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WINTER 2013-2014

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Meet Our Featured Member

Synobia Santiago Changing her diet and exercise habits helped her lose 90 pounds and changed her and her daughter’s lives.

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Have You Updated Your Eligible Dependents’ Information?

Our 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds’ Facebook page is helping thousands of members stay up to date on the latest benefit and pension news, health fairs, workshops, wellness news and more. If you’re not yet one of them, just visit www.facebook.com/1199SEIUBenefitFunds and click on “Like.” We think you’ll be glad you did.

Únase a los Compañeros Miembros en Nuestra Página de Facebook La página de Facebook de nuestros Fondos de Beneficios y Pensiones de 1199SEIU está ayudando a miles de miembros a mantenerse al día de las últimas novedades sobre beneficios y pensiones, ferias de salud, talleres, noticias sobre bienestar y mucho más. Si usted todavía no es uno de ellos, simplemente visite www.facebook.com/1199SEIUBenefitFunds y haga clic en “Like” (Me gusta). Estamos seguros de que se alegrará de hacerlo.

Make Sure You Get the Refund You’re Entitled to with the Earned Income Tax Credit


HIPAA Notice

MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

In this issue 3 Have You Updated Your Eligible Dependents’ Information? 4 This Tax Year, Make Sure You Claim All That You’re Entitled to with the Earned Income Tax Credit 5 Five Great Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot 6 Member Profile: Synobia Santiago 8 Winter-Proof Your Health! 9 Come to Our “Keep Your New Year’s Resolution” Workshop 9 Get Your 2014 Protecting Our Health Calendar! 10 Test Your Fitness Knowledge 12 Exercise Could Be as Effective as Drugs for Heart Disease 12 Eat Fish, Live Longer 12 Weight Loss Comes When You Join a Group 13 Request the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Application 14 2014 Anne Shore Sleep-Away Camp Program for Children Ages 9 to 15 Years 15 Our Prenatal Workshop Can Help Ensure You Have a Healthy Pregnancy 15 “Like” Us on Facebook 16 Our 24-Hour Nurse Helpline Is There When You Need It

Notice About the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program

Dear Members, The holidays can be such a wonderful time to celebrate with our friends and family, but we all know they can also make it hard to focus on our health and well-being. The important thing to remember is not to be so hard on yourself if you skip a workout or have that extra dessert. The New Year offers the perfect opportunity to get back on track, and your Benefit Fund is here to help.

If you would like a copy of the Fund’s Notice of HIPAA Privacy Practices, please visit www.1199SEIUBenefits.org, or request one in writing by writing to the 1199SEIU Benefit Fund Privacy Officer at 330 West 42nd St, 9th Floor, NY, NY 10036.

You are a plan participant, or are being offered the opportunity to enroll as a plan participant, in an employment-based health plan that is certified for participation in the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program. The Early Retiree Reinsurance Program is a Federal program that was established under the Affordable Care Act. Under the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, the Federal government reimburses a plan sponsor of an employment-based health plan for some of the costs of healthcare benefits paid on behalf of, or by, early retirees and certain family members of early retirees participating in the employment-based plan. By law, the program expires on January 1, 2014. Under the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, your plan sponsor may choose to use any reimbursements it receives from this program to reduce or offset increases in plan participants’ premium contributions, co-payments, deductibles, co-insurance or other out-of-pocket costs.

The New Year offers the perfect opportunity to get back on track, and your Benefit Fund is here to help.

In this issue of your member magazine, For Your Benefit, you will find practical tips on keeping yourself healthy through the winter, from fitting in nutritious meals and exercise to getting more sleep and leaning on your support network. We also remind you that it is still not too late to get your annual flu shot. In addition, you will read an inspiring story about how one of your fellow members used the workplace support of her Benefit Fund, Union and employer to lose 90 pounds and help ensure a healthier future for herself and her daughter.

If the plan sponsor chooses to use the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program reimbursements in this way, you, as a plan participant, may experience changes that may be advantageous to you, in your health plan coverage terms and conditions, for so long as the reimbursements under this program are available and this plan sponsor chooses to use the reimbursements for this purpose. A plan sponsor may also use the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program reimbursements to reduce or offset increases in its own costs for maintaining your health benefits coverage, which may increase the likelihood that it will continue to offer health benefits coverage to its retirees and employees and their families.

The National Benefit Fund believes it is a “grandfathered health plan” under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act). As permitted by the Affordable Care Act, a grandfathered health plan can preserve certain basic health coverage that was already in effect when that law was enacted. Being a grandfathered health plan means that this plan may not include certain consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act that apply to other plans, for example, the requirement for an external review process for claims appeals. However, grandfathered health plans must comply with certain other consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, for example, the elimination of lifetime limits on benefits. Questions regarding which protections apply and which protections do not apply to a grandfathered health plan and what might cause a plan to change from grandfathered health plan status can be directed to the plan administrator at (646) 473-9200. You may also contact the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor at (866) 444-3272 or www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform. This website has a table summarizing which protections do and do not apply to grandfathered health plans.

We have also included information about the valuable benefits your Fund provides, including our tax preparation assistance program, which helps thousands of members get more money back in their tax refunds every year, and upcoming wellness workshops. In fact, if you attend one of our wellness events, you will get your own copy of the Fund’s 2014 Protecting Our Health calendar, which offers encouragement and strategies for a healthy and happy 2014. Finally, to make sure we can keep providing the benefits that you and your family depend on, it is important that we have your most up-to-date information on file. If you are a National Benefit Fund member and you received a letter requesting documentation to verify the eligibility of your dependents, please make sure you respond as soon as possible. Doing so will not only help ensure that your dependents continue to receive the healthcare they need, but it will protect our limited benefit dollars as well. We hope this issue of For Your Benefit helps you get 2014 off to a great start! Sincerely,

This issue of For Your Benefit contains important information about your rights under your benefit plan and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which you should read and retain for future reference.

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Mitra Behroozi Executive Director 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds

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This Summary of Material Modifications describes changes that affect your pension plan and updates the Summary Plan Description (“SPD”) that was previously distributed to you. You should keep this summary with your current employee booklet until the booklet is updated to reflect the changes discussed herein.

The SPD is amended by adding the following underlined language: Section IV. E WHEN YOUR PENSION BEGINS Note that if you are receiving weekly disability benefits from the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund or you have applied for and are eligible for workers compensation, you will not be considered Retired until those payments end.

This summary only highlights the key changes made to the 1199SEIU Health Care Employees Pension Fund. Summaries of material modifications together with the Summary Plan Description make up your official plan descriptions; please keep them together and refer to them as necessary. We have made every attempt to insure the accuracy of the information in this summary and the Summary Plan Description. However, if there is any discrepancy between them and the plan document or other legal documents, the plan document and other legal documents will always govern. If you would like to review the plan document or have any questions, please contact the Fund’s Member Services Representatives at (646) 473-9200. The plan sponsor of the 1199SEIU Health Care Employees Pension Fund reserves the right to amend or terminate the 1199SEIU Health Care Employees Pension Fund, or any part of it, at any time.

1199SEIU GREATER NEW YORK BENEFIT FUND SUMMARY OF MATERIAL MODIFICATIONS This Summary of Material Modifications describes changes that affect your welfare benefit plan and updates the Summary Plan Description (“SPD”) that was previously distributed to you. You should keep this summary with your SPD until the SPD is updated to reflect the changes discussed herein.

insurance contracts or other legal documents, the legal documents will always govern. If you would like to review the plan document or have any questions, please contact the Fund’s Member Services Representatives at (646) 473-9200. The plan sponsor of 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund reserves the right to amend or terminate the 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund, or any part of it, at any time.

Effective January 1, 2014, the following changes to the 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund (“Benefit Fund”) apply: 1. The Plan will cover experimental treatment provided in an approved clinical trial (as defined by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its supporting regulations) according to the trial protocol with respect to the treatment of cancer or another life-threatening disease or condition, subject to plan limitations; and 2. Inpatient rehabilitation and detoxification must be medically necessary, but the 30-day annual limit on inpatient rehabilitation and the 7-day annual limit on inpatient detoxification are hereby eliminated.

This summary only highlights the key changes made to the 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund. Summaries of material modifications together with the Summary Plan Description make up your official plan descriptions; please keep them together and refer to them as necessary. We have made every attempt to insure the accuracy of the information in this summary and the Summary Plan Description. However, if there is any discrepancy between them and the plan document,

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1199SEIU HEALTH CARE EMPLOYEES PENSION FUND SUMMARY OF MATERIAL MODIFICATIONS

Have You Updated Your

Eligible Dependents’ Information? If your spouse and/or children are covered by the National Benefit Fund, you may have received a letter in the fall requesting documentation to update their eligibility information from HMS Employer Solutions, who is conducting our Dependent Eligibility Verification Program. If you don’t send your information to HMS by the deadline, your dependents’ coverage will be terminated. Completing the process is simple and easy: Just make copies of all your required documents, fill out any required Coordination of Benefit forms and submit everything to HMS online, by fax or by mail. If you believe your eligible dependents’ coverage was mistakenly terminated and you would like to reinstate their coverage, you must contact the Benefit Fund at (646) 473-9200 to find out what you need to do.

The Fund believes the Eligibility Class III plan is a “grandfathered health plan” under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act). As permitted by the Affordable Care Act, a grandfathered health plan can preserve certain basic health coverage that was already in effect when that law was enacted. Being a grandfathered health plan means that this plan may not include certain consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act that apply to other plans, for example, the requirement for an external review process for claims appeals. However, grandfathered health plans must comply with certain other consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, for example, the elimination of lifetime limits on benefits. Questions regarding which protections apply and which protections do not apply to a grandfathered health plan and what might cause a plan to change from grandfathered health plan status can be directed to the plan administrator at (646) 473-9200. You may also contact the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor at 1-866-444-3272 or www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform. This website has a table summarizing which protections do and do not apply to grandfathered health plans.

Are All Your Beneficiaries Up to Date? While you’re updating your dependents’ eligibility information, this is a good opportunity to make sure your beneficiaries are current too: Do you need to change the beneficiary of your life insurance policy? Have you recently added a new dependent to your family? To update your beneficiaries’ information, just visit our website, www.1199SEIUBenefits.org, fill out the Enrollment Change Form and submit it to the Benefit Fund.

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This Tax Year, Make Sure You Claim All That You’re Entitled to with the

Earned Income Tax Credit Take Advantage of Our Free Tax Prep Assistance Program and Make Sure Your Refund Is All It Can Be The 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund’s Tax Assistance Program is available to help you claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and get the most out of your tax return. The program has served thousands of members through the years, and in 2014, the Fund is again partnering with New York City’s EITC Coalition to help ensure your tax return is prepared accurately and your refund includes everything you’re entitled to. The EITC Coalition is led by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, and includes the City’s Office of Financial Empowerment and the Food Bank For New York City.

Visit the Food Bank For New York City and Ariva Sites for Free Tax Preparation

Claim Your EITC You can check whether you meet the income requirements for the EITC by using the 2013 tax guidelines listed here: s )NCOMEBELOW  IFMARRIED lLINGA joint return) with three or more dependent children s )NCOMEBELOW  IFMARRIED lLINGA joint return) with two dependent children s )NCOMEBELOW  IFMARRIED lLINGA joint return) with one dependent child s )NCOMEBELOW  IFMARRIED lLINGA joint return) with no dependent children

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Section VI. F IF YOU RETIRE BETWEEN AGES 55 THROUGH 64 WITH AT LEAST 10 YEARS OF PENSION FUND CREDITED SERVICE

9OUAREELIGIBLEFORTHEBENElTSDESCRIBEDINTHISSECTIONWHENYOURETIREATORAFTERAGEWITH at least 10 Years of Pension Fund Credited Service. If your spouse is covered by Medicare, he or she is covered for the same benefits, except for Life Insurance. If your spouse is not covered by Medicare, he or she is covered only for prescription drugs, vision care and burial benefits. When your spouse reaches age 65 or is covered by Medicare, he or she will receive the same benefits you receive, except for Life Insurance. If you are eligible for Medicare and live outside of New York City, Nassau County or designated counties in Florida, you will only be able to receive Retiree Health Benefits from the Benefit Fund if you are enrolled in the Fund’s Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program, an Employer Group Waiver Program (EGWP) sponsored by the Fund and its Pharmacy Benefit Manager (Express Scripts). When your spouse becomes eligible for Medicare, he or she must enroll in this Prescription Drug program in order to receive benefits through the Benefit Fund. This Benefit Fund Medicare Part D Prescription Program will provide you with a full prescription benefit similar to the benefit described in Section II.L of this Summary Plan Description. The Benefit Fund will supplement this Program by continuing to provide you with the Retiree Health Benefits described in this section. In certain situations, the Fund may grant a waiver of this requirement if you are already enrolled in another Medicare Part D Plan. Please note that you and your spouse will be responsible for the full cost of your Medicare Part D premium, if any. If you choose to disenroll from this Program for any reason, you and your spouse will no longer be eligible to receive the Retiree Health Benefits described in this section of this SPD from the Benefit Fund.

… ELIGIBILITY To receive the benefits described in this section from the Benefit Fund, you must either (I) be covered by the Benefit Fund as an active employee right before you retire, or (II) retire from covered service within one (1) year of the date (a) your Employer was no longer obligated to make contributions on your behalf; or (b) your Employer was terminated as a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund; or (III) be receiving Benefit Fund Disability or an award of permanent partial disability or permanent total disability from Workers’ Compensation from a disabling condition or event that commenced or occurred while you were actively employed by a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund.

Your retiree health benefits through the Benefit Fund can’t exceed the coverage you had just before you retired. For example, if you did not have prescription benefits just before you retired, you are not covered for prescription benefits after you retire. ELIGIBILITY To receive the benefits described in this section from the Benefit Fund, you must either (I) be covered by the Benefit Fund as an active employee right before you retire; or (II) retire from covered service within one (1) year of the date (a) your Employer was no longer obligated to make contributions on your behalf; or (b) your Employer was terminated as a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund; or (III) be receiving Benefit Fund Disability or an award of permanent partial disability or permanent total disability from Workers’ Compensation from a disabling condition or event that commenced or occurred while you were actively employed by a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund. …

As long as your 2013 household income was below $52,000 (or $20,000 if you are single and have no dependents), our partners at the Food Bank For New York City are offering free tax preparation events throughout the five boroughs. The nonprofit financial education program Ariva is also offering free assistance, at sites in the Bronx. At Ariva’s site in the South Bronx, your 2013 household income must be below $52,000 if you have dependents or below $18,000 if you are single and have no dependents. At Ariva’s site in the Northwest Bronx, your 2013 household income must be below $56,000 if you have dependents or below $25,000 if you are single and have no dependents. If you qualify for the EITC, the tax experts onsite will help you file for the credit. Even if you don’t live near one of these sites, be sure to check the “Claim Your EITC” guide at the top of the page to find out whether you qualify for the credit before filing your return. For information about the Food Bank For New York City’s sites, call 311. For information about Ariva’s site in the South Bronx, call (718) 292-2983. The site will be open January 16 to April 15. For information about Ariva’s site in the Northwest Bronx – by appointment only – call (718) 933-3101. The site will be open January 29 to April 9.

Section VI. D IF YOU RETIRE AT AGE 65 OR OLDER AND LIVE OUTSIDE NEW YORK CITY, NASSAU COUNTY OR DESIGNATED COUNTIES IN FLORIDA

Pg. 138 MEDICARE PART D PREMIUM - INCOME RELATED ADJUSTMENT As a result of their enrollment in the Fund’s Medicare Prescription Employer Group Waiver Program (EGWP), some members whose incomes are above certain levels established by Medicare may incur an additional Medicare premium a reduction in their monthly Social Security benefit, which is known as an Income Related Medicare Adjustment Amount (IRMAA).

Check your mail for your Fund’s EITC information booklet, visit our website, www.1199SEIUBenefits.org, or call the Benefit Fund at (646) 473-9200.

Section VI. E IF YOU RETIRE BETWEEN AGES 62 THROUGH 64 … ELIGIBILITY To receive the benefits described in this section from the Benefit Fund, you must either (I) be covered by the Benefit Fund as an active employee right before you retire, or (II) retire from covered service within one (1) year of the date (a) your Employer was no longer obligated to make contributions on your behalf; or (b) your Employer was terminated as a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund; or (III) be receiving Benefit Fund Disability or an award of permanent partial disability or permanent total disability from Workers’ Compensation from a disabling condition or event that commenced or occurred while you were actively employed by a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund.

Section VI. G IF YOU RETIRE WITH A DISABILITY PENSION … ELIGIBILITY To receive the benefits described in this section from the Benefit Fund, you must either be (I) covered by the Benefit Fund as an active employee right before you retire, or (II) retire from covered service within one (1) year of the date (a) your Employer was no longer obligated to make contributions on your behalf; or (b) your Employer was terminated as a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund; or (III) be receiving Benefit Fund Disability or an award of permanent partial disability or permanent total disability from Workers’ Compensation from a disabling condition or event that commenced or occurred while you were actively employed by a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund. Section VIII. A YOUR ERISA RIGHTS … CONTINUE GROUP HEALTH COVERAGE s )FYOULOSEHEALTHCOVERAGEFORYOURSELF SPOUSE ORDEPENDENTSUNDERTHE0LANASARESULTOFA qualifying event, you or your dependents may have to pay for continued coverage. Review this Summary Plan Description and the documents governing the Plan on the rules governing your COBRA continuation coverage rights. s You will be provided a Certificate of Creditable Coverage, free of charge, from the Plan when you lose coverage under the Plan,when you become entitled to elect COBRA continuation coverage, when your COBRA continuation coverage ceases, if you request it before losing coverage, or if you request it up to 24 months after losing coverage. Without evidence of creditable Coverage, you may be subject to a preexisting condition exclusion for 12 months (18 months for late enrollees) after your enrollment date in your coverage.

This summary only highlights the key changes made to the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health & Human Service Employees. Summaries of material modifications together with the Summary Plan Description make up your official plan descriptions; please keep them together and refer to them as necessary. We have made every attempt to insure the accuracy of the information in this summary and the Summary Plan Description. However, if there is any discrepancy between them and the plan document, insurance contracts or other legal documents, the legal documents will always govern. If you would like to review the plan document or have any questions, please contact the Fund’s Member Services Representatives at (646) 473-9200. The Fund believes it is a “grandfathered health plan” under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act). As permitted by the Affordable Care Act, a grandfathered health plan can preserve certain basic health coverage that was already in effect when that law was enacted. Being a grandfathered health plan means that this plan may not include certain consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act that apply to other plans, for example, the requirement for an external review process for claims appeals. However, grandfathered health plans must comply with certain other consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, for example, the elimination of lifetime limits on benefits. Questions regarding which protections apply and which protections do not apply to a grandfathered health plan and what might cause a plan to change from grandfathered health plan status can be directed to the plan administrator at (646) 473-9200. You may also contact the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor at 1-866-444-3272 or www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform. This website has a table summarizing which protections do and do not apply to grandfathered health plans. The plan sponsor of the1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health & Human Service Employees reserves the right to amend or terminate the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health & Human Service Employees, or any part of it, at any time.

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Pg. 43 YOUR HIPAA RIGHTS When your Benefit Fund coverage ends, a federal law – the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) – protects you if your new health plan excludes pre-existing conditions. When your Benefit Fund coverage ends, under HIPAA you and/or your Dependents are entitled by law to, and will be provided with, a Certificate of Creditable Coverage. Certificates of Creditable Coverage indicate the period of time you and/or your Dependents were covered under the Fund (including COBRA coverage), as well as certain additional information required by law. The Certificate of Creditable Coverage may be necessary if you and/or your Dependents become eligible for coverage under another group health plan, or if you buy a health insurance policy within 63 days after your coverage under this Benefit Fund ends (including COBRA coverage). The Certificate of Creditable Coverage is necessary because it may reduce any exclusion for preexisting coverage periods that may apply to you and/or your Dependents under the new group health plan or health insurance policy. The Certificate of Creditable Coverage will be provided to you shortly after this Benefit Fund knows, or has reason to know, that coverage (including COBRA coverage) has ended. The Certificate of Creditable Coverage will also be provided once the Benefit Fund office receives a written request, provided that the request is received within two (2) years after the later of the date your coverage under the Benefit Fund ended or the date your COBRA coverage ended. Accordingly, the Benefit Fund will provide you with Certificates of Creditable Coverage showing when you were covered by the Benefit Fund: on your request, within 24 months after your Benefit Fund coverage ceases; when you are entitled to elect COBRA (see Section I.K); when your coverage terminates, even if you are not entitled to COBRA (see Section I.K), and when your COBRA coverage ceases. You should retain these Certificates of Creditable Coverage as proof of prior coverage for your new health plan. For further information, call the Member Services Department of the Benefit Fund at (646) 473-9200.

Section VI.A RETIREE HEALTH BENEFITS Pg. 127 Retiree Health Benefits are available for you and your eligible spouse only. Dependent children are not covered for these benefits regardless of their age. ‌ Pg. 128 For example: If you did not have prescription coverage right before you retired, you are not covered for prescription benefits after you retire. or if your spouse was not covered while you were a working member, you cannot enroll your spouse after you retire. ‌

Section I.K YOUR COBRA RIGHTS Informing You of Your Rights 0G In considering whether to elect continuation coverage, you should take into account that a failure to continue your group health coverage will affect your future rights under federal law. 0G First, you may lose the right to avoid having pre-existing condition exclusions applied to you by other group health plans if you have more than a 63-day gap in health coverage, and election of continuation coverage may help you not have such a gap. Second, you may lose the guaranteed right to purchase individual health insurance policies that do not impose such pre-existing condition exclusions if you do not get continuation coverage for the maximum time available to you.

Section VI. C IF YOU RETIRE AT AGE 65 OR OLDER AND LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY, NASSAU COUNTY OR DESIGNATED COUNTIES IN FLORIDA

Section II.E Pg. 71 PROGRAM FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: MENTAL HEALTH AND ALCOHOL/ SUBSTANCE ABUSE Benefit Brief Inpatient Alcohol/Substance Abuse s -EDICALLY.ECESSARYSERVICESFORINPATIENTDETOXIlCATIONand rehabilitation s Up to 30 days within a 12-month period for inpatient rehabilitation Pg. 72 ALCOHOL/SUBSTANCE ABUSE BENEFITS When Medically Necessary, you are covered for diagnosis and treatment of alcoholism or substance abuse. Outpatient Care s /UTPATIENTVISITS Inpatient Care s -EDICALLY.ECESSARYSERVICESFORINPATIENTDETOXIlCATIONand rehabilitation s Up to 30 days within a 12-month period for inpatient rehabilitation SECTION III.A WHEN YOUR BENEFITS BEGIN ‌ Pg. 101 PLEASE NOTE You cannot receive Disability benefits for any period in which you receive any other compensation, such as pension (except for active members age 70.5 or older required to commence receiving a pension benefit), payments from the Social Security Administration as a result of a Disability Award, sick leave or wages from any other employer.

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Section VI.B REGISTER FOR MEDICARE ‌ Pg. 129 A delay in registering may: s $ELAYYOUR-EDICARECOVERAGE s 2ESULTINAlNANCIALPENALTYCHARGEDBY-EDICAREOR s 2ESULTINOUT OF POCKETCOSTSTOYOUFORCARE WHICH-EDICAREDOESNOTPAYYou and your spouse must also enroll in either the Benefit Fund’s Medicare Program, as described In Section VI.C or the Benefit Fund’s Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program, as described In Section VI.D. If you live in New York City, Nassau County, or designated counties in Florida and are eligible for Medicare, you and your spouse must also enroll in the Benefit Fund’s Medicare Program unless you meet the exceptions described in Section VI.C. See Section VI.C for details on this program.

Pg. 132 If you are eligible for Medicare and live in New York City, Nassau County or designated counties in Florida you will only be able to receive Retiree Health Benefits from the Benefit Fund through if you enroll in the Medicare Health Maintenance Organization with which the Benefit Fund has negotiated a special package of benefits for Benefit Fund retirees (“Benefit Fund Medicare Programâ€?). When your spouse becomes eligible for Medicare, he or she must enroll in the Benefit Fund Medicare Program in order to receive benefits through the Benefit Fund. This Benefit Fund Medicare Program will provide you with a full basic prescription benefit similar to the benefit described in Section II.L of this Summary Plan Description as well as hospital, medical, dental care, podiatry, chiropractic, vision and hearing benefits. In addition, eligible members and spouses will receive coverage for a full prescription benefit similar to the benefit presented in this Summary Plan Description for active members. Depending upon the Retiree Health package that you and your spouse are eligible to receive, tThe Benefit Fund will supplement the Benefit Fund Medicare Program by continuing to provide you with Retiree Health Benefits described in the following pages, such as reimbursement for a part of your Medicare Part B premium, Life Insurance, and burial benefits and prescription benefits beyond those provided by the Benefit Fund ‌ Pg. 133 ELIGIBILITY To receive the benefits described in this section from the Benefit Fund, you must either (I) be covered by the Benefit Fund as an active employee right before you retire; or (II) retire from covered service within one (1) year of the date (a) your Employer was no longer obligated to make contributions on your behalf; or (b) your Employer was terminated as a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund; or (III) be receiving Benefit Fund Disability or an award of permanent partial disability or total permanent disability from Workers’ Compensation from a disabling condition or event that commenced or occurred while you were actively employed by a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund. ‌ Pg. 134 MEDICARE PART D PREMIUM - INCOME RELATED ADJUSTMENT As a result of their enrollment in the Fund’s Medicare Prescription Employer Group Waiver Program (EGWP), some members whose incomes are above certain levels established by Medicare may incur an additional Medicare premium a reduction in their monthly Social Security benefit, which is known as an Income Related Medicare Adjustment Amount (IRMAA).

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Five Great Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot Even though January and February are peak flu season, it’s still not too late to protect yourself, your family and your patients or residents from the potentially serious virus. If you still haven’t gotten your shot, here’s why you should:

1. Getting a flu shot is the single best way to protect yourself against the virus, according to health experts, so getting vaccinated now can still help you stay healthy through the winter. 2. As a healthcare worker, you have a higher chance of getting the flu since you work with many people who are already sick. You’re also at greater risk if you’re pregnant, age 50 and older or have a chronic medical condition such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease. 3. A flu shot cannot make you sick. This is one of the biggest myths surrounding the flu shot. The flu viruses in the vaccine are inactivated (killed), so they can’t cause infection, and the vaccine is tested for safety.

