Memorial Health System is offering a variety of programs

It’s no wonder most of us fear tipping the scale like jolly ole Saint Nick, making diet and exercise tops on the resolution list year after year. Forming new habits to improve your health, like increasing activity and eating healthy, is a challenge for most anyone. Lee Memorial Health System is offering a variety of programs to help you succeed:

CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) is a lifestyle enrichment program designed to reduce disease risk factors through lifestyle modifications (improving dietary choices, enhancing daily exercise, increasing support systems and decreasing stress). CHIP is not your typical diet and exercise program. It embraces all aspects of wellness in order to maintain lasting, effective change that ultimately promotes health and fights disease – and in many cases even reverses it. Lifestyle coaches and exercise specialists give individual attention to participants to help them become and stay healthy. CHIP doesn’t simply tell you what to do, it gives you the science and data behind it and the tools you need to succeed.

“It’s All About You” is a free, six-week, research-based chronic disease management program that empowers individuals to improve their health, well-being and self-confidence by targeting three key concepts: decision-making, action-planning/goal-setting and problem-solving. It’s open to anyone 18 or older living with a chronic health condition or caring for someone who does. Participants and volunteer class leaders work together to learn and help each other by sharing personal experiences and completing action plans which set goals regarding a healthy lifestyle. Classes are highly participative. Mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Proposed rule would allow incentives for spousal health info in wellness context

On October 30, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the regulations implementing Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) as they relate to employer wellness programs that are part of group health plans.
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Genetic information and wellnessThe proposed rule would allow employers who offer wellness programs as part of group health plans to provide limited financial and other inducements (also called incentives) in exchange for an employee’s spouse providing information about his or her current or past health status. EEOC will accept comments on the proposed rule through December 29.
Wellness programs are an exception to GINA’s prohibitions

Title II of GINA protects job applicants, current and former employees, labor union members and apprentices, and trainees from employment discrimination based on their genetic information. It prohibits employers covered by the law from using genetic information in making decisions about employment. It also restricts employers from requesting, requiring, or purchasing genetic information, unless one or more of six narrow exceptions applies.

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