and mental health and lower your risk of
disease. Schedule a check up, record your family history,
and take the pledge to eat smart, move more and stress less. Read more
Logon and Learn about women's health
Free online tools can send you reminders when you need a preventive screening, give you personalized health information and tell you which hospitals and clinics in our region follow guidelines for gender appropriate screenings. Read more
Vote planned for new VEBA acccount
It's time for unions and non-represented employees to vote on a new HRA VEBA medical reimbursement account beginning in 2010. Visit the VEBA Vote site for details on worksite presentations taking place in May and early June.
May 15: last day to begin low-risk log
If Healthways notified you to keep a low-risk log as your individual action plan this year, be sure to begin it no later than May 15. Read more
|What you can do about H1N1 virus (swine flu):|
1) Stay home when sick 2) Cover your cough 3) Wash your hands 4) Have a family plan and be prepared
For the latest local information, facts for families and tips on how to protect yourself and others from getting the flu ,visit Public Health - Seattle & King County’s H1N1 flu page
Bike to Work Month - It's How We Roll!
May is Bike to Work Month. King County supports your
efforts to reduce car commutes and improve healthby biking to work. Participate by joining a team and riding five times during the month or riding on Bike to Work Day.Read more
Health Hero Eileen Kadesh
Think a trip to Costco can’t be done by bike?
Think again. See how Eileen and her husband learned to roll with it. Read more
Strong turnout for ID Day
Councilmember Larry Gossett attended King County’s ID (I Decide to Fight Diabetes) Day, one of three diabetes awareness events in April. More than 160 people got health screenings that day. Read more
Health Hero: Helen Subelbia
Helen Subelbia has known for some time she was at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Healthy IncentivesSM played a role as she worked with her health coach to map out a plan. Read more
Health Hero Update: Helen Ivory
New study supports shaking the salt habit
A new study indicates that seven out of 10 American adults should limit their sodium intake to reduce high blood pressure. Wellness Assessment results indidcate that we are probably shakin’ it too much. Read more
Eat Smart Recipe Box - Italian Gazpacho
Gazpacho, a Spanish soup served chilled or at room temperature, goes Italian with the addition of lots of fresh basil. You won't miss the salt in this great tasting dish. Read more
Stress Less: May is Mental Health Month
During these difficult times, it’s more important than ever to know there are tools to help you cope. Read more
Making Life Easier and the Employee Assistance Program
Did you know that King County provides no-cost counseling and referral services to help you both at work and at home? Let us work with you in resolving work and personal problems that affect your life. Read more
Move More in May
Remember that the Centers for Disease Control recommend 150 minutes a week of moderate-level physical activity and two days a week of muscle-strengthening exercises. Check out these local events that are sure to get you going! Read more
King County Walks 2009 - Congratulations!
Almost 650 King County employees took to the streets the week of April 6-9 to Move More with their co-workers. Check out the stories, resources and photos. Read more
Take the Momentum™ Walk-It Challenge
The Momentum™ Walk-It Challenge encourages Weight Watchers® members to get active this spring. Between now and June 6, set an activity goal for yourself – like walking 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) – and Weight Watchers will give you access to the tools you need to get there. Read more
Americans, KingCareSM members turn to generics
Americans are embracing the switch from brand-name to generic medications like never before.
A Wall Street Journal health blog details a new survey that found generic drug scripts rose 12 percent a year between 2004 and 2008 , while the call for brand-name drugs fell off. According to Express-Scripts Inc., KingCareSMmembers are choosing generics about 66 percent of the time,
as compared to a 53 percent rate just four years ago; saving hundreds of dollars each year for members, and more than $1 million annually for the county. Read more
Celebrate spring with a comittment to quit
May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. Smoking is expensive. Quitting is free. Learn about no-cost tobacco cessation programs. Read more