4. Healthcare workers are required by New York State law to get a flu shot or wear a mask when they’re near patients or residents. Getting the flu shot protects you and your patients or residents – and it’s a lot more convenient than wearing a mask. 5. Getting your flu shot is convenient – and covered! Flu vaccinations are available through most healthcare employers and worksites and at local Rite Aid pharmacies. If your employer isn’t offering the flu shot, remember that your Benefit Fund covers the vaccination, so just make an appointment with your healthcare provider.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; MedPage Today

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Synobia Santiago Breaking a pattern of poor nutrition and fitness habits helped one young mother lose 90 pounds and changed her and her daughter’s lives. It was a little more than two years ago when Synobia Santiago hit what felt like her lowest point. She was the proud mother of a beautiful little girl and was excited about their future, but Synobia’s weight was already taking a toll on what they could do together. Heavy for most of her life, she tired easily and struggled to find the energy to play with then 2-year-old Giselle. Enough is enough, Synobia remembered thinking to herself one afternoon; things have got to change. “I thought about the life that I wanted for her and I felt like I had to lead by example,� she said. “I didn’t want her to grow up overweight like I did.� Only 21 years old at the time, Synobia considered herself lucky to have avoided any health problems related to her weight. But she also knew that it was only a matter of time before her luck ran out. Working in the housekeeping department at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Synobia said the culture of health created at her worksite and the encouragement of her Benefit Fund Outreach Coordinator and her Union organizers and delegates were constant reminders of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. That support, combined with her hopes for Giselle and memories of her own childhood, pushed her into action. “There were so many things I wanted to do that I missed out on because of my weight, like joining the volleyball team or going to school dances,� she said. “I want my daughter to live a healthy, full life, with no regrets due to obesity.� Synobia had tried pills to suppress her appetite and fad diets in the past and said they not only had intolerable side effects – such as making her heart race – but they actually increased her cravings for unhealthy foods, so she was well aware that crash diets or other quick fixes were not the answer. Instead, she set out to make changes she could sustain: specifically, better nutrition through a wellbalanced diet combined with an exercise program. At first, she felt self-conscious about working out at a gym or the park, but she invested in an inexpensive

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1199SEIU NATIONAL BENEFIT FUND FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE EMPLOYEES SUMMARY OF MATERIAL MODIFICATIONS This Summary of Material Modifications describes changes that affect your welfare benefit plan and updates the Summary Plan Description (SPD) that was previously distributed to you. You should keep this summary with your current SPD until the booklet is updated to reflect the changes discussed herein. Effective January 1, 2014, the following changes to the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health and Human Service Employees (“Benefit Fund�) apply, where the strike-out language is omitted, and the bolded underlined language is added: Section I.A YOUR CHILDREN Your children are eligible up to their 1926th birthday if all the following conditions are met: s 4HEYREYOURBIOLOGICALCHILDRENOR s 4HEYREYOURLEGALLYADOPTEDCHILDRENCOVERAGEFORLEGALLYADOPTEDCHILDRENSTARTSFROM placement); or s 9OUARETHEIRLEGALPARENTIDENTIlEDONTHEIRBIRTHCERTIlCATEAND s They’re not eligible to enroll in another employer-sponsored health plan (excluding parent coverage); and s You have provided updated information about your child’s coverage under other benefit plans as requested by the Fund; s 9OUAREELIGIBLEFORFAMILYCOVERAGE BASEDONYOUR7AGE#LASSSEE3ECTION)$ 

treadmill and began exercising at home. Before long, Synobia had gained the confidence to join a local gym and also started walking in Highland Park, close to where she lives in Brooklyn. Eventually, she worked her way up to a routine that includes jogging at a moderate pace. “Running has been a great release for me,� she said. “The feel of the wind blowing through my hair makes me feel like I’m leaving all my worries right there on the pavement.� While exercising regularly remains a key to her health, Synobia has also eliminated nearly all the added sugars and carbohydrates from her diet. As a rule, she and Giselle now eat lean meats, vegetables and brown rice for their main meals – always making sure to stick with small portions, she said. For snacks, their favorites include bananas with a little peanut butter and plain popcorn, without butter or salt. The results have been amazing, Synobia said, as she’s dropped 90 pounds and now focuses on maintaining her weight loss and toning her muscles. She added that she hopes her story can help inspire others to make positive changes in their life, saying she now has no regrets. Perhaps most important, she said, is that she now has plenty of energy for all the activities a 4-year-old can come up with. “Giselle is everything to me,� Synobia said. “We have so much fun together, but I know from experience it wouldn’t be this way if I didn’t take care of my health.�

When submitting a claim for your spouse’s or child’s care, you must include a statement from your spouse’s the primary plan showing what action they have taken. ‌ 0G IF BENEFIT COVERAGE IS AVAILABLE THROUGH YOUR SPOUSE’S EMPLOYER, OR IF YOUR SPOUSE IS SELF-EMPLOYED Your spouse must: s %NROLLINTHATEMPLOYERSBENElTPLANOR s 0URCHASEINSURANCEIFSELF EMPLOYED ASDElNEDBYTHE0LAN!DMINISTRATOR and s Choose coverage at least for himself or herself; and s 0AYANYPREMIUMSREQUIREDBYTHeat plan to maintain this insurance. The Benefit Fund will only pay benefits up to the amount the Benefit Fund would have paid if your spouse had been covered by his or her employer’s plan. You and your spouse will have to pay any charges not paid by the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund and your spouse’s employer’s plan.

Your stepchildren, foster children and grandchildren are not covered by the Benefit Fund. Children of your same-sex partner cannot be covered by the Benefit Fund, unless you are their legally recognized parent or they are legally adopted by or placed for adoption with you.

Pg. 36 WHEN CHILDREN ARE COVERED BY BOTH PARENTS If you and your spouse both have dependent coverage, benefits for your children are coordinated as follows: s The primary payers are the children’s employer-sponsored coverage through their employment and/or through their spouses, if any. s The secondary payer is the plan of the parent whose parent whose birthday is earliest in the year; and s 4HEOTHERPARENTSPLANISTHEnext payer. ‌

AFTER YOUR CHILD REACHES AGE 19 Your child’s coverage may be continued from your child’s 19th birthday up to his or her 26th birthday if: s You file a properly completed Young Adult Enrollment Form with the Benefit Fund when your child turns age 19 and each year after that until your child’s 26th birthday; and

WHEN YOU ARE COVERED BY MEDICARE ‌ If you prefer, you may elect to end your coverage under the Benefit Fund and elect to have Medicare as your only insurance. However, if you elect this option, the Benefit Fund may not provide any benefits that supplement those provided under Medicare.

They’re not eligible to enroll in another employer-sponsored health plan (excluding parent coverage). ‌

Section I. G WHEN OTHERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ILLNESS OR INJURY ‌

QUALIFIED MEDICAL CHILD SUPPORT ORDER The Benefit Fund will comply with the terms of any Qualified Medical Child Support Order (QMCSO) as the term is defined in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974, as amended. A QMCSO may require the Benefit Fund to make coverage available to your child even though the child is not, for income tax purposes or Fund purposes, your legal dependent, because of separation or divorce. In order to be a qualified order, the medical child support order must: s Be issued by a court or authorized state agency; s Clearly specify the alternate recipient; s Reasonably describe the type of coverage to be provided to suchalternate recipient; s Clearly state the period to which such order applies; and s Indicate the name and last known address of the member who is required to provide the coverage and the name and mailing address of each child covered by the order. The Plan Administrator will determine the qualified status of a medical child support order in accordance with the Benefit Fund’s written procedures.

Pg.39 If you fail or refuse to sign a lien or to comply with these terms, the Plan Administrator may suspend your eligibility for benefits, until the Benefit Fund is fully repaid.

Section I.F WHEN YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE OR CHILD ARE COVERED BY DIFFERENT PLANS

Section I. I Pg. 42 WHEN YOUR BENEFITS STOP If you are no longer employed by a Contributing Employer, stop working or your employer is not obligated to make payments to the Benefit Fund on your behalf: All benefits end 30 days after the last day for which your employer is required to make contributions to the Benefit Fund* on your behalf unless your benefits are continued as described in Sections I.D and I.J or Section VI. However, your benefits end on the last day of employment if you or your spouse are eligible for Medicare, in which case, coverage for – Retiree Health Benefits medical (doctor visits, laboratory and radiology), surgical and hospital benefits will stop immediately * This may include contributions for severance or other wages paid to you, such as vacation, etc. ‌

When your spouse or child is covered by another plan, or benefit coverage is available through your spouse’s employer, the Benefit Fund will coordinate payment of your benefits with that Plan. For your care: s 4HE"ENElT&UNDISTHEprimary payer. It makes the first payment on your claim. s 9OURSPOUSESPLANISYOURsecondary payer. It may cover any remaining balance, according to the terms of that plan. For your spouse’s care: s 9OURSPOUSESPLANISTHEprimary payer. The Benefit Fund is your spouse’s secondary payer. For your child’s care: s When your child is covered by another employer-sponsored plan (excluding parent coverage), your child’s plan is the primary payer.

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SUMMARY ANNUAL REPORT 1199SEIU/GREATER NEW YORK JOB SECURITY FUND This is a summary of the annual report for the 1199SEIU/Greater New York Job Security Fund, EIN:   FORTHEPERIOD*ANUARY  TO$ECEMBER 4HISISAWELFAREBENElTPLAN offering retraining, unemployment and continued health insurance benefits. The annual report has been filed with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The plan is self-insured and has committed to pay covered claims out of plan assets. Basic Financial Statement 4HEVALUEOFPLANASSETS AFTERSUBTRACTINGLIABILITIESOFTHEPLAN WAS  ASOF$ECEMBER   COMPARED TO    AS OF *ANUARY   $URING THE PLAN YEAR THE PLAN EXPERIENCEDADECREASEINITSNETASSETSOF 4HISDECREASEINCLUDESUNREALIZEDAPPRECIATION or depreciation in the value of plan assets; that is, the difference between the value of the plan’s assets at the end of the year and the value of the assets at the beginning of the year, or the cost OFASSETSACQUIREDDURINGTHEYEAR$URINGTHEPLANYEAR THEPLANHADTOTALINCOMEOF   INCLUDINGEMPLOYERCONTRIBUTIONSOF  ANDEARNINGSFROMINVESTMENTSOF  0LANEXPENSESWERE  4HESEEXPENSESINCLUDED INADMINISTRATIVEEXPENSES ININVESTMENTFEESAND  INBENElTSPAIDTOPARTICIPANTSANDBENElCIARIES

Your Rights to Additional Information You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, on request. The items listed below are included in that report: s ANACCOUNTANTSREPORT s lNANCIALINFORMATIONANDINFORMATIONONPAYMENTSTOSERVICEPROVIDERSAND s ASSETSHELDFORINVESTMENT You also have the right to receive from the plan administrator, on request and at no charge, a statement of the assets and liabilities of the plan and accompanying notes, or a statement of income and expenses of the plan and accompanying notes, or both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the plan administrator, these two statements and accompanying notes will be included as part of that report.

“Giselle is everything to me. We have so much fun together, but I know from experience it wouldn’t be this way if I didn’t take care of my health.�

To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the plan administrator, Board of Trustees of 1199SEIU/Greater New York Job Security Fund, P.O. Box 842, New York, NY    You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the main office of the plan: 1199SEIU/Greater New York Job Security Fund, 330 West 42nd Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10036, and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department should be ADDRESSEDTO0UBLIC$ISCLOSURE2OOM 2OOM.  %MPLOYEE"ENElTS3ECURITY!DMINISTRATION U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.

SUMMARY ANNUAL REPORT 1199SEIU/LEAGUE REGISTERED NURSE TRAINING AND JOB SECURITY FUND This is a summary of the annual report for the 1199SEIU/League Registered Nurse Training and *OB3ECURITY&UND %).  FORTHEPERIOD*ANUARY  TO$ECEMBER 4HISIS a welfare benefit plan offering educational and training benefits to participating RNs. The annual report has been filed with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Your Rights to Additional Information You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, on request. The item listed below is included in that report: s ANACCOUNTANTSREPORTAND s lNANCIALINFORMATIONANDINFORMATIONONPAYMENTSTOSERVICEPROVIDERS

The plan is self-insured and has committed to pay covered claims out of plan assets. Basic Financial Statement 4HEVALUEOFPLANASSETS AFTERSUBTRACTINGLIABILITIESOFTHEPLAN WAS ASOF$ECEMBER  COMPAREDTO  ASOF*ANUARY $URINGTHEPLANYEAR THEPLANEXPERIENCED ADECREASEINITSNETASSETSOF  $URINGTHEPLANYEAR THEPLANHADTOTALINCOMEOF   INCLUDINGEMPLOYERCONTRIBUTIONSOF ANDOTHERINCOMEOF 0LANEXPENSESWERE  4HESEEXPENSESINCLUDED INADMINISTRATIVEEXPENSES AND  INBENElTSPAIDTOPARTICIPANTSANDBENElCIARIES

You also have the right to receive from the plan administrator, on request and at no charge, a statement of the assets and liabilities of the plan and accompanying notes, or a statement of income and expenses of the plan and accompanying notes, or both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the plan administrator, these two statements and accompanying notes will be included as part of that report. To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the plan administrator, Board of Trustees of the 1199SEIU/League Registered Nurse Training and Job Security Fund, P.O. "OX .EW9ORK .9   You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the main office of the plan: 1199SEIU/League Registered Nurse Training and Job Security Fund, 330 West 42nd Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10036, and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO 0UBLIC $ISCLOSURE 2OOM 2OOM .  %MPLOYEE "ENElTS 3ECURITY Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.

Do you have a healthy story to share? We’re always looking for the opportunity to spotlight members who are protecting their health by losing weight, quitting smoking, bringing a chronic condition under control or just improving their lifestyle in general. If you have made positive changes in your health – or are just starting to – we want to hear from you! To share your story with your fellow members in an upcoming issue of For Your Benefit, please contact the Fund at communications@1199funds.org.

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Healthy Living

Winter-Proof Your Health!

This is a summary of the annual report for 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Fund, EIN: 13-3641466, for the period January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. This is a welfare benefit plan offering child care benefits. The annual report has been filed with the Department of Labor, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Except with respect to the benefits specified under “Insurance Information� below, the plan is self-insured and has committed to pay covered claims out of plan assets.

Let’s face it: Staying healthy during the winter can be a challenge. More time spent indoors, fewer daylight hours and the post-holiday blues can make sticking to your healthy eating and exercise routines tough. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Here are our top ten winter survival tips: 1. Get a flu shot. Because it can’t be said enough: The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the virus. (And while you’re at it, don’t forget to wash your hands frequently to the tune of “Happy Birthday� twice!) 2. Head outside whenever you can. For 10 to 20 percent of people in the U.S., the shorter days of winter can bring on the “winter blues,� or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Making sure you get as much natural light as you can throughout the day can help. 3. Get plenty of sleep. Lack of quality sleep can leave you vulnerable to colds and flu. Avoid heavy meals, caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime; go to bed the same time every night; and make your bedroom sleep-friendly (no electronics). 4. Spend time with family and friends. Connecting with family and friends is important all year round but especially during the winter months, when we tend to hibernate. Studies have shown that people with a support network have stronger immunity than those without a support system.

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You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, on request. The items listed below are included in that report: s INSURANCEINFORMATION INCLUDINGSALESCOMMISSIONSPAIDBYINSURANCECARRIERS s ANACCOUNTANTSREPORT s lNANCIALINFORMATIONANDINFORMATIONONPAYMENTSTOSERVICEPROVIDERSAND s ASSETSHELDFORINVESTMENT

Insurance Information The plan has (a) contract(s) with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company to pay certain child care claims incurred under the terms of the plan. The total premiums paid for the plan year ending $ECEMBER WERE 

You also have the right to receive from the plan administrator, on request and at no charge, a statement of the assets and liabilities of the plan and accompanying notes, or a statement of income and expenses of the plan and accompanying notes, or both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the plan administrator, these two statements and accompanying notes will be included as part of that report.

Basic Financial Statement

summer because we’re spending so much time indoors in dry, heated rooms.You might also want to use a humidifier in your bedroom to help keep airways open as you sleep. 7. Stock up on vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables. Produce like apples, grapes, cucumbers, plums and zucchini are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants that can strengthen your immunity – and they’re a great way to stay hydrated too. You can also make hearty soups your main course, using winter vegetables like squashes, carrots, beets, broccoli and parsnips. 8. Eat your oats. Starting the day with a warm bowl of oatmeal fills you up with fiber, which gives you energy and helps you feel full longer. It also packs immune-boosting vitamins and minerals. 9. Change your toothbrush. If you or someone in your home has had a cold or flu, throw out the old toothbrush, where germs can linger and cause reinfection.

5. Don’t skip your workouts. Exercise does it all: It can help fight seasonal depression, help you maintain a healthy weight and bolster your immune system.

10. Get help sticking to your New Year’s resolutions. Enlist a friend with similar goals to stay motivated throughout the coming year. To help you put your resolutions into action, join us on Saturday, January 25, for our “Keep Your New Year’s Resolution� workshop. (See page 9.)

6. Drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated in the winter is just as important as it is in the

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; WebMD; Mayo Clinic

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4HE VALUE OF PLAN ASSETS AFTER SUBTRACTING LIABILITIES OF THE PLAN WAS    AS OF $ECEMBER  COMPAREDTO  ASOF*ANUARY $URINGTHEPLANYEAR THE PLANEXPERIENCEDADECREASEINITSNETASSETSOF  4HISINCREASEINCLUDESUNREALIZED appreciation or depreciation in the value of plan assets; that is, the difference between the value of the plan’s assets at the end of the year and the value of the assets at the beginning of the year or the cost of assets acquired during the year. During the plan year, the plan had total income OF    WHICH INCLUDED EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS OF    PROGRAM REVENUE OF  ANDOTHEREARNINGSOF  0LANEXPENSESWERE  4HESEEXPENSESINCLUDED  INADMINISTRATIVEEXPENSES  ININVESTMENTFEESAND  INBENElTSPAIDTOPARTICIPANTSANDBENElCIARIES

To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the plan administrator, Board of Trustees of the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Fund, P.O. Box 842, New York, NY 10108    You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the main office of the plan: 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Fund, 330 West 42nd Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10036, and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department should be ADDRESSEDTO0UBLIC$ISCLOSURE2OOM 2OOM.  %MPLOYEE"ENElTS3ECURITY!DMINISTRATION U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.

SUMMARY ANNUAL REPORT 1199SEIU/LEAGUE JOB SECURITY FUND This is a summary of the annual report for the 1199SEIU/League Job Security Fund, EIN: 13 FORTHEPERIOD*ANUARY  TO$ECEMBER 4HISISAWELFAREBENElTPLAN offering retraining, unemployment, continued health insurance, job security and job placement benefits. The annual report has been filed with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The plan is self-insured and has committed to pay covered claims out of plan assets. Basic Financial Statement 4HE VALUE OF PLAN ASSETS AFTER SUBTRACTING LIABILITIES OF THE PLAN WAS    AS OF $ECEMBER   COMPARED TO    AS OF *ANUARY   $URING THE PLAN YEAR THEPLANEXPERIENCEDADECREASEINITSNETASSETSOF 4HISDECREASEINCLUDESUNREALIZED appreciation and depreciation in the value of plan assets; that is, the difference between the value of the plan’s assets at the beginning of the year or the cost of assets acquired during the year. $URINGTHEPLANYEAR THEPLANHADTOTALINCOMEOF   INCLUDINGEMPLOYERCONTRIBUTIONS OF   NETDEPRECIATIONINFAIRVALUEOFINVESTMENTSOF ANDOTHEREARNINGSOF  

Your Rights to Additional Information You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, on request. The items listed below are included in that report: s ANACCOUNTANTSREPORT s lNANCIALINFORMATIONANDINFORMATIONONPAYMENTSTOSERVICEPROVIDERSAND s ASSETSHELDFORINVESTMENT You also have the right to receive from the plan administrator, on request and at no charge, a statement of the assets and liabilities of the plan and accompanying notes, or a statement of income and expenses of the plan and accompanying notes, or both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the plan administrator, these two statements and accompanying notes will be included as part of that report. To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the plan administrator, Board of Trustees of 1199SEIU/League Job Security Fund, P.O. Box 842, New York, NY 10108;    You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the main office of the plan:

0LAN EXPENSES WERE    4HESE EXPENSES INCLUDED    IN ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSESAND  INBENElTSPAIDTOPARTICIPANTSANDBENElCIARIES

1199SEIU/League Job Security Fund, 330 West 42nd Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10036, and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department should be addressed to: Public $ISCLOSURE2OOM 2OOM.  %MPLOYEE"ENElTS3ECURITY!DMINISTRATION 53$EPARTMENTOF Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.

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SUMMARY ANNUAL REPORT 1199SEIU NATIONAL BENEFIT FUND FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE EMPLOYEES This is a summary of the annual report for the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health and Human Service Employees, EIN: 13-1628401, for the period January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2012. This is a welfare benefit plan offering life, health, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits. The annual report has been filed with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

0LAN EXPENSES WERE     4HESE EXPENSES INCLUDED    IN ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES     IN BENElTS PAID TO PARTICIPANTS AND BENElCIARIES   IN INVESTMENTANDADVISORFEESAND  INGENERALEXPENSES

Except those with respect to the benefits specified under “Insurance Information� below, the plan is self-insured and has committed to pay covered claims out of plan assets.

The plan has a contract with Amalgamated Life Insurance Company and Guardian Life Insurance Company of America to pay certain life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment claims incurred under the terms of the plan. The total premiums paid for the plan year ending $ECEMBER  WERE 

You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, on request. The items listed below are included in that report: s INSURANCEINFORMATION INCLUDINGSALESCOMMISSIONSPAIDBYINSURANCECARRIERS s ANACCOUNTANTSREPORT s lNANCIALINFORMATIONANDINFORMATIONONPAYMENTSTOSERVICEPROVIDERS s ASSETSHELDFORINVESTMENT s INFORMATIONREGARDINGANYCOMMONORCOLLECTIVETRUSTS POOLEDSEPARATEACCOUNTS MASTER trusts or 103-12 investment entities in which the plan participates; and s ACTUARIALINFORMATIONREGARDINGTHEFUNDINGOFTHEPLAN

Because it is a so-called “experience-rated� contract, the premium costs are affected by, among other things, the number and size of claims. Of the total insurance premiums paid for the plan year ending December 31, 2012, the premiums paid under such “experience-rated� contracts WERE  ANDTHETOTALOFALLBENElTCLAIMSPAIDUNDERTHEEXPERIENCE RATEDCONTRACT DURINGTHEPLANYEARWAS  

You also have the right to receive from the plan administrator, on request and at no charge, a statement of the assets and liabilities of the plan and accompanying notes, or a statement of income and expenses of the plan and accompanying notes, or both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the plan administrator, these two statements and accompanying notes will be included as part of that report.

Basic Financial Statement

To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the plan administrator, Board of Trustees of the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health and Human Service Employees, 0/"OX .EW9ORK .9  

Insurance Information

4HE VALUE OF PLAN ASSETS AFTER SUBTRACTING LIABILITIES OF THE PLAN WAS    AS OF $ECEMBER  COMPAREDTO  ASOF*ANUARY $URINGTHEPLANYEAR THE PLANEXPERIENCEDANINCREASEINITSNETASSETSOF  4HISINCREASEINCLUDESUNREALIZED appreciation and depreciation in the value of the plan assets; that is the difference between the value of the plan’s assets at the end of the year and the value of the assets at the beginning of the YEARORTHECOSTOFASSETSACQUIREDDURINGTHEYEAR4HEPLANHADTOTALINCOMEOF    INCLUDINGEMPLOYERCONTRIBUTIONSOF    NETAPPRECIATIONINFAIRVALUEOFINVESTMENTS OF   #/"2!PAYMENTSOF  ANDOTHEREARNINGSOF  

Your Rights to Additional Information

You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the main office of the plan: 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health and Human Service Employees, 330 West 42nd Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10036 and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department should BEADDRESSEDTO0UBLIC$ISCLOSURE2OOM 2OOM.  %MPLOYEE"ENElTS3ECURITY!DMINISTRATION U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.

SUMMARY ANNUAL REPORT 1199SEIU GREATER NEW YORK BENEFIT FUND This is a summary of the annual report for 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund, EIN: 13 FORTHEPERIOD*ANUARY  TO$ECEMBER 4HISISAWELFAREBENElTPLAN offering life, health, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits. The annual report has been filed with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Except with respect to the benefits specified under “Insurance Information� below, the plan is self-insured and has committed to pay covered claims out of plan assets. Insurance Information The plan has a contract with Amalgamated Life Insurance Company to pay certain life claims incurred under the terms of the plan. The total premiums paid for the plan year ending December   WERE  Because it is a so-called “experience-rated� contract, the premium costs are affected by, among other things, the number and size of claims. Of the total insurance premiums paid for the plan year ending $ECEMBER  THEPREMIUMSPAIDUNDERSUCHhEXPERIENCE RATEDvCONTRACTSWERE ANDTHE TOTALOFALLBENElTCLAIMSPAIDUNDERTHEEXPERIENCE RATEDCONTRACTDURINGTHEPLANYEARWAS  Basic Financial Statement 4HEVALUEOFPLANASSETS AFTERSUBTRACTINGLIABILITIESOFTHEPLAN WAS  ASOF$ECEMBER  COMPAREDTO  ASOF*ANUARY $URINGTHEPLANYEAR THEPLANEXPERIENCEDAN INCREASEINITSNETASSETSOF  4HISINCREASEINCLUDESUNREALIZEDAPPRECIATIONANDDEPRECIATION in the value of plan assets; that is, the difference between the value of the plan’s assets at the end of the year and the value of the assets at the beginning of the year or the cost of assets acquired during the YEAR$URINGTHEPLANYEAR THEPLANHADTOTALINCOMEOF   INCLUDINGEMPLOYERCONTRIBUTIONS OF   NETAPPRECIATIONINFAIRVALUEOFINVESTMENTSOF  #/"2!CONTRIBUTIONSOF   MEMBERSPOUSALCONTRIBUTIONSOF  ANDOTHEREARNINGSOF 

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0LAN EXPENSES WERE   4HESE EXPENSES INCLUDED    IN ADMINISTRATIVE AND GENERALEXPENSESAND  INBENElTSPAIDTOPARTICIPANTSANDBENElCIARIES Your Rights to Additional Information You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, on request. The items listed below are included in that report: s INSURANCEINFORMATION INCLUDINGSALESCOMMISSIONSPAIDBYINSURANCECARRIERS s ANACCOUNTANTSREPORT s lNANCIALINFORMATIONANDINFORMATIONONPAYMENTSTOSERVICEPROVIDERS s ASSETSHELDFORINVESTMENTAND s ACTUARIALINFORMATIONREGARDINGTHEFUNDINGOFTHEPLAN You also have the right to receive from the plan administrator, on request and at no charge, a statement of the assets and liabilities of the plan and accompanying notes, or a statement of income and expenses of the plan and accompanying notes, or both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the plan administrator, these two statements and accompanying notes will be included as part of that report. To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the plan administrator, Board of Trustees of 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund, P.O. Box 842, New York, NY   

JUMPSTART YOUR NEW YEAR

Come to Our “Keep Your New Year’s Resolution� Workshop We do our best to keep New Year’s resolutions, but it can be difficult to make lasting changes without a good support system. If you’ve made a commitment to yourself – whether it’s to eat better, exercise more or handle stress better – we can help. Join fellow members at the Wellness/MAP Department’s “Keep Your New Year’s Resolution� workshop on Saturday, January 25, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at 330 West 42nd Street, 33rd Floor, in Manhattan. Our workshop will help you stay committed to your goals over the long haul by providing you with tools and strategies that you can use every day. At our nutrition seminar, you’ll learn ways to improve your eating habits, and a stress management workshop will offer tips to reduce stress at home and at work. The day will end with a family-fun, all-ages workout class led by the Funds’ fitness instructor, so bring your family – and wear comfortable clothing.

