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 Heart Walk Denver 2014 Minimize

Imagine the impact if we reduce death and disability from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20% by 2020! Our team is joining the American Heart Association's Heart Walk to promote physical activity to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Please Join Our Team! Help us reach this lifesaving goal!


 
 April is Alcohol Awareness Month! Minimize

National Alcohol Awareness Month is aimed at educating people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about alcohol use and dependence from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).  Learn More!


 
 Kaiser Member Update! Minimize

***Attention Kaiser members***

Kaiser is having a problem with their portal for our DHMO members. We apoligize for this glitch in the system, but please keep trying. Kaiser is working to fix it and it should be ready in the coming weeks.

If you still can’t access their site, please contact Rewards Customer Service team at rewardscustomerservice@kp.org or at 1-866-300-9867 and provide the following information.

  • Name
  • What the issue is
  • Employer name
  • Daytime phone number

Thanks for your patience.


 
 Wellness Champions Update Minimize

Denver Wellness would like to thank our wellness champions!

On Wednesday, February 26th, wellness champions enjoyed a lovely breakfast, provided by Kaiser Permanente with drinks from United Healthcare. Denver Wellness took this opportunity to shared our new wellness plan with the champions. They asked wonderful questions and gave us great feedback about the new program. Denver Wellness would not be able to succeed without the help and support of our champions. Thanks champs!!

Wellness Champions represent their agencies at quarterly meetings with the wellness staff. They give us recommendations, suggestions and input about how our programs are doing. If you would like to become a wellness champion for your agency, please send us an email at wellness@denvergov.org


 
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 Wellness Fairs! Minimize

As New Years resolutions fade to distant memories, it can be easy to slip back into bad habits. Not to worry, Denver Wellness has your back!

We’re hosting three Health & Wellness Fairs to help you get on the right track!

OHR and Denver Wellness want to connect you to the resources you need to ensure that you are prepared on your journey to being well!

Tuesday               May 6th—Webb Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave.,         11 AM to 1 PM

Wednesday        May 7th—DIA, 8500 Pena Blvd.,                                  3 PM to 5 PM

Thursday             May 8th—DHS, 1200 Federal Blvd.,                           11 AM to 1 PM

Join us, as well as, Kaiser, United Healthcare, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, the Financial Empowerment Center, The Little Clinic, and other health and wellness organizations to receive tips, tricks and free goodies to maintain and improve your health!

                

            


 
 Get Reimbursed for the Colfax Marathon! Minimize

Want to kick start your wellness plan? Looking for a reason to participate in the Colfax Marathon Activities? How about getting reimbursed for 50% of your race fees?

Click here to find out how!

Send your race registration with your City ID number to ohrbenefits@denvergov.org to be reimbursed for 50% of your registration fees!


 
 Denver Wellness Program Minimize

This year, be the best you can be!

Denver Wellness can help!

COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES TO MAKE $240 in December: Earn $240 in December for participating in the new Denver Wellness Program!

Follow three easy steps by October 31st, 2014! Start the year right by striving to be your best!

1. Make an appointment with your primary care physician for your annual check up.

2. Complete the online health assessment through your city sponsored health care provider (Denver Health, Kaiser Permanente or UnitedHealthcare).

3. Schedule and report the required tests for your age and gender.

Watch your mail for more information from your healthcare provider! Wellness Program Incentive Requirements

For full instructions and FAQ, click here!

Kaiser members will only need to make an appointment with their primary care provider if certain screenings are out of date, otherwise Kaiser members can schedule directly with the medical office providing the screening (for example, if a member needs a colonoscopy, he would make an appointment with the Gastroenterology Department). Visit your online medical record for more information about your screenings.

United and Denver Health members who have visited their doctors since October 1, 2013, will still need to have their reports signed by a physician.

 If you do not have insurance through the City, you are not eligible for the $240 incentive this year. You must be employed by the City in December, when the incentives are disbursed, in order to receive the incentive.


