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Albemarle BeWellDid you know that only 1 in 5 Americans gets an annual physical/wellness exam? That’s unfortunate, because annual wellness check-ups can help you stay healthy, catch problems early on, and even save your life.

Under the ACPS health insurance plans, wellness exams (along with screening tests like mammograms and colonoscopies) are covered with no-copay required—regardless of which of our health insurance plans you have. Continue reading

Safety & Effectiveness of Antibacterial Soaps in Question

Antibacterial SoapACPS works to provide safe and fragrance-free soap through dispensers in restrooms and staff workroom areas. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently banned several antibacterial active ingredients found in antibacterial soap—triclosan and triclocarban are the most common. Manufacturers are no longer allowed to use these ingredients in antibacterial soap; however, soaps produced before the final rule may contain the banned ingredients.

Please refrain from bringing antibacterial soaps to school. If you are in need of a soap dispenser in an area, please contact your lead custodian. Continue reading

NEW! Download the Mobile Health Consumer App Today!

Albemarle BeWellAnthem Mobile Health is the place to find all of your healthcare info! Download the new “Mobile Health Consumer” app to access important alerts, education, rewards, and personalized navigation through your health resources … all in one place. View your ID cards, find a provider, view balances and deductibles, estimate your healthcare costs, join activity tracker challenges, and more! Visit the iTunes App Store or Google Play today! Or, access Mobile Health Consumer online. Check out the Mobile Health FAQs for online registration info.

Are You Registered for Community Emergency Alerts?

CodeREDThe Office of Emergency Management recommends that all residents and businesses in the Charlottesville-Albemarle region register for the CodeRED Weather Warning. By registering, residents may receive tornado, severe thunderstorm, and flash flood warnings. Subscribers can select the type of messages they would like to receive as well as how they are warned, including phone, text and email. Learn more »

BeWell Albemarle: Upcoming Programs & Events

Albemarle BeWellDiabetes Alert Day is March 28, 2017. The American Diabetes Association is sounding the alarm about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in American adults by asking America to take their 60-second Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. It’s free, anonymous, and available online. (A printable version is available as well.)

Want to quit smoking, but don’t know where to start? Two local and FREE support groups are available to help you quit. This is your opportunity to learn about and experience various strategies for quitting, such as medication, acupuncture, hypnosis, stress reduction, and more!

Flu & Tdap Vaccination Clinics Begin October 4

Get Your Flu Shot HereDid you know … it is estimated that an average of 200,000 people per year are hospitalized due to flu-related complications? Again this year, Albemarle County has partnered with Giant Pharmacy to offer Influenza (flu) and—new this year—Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination clinics at 50+ county locations. When you get vaccinated, not only are you protecting yourself, but you also are helping to protect your family, friends and coworkers. Onsite clinics begin October 4. View the schedule »

Fitbit Program: Limited Time Offer!

FitbitAlbemarle County has teamed up with Anthem (our new insurance provider) to offer a new wellness tool! Now through September 15, benefits-eligible employees may purchase one of six Fitbit devices at a substantially reduced price. Orders must be placed by September 15, so reserve your Fitbit today!

Find out more about this great opportunity, including features of the various Fitbit models, payment via payroll deduction, and program FAQs, on the BeWell Albemarle website.

Mobile Mammography Coming to a Location Near You!

UVA Mobile MammographyThe UVA Mobile Mammography Coach is on the road with 3D capability and is headed to five Albemarle County locations this fall! Each clinic will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment. Restrictions apply. Get the details »

Call (434) 243-4704 to reserve your space:

  • Friday, September 9 – County Office Building, McIntire Road
  • Wednesday, September 14 – Albemarle High School
  • Friday, October 14 – Western Albemarle High School
  • Monday, October 31 – County Office Building, 5th Street
  • Friday, November 11 – Monticello High School

Women’s Four Miler Training Program: Registration Now Open

W4MTP 2015Women of all ages are invited to participate in the 23rd Annual Charlottesville Track Club Women’s Four Miler Training Program. Join us for 11 consecutive Saturdays of group training and talks by experts on a variety of women’s health topics. You may attend any or all sessions. Walkers and runners of any level are welcome, no experience necessary! Get registered »

When? Saturdays: June 18 – August 27, 2016 | 7 a.m. | UVA Track, Lannigan Field

Today, May 11, Is National School Nurse Day!

Stethoscope HeartThe Compass salutes our school nurses, who last school year handled nearly 170,000 clinic visits. That’s an average of 966 visits per day!

School nurses not only identify and treat accidents and injuries, but they also counsel students about physical and emotional stress, provide health services that increase school attendance, prevent and control the spread of communicable diseases, administer specialized services and medications, verify immunizations, conduct screenings and make referrals, provide input and direction for school and community policies and programs, educate students and staff on managing their own health and wellness, and so much more.

Today and every day, we are grateful to our school nurses for helping our students (and employees!) stay healthy, in school, and ready to learn.