All veterans, their caregivers and families, whether they are customers are not, also are invited to participate in Cigna's other Mindfulness Drop-In sessions currently open to Cigna customers. These take place every Monday and Thursday at 5 p.m. central time and every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. central time by calling 1.888.244.6260 and entering the passcode 388032."These groups are designed to offer a space where people can practice mindfulness, so there is no sharing of personal information during these groups. Each session will provide a simple introduction to basic relaxation and mindfulness practice and is suitable for anyone at any level of experience with mindfulness. The remainder of the session is a rotation of techniques, such as breath work, progressive muscle relaxation, guided visualization, positive affirmation, attention and compassion exercises. The group will wrap up with tips for continuing personal practice and group discussion about applying these skills to daily life," Cierzan said. As a leader in the U.S. health care system, and a top employer of veterans, Cigna is committed to helping veterans overcome opioid misuse as well as other life challenges. Through extensive research with veterans organizations earlier this year, Cigna learned that some veterans fall through the cracks of the health system, and that connecting with other veterans provides them with a level of comfort and trust. This led to Cigna's development of the free support line for all veterans and their families/caregivers, as well as the mindfulness groups exclusively for veterans. These resources are another example of Cigna's commitment to the veteran community. In July, the Cigna Foundation gave a $300,000 grant to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to help expand its Rapid Response Referral Program, a community effort to help veterans meet their life goals through connections to education, medical and legal resources and benefits.
For more information on how opioids affect veterans, go to http://tacklingopioids.eiu.com/. To read more about how Cigna is supporting the veteran community, go to http://www.rollcall.com/sponsored-content/finding-consensus-on-opioid-misuse-is-critical/.About Cigna Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 95 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna ®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com. 1 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/veterans-face-greater-risks-amid-opioid-crisis/ 2 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/veterans-face-greater-risks-amid-opioid-crisis/ 3 http://cironline.org/node/5261 4 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/veterans-face-greater-risks-amid-opioid-crisis/