What:

“Keep Your New Year’s Resolution� workshop

When:

Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

The workshop is a fun, lively way to set your resolutions in motion, helping you live a healthier life all year long. If that’s not enough to get you moving, all workshop participants will receive the 1199SEIU Resistance Band Total-Body Workout DVD, a resistance band and a copy of the Fund’s 2014 Protecting Our Health calendar. So join us on January 25 – and get your New Year off to a great start!

To reserve your spot, please call (646) 473-8960, Option 2, Option 1.

Where: 330 West 42nd Street, 33rd Floor

Validated parking for $10 will be available at Impark on the north side of 42nd Street, and child care will be provided for children ages 3 and above.

Get Your 2014 Protecting Our Health Calendar! The Benefit Fund’s 2014 Protecting Our Health calendar is available now! Your new calendar features nutrition, fitness and lifestyle tips to help you and your family make healthy choices throughout the year. Get your copy at any of the Wellness Department’s upcoming health fairs, wellness workshops or other events. We hope your 2014 calendar will inspire you to set and keep track of new health goals all year round!

You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the main office of the plan: 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund, 330 West 42nd Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10036, and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department should be ADDRESSEDTO0UBLIC$ISCLOSURE2OOM 2OOM.  %MPLOYEE"ENElTS3ECURITY!DMINISTRATION U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.

“Like� us on Facebook and you’ll get reminders about upcoming workshops, health and fitness tips, benefit updates and more!

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Healthy Fitness

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Knowledge Whether you’re starting a new exercise routine or just want to improve your overall fitness, you need to know what works and what doesn’t. The good news is there’s a lot of information out there; the bad news is there’s a lot of misinformation out there too. We’ve all heard “facts” like these:

“If you stop weight training, your muscles will turn into fat!” “If you do 100 crunches a day, you’ll get a trim waistline.” “If you’re not sweating, you’re not working hard enough.” 10

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Nuestro Taller Prenatal Puede Ayudarla

a Garantizar un Embarazo Saludable El 1 de marzo, únase a otros futuros padres en nuestro siguiente Taller Prenatal del Departamento de Bienestar, donde recibirá información importante sobre cómo mantenerse saludable durante el embarazo y después de que nazca su hijo/a, cómo prepararse para la fecha de parto y qué puede esperar durante la labor de parto y el alumbramiento. Tanto si es su primer hijo como si es el tercero, también aprenderá cómo tener un embarazo saludable con menos complicaciones. El taller incluirá todo, desde cómo mantenerse saludable durante el embarazo hasta información sobre la labor de parto y el alumbramiento, lo que se debe saber sobre el embarazo y el nuevo bebé y mucho más. ¡Su pareja será

bienvenida también!

Qué: Taller Prenatal Cuándo: Sábado, 1 de marzo de 2014 De 10:00 am a 2:30 pm Dónde: 330 West 42nd Street, Piso 33 Para reservar su lugar, llame al (646) 473-8960, opción 2, opción 2. Ofrecido por Worksite Medical Services, P.C.

Ponga “Me Gusta” en Nuestra Página de Facebook El año pasado lanzamos nuestro Sorteo de Vida Saludable a través de la página de Facebook del Fondo. Hasta ahora más de 2,800 miembros han visitado nuestra página, y 25 de esos miembros ganaron una de nuestras herramientas de Protección de Nuestra Salud, como por ejemplo un podómetro de 1199SEIU, un ejemplar del Diario de Comidas y Ejercicios, una bolsa para colgar del hombro o una copia del DVD 1199SEIU Resistance Band TotalBody Workout (Ejercicios Totales para el Cuerpo con la Banda de Resistencia de 1199SEIU), contiene tres niveles de ejercicios desde inicial hasta avanzado. y una banda. Todos los que marcan “Me Gusta” en nuestra página de Facebook se mantienen actualizados sobre las últimas noticias de beneficios y pensión, ferias de salud, talleres, consejos de bienestar y mucho más. Estamos agregando nueva información todo el tiempo, por ello si no lo ha hecho aún, visite www.facebook.com/1199SEIUBenefitFunds (o utilice su teléfono inteligente para escanear el código QR que se encuentra a la derecha). Comparta la página con sus compañeros miembros y háganos saber qué le gustaría ver de ahora en adelante.Y siga regresando… ¡Estamos seguros de que encontrará mucho que le “Guste”!

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CUPĂ“N DE ELEGIBILIDAD PARA 2014 DEL PROGRAMA DE CAMPAMENTO DE ESTADĂ?A ANNE SHORE Por favor escriba claramente con letra de imprenta y con tinta. Apellido del miembro _____________________ Nombre _____________________ N.o de identificaciĂłn del miembro ____________________ (Obligatorio, n.Âş de Seg. Soc. no aceptado)

DirecciĂłn _____________________________________________________________________________ Depto.N.o _________________ Ciudad ______________________________________________________ Estado _________________CĂłdigo postal __________________

The half-truths and common myths about exercise can make it difficult to focus on the facts. See if you can distinguish between fact and fiction with our short quiz. True or False:

Resistance training gives you big muscles.

True or False:

“No pain-no gain� can lead to injury.

TelĂŠfono particular _____________________ TelĂŠfono celular ______________________ TelĂŠfono del trabajo ______________________ Empleado en __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Apellido del niĂąo __________________________________ Nombre __________________________ Fecha de nacimiento ____________ ÂżSu hijo usĂł este beneficio en el pasado? â?’ SĂ­ â?’ NO Si la respuesta es afirmativa, Âża quĂŠ campamento asistiĂł? ____________________ DirecciĂłn de correo electrĂłnico del miembro ___________________________________________________________________________ InformaciĂłn del miembro:

â?’ Fondo Nacional de Beneficios (NBF) â?’ Fondo de Cuidado Infantil del Gran Nueva York â?’ Miembros del NBF del ĂĄrea de Rochester

Llene este formulario completamente y devuĂŠlvalo antes del 31 de enero de 2014. EnvĂ­elo por correo a: 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation, !NNE3HORE3LEEP !WAY#AMP0ROGRAM 0/"OX .EW9ORK .9 4AMBIĂ?NPUEDEENVIARELFORMULARIOPORFAXAL0ROGRAMADE Campamento de EstadĂ­a Anne Shore al (646) 473-8311. Se debe enviar un cupĂłn por separado para cada niĂąo.

Programa de Campamento de EstadĂ­a Anne Shore de 2014 para

NiĂąos de 9 a 15 AĂąos de Edad Cada aĂąo, el Programa de Campamento de EstadĂ­a Anne Shore envĂ­a a mĂĄs de 800 hijos de los miembros de 1199SEIU a campamentos de estadĂ­a de tres y cuatro semanas en el noreste, a un costo mĂ­nimo para sus padres. Para solicitar un lugar en el campamento de estadĂ­a, solo complete el cupĂłn anterior y envĂ­elo a 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation antes del 31 de enero de 2014. Si su hijo es elegible, el personal de nuestro programa se comunicarĂĄ con usted para programar una cita para que asista a la orientaciĂłn obligatoria con el fin de seleccionar el campamento que mejor se ajuste a las necesidades y a los intereses de su hijo. Usted debe abonar una cuota de solicitud no reembolsable de $10, que debe pagar en la orientaciĂłn. PĂłngase en contacto con el Programa de Campamento Anne Shore llamando al (646) 473-8310 o escribiendo a anneshorecampprogram@1199funds.org for more information. El programa de verano es un campamento de estadĂ­a de tres a cuatro semanas. Esta solicitud NO ES para un campamento diurno.

NBF____________ NBF ROCHESTER ___________ GNY ____________ Eligibility: YES ____ NO ____

If no, reason: ______________________________

Eligibility Verification Date: ________________________________________________

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends strength training two days per week – in addition to cardio activity. Resistance training can help reduce the amount of muscle we lose with age, prevent low-back pain and improve balance and easy movement as we tackle our daily activities. As for bulking up, it would take hours of lifting very heavy weights, along with a strict diet, to build big muscles. To tone muscles, stick with lighter weights or resistance bands and more repetitions to build strength and endurance.

True or False:

I can reduce belly fat by doing exercises that target just that area. Answer: False. So-called spot-training doesn’t work.Your body loses weight all over, so doing crunches will firm up your abdominal muscles, but it won’t get rid of the fat covering them. Of course, strong ab muscles help stabilize your core and boost your metabolism, so combine cardio exercise with strength training for an overall workout.

True or False:

Exercise alone won’t help me lose weight. Answer: True.

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Answer: False.

Verified by: ___________________________________________________________

Exercise alone won’t make up for eating more calories than you burn. It takes approximately 50 minutes of brisk walking to burn off the calories in an average slice of cheese pizza. A combination of exercise and healthy eating is needed if you want to maintain a healthy weight or lose excess weight.

Answer: True. There’s a difference between having some muscle soreness a day or two after a workout and feeling pain – especially while you’re doing an exercise. Pain during a fitness activity might indicate that you’re doing it incorrectly, using too heavy a weight or have an injury. Stop and rest at the first sign of pain. If it doesn’t go away after five days, or if it increases after you start to work out, see your healthcare provider.

True or False:

Working out at a gym is better than working out at home (or vice versa). Answer: False.

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The truth is, it doesn’t matter where you work out – just as long as you work out. Walking is one of the best exercises and requires no more equipment than a good pair of shoes. Aim for 20 minutes of brisk walking a day; make it fun by inviting a friend to join you. And for an effective, portable workout, try using resistance bands. The 1199SEIU Resistance Band TotalBody Workout DVD contains three workout levels from beginner to advanced. Get one by attending the next Benefit Fund workshop or health fair.

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Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; American College of Sports Medicine; Mayo Clinic;WebMD; American Council on Exercise

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Healthy News You Can Use

Exercise Could Be as Effective as Drugs for Heart Disease

ÂżVa a estudiar en la universidad durante el aĂąo acadĂŠmico 2014 - 2015?

Exercise could help people with heart disease and pre-diabetes as much as prescription drugs do, according to a recent study in the British Medical Journal. Researchers looked at 305 studies involving 338,274 participants and found no real difference between moderate exercise and drug treatment for patients with these conditions. So whether you walk, run or bike, you’ve got one more reason to get moving. And remember that your 1199SEIU membership gets you discounts at New York Sports Clubs, Crunch Fitness and the YMCA of Greater New York and Long Island, so even a bad winter can’t keep you from boosting your heart health.

Para pedir una solicitud para el programa de becas Joseph Tauber, debe completar la petición de solicitud a continuación y enviarla antes del 31 de enero de 2014. Solo puede enviar un formulario de petición de solicitud por hijo. Si ambos padres son empleados de 1199SEIU, solo uno de los padres puede enviarlo en nombre del hijo. Si necesita formularios adicionales, puede descargarlos visitando nuestro sitio web en www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/ccf durante el período de petición de solicitudes. Tenga en cuenta que este formulario de petición de solicitud NO es la solicitud en sí; ESVÉLIDOPARAELA×ODEBECAS ÞNICAMENTE

Pida la Solicitud para la Beca Joseph Tauber El Programa Joseph Tauber proporciona becas para hijos de miembros elegibles de 1199SEIU que asisten a programas universitarios de pregrado acreditados. Los miembros elegibles son aquellos cuyos empleadores contribuyen al Fondo Nacional de Beneficios o al Fondo de EducaciĂłn de la Zona Metropolitana de Nueva York. Los miembros deben haber recibido beneficios de salario de clase I durante al menos un aĂąo. Los candidatos deben ser graduados de secundaria, estudiantes de educaciĂłn superior o becados y estar inscritos a jornada completa para un mĂ­nimo de 12 crĂŠditos universitarios cada semestre. Todos los candidatos deben ser menores de 23 aĂąos cuando empiece el semestre de otoĂąo de 2014. Los becados que deseen seguir recibiendo apoyo de este tipo deben tener en cuenta que no estĂĄn garantizadas las renovaciones automĂĄticas de las becas; es necesario volver a solicitarla cada aĂąo para que se considere su caso.

EnvĂ­e por fax la peticiĂłn completada al (646) 473-6949 o por correo a: 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation, Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program, 330 West 42nd Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10036-6977. Una vez envĂ­e el formulario como se indica, si resulta elegible, se le enviarĂĄ el paquete de SOLICITUDDEBECASENMARZO%LPAQUETEINCLUYEVARIOSFORMULARIOSQUEDEBECOMPLETARYDEVOLVERSEGĂžNLASINSTRUCCIONESESPECĂ“lCASYANTESDELASFECHAS indicadas, para que se considere su caso. ,OSMONTOSCONCEDIDOSPARALASBECASVARĂ“ANSEGĂžNLASNECESIDADES YELMĂ“NIMOANUALDEBECAESDE3IBIENLASBECAS*OSEPH4AUBER3CHOLARSHIPS pueden dar a poyo a estudiantes elegibles de cualquier campo de estudio, el programa de becas 1199SEIU Next Generation RN proporciona asistencia financiera y acadĂŠmica a los hijos de miembros de 1199SEIU en la fase clĂ­nica de un programa de enfermerĂ­a. Para averiguar si su hijo califica o, si tiene alguna pregunta, llame al (646) 473-8999.

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Weight Loss Comes When You

Eat Fish, Live Longer You can add years to your life, just by eating fish. A recent study of nearly 2,700 people by the Harvard School of Public Health found that those who had high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood from eating fish lived, on average, 2.2 years longer than those with the lowest levels. Fish eaters also had a 27 percent lower risk of dying from any cause and a 35 percent lower risk of developing heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating two 3.5-ounce servings of fatty fish, like salmon, herring, anchovies or trout, each week. If you don’t eat fish, try flaxseed – it offers the same heart-healthy benefits.

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InformaciĂłn del Estudiante (En letra de imprenta legible)

Join a Group

Nombre del estudiante __________________________________________________________________________________________

If you’ve been trying to lose weight on your own – without success – joining a group might be the best way to see results. A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who stood to win money if they lost weight dropped more pounds when they were part of a group competition than when they could win the cash for reaching individual goals. Those who were part of a team-based contest lost almost three times as much weight as the solo contestants. If you’re trying to lose weight, why go it alone? Enlist the support of family and friends, or use your 1199SEIU discount and join a Weight Watchers group near you.

DirecciĂłn de correo electrĂłnico ____________________________________________________________________________________

Sources: Bloomberg; Reuters; AARP

Nombre

Apellido

Fecha de nacimiento _______________________________________________ Edad actual __________________________________ Fecha en que se graduĂł o espera graduarse de la escuela secundaria _______________ Fecha de ingreso a la universidad _______________ ?Es la primera vez que presenta una solicitud en el Programa de Becas Joseph Tauber?

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â?’ No

InformaciĂłn del Miembro (En letra de imprenta legible) Nombre del miembro __________________________________________________________________________________________ Nombre

Apellido

N. de identificaciĂłn del miembro _________________________________________________________________________________ o

TelĂŠfono particular _____________________________________ TelĂŠfono celular __________________________________________ DirecciĂłn ____________________________________________ Ciudad __________________ Estado _____ CĂłdigo postal __________ DirecciĂłn de correo electrĂłnico ____________________________________________________________________________________ â?’ Fondo Nacional de Beneficios (NBF)

â?’ Fondo de Cuidado Infantil del Gran Nueva York

â?’ Miembros del NBF del ĂĄrea de Rochester

â?’ Fondo de Bienestar LPN

El Departamento de Becas debe recibir su peticiĂłn de solicitud antes del 31 de enero de 2014 para poder enviarle un paquete oficial de solicitud de becas. Si no recibe su paquete de solicitud de becas antes del 1 de abril de 2014, llĂĄmenos para que podamos ayudarlo.

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Noticias Saludables Que Puede Utilizar

Los Ejercicios Pueden Ser Tan Efectivos como los Medicamentos para las Enfermedades CardĂ­acas

Attending College in Academic Year 2014 - 2015?

Request the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Application The Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program provides scholarships to children of eligible 1199SEIU members who are attending accredited undergraduate programs. Eligible members are those whose employers contribute to the National Benefit Fund or the Greater New York Child Care Fund. Members must have received Wage Class I benefits for at least one year. Candidates must be high school graduates, postsecondary school students or previous awardees enrolled full time for a minimum of 12 college credits each semester. All candidates must be younger than 23 years of age by the start of the fall 2014 semester. Previous awardees seeking scholarship support should note that automatic award renewals are not granted; you must reapply each year for consideration.

Los ejercicios pueden ayudar a las personas con enfermedades cardĂ­acas y prediabetes tanto como lo hacen los medicamentos recetados, de acuerdo a un estudio reciente publicado en el British Medical Journal. Los investigadores revisaron 305 estudios que involucraban a 338,274 participantes y no encontraron ninguna diferencia real entre el ejercicio moderado y el tratamiento con medicamentos para los pacientes que sufrĂ­an estas enfermedades. Por ello, ya sea que camine, corra o monte en bicicleta, ya tiene una razĂłn mĂĄs para ponerse en movimiento.Y recuerde que su membresĂ­a en 1199SEIU le obtiene descuentos en New York Sports Clubs, Crunch Fitness y el YMCA of Greater New York y Long Island, por ello incluso un mal invierno no le puede impedir que mejore su salud cardĂ­aca.

To request an application for the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program, complete the application request form below and submit it before January 31, 2014. You may only submit one application request form per child. If both parents are 1199SEIU employees, choose one parent to submit on behalf of the child. If you need additional forms, you may download them by visiting our website at www.1199SEIUBenefits. org/ccf during the application request period. Please note that this application request form is NOT an actual application; it ISVALIDFORTHE AWARDYEARONLY Fax your completed request form to (646) 473-6949 or mail it to: 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation, Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program, 330 West 42nd Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10036-6977. Once you submit the form as instructed, if eligible, you will be sent a Scholarship Application Kit in March. The Kit includes several forms that must be completed and returned per the specific instructions and by the dates indicated, in order for consideration. 3CHOLARSHIPAWARDAMOUNTSVARYACCORDINGTONEED WITHAYEARLYMINIMUMAWARDOF7HILE*OSEPH4AUBER3CHOLARSHIPSCANSUPPORT eligible students in any field of study, the 1199SEIU Next Generation RN Scholarship Program provides financial and academic assistance to children of 1199SEIU members in the clinical phase of a nursing program. To find out if your child qualifies, or if you have any questions, please call (646) 473-8999.

Obtenga PĂŠrdida de Peso

Coma Pescado,

Viva mĂĄs Tiempo

Puede aĂąadir aĂąos a su vida solo con comer pescado. Un estudio reciente con aproximadamente 2,700 personas llevado a cabo por la Escuela de Salud PĂşblica de Harvard descubriĂł que aquellas personas que tenĂ­an altos niveles de ĂĄcidos grasos omega-3 en su sangre por comer pescado vivieron, en promedio, 2.2 aĂąos mĂĄs que aquellas personas con los niveles mĂĄs bajos. Las personas que comĂ­an pescado tambiĂŠn tuvieron un riesgo inferior del 27 por ciento de morir de cualquier causa y un riesgo inferior del 35 por ciento de desarrollar una enfermedad cardĂ­aca. La AsociaciĂłn Americana del CorazĂłn recomienda consumir porciones de 3.5 onzas de pescados grasos, como por ejemplo el salmĂłn, el arenque, anchoas o trucha, cada semana. Si no consume pescado, intente con semillas de linaza, ofrece los mismos beneficios de salud cardĂ­aca.

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UniĂŠndose a un Grupo Si estĂĄ tratando de perder peso por su propia cuenta, sin ĂŠxito, unirse a un grupo puede resultar ser la mejor forma de obtener resultados. Un reciente estudio publicado en Annals of Internal Medicine descubriĂł que las personas que ganaban dinero si perdĂ­an peso bajaron mĂĄs libras cuando formaban parte de una competencia de grupo que cuando lo podĂ­an ganar al alcanzar metas individuales. Aquellas personas que forman parte de un concurso basado en un equipo perdieron casi tres veces mĂĄs peso que los participantes individuales. Por ello si estĂĄ tratando de perder peso, Âżpor quĂŠ hacerlo solo? Reclute el apoyo de familiares y amigos, o utilice su descuento de 1199SEIU y Ăşnase a un grupo de Weight Watchers que estĂŠ cerca a usted.

*/3%0(4!5"%23#(/,!23()002/'2!-s !00,)#!4)/.2%15%34&/2Student Information (please print clearly) Student Name ________________________________________________________________________________________________ First name

Last name

Date of Birth ___________________________________________________ Current Age ____________________________________ E-mail Address ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Date graduated from, or expected to graduate from high school ____________________ College Entrance Date _______________________ First-time Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program applicant?

â?’ Yes

â?’ No

Member Information (please print clearly) Member Name ________________________________________________________________________________________________ First name

Last name

Member ID# __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Home Phone __________________________________________ Cellular Phone ____________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________ City _____________________ State _____ Zip __________ E-mail Address ________________________________________________________________________________________________ â?’ National Benefit Fund (NBF)

Fuentes: Bloomberg; Reuters; AARP

â?’ Greater New York Child Care Fund

â?’ NBF Rochester-Area Members

â?’ LPN Welfare Fund

Your application request form must be received by the Scholarship Department before January 31, 2014, in order for us to send you an official Scholarship Application Kit. If you have not received your Scholarship Application Kit by April 1, 2014, please call us so that we can assist you.

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Address _____________________________________________________________________________ Apt. No. _________________ City ______________________________________________________________ State _________________ Zip __________________ Home Phone ___________________________ Cellular Phone __________________________ Work Phone ________________________ Employed at __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Child’s Last Name _____________________________________ First Name ____________________________ Date of Birth ____________ Has your child used this benefit in the past? � YES � NO If yes, which camp did your child attend? __________________________________ Member E-mail Address __________________________________________________________________________________________ Member Information: � National Benefit Fund (NBF)

â?’ Greater New York Child Care Fund

â?’ NBF Rochester-Area Members

Complete this form in its entirety and return it before January 31, 2014. Mail it to: 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation, Anne Shore Sleep-Away #AMP0ROGRAM 0/"OX .EW9ORK .9 9OUMAYALSOFAXTHISFORMTOTHEATTENTIONOFTHE!NNE3HORE3LEEP !WAY#AMP Program at (646) 473-8311. A separate coupon must be submitted for each individual child.

2014 Anne Shore Sleep-Away Camp Program for

Children Ages 9 to 15 Years Each year, the Anne Shore Sleep-Away Camp Program sends more than 800 children of 1199SEIU members to three- and four-week sleep-away camps throughout the Northeast – at minimal cost to their parents. To apply for sleep-away camp, simply fill out the coupon above and return it to the 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation before January 31, 2014. If your child is eligible, our program staff will contact you to schedule an appointment to attend a mandatory orientation in order to select the camp that best suits your child’s needs and interests. You are required to submit a $10 non-refundable application fee, which must be paid at orientation. Please contact the Anne Shore Camp Program at (646) 473-8310 or at anneshorecampprogram@1199funds.org for more information. This summer program is a three- to four-week sleep-away camp. This application IS NOT for day camp.

Las medias verdades y mitos comunes sobre los ejercicios pueden hacer que sea mĂĄs difĂ­cil enfocarse en los datos de verdad. Vea si puede distinguir entre los datos verdaderos y la ficciĂłn en nuestro corto examen. Verdadero o falso:

El entrenamiento de resistencia le hace tener mĂşsculos grandes.

Respuesta: Falso. Los Centros para el Control y la PrevenciĂłn de Enfermedades recomiendan el entrenamiento de fuerza dos veces por semana, ademĂĄs de la actividad cardiovascular. El entrenamiento de resistencia puede ayudar a reducir la cantidad de mĂşsculo que perdemos con la edad, prevenir el dolor de la parte inferior de la espalda, y mejorar el equilibrio y la facilidad de movimiento a medida que confrontamos nuestras actividades cotidianas. En cuanto a sacar mĂşsculos, tomarĂ­a horas de levantar pesas muy pesadas, junto con una dieta estricta, para desarrollar mĂşsculos grandes. Para tonificar los mĂşsculos, quĂŠdese con las pesas mĂĄs livianas o las bandas de resistencia y haga mĂĄs repeticiones para desarrollar fortaleza y resistencia.

Verdadero o falso:

Puedo reducir la grasa de la barriga haciendo ejercicios que estĂĄn dirigidos exclusivamente a esa ĂĄrea.

Respuesta: Falso. El llamado entrenamiento para un lugar especĂ­fico no da resultados. Su cuerpo pierde peso en todas partes, es por ello que al hacer abdominales fortalecerĂĄ sus mĂşsculos abdominales, pero no eliminarĂĄ la grasa que los cubre. Por supuesto que tener mĂşsculos abdominales fuertes ayudarĂĄ a estabilizar su cuerpo e impulsarĂĄ su metabolismo, por ello debe combinar los ejercicios cardiovasculares con entrenamiento de fortaleza para obtener una sesiĂłn de ejercicios global.

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El ejercicio solo no compensarĂĄ por consumir mĂĄs calorĂ­as que las que quema.Toma aproximadamente 50 minutos de caminar a paso ligero para quemar las calorĂ­as existentes en una porciĂłn promedio de una pizza de queso. Se necesita una combinaciĂłn de ejercicios y alimentaciĂłn saludable si desea mantener un peso saludable o perder peso excedente.

Verdadero o falso: “Sin dolor no hay ganador� puede causar lesiones.

Respuesta: Verdadero. Existe una diferencia entre tener algĂşn dolor muscular durante un dĂ­a o dos despuĂŠs de una sesiĂłn de ejercicios y sentir dolor, especialmente cuando estĂĄ haciendo un ejercicio. El dolor durante una actividad de acondicionamiento fĂ­sico puede indicar que lo estĂĄ haciendo en forma incorrecta, utilizando una pesa demasiado pesada o que estĂĄ sufriendo una lesiĂłn. DetĂŠngase y descanse a la primera seĂąal de dolor. Si no desaparece despuĂŠs de cinco dĂ­as, o si aumenta despuĂŠs de comenzar a hacer ejercicios, consulte a su proveedor de atenciĂłn de la salud.

