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From the CEO

Greetings AFSPA Family,

As we begin to shift our focus toward the final third of the year, I want to encourage you to continue looking after your mental and physical health. But before I do that, I want to address some of the world’s current events.

Thank you to all who helped advance the U.S. cause in Afghanistan over the past two decades; our hearts go out to those who have been evacuated due to recent political turmoil. Our thoughts are also with our members dealing with the harrowing conditions caused by the earthquake in Haiti. To assist members in both regions, we implemented emergency procedures, including an emergency benefit override from Express Scripts and waived some authorizations for procedures. We hope this provides a little relief during this time.

Now, back to your individual health. There is no question that we are surrounded by challenges, both big and small, that can derail our health journey.  We are here to help “keep you on track” and be a partner, cheerleader, or whatever you need to keep moving forward.

Pain Awareness Month

Understanding more about pain and its underlying causes can help relieve its effects and improve treatment options. If you suffer from acute or chronic pain, it is important to consult with your doctor about finding the best way to manage it. In addition, take a look at the CDC’s guidance on pain management resources.

FSBP can help you along whichever route you and your doctor choose to take. Our Pain Management Program helps members cope with chronic pain and manage opioid usage. Detailed information about this component of the In Touch Care Program can be found in Section 5h of the FSBP Brochure.

In addition, our virtual physical therapy program, Hinge Health, is a great option for members suffering from back, neck or joint pain.

Life Insurance Awareness Month Webinar

We are excited to share that our life insurance carrier, The Prudential Insurance Company of America, will be presenting our annual life insurance webinar on September 22, 2021. This online presentation titled, Financial Preparedness in the Event of Tragedy or Adversity will provide tips to ensure financial security and introduce members to the basics of life insurance. Bring your related questions because an experienced speaker will be hosting the session. Register here.


Cholesterol Education Month

The CDC estimates that 38 percent of American adults have high cholesterol. Too much cholesterol puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in the U.S.

Because September is National Cholesterol Education Month, I want to encourage you to prioritize your cardiovascular health. Speak with your healthcare provider about your risk for high cholesterol and how to manage your levels.

Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) members should get a biometric screening – a key component in measuring changes in your health status over time. Members participating in the Simple Steps to Living Well Together Program can earn a $100 Wellness Reward when they complete their biometric screening and pass three out of five metabolic syndrome criteria (HDL Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Blood pressure, waist circumference and Glucose).

September is a busy month for our kids as they return to school.  This year will look much different than last year and this is the first time many students will be in an actual classroom for almost 18 months.  I invite you to listen to our special Podcasts devoted to the challenges facing both parents and students around returning to the classroom.  Be sure to regularly check our websiteblogspodcasts and social media to stay updated on the many ways we are here to support you. As always, thank you for your trust and loyalty.

To Your Health,

Paula S. Jakub, RHU
Executive Director, Senior Living Foundation

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