May 2020, Volume 2, Number 10
Upcoming Wellness Events
Retirement Plans 101 Webinar with VOYA
Road Map to Retirement Webinar with PlanMember Services
Retirement Income Strategies Webinar by VALIC
Retirement Transition Planning Webinar by VOYA
Mental health and substance abuse issues not only impact an individual experiencing the illness, they create a ripple effect impacting family, friends, co-workers and ultimately the community. According to NAMI, 1 in 5 US adults experience mental illness with 1 in 25 experiencing serious mental illness.
CareFirst's specially trained service representatives, registered nurses, clinical social workers and licensed behavioral health specialists will connect you to the right services based on your individual needs:
CareFirst members have access to specialized services and programs for depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol dependence, eating disorders and other mental health conditions.
For support during a crisis or help making an appointment, call 800-245-7013 or for more information visit carefirst.com/mentalhealth.
National Institute on Mental Health
National Alliance on Mental Health
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Wellness Program Spotlight
Inspirations and Relax 360°
Inspirations and Relax 360° can help you take control of stress. Available through the CareFirst Wellness Portal - Sharecare, both tools offer relaxation and wellness videos that help you experience freedom from stress, unwind at the end of the day, or ease into a restful night of sleep.
Features & Benefits of Inspirations and Relax 360°
Includes soothing music or the sights and sounds of nature
Airplay functionality using Apple TV
Yoga and meditation videos
Relax 360° can be viewed in virtual reality for an immersive experience
Lifestyle coaching helps identify opportunities to improve your health and well-being. Incorporating regular stress management techniques is one of many topics you can focus on with your health coach.
Register today, login to your CareFirst wellness app powered by Sharecare, to find the online coaching registration under the Achieve icon or call 877-260-3253 (select option 7).
Video Visit for Mental Health
Did you know you can utilize your CareFirst Video Visit to talk with a therapist or psychiatrist? Chat virtually with a mental health expert to help manage your concerns or issues including anxiety, depression and grief.
Register today by visiting carefirstvideovisit.com or download the CareFirst Video Visit app from your favorite app store.
Tips for Boosting Mental Health
Stay connected – virtually meet up with friends and family or join social groups
Stay active – physical activity is good for the brain. Get out for a walk or dance to your favorite song, small bouts of physical activity all count
Stress less – incorporate stress management techniques such as yoga or meditation, or simply make leisure time a priority
Get a Good Night’s Sleep – 7-9 hours per night of sleep can improve your mood, energy levels, mental sharpness, and ability to handle stress.
Food can boost your mood – a healthy diet can improve energy levels, improve your sleep and mood, and help you to look and feel your best.
Inova is offering a variety of on-demand 10 minute audio recordings of mindfulness exercises facilitated by an Aware Specialist in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian and Portuguese. These sessions will help you focus, release tension, and reset for improved well-being. Here's the link to register with your name and email address to access the selected recordings. You may access the channel as many times as desired and can listen to them at your convenience.
Mid-Day Movement Breaks
Did you know that a mid-day movement break can increase mood, energy, and productivity and it can decrease stress? Consider participating in one of the scheduled virtual sessions for a mid-day movement break. If interested, please click here to register. Sessions will be held every weekday from Monday, June 1st to Friday, June 26th from 12pm to 12:30pm.
Spring into Motion Challenge
We are half-way through the Spring into Motion Challenge! The challenge officially ends on Sunday, June 7th.
Here are some participant engagement statistics:
Virtual Fitness Classes
FCPS Wellness has scheduled FREE virtual fitness classes for FCPS employees. If interested, please click on the name of the class to register. Sessions will be held every day until June 30, 2020.
Yoga: Monday at 4:30PM-5:30PM
Abs & Core: Tuesday at 4:30PM-5:30PM
Bootcamp: Wednesday at 5:30PM-6:30PM
Cardio: Thursday at 4:30PM-5:30PM
Meditation & Relaxation: Friday at 4:30PM-5:30PM
Pilates: Saturday at 12PM-1PM
Zumba: Sunday at 12PM- 1PM
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The FCPS Wellness Newsletter is published monthly August-May by FCPS Human Resources, 191 S. East St., Frederick, MD 21701.
Brief information, subject to edits, and captioned photos for possible inclusion are due to Phoebe.Barreto@fcps.org by the 15th of the month. For more information: 301-644-5085.