Welcome to this edition of For Your Benefit!

Hello, all. Like so many of you, I am welcoming the arrival of nicer weather and bidding farewell to winter’s wrath. With that in mind, this issue will take a look at many aspects of summer safety. Whether you have a planned getaway or will just be more active outdoors, we’ve included some reminders to help ensure a safe season ahead. Before we get to summer, though, the month of May brings with it two observances of important health issues. Let’s talk about mental health, first.

Campaigns like May’s Mental Health Month are creating awareness and working to lift the stigma associated with mental health disorders. This is so important since, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health, nearly 10 million adults in America live with a serious mental illness and one-half of all chronic cases begins by the age of 14. In this issue, we are looking at the impact of risky behaviors or habits on mental disorders. So, take a look at the information we’ve gathered, and please make note of the benefits Pearson offers should the need arise.

Also being acknowledged in May is Preeclampsia, a disorder that occurs during pregnancy, and, in rare instances, postpartum. The Preeclampsia Foundation’s research reveals that globally, preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death. While you’re learning more about this condition, you’ll also see how Pearson’s maternity programs can provide support throughout a pregnancy. Plus, there is an opportunity through these programs to earn a gift card to help with those new baby expenses.

Lastly, being fit also includes your financial well-being. For those who may be nearing Medicare eligibility, there are some reminders here for you and, last but not least, find out more about the next Employee Stock Purchase Plan enrollment opportunity.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable summer,

John Jacobs, Vice President, Global Benefits