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July 18, 2016

Healthy Moves that Can Save You Money

by Amanda MacMillan

We’re officially more than halfway through the year, which makes this a great time to check in on your health and fitness goals for 2016 and see how things are going. Not so well? Don’t give up -- a little nudge in the right direction may be all you need. If you haven’t been as active or as health-conscious as you’d like this year, one great way to find motivation is to sign up for a running race or an organized walk. With more than 30,000 running events taking place every year across the country, there’s something out there for everyone. And thanks to CareConnect’s Wellness Program, you may be able to get reimbursed for the entry fee!

That’s right: If you’re a CareConnect member*, you can get reimbursed up to $150 per plan year for entry fees for certain organized runs and walks of a mile or more. And the same goes for your spouse if he or she is on your plan – meaning that your family could save up to $300 per plan year.

Anything from a local 5K to a destination marathon may qualify, as long as it’s advertised online or in a brochure. Check out the details on our Health & Wellness page, then submit the required forms and proof of entry fee payment and participation within 120 days of the event.

“I believe that regular exercise is the closest thing we have to a silver bullet for disease – there’s evidence that it can lower your risk of illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. It can also be a great deal of fun!” says Alan Murray, CareConnect’s president and CEO. “So we wanted to make it a little easier for members to be active. It’s a reward for doing what you want to do anyway.”

If you’re not a regular runner (or if you have a medical condition or are on medication), check with your doctor before diving into a new exercise routine. Then, find an event that’s walker friendly -- or look for a training program, like the Couch-to-5K app, which can get you ready to jog a full 3.1 miles on race day (most of these programs are about 8 or 9 weeks long). If you’re up for more of a challenge, consider a longer distance or go for a new “personal best” time.

Of course, use common sense when exercising in the summer: Drink plenty of fluids, avoid the hottest times of day and don’t push yourself harder than you can handle. It can also make sense to move your workout indoors on hot days. Then get ready for one of the events that have become a local favorite.

Check out to find runs and walks near you, and visit CareConnect’s Health & Wellness page for reimbursement details and forms. Pick a race, put it on your calendar, and get going. Happy training!


*Members of the CareConnect Northwell Health Employee Plan are not eligible for wellness program reimbursements.