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Wellness News & Tips for March

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Upcoming Biometric Screenings
For those who have signed up for Biometric Screenings on Tuesday, March 4th and Wednesday, March 5th, don't forget to follow these simple instructions for the most accurate results:
  • Fasting 8-12 hours is highly encouraged.
  • Drink plenty of water. Drinking at least 8-16 oz. of water 20 minutes prior to the screen is encouraged.
  • Unsweetened decaffeinated black coffee or black tea are okay.
  • Wearing loose fitting shirts will allow examiners to more easily measure blood pressure results.
  • Take any medications as prescribed.
If you have any questions about the screenings, contact .
If you have not already registered your points from a previous event, the biometric screenings are worth 25 points under “Complete Health Screening" on the Wellness Rewards page of your Highmark BlueShield online account.  

Office Ergonomics Session - Wednesday, March 26th at Noon in Booth Ferris South

People who sit for large portions of the day are at high risk for back injury.  There are ways to prevent such injury simply by adjusting your chair and workstation.  Having an ergonomically correct workstation can also lower risk of developing other musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome.  This session on Office Ergonomics will discuss the various problems that office personnel run into as a result of workstations that are not ergonomically correct.  We will also review the simple steps that one can take to fix their workstation by adjusting their chair and reevaluating their desk setup. In addition to reviewing office ergonomics, we will have samples of various ergonomic office equipment to examine.  This event will take place on March 26th at Noon in Booth Ferris South.  Employees are invited to bring their lunch to this event.  

This session is worth 10 points under “Safety Program” for those participating in F&M’s Wellness Rewards program. 

Spring Into Fitness - Register NOW!
During this 6-week program, F&M will be engaging in friendly competition with the faculty and professional staff of Elizabethtown College, Gettysburg College, Mount St. Mary's University, and York College.  The program is simple: each week, you'll have the opportunity to record any purposeful exercise you've completed during the week.  Not only will you earn points toward the Wellness Rewards program, but you'll also have the chance to win a gift card for participating each week.  Registration will close on March 7th.  
This challenge is worth 10 points for those participating in F&M’s Wellness Rewards program.
This Month's Healthy Tip
Stay hydrated this winter to maintain good health!
Water makes up approximately 60 percent of your body weight, and assists in many functions of the body, including lubricating joints (which is especially important for winter shoveling!) and regulating body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure.  Even slight dehydration can cause loss of energy and make you feel tired.
To read more about the importance of hydration, check out the Highmark Blue Shield flyer, Hydration: Not Just For Exercise, available on the Wellness Committee website.