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What’s New—August 2010

A Message from the Trustees
The JBT Trustees continue to work diligently on developing enhanced and cost-effective programs. While other funds are eliminating services, we are widening our programs and providing incentives to help you improve your health. Learn more »

myhealth IQ Success Stories

  • A Life-Saving Program for Goldie Ferguson Learn more »
  • Lowering Alicia Mola’s High Cholesterol Learn more »
  • Heading Off Helen Camper’s Risk for Diabetes Learn more »

Is Your Address Up-to-Date?
Keeping up your contact information with JBT is important. You’ll receive timely communications about your health and insurance benefits, including alerts about the myhealthIQ program and annual open enrollment. Learn more »

Exercise: It All Adds Up
If five hours a week at the gym are too much for you, think about and start tracking the fitness benefits you get from your daily activities. Walking your dog, playing “hide and seek” with your kids, gardening, taking the stairs at work, grocery shopping and cleaning the house can all add up. Learn more »

A Message from the JBT Trustees

The JBT Trustees continue to work on enhancing and expanding our programs and at the same time managing our costs. We are investing in programs that can improve your health, because we believe that healthier participants are win for everyone—you, your employer and the JBT alike.

JBT participants, including 1400 Hour employees and their spouses, non-1400 Hour Bridged employees and Self-Pay Seasonal employees, at all plants are now eligible for the myhealthIQ program. We’ve also enhanced this confidential health program to include additional screenings and vaccinations.

myhealthIQ is integrated with our Lifestyle Management program. If your individual myhealthIQ screening results indicate areas of risk, a Life Management Health Advisor will contact you to discuss steps you can take to improve your health—for example, managing your weight and nutrition, starting to exercise or quitting smoking.

We’ve also expanded the Chronic Disease Management program to include a long list of conditions from cancer to lower back pain. Individuals who participate in this program receive personalized support from a team of specialized health care professionals. In doing so, they are better able to manage their condition, make informed health care decisions and save on out-of-pocket expenses.

Participation in these programs is strictly confidential and voluntary.

The Trustees believe that these enhanced and expanded programs will help to offset costs while giving you the opportunity to take control of your health. Through myhealthIQ, you can identify possible health problems early on; you can learn to make the right lifestyle choices through our Lifestyle Management program; and if you face a chronic condition or illness, the Chronic Disease Management program is here to help.

We’re providing the programs, and taking part is in your hands.

myhealthIQ: A Life-Saving Program for Goldie Ferguson

Goldie Ferguson was looking forward to participating in the myhealthIQ pilot program last year. She knew she had a few pounds to lose, but overall, she felt healthy and was confident her screening would underscore that.

Oh…other than that odd feeling of someone sitting on her chest when she walked up stairs…Goldie thought she was in good health.

“My first IQ test came back and my blood pressure was slightly elevated. They suggested that I try to lose weight, watch my fat intake and exercise more,” she recalled. “When I got my IQ summary this year, I was shocked. I was like the walking dead. Everything was redlined.”

Goldie took the health team’s recommendation and contacted her doctor, who found the numbers striking as well. He performed more tests and put her on blood pressure medication. When the medication didn’t lower her blood pressure and her feet began swelling, he ordered a stress test.

“Three days after the test I went in for angioplasty,” she said. “I had a blockage and they had to put a stent in. I’m thankful that I followed up with my doctor. But I wouldn’t have known anything without going through the myhealthIQ program. I was in denial. I thought I was healthy. I’m so very thankful.”

Goldie is now a firm believer in the myhealthIQ program and urges all to participate. “I don’t understand why everyone who is eligible doesn’t do it. We all need to get physicals and get our blood work done, but we don’t do it and usually only go to the doctor when we’re sick. This program is a very easy thing to go through and it was very thorough.”

She’s also feeling terrific today. “I’m exercising and doing the treadmill without getting winded. I’m feeling better than ever.”

Lowering Alicia Mola’s High Cholesterol

When longtime Modesto Del Monte employee Alicia Mola discovered two years ago through the myhealthIQ tests that she had high cholesterol, one thing was certain – she knew she didn’t want to take medication to lower it. With a cholesterol reading of 226, Alicia took the screening results to her doctor. Additional tests confirmed the myhealthIQ reading.

