CommonHealth Offers Fitness Tips for Summer

Posted: June 14, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

As summertime rolls around, CommonHealth, Virginia’s employee health program, is taking the initiative to help Virginia employees get healthy and look great for swimsuit season.

CommonHealth tackles a variety of problems that many people have with exercising and staying healthy. The program understands that Virginia’s workers have full schedules and suggests different ways to incorporate exercise into daily activities that can work for many different lifestyles.

The CommonHealth web site examines topics such as the benefits of stretching and raising metabolism. The site also provides tips for buying comfortable fitness shoes and ensuring that your body has energy throughout the day.

CommonHealth has also launched Breaking Free from Tobacco program to help Virginians quit smoking. Instead of attending support group meetings, participants receive individual phone support from health coordinators who get to know participants’ unique needs. The health coordinators provide assistance in guiding participants during the process of quitting and also while they remain tobacco-free.

A Quit Kit, which includes items such as a planning guide, a water bottle and a relaxation tape, is provided to participants to create a smooth transition to smoke-free living. An eight-week supply is provided at no cost. The health coordinators also help determine which alternatives, such as “the patch” or nicotine gum, would be the most successful in trying to kick the habit.

Breaking Free from Tobacco and other CommonHealth programs are available to all Virginia state employees who work at participating agencies. Covered family members over the age of 18 living in the family home are also eligible to participate, as well as retirees.

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