Healthy Incentives presents a 4-part series of Weight of a Nation Lunch and Learns
Join other King County employees for lunchtime screenings of the HBO series Weight of the Nation. Video screenings will occur from noon – 1 pm, with a viewing of selected shorts followed by a guided discussion. Find screening dates and subjects here. If you’re unable to attend and interested in information, please let us know.
Walgreens to rejoin Express Scripts network Sept. 15
Walgreens and Express Scripts have announced that Walgreens will rejoin the Express Scripts network on Sept. 15, 2012. If you are covered under KingCareSM or the Deputy Sheriff Plan, you will be able to choose Walgreens as your prescription drug provider after Sept. 15. Of course, you may also choose to stay with your current Express Scripts pharmacy. If you have questions about your prescription drug coverage, call Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations at 206-684-1556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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DON'T WAIT - VACCINATE!
Onsite flu clinics coming in October
This year, by request, onsite flu clinics begin even earlier – October 8th. Whether you get vaccinated at work or through your healthcare provider, the county covers the whole cost for employees with benefits.
Peak flu season is December – March. Every year, the flu causes people to miss school, work and important events in their lives. The best way to protect yourself is to get a flu vaccine. More.
UPDATE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS
Open enrollment mailing in mid-October
It’s that time of year again when you should take a moment to update your mailing address with your human resources or payroll representative to make sure you’ll receive information about your 2013 benefits in time for the annual online open enrollment. More
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
What the Supreme Court decision means to you
With the Supreme Court decision in June to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, many of you may be wondering how your King County health benefits will be affected. More
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
2012 Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk
We are just days away from the American Heart Associations’ (AHA) 2012 Heart & Stroke Walk. So far, 29 King County employees have stepped up as Team Captain Leaders to walk with their team members on Saturday, October 20, at Seattle Center. More
YOUR FINANCIAL HEALTH
Retirement seminars now online
If you missed the popular “Planning for Retirement" seminars presented by the state Department of Retirement Services (DRS), you can now view the same presentations online. Key segments of a recent seminar were recorded and are now available in on-demand webinar format. More
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
National DEA Drug Take-Back Day
Did you know that medicines in the home are a leading cause of preventable poisoning? And disposing of medicines in the toilet, drain or trash can end up polluting our waters? Keep our kids, families and the environment safe. Properly store the medicines you use - safely dispose of the medicines you no longer need. More
KIDS AND CHEMICALS DON'T MIX
Prevent accidental poisonings
Believe it or not, many accidental poisonings are kids getting into our own cleaning products. As summer winds down and kids are gearing up for back to school, parents may can’t always have their eyes on their kids. In fact, pediatric exposures to household cleaners are the #3 reason people call the Washington Poison Center. More
OWN YOUR HEALTH
Make the most of your relationship with your primary care doctor
This year, we’re facing a whooping cough epidemic in Washington state. Take action by talking to your primary care doctor — your go-to resource to help you stay as healthy as you can. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, now is the time to find one, so you can get the preventive care and medical treatments you need, when you need them. More
Super Foods: Simple tips for better living
Stroll the grocery aisles and learn why superfoods are SUPER with King County Nutritionist Molly Rapozo. Join us for a live twitter chat with Molly on September 26 at noon. Download the super foods recipe ebook (full of recipes mentioned in the video). More
Fall for physical activity
Do the crisp, clear days make you think of the start of school? It can also be a great time to start new, healthy habits. Fall is a great time to continue an active outdoor lifestyle, explore new activities, and set healthy habits now in preparation for the dark months ahead. More
Coping with the impact of bad news
It seems we don’t have to wait very long these days for yet another breaking story about a man-made tragedy in someone’s community (including ours). Random mass shootings, vicious stabbings, cannibalistic attacks against strangers, unspeakable acts of child abuse by upstanding citizens, intentional bombings against targeted populations . . . just about anything imaginable. More
Say "Boo" to tobacco - Your lungs are worth it!
Did you know:
- Within 72 hours of your last cigarette, circulation and lung function improve.
- Risk of lung infections drops within two weeks to three months of quitting. More