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Tips to Embrace a Healthier Lifestyle

May is peak time to embrace a healthier lifestyle, and this month’s edition of Healthy Living with Business Health Trust aims to help you do just, with tips on making fitness fun, traveling safely, unexpected foods that can help boost your mood, and much more!

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Five Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and other organizations and individuals across the U.S. focus on raising awareness of mental health. Each year they help fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. Learn more about the resources and information available to help promote Mental Health Awareness by clicking here

In 2017, suicide claimed the lives of more than 47,000 people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Suicide affects people of all ages, genders, races, and ethnicities.

Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it can be preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.

5 steps you can take to #BeThe1To help someone in emotional pain

ASK: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.

KEEP THEM SAFE: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.

BE THERE: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Research suggests acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.

HELP THEM CONNECT: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number in your phone so it’s there when you need it: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.

STAY CONNECTED: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.

For more information on suicide prevention: www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention.

Source: www.bethe1to.com

US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH Publication No. OM 18-4315, Revised 2019

Business Health Trust members enrolled in medical through Premera Blue Cross have access to up to three in-person visits with a counselor through Wellspring EAP. For more information on the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Business Health Trust, view the plan summary.

If you would like to access your Wellspring EAP benefits, go to WellspringEAP.org; or to purchase Wellspring EAP services, connect with us at BusinessHealthTrust.com/contact-us.

Event: Diversity & Inclusivity Lunch & Learn

Join the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber at its May Lunch & Learn on Inclusivity and Diversity in the Workplace. With an attendance size of 25-45 people, this lunch offers a great personal and social experience. Cost includes lunch.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location: West of the Waterway
  • Address: 1901 Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Members: $25
  • Non-Member: $30
  • Questions: Contact Alison Bryan, Events Planner, at 253.683.4881

This month’s speaker is Nic Townsend-Falck, who joined the Doty Group in 2016 after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Business Administration. He founded a non-profit that mentors up-and-coming artists and currently serves as the Director of Community Leadership Workshops for Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership. Nic is an active member with the Ambassador Club of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. During this workshop, Nic will focus on:

  • Developing a working vocabulary of preferable language surrounding marginalized identities
  • Identify resources to better understand state and federal policies and laws designed to protect people with marginalized identities
  • Encourage an appreciation for diversity among coworkers and learn about efforts to create more inclusive workplaces
  • Recognize personal implicit/unintentional biases and the impact they could have in the workplace

Nic will reinforce all of these learnings with an activity titled, “Trusted Ten,” an exercise that will get us to think about our workplace and the diverse groups of people one works with.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber is an association partner of the Business Health Trust.

Business Health Trust Introduces Access to Behavioral Telehealth Provider Talkspace

Business Health Trust is taking its virtual care offerings one step further with the addition of Talkspace, a new in-network behavioral telehealth provider for members enrolled in Premera Blue Cross.

This valuable new service, which provides access to professional therapy without the travel or waiting room, launches today with the start of Mental Health Month.

To gain access, Business Health Trust members should register via Premera’s Talkspace page, choose a therapist, then text to set up their first video session.

With more than a million users, Talkspace offers:

  • A comprehensive behavioral health solution including outpatient therapy and psychiatry
  • National network of approximately 4,000 behavioral health providers across all 50 states
  • Live video appointments with in-app scheduling
  • Personalized provider match with a dedicated therapist relationship
  • Text messaging with providers – anytime, anywhere
  • Offered as a core provider in the Premera Blue Cross network with standard network rates
  • Stands out for customer experience
  • Clinically proven outcomes

For more information, go to the Talkspace FAQ page.

Considering Cutting Down On Drinking?

The first step, of course, is to decide whether cutting down or quitting is best for you. See these considerations and discuss different options with a doctor, a friend, or someone else you trust.

Thinking about cutting back? Here are some tips to try, small changes that can make a big difference. Choose two or three to try in the next week or two. It may help to have reminders to reinforce your decision to make a change, such as automated smartphone alerts that you send yourself.

Thinking about quitting? One size doesn’t fit all, and it’s important to find options that appeal to you. Start by visiting the choose your approach page. Here you’ll find links to self-help strategies, a helpful publication about treatment options, and information about professional help and social support.

Changing habits such as smoking, overeating, or drinking too much can take a lot of effort, and you may not succeed with the first try. Setbacks are common, but you learn more each time. Each try brings you closer to your goal. Whatever course you choose, give it a fair trial.

Source: Rethinking Drinking, Alcohol & Your Health, Questions and Answers. Retrieved on April 17, 2019.

Business Health Trust (BHT) members enrolled in medical insurance through Premera Blue Cross have access to up to three in-person visits with a counselor through Wellspring EAP. For more information on the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through BHT, view the plan summary.

If you would like to access your Wellspring EAP benefits, go to WellspringEAP.org; or to purchase Wellspring EAP services, connect with us at BusinessHealthTrust.com/contact-us.

Use Your Dental Benefits for Good

Want to do something that’s good for your teeth and good for the environment? Go paperless!

In honor of Earth Day, we’re reminding you that going paperless is an easy way to help the environment and ultimately reduce waste. As a Delta Dental of Washington member, you can go paperless by using your free MySmile account to monitor your billing and dental coverage online without the hassle of snail mail.

Get started with MySmile today!

