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Staying in Touch

Food as Medicine

Presented by:
Dr. Michael Parkinson, MD, MPH, FACPM
Senior Medical Director, UPMC Health Plan

Janine Jones, MEd, RD, CDE, NBC-HWC
Health Coach, UPMC Health Plan

Dr. Michael Parkinson will discuss how healthy eating can prevent, treat, and reverse common medical conditions. It can even add years to your life! Janine Jones will share how a health coach can assist you and how a personalized app can support healthy eating, weight management, and physical activity.

Here’s How We Can Help

Resources for UPMC for Life Members

UPMC Health Plan offers many resources that can help members through this challenging time. To take advantage of the resources below, call toll-free: 1-833-650-7800 (TTY: 711) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Resources for Life

Get help with solutions to life’s problems, big or small. We can connect you with community resources, telephonic counseling, and caregiver support. Call the number above or go to Resources for Life and use the password resources.


In addition to home fitness kits, SilverSneakers is adding more options and programs so you can exercise at home and avoid going to the gym. Go to SilverSneakers for more information.

  • “Livestream” classes offered via video conferencing technology
  • SilverSneakers “Go”—digitally-led activities, such as guided walks
  • SilverSneakers instructors and fitness network locations host live broadcast events
  • OnDemand classes and workshops available 24/7 through the SilverSneakers member website
  • FLEX instructors host instructor-led events in open spaces

Caregiver counseling

Your family members or caregivers can receive six counseling sessions per year—over the phone or in person—at no extra cost.* This benefit can be used to help caregivers reduce their feelings of loss, loneliness, or stress. It also helps caregivers by offering resources for communicating effectively, making tough decisions, setting goals, and solving problems.

Telephonic counseling

Sometimes you just need someone to talk to. You can receive six counseling sessions per year—over the phone or in person—with a trained and licensed counselor at no extra cost.* Your counselor can help you with family and relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, and more.

Health coaching

A health coach can help you set goals, overcome challenges, manage stress, and stay on track toward enjoying your best health.

Additional Resources

Call the UPMC MyHealth 24/7 Nurse Line

The UPMC MyHealth 24/7 Nurse Line offers medical care at your fingertips. If you have symptoms such as a sore throat, dry cough, or fever, often treated at an urgent care center or your physician office, you can reach a health care professional 24/7 without leaving home. Your home phone or cell phone is all you need. Call the UPMC MyHealth 24/7 Nurse Line to speak with a specially trained nurse at 1-866-918-1591 (TTY: 711).

Pennsylvania Support & Referral Helpline

Call 1-855-284-2494 (TTY: 724-631-5600). Help is available 24/7 to assist Pennsylvanians who have anxiety or stress related to the COVID-19 emergency.