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Donating Blood Saves Lives!

Contributed by Katie Sack on 01/08/2016 

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January is National Blood Donor Month and one way you can help is by donating blood or your time!

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Employee Benefits & Work/Life Brief January 2016

BalanceWorks January Newsletter

Contributed by Katie Sack on 01/07/2016 

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It's that time a year again when everyone is making New Year's resolutions. Conquer that goal with the help of the BalanceWorks January Newsletter.  

Did you know that one donation of blood can help save the lives of up to three people? 

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The holiday season is the perfect time to experience the best that Broadway has to offer! Discover brand new hit shows and some fantastic favorites - and with PlumBenefits, you're guaranteed to have fun and save money! There's so much to enjoy — look for great deals on One World ObservatoryMadame TussaudsCircle Line Sightseeing Cruises, or hop on board Big Bus New York

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Plum Benefits Raffle Winner

Contributed by Katie Sack on 12/08/2015 

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During the month of November, faculty and staff were automatically entered in to a raffle if they created an account with Plum Benefits (www.plumbenefits.com). 

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Employee Benefits & Work/Life Brief December 2015

The Holiday Season shouldn't be stressful, it should be exciting! Check out the BalanceWorks December Newsletter to help find your joy this season! 

Just visit www.plumbenefits.com and register between now and November 30th to be automatically entered. Please see these details for more information. Depending on how many entries, this gift card could be worth up to $100 at Plum Benefits.

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The ABC'S of Diabetes

Contributed by Katie Sack on 11/27/2015 

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This November, we hope you increased your knowledge about diabetes. There are important changes to make, on both a local and national scale. Each individual is responsible for their own personal health, and we encourage you to make choices and changes that are healthy for you! Whether it means altering eating habits, exercise routines, or a schedule of doctor appointments, there are always ways to make healthy changes. 

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Ithaca College is excited to partner with Plum Benefits and offer Faculty and Staff a chance to win a Plum Benefits gift card! Just visit www.plumbenefits.com and register between now and November 30th to be automatically entered. Please see these details for more information.

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Diabetes Statistics

Contributed by Katie Sack on 11/20/2015 

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Here are some startling statistics about diabetes:

  • Diabetes nearly doubles the risk for heart attack and for death from heart disease.
    • Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of early death among people with diabetes. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely than people without diabetes to die of heart disease or experience a stroke.
       
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
    • In diabetic kidney disease, cells and blood vessels in the kidneys are damaged, affecting the organs’ ability to filter out waste. Waste builds up in your blood instead of being excreted. In some cases this can lead to kidney failure.
       
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among working-age adults
    • High blood glucose and high blood pressure cause small blood vessels to swell and leak liquid into the retina of the eye, blurring the vision and sometimes leading to blindness

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Ithaca College is excited to partner with Plum Benefits and offer Faculty and Staff a chance to win a Plum Benefits gift card! Just visit www.plumbenefits.com and register between now and November 30th to be automatically entered. Please see these details for more information.

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How Much Does Diabetes Cost?

Contributed by Katie Sack on 11/17/2015 

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Did you know that The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. is $245 billion? This means that 1 in every 10 health care dollars is spent on treating diabetes and its complications.

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Your Chance to Win This Month!

Contributed by Katie Sack on 11/13/2015 

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Ithaca College is excited to partner with Plum Benefits and offer Faculty and Staff a chance to win a Plum Benefits gift card! Just visit www.plumbenefits.com and register between now and November 30th to be automatically entered. Please see these details for more information.

Depending on how many entries, this gift card could be worth up to $100 at Plum Benefits.

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You are at increased risk for developing pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older
  • Are overweight
  • Have a parent with diabetes
  • Have a sister or brother with diabetes
  • Have a family background that is African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American-Indian, Asian-American, or Pacific-Islander
  • Had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes), or gave birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more
  • Are physically active less than three times a week

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Diabetes Awareness Month

Contributed by Katie Sack on 11/12/2015 

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Did you know that diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. today—nearly 10 percent of the population? This means that every 19 seconds, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes.

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Look no further! Plum Benefits offers exclusive discounts of up to 50% off tickets and up to 60% off hotels, with access to preferred seating and special offers for top shows, attractions, theme parks, sporting events, movie tickets, hotels and much more. Plum Benefits is a unique benefit offered exclusively to companies and their employees.

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Thanks to all who came out to the Annual Ithaca College Employee Benefits & Work/Life Fair.

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Re-enrollment starts Monday, November 9, 2015.  When signing into Parnassus you must use Internet Explorer.  Fire Fox and Chrome are not supported for accessing Parnassus.

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