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Tips for Exercising in the Heat

Stay safe and active despite high temps

Summer is on the horizon and the temperatures are rising. Higher temperatures and exercising outdoors can be a risky combination if you don’t take precautions.  Enjoy a beautiful sunny day and fresh air while safely exercising in the heat with these tips:

  • Start early – avoid the hottest part of the day (between 10am and 4pm) by rising early for your workout or go out at sunset or later,
  • Wear light colors – dark colors absorb heat, which can make you feel hot.  Keep clothing light colored and lightweight to allow more air to circulate over your skin which will keep you cooler.
  • Apply sunblock – look for products with UVA/UVB protection, preferably with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.  Reapply at two-hour intervals and after swimming.
  • Lower the intensity – ease up on your pace when starting out and as your body adapts to the heat, gradually increase the pace and duration if you feel ok. 
  • Hydrate – exercising in hot weather increases body temperature and ups the sweat factor, both of which can slow the body’s natural cooling system if exposed to high temperatures for too long.  Aim to consume 8 to 10 ounces of water every 20 minutes during exercise.
  • Rehydrate – after exercising in the heat replenish your body with water and look for fruit and vegetables like watermelon, bananas, oranges, broccoli, spinach or coconut water with natural electrolyte replacement.  Avoid alcohol and caffeine post exercise until fully rehydrated.
  • Track your hydration – a good way to know that you’re hydrated properly is to check the color of your urine.  If it’s pale yellow (like lemonade), you’re well hydrated.  If it’s darker (like apple juice), grab some water.

Be aware of the early signs of danger – Listen to your body and respect the heat, even if your workout has to be cut short or deferred to another day.  Learn the symptoms of heat-related illness and what to do if you or others show signs of suffering. 

Congratulations to the May 15th Prize Winners

Anyone who completed their N Good Health physical by May 15th was entered into the second of six 2024 N Good Health prize drawings. One participant won free medical insurance for 2025, one participant won an Extra Flex Day, two participants won $500 to redeem in the rewards mall, two participants won $250 to redeem in the rewards mall and one participant won Tickets on the Town.

These winners were randomly selected out of 4,000 participants who completed their N Good Health physical before Wednesday, May 15th.

2025 Free Medical Insurance winner:

  • Lakeshia Black

Extra Flex Time Day:

  • Destiny Washington

$500 to spend in the N Good Health Rewards Mall winners:

  • Mary Cash
  • Anglia Munk

$250 to spend in the N Good Health Rewards Mall winners:

  • Tanner Meffert
  • Julie Robinson

Hot Air Balloon Ride:

  • Rachel Triplett

Don’t miss out on the next big opportunity! Complete your N Good Health physical by June 15th for more chances to win. Those that didn’t win a prize for April 15th or May 15th, are still entered into each drawing.

Grand prizes offered each month:

  • Free medical insurance for 2025 (one winner each month)
  • $500 to spend in the N Good Health rewards mall (two winners each month)
  • $250 to spend in the N Good Health rewards mall (two winners each month)

Monthly bonus prizes:

  • June 15: Under-desk elliptical machine
  • July 15: Free entry in Bike to Beat Cancer 5-mile ride
  • Aug. 15: Wellness basket
  • Sept. 15: Tickets for the Festival of Trees & Lights

Eligibility
The earlier you complete your N Good Health physical, the more chances you have to win.

  • All Norton Healthcare employees (regardless of insurance coverage) are eligible to participate and win prizes.
  • Any spouse covered on a Norton Healthcare medical insurance plan can win prizes too!

Schedule your N Good Health physical today

Primary care provider – Make an N Good Health physical appointment with your primary care provider by signing in to your Norton MyChart account at NortonHealthcare.com/MyChart or scanning the QR code.

Norton Prompt Care – Make an N Good Health physical appointment at a Norton Prompt Care location by visiting NortonHealthcare.org/PromptCare or scanning the QR code.

How do I know if my steps are syncing?

Syncing steps is one of the many ways you can earn program activity points in 2024. You can earn 15 – 25 points monthly simply by tracking your steps! Use the “Tracker” page to enter your daily step total or connect a wearable device to log your steps. You must average 5,400 steps per day to earn 10 points that month. However if you average 7,500 steps per day, you can earn the max 25 points that month. All steps must be recorded by the last day of the month!

