Don’t Get Burned by the Sun

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FROM THE BLOG

DON'T BURNED BY THE SUN

When the sun is shining, we love to be outside; so why do we only wear sunscreen when we go to the
pool or beach?
Anytime we are in the sun, we are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays, and even on cloudy days we get some
UV rays. According to the CDC, all of this exposure causes most cases of skin cancer, the most common
cancer in the United States.
Did you know that it takes more than sunscreen to keep your skin safe? In fact, it is recommended to use
multiple strategies to enjoy the great outdoors year-round.
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection, the best pairs block 100% of UV rays
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Find a shady spot to sit or only work or play outside in the shade
  • Avoid the outdoors during peak sun hours, 10am-4pm
  • Use broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 on exposed skin
  • Be sure to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating
The CDC warns that anyone, no matter their skin tone, can get skin cancer. Be sure to examine your skin
from head to toe monthly to look for any changes. Seeing a dermatologist yearly can help identify skin
cancer early.
Whether you’re enjoying a dip in a pool or cooling off oceanside, taking time to protect yourself from skin
cancer should be everyone’s priority. Stay safe while working and playing in the sun this summer and all
year long!

Staci McKelvey

SVP, Marketing & Communications

smckelvey@hmcebs.com

860.697.6960 x403

Connect with Nature for Great Outdoors Month®

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FROM THE BLOG

CONNECT WITH NATURE FOR GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH®

Summer is here and it’s time to enjoy long sunny days outside. June is Great Outdoors Month, making it a great time to explore and connect with nature. Whether you like to hike, bike, canoe or walk; spend time in the sun, apply sunscreen and delight in being outdoors.

Taking time to escape the indoors has its health benefits. Along with getting more exercise while doing outdoor activities, studies show your concentration will increase and you’ll be happier. Being with nature makes us calmer and more balanced. Time spent in the great outdoors reduces blood pressure, increases creativity and improves mood and self-esteem. Being in nature has a stress reducing effect and can lower anxiety. Maybe you should be reading this blog outdoors?

Our children also benefit. According to Great Outdoors Month®, a generation ago, kids spent more than four hours a day outside -- now, it’s less than 40 minutes per week. Children who engage in fun outdoor activities are more likely to be physically fit, have better eyesight, and improved cognitive development. Let’s encourage our kids to turn off the TV, video games, put away their phones and play outside with friends and family.

Looking for an adventure this summer? Try one of the 400 national parks and more than 84 million acres of protected national parkland in the United States and US Territories. You may be surprised to find some in your community. Click here to find a national park: https://findyourpark.com/your-parks.

No time to travel to a national park? Plan a family picnic, go fishing, fly a kite or take the dog for a walk. Any and all outdoor activities have benefits!


Sources

https://www.verywellfit.com/best-national-parks-for-alternative-fitness-activities-85987

https://www.greatoutdoorsmonth.org/

Staci McKelvey

SVP, Marketing & Communications

smckelvey@hmcebs.com

860.697.6960 x403

CORRECTING THREE MYTHS ABOUT MANAGING STRESS MANAGEMENT

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CORRECTING THREE MYTHS ABOUT MANAGING STRESS

Meghan Steckowski, Nutritionist & Certified Wellness Coach
Director of Client Services and Health Promotion

Stress is universal and now more than ever people are looking for stress management techniques that work for them. The key to stress management is to be realistic and prepared. We can’t eliminate all our stress but we can practice different types of stress management so we can manage and reduce stress to build resilience.

False impressions about stress can sabotage our efforts to manage stress. Read the three myths below to avoid these stress management pitfalls.

Myth #1 You have to eliminate all your stress.

People think that the key to managing stress is to not have any; when in fact we need some stress in our lives. It’s nearly impossible to eliminate all stress. Trying to be stress-free would most likely create more stress. A realistic approach is to accept that stress is a part of life and can challenge us to grow, perform and succeed.

Myth #2 If you change your outlook you won’t have any stress.

While a shift in your attitude can make a big difference, stress can still take a toll on us. It is best to work towards a positive attitude, but a positive attitude alone won’t remove stress. Your goal should be to eliminate stressors you can change and develop strategies to manage the stressors you cannot eliminate from your life. Positive attitude coupled with stress management techniques help keep you smiling!

Myth #3 There is one perfect stress management technique for everyone.

It is best to have many techniques in your toolbox to handle different types of stressful situations. Using just one strategy may not reduce your stress enough. There are times when you won’t be able use your one method in the moment; especially if it is exercising or meditation. Develop additional techniques such as positive thinking or deep breathing exercises.