Verdadero o falso:

Hacer ejercicios en un gimnasio es mejor que hacerlo en el hogar (o viceversa).

Respuesta: Falso.

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La verdad es que no importa dĂłnde haga sus ejercicios, siempre que los haga. Caminar es uno de los mejores ejercicios y no requiere mĂĄs equipo que un buen par de zapatos. FĂ­jese la meta de hacer 20 minutos de caminata a paso ligero cada dĂ­a, hĂĄgalo divertido invitando a un amigo a unirse a usted.Y para lograr una sesiĂłn de ejercicios efectiva y portĂĄtil, intente utilizar bandas de resistencia. El DVD 1199SEIU Resistance Band Total-Body Workout (Ejercicios Totales para el Cuerpo con la Banda de Resistencia de 1199SEIU), contiene tres niveles de ejercicios desde inicial hasta avanzado. Obtenga uno asistiendo al siguiente taller del Fondo de Beneficios o feria de salud.

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Fuentes: Centros para el Control y la PrevenciĂłn de Enfermedades; Colegio Norteamericano de Medicina Deportiva; ClĂ­nica Mayo;WebMD; Consejo Norteamericano sobre los Ejercicios

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Acondicionamiento Físico Saludable

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Compruebe Sus Conocimientos Sobre Cómo Mantenerse en Forma Ya sea que esté comenzando una nueva rutina de ejercicios o solo quiera mejorar su acondicionamiento físico general, necesita saber qué da resultados y qué no lo hace. La buena noticia es que hay mucha información disponible, la mala, es que también hay mucha mala información. Hemos escuchado todos los “datos” como estos:

“Si deja de hacer el entrenamiento con pesas, sus músculos se convertirán en grasa”. “Si hace 100 abdominales al día, obtendrá una cintura delgada”.

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Our Prenatal Workshop Can Help

Ensure You Have a Healthy Pregnancy Join other expectant parents at our Wellness Department’s next Prenatal workshop on March 1, where you’ll get important information about how to stay healthy during pregnancy and after your child is born, how to prepare for your due date and what to expect during labor and delivery. Whether it’s your first child or your third, you’ll also learn how to have a healthy pregnancy with fewer complications. The workshop will cover everything from how to keep healthy during your pregnancy to information about labor and delivery, what partners need to know about pregnancy and the new baby, and more. Partners are welcome!

What:

Prenatal workshop

When:

Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

Where: 330 West 42nd Street, 33rd Floor To reserve your spot, please call (646) 473-8960, Option 2, Option 2. Provided by Worksite Medical Services, P.C.

“Like” Us on Facebook Last year, we launched our Healthy-Living Raffle through the Funds’ Facebook page. Now, more than 2,800 members have visited our page so far, and 25 of those members won one of our Protecting Our Health tools, like an 1199SEIU pedometer, a Food & Fitness Journal, a sling bag or a copy of the 1199SEIU Resistance Band Total-Body Workout DVD and band. Everyone who “Likes” our Facebook page stays up to date on the latest benefit and pension news, health fairs, workshops, wellness tips and more. We’re adding new content all the time, so if you haven’t already, visit www.facebook.com/1199SEIUBenefitFunds (or use your smartphone to scan the QR code at right). Share the page with your fellow members and let us know what you’d like to see going forward. And keep coming back...we’re sure you’ll find a lot to “Like”!

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Our 24-Hour Nurse Helpline Is There When You Need It For answers to medical questions, the Benefit Fund’s Nurse Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether you’re not sure about a medication or your child isn’t feeling well in the middle of the night, a nurse is on hand to help you. Just call (866) 935-1199. After all, talking with one of our RNs from the comfort of your home could spare you a trip to a crowded emergency room – and the hours you’d spend waiting there. You can call the same number to talk to a personal health coach who can help you quit smoking or lose weight. To help you stop smoking, your coach will work with you to develop a specific plan and set achievable goals. If you’re trying to lose weight, your coach will show you how to eat healthier foods without feeling deprived – and reduce your risk of health problems, such as Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease.

So make sure you use the tools available to you:

Call our Nurse Helpline today at (866) 935-1199 and get the answers and the support you need to succeed!

Dele un Impulso a Su AĂąo Nuevo, Asista a Nuestro Taller “Cumpla con Su ResoluciĂłn de AĂąo Nuevoâ€? Hacemos lo posible por mantener nuestras resoluciones del AĂąo Nuevo, pero puede ser difĂ­cil implementar cambios duraderos sin un buen sistema de apoyo. Si usted ha hecho un compromiso consigo mismo, ya sea alimentarse mĂĄs saludablemente, hacer mĂĄs ejercicios o manejar mejor el estrĂŠs, le podemos ayudar. Ăšnase a sus compaĂąeros miembro en el taller del Departamento de Bienestar/MAP llamado “Cumpla con Su ResoluciĂłn de AĂąo .UEVOv ELSÉBADODEENERO DEAMAPM EN7ESTND3TREET 0ISO EN-ANHATTAN Nuestro taller le ayudarĂĄ a mantenerse comprometido a alcanzar sus metas a largo plazo al suministrarle herramientas y estrategias que puede utilizar cada dĂ­a. En nuestros seminarios sobre nutriciĂłn, aprenderĂĄ formas de mejorar sus hĂĄbitos alimenticios, y el taller de control del estrĂŠs le ofrecerĂĄ consejos para reducir el estrĂŠs en el hogar y en el trabajo. El dĂ­a terminarĂĄ con una clase de ejercicios de diversiĂłn familiar, para todas las edades, dirigida por el instructor de acondicionamiento fĂ­sico del Fondo, por ello no olvide traer a su familia y usar ropa apropiada. El taller es una forma divertida y vivaz de poner en movimiento sus resoluciones, ayudarle a vivir una vida mĂĄs saludable durante todo el aĂąo. No es suficiente ponerlo en movimiento, todos los participantes en el taller recibirĂĄn una copia del DVD 1199SEIU Resistance Band Total-Body Workout (Ejercicios Totales para el Cuerpo con la Banda de Resistencia de 1199SEIU), una banda de resistencia y una copia del calendario de ProtecciĂłn de Nuestra3ALUDDEDEL&ONDO0ORELLODEBEUNIRSEANOSOTROSELDE enero, ÂĄy dar un fantĂĄstico inicio a sus resoluciones de AĂąo Nuevo!

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Taller “Cumpla con Su ResoluciĂłn de AĂąo Nuevoâ€?

CuĂĄndo: sĂĄbado 25 de enero de 2014 de 10:00 am a 2:00 pm DĂłnde: 330 West 42nd Street, Piso 33 Para reservar su lugar, llame al (646) 473-8960, opciĂłn 2, opciĂłn 1. El estacionamiento validado de $10 estarĂĄ disponible en Impark en el lado norte de la calle 42, y habrĂĄ disponible cuidado infantil para los niĂąos de 3 aĂąos y mayores.

ÂĄObtenga Su Calendario de ProtecciĂłn de Nuestra Salud de 2014! Ya estĂĄ disponible ahora el Calendario de ProtecciĂłn de Nuestra Salud de 2014 del Fondo de Beneficios. El nuevo calendario incluye consejos de nutriciĂłn, acondicionamiento fĂ­sico y estilo de vida para ayudarle a usted y a su familia a tomar opciones saludables durante el aĂąo. Obtenga una copia en cualquiera de las futuras ferias de salud del Departamento de Bienestar, talleres de bienestar u otros eventos. Esperamos que su calendario de 2014 le inspire a establecer y mantener nuevos objetivos de salud durante todo el aĂąo. Recuerde marcar “me gustaâ€? en Facebook y recibirĂĄ recordatorios sobre futuros talleres, consejos de salud y acondicionamiento fĂ­sico, actualizaciones sobre los beneficios y mucho mĂĄs.

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Vida Saludable

¡Haga Su Salud a Prueba del Invierno!

DEDICADO A LA SALUD Y EL BIENESTAR DE LOS MIEMBROS DE 1199SEIU

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Hay que admitirlo: mantenerse saludable durante el invierno puede ser un desafío. La mayor parte del tiempo la pasamos en interiores, hay menos horas de luz y la depresión posterior a las fiestas puede hacer que seguir su rutina de alimentación saludable y ejercicios sea más difícil. Pero eso no significa que sea imposible. A continuación le presentamos nuestros diez consejos principales para sobrevivir el invierno:

Estimados miembros,

6. Tome muchos líquidos. Permanecer hidratado en el invierno es tan importante como en el verano debido a que estamos tanto tiempo en interiores en habitaciones secas y con calefacción. También debería utilizar un humidificador en su dormitorio para mantener abiertas las vías respiratorias mientras duerme.

2. Salga afuera en cada oportunidad que pueda. Para el 10 al 20 por cientode las personas en los Estados Unidos, los días más cortos del invierno pueden causar la “depresión de invierno” o Trastorno Afectivo Estacional (TAE). Asegurarse de que obtiene tanta luz natural como sea posible durante el día puede ayudar.

7. Tome suficientes frutas y verduras ricas en vitaminas. Los productos alimenticios frescos como manzanas, uvas, pepinos, ciruelas y calabacines tienen mucha vitamina C y antioxidantes que pueden fortalecer su sistema inmunitario, y también son una excelente forma de mantenerse hidratado. Puede hacer de las sopas sustanciosas su plato principal, utilizando verduras de invierno como por ejemplo, zapallos, zanahorias, remolachas, brócoli y pastinacas.

4. Pase tiempo con la familia y amigos. Conectarse con la familia y amigos es importante durante todo el año pero especialmente durante los meses del invierno, cuando tenemos la tendencia de hibernar. Los estudios han demostrado que las personas con una red de apoyo tienen una inmunidad más fuerte que aquellos que no cuentan con ella. 5. No se saltee sus sesiones de ejercicios. El ejercicio lo hace todo: Puede ayudar a combatir la depresión estacional, ayuda a mantener un peso saludable y refuerza su sistema inmunitario. Fuentes: Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades, WebMD, Clínica Mayo

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1. Póngase la vacuna contra la gripe. Porque no se puede repetir suficientes veces: la vacuna contra la gripe es la mejor forma de protegerse contra el virus. (¡Y mientras estamos en ello, no olvide de lavarse las manos con frecuencia mientras canta “Feliz Cumpleaños” dos veces!)

3. Duerma bastante. La falta de un sueño de calidad le puede hacer vulnerable a los resfriados y la gripe. Evite comidas pesadas, cafeína y el alcohol cerca de la hora de acostarse, vaya a dormir a la misma hora cada noche y haga que su dormitorio sea adecuado para dormir (sin dispositivos electrónicos).

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Las fiestas pueden ser una magnífica oportunidad para celebrar con nuestros amigos y familia, pero todos sabemos que también puede ser difícil enfocarse en nuestra salud y bienestar. Lo que es importante recordar es que no debe ser tan duro consigo mismo si se saltea una sesión de ejercicios o toma ese postre adicional. El Año Nuevo le ofrece la oportunidad perfecta para regresar al camino correcto, y su Fondo de Beneficios está a su disposición para ayudarle.

El Año Nuevo le ofrece la oportunidad perfecta para regresar al camino correcto, y su Fondo de Beneficios está a su disposición para ayudarle.

También hemos incluido información sobre los valiosos beneficios que su Fondo brinda, incluido nuestro programa de asistencia para la preparación de la declaración de impuestos, que ayuda a miles de miembros a obtener más dinero en sus reintegros tributarios cada año, y los talleres de bienestar programados. De hecho, si asiste a uno de nuestros eventos de bienestar, obtendrá su propia copia del calendario Protección de Nuestra Salud para 2014 del Fondo, que ofrece aliento y estrategias para un 2014 saludable y feliz.

8. Consuma avena. Comenzar el día con un plato caliente de avena le llena de fibra, lo que le da energía y le ayuda a sentirse lleno durante más tiempo. También incluye muchas vitaminas y minerales que fortalecen su sistema inmunitario.

Finalmente, para asegurarnos de que sea posible seguir brindándoles los beneficios de los cuales dependen usted y su familia, es importante que contemos con su información más actualizada en archivo. Si usted es miembro del Fondo Nacional de Beneficios y recibió una carta solicitando documentación para verificar la elegibilidad de sus dependientes, asegúrese de responder lo más pronto posible. Al hacerlo no solo ayudará a garantizar que sus dependientes continúen recibiendo la atención de salud que necesitan, sino también a proteger nuestros dólares limitados para beneficios.

9. Cambie su cepillo de dientes. Si usted u otra persona en el hogar ha tenido un resfrío o la gripe, tire a la basura el viejo cepillo de dientes donde pueden permanecer los gérmenes y causar una nueva infección. 10. Obtenga ayuda para acatar sus resoluciones del Año Nuevo. Reclute a un amigo con metas similares para permanecer motivado durante el año venidero. Para ayudarle a poner en acción sus resoluciones, únase a nosotros el sábado, 25 de enero en nuestro taller “Cumpla con Su Resolución de Año Nuevo”. (Ver página 25.)

En este número de su revista para miembros, Para su Beneficio, encontrará consejos prácticos para mantenerse saludable durante el invierno, desde consumir alimentos nutritivos y hacer ejercicios hasta obtener más horas de sueño y depender de su red de apoyo. También le recordamos que no es muy tarde para obtener su vacuna anual para la gripe. Además, leerá una historia inspiradora sobre cómo una de sus compañeras miembro utilizó el apoyo en el trabajo de su Fondo de Beneficios, Sindicato y empleador para perder 90 libras y ayudar a garantizar un futuro más saludable para ella y su hija.

¡Esperamos que este número de Para Su Beneficio le ayude a iniciar 2014 en gran forma! Atentamente, Este número de Para Su Beneficio contiene información importante sobre sus derechos bajo su plan de beneficios y bajo la Ley de Seguridad de los Ingresos de Jubilación del Empleado, que debe leer y conservar para referencia futura.

Mitra Behroozi Directora Ejecutiva Fondos de Beneficios y Pensiones de 1199SEIU

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Actualización y Noticias Sobre Beneficios

¿Ya ha Actualizado la

Información de Sus Dependientes Elegibles? Si su cónyuge o sus hijos están cubiertos por el Fondo Nacional de Beneficios, es posible que haya recibido una carta en el otoño en la que se le solicita documentación para actualizar su información de elegibilidad procedente de HMS Employer Solutions, quien está llevando a cabo nuestro Programa de Verificación de la Elegibilidad de los Dependientes. Si no envía su información a HMS antes de la fecha límite, se dará por terminada la cobertura de sus dependientes.

“Giselle es todo para mí. Nos divertimos tanto juntas, pero sé por mi propia experiencia que no sería de esta forma si no hubiese cuidado de mi salud”.

Completar el proceso es simple y fácil: solo tiene que hacer copias de todos los documentos requeridos, llenar los formularios de Coordinación de Beneficios que se requieran y enviar todo a HMS por Internet, por fax o por correo. Si considera que la cobertura de sus dependientes elegibles se dio por terminada por error y le gustaría restablecer su cobertura, debe comunicarse con el Fondo de Beneficios al (646) 473-9200 para averiguar qué es lo que necesita hacer.

¿Están Actualizados Todos Sus Beneficiarios? Mientras está actualizando la información sobre la elegibilidad de sus dependientes, es una buena oportunidad para asegurarse de que sus beneficiarios también estén actualizados: ¿Necesita cambiar el beneficiario para su póliza de seguro de vida? ¿Ha agregado recientemente un nuevo dependiente a su familia? Para actualizar la información de sus beneficiarios, solo tiene que visitar nuestro sitio web, www.1199SEIUBenefits.org, llenar el Formulario de Cambio de Inscripción (Enrollment Change Form) y enviarlo a su Fondo de Beneficios.

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¿Tiene una historia saludable que compartir? Siempre estamos buscando la oportunidad de destacar a los miembros que protegen su salud perdiendo peso, dejando de fumar, manteniendo bajo control una enfermedad crónica o simplemente mejorando su estilo de vida en general. Si usted ha implementado cambios positivos en su salud, o si recién lo está comenzando a hacer, ¡queremos tener noticias suyas! Para compartir su historia con sus compañeros miembros en un número futuro de Para su Beneficio, contacte al Fondo en: communications@1199funds.org.

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Perfil del Miembro

Synobia Santiago Romper un patrón de nutrición deficiente y malos hábitos de acondicionamiento físico ayudó a una joven madre a perder 90 libras y cambió su vida y la de su hija. Fue hace poco más de dos años cuando Synobia Santiago alcanzó lo que sintió que fue su punto más bajo. Era una orgullosa madre de una linda niña y estaba muy entusiasmada sobre su futuro, pero el peso de Synobia ya estaba afectando lo que podían hacer juntas. Con sobrepeso durante la mayor parte de su vida, se cansaba fácilmente y luchaba por encontrar la energía para jugar con Giselle que entonces solo tenía 2 años de edad. Synobia recordaba haber pensado para sí misma una tarde: ya basta, las cosas tienen que cambiar. “Pensé sobre la vida que quería para ella y sentí que tenía que enseñar con el ejemplo”, dijo. “No quiero que crezca con sobrepeso como lo hice yo”. Con solo 21 años de edad en ese momento, Synobia se consideraba con suerte por haber evitado sufrir problemas de salud relacionados con su peso. Pero también sabía que solo era una cuestión de tiempo antes de que se le acabara la suerte. Al trabajar en el departamento de limpieza del Mount Sinai Medical Center, Synobia dijo que la cultura de salud creada en su centro de trabajo y el apoyo de su Coordinador de Ayuda del Fondo de Beneficios y de sus organizadores y delegados del sindicato fueron recordatorios constantes de la importancia de un estilo de vida saludable. Ese apoyo, combinado con sus esperanzas para Giselle y los recuerdos de su propia infancia, la motivaron a tomar medidas. “Había tantas cosas que quería hacer y que no hice debido a mi peso, como unirme al equipo de voleibol o ir a los bailes de la escuela”, dijo ella. “Quiero que mi hija viva una vida saludable y plena, sin arrepentimientos debido a la obesidad”. Synobia había intentado en el pasado con píldoras para reprimir el apetito y las dietas de moda y dijo que no solo tenían efectos secundarios intolerables, tales como hacer que su ritmo cardíaco se acelerara, sino que en realidad aumentaban sus ansias por consumir alimentos no saludables. Por ello sabía muy bien que las dietas repentinas u otras soluciones rápidas no eran la solución. En lugar de ello, se decidió a hacer cambios que pudiera mantener: Específicamente, una mejor nutrición a través de una dieta bien balanceada en combinación con un programa de ejercicios. Al comienzo, se sentía avergonzada como para ir a hacer ejercicios en un gimnasio o en el parque, pero invirtió en una banda caminadora barata y comenzó a hacer ejercicios en su

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Nuestra Línea de Ayuda de Enfermería las 24 Horas está Disponible cuando la Necesite Para obtener respuestas a sus preguntas médicas, la Línea de Ayuda de Enfermería del Fondo de Beneficios está disponible las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana. Si no está seguro sobre un medicamento o si su hijo/a no se siente bien en el medio de la noche, una enfermera está disponible para ayudarle. Solo tiene que llamar al (866) 935-1199. Después de todo, hablar con una de nuestras enfermeras registradas desde la comodidad de su hogar le puede ahorrar un viaje a una concurrida sala de emergencias, y las horas que perdería esperando allí.

hogar. En poco tiempo, Synobia había ganado la confianza suficiente para inscribirse en un gimnasio local y también comenzó a caminar en Highland Park, cerca de donde vive en Brooklyn. Eventualmente, fue desarrollando su rutina hasta incluir correr a un paso moderado. “Correr ha sido una gran liberación para mí”, dijo. “Sentir el viento atravesar mi cabello me hace sentir como que estoy dejando todas mis preocupaciones allí mismo en el pavimento”. Aunque hacer ejercicios en forma regular sigue siendo la clave para su salud, Synobia también ha eliminado casi todos los azúcares y carbohidratos agregados de su dieta. Como regla general, ella y Giselle ahora consumen carnes magras, verduras y arroz integral para sus comidas principales, siempre asegurándose de consumir pequeñas porciones, dijo. Como refrigerios, sus favoritos incluyen plátanos con un poco de mantequilla de maní y palomitas de maíz sin mantequilla ni sal. Los resultados han sido sorprendentes, comentó Synobia, ya que bajó 90 libras y ahora se enfoca en mantener su pérdida de peso y fortalecer sus músculos. Agregó que tiene la esperanza de que su historia pueda ayudar a otros a hacer cambios positivos en su vida, diciendo que ahora no tiene arrepentimientos. Nos comenta que quizás lo más importante, es que ahora tiene mucha energía para todas las actividades que se le ocurren a una niña de 4 años de edad. “Giselle es todo para mí”, dijo Synobia. “Nos divertimos tanto juntas, pero sé por mi propia experiencia que no sería de esta forma si no hubiese cuidado de mi salud”.

Puede llamar al mismo número para hablar con un entrenador de salud personal que le puede ayudar a dejar de fumar o a bajar de peso. Para ayudarle a dejar de fumar, su entrenador colaborará con usted para desarrollar un plan específico y establecer metas alcanzables. Si está tratando de bajar de peso, su entrenador le enseñará cómo comer alimentos más saludables sin sentirse privado, y reducir su riesgo de tener problemas de salud, tales como diabetes de Tipo 2, colesterol alto, presión arterial elevada y enfermedades cardíacas. Por ello debe asegurarse de utilizar las herramientas a su disposición:

¡Llame a nuestra Línea de Ayuda de Enfermería hoy mismo al (866) 935-1199 y obtenga las respuestas y el apoyo que necesita para tener éxito!

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Este Año Fiscal, Asegúrese de Reclamar Todo lo que Tiene Derecho a Recibir con

el Crédito Tributario por Ingresos del Trabajo Aproveche Nuestro Programa Gratuito de Asistencia para la Preparación de la Declaración de Impuestos y Asegúrese de que su Reembolso Sea Todo lo que Puede Ser El Programa de Asistencia para la Preparación de la Declaración de Impuestos del Fondo Nacional de Beneficios de 1199SEIU está a su disposición para ayudarle a solicitar el Crédito Tributario por Ingresos del Trabajo (Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC) y a obtener la máxima devolución posible de su reintegro de impuestos. El programa ha atendido a miles de miembros a través de los años, y en 2014, el Fondo se está asociando nuevamente con la Coalición EITC de la ciudad de Nueva York para ayudar a garantizar que su declaración de impuestos sea preparada con precisión y que su reembolso incluya todo aquello a lo que tiene derecho. La Coalición EITC está dirigida por el Departamento de Asuntos del Consumidor de la Ciudad de Nueva York e incluye la Office of Financial Empowerment (Oficina de Capacitación Financiera) de la ciudad y el Food Bank For New York City.

Visite los Sitios de Food Bank For New York City y Ariva para Obtener Asistencia Gratuita con la Preparación de Impuestos

Solicite Su Crédito Tributario por Ingresos del Trabajo (EITC) 0UEDEVERIlCARSIREÞNELOSREQUISITOSDEINGRESOSPARA solicitar el Crédito Tributario por Ingresos del Trabajo (EITC) utilizando las pautas de impuestos de 2013 que se indican a continuación: s )NGRESOINFERIORA O SIESCASADO y presenta una declaración conjunta) con tres o más hijos dependientes s )NGRESOINFERIORA  SIESCASADO y presenta una declaración conjunta) con dos hijos dependientes s )NGRESOINFERIORA  SIESCASADO y presenta una declaración conjunta) con un hijo dependiente s )NGRESOINFERIORA  SIES casado y presenta una declaración conjunta) sin hijos dependientes

Siempre que los ingresos de su hogar para 2013 hayan sido inferiores a $52,000 (o $20,000 si es soltero y no tiene dependientes), nuestros socios del Food Bank For New York City están ofreciendo eventos gratuitos de asistencia con la preparación de la declaración de impuestos en los cinco distritos. El programa sin fines de lucro de educación financiera Ariva también está ofreciendo asistencia gratuita, en las sedes en el Bronx. En la sede de Ariva en el sur del Bronx, el ingreso de su hogar para 2013 debe ser inferior a $52,000 si tiene hijos dependientes o inferior a $18,000 si es soltero y no tiene dependientes. En la sede de Ariva en el noroeste del Bronx, el ingreso de su hogar para 2013 debe ser inferior a $56,000 si tiene hijos dependientes o inferior a $25,000 si es soltero y no tiene dependientes. Si califica para el Crédito Tributario por Ingresos del Trabajo (EITC), los expertos en la preparación de las declaraciones de impuestos le ayudarán a solicitar el crédito. Incluso si usted no vive cerca de estos establecimientos, asegúrese de leer la guía “Solicite Su Crédito Tributario por Ingresos del Trabajo” que figura al principio de la página para saber si califica para el crédito antes de presentar su declaración. Para información sobre los centros del Food Bank For New York City, llame al 311. Para información sobre el centro de Ariva en el sur del Bronx, llame al (718) 292-2983. El centro estará abierto del 16 de enero al 15 de abril. Para información sobre el centro de Ariva en el noroeste del Bronx, solo con cita previa, llame al (718) 933-3101. El centro estará abierto del 29 de enero al 9 de abril.

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Cinco Grandes Motivos para Ponerse la Vacuna contra la Gripe Incluso aunque en enero y febrero son la temporada alta de la gripe, todavía no es tarde para protegerse a sí mismo, a su familia y a sus pacientes o residentes de un virus potencialmente grave. Si aún no se ha puesto la vacuna, a continuación le presentamos los motivos por los que debería hacerlo:

1. Ponerse la vacuna contra la gripe es la mejor forma de protegerse contra el virus, de acuerdo a los expertos de la salud, por ello vacunarse ahora todavía podría ayudarle a mantenerse saludable durante el invierno. 2. Como trabajador de la salud tiene una mayor posibilidad de contraer la gripe ya que trabaja con muchas personas que están enfermas. También tiene un mayor riesgo si está embarazada, es mayor de 50 años y sufre una enfermedad crónica como por ejemplo asma, diabetes o una enfermedad cardíaca.

Consulte el folleto de información sobre el EITC del Fondo que recibirá por correo, visite nuestro sitio web, www.1199SEIUBenefits.org, o llame al Fondo de Beneficios al (646) 473-9200.

3. La vacuna contra la gripe no le puede enfermar. Este es uno de los mitos más grandes sobre la vacuna contra la gripe. Los virus de la gripe en la vacuna están inactivos (eliminados), por ello no pueden causar una infección, y la vacuna ha sido sometida a pruebas de seguridad.

