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Blue Cross Blue Shield Wellness Programs (by Laurie Leingang, HR Coordinator) Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota launched two new Wellness Programs in April 2008: Health Club Credit and MyHealth Center. These programs are available to all Blue Cross Blue Shield fully-insured groups. Employees and their spouses who are enrolled as participants in Mandan Public School District’s group health plan and are age 18 or older are eligible to participate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, ACCESS WEBSITE: www.bcbsnd.com (Quick Link is available on school district’s website), under Online Member Services, click on Health Club Credit Program The following is a brief overview of these two wellness programs: MyHealth Center This involves access to a website that will provide various resources and tools to help you make more informed choices about your health. Examples of what is included: Virtual exercise demonstrations Personalized nutrition plans Stress and anxiety management Lessons in proper nutrition and physical activity that engages kids through games and activities Library of health and wellness articles Tobacco cessation support Health Club Credit Members are rewarded for their physical activity. One of the features of the wellness program is the Health Club Credit program, whereby each eligible member can earn up to $ 20 health club credit toward monthly health club membership dues when they exercise at a participating health club 12 or more days out of the month. The facility you choose must be a “participating fitness center”; that is, the fitness center has signed an agreement to assist in the administration of the program. Raging Fitness, Mandan Aquatic Center, Anytime Fitness in Mandan and Bismarck and Optimum Fitness in Bismarck are examples of local participating fitness centers. Enroll directly with the fitness facility and on-line with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. How Does This Work with the Raging Fitness and/or Mandan Aquatic Center Membership Discount Available to School District Employees? You may not participate in both the Health Club Credit Program and the discounted school employee membership that is available to you. You will have to decide if you want the payroll deduct option or the Health Club Credit program and you will be committed to this choice for the duration of the membership year. The savings advantage is generally going to be much greater utilizing the Health Club Credit Program versus the employee discount. How Does This Work with the Anytime Fitness Center Membership Discount Available to School District Employees? You may participate in both the Health Club Credit Program and the discounted school employee membership that is available to you anytime during the year; this is not available as a payroll deduction.
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