 
 Portions Now and 20 Years Ago Minimize

From The National Cancer Institute

From Fitness Magazine


 
 Mission Minimize

Denver Wellness will work to support City and County of Denver employees on their way to wellness by providing empowering health information, engaging wellness activities and culturally inclusive opportunities to improve their health. We aim to meet each individual employee at their own, unique starting point on their way to living well.

Be engaged. Be empowered. Be well.  

Read more about the new Denver Wellness...


 
 Contact Us! Minimize

Email Denver Wellness at wellness@denvergov.org

Visit us on the 4th floor of the Webb Building!
Next to Administration.

 


 
 Wellness News Minimize

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:35:39 -0600

A former Georgia hospital technician was sentenced to up to six months in prison after pleading guilty to manipulating the mammogram records of 1,289 patients. Ten of those women were given false negatives, and two of them are now dead, a prosecutor says.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:30:00 -0600

Four percent of Americans are newly insured this year. About half of this group obtained their new health insurance through a health exchange, and half got it using some other mechanism.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:48:07 -0600

With Ebola, we humans are the invaders. The sense of being an alien in the world of this virus is jarring.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:41:04 -0600

As many as 12 million to 18 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea, and many don't know it.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:05:08 -0600

CNN's Carl Azuz tells us that some wipes made for your face, fingers and fannies can cause serious allergies.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:30:00 -0600

More uninsured adults would be willing to sign up for health insurance as penalty fines increase. However, this effect differs depending on the amount of the fine.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:37:34 -0600

With Ebola, we humans are the invaders. The sense of being an alien in the world of this virus is jarring.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:01:52 -0600

Do some people really need to work out -- and will they suffer withdrawal symptoms if they don't?

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:01:52 -0600

Do some people really need to work out -- and will they suffer withdrawal symptoms if they don't?

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:00:00 -0600

The uninsured rate in states that have chosen to expand Medicaid and set up their own marketplace exchanges based on the 2010 healthcare law has declined by three times as much as the rate in states that have not.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:01:21 -0600

Exercise appears to slow and even reverse the effects of aging on the skin.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:14:00 -0600

Here's how to haggle your way to discounted gym classes, massages and even dentist's visits.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:00:53 -0600

When Sia Figiel started believing in herself, she realized she could go a lot farther than she'd ever thought possible.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0600

Residents of the McAllen, Texas, area felt the least safe walking alone at night (48.5%), in 2012-2013. Residents of the community were also the least likely to say they did not struggle to pay for housing in the last 12 months (75.5%).

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:13:28 -0600

CNN's Anthony Bourdain talks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta about enjoying local food and health risks of eating while abroad.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:14:00 -0600

Scientifically proven ways to find back pain relief, no medication required.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:14:00 -0600

No more tossing and turning: Our insomniac writer shares the unexpected strategies that got her snoozing like a baby.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:23:29 -0600

This week, a new food is appearing on Passover tables around the country. The Orthodox Union, the authority on kosher foods, recently ruled that certain brands of quinoa could carry its “Kosher for Passover” symbol.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:08:12 -0600

Scientists have grown reproductive organs and nasal cartilage in labs, and successfully implanted them in patients.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:06:39 -0600

Cady Stanton used to find solace in the sweet taste of ice cream. Now she finds solace in her new self image.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:39:44 -0600

Every patient needs a moment alone, as one woman with a terminal illness and a large band of affectionate relatives made clear.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:05:54 -0600

A review of studies found that consuming a few legumes a day appeared to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:01:57 -0600

As a measure of overweight, obesity and health, the body mass index has plenty of drawbacks, researchers say.

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:33:12 -0600

Scientists have made significant strides in being able to decode thoughts based on brain activity.

Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:14:00 -0600

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:55:13 -0600

You can't juice all day every day and expect to stay healthy, experts say. We answer your most pressing questions about this diet trend.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:47:42 -0600

CNN's Melisa Raney gives us the latest health news about flu drugs, sneezing, and whether procrastination is genetic.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:26:51 -0600

The vegetables of early spring and fresh herbs are big elements in these main-dish grain salads, some of them inspired by demonstrations at the “Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives” medical education conference recently held at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0600

Americans remain more negative than positive toward the Affordable Care Act on various measures, including 43% approval and 54% disapproval of the law itself. A clear majority (64%) say the law has not directly affected them.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:06:54 -0600

Women are at higher risk for some eye diseases than men and the majority aren't aware of this.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:10:25 -0600

Numerous research studies have uncovered benefits to working out that aren't necessarily visible from the outside.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0600

Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo., and San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif., residents are most satisfied with their cities, while Rockford, Ill., and Stockton, Calif., residents are least. Those in areas with low satisfaction are less optimistic that the area is improving.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:01:30 -0600

A reader asks: How does a brisk two-mile walk compare to a two-mile run on an elliptical machine? How effective is exercise on an elliptical machine as a weight-bearing workout?

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:13:14 -0600

My cancer support group friends had lost not just sleep, but intimate pleasure and a significant aspect of their identities as women.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:00:54 -0600

A large study has found evidence that milk consumption may slow the progression of knee arthritis.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 04:01:10 -0600

In this new age of technological wizardry, doctors have been taught that they can, indeed must, do everything possible to stave off death, but few learn how to help their patients die.

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:39:40 -0600

A new study found that the popular pain relievers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or Nsaids, may increase the risk for the most common type of irregular heartbeat, atrial fibrillation.

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:22:01 -0600

Reporter Carl Azuz tells us when it's OK to use a drug that has expired and when it's not.

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:23:07 -0600

Nightly gunshots wake Veronica Morris.

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:21:13 -0600

When Elizabeth Joice found out that she was pregnant, she and her husband, Max, were ecstatic.

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:19:49 -0600

Her brother's sudden death in 2004 hit Sarah Huerta hard.

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:17:08 -0600

Several myths prevail about what you can expect in the emergency room. Here are five that need to be declared DOA.

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 04:01:54 -0600

According to an eye-opening new genetics study of lab rats, the motivation to exercise — or not — may be at least partly inherited.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:58:43 -0600

Experts say electrical stimulation in the spinal cord is another step toward helping paralyzed people walk again.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:42:57 -0600

A new analysis suggests that giving birth in a hospital is considerably safer than having a baby at home or in a birth center.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:00:31 -0600

Two brain map studies released Wednesday in the journal Nature describe the brain in different ways.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:58:04 -0600

Denny McLain is a recognizable name to almost any baseball fan. But even his best friends wouldn't recognize him today.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:00:00 -0600

Two-thirds of residents in Anchorage, Alaska (67.3%) reported having easy access to affordable fruits and vegetables -- the lowest rate in the nation. Residents of Olympia, Wash. (96.6%) were the most likely to have easy access to produce.

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:33:09 -0600

Researchers say that mammography can “overdiagnose” breast cancer, meaning that some of the tiny cancers it finds would probably never progress, but tumors are treated anyway.

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:24:12 -0600

The condition, which usually occurs in the second half pregnancy, is a leading complication for expectant mothers and their infants, affecting roughly 4 percent of pregnancies nationwide.

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:48:04 -0600

The FDA program that allows patients to use experimental drugs is called "compassionate use." Some, including a biotechnology industry group, wonder if there might be a way to make it a little more compassionate.

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:25:40 -0600

Researchers have been studying the placebo effect for decades -- and there's plenty of evidence it works. Learn three ways to use it.

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:00:00 -0600

In the U.S., the uninsured rate was 15.6% in the first quarter of 2014, down 1.5 percentage points from the fourth quarter of 2013. The uninsured rate is the lowest measured since late 2008.

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:15:45 -0600

Making health news: benefits of marriage, kids and cholesterol and unfilled prescriptions.