4. Los trabajadores de la salud están obligados por la ley del Estado de Nueva York a ponerse la vacuna contra la gripe o utilizar una mascarilla cuando estén cerca de pacientes o residentes. Ponerse la vacuna contra la gripe le protege a usted y a sus pacientes o residentes, y es mucho más conveniente que utilizar una mascarilla. 5. Ponerse la vacuna contra la gripe es conveniente, ¡y está cubierta! Las vacunas contra la gripe están disponibles a través de la mayoría de empleadores y sedes de trabajo de la salud y en las farmacias locales de Rite Aid. Si su empleador no ofrece la vacuna, recuerde que su Fondo de Beneficios cubre las vacunas, así que simplemente haga una cita con su proveedor de atención de la salud. Fuentes: Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades, MedPage Today

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Este Año Fiscal, Asegúrese de Reclamar Todo lo que Tiene Derecho a Recibir con

el Crédito Tributario por Ingresos del Trabajo Aproveche Nuestro Programa Gratuito de Asistencia para la Preparación de la Declaración de Impuestos y Asegúrese de que su Reembolso Sea Todo lo que Puede Ser El Programa de Asistencia para la Preparación de la Declaración de Impuestos del Fondo Nacional de Beneficios de 1199SEIU está a su disposición para ayudarle a solicitar el Crédito Tributario por Ingresos del Trabajo (Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC) y a obtener la máxima devolución posible de su reintegro de impuestos. El programa ha atendido a miles de miembros a través de los años, y en 2014, el Fondo se está asociando nuevamente con la Coalición EITC de la ciudad de Nueva York para ayudar a garantizar que su declaración de impuestos sea preparada con precisión y que su reembolso incluya todo aquello a lo que tiene derecho. La Coalición EITC está dirigida por el Departamento de Asuntos del Consumidor de la Ciudad de Nueva York e incluye la Office of Financial Empowerment (Oficina de Capacitación Financiera) de la ciudad y el Food Bank For New York City.

Visite los Sitios de Food Bank For New York City y Ariva para Obtener Asistencia Gratuita con la Preparación de Impuestos

Solicite Su Crédito Tributario por Ingresos del Trabajo (EITC) 0UEDEVERIlCARSIREÞNELOSREQUISITOSDEINGRESOSPARA solicitar el Crédito Tributario por Ingresos del Trabajo (EITC) utilizando las pautas de impuestos de 2013 que se indican a continuación: s )NGRESOINFERIORA O SIESCASADO y presenta una declaración conjunta) con tres o más hijos dependientes s )NGRESOINFERIORA  SIESCASADO y presenta una declaración conjunta) con dos hijos dependientes s )NGRESOINFERIORA  SIESCASADO y presenta una declaración conjunta) con un hijo dependiente s )NGRESOINFERIORA  SIES casado y presenta una declaración conjunta) sin hijos dependientes

Siempre que los ingresos de su hogar para 2013 hayan sido inferiores a $52,000 (o $20,000 si es soltero y no tiene dependientes), nuestros socios del Food Bank For New York City están ofreciendo eventos gratuitos de asistencia con la preparación de la declaración de impuestos en los cinco distritos. El programa sin fines de lucro de educación financiera Ariva también está ofreciendo asistencia gratuita, en las sedes en el Bronx. En la sede de Ariva en el sur del Bronx, el ingreso de su hogar para 2013 debe ser inferior a $52,000 si tiene hijos dependientes o inferior a $18,000 si es soltero y no tiene dependientes. En la sede de Ariva en el noroeste del Bronx, el ingreso de su hogar para 2013 debe ser inferior a $56,000 si tiene hijos dependientes o inferior a $25,000 si es soltero y no tiene dependientes. Si califica para el Crédito Tributario por Ingresos del Trabajo (EITC), los expertos en la preparación de las declaraciones de impuestos le ayudarán a solicitar el crédito. Incluso si usted no vive cerca de estos establecimientos, asegúrese de leer la guía “Solicite Su Crédito Tributario por Ingresos del Trabajo” que figura al principio de la página para saber si califica para el crédito antes de presentar su declaración. Para información sobre los centros del Food Bank For New York City, llame al 311. Para información sobre el centro de Ariva en el sur del Bronx, llame al (718) 292-2983. El centro estará abierto del 16 de enero al 15 de abril. Para información sobre el centro de Ariva en el noroeste del Bronx, solo con cita previa, llame al (718) 933-3101. El centro estará abierto del 29 de enero al 9 de abril.

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Cinco Grandes Motivos para Ponerse la Vacuna contra la Gripe Incluso aunque en enero y febrero son la temporada alta de la gripe, todavía no es tarde para protegerse a sí mismo, a su familia y a sus pacientes o residentes de un virus potencialmente grave. Si aún no se ha puesto la vacuna, a continuación le presentamos los motivos por los que debería hacerlo:

1. Ponerse la vacuna contra la gripe es la mejor forma de protegerse contra el virus, de acuerdo a los expertos de la salud, por ello vacunarse ahora todavía podría ayudarle a mantenerse saludable durante el invierno. 2. Como trabajador de la salud tiene una mayor posibilidad de contraer la gripe ya que trabaja con muchas personas que están enfermas. También tiene un mayor riesgo si está embarazada, es mayor de 50 años y sufre una enfermedad crónica como por ejemplo asma, diabetes o una enfermedad cardíaca.

Consulte el folleto de información sobre el EITC del Fondo que recibirá por correo, visite nuestro sitio web, www.1199SEIUBenefits.org, o llame al Fondo de Beneficios al (646) 473-9200.

3. La vacuna contra la gripe no le puede enfermar. Este es uno de los mitos más grandes sobre la vacuna contra la gripe. Los virus de la gripe en la vacuna están inactivos (eliminados), por ello no pueden causar una infección, y la vacuna ha sido sometida a pruebas de seguridad.

4. Los trabajadores de la salud están obligados por la ley del Estado de Nueva York a ponerse la vacuna contra la gripe o utilizar una mascarilla cuando estén cerca de pacientes o residentes. Ponerse la vacuna contra la gripe le protege a usted y a sus pacientes o residentes, y es mucho más conveniente que utilizar una mascarilla. 5. Ponerse la vacuna contra la gripe es conveniente, ¡y está cubierta! Las vacunas contra la gripe están disponibles a través de la mayoría de empleadores y sedes de trabajo de la salud y en las farmacias locales de Rite Aid. Si su empleador no ofrece la vacuna, recuerde que su Fondo de Beneficios cubre las vacunas, así que simplemente haga una cita con su proveedor de atención de la salud. Fuentes: Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades, MedPage Today

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Perfil del Miembro

Synobia Santiago Romper un patrón de nutrición deficiente y malos hábitos de acondicionamiento físico ayudó a una joven madre a perder 90 libras y cambió su vida y la de su hija. Fue hace poco más de dos años cuando Synobia Santiago alcanzó lo que sintió que fue su punto más bajo. Era una orgullosa madre de una linda niña y estaba muy entusiasmada sobre su futuro, pero el peso de Synobia ya estaba afectando lo que podían hacer juntas. Con sobrepeso durante la mayor parte de su vida, se cansaba fácilmente y luchaba por encontrar la energía para jugar con Giselle que entonces solo tenía 2 años de edad. Synobia recordaba haber pensado para sí misma una tarde: ya basta, las cosas tienen que cambiar. “Pensé sobre la vida que quería para ella y sentí que tenía que enseñar con el ejemplo”, dijo. “No quiero que crezca con sobrepeso como lo hice yo”. Con solo 21 años de edad en ese momento, Synobia se consideraba con suerte por haber evitado sufrir problemas de salud relacionados con su peso. Pero también sabía que solo era una cuestión de tiempo antes de que se le acabara la suerte. Al trabajar en el departamento de limpieza del Mount Sinai Medical Center, Synobia dijo que la cultura de salud creada en su centro de trabajo y el apoyo de su Coordinador de Ayuda del Fondo de Beneficios y de sus organizadores y delegados del sindicato fueron recordatorios constantes de la importancia de un estilo de vida saludable. Ese apoyo, combinado con sus esperanzas para Giselle y los recuerdos de su propia infancia, la motivaron a tomar medidas. “Había tantas cosas que quería hacer y que no hice debido a mi peso, como unirme al equipo de voleibol o ir a los bailes de la escuela”, dijo ella. “Quiero que mi hija viva una vida saludable y plena, sin arrepentimientos debido a la obesidad”. Synobia había intentado en el pasado con píldoras para reprimir el apetito y las dietas de moda y dijo que no solo tenían efectos secundarios intolerables, tales como hacer que su ritmo cardíaco se acelerara, sino que en realidad aumentaban sus ansias por consumir alimentos no saludables. Por ello sabía muy bien que las dietas repentinas u otras soluciones rápidas no eran la solución. En lugar de ello, se decidió a hacer cambios que pudiera mantener: Específicamente, una mejor nutrición a través de una dieta bien balanceada en combinación con un programa de ejercicios. Al comienzo, se sentía avergonzada como para ir a hacer ejercicios en un gimnasio o en el parque, pero invirtió en una banda caminadora barata y comenzó a hacer ejercicios en su

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Nuestra Línea de Ayuda de Enfermería las 24 Horas está Disponible cuando la Necesite Para obtener respuestas a sus preguntas médicas, la Línea de Ayuda de Enfermería del Fondo de Beneficios está disponible las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana. Si no está seguro sobre un medicamento o si su hijo/a no se siente bien en el medio de la noche, una enfermera está disponible para ayudarle. Solo tiene que llamar al (866) 935-1199. Después de todo, hablar con una de nuestras enfermeras registradas desde la comodidad de su hogar le puede ahorrar un viaje a una concurrida sala de emergencias, y las horas que perdería esperando allí.

hogar. En poco tiempo, Synobia había ganado la confianza suficiente para inscribirse en un gimnasio local y también comenzó a caminar en Highland Park, cerca de donde vive en Brooklyn. Eventualmente, fue desarrollando su rutina hasta incluir correr a un paso moderado. “Correr ha sido una gran liberación para mí”, dijo. “Sentir el viento atravesar mi cabello me hace sentir como que estoy dejando todas mis preocupaciones allí mismo en el pavimento”. Aunque hacer ejercicios en forma regular sigue siendo la clave para su salud, Synobia también ha eliminado casi todos los azúcares y carbohidratos agregados de su dieta. Como regla general, ella y Giselle ahora consumen carnes magras, verduras y arroz integral para sus comidas principales, siempre asegurándose de consumir pequeñas porciones, dijo. Como refrigerios, sus favoritos incluyen plátanos con un poco de mantequilla de maní y palomitas de maíz sin mantequilla ni sal. Los resultados han sido sorprendentes, comentó Synobia, ya que bajó 90 libras y ahora se enfoca en mantener su pérdida de peso y fortalecer sus músculos. Agregó que tiene la esperanza de que su historia pueda ayudar a otros a hacer cambios positivos en su vida, diciendo que ahora no tiene arrepentimientos. Nos comenta que quizás lo más importante, es que ahora tiene mucha energía para todas las actividades que se le ocurren a una niña de 4 años de edad. “Giselle es todo para mí”, dijo Synobia. “Nos divertimos tanto juntas, pero sé por mi propia experiencia que no sería de esta forma si no hubiese cuidado de mi salud”.

Puede llamar al mismo número para hablar con un entrenador de salud personal que le puede ayudar a dejar de fumar o a bajar de peso. Para ayudarle a dejar de fumar, su entrenador colaborará con usted para desarrollar un plan específico y establecer metas alcanzables. Si está tratando de bajar de peso, su entrenador le enseñará cómo comer alimentos más saludables sin sentirse privado, y reducir su riesgo de tener problemas de salud, tales como diabetes de Tipo 2, colesterol alto, presión arterial elevada y enfermedades cardíacas. Por ello debe asegurarse de utilizar las herramientas a su disposición:

¡Llame a nuestra Línea de Ayuda de Enfermería hoy mismo al (866) 935-1199 y obtenga las respuestas y el apoyo que necesita para tener éxito!

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Actualización y Noticias Sobre Beneficios

¿Ya ha Actualizado la

Información de Sus Dependientes Elegibles? Si su cónyuge o sus hijos están cubiertos por el Fondo Nacional de Beneficios, es posible que haya recibido una carta en el otoño en la que se le solicita documentación para actualizar su información de elegibilidad procedente de HMS Employer Solutions, quien está llevando a cabo nuestro Programa de Verificación de la Elegibilidad de los Dependientes. Si no envía su información a HMS antes de la fecha límite, se dará por terminada la cobertura de sus dependientes.

“Giselle es todo para mí. Nos divertimos tanto juntas, pero sé por mi propia experiencia que no sería de esta forma si no hubiese cuidado de mi salud”.

Completar el proceso es simple y fácil: solo tiene que hacer copias de todos los documentos requeridos, llenar los formularios de Coordinación de Beneficios que se requieran y enviar todo a HMS por Internet, por fax o por correo. Si considera que la cobertura de sus dependientes elegibles se dio por terminada por error y le gustaría restablecer su cobertura, debe comunicarse con el Fondo de Beneficios al (646) 473-9200 para averiguar qué es lo que necesita hacer.

¿Están Actualizados Todos Sus Beneficiarios? Mientras está actualizando la información sobre la elegibilidad de sus dependientes, es una buena oportunidad para asegurarse de que sus beneficiarios también estén actualizados: ¿Necesita cambiar el beneficiario para su póliza de seguro de vida? ¿Ha agregado recientemente un nuevo dependiente a su familia? Para actualizar la información de sus beneficiarios, solo tiene que visitar nuestro sitio web, www.1199SEIUBenefits.org, llenar el Formulario de Cambio de Inscripción (Enrollment Change Form) y enviarlo a su Fondo de Beneficios.

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¿Tiene una historia saludable que compartir? Siempre estamos buscando la oportunidad de destacar a los miembros que protegen su salud perdiendo peso, dejando de fumar, manteniendo bajo control una enfermedad crónica o simplemente mejorando su estilo de vida en general. Si usted ha implementado cambios positivos en su salud, o si recién lo está comenzando a hacer, ¡queremos tener noticias suyas! Para compartir su historia con sus compañeros miembros en un número futuro de Para su Beneficio, contacte al Fondo en: communications@1199funds.org.

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Vida Saludable

¡Haga Su Salud a Prueba del Invierno!

DEDICADO A LA SALUD Y EL BIENESTAR DE LOS MIEMBROS DE 1199SEIU

Para Su Beneficio

Hay que admitirlo: mantenerse saludable durante el invierno puede ser un desafío. La mayor parte del tiempo la pasamos en interiores, hay menos horas de luz y la depresión posterior a las fiestas puede hacer que seguir su rutina de alimentación saludable y ejercicios sea más difícil. Pero eso no significa que sea imposible. A continuación le presentamos nuestros diez consejos principales para sobrevivir el invierno:

Estimados miembros,

6. Tome muchos líquidos. Permanecer hidratado en el invierno es tan importante como en el verano debido a que estamos tanto tiempo en interiores en habitaciones secas y con calefacción. También debería utilizar un humidificador en su dormitorio para mantener abiertas las vías respiratorias mientras duerme.

2. Salga afuera en cada oportunidad que pueda. Para el 10 al 20 por ciento de las personas en los Estados Unidos, los días más cortos del invierno pueden causar la “depresión de invierno” o Trastorno Afectivo Estacional (TAE). Asegurarse de que obtiene tanta luz natural como sea posible durante el día puede ayudar.

7. Tome suficientes frutas y verduras ricas en vitaminas. Los productos alimenticios frescos como manzanas, uvas, pepinos, ciruelas y calabacines tienen mucha vitamina C y antioxidantes que pueden fortalecer su sistema inmunitario, y también son una excelente forma de mantenerse hidratado. Puede hacer de las sopas sustanciosas su plato principal, utilizando verduras de invierno como por ejemplo, zapallos, zanahorias, remolachas, brócoli y pastinacas.

4. Pase tiempo con la familia y amigos. Conectarse con la familia y amigos es importante durante todo el año pero especialmente durante los meses del invierno, cuando tenemos la tendencia de hibernar. Los estudios han demostrado que las personas con una red de apoyo tienen una inmunidad más fuerte que aquellos que no cuentan con ella. 5. No se saltee sus sesiones de ejercicios. El ejercicio lo hace todo: Puede ayudar a combatir la depresión estacional, ayuda a mantener un peso saludable y refuerza su sistema inmunitario. Fuentes: Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades, WebMD, Clínica Mayo

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1. Póngase la vacuna contra la gripe. Porque no se puede repetir suficientes veces: la vacuna contra la gripe es la mejor forma de protegerse contra el virus. (¡Y mientras estamos en ello, no olvide de lavarse las manos con frecuencia mientras canta “Feliz Cumpleaños” dos veces!)

3. Duerma bastante. La falta de un sueño de calidad le puede hacer vulnerable a los resfriados y la gripe. Evite comidas pesadas, cafeína y el alcohol cerca de la hora de acostarse, vaya a dormir a la misma hora cada noche y haga que su dormitorio sea adecuado para dormir (sin dispositivos electrónicos).

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Invierno 2013-14

Las fiestas pueden ser una magnífica oportunidad para celebrar con nuestros amigos y familia, pero todos sabemos que también puede ser difícil enfocarse en nuestra salud y bienestar. Lo que es importante recordar es que no debe ser tan duro consigo mismo si se saltea una sesión de ejercicios o toma ese postre adicional. El Año Nuevo le ofrece la oportunidad perfecta para regresar al camino correcto, y su Fondo de Beneficios está a su disposición para ayudarle.

El Año Nuevo le ofrece la oportunidad perfecta para regresar al camino correcto, y su Fondo de Beneficios está a su disposición para ayudarle.

También hemos incluido información sobre los valiosos beneficios que su Fondo brinda, incluido nuestro programa de asistencia para la preparación de la declaración de impuestos, que ayuda a miles de miembros a obtener más dinero en sus reintegros tributarios cada año, y los talleres de bienestar programados. De hecho, si asiste a uno de nuestros eventos de bienestar, obtendrá su propia copia del calendario Protección de Nuestra Salud para 2014 del Fondo, que ofrece aliento y estrategias para un 2014 saludable y feliz.

8. Consuma avena. Comenzar el día con un plato caliente de avena le llena de fibra, lo que le da energía y le ayuda a sentirse lleno durante más tiempo. También incluye muchas vitaminas y minerales que fortalecen su sistema inmunitario.

Finalmente, para asegurarnos de que sea posible seguir brindándoles los beneficios de los cuales dependen usted y su familia, es importante que contemos con su información más actualizada en archivo. Si usted es miembro del Fondo Nacional de Beneficios y recibió una carta solicitando documentación para verificar la elegibilidad de sus dependientes, asegúrese de responder lo más pronto posible. Al hacerlo no solo ayudará a garantizar que sus dependientes continúen recibiendo la atención de salud que necesitan, sino también a proteger nuestros dólares limitados para beneficios.

9. Cambie su cepillo de dientes. Si usted u otra persona en el hogar ha tenido un resfrío o la gripe, tire a la basura el viejo cepillo de dientes donde pueden permanecer los gérmenes y causar una nueva infección. 10. Obtenga ayuda para acatar sus resoluciones del Año Nuevo. Reclute a un amigo con metas similares para permanecer motivado durante el año venidero. Para ayudarle a poner en acción sus resoluciones, únase a nosotros el sábado, 25 de enero en nuestro taller “Cumpla con Su Resolución de Año Nuevo”. (Ver página 25.)

En este número de su revista para miembros, Para su Beneficio, encontrará consejos prácticos para mantenerse saludable durante el invierno, desde consumir alimentos nutritivos y hacer ejercicios hasta obtener más horas de sueño y depender de su red de apoyo. También le recordamos que no es muy tarde para obtener su vacuna anual para la gripe. Además, leerá una historia inspiradora sobre cómo una de sus compañeras miembro utilizó el apoyo en el trabajo de su Fondo de Beneficios, Sindicato y empleador para perder 90 libras y ayudar a garantizar un futuro más saludable para ella y su hija.

¡Esperamos que este número de Para Su Beneficio le ayude a iniciar 2014 en gran forma! Atentamente, Este número de Para Su Beneficio contiene información importante sobre sus derechos bajo su plan de beneficios y bajo la Ley de Seguridad de los Ingresos de Jubilación del Empleado, que debe leer y conservar para referencia futura.

Mitra Behroozi Directora Ejecutiva Fondos de Beneficios y Pensiones de 1199SEIU

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Our 24-Hour Nurse Helpline Is There When You Need It For answers to medical questions, the Benefit Fund’s Nurse Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether you’re not sure about a medication or your child isn’t feeling well in the middle of the night, a nurse is on hand to help you. Just call (866) 935-1199. After all, talking with one of our RNs from the comfort of your home could spare you a trip to a crowded emergency room – and the hours you’d spend waiting there. You can call the same number to talk to a personal health coach who can help you quit smoking or lose weight. To help you stop smoking, your coach will work with you to develop a specific plan and set achievable goals. If you’re trying to lose weight, your coach will show you how to eat healthier foods without feeling deprived – and reduce your risk of health problems, such as Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease.

So make sure you use the tools available to you:

Call our Nurse Helpline today at (866) 935-1199 and get the answers and the support you need to succeed!

Dele un Impulso a Su AĂąo Nuevo, Asista a Nuestro Taller “Cumpla con Su ResoluciĂłn de AĂąo Nuevoâ€? Hacemos lo posible por mantener nuestras resoluciones del AĂąo Nuevo, pero puede ser difĂ­cil implementar cambios duraderos sin un buen sistema de apoyo. Si usted ha hecho un compromiso consigo mismo, ya sea alimentarse mĂĄs saludablemente, hacer mĂĄs ejercicios o manejar mejor el estrĂŠs, le podemos ayudar. Ăšnase a sus compaĂąeros miembro en el taller del Departamento de Bienestar/MAP llamado “Cumpla con Su ResoluciĂłn de AĂąo .UEVOv ELSÉBADODEENERO DEAMAPM EN7ESTND3TREET 0ISO EN-ANHATTAN Nuestro taller le ayudarĂĄ a mantenerse comprometido a alcanzar sus metas a largo plazo al suministrarle herramientas y estrategias que puede utilizar cada dĂ­a. En nuestros seminarios sobre nutriciĂłn, aprenderĂĄ formas de mejorar sus hĂĄbitos alimenticios, y el taller de control del estrĂŠs le ofrecerĂĄ consejos para reducir el estrĂŠs en el hogar y en el trabajo. El dĂ­a terminarĂĄ con una clase de ejercicios de diversiĂłn familiar, para todas las edades, dirigida por el instructor de acondicionamiento fĂ­sico del Fondo, por ello no olvide traer a su familia y usar ropa apropiada. El taller es una forma divertida y vivaz de poner en movimiento sus resoluciones, ayudarle a vivir una vida mĂĄs saludable durante todo el aĂąo. No es suficiente ponerlo en movimiento, todos los participantes en el taller recibirĂĄn una copia del DVD 1199SEIU Resistance Band Total-Body Workout (Ejercicios Totales para el Cuerpo con la Banda de Resistencia de 1199SEIU), una banda de resistencia y una copia del calendario de ProtecciĂłn de Nuestra3ALUDDEDEL&ONDO0ORELLODEBEUNIRSEANOSOTROSELDE enero, ÂĄy dar un fantĂĄstico inicio a sus resoluciones de AĂąo Nuevo!

QuĂŠ:

Taller “Cumpla con Su ResoluciĂłn de AĂąo Nuevoâ€?

CuĂĄndo: sĂĄbado 25 de enero de 2014 de 10:00 am a 2:00 pm DĂłnde: 330 West 42nd Street, Piso 33 Para reservar su lugar, llame al (646) 473-8960, opciĂłn 2, opciĂłn 1. El estacionamiento validado de $10 estarĂĄ disponible en Impark en el lado norte de la calle 42, y habrĂĄ disponible cuidado infantil para los niĂąos de 3 aĂąos y mayores.

ÂĄObtenga Su Calendario de ProtecciĂłn de Nuestra Salud de 2014! Ya estĂĄ disponible ahora el Calendario de ProtecciĂłn de Nuestra Salud de 2014 del Fondo de Beneficios. El nuevo calendario incluye consejos de nutriciĂłn, acondicionamiento fĂ­sico y estilo de vida para ayudarle a usted y a su familia a tomar opciones saludables durante el aĂąo. Obtenga una copia en cualquiera de las futuras ferias de salud del Departamento de Bienestar, talleres de bienestar u otros eventos. Esperamos que su calendario de 2014 le inspire a establecer y mantener nuevos objetivos de salud durante todo el aĂąo. Recuerde marcar “me gustaâ€? en Facebook y recibirĂĄ recordatorios sobre futuros talleres, consejos de salud y acondicionamiento fĂ­sico, actualizaciones sobre los beneficios y mucho mĂĄs.

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Acondicionamiento Físico Saludable

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Compruebe Sus Conocimientos Sobre Cómo Mantenerse en Forma Ya sea que esté comenzando una nueva rutina de ejercicios o solo quiera mejorar su acondicionamiento físico general, necesita saber qué da resultados y qué no lo hace. La buena noticia es que hay mucha información disponible, la mala, es que también hay mucha mala información. Hemos escuchado todos los “datos” como estos:

“Si deja de hacer el entrenamiento con pesas, sus músculos se convertirán en grasa”. “Si hace 100 abdominales al día, obtendrá una cintura delgada”.

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Our Prenatal Workshop Can Help

Ensure You Have a Healthy Pregnancy Join other expectant parents at our Wellness Department’s next Prenatal workshop on March 1, where you’ll get important information about how to stay healthy during pregnancy and after your child is born, how to prepare for your due date and what to expect during labor and delivery. Whether it’s your first child or your third, you’ll also learn how to have a healthy pregnancy with fewer complications. The workshop will cover everything from how to keep healthy during your pregnancy to information about labor and delivery, what partners need to know about pregnancy and the new baby, and more. Partners are welcome!

What:

Prenatal workshop

When:

Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

Where: 330 West 42nd Street, 33rd Floor To reserve your spot, please call (646) 473-8960, Option 2, Option 2. Provided by Worksite Medical Services, P.C.

“Like” Us on Facebook Last year, we launched our Healthy-Living Raffle through the Funds’ Facebook page. Now, more than 2,800 members have visited our page so far, and 25 of those members won one of our Protecting Our Health tools, like an 1199SEIU pedometer, a Food & Fitness Journal, a sling bag or a copy of the 1199SEIU Resistance Band Total-Body Workout DVD and band. Everyone who “Likes” our Facebook page stays up to date on the latest benefit and pension news, health fairs, workshops, wellness tips and more. We’re adding new content all the time, so if you haven’t already, visit www.facebook.com/1199SEIUBenefitFunds (or use your smartphone to scan the QR code at right). Share the page with your fellow members and let us know what you’d like to see going forward. And keep coming back...we’re sure you’ll find a lot to “Like”!