“I know there is medication that could lower it, but I wanted to do it on my own,” she recalled. Alicia started a regular after dinner walking program and began watching what she ate. “I faithfully eat oatmeal and alternate it with cereal,” she proudly boasted. Just by staying focused and making small but important lifestyle changes, Alicia has gotten her cholesterol down to 128.

“I’ve always been thin, never overweight…this news woke me up. I didn’t think it could happen to me, but that’s just not the case,” she said.

“Some people just don’t want to know what their numbers are or say they go to their doctor. But I always tell them to take advantage of this program. It’s better to get the screening to identify problems before something major happens,” she said.

“You have to be motivated to do it and take care of yourself. Don’t put off what you can do now, because you’ll pay the price later,” she advised.

“I’m so glad this program is offered. It’s important to know what your numbers are. I want to be able to see my grandkids grow up,” she said, adding, “And I’m eager to see my new scores!”

Heading Off Helen Camper’s Risk for Diabetes

“I was headed in the wrong direction,” Seneca Plant 7 Supervisor Helen Camper pointed out. “Now, I feel wonderful! I can’t thank everyone at JBT enough.”

Feeling pretty good but knowing she needed to lose some weight, Helen participated in the myhealthIQ pilot program two years ago. “I wanted to see where I stood. When I had my blood work done the second time, I found out I was borderline diabetic.”

Not only was her blood sugar level ‘out of whack,’ the test also revealed fatty tissue around her liver and high cholesterol numbers.

Helen quickly made an appointment with her doctor, who explained the dangers of uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes. That reinforced her opinion that she needed to make some lifestyle changes.

The main goal on her list was to lose weight. In January, she joined Jenny Craig, the nationwide weight loss program. Helen combined healthy eating with exercise and has lost 32 pounds—just 8 pounds shy of her 40-pound weight loss goal.

“I feel like jumping, running and dancing...I’m going to be 61 in May and I get so many compliments now. I feel, and look, younger. I wish I had done this a long time ago, but at least I have accomplished it now.”

Helen dedicated herself to exercising, preferably daily bike rides or power walks—even after a 12-hourshift. “I’m totally into exercising; it’s like breathing to me now.”

With her blood sugar numbers down and feeling great, Helen is enjoying all of the positive comments she has been receiving. She’s also quick to point out to co-workers that the myhealthIQ Program inspired her to start taking care of herself.

“If I can do it, anyone can,” she emphasized.

Is Your Address Up-to-Date?

Be sure to keep your contact information up-to-date with JBT. That way, you’re sure to receive timely communications about your health and insurance benefits, including alerts about the myhealthIQ program and annual open enrollment.

Updating your information is easy. When you move, simply complete and return the Joint Benefit Trust Enrollment Form (233 KB PDF) to the JBT Administrative Office. Don’t forget to provide a phone number where we can reach you.

Exercise: It All Adds Up

“I don’t have time to workout.” “I’m too tired.” When it comes to exercise, these words might sound familiar.

Fitting a structured exercise program into an already full schedule—and exhausting day—can be a big challenge. If five hours a week at the gym are too much for you, think about and start tracking the fitness benefits you get from your daily activities. Walking your dog, playing “hide and seek” with your kids, gardening, taking the stairs at work, parking as far away as possible from your destination, grocery shopping and cleaning the house can all add up.

You can start with “baby steps.” If you are not currently exercising regularly, aim for 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity—i.e., getting your heart rate up—on most days during the week. Simply stepping your pace while walking from point A to B, can make a big difference. For example, assuming you weigh 160 pounds and you walk a mile at a pace of one mile in 30 minutes, you’ll burn approximately 111 calories; walk that mile in 20 minutes, and you’ll burn 166 calories.

And be sure to understand, you don’t necessarily have to get your exercise in 30 consecutive minutes. According to Cedric Bryant, PhD, Chief Science Officer for the American Council on Exercise, "The effects of exercise are cumulative… It doesn't have to be done all at once. It's like loose change in your pocket. It all adds up at the end of the day and meets the threshold."

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