Working Together for Healthier Babies

twins.png Every year, over half of a million babies are born prematurely in the United States. March of Dimes estimates that preterm births cost employers more than $12 billion in excess health care costs. Premature birth can lead to serious life-long challenges – such as asthma, blindness, and developmental disabilities. These challenges often affect babies throughout their lives impacting their education and ability to work.

For Tricia Bratton, FedEx Services Marketing Advisor, the issue of prematurity prevention is highly important and extremely personal as she has first-hand experience on the roller coaster ride that having premature twins at 25 weeks creates. Today, Tricia’s twins are healthy, happy 13 year olds though they were born weighing only 1 lb. 13 oz. and 1lb. 12 oz. Due to their short gestational period, they faced a gamut of health conditions including retinopathy, feeding intolerance, demineralization of their bones, and underdevelopment of their central nervous system...

Raising awareness for American Heart Month

hearth_health_blog_336x224.jpg As a health care professional, it gives me great pleasure to announce that during the month of February, in recognition of American Heart Month, FedEx is raising awareness about heart disease and helping team members identify and respond to its leading risk factors. This commitment to health promotion and wellness is a key component in the FedEx Health Care strategy. In 2014, FedEx is launching new benefit programs to help employees improve their health and productivity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. and a major cause of disability. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack and nearly 600,000 people die from heart disease. More than one in three adults has some type of cardiovascular disease.

Observance of Minority Health Month

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FedEx Express Employee Benefits enthusiastically supports the efforts of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and thousands of individuals across the country in the National Health Observance of Minority Health Month - April 2013. This year’s theme is “Advance Health Equity Now: Uniting our Communities to Bring Health Care Coverage to All."  Minority Health Month 2013 builds on strategic priorities to engage all consumers as advocates for their own health care and the health care of their families and communities.