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Is 2018 your year to get healthy? Here’s how nib can help

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Each January around the world, thousands of New Year’s resolutions are made with the best intentions.

And while some of us resolve to switch careers or travel more, many of the most popular resolutions are about making healthy lifestyle changes – quit smoking, drink less or lose weight.

And that’s where nib customers have a real advantage.

At nib, we’re committed to keeping you at your healthiest all year ‘round, so we offer a number of programs and benefits available to eligible customers to help keep you on track.

Lose weight and get active

Did you know that being overweight or obese increases your likelihood of suffering from chronic diseases like cancer, asthma and osteoarthritis? And if you’re already living with a condition like this it could be making things worse.

That’s why we offer our COACH Program© available to eligible nib customers at no extra cost* who’ve been diagnosed with or are at risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Perfect for those who struggle to keep motivated and need some extra support, it includes personalised coaching with nutrition, fitness and lifestyle advice. With your coach, you’ll be able to set up your own health goals, get advice on the questions to ask your doctor and education on how to maintain your optimal level of health – so you can make long-term changes.

Middle-aged woman practicing yoga and focusing on her health

Quit smoking

If your resolution is to give up smoking, we want to help you achieve it; that’s why we offer Extras covers that include benefits for nicotine replacement therapies that are ordered by your GP, including gum, patches, inhalers and lozenges. The aim of these therapies is to help you quit by replacing some of the addictive nicotine you’d normally get through a cigarette to help ease the withdrawal symptoms.

Manage your arthritis pain

For each additional kilogram you weigh, there’s a four-fold increase in the force exerted through the knee#. We understand that the discomfort of knee and hip arthritis can be excruciating, so we offer the Healthy Weight For Life™ Program – aimed to help you better manage your joint pain from the comfort of your own home. The program, which is available to eligible nib customers at no extra cost*, includes more than $800 worth of meal replacements, a portion control eating plan, an activity plan with strength, balance and mobility exercises and ongoing support to help you maintain a healthy weight.

Better manage your medical condition

Living with complex medical needs can be tough when you’re managing it on your own, so we offer the Hunter Care coordination Program^. This program includes a personalised health plan with face-to-face assessments, home visits and coaching and carer support.

Interested in finding out whether you’re eligible for any of our Health Management Programs, or simply keen to get more information? Visit our Health Management Programs page or call 1800 339 219.

*Available to eligible customers with Hospital Cover who've served their waiting periods

#Messier, S., et al. Weight loss reduces knee-joint loads in overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis and Rheumatism 2005. 52(7): pp 2026-2032 ^ Greater Newcastle/Hunter region only

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