As you may know, we have recently announced the decision to take a step back on the wellness program while we re-envision and reinvigorate the program. In the three years of operation, the health screening and walking program were very beneficial to those of us who took advantage of each, and these two components (along with incentives!) will be included in the new program.
In the meantime, I encourage you to take advantage of the programs available from Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) to all employees and dependents who are in any one of the health plans. Two in particular have been very helpful to me, and both are easily available at the BCBS website, http://www.bcbsil.com/ .
Start by logging in, or creating a login id, at http://www.bcbsil.com/, click on the button, Already a Member?
Once there, you can login to the portal, Blue Access for Members, and you will be able to view claims, obtain information on health topics, and, you will begin receiving two periodic emails:
- Monthly BCBS Newsletter, Your LifeTimes, with great healthy living reminders, tips, and information about the benefit plan; and
- Weekly Blue365 emails, providing discounts and deals on a great variety of products and services encouraging healthy living.
These are available to all staff and dependents covered under a BCBS health plan provided by the Archdiocese. Today’s deal on Blue365 is $10 off an annual membership with Divvy, the bike sharing program in Chicago. (I’ll be signing up for this one!)
Please stay tuned for more about the Wellness initiatives of the Archdiocese, to be announced in late fall/early winter.