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September 2017

UnitedHealthcare Study Finds Americans Who Volunteer Feel Healthier and Happier

A new study by UnitedHealthcare and VolunteerMatch found employee volunteerism positively affects the health and well-being of the people who participate, and strengthens their connections to their employers.

The 2017 Doing Good is Good for You Study reveals 75 percent of U.S. adults feel physically healthier by volunteering. The mental and emotional benefits of volunteering are even greater, with 93 percent reporting an improved mood, 79 percent reporting lower stress levels and 88 percent reporting increased self-esteem by giving back.

The study also looked at the role employers play in encouraging volunteerism. Almost three-fourths of employees who volunteer through work report feeling better about their employer, and 91 percent believe it is important for an employer to allow employees to volunteer on paid time.

The Doing Good is Good for You Study is part of UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” initiative, aimed at inspiring a new level of service and volunteerism in communities across the country.

UnitedHealthcare Partners with Warby Parker, Allowing Millions to Purchase Designer Eyewear for Little or No Cost in 2018

People enrolled in UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored and individual vision plans can access Warby Parker’s designer prescription eyewear at affordable prices, online or at any of the more than 50 stores nationwide, beginning in 2018. This marks the first time Warby Parker is accepting vision insurance, and will enable millions of people to purchase prescription eyewear for only their copay.

As people now enter the open enrollment season for 2018 health benefits, this new relationship will help meet the eye-care needs for UnitedHealthcare Vision plan participants nationwide.

Improve Your Vision at Work

With growing evidence of a link between eye health and overall health, and to an array of chronic medical conditions, voluntary vision benefits are valuable to both employers and employees. Here are some ways to help improve vision at the workplace, encourage enhanced employee health and more effectively manage health care costs:

Stop the Strain: The proliferation of smartphones and tablets has made employees more productive and connected, but it has also had an unintended side-effect of digital eye strain that can result in an array of health issues. Digital eye strain is defined by The Vision Council “as physical discomfort felt after prolonged exposure to digital screens and can result in symptoms such as dry and irritated eyes, blurred vision, eye fatigue, neck and back pain and headaches.” To help prevent digital eye strain, people should keep computer screens about 30 inches away from their eyes and rest their eyes every 15 minutes, all of which reduces dry eye and helps maintain eye health.

Regular Exams: The eyes are a window to overall health, with regular eye exams playing an important role in identifying and managing serious, chronic conditions, including diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, multiple sclerosis and some tumors. How? Our eyes contain blood vessels, nerves and other structures that may be affected by chronic illness, and signs of these conditions can be identified by eye health professionals during routine exams, enabling for earlier diagnosis and treatment.

Integrate Benefits: To help improve eye health and overall care, some employers are embracing an integrated approach to vision and medical benefits that support patients and health care professionals with information and proactive clinical interventions. These programs offer several advantages by combining medical and vision coverage, such as automatic referrals for disease management programs and telephone reminders about annual exams for people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension or vascular disease.

Employers are in a unique position to help employees take charge of their eye health and, in the process, improve their overall health. For more information about employee eye health, click here.

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