Staci McKelvey

SVP, Marketing & Communications

smckelvey@hmcebs.com

860.697.6960 x403

HMC HealthWorks Partners with CoreHealth Technologies to Deliver Customized Wellness Platform Technology Nationwide

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HMC HEALTHWORKS PARTNERS WITH COREHEALTH TECHNOLOGIES TO DELIVER CUSTOMIZED WELLNESS PLATFORM TECHNOLOGY NATIONWIDE

JUPITER, Fla.June 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- HMC HealthWorks, a leader in population health management, and CoreHealth Technologies, a corporate wellness technology company, announced HMC HealthWorks has selected CoreHealth and its corporate wellness platform to create an intuitive, enhanced user interface experience, including full mobile capabilities, for plan participants in HMC HealthWorks wellness programs.

Targeting meaningful behavior change through the CoreHealth wellness technology platform will help HMC HealthWorks deliver best-in-class, integrated features that drive engagement in preventative healthcare management.

"The partnership with CoreHealth Technologies allows us to offer our clients a significantly enhanced, flexible and customized wellness platform with an integrated mobile experience that enables participants to increase their engagement benefits program, while easily utilizing fitness devices, smartphones or tablets," said Jon Reid, Chief Marketing Officer, HMC HealthWorks.  "The educational content CoreHealth Technologies also delivers is validated, medically-reviewed and customized to each individual."

"HMC is an ideal customer for CoreHealth as they offer a cross-section of wellness programs such as health assessments, health coaching, challenges and more that can truly leverage all that our platform has to offer. Their level of program sophistication demands a flexible and configurable technology that enables them to deliver programs that can be fully adaptable to the unique needs of each of their clients," said Anne Marie Kirby, CEO of CoreHealth. "We are excited to be their technology partner and to help them develop and deliver their wellness programs."

About CoreHealth Technologies

CoreHealth Technologies Inc. is the leading all-in-one corporate wellness platform trusted by wellness providers to power their health and wellbeing programs for 2+ million employees worldwide. At CoreHealth, we believe that developing the best employee wellness programs is all about giving providers the right code, design and access to best-in-class innovations. With the most customization, integrations and reliability of any software in its class, CoreHealth's powerful platform lets users focus on growing great wellness companies. For more information, visit the CoreHealth website.

About HMC HealthWorks

Since 1976, HMC HealthWorks has been improving population health by identifying key health issues and areas of cost improvement when plan sponsors and their participants engage in its clinically-integrated models of care in chronic disease management, mental health and substance abuse care management, EAP and wellness programs, and coordinated PBM initiatives. With its state of the art data warehouse, data mining capabilities and best practices in utilization management, the company generates critical insight to continually improve healthcare management for its clients.

MEDIA CONTACT

cheady@hmcebs.com

561-275-8398

HMC HealthWorks Earns Three-year URAC Reaccreditation In Disease Management

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HMC HEALTHWORKS EARNS THREE-YEAR URAC REACCREDITATION IN DISEASE MANAGEMENT

JUPITER, Fla.June 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- HMC HealthWorks is proud to announce that it has recently achieved three-year reaccreditation for its URAC Disease Management Program through July 1, 2021.  URAC is the independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through accreditation, certification and measurement.  By achieving this status, HMC HealthWorks has demonstrated a comprehensive commitment to quality care, improved processes and better patient outcomes.

Since 1976, HMC HealthWorks has been improving population health by identifying key health issues and areas of cost improvement when plan sponsors and their participants engage in its clinically-integrated models of care in chronic disease management, mental health and substance abuse care management, EAP and wellness programs, and coordinated PBM initiatives. With its state of the art data warehouse, data mining capabilities and best practices in utilization management, the company generates critical insight to continually improve healthcare management for its clients.

"Our commitment to URAC accreditation demonstrates HMC's commitment to quality services and serves as a framework to improve our business processes through benchmarking HMC against nationally recognized standards," said Dr. Jan DiMonaco, founder, President and CEO, HMC HealthWorks.

URAC President and CEO, Kylanne Green, said, "HMC HealthWorks has made a commitment to URAC's broad and rigorous standards and measures that prove its commitment to quality care.  Quality healthcare is crucial to our nation's welfare and it is important to have organizations that are willing to measure themselves against national standards."

About URAC

Founded in 1990, URAC is the independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through leadership, accreditation, measurement and innovation.  URAC is a nonprofit organization using evidence-based measures and developing standards through inclusive engagement with a range of stakeholders committed to improving the quality of healthcare.  URAC's portfolio of accreditation and certification programs span the healthcare industry, addressing healthcare management, healthcare operations, health plans, pharmacies, telehealth providers, physician practices, and more.  URAC accreditation is a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability.

About HMC HealthWorks

Since 1976, HMC HealthWorks has been improving population health by identifying key health issues and areas of cost improvement when plan sponsors and their participants engage in its clinically-integrated models of care in chronic disease management, mental health and substance abuse care management, EAP and wellness programs, and coordinated PBM initiatives. With its state of the art data warehouse, data mining capabilities and best practices in utilization management, the company generates critical insight to continually improve healthcare management for its clients.

MEDIA CONTACT

cheady@hmcebs.com

561-275-8398