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Get a Flu Vaccination
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a seasonal flu vaccine every year. A yearly vaccine is the first and most important step in helping to protect against the flu and its potentially serious complications.

CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of the flu viruses. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hand often, and avoid close contact with sick people.

The annual flu vaccination is covered at 100% as a preventive benefit under your medical plan when you use an in-network provider.

Focus on the Future – EAP
With the holiday season fast approaching, let’s review the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offered through Behavioral Health Systems (BHS). The EAP program provides confidential services for a variety of life situations including emotional stress, family relationships, legal and financial issues, substance abuse, and support during the holiday season.

Crown employees and their eligible Dependents (spouse and dependent children) are each eligible for 5 EAP visits per calendar year with no out-of-pocket expenses billed to the participant.

Access the EAP by calling 800-245-1150 and connect with a BHS trained professional that will provide you with the direction and support you need.

Lean more about your EAP benefits and the resources available by visiting the BHS MemberAccess portal at www.behavioralhealthsystems.com. Use CROWN as the Employer ID.

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HealthWise Screening Program

Crown is pleased to announce that the HealthWise Screening Program is returning this fall. This program is voluntary, confidential, and available at no cost to all regular, full-time Crown employees.

The program includes a wellness screening and online health questionnaire. By participating in the program, you will gain an understanding of your current health status and learn your potential risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Knowing important heart health numbers and understanding how lifestyle choices impact health is vital to maintaining good health.

The wellness screening includes a blood pressure check and a blood draw for a lipid panel (total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides) and Hemoglobin A1C.

The online health questionnaire is administered by Quest Diagnostics Health & Wellness and asks questions about your general health habits.

If you choose to participate in the program, you will be eligible to earn the HealthWise Credit (HWC) of $130 ($5 per pay period) in 2022 by completing both the wellness screening and online health questionnaire by 12/31/2021.

Visit the HealthWise website at healthwise.employee.crown for additional information on the HealthWise Screening Program.

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Diabetes Eye Disease

Did you know that diabetes can cause eye disease? If left untreated, it can cause vision loss or even blindness.

To help you keep your vision healthy, here are five things the National Eye Institute (NEI) would like you to know:

  1. People with diabetes may face several eye problems as a complication of this disease. They include cataract, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, which is the leading cause of blindness in American adults age 20–74.
  2. Anyone with diabetes is at risk of getting diabetic retinopathy, including people with type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. The longer someone has diabetes, the more likely the person will get this eye disease.
  3. In its early stages, diabetic retinopathy has no symptoms. A person may not notice vision changes until the disease advances.
  4. If you have diabetes, be sure to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. Diabetic eye disease can be detected early and treated before noticeable vision loss occurs.
  5. Stay on TRACK. Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor; Reach and maintain a healthy weight; Add more physical activity to your daily routine; Control your ABC’s—A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels; and Kick the smoking habit.

To learn more about eye health and diabetes, visit www.nei.nih.gov/diabetes.

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Summer Safety Tips

Summertime is meant to be spent outdoors. Keep these tips in mind as you enjoy summer with family and friends.

Fireworks Safety

The U.S. Fire Administration recommends attending public fireworks displays and leaving the show to the professionals. If you decide to buy your own fireworks, be extra cautious, have a fire extinguisher nearby, and don’t hesitate to contact fire safety professionals for advice or help.

Water safety

Make sure if you are out on the water, whether you’re fishing, boating, or swimming, someone is aware of where you are and how long you plan on being out. Watch children carefully around water. Always wear proper safety equipment like a personal flotation device.

Sun Safety

Be sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect skin when outdoors. Reapply at least every 2 hours, more often if you are sweating or doing activities in the water.

Stay Hydrated

Water is your best drink of choice. Do not wait until you are thirsty, especially during the summer months. Avoid too much alcohol and caffeine. Eat fruits and vegetables which have a lot of water, such as watermelon, strawberries, peaches, and spinach.

Food Safety

Viruses and bacteria are the most common culprits of food poisoning. To prevent food-borne illnesses at picnics and cookouts, practice the four food safety steps: clean, separate, cook, and chill.

 

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Keep an Eye on Your Vision Health

There is more to an eye exam than just checking your visual clarity and improving your eyesight. Regular eye exams are also an important part of finding eye diseases early and preserving your vision.

Here are some reasons why you should visit your eye doctor every year, even if you don’t wear glasses or contacts.

Detect early signs of chronic diseases

Your eyes reveal a lot about your overall wellness. An eye exam can detect early signs of serious health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Regular eye exams are critical because what may seem like a vision-related problem might be an indication of a broader health concern.

Some eye diseases are symptom free

Diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration tend to have no early warning signs. Getting an annual eye exam can help detect health conditions before they progress and may help preserve your vision.

Vision may not be as clear

You may think your vision is clear, but many people are often surprised to discover they aren’t seeing as well as they thought they were. An eye exam can reveal if you need glasses or contacts or an update to your current prescription to ensure you are seeing as clearly as possible.