I synced a fitness tracker, but how do I know if its working?

If you own an iphone, here are the step by step directions using the app to verify your steps for the month:

If you own an android, here are the step by step directions using the app to verify your steps for the month:

Join Accelerate, There’s Still Time

It’s time to get up, get moving and hit max speed on your journey to a more active lifestyle. During this six-week challenge kicking off June 3rd, you’ll track your daily step count as you learn to develop long-term healthy strategies, maintain your motivation and maximize the benefits of your workout.

How do I sign up?
Join before June 9th log in at NGoodHealth.com and select the “Enroll” button in the challenges sections.

How do I participate?
Track your daily step count on NGoodHealth.com, the goal for the challenge is 5,000 steps a day. Review the challenge guide for tips on getting more steps each day.
Note: If you have a device or app synced to N Good Health, it will automatically record your steps. Make sure it is working properly before the challenge starts.

How can I win prizes?

  • Weekly prize drawings: Five participants who reach the daily steps goal on four out of seven days each week will be randomly selected to win $25 to spend in the N Good Health rewards mall.
  • GRAND PRIZE: Five participants who reach the daily steps goal for at least 30 days of the challenge will be randomly selected to win $50 to spend in the N Good Health rewards mall.
  • Can I receive 2024 N Good Health program points? Yes, when you reach the daily steps goal for at least 30 days of the challenge, you’ll be awarded with 28 points toward your 2024 N Good Health rewards.

Questions? Call (502) 629-2162

New Login Requirement for N Good Health

Multi-factor authentication is now required to access the N Good Health portal. In light of the increasing cybersecurity challenges, safeguarding your accounts and ensuring the confidentiality of our information is critical.

The addition of this security enhancement by our vendor, Navigate, aims to strengthen our accounts against unauthorized access.

With multi-factor authentication, a third party application is required for verification. This adds a step beyond entering your N Good Health password. Follow the steps below to enable multi-factor authentication:

1.       Log in to your N Good Health account through a web browser. N Good Health can be accessed on any device with internet access; at home or work.

Note: Setup cannot be done through the Navigate mobile app.

2.       Open the Navigate instructions on your web browser.

3.       Using your smartphone, download one of the following authenticator apps in your phone’s app store:

  • Duo Mobile
  • Microsoft Authenticator
  • Google Authenticator 

4.       Open the downloaded app on your phone and click add or “+” in the right-hand corner.

5.       Select to add an account using a QR code. A QR code is displayed in the instructions open on your web browser. Scan the unique QR code using your mobile device.

6.       Once you scan the code, the account will be created and you will receive a code on the authenticator app.

7.       Return to N Good Health portal on your computer to enter the passcode from your authenticator into the “Authentication Code” field.

8.       Backup codes will be displayed. Save these in the instance your authenticator app is not able to verify your credentials. Each backup code can only be used once.

If you need assistance, call (502) 629-2162, option 1, or call Navigate at (888) 282-0822.

We understand that these changes may require some adjustment, but these changes are implemented with your security and the protection of our sensitive information in mind. Please let us know if you need assistance with multi-factor authentication set up. The N Good Health team will be available onsite to assist in the set-up of this new process. We also understand that not every location, date and time will work for everyone, so we also have Webinar options available.

Join via Webinar

May 7th Time: 8-8:30am EST

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://nortonhealthcare.zoom.us/j/98909848289?pwd=bGpKZFNCOVVDM1JiQWhMbzNxMkJ4dz09

Password: 025856

May 10th Time: 12-12:30 EST

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://nortonhealthcare.zoom.us/j/98023491440?pwd=dXZLb0lrODhxc1ZsQlY5WDYrV3dRUT09

Password: 534077

If none of these options work for you, Schedule a virtual 1 on 1 wellness consultation today or to speak to an N Good Health staff member directly, you may call N Good Health at (502) 629-2162.

Thank you for your continued commitment to maintaining the integrity and security of our systems.

