Westchester County wants you to be healthy. Whether you're a current employee or one of our retirees, there are things – big and small – you can do to live a healthier lifestyle and live longer. And we want to help.
We have brought together numerous resources for you, including an online wellness center.
The information provided is for educational purposes only and should not take the place of professional medical advice.
New: Online Wellness Center by MyPomco.com
POMCO offers county employees and retirees a free service called, myOptumHealth. This service is a one-stop source for health, wellness and disease prevention, and family safety tips.
To take advantage of this service, you don’t need to have POMCO insurance, but do need to be an actively insured employee or retiree of Westchester County and be registered on mypomco.com. The myOptumHealth Web site is accessed through each employee's mypomco.com account. Follow these steps to get to the site:
- Simply sign in to mypomco.com.
- In the drop down menu under "News and Tools," click on "OptumHealth."
- The myOptumHealth Web site will open in a new window.
You can choose how you want to use myOptumHealth. You can register to create an account that you can personalize for your specific health needs, plus use the interactive tools - or you can simply read the hundreds of articles about health and wellness that are available without having to sign in. You reap the most benefit from the service by creating your personalized account.
The myOptumHealth account is separate from your mypomco.com account so you will need to register to set up a personalized account. When on the myOptumHealth Registration or Login pages, disregard the notice about completing "actions related to your employer or health plan sponsored program" as this does not pertain to Westchester County employees or retirees.
- 24/7 Nurse Line and Health Information Library: This resource is for all employees.
- New York State Smoker’s Quitline: Do you smoke? This is a free and confidential smoking cessation program providing evidence-based stop smoking services to New York State residents who want to stop smoking or using other forms of tobacco. There are programs available for Connecticut residents and New Jersey residents as well. For those outside the tri-state area, check with your state’s Department of Health to see what free programs may be available.
- Healthy Lifestyles: Learn about everything from smoking and asthma to obesity and diabetes, healthy heart and cancer, stop smoking, detect cancer early, fight obesity and diabetes. Learn about STDs and AIDS, steroids, hand washing.
- Fit Kids: The Fit Kids program can give you all sorts of tips about programs to beat childhood obesity and encourage good nutrition.
- Exercise and Activities: There’s always something to do in Westchester. Check out the county parks and all they offer, as well as Bicycle Sundays, golf courses, hiking and biking trails, swimming pools, etc.
- Employee Assistance Program: Employees of Westchester County and various municipalities can get assessment and referrals for alcohol and substance abuse, family issues, financial counseling, health and wellness, mental health services and stress management.
- Depression Support Network: If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, the most important thing to do is to get educated about the illness so you can make the right decisions. The Department of Community Mental Health has established a special phone line to give out information and make referrals to treatment providers if needed.
- National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: This site offers publications on a variety of health topics including asthma, cholesterol, heart disease, obesity and physical activity.
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: This site contains health education programs related to diabetes and weight control.
- National High Blood Pressure Education Program: This site contains resources to help people control their blood pressure.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion: This site contains valuble information on nutrition including a dietary assessment tool and a food guide pyramid which illustrates healthy food choices.
- Office on Women's Health: Free women's health information on more than 800 topics including the importance of prenatal care.