Have you heard? New Global Pearson Well Initiative

You will be hearing a lot more about this new initiative in the coming weeks. Global Pearson WELL is a company-wide effort that aims to ensure that our company policies, procedures and programs set a strong foundation for employee well-being. For example, there will be broader, global access to the Employee Assistance Program, a focus on manager and team trainings and advice for being our best self each day.

Stay tuned for more news about what Global Pearson WELL has to offer – you will want to be a part of it! In the meantime, visit the Global Pearson WELL Neo page to stay up-to-date on all new programs, features and initiatives.

Support for Your Emotional WellBeing

Fear, worry, and stress are normal responses at times when we are faced with uncertainty or the unknown. So, it is normal and understandable that people are experiencing anxiety about the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Added to the fear of contracting the virus in a pandemic are the significant changes to our daily lives as our movements are restricted. Faced with new realities such as working from home, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with others, it is important that we look after our mental, as well as our physical, health.

Your Pearson benefits offer a variety of ways to get the emotional help you need to deal with stress, both pre- and post-pandemic.

A. The Employee Assistance Program

If you are experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, grief, domestic violence, substance abuse or relationship issues, Cigna’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is ready to help.

Through the EAP you, and family members who live with you, have access to unlimited phone counseling and up to five face-to-face or video-based counseling sessions per issue per year.

To reach Cigna EAP by phone, call 1.800.593.4138 (employer id is pearson). To arrange a video session, click here for instructions.

On-demand EAP Webinars

The EAP also has a large library of on-demand webcasts that cover a range of topics from Resiliency, Coping with Pandemic Fatigue, Coping with the Impact of Racial Injustice, Living with Grief and more. Click here to access the library of webcasts.

B. LifeCare®

Through its partnership with LifeCare, Pearson employees have a team of experts standing by to help with whatever you’re facing. Specialists are highly trained in their fields so you don’t have to be. They can assist you in everything from family to finances, house & home, to wellness, and more!

Given the current challenges of remote and hybrid schedules for work and school, Back-up Care Connection may be able to provide support to care for your children on days when you can’t be home or your usual caregiver is suddenly unavailable. The program, offered through LifeCare, can secure temporary child (as well as senior care) when your regular care plans are disrupted and provides help in these ways.

  • Support for planned and emergency child and adult care needs
  • Access to a network of highly credentialed providers
  • Small copay for up to 20 visits per year
  • 24/7 support from specialists

Visit the LifeCare website for additional information about all of the ways this benefit can be of help to you or call 1-800-450-7071 (or TDD/TTY 800-873-1322.

C. Gympass

Time after time, studies have proven that our physical and emotional health are interconnected. Gympass is a subscription-based solution with 1:1 personal trainers via video calls, live streamed workouts and thousands of on-demand classes, including HIIT, yoga, Pilates and more.

  • Conducted by the best instructors in the industry, the classes are available anytime you want.
  • Gympass also offers employees (and up to 5 family members) access to fitness facilities within their membership tier in any Gympass city or country.
  • Members can receive up to 8 30-minute personal training sessions per month.
  • Click here to learn about the different levels of subscription plans.

Resources to Help You Navigate the Health Care System

ConsumerMedical (CM), Your Medical Ally

Whether you have questions about a COVID-19 diagnosis or treatment for a chronic condition or an upcoming surgery, CM is your Medical Ally. The free program is designed to help all benefit-eligible employees and their household members get current, comprehensive, objective and personalized information and support about any medical diagnosis or health topic.

Read this brochure to get a better understanding of the assistance ConsumerMedical can provide to you and your family.

Health Advocate

Health Advocate provides assistance in navigating the complicated world of healthcare. The service is free for all benefit-eligible employees and eligible family members. Health Advocate can help with:

  • Resolving claims/billing issues, untangling medical bills and coordinating benefits
  • Scheduling appointments with providers including hard-to-reach specialists
  • Transfer medical records and the details of transferring x-ray and lab results
  • Help you better understand your Pearson benefits
  • Explain your share of the costs and eliminate Explanation of Benefits (EOB) confusion

Click here to view a short video about Health Advocate services. You can reach Health Advocate online, via email at [email protected] or via phone at 1-866-695-8622.

Stock your pantry with healthy foods

Have you taken an inventory of your pantry lately? If you have a stockpile of highly processed foods on your shelves, it’s time to clear some space for healthy pantry staples. Restocking with ingredients for healthy meals and snacks can help you save time and money.

