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May 2019

UnitedHealthcare’s Walking Maps Can Help You Reach 10,000 Steps a Day

Do you have a fitness tracker that’s constantly nudging you toward 10,000 steps? Wondering what 10,000 steps, the daily target recommended for avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, actually looks like? How many steps away is your child’s school or the park down the street?

Find out by visiting UnitedHealthcare’s interactive online tool at uhcwalkingmaps.com. By simply entering start and end points, the site’s “Step Counter” calculates the approximate number of steps between both.

It works anywhere in the country, including every city and town in Texas. Walking routes are automatically generated; however, visitors can click and drag the blue line to make detours or to create a route along a specific path. Step calculations and distance will update automatically.

The walking maps were highlighted as part of a UnitedHealthcare sweepstakes and national fundraiser for Boys & Girls Clubs during Move More Month in April.

Making the Most of Mother’s Day: Five Tips to Consider to Help Support Women’s Health

Mother’s Day is part of the springtime cycle of renewal and rebirth. It’s also an ideal time to think about ways to help improve the health of women in Texas and nationwide, and honor the important role they play in their families’ well-being.

To recognize Mother’s Day and the upcoming National Women’s Health Week (May 12-18), here are five tips to consider to support the health of all women, especially expectant and new mothers: 

Work in a Well-Woman Visit: About two-thirds of women each year receive a well-visit nationally, with the rate in Texas at 61.5 percent. These annual visits can include important screenings, counseling and immunizations based on age and risk factors, while providing an opportunity to discuss with your health professional ways to encourage a healthier lifestyle.  

Mammograms Matter: One in eight American women will get a breast cancer diagnosis at some point in her lifetime, and most cases are detected by a mammogram before symptoms appear. According to the National Institutes of Health, the five-year breast cancer survival rate has increased significantly in recent years, now reaching more than 90 percent. For patients diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, the five-year survival rate is close to 100 percent.  

Take Charge of Your Health: This means eating well, staying active, getting sufficient sleep and limiting stress as much as possible. For expectant mothers, the U.S. Surgeon General advises that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy, and smoking is unsafe for you and your baby. For support, your health plan may have programs and online services at no additional cost that can help you adopt a healthier lifestyle or, if needed, improve the management of chronic conditions, which is especially important for expectant women.

Avoid Early or Elective Deliveries: For expectant mothers, it is important to understand the risks associated with elective deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy and their potential impacts. Studies have shown that early, non-medically indicated cesarean (C-section) deliveries are linked to a higher risk of complications, including infection, hemorrhage or blood clots, and admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Babies born before 39 weeks are more likely to have respiratory problems and developmental delays, according to a published study.

Know Your Maternity Benefits and Rights at Work: If you work full time and plan to return to your job after your baby is born, it is helpful to know your company’s maternity leave policy. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) enables mothers and fathers who have worked at least one year for a company with 50 or more employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off, while many employers offer full or partial paid leave. Under the law, your employer is required to give you the same – or the substantially equivalent – job back after your leave.

We’ve celebrated Mother’s Day for more than 100 years. By considering this information, we can continue supporting the health of women and honor them for their important contributions to our communities.

UnitedHealthcare and Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Sean Lee Team Up to Give Back to Boys & Girls Clubs in Fort Worth

Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Sean Lee recently delighted children with an appearance at the Las Vegas Trails Boys & Girls Clubs after school program at the Cambridge Court Apartments in Fort Worth. Thanks to a generous donation from UnitedHealthcare, he passed out new shoes, clothing and household necessities to the kids as he shared football tips.

Lee was joined by Scott Flannery, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of North Texas and Oklahoma, and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price as they presented a grant from UnitedHealthcare to Sean Lee’s Dreambuilders Foundation.

Daphne Stigliano, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County, said the grant will be used to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tarrant County’s after school programs. Fort Worth City Council Member Brian Byrd, whose council district includes the Cambridge Court Apartments, was also in attendance. 

Pictured (l-to-r): Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County President & CEO Daphne Stigliano, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, UnitedHealthcare of North Texas & Oklahoma CEO Scott Flannery, Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Sean Lee and Fort Worth City Council Member Brian Byrd