If you are enrolled in Crown’s vision coverage provided by VSP, go to vsp.com and use the Find a Doctor tool to locate a VSP network eye doctor near you.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer is America’s most common cancer. Most skin cancer cases are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Fortunately, skin cancer is also the cancer you can see, making it one of the most preventable forms of cancer.

That’s why the Skin Cancer Foundation launched The Big See®, a campaign to inspire you to open your eyes, get to know your skin, look in the mirror and keep these 3 words in mind: NEW, CHANGING or UNUSUAL.

  • Keep an eye out for any NEW moles or blemishes that have surfaced.
  • Always check if your spots are CHANGING in color, shape, size, or texture.
  • Look for spots that are UNUSUAL in outline, or continuously itch, hurt, crust, or bleed for more than 3 weeks.

 Reduce Your Risk

  • Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Wear sun-protective clothing, such as a lightweight and long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses with UV protection, when possible.
  • Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all skin not covered by clothing. Remember to reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

Visit thebigsee.org. and learn more about skin cancer and The Big See®.

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EAP and Emotional Health

These unprecedented times have presented many new challenges at home and at work.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Behavioral Health Systems (BHS) is always available as a source of information and emotional support for you and your dependents when needed.

EAP services can address a variety of topics including:

  • Stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Budgeting and financial worries
  • Childcare or elder care issues
  • Substance or alcohol abuse
  • Relationship issues
  • Quitting tobacco
  • Grief and loss

As a reminder, the EAP is available to Crown full- and part-time employees and their eligible Dependents (spouse and dependent children). Each are eligible for 5 in-network EAP visits per calendar year with no out-of-pocket expenses billed to the participant.

Contact your EAP Care Coordinator at 800-245-1150 and connect with a trained professional that will provide the direction you need in any situation.

You may also request an appointment online by visiting the BHS MemberAccess portal at www.behavioralhealthsystems.com. Use CROWN as the Employer ID.

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Improve Your Eating Habits

Eat a healthy breakfast. Eating early in the day fuels your body allowing you to have the energy for the day ahead.

Manage portion sizes. Fill half of your plate with vegetables, one quarter of your plate with whole grains, and one quarter of your plate with lean meat.

Eat regularly. Just like your car, your body needs refueling to properly function. Eat at least three meals spaced throughout the day.

Add fresh fruit. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a low-calorie, high-fiber snack of fresh fruit. Fruit is also loaded with vitamins and minerals to support your immune system.

Make the water switch. Substitute soda, juice, sweet tea, and energy drinks for what your body really needs – water.

Skip the drive-thru and delivery. While it is easy and convenient to order food to-go, most fast food is high in fat, sugar, and sodium.

Eat more vegetables. Adding vegetables will help you feel full longer as well as give you a nutritious boost of vitamins and minerals. Fresh and frozen veggies are both equally nutritious.

Don’t forget the beans and peas. Beans and peas are high in fiber and loaded with essential nutrients including magnesium, which helps support immune function.

Chunk the junk food. These foods add extra calories with very little nutrition in return. Enjoy these snacks as treats for special occasions.

March is National Nutrition Month. Visit healthwise.employee.crown for more healthy eating tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Reclaim Your Calm

Everyone feels overwhelmed at times. But too much stress can be hard on your health, so it is important to find way to offset those negative effects.

Here are a few healthy habits, from healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente®, that can help you stay cool under pressure, even when you’re pressed for time.

Sweat more, stress less.

Symptoms of stress can create a vicious cycle between your mind and body. Exercise helps to break this cycle by relieving tension and releasing feel-good brain chemicals that fight the effects of stress.

Take a break to breathe.

When stress strikes, try a few minutes of deep breathing. Breathe in for a count of 5, hold for 5, and exhale for 5. Repeat 10 times or until you start feeling more calm, grounded, and focused.

Unplug to recharge.

Your phone needs time to recharge, so does your brain. Disconnecting from digital noise for a little while each day can help you stress less, sleep better, and spend time doing more rewarding activities.

Visit kp.org/stressmanagement to learn additional ways to manage stress, before it manages you.

Happy New Year!

As we welcome 2021, continue your focus on maintaining physical, emotional, and financial health, as they play an important part in your overall wellbeing.

Earn the $130 HealthWise Credit (HWC)

All full-time Crown employees are eligible to earn an additional $130 ($5/pay) in 2021.

To earn the HWC, chose one of the following options:

  • Complete the online and confidential Financial Wellness Tracker Assessment offered through Merrill at ml.com by 3/31/2021.
  • Provide documentation of a Preventive Care Service completed between 1/1/2020 – 3/31/2021, such as a flu shot or dental exam, before 3/31/2021.

Participation is voluntary. Visit healthwise.employee.crown to learn more.

Schedule your Preventive Care Exams

Preventive care is an important step in managing your health and controlling health care costs.

Visit healthfinder.gov and see which screening tests and immunizations are needed based on your age and gender.

Remember the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The EAP provides confidential services for a variety of life situations, including the emotional challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crown employees and their dependents are each eligible for 5 EAP visits per calendar year. Call BHS at 800-245-1150 to access your benefit. These visits can be used for a variety of services with no out-of-pocket expenses.

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