February Wellness: American Heart Month

If you have been to your primary care physician for your annual physical in the last few months you might have noticed they always take your blood pressure, but do you know what a healthy blood pressure range is?

Healthy Blood Pressure

Source: American Heart Association, www.heart.org

How does high blood pressure affect my heart?

High blood pressure (hypertension) can damage your arteries by making them less elastic, which decreases the flow of blood and oxygen to your heart and leads to heart disease. Decreased blood flow to the heart can also cause:

  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure

High blood pressure can also cause strokes and kidney disease as well.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure

February is American Heart Month and this month we discuss ways to prevent heart disease. Devoting a little time every day to care for yourself can go a long way toward protecting the health of your heart. Simple self-care, such as taking a moment to de-stress, giving yourself time to move more, preparing healthier meals, and not cheating on sleep can all benefit your heart.

“Studies show self-care routines, such as taking a daily walk and keeping doctor’s appointments, help us keep our blood pressure in the healthy range and reduce our risk of heart disease and stroke,” said David Goff, M.D., NHLBI’s director of cardiovascular sciences. 

Source: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/


Additional Resources

About High Blood Pressure- This article reviews what is blood pressure and how it can affect your whole body if it is too high.

Know Your Numbers Video- a video explaining healthy levels of cholesterol, lipids, and blood pressure to help you create healthy goals.

Go Red for Women- This web page focuses on women’s health and keeping your heart healthy.


 

Blue4U Clinics February/ March 2024

The GTCMHIC, has partnered with Integrated Health 21 to provide employees on the Platinum, Silver, Gold, or Bronze health plans with a clinically sound biometric screening experience and an easy to use interactive educational platform. The Consortium supports and encourages healthy behaviors that translate to a better quality of life, for life!

What to Expect

The purpose of the voluntary Blue4U program is first to help you understand your current health status, then to provide the tools that can help you reach and maintain your wellness goals. You may visit any clinic location as long as you pre-register.

If you or your spouse/domestic partner choose to participate, you will complete a health questionnaire and have a biometric screening provided by a licensed clinician, which includes a fasting blood sample for testing, and measured height, weight, and BMI. The clinics will be located conveniently at various municipal locations, or you can visit an offsite lab as well.

Your results will be shared with you and will not be seen by your employer. All your information will be kept confidential. After your screening you will receive your results packet in the mail. You can log onto the wellness portal to see your results and access tools and resources to help you on your personal wellness journey.

Note: For City of Ithaca and Tompkins County incentive eligible employees, you will need a different company code to access your incentive program. See instructions below.

 

DATE

START TIME

END TIME

SCREENING LOCATION

ADDRESS

2/20/2024

8:00 AM

12:00 PM

Health Department                                Rice Conference Room

55 Brown Rd Ithaca, NY 14850

2/21/2024

8:00 AM

12:00 PM

Human Services Building                   Beverly Livesay Conference Room

320 W. Martin Luther King Jr./State St. Ithaca, NY 14850

2/27/2024

7:00 AM

11:00 AM

Tompkins County Public Works Building

170 Bostwick Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

2/29/2024

8:00 AM

12:00 PM

County Admin Building                       Scott Heyman Conference Room

125 East Court St, Ithaca, NY 14850

3/5/2024

8:00 AM

12:00 PM

Ithaca Airport                                           CFR Conference Room

72 Brown Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

3/6/2024

8:00 AM

12:00 PM

County Admin Building                       Scott Heyman Conference Room

125 East Court St, Ithaca, NY 14850

3/7/2024

7:00 AM

11:00 AM

Tompkins County Public Works Building

170 Bostwick Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850

3/8/2024

7:00 AM

11:00 AM

Seneca County Office - Law Enforcement Center (follow the signs)