Stock up your pantry with low cost nonperishable foods:

1. Brown rice is a low cost and versatile food that’s easy to make and more nutritious than white rice.

2. Canned vegetables is a low cost and versatile food that’s easy to make and more nutritious than white rice.

3. Canned tuna fish fish is a good source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Serve on sandwiches, in casseroles, tossed in salads or on its own.

4. Dried beans are a highly nutritious food with a long shelf life. Try black beans, kidney beans, navy beans, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and more.

5. Dried fruits keep longer than fresh fruits and are a healthy snack. They can also be sprinkled on top of salads or oatmeal.

6. Nuts are a healthy and satisfying snack packed with protein and healthy fats. Buy in bulk to save money on almonds, walnuts, peanuts and other nuts.

7. Oats are high in fiber and good for your heart and digestive health. Use as a savory ingredient in risotto or a binding ingredient for veggie burgers.

8. Oils and vinegars can be used for healthy cooking and making your own salad dressings or marinades. Choose healthy oils such as canola, olive, peanut and sunflower oil.

9. Soup in a can or carton is easy to heat up for a healthy meal. Choose low sodium and broth based soups with vegetables, beans or barley.

10. Whole grain pasta has more fiber and protein than white (or refined) pasta. Serve with a simple sauce or add to dishes such as casseroles and stews.

Source: Cigna

MDLIVE – Staying Safe with Virtual Care

While COVID-19 is a central focus for all of us these days, there are still other illnesses out there like the flu or stomach bug or sinus infections. With MDLIVE, board-certified physicians are available 24/7, 365 days a year to consult with you over the phone or through live video from your mobile device or computer. For a small copay, physicians can provide fast, convenient diagnoses and treatment for many common conditions, and it’s all done adhering to social distancing guidelines.

You can use MDLIVE for any of the following medical services:

  • Instead of going to the ER or an urgent care center for a non-emergency issue
  • During or after normal business hours, nights, weekends, and even holidays
  • If your primary care doctor is not available
  • To request prescription refills (when appropriate)
  • If traveling and in need of medical care

MDLIVE can help with COVID-19, too.

If COVID-19 concerns are present during your telehealth visit, the MDLIVE doctor will help guide you to the appropriate level of care. MDLIVE continually monitors the CDC guidelines and recommendations around the Coronavirus disease. MDLIVE physicians are prepared to screen patients and their symptoms to determine the severity and whether symptoms align with COVID-19.

Visit the MDLIVE website to learn more.

March is National Nutrition Month

Cutting back on meat and eating more plant-based foods have a number of benefits; one such benefit may be weight reduction. Here are three benefits of eating less meat.4

1. Improve your health.

Meat is usually high in cholesterol and saturated fats. Processed meats such as lunch meat, bacon and sausage are also loaded with sodium and preservatives. This can all add up to bad news for your health. Eating less meat can help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity and many cancers.1

2. Save your wallet.

Meatless meals are often cheaper because they’re based on simple beans and grains, which generally cost less than meat.2

3. Help the planet.

Meat production uses more fossil fuels than growing vegetables. Producing meat also requires a lot of water. It can take 1,800 gallons of water for just one pound of beef and 500 gallons for one pound of chicken.3 Switching to a vegetarian diet – even just one day a week – can make a big environmental impact.

Power up with Plants

Ready to do some plant-forward cooking? Get started with these tips.

  • Make plants the star of your plate and experiment with a variety of colorful veggies.
  • Move meat out of the spotlight. Include meat as a side dish or topping.
  • Bulk up on healthy protein with beans, nuts, whole grains and tofu.
  • Pump up your iron with beans and leafy greens.
  • Boost your omega-3 fatty acids with eggs, walnuts,and flaxseed and canola oils.
  • Try meat-free versions of your favorite meals – white bean chili, vegetarian pizza or meatless lasagna.
  • Go meatless one day a week on #MeatlessMonday (or any day you choose).

Sources

1. American Heart Association. How does Plant-Forward (Plant-Based) Eating Benefit your Health? https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/nutrition-basics/how- does-plant-forward-eating-benefit-your-health (accessed May 4, 2020). 2. WebMD. The Flexitarian Diet. https://www.webmd.com/diet/a-z/flexitarian_diet (last reviewed/updated February 18, 2019). 3. U.S. Department of the Interior. How much water does it take to grow a hamburger? https://water.usgs.gov/edu/activity-watercontent.html (accessed May 4, 2020). 4. Cigna

COVID-19 Vaccine Comparison and Frequently Asked Questions

Keeping all of the information about COVID-19 straight in our minds can be quite the challenge. The chart below details the types of vaccines approved by the FDA and what the key differences are.

