Do Your Part; Know Your Heart!

February is American Heart Month, and there’s no better time to get to know your heart a little better and learn a few ways to keep it healthy! After all, it’s the only one you have. The most important step you can take to protect your heart is understanding your own individual risks for heart disease. Take a free heart health risk assessment. Did you know there’s a type of fat you shouldn’t cut back on in your diet? Where does all the sodium in your diet come from? And ladies, let’s make sure you are all aware of the silent heart attack. Don’t wait, learn more about your heart health today.

World No Tobacco Day Is May 31; Learn How You Can Quit!

world no tobacco dayEvery year on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners observe World No Tobacco Day. In Massachusetts alone, roughly 9,300 adults die each year from smoking. Almost 15 percent of adults and 10.7 percent of high school students in Massachusetts are smokers. This month also marks the Medical Center’s eighth year of being tobacco free, inside and out. Learn more about World No Tobacco Day, tobacco’s impact on Massachusetts or contact Greg Seward, head of our Tobacco Consultation Service. Interested in quitting? Benefits-eligible employees, learn how you can earn 1,000 myHealth Matters wellness points. Watch video to learn more.

Help Your Teens Understand the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Teen DriveThousands of people die or are injured in car accidents resulting from distracted driving every year. Whether you’re texting, answering a phone call or eating fast food on the go, multitasking while driving can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Our Injury Prevention Center has collaborated with Allstate Insurance to design the Teen D.R.I.V.E (Distracted Reality: an Interactive Virtual Education) program, a mobile van that offers a simulated version of the difficulties of distracted driving. In less than 20 minutes, teens learn about the difficulties of driving while distracted, as well as the dangers it could do to themselves and others. Learn more about Teen D.R.I.V.E. and the National Safety Council’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month.