June 2008

Benefits

Take Care of Your Health

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TVA offers disease-management services through its Healthcare Assistance Program. The program is designed to improve your health and quality of life by customizing a plan to help you or your dependent manage a chronic health condition. The program is free, voluntary and confidential.

In the program, each participant works one-on-one with a personal nurse advocate who helps define changes that can improve your health and give you more confidence about managing your medical conditions.

Are you eligible? Employees, retirees and their dependents may qualify for the Healthcare Assistance Program if they have, or are at risk for, one of the following conditions:

Asthma
Atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rhythm)
COPD (emphysema or chronic bronchitis)
Heart disease
Diabetes
Heart failure
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Low back pain
Stroke

For more information, call 1-877-598-3972 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., EDT, to speak to a disease-management nurse.

 

Not Worth the Weight

photoWhen Tim Price changed his lifestyle, he dramatically changed his health profile. Once a borderline diabetic with serious hypertension, Price is proud of his lighter frame and happier frame of mind.

“I watched my friend suffer neurological damage because he did not control his blood sugar,” says Price, a maintenance specialist at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant. “I was on the same path, and I didn’t want to go there.”

By using TVA’s disease-management services for education, structure and encouragement, Price has dropped nearly 70 pounds in 10 months.

“When I changed my physical health, I also changed my disposition,” he says.

Price’s personalized program included a detailed assessment, followed by a change in his eating habits and a new exercise regimen.

“Changing my eating habits was the easier of the two,” he says.

The program also provided a wealth of information through tapes, Web sites and newsletters.

Price’s doctor has cut his medication for diabetes and blood pressure in half. And his two daughters often join him to exercise.

“Now I feel good, and it shows at home and at work,” Price says. “Somebody deserves a big ‘thank you’ for making this program available.”