September is National Childhood Obesity Month. About 1 in 5 (19%) children in the United States has obesity, with certain groups of children more affected than others. While there is no simple solution, there are many ways communities can support children with their journey to good health.
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NYS Quits Smoking Toolkit

For a limited time and while supplies last, the NYS Smokers’ Quitline (Quitline) is offering up to 3 months of nicotine gum free for those looking to quit smoking or vaping. This toolkit contains resources to help you promote this to employees.
What are Uterine Fibroids (UF)?

Uterine fibroids (leiomyomas) are the most common benign (noncancerous) pelvic tumors in women. It is estimated that up to 80% of women have at least one uterine fibroid by the time they are 50 years of age. 
How Flu Shots Can Help in the Fight Against Covid-19

Experts worry that the two diseases could overwhelm the health care system and create a new shortage of hospital beds and personal protective equipment.
Advice from NEBGH Member Affilated Physicians:
Get Your Flu Shot; It’s More Important Than Ever in 2020!

When the flu virus begins mixing with the coronavirus this fall, the resulting double hit threatens to overwhelm doctors, healthcare workers and hospitals nationwide. In addition, it will likely also overwhelm any person who contracts both at the same time, and it’s for these reasons that medical experts are encouraging as many people as possible to get the flu vaccine in 2020. There is widespread concern that as cities and states lift restrictions, people tire of precautions and colder weather pushes more activities indoors both flu and covid-19 will collide causing potential catastrophic consequences. There are a few of very simple things we can do to prevent all of this from happening: Get a flu shot and encourage everyone you know to get a flu shot, wear a mask, wash your hands and socially distance.

The more people that are vaccinated the better, and the CDC recommends vaccination for anyone over 6 months of age.

The flu vaccine is not 100% protection against the illness, but it will lessen symptoms and make it less likely that you’ll have to be hospitalized. Mask-wearing, hand washing and social distance rules could lessen the flu season as well and it’s believed that masks may be even more effective against flu, because flu spreads in larger droplets.

The CDC recommends people get a flu shot no later than the end of October of this year as it takes about 2 weeks for it to become fully protective. But even if you don’t get it by then, the CDC says it’s better to get vaccinated late rather than not at all.

Common side effects from the flu vaccine include soreness at the injection site, headache, fever, nausea and muscle aches. These symptoms are not the flu! The vaccine can’t cause the flu, it’s simply your body’s immune system working to build up antibodies to fight the flu when you come in contact with the flu virus!

Bottom line: get the flu shot this year!
Maven Collaboration with Emily Oster: Free Evidence-Based Tool and Checklist for Parents!

More than 3 in 5 parents don’t have a clear plan for school or child care this fall, so Maven partnered with bestselling author and economist Emily Oster to develop a free, evidence-based tool to help parents weigh the risks and benefits and consider the best options for their families, and a checklist with 8 best practices. Fifty-seven percent of working parents not feeling supported by their employer as they navigate child care challenges, according to Maven's new survey. And it’s likely because there’s so much weighing on them: their children’s development and future, outbreaks, school reopenings, their own mental health, burnout, and more. Maven turned to HR leaders from a few top companies for parents across industries to gather best practices since the start of the pandemic to improve employees’ health and well-being, and retain top talent.
What’s the Impact of MS on Your Organization?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) impacts nearly a million people in the US, disproportionately impacting working age adults, and ranks second in direct all-cause medical costs for chronic diseases. MS Work Space is a program designed to educate employers about how they can provide better support to employees impacted by MS in the workplace.
A key component of MS Work Space is the MS Estimator—a tool that uses a validated algorithm to estimate the number of employees in an organization that may be impacted by MS.
We also encourage you to visit to take advantage of their full offering of interactive resources, including the MS Work Space Podcast series. The 5-part series is available online and via most podcast services. Hear from experts in managed care, benefits management, and healthcare providing real-world insights on the impact of MS in the workplace.
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