National Nutrition Month ®  is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

The 2018 theme is "Go Further with Food." Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose make a difference. Preparing foods to go further at home and within the community can have a positive impact, as well. "Go Further with Food" encourages us to achieve the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, but it also urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you "go further," while saving both nutrients and money.

For more tips and resources on healthy eating, please visit www.choosemyplate.gov.
Benefits Provider Resources & Services
 
The DC Department of Human Resources is dedicated to ensuring employees have access to the high quality health and wellness services. Please see below for additional information on programs by carrier.
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Inova Employee Assistance Programinova

The Inova Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a comprehensive, top-ranked employee assistance services provider that offers practical, real-world solutions to employee life issues that may derail productivity and satisfaction.
Inova's 24/7 EAP hotline and convenient online resources provide employees with easy, confidential access to professionals and resources, including:
  • Online resources including articles & webinars
  • Referrals to local support groups and programs
District employees can log onto the  Inova Employee Assistance member site to access their Inova EAP and Work-Life services web portal.
  • Username: DCGOV
  • Password: DCGOV
  • Phone: 800.346.0110
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Aetnaaetna

Aetna Health Connections health and wellness programs and resources are personalized to help meet the needs of each person, whether he or she is healthy or dealing with a new or ongoing health issue.  Aetna's suite of more than 70 wellness programs spans the continuum of care, from nutrition, biometric screenings and tobacco cessation programs to healthy-lifestyle coaching. The programs give people ways to stay healthy and prevent more serious issues.

Simple Steps To A Healthier Life ®
This online program includes a health assessment. The personalized results will help members understand where they're at risk and what they can do. The program includes personalized online health programs, too. Topics include:
  • Relieving stress
  • Eating healthy and increasing physical activity
  • Sleeping better
  • Quitting tobacco
Personal Health & Wellness Coaching
A support network boosts people's chances for meeting their health goals. Our health coaches and counselors can help members to set and achieve meaningful health goals, from quitting smoking to maintaining a healthy weight.

Log into Aetna.com/navigator  or www.aetnadcgov.com to learn more.

Additional Resources
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Kaiser Permanentekaiser

Kaiser Permanente believes that healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it's about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and stabilizing your mood.  Fueling up with healthy foods can make a big difference in your health and how you feel.

Nourish Program
Nourish  is an online resource to  improve the way  you eat. You'll learn strategies to help you add healthy foods to your diet, manage your weight, and live a healthier life. This program is designed to work with your food preferences and weight goals. It will also keep in mind any special diet or health condition you have. To keep you on track, you'll get regular emails supporting and encouraging you and your new behaviors. Learn more.

Balance Program
Balance is a complimentary, personalized online program designed to help you reach your ideal weight. Balance offers resources such as videos, goal-tracking tools, recipes, and more. And, it helps you address issues that may be holding you back such as weight-related psychological and emotional issues, good exercise habits, and managing food wants and needs. Learn more.

Wellness Coaching
Wellness coaching is available at no charge for members. Coaching is offered in English and Spanish and no referral is needed. Coaches also have access to a language line to facilitate coaching in most languages. Call 1.866.862.4295 Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST to make an appointment or learn more online.

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UnitedHealthcare (UHC) knows good nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But, even when you are trying to eat a healthy diet, it can be confusing trying to sort through all of the information available about nutrition and food choices.  Visit UHC's website for tools and resources to help you get started.  In addition, UnitedHealthcare offers health and wellness programs and resources including:
  • Fitness memberships
  • Weight-management programs
  • Fitness equipment and apparrel
  • Nutrition counseling
Real Appeal Weight-Loss Program
UnitedHealthcare's Real Appeal is working to combat the obesity epidemis with tools and support to help employees lose weight, feel good and prevent weight-related health conditions.  Real Appeal is provided at no additional cost to eligible UnitedHealthcare plan members.  Help your employees join the thousands of members that have lost nearly 1 million pounds. Learn more.

For more information, please visit DCHR online or email dchr.benefits@dc.gov.
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