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Address _____________________________________________________________________________ Apt. No. _________________ City ______________________________________________________________ State _________________ Zip __________________ Home Phone ___________________________ Cellular Phone __________________________ Work Phone ________________________ Employed at __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Child’s Last Name _____________________________________ First Name ____________________________ Date of Birth ____________ Has your child used this benefit in the past? � YES � NO If yes, which camp did your child attend? __________________________________ Member E-mail Address __________________________________________________________________________________________ Member Information: � National Benefit Fund (NBF)

â?’ Greater New York Child Care Fund

â?’ NBF Rochester-Area Members

Complete this form in its entirety and return it before January 31, 2014. Mail it to: 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation, Anne Shore Sleep-Away #AMP0ROGRAM 0/"OX .EW9ORK .9 9OUMAYALSOFAXTHISFORMTOTHEATTENTIONOFTHE!NNE3HORE3LEEP !WAY#AMP Program at (646) 473-8311. A separate coupon must be submitted for each individual child.

2014 Anne Shore Sleep-Away Camp Program for

Children Ages 9 to 15 Years Each year, the Anne Shore Sleep-Away Camp Program sends more than 800 children of 1199SEIU members to three- and four-week sleep-away camps throughout the Northeast – at minimal cost to their parents. To apply for sleep-away camp, simply fill out the coupon above and return it to the 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation before January 31, 2014. If your child is eligible, our program staff will contact you to schedule an appointment to attend a mandatory orientation in order to select the camp that best suits your child’s needs and interests. You are required to submit a $10 non-refundable application fee, which must be paid at orientation. Please contact the Anne Shore Camp Program at (646) 473-8310 or at anneshorecampprogram@1199funds.org for more information. This summer program is a three- to four-week sleep-away camp. This application IS NOT for day camp.

Las medias verdades y mitos comunes sobre los ejercicios pueden hacer que sea mĂĄs difĂ­cil enfocarse en los datos de verdad. Vea si puede distinguir entre los datos verdaderos y la ficciĂłn en nuestro corto examen. Verdadero o falso:

El entrenamiento de resistencia le hace tener mĂşsculos grandes.

Respuesta: Falso. Los Centros para el Control y la PrevenciĂłn de Enfermedades recomiendan el entrenamiento de fuerza dos veces por semana, ademĂĄs de la actividad cardiovascular. El entrenamiento de resistencia puede ayudar a reducir la cantidad de mĂşsculo que perdemos con la edad, prevenir el dolor de la parte inferior de la espalda, y mejorar el equilibrio y la facilidad de movimiento a medida que confrontamos nuestras actividades cotidianas. En cuanto a sacar mĂşsculos, tomarĂ­a horas de levantar pesas muy pesadas, junto con una dieta estricta, para desarrollar mĂşsculos grandes. Para tonificar los mĂşsculos, quĂŠdese con las pesas mĂĄs livianas o las bandas de resistencia y haga mĂĄs repeticiones para desarrollar fortaleza y resistencia.

Verdadero o falso:

Puedo reducir la grasa de la barriga haciendo ejercicios que estĂĄn dirigidos exclusivamente a esa ĂĄrea.

Respuesta: Falso. El llamado entrenamiento para un lugar especĂ­fico no da resultados. Su cuerpo pierde peso en todas partes, es por ello que al hacer abdominales fortalecerĂĄ sus mĂşsculos abdominales, pero no eliminarĂĄ la grasa que los cubre. Por supuesto que tener mĂşsculos abdominales fuertes ayudarĂĄ a estabilizar su cuerpo e impulsarĂĄ su metabolismo, por ello debe combinar los ejercicios cardiovasculares con entrenamiento de fortaleza para obtener una sesiĂłn de ejercicios global.

Verdadero o falso:

El ejercicio solo no me va a ayudar a perder peso. FOR OFFICE USE ONLY

Respuesta: Verdadero. NBF____________ NBF ROCHESTER ___________ GNY ____________ Eligibility: YES ____ NO ____

If no, reason: ______________________________

Eligibility Verification Date: ________________________________________________ Date Received

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El ejercicio solo no compensarĂĄ por consumir mĂĄs calorĂ­as que las que quema.Toma aproximadamente 50 minutos de caminar a paso ligero para quemar las calorĂ­as existentes en una porciĂłn promedio de una pizza de queso. Se necesita una combinaciĂłn de ejercicios y alimentaciĂłn saludable si desea mantener un peso saludable o perder peso excedente.

Verdadero o falso: “Sin dolor no hay ganador� puede causar lesiones.

Respuesta: Verdadero. Existe una diferencia entre tener algĂşn dolor muscular durante un dĂ­a o dos despuĂŠs de una sesiĂłn de ejercicios y sentir dolor, especialmente cuando estĂĄ haciendo un ejercicio. El dolor durante una actividad de acondicionamiento fĂ­sico puede indicar que lo estĂĄ haciendo en forma incorrecta, utilizando una pesa demasiado pesada o que estĂĄ sufriendo una lesiĂłn. DetĂŠngase y descanse a la primera seĂąal de dolor. Si no desaparece despuĂŠs de cinco dĂ­as, o si aumenta despuĂŠs de comenzar a hacer ejercicios, consulte a su proveedor de atenciĂłn de la salud.

Verdadero o falso:

Hacer ejercicios en un gimnasio es mejor que hacerlo en el hogar (o viceversa).

Respuesta: Falso.

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La verdad es que no importa dĂłnde haga sus ejercicios, siempre que los haga. Caminar es uno de los mejores ejercicios y no requiere mĂĄs equipo que un buen par de zapatos. FĂ­jese la meta de hacer 20 minutos de caminata a paso ligero cada dĂ­a, hĂĄgalo divertido invitando a un amigo a unirse a usted.Y para lograr una sesiĂłn de ejercicios efectiva y portĂĄtil, intente utilizar bandas de resistencia. El DVD 1199SEIU Resistance Band Total-Body Workout (Ejercicios Totales para el Cuerpo con la Banda de Resistencia de 1199SEIU), contiene tres niveles de ejercicios desde inicial hasta avanzado. Obtenga uno asistiendo al siguiente taller del Fondo de Beneficios o feria de salud.

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Fuentes: Centros para el Control y la PrevenciĂłn de Enfermedades; Colegio Norteamericano de Medicina Deportiva; ClĂ­nica Mayo;WebMD; Consejo Norteamericano sobre los Ejercicios

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Noticias Saludables Que Puede Utilizar

Los Ejercicios Pueden Ser Tan Efectivos como los Medicamentos para las Enfermedades CardĂ­acas

Attending College in Academic Year 2014 - 2015?

Request the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Application The Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program provides scholarships to children of eligible 1199SEIU members who are attending accredited undergraduate programs. Eligible members are those whose employers contribute to the National Benefit Fund or the Greater New York Child Care Fund. Members must have received Wage Class I benefits for at least one year. Candidates must be high school graduates, postsecondary school students or previous awardees enrolled full time for a minimum of 12 college credits each semester. All candidates must be younger than 23 years of age by the start of the fall 2014 semester. Previous awardees seeking scholarship support should note that automatic award renewals are not granted; you must reapply each year for consideration.

Los ejercicios pueden ayudar a las personas con enfermedades cardĂ­acas y prediabetes tanto como lo hacen los medicamentos recetados, de acuerdo a un estudio reciente publicado en el British Medical Journal. Los investigadores revisaron 305 estudios que involucraban a 338,274 participantes y no encontraron ninguna diferencia real entre el ejercicio moderado y el tratamiento con medicamentos para los pacientes que sufrĂ­an estas enfermedades. Por ello, ya sea que camine, corra o monte en bicicleta, ya tiene una razĂłn mĂĄs para ponerse en movimiento.Y recuerde que su membresĂ­a en 1199SEIU le obtiene descuentos en New York Sports Clubs, Crunch Fitness y el YMCA of Greater New York y Long Island, por ello incluso un mal invierno no le puede impedir que mejore su salud cardĂ­aca.

To request an application for the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program, complete the application request form below and submit it before January 31, 2014. You may only submit one application request form per child. If both parents are 1199SEIU employees, choose one parent to submit on behalf of the child. If you need additional forms, you may download them by visiting our website at www.1199SEIUBenefits. org/ccf during the application request period. Please note that this application request form is NOT an actual application; it ISVALIDFORTHE AWARDYEARONLY Fax your completed request form to (646) 473-6949 or mail it to: 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation, Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program, 330 West 42nd Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10036-6977. Once you submit the form as instructed, if eligible, you will be sent a Scholarship Application Kit in March. The Kit includes several forms that must be completed and returned per the specific instructions and by the dates indicated, in order for consideration. 3CHOLARSHIPAWARDAMOUNTSVARYACCORDINGTONEED WITHAYEARLYMINIMUMAWARDOF7HILE*OSEPH4AUBER3CHOLARSHIPSCANSUPPORT eligible students in any field of study, the 1199SEIU Next Generation RN Scholarship Program provides financial and academic assistance to children of 1199SEIU members in the clinical phase of a nursing program. To find out if your child qualifies, or if you have any questions, please call (646) 473-8999.

Obtenga PĂŠrdida de Peso

Coma Pescado,

Viva mĂĄs Tiempo

Puede aĂąadir aĂąos a su vida solo con comer pescado. Un estudio reciente con aproximadamente 2,700 personas llevado a cabo por la Escuela de Salud PĂşblica de Harvard descubriĂł que aquellas personas que tenĂ­an altos niveles de ĂĄcidos grasos omega-3 en su sangre por comer pescado vivieron, en promedio, 2.2 aĂąos mĂĄs que aquellas personas con los niveles mĂĄs bajos. Las personas que comĂ­an pescado tambiĂŠn tuvieron un riesgo inferior del 27 por ciento de morir de cualquier causa y un riesgo inferior del 35 por ciento de desarrollar una enfermedad cardĂ­aca. La AsociaciĂłn Americana del CorazĂłn recomienda consumir porciones de 3.5 onzas de pescados grasos, como por ejemplo el salmĂłn, el arenque, anchoas o trucha, cada semana. Si no consume pescado, intente con semillas de linaza, ofrece los mismos beneficios de salud cardĂ­aca.

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UniĂŠndose a un Grupo Si estĂĄ tratando de perder peso por su propia cuenta, sin ĂŠxito, unirse a un grupo puede resultar ser la mejor forma de obtener resultados. Un reciente estudio publicado en Annals of Internal Medicine descubriĂł que las personas que ganaban dinero si perdĂ­an peso bajaron mĂĄs libras cuando formaban parte de una competencia de grupo que cuando lo podĂ­an ganar al alcanzar metas individuales. Aquellas personas que forman parte de un concurso basado en un equipo perdieron casi tres veces mĂĄs peso que los participantes individuales. Por ello si estĂĄ tratando de perder peso, Âżpor quĂŠ hacerlo solo? Reclute el apoyo de familiares y amigos, o utilice su descuento de 1199SEIU y Ăşnase a un grupo de Weight Watchers que estĂŠ cerca a usted.

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Last name

Date of Birth ___________________________________________________ Current Age ____________________________________ E-mail Address ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Date graduated from, or expected to graduate from high school ____________________ College Entrance Date _______________________ First-time Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program applicant?

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â?’ No

Member Information (please print clearly) Member Name ________________________________________________________________________________________________ First name

Last name

Member ID# __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Home Phone __________________________________________ Cellular Phone ____________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________ City _____________________ State _____ Zip __________ E-mail Address ________________________________________________________________________________________________ â?’ National Benefit Fund (NBF)

Fuentes: Bloomberg; Reuters; AARP

â?’ Greater New York Child Care Fund

â?’ NBF Rochester-Area Members

â?’ LPN Welfare Fund

Your application request form must be received by the Scholarship Department before January 31, 2014, in order for us to send you an official Scholarship Application Kit. If you have not received your Scholarship Application Kit by April 1, 2014, please call us so that we can assist you.

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Healthy News You Can Use

Exercise Could Be as Effective as Drugs for Heart Disease

¿Va a estudiar en la universidad durante el año académico 2014 - 2015?

Exercise could help people with heart disease and pre-diabetes as much as prescription drugs do, according to a recent study in the British Medical Journal. Researchers looked at 305 studies involving 338,274 participants and found no real difference between moderate exercise and drug treatment for patients with these conditions. So whether you walk, run or bike, you’ve got one more reason to get moving. And remember that your 1199SEIU membership gets you discounts at New York Sports Clubs, Crunch Fitness and the YMCA of Greater New York and Long Island, so even a bad winter can’t keep you from boosting your heart health.

Para pedir una solicitud para el programa de becas Joseph Tauber, debe completar la petición de solicitud a continuación y enviarla antes del 31 de enero de 2014. Solo puede enviar un formulario de petición de solicitud por hijo. Si ambos padres son empleados de 1199SEIU, solo uno de los padres puede enviarlo en nombre del hijo. Si necesita formularios adicionales, puede descargarlos visitando nuestro sitio web en www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/ccf durante el período de petición de solicitudes. Tenga en cuenta que este formulario de petición de solicitud NO es la solicitud en sí; es válido para el año de becas 2014-2015 únicamente.

Pida la Solicitud para la Beca Joseph Tauber El Programa Joseph Tauber proporciona becas para hijos de miembros elegibles de 1199SEIU que asisten a programas universitarios de pregrado acreditados. Los miembros elegibles son aquellos cuyos empleadores contribuyen al Fondo Nacional de Beneficios o al Fondo de Educación de la Zona Metropolitana de Nueva York. Los miembros deben haber recibido beneficios de salario de clase I durante al menos un año. Los candidatos deben ser graduados de secundaria, estudiantes de educación superior o becados y estar inscritos a jornada completa para un mínimo de 12 créditos universitarios cada semestre. Todos los candidatos deben ser menores de 23 años cuando empiece el semestre de otoño de 2014. Los becados que deseen seguir recibiendo apoyo de este tipo deben tener en cuenta que no están garantizadas las renovaciones automáticas de las becas; es necesario volver a solicitarla cada año para que se considere su caso.

Envíe por fax la petición completada al (646) 473-6949 o por correo a: 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation, Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program, 330 West 42nd Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10036-6977. Una vez envíe el formulario como se indica, si resulta elegible, se le enviará el paquete de solicitud de becas en marzo. El paquete incluye varios formularios que debe completar y devolver según las instrucciones específicas y antes de las fechas indicadas, para que se considere su caso. Los montos concedidos para las becas varían según las necesidades, y el mínimo anual de beca es de $750. Si bien las becas Joseph Tauber Scholarships pueden dar a poyo a estudiantes elegibles de cualquier campo de estudio, el programa de becas 1199SEIU Next Generation RN proporciona asistencia financiera y académica a los hijos de miembros de 1199SEIU en la fase clínica de un programa de enfermería. Para averiguar si su hijo califica o, si tiene alguna pregunta, llame al (646) 473-8999.

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Weight Loss Comes When You

Eat Fish, Live Longer You can add years to your life, just by eating fish. A recent study of nearly 2,700 people by the Harvard School of Public Health found that those who had high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood from eating fish lived, on average, 2.2 years longer than those with the lowest levels. Fish eaters also had a 27 percent lower risk of dying from any cause and a 35 percent lower risk of developing heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating two 3.5-ounce servings of fatty fish, like salmon, herring, anchovies or trout, each week. If you don’t eat fish, try flaxseed – it offers the same heart-healthy benefits.

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Información del Estudiante (En letra de imprenta legible)

Join a Group

Nombre del estudiante __________________________________________________________________________________________

If you’ve been trying to lose weight on your own – without success – joining a group might be the best way to see results. A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who stood to win money if they lost weight dropped more pounds when they were part of a group competition than when they could win the cash for reaching individual goals. Those who were part of a team-based contest lost almost three times as much weight as the solo contestants. If you’re trying to lose weight, why go it alone? Enlist the support of family and friends, or use your 1199SEIU discount and join a Weight Watchers group near you.

Dirección de correo electrónico ____________________________________________________________________________________

Sources: Bloomberg; Reuters; AARP

Nombre

Apellido

Fecha de nacimiento _______________________________________________ Edad actual __________________________________ Fecha en que se graduó o espera graduarse de la escuela secundaria _______________ Fecha de ingreso a la universidad _______________ ¿Es la primera vez que presenta una solicitud en el Programa de Becas Joseph Tauber?

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Información del Miembro (En letra de imprenta legible) Nombre del miembro __________________________________________________________________________________________ Nombre

Apellido

N. de identificación del miembro _________________________________________________________________________________ o

Teléfono particular _____________________________________ Teléfono celular __________________________________________ Dirección ____________________________________________ Ciudad __________________ Estado _____ Código postal __________ Dirección de correo electrónico ____________________________________________________________________________________ ❒ Fondo Nacional de Beneficios (NBF)

❒ Fondo de Cuidado Infantil del Gran Nueva York

❒ Miembros del NBF del área de Rochester

❒ Fondo de Bienestar LPN

El Departamento de Becas debe recibir su petición de solicitud ANTESDELDEENERODE para poder enviarle un paquete oficial de solicitud de becas. Si no recibe su paquete de solicitud de becas antes del 1 de abril de 2014, llámenos para que podamos ayudarlo.

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CUPÓN DE ELEGIBILIDAD PARA 2014 DEL PROGRAMA DE CAMPAMENTO DE ESTADÍA ANNE SHORE Por favor escriba claramente con letra de imprenta y con tinta. Apellido del miembro _____________________ Nombre _____________________ N.o de identificación del miembro ____________________ (Obligatorio, n.º de Seg. Soc. no aceptado)

Dirección _____________________________________________________________________________ Depto.N.o _________________ Ciudad ______________________________________________________ Estado _________________Código postal __________________

The half-truths and common myths about exercise can make it difficult to focus on the facts. See if you can distinguish between fact and fiction with our short quiz. True or False:

Resistance training gives you big muscles.

True or False:

“No pain-no gain” can lead to injury.

Teléfono particular _____________________ Teléfono celular ______________________ Teléfono del trabajo ______________________ Empleado en __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Apellido del niño __________________________________ Nombre __________________________ Fecha de nacimiento ____________ ¿Su hijo usó este beneficio en el pasado? ❒ Sí ❒ No Si la respuesta es afirmativa, ¿a qué campamento asistió? ____________________ Dirección de correo electrónico del miembro ___________________________________________________________________________ Información del miembro:

❒ Fondo Nacional de Beneficios (NBF) ❒ Fondo de Cuidado Infantil del Gran Nueva York ❒ Miembros del NBF del área de Rochester

Llene este formulario completamente y devuélvalo antes del 31 de enero de 2014. Envíelo por correo a: 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation, Anne Shore Sleep-Away Camp Program, P.O. Box 955, New York, NY 10108-0955. También puede enviar el formulario por fax al Programa de Campamento de Estadía Anne Shore al (646) 473-8311. Se debe enviar un cupón por separado para cada niño.

Programa de Campamento de Estadía Anne Shore de 2014 para

Niños de 9 a 15 Años de Edad Cada año, el Programa de Campamento de Estadía Anne Shore envía a más de 800 hijos de los miembros de 1199SEIU a campamentos de estadía de tres y cuatro semanas en el noreste, a un costo mínimo para sus padres. Para solicitar un lugar en el campamento de estadía, solo complete el cupón anterior y envíelo a 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation antes del 31 de enero de 2014. Si su hijo es elegible, el personal de nuestro programa se comunicará con usted para programar una cita para que asista a la orientación obligatoria con el fin de seleccionar el campamento que mejor se ajuste a las necesidades y a los intereses de su hijo. Usted debe abonar una cuota de solicitud no reembolsable de $10, que debe pagar en la orientación. Póngase en contacto con el Programa de Campamento Anne Shore llamando al (646) 473-8310 o escribiendo a anneshorecampprogram@1199funds.org for more information. El programa de verano es un campamento de estadía de tres a cuatro semanas. Esta solicitud NO ES para un campamento diurno.

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If no, reason: ______________________________

Eligibility Verification Date: ________________________________________________

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends strength training two days per week – in addition to cardio activity. Resistance training can help reduce the amount of muscle we lose with age, prevent low-back pain and improve balance and easy movement as we tackle our daily activities. As for bulking up, it would take hours of lifting very heavy weights, along with a strict diet, to build big muscles. To tone muscles, stick with lighter weights or resistance bands and more repetitions to build strength and endurance.

True or False:

I can reduce belly fat by doing exercises that target just that area. Answer: False. So-called spot-training doesn’t work.Your body loses weight all over, so doing crunches will firm up your abdominal muscles, but it won’t get rid of the fat covering them. Of course, strong ab muscles help stabilize your core and boost your metabolism, so combine cardio exercise with strength training for an overall workout.

True or False:

Exercise alone won’t help me lose weight. Answer: True.

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Exercise alone won’t make up for eating more calories than you burn. It takes approximately 50 minutes of brisk walking to burn off the calories in an average slice of cheese pizza. A combination of exercise and healthy eating is needed if you want to maintain a healthy weight or lose excess weight.

Answer: True. There’s a difference between having some muscle soreness a day or two after a workout and feeling pain – especially while you’re doing an exercise. Pain during a fitness activity might indicate that you’re doing it incorrectly, using too heavy a weight or have an injury. Stop and rest at the first sign of pain. If it doesn’t go away after five days, or if it increases after you start to work out, see your healthcare provider.

True or False:

Working out at a gym is better than working out at home (or vice versa). Answer: False.

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The truth is, it doesn’t matter where you work out – just as long as you work out. Walking is one of the best exercises and requires no more equipment than a good pair of shoes. Aim for 20 minutes of brisk walking a day; make it fun by inviting a friend to join you. And for an effective, portable workout, try using resistance bands. The 1199SEIU Resistance Band TotalBody Workout DVD contains three workout levels from beginner to advanced. Get one by attending the next Benefit Fund workshop or health fair.

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Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; American College of Sports Medicine; Mayo Clinic;WebMD; American Council on Exercise

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Healthy Fitness

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Knowledge Whether you’re starting a new exercise routine or just want to improve your overall fitness, you need to know what works and what doesn’t. The good news is there’s a lot of information out there; the bad news is there’s a lot of misinformation out there too. We’ve all heard “facts” like these:

“If you stop weight training, your muscles will turn into fat!” “If you do 100 crunches a day, you’ll get a trim waistline.” “If you’re not sweating, you’re not working hard enough.” 10

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Nuestro Taller Prenatal Puede Ayudarla

a Garantizar un Embarazo Saludable El 1 de marzo, únase a otros futuros padres en nuestro siguiente Taller Prenatal del Departamento de Bienestar, donde recibirá información importante sobre cómo mantenerse saludable durante el embarazo y después de que nazca su hijo/a, cómo prepararse para la fecha de parto y qué puede esperar durante la labor de parto y el alumbramiento. Tanto si es su primer hijo como si es el tercero, también aprenderá cómo tener un embarazo saludable con menos complicaciones. El taller incluirá todo, desde cómo mantenerse saludable durante el embarazo hasta información sobre la labor de parto y el alumbramiento, lo que se debe saber sobre el embarazo y el nuevo bebé y mucho más. ¡Su pareja será

bienvenida también!

Qué: Taller Prenatal Cuándo: Sábado, 1 de marzo de 2014 De 10:00 am a 2:30 pm Dónde: 330 West 42nd Street, Piso 33 Para reservar su lugar, llame al (646) 473-8960, opción 2, opción 2. Ofrecido por Worksite Medical Services, P.C.

Ponga “Me Gusta” en Nuestra Página de Facebook El año pasado lanzamos nuestro Sorteo de Vida Saludable a través de la página de Facebook del Fondo. Hasta ahora más de 2,800 miembros han visitado nuestra página, y 25 de esos miembros ganaron una de nuestras herramientas de Protección de Nuestra Salud, como por ejemplo un podómetro de 1199SEIU, un ejemplar del Diario de Comidas y Ejercicios, una bolsa para colgar del hombro o una copia del DVD 1199SEIU Resistance Band Total-Body Workout (Ejercicios Totales para el Cuerpo con la Banda de Resistencia de 1199SEIU) y una banda. Todos los que marcan “Me Gusta” en nuestra página de Facebook se mantienen actualizados sobre las últimas noticias de beneficios y pensión, ferias de salud, talleres, consejos de bienestar y mucho más. Estamos agregando nueva información todo el tiempo, por ello si no lo ha hecho aún, visite www.facebook.com/1199SEIUBenefitFunds (o utilice su teléfono inteligente para escanear el código QR que se encuentra a la derecha). Comparta la página con sus compañeros miembros y háganos saber qué le gustaría ver de ahora en adelante.Y siga regresando… ¡Estamos seguros de que encontrará mucho que le “Guste”!

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SUMMARY ANNUAL REPORT 1199SEIU NATIONAL BENEFIT FUND FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE EMPLOYEES This is a summary of the annual report for the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health and Human Service Employees, EIN: 13-1628401, for the period January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2012. This is a welfare benefit plan offering life, health, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits. The annual report has been filed with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

0LAN EXPENSES WERE     4HESE EXPENSES INCLUDED    IN ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES     IN BENElTS PAID TO PARTICIPANTS AND BENElCIARIES   IN INVESTMENTANDADVISORFEESAND  INGENERALEXPENSES

Except those with respect to the benefits specified under “Insurance Information� below, the plan is self-insured and has committed to pay covered claims out of plan assets.

The plan has a contract with Amalgamated Life Insurance Company and Guardian Life Insurance Company of America to pay certain life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment claims incurred under the terms of the plan. The total premiums paid for the plan year ending $ECEMBER  WERE 

You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, on request. The items listed below are included in that report: s INSURANCEINFORMATION INCLUDINGSALESCOMMISSIONSPAIDBYINSURANCECARRIERS s ANACCOUNTANTSREPORT s lNANCIALINFORMATIONANDINFORMATIONONPAYMENTSTOSERVICEPROVIDERS s ASSETSHELDFORINVESTMENT s INFORMATIONREGARDINGANYCOMMONORCOLLECTIVETRUSTS POOLEDSEPARATEACCOUNTS MASTER trusts or 103-12 investment entities in which the plan participates; and s ACTUARIALINFORMATIONREGARDINGTHEFUNDINGOFTHEPLAN

Because it is a so-called “experience-rated� contract, the premium costs are affected by, among other things, the number and size of claims. Of the total insurance premiums paid for the plan year ending December 31, 2012, the premiums paid under such “experience-rated� contracts WERE  ANDTHETOTALOFALLBENElTCLAIMSPAIDUNDERTHEEXPERIENCE RATEDCONTRACT DURINGTHEPLANYEARWAS  

You also have the right to receive from the plan administrator, on request and at no charge, a statement of the assets and liabilities of the plan and accompanying notes, or a statement of income and expenses of the plan and accompanying notes, or both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the plan administrator, these two statements and accompanying notes will be included as part of that report.

