September 2, 2014

Childhood obesity cause for concern

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The incidence of childhood obesity has more than tripled over the past 30 years, according to data developed by UnitedHealthcare. Since 1980, the incidence of childhood obesity in children between 6 and 11 years old has jumped from 7 percent to 20 percent; and among children 12-19 years old, the incidence of obesity has ballooned [...]

Treasurers’ workshop scheduled for May

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The UTU International will conduct a workshop for local treasurers May 15-17 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland workshop will be held at the UTU International offices in North, Olmsted, Ohio. Attendance is limited to 24 registrants at the Cleveland workshop. Newly elected local treasurers are encouraged to attend. Those interested in attending should contact Nancy Miller, [...]

Eye exams can detect vision-robbing glaucoma

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For transportation workers, our eyes are among the most important tools of our trade. Lose your eyesight and you lose your livelihood. That’s why every transportation worker should be aware that an eye disease called glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness, affecting more than three million Americans. Glaucoma often is called a “sneak [...]

‘Tis the season for sweets — and restraint

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By Dr. Norman K. BrownUTU Medical Consultant When I want to get started on a job that I have been putting off, I eat a few chocolate chip cookies (think sugar), and my enthusiasm picks right up and I am on my way.   Unfortunately, there is a downside to our easy access to energy-packed food [...]

Diabetes: Know the symptoms

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Almost 26 million Americans suffer with diabetes. Shockingly, another 79 million have pre-diabetes, and many are not even aware they have the disease. It is estimated that by the year 2050, one-in-three American adults will have diabetes unless serious steps are taken to stop or prevent it.  Diabetes often goes unnoticed and, therefore, untreated because [...]

It’s time for flu and pneumonia vaccines

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The head-cold and flu season is upon us, making it time to lower your risk of disease and illness by receiving a flu shot and pneumonia vaccine – and if you or your spouse is covered by Medicare, you won’t bear the cost and do not require a doctor’s referral. The flu shot is an [...]

H&W enrollment return deadline nearing

Nov. 11 is the deadline for returning to Railroad Enrollment Services the annual health and welfare enrollment materials for railroad employees and/or dependents covered under the National Railway Carriers and United Transportation Union (NRC/UTU) Health and Welfare Plan. For those employees and/or dependents covered under the Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan (GA-23000), the [...]

Annual health & welfare enrollment forms in mail

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Annual health and welfare enrollment materials for railroad employees and/or dependents covered under the National Railway Carriers and United Transportation Union (NRC/UTU) Health and Welfare Plan are being mailed by UnitedHealthcare. (Those members covered under the national health and welfare plan should have already received their enrollment materials in the mail.) Included is a “Dependent Add [...]

Knowing you have high cholesterol is important

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(The following message is provided by UnitedHealthcare) High cholesterol affects children, young adults and older individuals — and many do not know they have it because high cholesterol usually doesn’t present noticeable symptoms. However, it is a major risk factor for heart disease, as cholesterol deposits on the coronary walls narrow the arteries, slowing or [...]