Make well-being a priority during National Women’s Health Week

May 06, 2019

Here are some steps you, or the women in your life, can take to lead a healthier life — and how your medical coverage through the Board of Pensions can help.

National Women’s Health Week, led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, starts on Mother’s Day every year. Its goal is to encourage and empower women of all ages to make their health and well-being a priority.

According to WebMD, the top five health concerns for women are

  • heart disease;
  • breast cancer;
  • osteoporosis;
  • depression; and
  • autoimmune diseases, including thyroid disease, lupus, and type 1 diabetes.

The good news? Healthy lifestyle choices can help reduce women's health risks.

Take steps to reduce your risks

Here are some steps you, or the women in your life, can take to lead a healthier life — and how your medical coverage through the Board of Pensions can help.

  • Get your preventive care. The PPO, EPO, and HDHP options provide 100 percent coverage (you pay $0) for yearly checkups, annual mammograms starting at age 40, and recommended health screenings included on the 2019 Preventive Schedule, when using network providers.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. If your nutrition could use a boost, all three medical options cover consultations with a network registered dietician. There’s no cost to you if your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or more. Regular plan provisions (copays, deductibles, and/or copayments) apply if your BMI is less than 30.
  • Take care of your emotional well-being. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP)* offers help to deal with the stress, sadness, or frustration we all feel at times. EAP services are provided at no cost and include online resources, unlimited phone consultations with a licensed clinician, and up to six face-to-face counseling sessions.
  • Practice healthy habits. Exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and don’t use tobacco. Ignite Your Life coaching programs through Call to Health,* including Fast Fitness, Sleep Mode, Breathe Easy, and more, are designed to equip you with tools to move you toward lifelong change.

*The EAP and Call to Health are not available to members enrolled in Triple-S, GeoBlue, or the Medicare Supplement Plan. Members enrolled in these plans should consult their plan’s provisions for information about covered preventive care and other covered services.