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 07:00:00 -0600

Boulder, Colo., continues to have the lowest obesity rate (12.4%) in 2012 and 2013 out of 189 metro areas that Gallup and Healthways surveyed. Residents of Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio, were the most likely to be obese, at 39.5%.

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:14:00 -0600

Iron can make the difference between you feeling on top of the world and downright miserable. Check out these surprising signs you need to pump up your iron levels.

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:10:48 -0600

CNN's Holly Firfer tells us about a new study that finds eating plenty of fruits and veggies may help us live longer.

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:14:00 -0600

It's no wonder laptops are now more popular than desktops—they’re just so liberating. But anyone who loves her laptop knows there can be agony in all that ecstasy: Using them regularly can make your neck throb, eyes ache, and shoulders cry uncle.

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:14:00 -0600

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:53:19 -0600

CNN's Holly Firfer looks at some popular claims to find out if they are 'old wives' tales.'

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:10:49 -0600

Sara Lugger was skeptical as she placed her first $5 bet. But she realized that all she had to lose was 140 pounds.

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:26:34 -0600

Measles...how do you know you have them and what can you do to protect yourself?

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:29:17 -0600

I used to fill up on stuff, not really knowing what I was eating but just going through the motions until I got my "fix." Most of the time I was left with guilt, gas and a growing stomach to accompany my gluttony.

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:30:00 -0600

Uninsured Americans' intentions to sign up for health insurance are highly related to their politics, with Democrats twice as likely as Republicans to say they will get insurance.

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:10:24 -0600

CNN's Carl Azuz looks at how to prepare for a visit to the vet.

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:18:32 -0600

CNN's Carl Azuz introduces us to a new campaign that brings attention to our bottoms and colon cancer.

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:08:46 -0600

CNN's Carl Azuz looks at the importance of having good posture and highlights some of our common mistakes.

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:34:23 -0600

There's not enough time. That was the excuse I used for 19 years. Now I know there's enough time. I just have to make time.

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:14:00 -0600

Eat better and curb stress with these feel-better tips from health, fitness, and food bloggers.

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:50:58 -0600

CNN's Martha Shade gives us tips on how to handle allergy symptoms this spring.

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:55:13 -0600

CNN's Martha Shade tells us about this week's health headlines from probiotics and children to mid-life crises.

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:14:00 -0600

Real women share their tales of trying to get pregnant after age 35

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:14:00 -0600

It's never too late to become the person you've always wanted to be.

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:14:00 -0600

Got a truly embarrassing health question? A weird out-of-the-blue symptom? In this sneak peek at our new Health book, Dr. Roshini Raj fields your most personal and provocative questions—about your body, sex, even celeb health fads.

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:14:00 -0600

Learn how to take care of your hearing, and avoid discomfort every day

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:14:00 -0600

If you thought meditation was only for laid-back types, you'd be wrong. It's a proven stress buster that works even for the busiest minds, as our writer discovered. Go on: Relax.

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:14:00 -0700

Stressed? Whether it's a crazy deadline, cranky boss, or mind-numbing commute, these remedies can help.

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:14:00 -0700

Yes, there are some medications that can dampen your sex drive.

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:14:00 -0700

Sick of sitting around before seeing your doctor? These insider tips will get you in and out in no time.

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:14:00 -0700

Beat fatigue, bruising and even pregnancy problems with this vital primer to your plasma.

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:14:00 -0700

Habits to adopt or drop that will increase your chances of having a baby.

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:14:00 -0700

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:14:00 -0700

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Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:41:53 -0700

The world is smaller and people are more mobile than ever. What's happening anywhere on the globe can harm Americans' health.

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:55:01 -0700

Our lives have increasingly become more digital today. While some may see this as a benefit, others are finding that it can literally be a pain in the eye.

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:46:13 -0700

Dr. Charles Raison, CNN's mental health expert, addresses two questions from readers on anxiety.

Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:16:36 -0700

This week, the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force issued its long-awaited guideline on lung cancer screening.