Basic Financial Statement

To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the plan administrator, Board of Trustees of the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health and Human Service Employees, 0/"OX .EW9ORK .9  

Insurance Information

4HE VALUE OF PLAN ASSETS AFTER SUBTRACTING LIABILITIES OF THE PLAN WAS    AS OF $ECEMBER  COMPAREDTO  ASOF*ANUARY $URINGTHEPLANYEAR THE PLANEXPERIENCEDANINCREASEINITSNETASSETSOF  4HISINCREASEINCLUDESUNREALIZED appreciation and depreciation in the value of the plan assets; that is the difference between the value of the plan’s assets at the end of the year and the value of the assets at the beginning of the YEARORTHECOSTOFASSETSACQUIREDDURINGTHEYEAR4HEPLANHADTOTALINCOMEOF    INCLUDINGEMPLOYERCONTRIBUTIONSOF    NETAPPRECIATIONINFAIRVALUEOFINVESTMENTS OF   #/"2!PAYMENTSOF  ANDOTHEREARNINGSOF  

Your Rights to Additional Information

You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the main office of the plan: 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health and Human Service Employees, 330 West 42nd Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10036 and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department should BEADDRESSEDTO0UBLIC$ISCLOSURE2OOM 2OOM.  %MPLOYEE"ENElTS3ECURITY!DMINISTRATION U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.

SUMMARY ANNUAL REPORT 1199SEIU GREATER NEW YORK BENEFIT FUND This is a summary of the annual report for 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund, EIN: 13 FORTHEPERIOD*ANUARY  TO$ECEMBER 4HISISAWELFAREBENElTPLAN offering life, health, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits. The annual report has been filed with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Except with respect to the benefits specified under “Insurance Information� below, the plan is self-insured and has committed to pay covered claims out of plan assets. Insurance Information The plan has a contract with Amalgamated Life Insurance Company to pay certain life claims incurred under the terms of the plan. The total premiums paid for the plan year ending December   WERE  Because it is a so-called “experience-rated� contract, the premium costs are affected by, among other things, the number and size of claims. Of the total insurance premiums paid for the plan year ending $ECEMBER  THEPREMIUMSPAIDUNDERSUCHhEXPERIENCE RATEDvCONTRACTSWERE ANDTHE TOTALOFALLBENElTCLAIMSPAIDUNDERTHEEXPERIENCE RATEDCONTRACTDURINGTHEPLANYEARWAS  Basic Financial Statement 4HEVALUEOFPLANASSETS AFTERSUBTRACTINGLIABILITIESOFTHEPLAN WAS  ASOF$ECEMBER  COMPAREDTO  ASOF*ANUARY $URINGTHEPLANYEAR THEPLANEXPERIENCEDAN INCREASEINITSNETASSETSOF  4HISINCREASEINCLUDESUNREALIZEDAPPRECIATIONANDDEPRECIATION in the value of plan assets; that is, the difference between the value of the plan’s assets at the end of the year and the value of the assets at the beginning of the year or the cost of assets acquired during the YEAR$URINGTHEPLANYEAR THEPLANHADTOTALINCOMEOF   INCLUDINGEMPLOYERCONTRIBUTIONS OF   NETAPPRECIATIONINFAIRVALUEOFINVESTMENTSOF  #/"2!CONTRIBUTIONSOF   MEMBERSPOUSALCONTRIBUTIONSOF  ANDOTHEREARNINGSOF 

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0LAN EXPENSES WERE   4HESE EXPENSES INCLUDED    IN ADMINISTRATIVE AND GENERALEXPENSESAND  INBENElTSPAIDTOPARTICIPANTSANDBENElCIARIES Your Rights to Additional Information You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, on request. The items listed below are included in that report: s INSURANCEINFORMATION INCLUDINGSALESCOMMISSIONSPAIDBYINSURANCECARRIERS s ANACCOUNTANTSREPORT s lNANCIALINFORMATIONANDINFORMATIONONPAYMENTSTOSERVICEPROVIDERS s ASSETSHELDFORINVESTMENTAND s ACTUARIALINFORMATIONREGARDINGTHEFUNDINGOFTHEPLAN You also have the right to receive from the plan administrator, on request and at no charge, a statement of the assets and liabilities of the plan and accompanying notes, or a statement of income and expenses of the plan and accompanying notes, or both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the plan administrator, these two statements and accompanying notes will be included as part of that report. To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the plan administrator, Board of Trustees of 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund, P.O. Box 842, New York, NY   

JUMPSTART YOUR NEW YEAR

Come to Our “Keep Your New Year’s Resolution� Workshop We do our best to keep New Year’s resolutions, but it can be difficult to make lasting changes without a good support system. If you’ve made a commitment to yourself – whether it’s to eat better, exercise more or handle stress better – we can help. Join fellow members at the Wellness/MAP Department’s “Keep Your New Year’s Resolution� workshop on Saturday, January 25, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at 330 West 42nd Street, 33rd Floor, in Manhattan. Our workshop will help you stay committed to your goals over the long haul by providing you with tools and strategies that you can use every day. At our nutrition seminar, you’ll learn ways to improve your eating habits, and a stress management workshop will offer tips to reduce stress at home and at work. The day will end with a family-fun, all-ages workout class led by the Funds’ fitness instructor, so bring your family – and wear comfortable clothing.

What:

“Keep Your New Year’s Resolution� workshop

When:

Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

The workshop is a fun, lively way to set your resolutions in motion, helping you live a healthier life all year long. If that’s not enough to get you moving, all workshop participants will receive the 1199SEIU Resistance Band Total-Body Workout DVD, a resistance band and a copy of the Fund’s 2014 Protecting Our Health calendar. So join us on January 25 – and get your New Year off to a great start!

To reserve your spot, please call (646) 473-8960, Option 2, Option 1.

Where: 330 West 42nd Street, 33rd Floor

Validated parking for $10 will be available at Impark on the north side of 42nd Street, and child care will be provided for children ages 3 and above.

Get Your 2014 Protecting Our Health Calendar! The Benefit Fund’s 2014 Protecting Our Health calendar is available now! Your new calendar features nutrition, fitness and lifestyle tips to help you and your family make healthy choices throughout the year. Get your copy at any of the Wellness Department’s upcoming health fairs, wellness workshops or other events. We hope your 2014 calendar will inspire you to set and keep track of new health goals all year round!

You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the main office of the plan: 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund, 330 West 42nd Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10036, and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department should be ADDRESSEDTO0UBLIC$ISCLOSURE2OOM 2OOM.  %MPLOYEE"ENElTS3ECURITY!DMINISTRATION U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.

“Like� us on Facebook and you’ll get reminders about upcoming workshops, health and fitness tips, benefit updates and more!

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Healthy Living

Winter-Proof Your Health!

This is a summary of the annual report for 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Fund, EIN: 13-3641466, for the period January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. This is a welfare benefit plan offering child care benefits. The annual report has been filed with the Department of Labor, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Except with respect to the benefits specified under “Insurance Information� below, the plan is self-insured and has committed to pay covered claims out of plan assets.

Let’s face it: Staying healthy during the winter can be a challenge. More time spent indoors, fewer daylight hours and the post-holiday blues can make sticking to your healthy eating and exercise routines tough. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Here are our top ten winter survival tips: 1. Get a flu shot. Because it can’t be said enough: The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the virus. (And while you’re at it, don’t forget to wash your hands frequently to the tune of “Happy Birthday� twice!) 2. Head outside whenever you can. For 10 to 20 percent of people in the U.S., the shorter days of winter can bring on the “winter blues,� or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Making sure you get as much natural light as you can throughout the day can help. 3. Get plenty of sleep. Lack of quality sleep can leave you vulnerable to colds and flu. Avoid heavy meals, caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime; go to bed the same time every night; and make your bedroom sleep-friendly (no electronics). 4. Spend time with family and friends. Connecting with family and friends is important all year round but especially during the winter months, when we tend to hibernate. Studies have shown that people with a support network have stronger immunity than those without a support system.

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You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, on request. The items listed below are included in that report: s INSURANCEINFORMATION INCLUDINGSALESCOMMISSIONSPAIDBYINSURANCECARRIERS s ANACCOUNTANTSREPORT s lNANCIALINFORMATIONANDINFORMATIONONPAYMENTSTOSERVICEPROVIDERSAND s ASSETSHELDFORINVESTMENT

Insurance Information The plan has (a) contract(s) with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company to pay certain child care claims incurred under the terms of the plan. The total premiums paid for the plan year ending $ECEMBER WERE 

You also have the right to receive from the plan administrator, on request and at no charge, a statement of the assets and liabilities of the plan and accompanying notes, or a statement of income and expenses of the plan and accompanying notes, or both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the plan administrator, these two statements and accompanying notes will be included as part of that report.

Basic Financial Statement

summer because we’re spending so much time indoors in dry, heated rooms.You might also want to use a humidifier in your bedroom to help keep airways open as you sleep. 7. Stock up on vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables. Produce like apples, grapes, cucumbers, plums and zucchini are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants that can strengthen your immunity – and they’re a great way to stay hydrated too. You can also make hearty soups your main course, using winter vegetables like squashes, carrots, beets, broccoli and parsnips. 8. Eat your oats. Starting the day with a warm bowl of oatmeal fills you up with fiber, which gives you energy and helps you feel full longer. It also packs immune-boosting vitamins and minerals. 9. Change your toothbrush. If you or someone in your home has had a cold or flu, throw out the old toothbrush, where germs can linger and cause reinfection.

5. Don’t skip your workouts. Exercise does it all: It can help fight seasonal depression, help you maintain a healthy weight and bolster your immune system.

10. Get help sticking to your New Year’s resolutions. Enlist a friend with similar goals to stay motivated throughout the coming year. To help you put your resolutions into action, join us on Saturday, January 25, for our “Keep Your New Year’s Resolution� workshop. (See page 9.)

6. Drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated in the winter is just as important as it is in the

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; WebMD; Mayo Clinic

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4HE VALUE OF PLAN ASSETS AFTER SUBTRACTING LIABILITIES OF THE PLAN WAS    AS OF $ECEMBER  COMPAREDTO  ASOF*ANUARY $URINGTHEPLANYEAR THE PLANEXPERIENCEDADECREASEINITSNETASSETSOF  4HISINCREASEINCLUDESUNREALIZED appreciation or depreciation in the value of plan assets; that is, the difference between the value of the plan’s assets at the end of the year and the value of the assets at the beginning of the year or the cost of assets acquired during the year. During the plan year, the plan had total income OF    WHICH INCLUDED EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS OF    PROGRAM REVENUE OF  ANDOTHEREARNINGSOF  0LANEXPENSESWERE  4HESEEXPENSESINCLUDED  INADMINISTRATIVEEXPENSES  ININVESTMENTFEESAND  INBENElTSPAIDTOPARTICIPANTSANDBENElCIARIES

To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the plan administrator, Board of Trustees of the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Fund, P.O. Box 842, New York, NY 10108    You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the main office of the plan: 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Fund, 330 West 42nd Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10036, and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department should be ADDRESSEDTO0UBLIC$ISCLOSURE2OOM 2OOM.  %MPLOYEE"ENElTS3ECURITY!DMINISTRATION U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.

SUMMARY ANNUAL REPORT 1199SEIU/LEAGUE JOB SECURITY FUND This is a summary of the annual report for the 1199SEIU/League Job Security Fund, EIN: 13 FORTHEPERIOD*ANUARY  TO$ECEMBER 4HISISAWELFAREBENElTPLAN offering retraining, unemployment, continued health insurance, job security and job placement benefits. The annual report has been filed with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The plan is self-insured and has committed to pay covered claims out of plan assets. Basic Financial Statement 4HE VALUE OF PLAN ASSETS AFTER SUBTRACTING LIABILITIES OF THE PLAN WAS    AS OF $ECEMBER   COMPARED TO    AS OF *ANUARY   $URING THE PLAN YEAR THEPLANEXPERIENCEDADECREASEINITSNETASSETSOF 4HISDECREASEINCLUDESUNREALIZED appreciation and depreciation in the value of plan assets; that is, the difference between the value of the plan’s assets at the beginning of the year or the cost of assets acquired during the year. $URINGTHEPLANYEAR THEPLANHADTOTALINCOMEOF   INCLUDINGEMPLOYERCONTRIBUTIONS OF   NETDEPRECIATIONINFAIRVALUEOFINVESTMENTSOF ANDOTHEREARNINGSOF  

Your Rights to Additional Information You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, on request. The items listed below are included in that report: s ANACCOUNTANTSREPORT s lNANCIALINFORMATIONANDINFORMATIONONPAYMENTSTOSERVICEPROVIDERSAND s ASSETSHELDFORINVESTMENT You also have the right to receive from the plan administrator, on request and at no charge, a statement of the assets and liabilities of the plan and accompanying notes, or a statement of income and expenses of the plan and accompanying notes, or both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the plan administrator, these two statements and accompanying notes will be included as part of that report. To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the plan administrator, Board of Trustees of 1199SEIU/League Job Security Fund, P.O. Box 842, New York, NY 10108;    You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the main office of the plan:

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1199SEIU/League Job Security Fund, 330 West 42nd Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10036, and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department should be addressed to: Public $ISCLOSURE2OOM 2OOM.  %MPLOYEE"ENElTS3ECURITY!DMINISTRATION 53$EPARTMENTOF Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.

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SUMMARY ANNUAL REPORT 1199SEIU/GREATER NEW YORK JOB SECURITY FUND This is a summary of the annual report for the 1199SEIU/Greater New York Job Security Fund, EIN:   FORTHEPERIOD*ANUARY  TO$ECEMBER 4HISISAWELFAREBENElTPLAN offering retraining, unemployment and continued health insurance benefits. The annual report has been filed with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The plan is self-insured and has committed to pay covered claims out of plan assets. Basic Financial Statement 4HEVALUEOFPLANASSETS AFTERSUBTRACTINGLIABILITIESOFTHEPLAN WAS  ASOF$ECEMBER   COMPARED TO    AS OF *ANUARY   $URING THE PLAN YEAR THE PLAN EXPERIENCEDADECREASEINITSNETASSETSOF 4HISDECREASEINCLUDESUNREALIZEDAPPRECIATION or depreciation in the value of plan assets; that is, the difference between the value of the plan’s assets at the end of the year and the value of the assets at the beginning of the year, or the cost OFASSETSACQUIREDDURINGTHEYEAR$URINGTHEPLANYEAR THEPLANHADTOTALINCOMEOF   INCLUDINGEMPLOYERCONTRIBUTIONSOF  ANDEARNINGSFROMINVESTMENTSOF  0LANEXPENSESWERE  4HESEEXPENSESINCLUDED INADMINISTRATIVEEXPENSES ININVESTMENTFEESAND  INBENElTSPAIDTOPARTICIPANTSANDBENElCIARIES

Your Rights to Additional Information You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, on request. The items listed below are included in that report: s ANACCOUNTANTSREPORT s lNANCIALINFORMATIONANDINFORMATIONONPAYMENTSTOSERVICEPROVIDERSAND s ASSETSHELDFORINVESTMENT You also have the right to receive from the plan administrator, on request and at no charge, a statement of the assets and liabilities of the plan and accompanying notes, or a statement of income and expenses of the plan and accompanying notes, or both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the plan administrator, these two statements and accompanying notes will be included as part of that report.

“Giselle is everything to me. We have so much fun together, but I know from experience it wouldn’t be this way if I didn’t take care of my health.�

To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the plan administrator, Board of Trustees of 1199SEIU/Greater New York Job Security Fund, P.O. Box 842, New York, NY    You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the main office of the plan: 1199SEIU/Greater New York Job Security Fund, 330 West 42nd Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10036, and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department should be ADDRESSEDTO0UBLIC$ISCLOSURE2OOM 2OOM.  %MPLOYEE"ENElTS3ECURITY!DMINISTRATION U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.

SUMMARY ANNUAL REPORT 1199SEIU/LEAGUE REGISTERED NURSE TRAINING AND JOB SECURITY FUND This is a summary of the annual report for the 1199SEIU/League Registered Nurse Training and *OB3ECURITY&UND %).  FORTHEPERIOD*ANUARY  TO$ECEMBER 4HISIS a welfare benefit plan offering educational and training benefits to participating RNs. The annual report has been filed with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Your Rights to Additional Information You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, on request. The item listed below is included in that report: s ANACCOUNTANTSREPORTAND s lNANCIALINFORMATIONANDINFORMATIONONPAYMENTSTOSERVICEPROVIDERS

The plan is self-insured and has committed to pay covered claims out of plan assets. Basic Financial Statement 4HEVALUEOFPLANASSETS AFTERSUBTRACTINGLIABILITIESOFTHEPLAN WAS ASOF$ECEMBER  COMPAREDTO  ASOF*ANUARY $URINGTHEPLANYEAR THEPLANEXPERIENCED ADECREASEINITSNETASSETSOF  $URINGTHEPLANYEAR THEPLANHADTOTALINCOMEOF   INCLUDINGEMPLOYERCONTRIBUTIONSOF ANDOTHERINCOMEOF 0LANEXPENSESWERE  4HESEEXPENSESINCLUDED INADMINISTRATIVEEXPENSES AND  INBENElTSPAIDTOPARTICIPANTSANDBENElCIARIES

You also have the right to receive from the plan administrator, on request and at no charge, a statement of the assets and liabilities of the plan and accompanying notes, or a statement of income and expenses of the plan and accompanying notes, or both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the plan administrator, these two statements and accompanying notes will be included as part of that report. To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the plan administrator, Board of Trustees of the 1199SEIU/League Registered Nurse Training and Job Security Fund, P.O. "OX .EW9ORK .9   You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the main office of the plan: 1199SEIU/League Registered Nurse Training and Job Security Fund, 330 West 42nd Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10036, and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO 0UBLIC $ISCLOSURE 2OOM 2OOM .  %MPLOYEE "ENElTS 3ECURITY Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.

Do you have a healthy story to share? We’re always looking for the opportunity to spotlight members who are protecting their health by losing weight, quitting smoking, bringing a chronic condition under control or just improving their lifestyle in general. If you have made positive changes in your health – or are just starting to – we want to hear from you! To share your story with your fellow members in an upcoming issue of For Your Benefit, please contact the Fund at communications@1199funds.org.

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Member Profile

Synobia Santiago Breaking a pattern of poor nutrition and fitness habits helped one young mother lose 90 pounds and changed her and her daughter’s lives. It was a little more than two years ago when Synobia Santiago hit what felt like her lowest point. She was the proud mother of a beautiful little girl and was excited about their future, but Synobia’s weight was already taking a toll on what they could do together. Heavy for most of her life, she tired easily and struggled to find the energy to play with then 2-year-old Giselle. Enough is enough, Synobia remembered thinking to herself one afternoon; things have got to change. “I thought about the life that I wanted for her and I felt like I had to lead by example,� she said. “I didn’t want her to grow up overweight like I did.� Only 21 years old at the time, Synobia considered herself lucky to have avoided any health problems related to her weight. But she also knew that it was only a matter of time before her luck ran out. Working in the housekeeping department at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Synobia said the culture of health created at her worksite and the encouragement of her Benefit Fund Outreach Coordinator and her Union organizers and delegates were constant reminders of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. That support, combined with her hopes for Giselle and memories of her own childhood, pushed her into action. “There were so many things I wanted to do that I missed out on because of my weight, like joining the volleyball team or going to school dances,� she said. “I want my daughter to live a healthy, full life, with no regrets due to obesity.� Synobia had tried pills to suppress her appetite and fad diets in the past and said they not only had intolerable side effects – such as making her heart race – but they actually increased her cravings for unhealthy foods, so she was well aware that crash diets or other quick fixes were not the answer. Instead, she set out to make changes she could sustain: specifically, better nutrition through a wellbalanced diet combined with an exercise program. At first, she felt self-conscious about working out at a gym or the park, but she invested in an inexpensive

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1199SEIU NATIONAL BENEFIT FUND FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE EMPLOYEES SUMMARY OF MATERIAL MODIFICATIONS This Summary of Material Modifications describes changes that affect your welfare benefit plan and updates the Summary Plan Description (SPD) that was previously distributed to you. You should keep this summary with your current SPD until the booklet is updated to reflect the changes discussed herein. Effective January 1, 2014, the following changes to the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health and Human Service Employees (“Benefit Fund�) apply, where the strike-out language is omitted, and the bolded underlined language is added: Section I.A YOUR CHILDREN Your children are eligible up to their 1926th birthday if all the following conditions are met: s 4HEYREYOURBIOLOGICALCHILDRENOR s 4HEYREYOURLEGALLYADOPTEDCHILDRENCOVERAGEFORLEGALLYADOPTEDCHILDRENSTARTSFROM placement); or s 9OUARETHEIRLEGALPARENTIDENTIlEDONTHEIRBIRTHCERTIlCATEAND s They’re not eligible to enroll in another employer-sponsored health plan (excluding parent coverage); and s You have provided updated information about your child’s coverage under other benefit plans as requested by the Fund; s 9OUAREELIGIBLEFORFAMILYCOVERAGE BASEDONYOUR7AGE#LASSSEE3ECTION)$ 

treadmill and began exercising at home. Before long, Synobia had gained the confidence to join a local gym and also started walking in Highland Park, close to where she lives in Brooklyn. Eventually, she worked her way up to a routine that includes jogging at a moderate pace. “Running has been a great release for me,� she said. “The feel of the wind blowing through my hair makes me feel like I’m leaving all my worries right there on the pavement.� While exercising regularly remains a key to her health, Synobia has also eliminated nearly all the added sugars and carbohydrates from her diet. As a rule, she and Giselle now eat lean meats, vegetables and brown rice for their main meals – always making sure to stick with small portions, she said. For snacks, their favorites include bananas with a little peanut butter and plain popcorn, without butter or salt. The results have been amazing, Synobia said, as she’s dropped 90 pounds and now focuses on maintaining her weight loss and toning her muscles. She added that she hopes her story can help inspire others to make positive changes in their life, saying she now has no regrets. Perhaps most important, she said, is that she now has plenty of energy for all the activities a 4-year-old can come up with. “Giselle is everything to me,� Synobia said. “We have so much fun together, but I know from experience it wouldn’t be this way if I didn’t take care of my health.�

When submitting a claim for your spouse’s or child’s care, you must include a statement from your spouse’s the primary plan showing what action they have taken. ‌ 0G IF BENEFIT COVERAGE IS AVAILABLE THROUGH YOUR SPOUSE’S EMPLOYER, OR IF YOUR SPOUSE IS SELF-EMPLOYED Your spouse must: s %NROLLINTHATEMPLOYERSBENElTPLANOR s 0URCHASEINSURANCEIFSELF EMPLOYED ASDElNEDBYTHE0LAN!DMINISTRATOR and s Choose coverage at least for himself or herself; and s 0AYANYPREMIUMSREQUIREDBYTHeat plan to maintain this insurance. The Benefit Fund will only pay benefits up to the amount the Benefit Fund would have paid if your spouse had been covered by his or her employer’s plan. You and your spouse will have to pay any charges not paid by the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund and your spouse’s employer’s plan.

Your stepchildren, foster children and grandchildren are not covered by the Benefit Fund. Children of your same-sex partner cannot be covered by the Benefit Fund, unless you are their legally recognized parent or they are legally adopted by or placed for adoption with you.

Pg. 36 WHEN CHILDREN ARE COVERED BY BOTH PARENTS If you and your spouse both have dependent coverage, benefits for your children are coordinated as follows: s The primary payers are the children’s employer-sponsored coverage through their employment and/or through their spouses, if any. s The secondary payer is the plan of the parent whose parent whose birthday is earliest in the year; and s 4HEOTHERPARENTSPLANISTHEnext payer. ‌

AFTER YOUR CHILD REACHES AGE 19 Your child’s coverage may be continued from your child’s 19th birthday up to his or her 26th birthday if: s You file a properly completed Young Adult Enrollment Form with the Benefit Fund when your child turns age 19 and each year after that until your child’s 26th birthday; and

WHEN YOU ARE COVERED BY MEDICARE ‌ If you prefer, you may elect to end your coverage under the Benefit Fund and elect to have Medicare as your only insurance. However, if you elect this option, the Benefit Fund may not provide any benefits that supplement those provided under Medicare.

They’re not eligible to enroll in another employer-sponsored health plan (excluding parent coverage). ‌

Section I. G WHEN OTHERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ILLNESS OR INJURY ‌

QUALIFIED MEDICAL CHILD SUPPORT ORDER The Benefit Fund will comply with the terms of any Qualified Medical Child Support Order (QMCSO) as the term is defined in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974, as amended. A QMCSO may require the Benefit Fund to make coverage available to your child even though the child is not, for income tax purposes or Fund purposes, your legal dependent, because of separation or divorce. In order to be a qualified order, the medical child support order must: s Be issued by a court or authorized state agency; s Clearly specify the alternate recipient; s Reasonably describe the type of coverage to be provided to suchalternate recipient; s Clearly state the period to which such order applies; and s Indicate the name and last known address of the member who is required to provide the coverage and the name and mailing address of each child covered by the order. The Plan Administrator will determine the qualified status of a medical child support order in accordance with the Benefit Fund’s written procedures.

Pg.39 If you fail or refuse to sign a lien or to comply with these terms, the Plan Administrator may suspend your eligibility for benefits, until the Benefit Fund is fully repaid.

Section I.F WHEN YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE OR CHILD ARE COVERED BY DIFFERENT PLANS

Section I. I Pg. 42 WHEN YOUR BENEFITS STOP If you are no longer employed by a Contributing Employer, stop working or your employer is not obligated to make payments to the Benefit Fund on your behalf: All benefits end 30 days after the last day for which your employer is required to make contributions to the Benefit Fund* on your behalf unless your benefits are continued as described in Sections I.D and I.J or Section VI. However, your benefits end on the last day of employment if you or your spouse are eligible for Medicare, in which case, coverage for – Retiree Health Benefits medical (doctor visits, laboratory and radiology), surgical and hospital benefits will stop immediately * This may include contributions for severance or other wages paid to you, such as vacation, etc. ‌

When your spouse or child is covered by another plan, or benefit coverage is available through your spouse’s employer, the Benefit Fund will coordinate payment of your benefits with that Plan. For your care: s 4HE"ENElT&UNDISTHEprimary payer. It makes the first payment on your claim. s 9OURSPOUSESPLANISYOURsecondary payer. It may cover any remaining balance, according to the terms of that plan. For your spouse’s care: s 9OURSPOUSESPLANISTHEprimary payer. The Benefit Fund is your spouse’s secondary payer. For your child’s care: s When your child is covered by another employer-sponsored plan (excluding parent coverage), your child’s plan is the primary payer.