Corporate Games

Norton Healthcare is participating in the Louisville Sports Commission Corporate Games presented by Humana.  Any employee has the opportunity to participate, volunteer, donate items, or come out for a fun, family friendly wellness walk.  Not familiar with the Corporate Games?  It’s basically an adult field day!

The event is Saturday, June 1, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Kentucky Country Day School, 4100 Springdale Road, Louisville. Parking will be at nearby Olympia Park.​

Seventeen competitions will be divided into bracketed and competitive events. Bracketed events include 3×3 basketball, 4×4 soccer, cornhole, Bocce Ball, dodgeball, lawn pong, pickleball, relay race, tug-of-war and volleyball. Competitive events include a basketball shootout, disc golf, football throw, Frisbee toss, golf chip challenge, lacrosse shot and water balloon toss.

Participants, volunteers and supporting families can start the day in the 1-mile family-friendly wellness walk at 8:00 a.m. Additionally, the YMCA Family Fun Zone will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. Kids will have a special area to be active play and enjoy inflatables.  For adults who want more action, participate in a pro-football combine simulator and see how you measure up in the vertical jump, standing broad jump, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, 20-yard sled push and pull, and shuttle run.

If you would like to be a part of this event as a participant or volunteer, please email N Good Health to be sent more information.  The deadline to submit interest is May 22, 2024

There will also be an opportunity to ride in the Norton Children’s Foundation hot air balloon from 8:30am to 11:30am.  This tethered ride will be weather dependent.

Congratulations to the April 15th prize winners!

Anyone who completed their N Good Health physical by April 15th was entered into the first of six 2024 N Good Health prize drawings. One participant won free medical insurance for 2025, one participant won an Extra Flex Day, two participants won $500 to redeem in the rewards mall, two participants won $250 to redeem in the rewards mall and one participant won Tickets on the Town.

These winners were randomly selected out of about 2,800 participants who completed their N Good Health physical before Monday, April 15th.

2025 Free Medical Insurance winner:

  • Tonya Logsdon, Medical Assistant/X-Ray ICC Dupont

Extra Flex Time Day:

  • Leslie McWhirter, Radiation Therapist

$500 to spend in the N Good Health Rewards Mall winners:

  • Michael Logan, Transportation Care Associate, NCH
  • Angela Burgan, Infection Prevention RN, Education and Compliance

$250 to spend in the N Good Health Rewards Mall winners:

  • Terri Cowherd, Medical Assistant, Norton OBGYN Associates
  • Samantha Deplata, Medical Assistant ICC Preston

Tickets on the Town:

  • Tina Elmore, Medical Assistant-NCI

Don’t miss out on the next big opportunity! Complete your N Good Health physical by May 15th for more chances to win. Those that didn’t win a prize for April 15th, are still entered into each drawing.

Grand prizes offered each month:

  • Free medical insurance for 2025 (one winner each month)
  • $500 to spend in the N Good Health rewards mall (two winners each month)
  • $250 to spend in the N Good Health rewards mall (two winners each month)

Monthly bonus prizes:

  • May 15: 8 hours of FlexTime and a hot air balloon ride (separate winners)
  • June 15: Under-desk elliptical machine
  • July 15: Free entry in Bike to Beat Cancer 5-mile ride
  • Aug. 15: Wellness basket
  • Sept. 15: Tickets for the Festival of Trees & Lights

Eligibility
The earlier you complete your N Good Health physical, the more chances you have to win.

  • All Norton Healthcare employees (regardless of insurance coverage) are eligible to participate and win prizes.
  • Any spouse covered on a Norton Healthcare medical insurance plan can win prizes too!

Schedule your N Good Health physical today

Primary care provider – Make an N Good Health physical appointment with your primary care provider by signing in to your Norton MyChart account at NortonHealthcare.com/MyChart or scanning the QR code.

Norton Prompt Care – Make an N Good Health physical appointment at a Norton Prompt Care location by visiting NortonHealthcare.org/PromptCare or scanning the QR code.

Enjoy Discounts at Planet Fitness            

All employees are eligible for discounts at Planet Fitness. Norton Healthcare is partnered with Planet Fitness to offer Black Card membership discounts to all employees and spouses to improve their well-being. New members can select between the Planet Fitness Black Card or Classic membership when signing up at any of the 21 local area clubs.