Going paperless isn’t the only benefit of using your MySmile account. Use MySmile to:

  • Find a dentist in your area
  • Get treatment estimates
  • Monitor your benefits
  • Review your treatment history

For oral health tips, visit Delta Dental of Washington’s oral health blog.

Start Cooking the Spring with Help From Our Healthy Living E-News

Check out the April edition of Healthy Living with Business Health Trust, which offers plenty of ideas to help you cook the spring!

The longer days of spring mean fresh, seasonal produce is right around the corner. Keep up-to-date on when your local farmers market is opening so you can plan your next picnic, which Healthy Living wants to help you freshen up with 6 superfoods to pack for a picnic as well as flavorful recipes from Tom Douglas Recipes that are also good for your teeth.

We also wanted to highlight a special offer to attend the upcoming Elevate NW Conference at a discounted price for members of Business Health Trust. This half-day conference and networking event is geared for small businesses and features a speaker you don’t want to miss – Brian Canlis!

Click the link for these tips and more, or subscribe today to have the next edition delivered straight to your inbox!

Discount Available to Business Health Trust Members for Elevate NW Conference

As a member of Business Health Trust, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce would like to extend to you a special offer to attend Elevate NW Conference, a 300-person event dedicated to the growth and success of small to mid-sized businesses in our region. Join us to hear from local business leaders and learn successful strategies, plus mingle with fellow professionals during the festive reception.

Agenda includes:

  • 1 p.m. –  Keynote from Brian Canlis, Owner of Canlis restaurant – hear the inspiring story of how this James Beard 2019 Design Icon Award winner and third-generation small business has stayed relevant for 68+ years.
  • 2:15 – 4:30 p.m. – Two rounds of three breakout sessions focused on:
    • Financing 101
    • Smart Business Growth
    • Creating a People-Centric Workplace 
  • 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – After-party with complimentary food, drinks, games, and more!

Elevate NW Conference
When:
Tuesday, April 30
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Fisher Pavilion and Armory Lofts, Seattle Center

Special Offer: $79 (normally $99) – use this special link

More info on speakers and sessions: click here

Kaiser Permanente is Top Performing Health Plan in Washington

2018 eValue8 survey results by the Washington Health Alliance found Kaiser Permanente’s HMO plan the top overall in Washington and top in four categories.

SEATTLE – Kaiser Permanente Washington’s care-and-coverage combined model earned top ranking in the nation for helping members manage acute conditions and helping members manage chronic conditions, according to the 2018 eValue8 survey results. Kaiser Permanente’s Washington state HMO plan was also rated No. 1 in the state for how well the health plan is meeting members’ needs, improving quality, and reducing the cost of care. Read more about the difference between HMO and PPO insurance plans.

Kaiser Permanente underwrites the medical insurance available through the Business Health Trust’s Small-Group Community-Rated Program.

The just-released 2018 eValue8 survey results by the Washington Health Alliance found Kaiser Permanente’s HMO plan the top overall in Washington and top in four specific categories, among the six health plans included in the survey:

  • Members get and stay healthy
  • Members manage acute conditions
  • Members manage chronic conditions
  • Physician and hospital measurement, management, and payment

“At Kaiser Permanente, our dedicated staff consistently strive to provide the best, most effective, and most affordable care,” said Susan Mullaney, regional president of Kaiser Permanente Washington. “We’re proud that the 2018 eValue8 survey shows Kaiser Permanente Washington has the most effective programs in the nation among the 40 health plans surveyed, for members to control chronic and acute conditions.”

The unique care-and-coverage combined model means members have a single integrated network meeting their health care needs. Primary and specialty care, pharmacy, and labs are usually all under one roof to help make care more convenient. Care is driven by value and effectiveness, not fee-for-service, and research and continuous innovation mean patients get excellent care.

“Kaiser Permanente physicians focus solely on doing what’s best for patients’ health so they can get well and stay well,” said Steve Tarnoff, MD, president and CEO of Washington Permanente Medical Group. “This survey confirms that we are meeting the promise of providing excellent, effective care.”

Kaiser Permanente’s popular model is expanding quickly in Washington and the organization is adding four additional medical offices in 2020, in addition to a new facility recently opened in Gig Harbor.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente, which includes Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington, is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: about.kp.org.

Ways to Save as a Member of Business Health Trust

Business Health Trust was started by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce in 2007 so that small businesses and non-profits could offer their employees the health benefits they need to stay competitive, and provide health insurance for groups that might not otherwise be able to afford coverage.

Since then, Business Health Trust has expanded its reach across the state through association partnerships with:

Membership in any of the above automatically qualifies you for Business Health Trust (at no additional cost), and all the advocacy, resources and savings that go along with it. You can join any Chamber or association, regardless of where your business is located and still qualify for benefits through Business Health Trust.

As the plan sponsor, the Seattle Chamber offers robust cost savings for your business through its Member Savings Toolkit, including:

  • Discounts of 10% to 55% percent on common office expenses including credit card processing fees and office supplies
  • Savings on business services such as human resources, high-speed internet and phone, and email marketing tools
  • Discounts up to 50% on retail ORCA passes for employees
  • Reduced venue rentals at the Seattle Chamber’s Microsoft Events Center

Learn more about other benefits available to members of Business Health Trust on the What We Offer page.