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Pg. 43 YOUR HIPAA RIGHTS When your Benefit Fund coverage ends, a federal law – the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) – protects you if your new health plan excludes pre-existing conditions. When your Benefit Fund coverage ends, under HIPAA you and/or your Dependents are entitled by law to, and will be provided with, a Certificate of Creditable Coverage. Certificates of Creditable Coverage indicate the period of time you and/or your Dependents were covered under the Fund (including COBRA coverage), as well as certain additional information required by law. The Certificate of Creditable Coverage may be necessary if you and/or your Dependents become eligible for coverage under another group health plan, or if you buy a health insurance policy within 63 days after your coverage under this Benefit Fund ends (including COBRA coverage). The Certificate of Creditable Coverage is necessary because it may reduce any exclusion for preexisting coverage periods that may apply to you and/or your Dependents under the new group health plan or health insurance policy. The Certificate of Creditable Coverage will be provided to you shortly after this Benefit Fund knows, or has reason to know, that coverage (including COBRA coverage) has ended. The Certificate of Creditable Coverage will also be provided once the Benefit Fund office receives a written request, provided that the request is received within two (2) years after the later of the date your coverage under the Benefit Fund ended or the date your COBRA coverage ended. Accordingly, the Benefit Fund will provide you with Certificates of Creditable Coverage showing when you were covered by the Benefit Fund: on your request, within 24 months after your Benefit Fund coverage ceases; when you are entitled to elect COBRA (see Section I.K); when your coverage terminates, even if you are not entitled to COBRA (see Section I.K), and when your COBRA coverage ceases. You should retain these Certificates of Creditable Coverage as proof of prior coverage for your new health plan. For further information, call the Member Services Department of the Benefit Fund at (646) 473-9200.

Section VI.A RETIREE HEALTH BENEFITS Pg. 127 Retiree Health Benefits are available for you and your eligible spouse only. Dependent children are not covered for these benefits regardless of their age. ‌ Pg. 128 For example: If you did not have prescription coverage right before you retired, you are not covered for prescription benefits after you retire. or if your spouse was not covered while you were a working member, you cannot enroll your spouse after you retire. ‌

Section I.K YOUR COBRA RIGHTS Informing You of Your Rights 0G In considering whether to elect continuation coverage, you should take into account that a failure to continue your group health coverage will affect your future rights under federal law. 0G First, you may lose the right to avoid having pre-existing condition exclusions applied to you by other group health plans if you have more than a 63-day gap in health coverage, and election of continuation coverage may help you not have such a gap. Second, you may lose the guaranteed right to purchase individual health insurance policies that do not impose such pre-existing condition exclusions if you do not get continuation coverage for the maximum time available to you.

Section VI. C IF YOU RETIRE AT AGE 65 OR OLDER AND LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY, NASSAU COUNTY OR DESIGNATED COUNTIES IN FLORIDA

Section II.E Pg. 71 PROGRAM FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: MENTAL HEALTH AND ALCOHOL/ SUBSTANCE ABUSE Benefit Brief Inpatient Alcohol/Substance Abuse s -EDICALLY.ECESSARYSERVICESFORINPATIENTDETOXIlCATIONand rehabilitation s Up to 30 days within a 12-month period for inpatient rehabilitation Pg. 72 ALCOHOL/SUBSTANCE ABUSE BENEFITS When Medically Necessary, you are covered for diagnosis and treatment of alcoholism or substance abuse. Outpatient Care s /UTPATIENTVISITS Inpatient Care s -EDICALLY.ECESSARYSERVICESFORINPATIENTDETOXIlCATIONand rehabilitation s Up to 30 days within a 12-month period for inpatient rehabilitation SECTION III.A WHEN YOUR BENEFITS BEGIN ‌ Pg. 101 PLEASE NOTE You cannot receive Disability benefits for any period in which you receive any other compensation, such as pension (except for active members age 70.5 or older required to commence receiving a pension benefit), payments from the Social Security Administration as a result of a Disability Award, sick leave or wages from any other employer.

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Section VI.B REGISTER FOR MEDICARE ‌ Pg. 129 A delay in registering may: s $ELAYYOUR-EDICARECOVERAGE s 2ESULTINAlNANCIALPENALTYCHARGEDBY-EDICAREOR s 2ESULTINOUT OF POCKETCOSTSTOYOUFORCARE WHICH-EDICAREDOESNOTPAYYou and your spouse must also enroll in either the Benefit Fund’s Medicare Program, as described In Section VI.C or the Benefit Fund’s Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program, as described In Section VI.D. If you live in New York City, Nassau County, or designated counties in Florida and are eligible for Medicare, you and your spouse must also enroll in the Benefit Fund’s Medicare Program unless you meet the exceptions described in Section VI.C. See Section VI.C for details on this program.

Pg. 132 If you are eligible for Medicare and live in New York City, Nassau County or designated counties in Florida you will only be able to receive Retiree Health Benefits from the Benefit Fund through if you enroll in the Medicare Health Maintenance Organization with which the Benefit Fund has negotiated a special package of benefits for Benefit Fund retirees (“Benefit Fund Medicare Programâ€?). When your spouse becomes eligible for Medicare, he or she must enroll in the Benefit Fund Medicare Program in order to receive benefits through the Benefit Fund. This Benefit Fund Medicare Program will provide you with a full basic prescription benefit similar to the benefit described in Section II.L of this Summary Plan Description as well as hospital, medical, dental care, podiatry, chiropractic, vision and hearing benefits. In addition, eligible members and spouses will receive coverage for a full prescription benefit similar to the benefit presented in this Summary Plan Description for active members. Depending upon the Retiree Health package that you and your spouse are eligible to receive, tThe Benefit Fund will supplement the Benefit Fund Medicare Program by continuing to provide you with Retiree Health Benefits described in the following pages, such as reimbursement for a part of your Medicare Part B premium, Life Insurance, and burial benefits and prescription benefits beyond those provided by the Benefit Fund ‌ Pg. 133 ELIGIBILITY To receive the benefits described in this section from the Benefit Fund, you must either (I) be covered by the Benefit Fund as an active employee right before you retire; or (II) retire from covered service within one (1) year of the date (a) your Employer was no longer obligated to make contributions on your behalf; or (b) your Employer was terminated as a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund; or (III) be receiving Benefit Fund Disability or an award of permanent partial disability or total permanent disability from Workers’ Compensation from a disabling condition or event that commenced or occurred while you were actively employed by a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund. ‌ Pg. 134 MEDICARE PART D PREMIUM - INCOME RELATED ADJUSTMENT As a result of their enrollment in the Fund’s Medicare Prescription Employer Group Waiver Program (EGWP), some members whose incomes are above certain levels established by Medicare may incur an additional Medicare premium a reduction in their monthly Social Security benefit, which is known as an Income Related Medicare Adjustment Amount (IRMAA).

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Five Great Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot Even though January and February are peak flu season, it’s still not too late to protect yourself, your family and your patients or residents from the potentially serious virus. If you still haven’t gotten your shot, here’s why you should:

1. Getting a flu shot is the single best way to protect yourself against the virus, according to health experts, so getting vaccinated now can still help you stay healthy through the winter. 2. As a healthcare worker, you have a higher chance of getting the flu since you work with many people who are already sick. You’re also at greater risk if you’re pregnant, age 50 and older or have a chronic medical condition such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease. 3. A flu shot cannot make you sick. This is one of the biggest myths surrounding the flu shot. The flu viruses in the vaccine are inactivated (killed), so they can’t cause infection, and the vaccine is tested for safety.

4. Healthcare workers are required by New York State law to get a flu shot or wear a mask when they’re near patients or residents. Getting the flu shot protects you and your patients or residents – and it’s a lot more convenient than wearing a mask. 5. Getting your flu shot is convenient – and covered! Flu vaccinations are available through most healthcare employers and worksites and at local Rite Aid pharmacies. If your employer isn’t offering the flu shot, remember that your Benefit Fund covers the vaccination, so just make an appointment with your healthcare provider.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; MedPage Today

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This Tax Year, Make Sure You Claim All That You’re Entitled to with the

Earned Income Tax Credit Take Advantage of Our Free Tax Prep Assistance Program and Make Sure Your Refund Is All It Can Be The 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund’s Tax Assistance Program is available to help you claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and get the most out of your tax return. The program has served thousands of members through the years, and in 2014, the Fund is again partnering with New York City’s EITC Coalition to help ensure your tax return is prepared accurately and your refund includes everything you’re entitled to. The EITC Coalition is led by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, and includes the City’s Office of Financial Empowerment and the Food Bank For New York City.

Visit the Food Bank For New York City and Ariva Sites for Free Tax Preparation

Claim Your EITC You can check whether you meet the income requirements for the EITC by using the 2013 tax guidelines listed here: s )NCOMEBELOW  IFMARRIED lLINGA joint return) with three or more dependent children s )NCOMEBELOW  IFMARRIED lLINGA joint return) with two dependent children s )NCOMEBELOW  IFMARRIED lLINGA joint return) with one dependent child s )NCOMEBELOW  IFMARRIED lLINGA joint return) with no dependent children

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Section VI. F IF YOU RETIRE BETWEEN AGES 55 THROUGH 64 WITH AT LEAST 10 YEARS OF PENSION FUND CREDITED SERVICE

9OUAREELIGIBLEFORTHEBENElTSDESCRIBEDINTHISSECTIONWHENYOURETIREATORAFTERAGEWITH at least 10 Years of Pension Fund Credited Service. If your spouse is covered by Medicare, he or she is covered for the same benefits, except for Life Insurance. If your spouse is not covered by Medicare, he or she is covered only for prescription drugs, vision care and burial benefits. When your spouse reaches age 65 or is covered by Medicare, he or she will receive the same benefits you receive, except for Life Insurance. If you are eligible for Medicare and live outside of New York City, Nassau County or designated counties in Florida, you will only be able to receive Retiree Health Benefits from the Benefit Fund if you are enrolled in the Fund’s Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program, an Employer Group Waiver Program (EGWP) sponsored by the Fund and its Pharmacy Benefit Manager (Express Scripts). When your spouse becomes eligible for Medicare, he or she must enroll in this Prescription Drug program in order to receive benefits through the Benefit Fund. This Benefit Fund Medicare Part D Prescription Program will provide you with a full prescription benefit similar to the benefit described in Section II.L of this Summary Plan Description. The Benefit Fund will supplement this Program by continuing to provide you with the Retiree Health Benefits described in this section. In certain situations, the Fund may grant a waiver of this requirement if you are already enrolled in another Medicare Part D Plan. Please note that you and your spouse will be responsible for the full cost of your Medicare Part D premium, if any. If you choose to disenroll from this Program for any reason, you and your spouse will no longer be eligible to receive the Retiree Health Benefits described in this section of this SPD from the Benefit Fund.

… ELIGIBILITY To receive the benefits described in this section from the Benefit Fund, you must either (I) be covered by the Benefit Fund as an active employee right before you retire, or (II) retire from covered service within one (1) year of the date (a) your Employer was no longer obligated to make contributions on your behalf; or (b) your Employer was terminated as a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund; or (III) be receiving Benefit Fund Disability or an award of permanent partial disability or permanent total disability from Workers’ Compensation from a disabling condition or event that commenced or occurred while you were actively employed by a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund.

Your retiree health benefits through the Benefit Fund can’t exceed the coverage you had just before you retired. For example, if you did not have prescription benefits just before you retired, you are not covered for prescription benefits after you retire. ELIGIBILITY To receive the benefits described in this section from the Benefit Fund, you must either (I) be covered by the Benefit Fund as an active employee right before you retire; or (II) retire from covered service within one (1) year of the date (a) your Employer was no longer obligated to make contributions on your behalf; or (b) your Employer was terminated as a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund; or (III) be receiving Benefit Fund Disability or an award of permanent partial disability or permanent total disability from Workers’ Compensation from a disabling condition or event that commenced or occurred while you were actively employed by a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund. …

As long as your 2013 household income was below $52,000 (or $20,000 if you are single and have no dependents), our partners at the Food Bank For New York City are offering free tax preparation events throughout the five boroughs. The nonprofit financial education program Ariva is also offering free assistance, at sites in the Bronx. At Ariva’s site in the South Bronx, your 2013 household income must be below $52,000 if you have dependents or below $18,000 if you are single and have no dependents. At Ariva’s site in the Northwest Bronx, your 2013 household income must be below $56,000 if you have dependents or below $25,000 if you are single and have no dependents. If you qualify for the EITC, the tax experts onsite will help you file for the credit. Even if you don’t live near one of these sites, be sure to check the “Claim Your EITC” guide at the top of the page to find out whether you qualify for the credit before filing your return. For information about the Food Bank For New York City’s sites, call 311. For information about Ariva’s site in the South Bronx, call (718) 292-2983. The site will be open January 16 to April 15. For information about Ariva’s site in the Northwest Bronx – by appointment only – call (718) 933-3101. The site will be open January 29 to April 9.

Section VI. D IF YOU RETIRE AT AGE 65 OR OLDER AND LIVE OUTSIDE NEW YORK CITY, NASSAU COUNTY OR DESIGNATED COUNTIES IN FLORIDA

Pg. 138 MEDICARE PART D PREMIUM - INCOME RELATED ADJUSTMENT As a result of their enrollment in the Fund’s Medicare Prescription Employer Group Waiver Program (EGWP), some members whose incomes are above certain levels established by Medicare may incur an additional Medicare premium a reduction in their monthly Social Security benefit, which is known as an Income Related Medicare Adjustment Amount (IRMAA).

Check your mail for your Fund’s EITC information booklet, visit our website, www.1199SEIUBenefits.org, or call the Benefit Fund at (646) 473-9200.

Section VI. E IF YOU RETIRE BETWEEN AGES 62 THROUGH 64 … ELIGIBILITY To receive the benefits described in this section from the Benefit Fund, you must either (I) be covered by the Benefit Fund as an active employee right before you retire, or (II) retire from covered service within one (1) year of the date (a) your Employer was no longer obligated to make contributions on your behalf; or (b) your Employer was terminated as a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund; or (III) be receiving Benefit Fund Disability or an award of permanent partial disability or permanent total disability from Workers’ Compensation from a disabling condition or event that commenced or occurred while you were actively employed by a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund.

Section VI. G IF YOU RETIRE WITH A DISABILITY PENSION … ELIGIBILITY To receive the benefits described in this section from the Benefit Fund, you must either be (I) covered by the Benefit Fund as an active employee right before you retire, or (II) retire from covered service within one (1) year of the date (a) your Employer was no longer obligated to make contributions on your behalf; or (b) your Employer was terminated as a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund; or (III) be receiving Benefit Fund Disability or an award of permanent partial disability or permanent total disability from Workers’ Compensation from a disabling condition or event that commenced or occurred while you were actively employed by a Contributing Employer to the Benefit Fund. Section VIII. A YOUR ERISA RIGHTS … CONTINUE GROUP HEALTH COVERAGE s )FYOULOSEHEALTHCOVERAGEFORYOURSELF SPOUSE ORDEPENDENTSUNDERTHE0LANASARESULTOFA qualifying event, you or your dependents may have to pay for continued coverage. Review this Summary Plan Description and the documents governing the Plan on the rules governing your COBRA continuation coverage rights. s You will be provided a Certificate of Creditable Coverage, free of charge, from the Plan when you lose coverage under the Plan,when you become entitled to elect COBRA continuation coverage, when your COBRA continuation coverage ceases, if you request it before losing coverage, or if you request it up to 24 months after losing coverage. Without evidence of creditable Coverage, you may be subject to a preexisting condition exclusion for 12 months (18 months for late enrollees) after your enrollment date in your coverage.

This summary only highlights the key changes made to the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health & Human Service Employees. Summaries of material modifications together with the Summary Plan Description make up your official plan descriptions; please keep them together and refer to them as necessary. We have made every attempt to insure the accuracy of the information in this summary and the Summary Plan Description. However, if there is any discrepancy between them and the plan document, insurance contracts or other legal documents, the legal documents will always govern. If you would like to review the plan document or have any questions, please contact the Fund’s Member Services Representatives at (646) 473-9200. The Fund believes it is a “grandfathered health plan” under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act). As permitted by the Affordable Care Act, a grandfathered health plan can preserve certain basic health coverage that was already in effect when that law was enacted. Being a grandfathered health plan means that this plan may not include certain consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act that apply to other plans, for example, the requirement for an external review process for claims appeals. However, grandfathered health plans must comply with certain other consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, for example, the elimination of lifetime limits on benefits. Questions regarding which protections apply and which protections do not apply to a grandfathered health plan and what might cause a plan to change from grandfathered health plan status can be directed to the plan administrator at (646) 473-9200. You may also contact the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor at 1-866-444-3272 or www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform. This website has a table summarizing which protections do and do not apply to grandfathered health plans. The plan sponsor of the1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health & Human Service Employees reserves the right to amend or terminate the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health & Human Service Employees, or any part of it, at any time.

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This Summary of Material Modifications describes changes that affect your pension plan and updates the Summary Plan Description (“SPD”) that was previously distributed to you. You should keep this summary with your current employee booklet until the booklet is updated to reflect the changes discussed herein.

The SPD is amended by adding the following underlined language: Section IV. E WHEN YOUR PENSION BEGINS Note that if you are receiving weekly disability benefits from the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund or you have applied for and are eligible for workers compensation, you will not be considered Retired until those payments end.

This summary only highlights the key changes made to the 1199SEIU Health Care Employees Pension Fund. Summaries of material modifications together with the Summary Plan Description make up your official plan descriptions; please keep them together and refer to them as necessary. We have made every attempt to insure the accuracy of the information in this summary and the Summary Plan Description. However, if there is any discrepancy between them and the plan document or other legal documents, the plan document and other legal documents will always govern. If you would like to review the plan document or have any questions, please contact the Fund’s Member Services Representatives at (646) 473-9200. The plan sponsor of the 1199SEIU Health Care Employees Pension Fund reserves the right to amend or terminate the 1199SEIU Health Care Employees Pension Fund, or any part of it, at any time.

1199SEIU GREATER NEW YORK BENEFIT FUND SUMMARY OF MATERIAL MODIFICATIONS This Summary of Material Modifications describes changes that affect your welfare benefit plan and updates the Summary Plan Description (“SPD”) that was previously distributed to you. You should keep this summary with your SPD until the SPD is updated to reflect the changes discussed herein.

insurance contracts or other legal documents, the legal documents will always govern. If you would like to review the plan document or have any questions, please contact the Fund’s Member Services Representatives at (646) 473-9200. The plan sponsor of 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund reserves the right to amend or terminate the 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund, or any part of it, at any time.

Effective January 1, 2014, the following changes to the 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund (“Benefit Fund”) apply: 1. The Plan will cover experimental treatment provided in an approved clinical trial (as defined by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its supporting regulations) according to the trial protocol with respect to the treatment of cancer or another life-threatening disease or condition, subject to plan limitations; and 2. Inpatient rehabilitation and detoxification must be medically necessary, but the 30-day annual limit on inpatient rehabilitation and the 7-day annual limit on inpatient detoxification are hereby eliminated.

This summary only highlights the key changes made to the 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund. Summaries of material modifications together with the Summary Plan Description make up your official plan descriptions; please keep them together and refer to them as necessary. We have made every attempt to insure the accuracy of the information in this summary and the Summary Plan Description. However, if there is any discrepancy between them and the plan document,

Benefits Update & News

1199SEIU HEALTH CARE EMPLOYEES PENSION FUND SUMMARY OF MATERIAL MODIFICATIONS

Have You Updated Your

Eligible Dependents’ Information? If your spouse and/or children are covered by the National Benefit Fund, you may have received a letter in the fall requesting documentation to update their eligibility information from HMS Employer Solutions, who is conducting our Dependent Eligibility Verification Program. If you don’t send your information to HMS by the deadline, your dependents’ coverage will be terminated. Completing the process is simple and easy: Just make copies of all your required documents, fill out any required Coordination of Benefit forms and submit everything to HMS online, by fax or by mail. If you believe your eligible dependents’ coverage was mistakenly terminated and you would like to reinstate their coverage, you must contact the Benefit Fund at (646) 473-9200 to find out what you need to do.

The Fund believes the Eligibility Class III plan is a “grandfathered health plan” under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act). As permitted by the Affordable Care Act, a grandfathered health plan can preserve certain basic health coverage that was already in effect when that law was enacted. Being a grandfathered health plan means that this plan may not include certain consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act that apply to other plans, for example, the requirement for an external review process for claims appeals. However, grandfathered health plans must comply with certain other consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, for example, the elimination of lifetime limits on benefits. Questions regarding which protections apply and which protections do not apply to a grandfathered health plan and what might cause a plan to change from grandfathered health plan status can be directed to the plan administrator at (646) 473-9200. You may also contact the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor at 1-866-444-3272 or www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform. This website has a table summarizing which protections do and do not apply to grandfathered health plans.

Are All Your Beneficiaries Up to Date? While you’re updating your dependents’ eligibility information, this is a good opportunity to make sure your beneficiaries are current too: Do you need to change the beneficiary of your life insurance policy? Have you recently added a new dependent to your family? To update your beneficiaries’ information, just visit our website, www.1199SEIUBenefits.org, fill out the Enrollment Change Form and submit it to the Benefit Fund.

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In this issue 3 Have You Updated Your Eligible Dependents’ Information? 4 This Tax Year, Make Sure You Claim All That You’re Entitled to with the Earned Income Tax Credit 5 Five Great Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot 6 Member Profile: Synobia Santiago 8 Winter-Proof Your Health! 9 Come to Our “Keep Your New Year’s Resolution” Workshop 9 Get Your 2014 Protecting Our Health Calendar! 10 Test Your Fitness Knowledge 12 Exercise Could Be as Effective as Drugs for Heart Disease 12 Eat Fish, Live Longer 12 Weight Loss Comes When You Join a Group 13 Request the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Application 14 2014 Anne Shore Sleep-Away Camp Program for Children Ages 9 to 15 Years 15 Our Prenatal Workshop Can Help Ensure You Have a Healthy Pregnancy 15 “Like” Us on Facebook 16 Our 24-Hour Nurse Helpline Is There When You Need It

Notice About the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program

Dear Members, The holidays can be such a wonderful time to celebrate with our friends and family, but we all know they can also make it hard to focus on our health and well-being. The important thing to remember is not to be so hard on yourself if you skip a workout or have that extra dessert. The New Year offers the perfect opportunity to get back on track, and your Benefit Fund is here to help.

If you would like a copy of the Fund’s Notice of HIPAA Privacy Practices, please visit www.1199SEIUBenefits.org, or request one in writing by writing to the 1199SEIU Benefit Fund Privacy Officer at 330 West 42nd St, 9th Floor, NY, NY 10036.

You are a plan participant, or are being offered the opportunity to enroll as a plan participant, in an employment-based health plan that is certified for participation in the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program. The Early Retiree Reinsurance Program is a Federal program that was established under the Affordable Care Act. Under the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, the Federal government reimburses a plan sponsor of an employment-based health plan for some of the costs of healthcare benefits paid on behalf of, or by, early retirees and certain family members of early retirees participating in the employment-based plan. By law, the program expires on January 1, 2014. Under the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, your plan sponsor may choose to use any reimbursements it receives from this program to reduce or offset increases in plan participants’ premium contributions, co-payments, deductibles, co-insurance or other out-of-pocket costs.

The New Year offers the perfect opportunity to get back on track, and your Benefit Fund is here to help.

In this issue of your member magazine, For Your Benefit, you will find practical tips on keeping yourself healthy through the winter, from fitting in nutritious meals and exercise to getting more sleep and leaning on your support network. We also remind you that it is still not too late to get your annual flu shot. In addition, you will read an inspiring story about how one of your fellow members used the workplace support of her Benefit Fund, Union and employer to lose 90 pounds and help ensure a healthier future for herself and her daughter.

If the plan sponsor chooses to use the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program reimbursements in this way, you, as a plan participant, may experience changes that may be advantageous to you, in your health plan coverage terms and conditions, for so long as the reimbursements under this program are available and this plan sponsor chooses to use the reimbursements for this purpose. A plan sponsor may also use the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program reimbursements to reduce or offset increases in its own costs for maintaining your health benefits coverage, which may increase the likelihood that it will continue to offer health benefits coverage to its retirees and employees and their families.

The National Benefit Fund believes it is a “grandfathered health plan” under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act). As permitted by the Affordable Care Act, a grandfathered health plan can preserve certain basic health coverage that was already in effect when that law was enacted. Being a grandfathered health plan means that this plan may not include certain consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act that apply to other plans, for example, the requirement for an external review process for claims appeals. However, grandfathered health plans must comply with certain other consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, for example, the elimination of lifetime limits on benefits. Questions regarding which protections apply and which protections do not apply to a grandfathered health plan and what might cause a plan to change from grandfathered health plan status can be directed to the plan administrator at (646) 473-9200. You may also contact the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor at (866) 444-3272 or www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform. This website has a table summarizing which protections do and do not apply to grandfathered health plans.

We have also included information about the valuable benefits your Fund provides, including our tax preparation assistance program, which helps thousands of members get more money back in their tax refunds every year, and upcoming wellness workshops. In fact, if you attend one of our wellness events, you will get your own copy of the Fund’s 2014 Protecting Our Health calendar, which offers encouragement and strategies for a healthy and happy 2014. Finally, to make sure we can keep providing the benefits that you and your family depend on, it is important that we have your most up-to-date information on file. If you are a National Benefit Fund member and you received a letter requesting documentation to verify the eligibility of your dependents, please make sure you respond as soon as possible. Doing so will not only help ensure that your dependents continue to receive the healthcare they need, but it will protect our limited benefit dollars as well. We hope this issue of For Your Benefit helps you get 2014 off to a great start! Sincerely,

This issue of For Your Benefit contains important information about your rights under your benefit plan and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which you should read and retain for future reference.

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Meet Our Featured Member

Synobia Santiago Changing her diet and exercise habits helped her lose 90 pounds and changed her and her daughter’s lives.

Join Fellow Members on Our Facebook Page

Have You Updated Your Eligible Dependents’ Information?

Our 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds’ Facebook page is helping thousands of members stay up to date on the latest benefit and pension news, health fairs, workshops, wellness news and more. If you’re not yet one of them, just visit www.facebook.com/1199SEIUBenefitFunds and click on “Like.” We think you’ll be glad you did.

Únase a los Compañeros Miembros en Nuestra Página de Facebook La página de Facebook de nuestros Fondos de Beneficios y Pensiones de 1199SEIU está ayudando a miles de miembros a mantenerse al día de las últimas novedades sobre beneficios y pensiones, ferias de salud, talleres, noticias sobre bienestar y mucho más. Si usted todavía no es uno de ellos, simplemente visite www.facebook.com/1199SEIUBenefitFunds y haga clic en “Like” (Me gusta). Estamos seguros de que se alegrará de hacerlo.

Make Sure You Get the Refund You’re Entitled to with the Earned Income Tax Credit

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