Advantages of being a Norton Healthcare group member:

  • $0 down
  • No commitment
  • No annual fee with the Black Card membership

To join:

  1.  Visit PlanetFitness.com and use the search bar to find your preferred club location. 
  2. Click the “Have a promo code?” link and enter the applicable promo code below which will generate the offer. 
    1. Classic membership – Norton10
    1. Black Card membership – NortonBC
  3. Select your membership plan and enter your personal and payment information. A confirmation email will be sent to you so consider using your personal email address. 

Current Planet Fitness members can stop at the front desk of their home club to have their membership type changed to a Norton Healthcare employee membership and take advantage of these group benefits.

Members can earn 2 N Good Health program activity points for each daily visit (maximum 200 points per year).  Scan the Norton Healthcare QR code found on the glass near the facility entrance with your smart phone and you will be prompted to sign in to your N Good Health account and earn 2 points immediately.

Please read all the details on this partnership here.

Accelerate

It’s time to get up, get moving and hit max speed on your journey to a more active lifestyle. During this six-week challenge kicking off June 3rd, you’ll track your daily step count as you learn to develop long-term healthy strategies, maintain your motivation and maximize the benefits of your workout.

How do I sign up?
Between May 20th – June 9th log in at NGoodHealth.com and select the “Enroll” button in the challenges sections.

How do I participate?
Track your daily step count on NGoodHealth.com, the goal for the challenge is 5,000 steps a day. Review the challenge guide for tips on getting more steps each day.
Note: If you have a device or app synced to N Good Health, it will automatically record your steps. Make sure it is working properly before the challenge starts.

How can I win prizes?

  • Weekly prize drawings: Five participants who reach the daily steps goal on four out of seven days each week will be randomly selected to win $25 to spend in the N Good Health rewards mall.
  • GRAND PRIZE: Five participants who reach the daily steps goal for at least 30 days of the challenge will be randomly selected to win $50 to spend in the N Good Health rewards mall.
  • Can I receive 2024 N Good Health program points? Yes, when you reach the daily steps goal for at least 30 days of the challenge, you’ll be awarded with 28 points toward your 2024 N Good Health rewards.

Questions? Call (502) 629-2162

Discovering Complete Wellness

Enroll in the six-week virtual N Good Health program to enjoy holistic well-being support

Being healthy is not just eating healthy or exercising. N Good Health now offers a virtual program designed to take you on a journey to discovering not only how important it is to take care of your complete self but methods to accomplish this!

Discovering Complete Wellness is a six-week, holistic well-being program that encourages participants to take a proactive approach to wellness. Guided by the 8 pillars of wellness, guest speakers will lend their expertise to participants, who will learn how to define and measure wellness in each dimension and how to take action to build wellness-affirming habits and coping strategies. Participants will be introduced to Norton Healthcare resources that are available to support them as they discover complete wellness.

Discovering Complete Wellness

  • Norton Healthcare resources to support well-being
  • A six-week program offered virtually through Zoom
  • Option to enroll for sessions on either Mondays (noon to 1:00) or Tuesdays (5:00-6:00pm)
  • 150 N Good Health program activity points for program completion
  • Open to all employees plus all spouses insured on a Norton Healthcare medical insurance plan

Registration

Discovering Complete Wellness courses will begin on April 15 (Mondays) and April 16 (Tuesdays).  Whichever option you select will become your regularly scheduled day and time for the course. Courses will continue weekly at the allotted time through April 29.

Click here to register for Mondays (noon to 1:00pm)

Click here to register for Tuesdays (5 to 6:00pm)

Testimonials

  • It helped to have a reminder that health and wellness isn’t just food and exercise. There are lots of other areas that affect wellness as well  -AngelaB
  • “I am very glad I took this course and will recommend it to other employees.” –SarahP
  • “I thought it was a great program and worth my time.” –TaraM
  • “I was very surprised by the info and insight into this courses- I felt like I thought I had a good grasp of this before, but I learned even more through these classes.” -EricaW
  • “I can’t tell you how glad I am that I enrolled and followed through!”  JudyE

Questions

Contact NGoodHealth@nortonhealthcare.org with any questions on the program.