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1 Health and Wellness Presentations Nurses from our disease management department are available to present any of the following topics to employees. All presentations are approximately 30 minutes. To schedule a presentation, contact your sales representative or Jane Shirley at least six weeks prior to your desired presentation date. Additional topics can be developed if adequate time is allowed. For more information about presentations please contact: Jane Shirley, MSE, BSN, RN Employer Group Wellness Coordinator /16

2 General Health A Good Night s Sleep Sleep is one of the most important and often ignored health behaviors. This session will focus on the importance of sleep and its influence on health, and will provide some tips for getting a good night s sleep. Asthma: Taking Control Asthma is a common health condition that commonly becomes a problem in childhood but can persist and be a significant chronic health concern for adults. This session will provide information about asthma and allergies and will explore common asthma triggers and best management strategies. Biometrics Having information is the first step to taking action and making changes. This session will address the importance of knowing cholesterol and blood glucose levels, blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index and body fat, and the risk factors of developing chronic health conditions when biometrics are outside of recommended ranges. Diabetes and Pre-diabetes In 2012, about 12.6% of Kansans had diabetes; of those, 24% didn t know it. This session will provide general knowledge about diabetes and pre-diabetes, risk factors, and how to decrease the risk of developing diabetes. Flu Prevention Influenza is a contagious, respiratory illness that can range from mild to very severe and even fatal. A well-recognized prevention strategy is to encourage a flu vaccine every year. This session will provide information about influenza, including prevention and the importance of flu shots. Getting Started: Setting and Achieving Wellness Goals Our habits and behaviors have the greatest influence on our health and most of us know what we should do to have better health. So, why can t we change? This session will provide concrete ideas for setting goals and adopting healthier behaviors. Heart Health Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. Many heart disease risk factors can be modified to reduce disability and death. In this session, information will be shared about the risks for heart disease for men and women, as well as how those risks can be managed.

3 General Health High Blood Pressure In the U.S., about one in three adults has high blood pressure; about half don t have it under control. This session will cover causes, signs, symptoms and risk factors of high blood pressure, as well as prevention and treatment options. Holiday Survival Tips It s not uncommon to ignore health practices during the fall and winter holiday season. This session will provide an opportunity to identify the behaviors that contribute to weight gain during the holidays, as well as discuss strategies for maintaining weight such as adding physical activity and healthy eating into holiday schedules. Men s Health* Prevention and management are more achievable with awareness and knowledge. This session will address risk factors, warning signs and prevention strategies for common men s health issues including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, erectile dysfunction and depression. Women s Health* Prevention and management are more achievable with awareness and knowledge. This session will address risk factors, warning signs and prevention strategies for common women s health issues including cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, depression, autoimmune conditions and weight management. * Can be addressed separately or combined into one session.

4 Physical Activity Sitting is the New Smoking It is well recognized that tobacco is a killer; now we know that inactivity is too! Weight loss is one reason people exercise; however during this session you ll hear about a number of other reasons to add it to your daily regimen. We ll also discuss strategies to help you fit exercise in to your daily routine. Get Moving! How much should you exercise every day? This session will cover the recommended daily activity goals for adults and children, the importance of regular physical activity and safety tips. Home Exercise Want to exercise but don t like the gym? This session shares ideas about what activities work well in a home exercise routine, strategies for gathering equipment, and tips for using available resources at your house.

5 Healthy Eating Dining Out, Fast Food and Potlucks: Taking Charge Many of us eat more and more meals away from home, but that s not an excuse to eat unhealthy foods. This session will explore nutrition traps and pitfalls when eating out, and provide strategies for eating fewer calories and making healthier food choices. Don t Waste Time with Fad Diets Fad diets make promises that are often not based in fact. In this session, the facts, tricks and traits of fad diets will be discussed. Information about healthy approaches to weight loss will be provided. Feel Full on Fewer Calories Calorie density is the measure of the number of calories in a given weight of food. This session will simplify this concept, provide information about which foods can contribute to feeling full with fewer calories, and help you be strategic in selecting foods. Fill Your Plate the Healthy Weigh Having knowledge and putting it to practice aren t always the same. This session is interactive, and provides practice on choosing foods from each food group as well as selecting appropriate serving sizes. Lunches: Box it or Bag it, Break the Eating Out Habit Bringing your own lunch to work can be good for your health and your budget. This session will address the comparisons of sack lunches vs. restaurant or fast food, and will share tips for planning healthy, fun and fresh sack lunches. No Pill Can Fix a Bad Diet and Not Enough Exercise Our culture leans on medical fixes to solve health problems. This session will address misconceptions about diet pills and suggest better ways to address healthy eating and physical activity to improve health. Nutrition: Get the Facts Experts are saying the only way we can solve the current health crises of diabetes, heart disease and obesity is through healthy eating. This session will address diet and nutrition myths, and provide ideas for balancing diet and exercise for better health. Smart Snacking Is snacking the evil twin of dieting? This session will emphasize the importance of strategically incorporating snacks into a healthy diet, and give some ideas for ways to select and prepare snack foods.

6 Healthy Eating Sodium Solutions A love affair with sodium can break your heart! This session will provide information about the impact of sodium on health especially blood pressure. It also will address sources of high sodium and strategies to lower sodium intake. Stress Eating Emotional eating is when we use food for comfort, stress relief or as a reward. This session will address common emotional eating triggers and strategies to manage emotional eating. There s Lots of Good Reasons to Eat Breakfast Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This session will share evidence about how breakfast is important to our health, as well as provide tips to make the most out of your breakfast. What s the Poop on Fiber? Having a diet adequate in fiber isn t just about digestive health. This session will explore the influence of dietary fiber on digestion. It also will provide suggestions for adding fiber to your diet.

7 Miscellaneous Five Ways to Save This session will address living healthy, practicing prevention, choosing generic medications, finding and selecting care providers, and getting care in the right place. Health Assessment: Getting Started with Blue Access This session will show the steps for setting up a BlueAccess account, review some of the resources found there, and show how to complete the WebMD Health Assessment. HealthyOptions The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas disease management and wellness programs are the focus of this session. These programs are available to individuals who have chronic health conditions, and those who want to lose weight or quit using tobacco. Stress: What Can You Do? Stress is a key cause of absenteeism and reduced productivity at work. It s also the root cause of many health problems. This session will discuss triggers and impacts of stress. Participants will learn about, and practice, some stress relieving techniques. Group Tobacco Cessation Kick-off This is the initial/recruitment presentation, or kick-off, for the BCBSKS tobacco cessation group program. Topics covered include quit methods, quit-aids, and techniques for identifying and dealing with triggers and habits Tobacco: Risks, Concerns and Issues This session will provide general information about the risks and concerns of all forms of tobacco use, including electronic cigarettes. It also will provide resources for individuals who want to quit tobacco use. Vacations: Eat Smart and Exercise Your Heart Vacations often become excuses to eat less-than-healthy food and skip exercising. This session will provide information about planning healthy, active vacations, as well as share ideas for getting exercise and eating healthier while away from home. Worksite Tobacco Policies and Electronic Cigarettes Kansas has a Clean Indoor Air Ordinance. This session will include information about e-cigarettes and current concerns around their safety, as well as provide information and resources for a best practices worksite tobacco policy.

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