6150 Rte. 96 Romulus, NY 14541

3/11/2024

8:00 AM

12:00 PM

Health Department                                Rice Conference Room

55 Brown Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

3/12/2024

8:00 AM

12:00 PM

Human Services Building                   Beverly Livesay Conference Room

320 W. Martin Luther King Jr./State St. Ithaca, NY 14850

3/12/2024

8:30am

11:30am

GTCMHIC Headquarters

408 East Upland Rd, Suite 2 Ithaca, NY 14850

3/13/2024

7:00 AM

11:00 AM

Tompkins County Public Works Building

170 Bostwick Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850

3/18/2024

7:30 AM

9:00 AM

City of Ithaca- Police Dept                  4th Floor

120 East Clinton St., Ithaca, NY 14850

3/18/2024

10:00 AM

12:00 PM

Greater Ithaca Activities Center

301 West Court St., Ithaca, NY 14850

3/19/2024

8:00 AM

12:00 PM

County Admin Building                       Scott Heyman Conference Room

125 East Court St., Ithaca, NY 14850

3/19/2024

9:30 AM

11:30 AM

City of Ithaca- City Hall                  2nd Floor

108 East Green St., Ithaca, NY 14850

3/19/2024

7:00 AM

9:00 AM

Ithaca Fire Department

310 West Green St., Ithaca, NY 14850

3/20/2024

8:00 AM

12:00 PM

Human Services Building                 Beverly Livesay Conference Room

320 W. Martin Luther King Jr./State St., Ithaca, NY 14850

3/20/2024

9:30 AM

11:30 AM

Ithaca Youth Bureau                         Gym

1 James L. Gibbs Drive, Ithaca, nY 14850

3/22/2024

7:00 AM

11:00 AM

Seneca County Office Building Heroes of 9/11 Conference Room (3rd floor)

1 Dipronio Dr., Waterloo, NY 13165

3/25/2024

8:00 AM

12:00 PM

County Admin Building                       Scott Heyman Conference Room

125 East Court St., Ithaca, NY 14850

3/26/2024

8:00 AM

12:00 PM

Ithaca Airport                                        CFR Conference Room

72 Brown Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850

3/27/2024

8:00 AM

12:00 PM

Health Department                                Rice Conference Room  

55 Brown Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850

3/29/2024

7:00 AM

11:00 AM

Seneca County Office Building Heroes of 9/11 Conference Room (3rd floor)

1 Dipronio Dr., Waterloo, NY 13165

To register for a Blue4U clinic you must complete your online registration here

To set up your account:

1.Click on, "New User? Register Here."

2.Enter your first name as it is listed on your insurance card or payroll check, last name, birthday, and the company code.

- Company Code for all participants across the Consortium: GTCMHIC

- Company Code for City of Ithaca incentive eligible employees only: ITHACA

- Company Code for Tompkins County incentive eligible employees only: TOMPKINS

3. Please create your username and password. Enter your email address, phone number, and submit.

After you complete the lifestyle questionnaire, you will be able to register for a screening. Click on, “click here to register.” You will be redirected to the online scheduler. All locations available to you will be displayed and you can select a date/time/location that works for your schedule.


Get Reading Challenge

How many of you tell yourself I would love to start a good book, but I just don’t have the time? Finding time to set aside for leisure reading can seem like a privilege we don’t all have but in shorter bursts we can all make it happen. By adding reading time to your daily routine, you are also adding time to de-stress and self-care to your day. Join us in February for our “Get Reading Wellness Challenge” and turn in your tracking log before March 8th, for a chance to win a $100 Barnes and Noble gift card. Register by emailing hcwellness@tompkins-co.org.

Upcoming Events

February- Get Reading Challenge- see flyer and register before February 1st by emailing hcwellness@tompkins-co.org.

Blue4U Clinics- February/March 2024- Blue4U clinics which are free biometric screenings offered to any subscriber/spouse/domestic partner of the Consortium on a metal level plan (Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze).

March- Food Drive Challenge- see the attached flyer for donation sites in March. All donations given will be donated to your local food pantry in honor of National Nutrition Month.

April- Tune into You Challenge

Dig deeper into your wellness journey by following our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/GTCMHIC