Manufacturer Pfizer, Inc. ModernaTX, Inc. Johnson & Johnson
Does the vaccine have Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA? Yes Yes Yes
Ages Authorized 16 and older 18 and older 18 and older
Number of doses/shots 2 shots 2 shots 1 shot
Time between shots 21 days 28 days Not applicable
Effectiveness Estimated 95% Estimated 94% 72% Effective in the U.S. and 66% overall
Common Side Effects Pain on the arm where you got the shot, fever, chills, tiredness, headache, muscle pain Pain on the arm where you got the shot, fever, chills, tiredness, headache, muscle pain Pain on the arm where you got the shot, fever, chills, tiredness
How does it work? Uses a genetic material called mRNA (messenger RNA) to make a harmless protein that is unique to the COVID virus that triggers an immune response Uses a genetic material called mRNA (messenger RNA) to make a harmless protein that is unique to the COVID virus that triggers an immune response Uses a modified version of a different virus to stimulate the body to produce antibodies to fight off the infection

Here are some of the most often asked inquiries from Pearson plan participants about the vaccines.

Q. Will there be any out-of-pocket costs if I receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

No. Regardless of which health plan you participate in or whether you use in-or out-of-network providers or pharmacies, you will not have to pay any out-of-pocket costs for any of the approved COVID-19 vaccinations.

Q. Which COVID-19 vaccine should I get?

Each of the three vaccines are equally effective at preventing severe disease, hospitalization and death. Infectious disease experts agree that you should take whatever vaccine is available to you as soon as you are eligible to receive it.

Q. Can I get a vaccine at a pharmacy at no cost?

As of the publication of this edition of For Your Benefit, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid, Kroger, Publix, Meijer, Costco, Jewel-Osco and Safeway are administering the COVID-19 vaccine by appointment in select stores, based on local eligibility guidelines and supply. The vaccine is available at no cost to you, as it is covered in full by your insurance.

Q. Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

No. None of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with the illness. For more about this question, go to how COVID-19 vaccines work.

Keep in mind that it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19 after vaccination). That means it’s possible that a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.

Q. Will getting the vaccine produce a positive viral test result?

No. Neither the recently authorized vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive.

Q. If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes. The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) current recommendation is that you should still get vaccinated even if you had COVID-19 previously. At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from the illness. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests that natural immunity to the virus may not last very long.

For more FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Centers for Disease Control. You can also go to your health plan administrator’s website for information about the virus and your coverage. Click here for a list of plan contact information.

Source: Centers for Disease Control, Consumer Medical, NYU Langone Health

Welcome to the March edition of For Your Benefit

Welcome to the March 2021 edition of For Your Benefit. In the months since our last edition, we have welcomed the arrival of three vaccines for COVID-19. As expected, the introduction of the vaccine brings with it many questions. Inside you will find helpful resources as well as ways to handle the stress caused by the pandemic-related upheaval in our lives. We are also sharing information about the national March health observance, which focuses on nutrition. Finally, take note of a new wellbeing program at Pearson and how you can be a part of it.

Whether you decide to get the COVID-19 vaccine, or not, is a personal decision, but with an onslaught of information coming at us, it can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve gathered some of the top questions here and provided resources to help you navigate your way through all the news.

While so much of our lives have focused on COVID-19 these many months, it is still very important to maintain our overall health which includes eating nutritious meals. March is National Nutrition Month and while we all know eating fruits and vegetables are good for you, now may be the perfect time to improve our eating habits while being stuck at home. And, eating healthy does not have to be expensive! Read inside to learn about healthy foods that won’t break the bank.

There are many Pearson benefits that can be of help during these challenging times. Within the magazine, you will hear about some of them but, as always, I encourage you to visit our website for specifics about all of the programs available.

There is no doubt that the last 12 months have been hard on all of us. For some, you may have experienced COVID-19 yourself. Others may have lost a loved one, friend or colleague during the pandemic. It is my sincere hope that the next year will bring much needed relief and a return to some level of normalcy. No matter how uncertain the times, now or in the days ahead, you can be sure that Pearson Benefits is always here to support you.

In Good Health,
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Stacey Rodgers
Vice President, Global Benefits

March Edition of For Your Benefit

COVID-19 vaccine comparision and frequently asked questions

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March is National Nutrition Month

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MDLive – Staying safe with virtual care

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Stock your pantry with healthy foods

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Support for your emotional well-being

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Resources to help you navigate the health care system

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Have you heard? new global Pearson well initiative

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