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Month: February 2014

Inspired by Sochi

The Winter Olympics are a great place to turn now that New Year’s resolutions are starting to flag. Just when all those promises you made about working out sound old, a new group of athletes have arrived in Sochi, ready to inspire. At Memorial’s Health & Lifestyle Center, participants in the Biggest Winner program tapped into their inner Olympian last week with a variety of challenges. Here are four fitness tips for the everyday athlete in all of us: Walk Backwards. This is a drill downhill skiers use to build leg strength. Start walking less than 2 mi/hr on the treadmill. Increase incline to between 2 and 10, then carefully turn around so you face backwards – toes pointing toward the end of the belt. As you walk, cautiously drop to a squat—similar to the position of skiing. When you fatigue stand up to recover, then repeat. Stay at it 10 or more minutes. If the squat position bothers you, stay upright. Climb Stairs. The Krasnador province of Russia, where the Games are taking place, is mountainous, so prepare for the terrain. Climb 20-30 flights of stairs to build leg and cardio strength. Hospitals are a great place to find a lot of stairs! Meditate. Snowboarding medalist Hannah Teeters practices meditation to stay mentally alert. Do this short and simple one-minute mediation anywhere: sit comfortably and place both hands...

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Are You a Gem? Coming March 17

GEM is the new Beacon Associate giving program. A GEM is someone who “Goes the Extra Mile” by giving of their resources to make a positive impact on those around them. Keep a lookout for more information over the coming months. Click here to learn...

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Top 5 Things to Know about Benefits

1. Lose Your Insurance Card? If you mistakenly tossed the envelope containing your medical insurance card in the trash, don’t worry. If you are new to the Beacon health plan, please call Meritain at  800.925.2272 and they can help you and your family members get new cards. If you are an existing member of Beacon’s health plan, you can get new cards by visiting mymeritain.com. 2. Medical Claim? Do This First Before any medical claims can be paid this year, you have to complete Meritain Health’s Other Insurance Coverage (OIC) Form. This form can be found on Human Resources website, under the Forms tab or from the 2014 Benefits Enrollment Guide. 3. Start Saving Now Just a reminder, if you enrolled in the Health Savings Account for 2014 and have already received your HSA Card, your card will need to be activated before it can be used. Visit the Chase HSA accountholder website at chasehsa.com or call  1.866.295.9173. You will need your date of birth, and last four digits of your Social Security Number. Did you know, you can view and manage of your HSA account online?! Try it out – register your HSA card online at chasehsa.com. If you have any questions about your HSA, please call the HSA Customer Service at  1.866.566.7101. 4. Flex Those Funds Do you have unused Flexible Spending Funds in your 2013 Flex Account still available for reimbursement? It’s not too late to be reimbursed! Any unused funds can be refunded...

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20% Discount at HealthWorks!

April 7-11 |  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spring break is around the corner, so get your kids to the zaniest and most explosive week of fun at HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum. Beacon Associates receive a 20-percent discount on spring break camps. Visit...

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