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Wellness website to aid Annuity Board participants

DALLAS (BP)–Annuity Board medical plan participants will have a new wellness tool available Jan. 1: BaptistWellness.org, a comprehensive wellness website to help users achieve healthier lifestyles.

The website is available to all participants enrolled in a medical plan offered through the Annuity Board. Covered dependents also can take advantage of the site.

“Having our participants involved in their personal well-being and healthcare decisions is critical to helping control future healthcare costs,” said Doug Day, the board’s executive officer of benefit services. “It is our goal to provide participants with the tools and information they need to make better decisions about their health and their healthcare dollars.”

BaptistWellness.org will provide such information and assistance as:

— A personal wellness assessment that pinpoints personal health risks and makes recommendations for change.

— HabiTracker by which individuals can record daily activity, foods and beverages consumed, body data and more.

— Pharmaceutical information including how to use a medication, drug interactions, warnings and possible side effects.

— Healthful recipes from a comprehensive food database.

— A virtual trainer to suggest and demonstrate exercises for different muscle groups throughout the body.

— Newsletters providing educational information on diseases, wellness and other healthcare issues.

BaptistWellness.org also will keep participants informed about the latest breaking health news. More than a dozen new articles will be added every day, along with a new interactive Quick Tip. In addition, through a daily Cooper TV video clip, Ken Cooper or one of six other staff experts from the world-renowned Cooper Clinic in Dallas will deliver health and wellness tips on a wide variety of topics.

By using the online Medical Reference Guide, participants can take advantage of reliable self-care information to help them properly care for themselves and their family members, often reducing unnecessary trips to the doctor. Information on more than 4,000 prescription and over-the-counter drugs also is available.

Participants can use the Virtual Trainer to plan workouts, and they can learn more about the foods they eat by exploring the Food Finder with its 65,000-plus food items.

“Each participant can develop a personal wellness program that includes healthful eating and regular exercise,” Day said. “Once participants have the information they need to change, they can take advantage of interactive coaching and receive feedback and encouragement as they begin to make important health changes.”
Wendy Ashley is a project team leader in the Annuity Board’s communications department.

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