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February is National Heart Month

Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, includes a number of conditions affecting the heart: congestive heart failure, congenital heart disease, and heart attack, among others. If you don’t know the symptoms, you could be at risk and not even know it. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. Keys to prevention include quitting smoking, improving cholesterol, controlling high blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising.

Here are some ways you can reduce your risk of heart disease.

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Personal Health Manager and Work–Life Balance
With a wide range of online tools and information, you can better manage every aspect of health and wellness for you and your family with programs that are for UT employees, retirees and their dependents. Start by taking the health risk assessment to better understand your current health condition, identify potential issues and reinforce what you’re doing right! See below some of our resources/services:

  1. UT SELECT medical plan provides coverage for smoking cessation prescription drug products including, but not limited to, nicotine gum and nicotine patches, except as may be provided under the Prescription Drug Program. For more information go to UT SELECT Health Plan Guide, pages 10 and 13.
  2. UT FLEX "Medical Expense Reimbursement" account Smoking Cessation Programs. For information, go to UT FLEX at http://www.utflex.com.
  3. Employee Assistance Program (EAP)- Visit the UT System EAP main page for a directory of all institutions' EAP.
  4. Online Personal Health Manager provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield- your source for health and wellness information, such as

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