February 2022

February Focus – Chronic Condition Management

Chronic conditions affect nearly 1 in 2 U.S. adults. The good news is that through effective behavior change efforts, appropriate medical management, and systematic monitoring to identify new problems, chronic conditions and their consequences can often be prevented or managed effectively. If you have a chronic condition, learning how to address problems and make informed decisions about your health can help you live a healthier life by minimizing the effects of the condition.

Join Employee Wellness this February for programming designed to help you learn about and prevent or manage chronic conditions, including informative webinars, mindfulness practices, and a comprehensive chronic condition management program for diabetes, pre-diabetes, and hypertension through Livongo.

We’d also like to remind you that medical advocacy is available through your employee assistance program (EAP), Impact Solutions. It can be frustrating to understand and navigate the health care system and choices before you. That is why your Impact EAP offers medical advocacy. Impact’s advocates can help interpret medical information related to claims, coverage, and medical diagnosis. They can also assist with insurance navigation, care transition, medical appointment preparation, discharge planning, and more. Call Impact anytime at 800-227-6007 to learn more and get connected with an advocate.

February Presentations

Learn strategies for creating and maintaining healthy habits straight from the experts. Browse our February webinars below. These sessions are open to all full and part time employees. For those participating in the wellness rewards program, each session is worth 10 Tier 2 points.

Integrative Health and Self-Care

Feb. 3, 2022
12-1 pm

Join Doug Newton as he discusses how we can thrive in our health, as well as prevent common disease states or prevent them from advancing, through integrating self-care across multiple dimensions of health, including professional health care. Doug will also cover how to design a holistic or integrative strategy to address the preparation for, experience of, and recovery from medical procedures such as major surgeries.

Register to attend Integrative Health and Self-Care

Financial Wellness: 
Personal Finance

Feb. 15, 2022
12-1 p.m.

After the global pandemic has disrupted people’s lives, finances are the top cause of employee stress - above job, health, and relationship stress combined. Securian Financial, Kent State’s life insurance provider, wants to empower you with information to help your overall financial picture, both at and outside of work. Join Securian to learn personal finance strategies to help overcome barriers, reduce debt, and take action on your savings goals.

Register to attend Financial Wellness: Personal Finance

Anti-inflammatory Diet

Feb. 17, 2022
12-1 p.m.

Inflammation is the body’s natural defense to fight illness. This is a completely normal and necessary response. However, inflammation becomes harmful to your body when it persists even when your body is not threatened by illness. This is called chronic inflammation and is related to many chronic conditions, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and depression. New research demonstrates a strong association between what we eat, chronic inflammation, and disease.

Join the Director of Nutrition Services at Be Well Solutions, Crystal Petrello, MS RDN LD, as she discusses:

  • Inflammation and the connection to your health
  • Foods associated with inflammation and foods that contain anti-inflammatory properties
  • A well-balanced diet to combat chronic inflammation and take control of your health

Register to attend Anti-inflammatory Diet

Heart Disease in Men & Women: A Survivor's Story and Call to Action

Feb. 25, 2022
12-1 p.m.

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! Heart disease is also the leading cause of death for men of most racial/ethnic groups, killing nearly 1 in 4 in the U.S. What’s more: These facts only begin to scratch the surface.

Join us to hear firsthand one woman’s encounter with heart disease and her incredible survivor story, along with the key components that have given Christi a second chance on life. You’ll also learn what you can do in the way of self-care and how Kent State is responding to the need for increased awareness and training for CPR.

Register to attend Heart Disease in Men & Women: A Survivor's Story and Call to Action


Additional Offerings

Livongo Chronic Condition Management

Employee Wellness is excited to announce that our relationship with Livongo, which previously offered complimentary diabetes management services to employees and dependents covered under the university-sponsored health plans, has expanded to include comprehensive services for pre-diabetes, diabetes, and/or hypertension. Livongo members have access to connected devices, expert health coaching, and digital behavioral health support.

Learn more about Livongo and enroll today

Mindful Mondays with Daron

For those with chronic conditions, engaging in a regular mindfulness practice may result in coping better with symptoms, improved overall well-being and quality of life, and enhanced health outcomes 1, 2. Employee Wellness is pleased to share that Kent State’s favorite mindfulness coach, Daron Larson, returns in 2022 for Mindful Mondays! Join Daron to discover ways you can sneak mindfulness into your daily routine. The first session of 2022 will be on February 7 from 8:30 to 9 am

Learn more         Register for the February session

Practicing mindfulness on your own? You can earn Tier 2 rewards points for that! Download and submit Form 11-Mindfulness from the “Wellness  Reward Program” section of the Be Well Solutions portal to earn points for your personal yoga, meditation, and/or mindfulness practice.