GE Privacy

Introduction: protecting your privacy, enhancing your online experience

When it comes to data privacy, protecting your personal information is most important. We feel it’s also important to give you, your colleagues, and your family members a voice in the development of this web site and your overall experience with it. To do this, we need to collect certain types of information to help us evaluate how the HealthAhead web site is being used, so we can continually improve your experience and the content we offer to you. By tracking overall usage patterns, providing an easy channel for your feedback, and allowing you to tell us what content is most useful to you, we can refine our offerings and provide more of the content you personally find valuable.

Overall, we are committed to giving you the option to participate – or not participate – in a manner that’s right for you. Read more for how we do this.

Information we collect and how we use it

Identifiable Information Collecting

All methods of identifying yourself to GE will be optional and opt-in, may be updated by you at any time, and will not be required for all areas of the web site.

We will not collect any identifiable user information from the areas of the HealthAhead web site which do not require SSO (Single Sign On), unique User ID (Identification), and/or Password.

There are areas of the web site that require you to identify yourself to us (authenticate). This allows you to access certain parts of the web site that may otherwise be restricted for privacy and security purposes.

There are also areas that may provide the option to create a personalized profile. The information you provide is optional and what you tell us will determine the level of personalization you will experience.

Access to identifiable information is restricted to internal, administrative personnel and solely for purposes of providing web site support, awarding prizes and other recognition, and customizing the web site content and overall functionality for the user. However, we will also allow you to change your mind and opt-out of sharing personal information with us at any time.

Non-Identifiable Information Collecting

When you visit the HealthAhead web site, we track, collect and report on certain aggregate and non- identifiable information. In other words, the information we collect does not relate to a single identifiable visitor. It tells us things such as how many users visited our web site and what pages they viewed.

This non-identifiable data will be collected and stored in a secure database in the U.S., and may be viewed by GE. We will analyze this information to refine our web site to better reflect user preferences, such as the type of content users are searching for most, and to improve the usability of the web site and the user’s web site experience. The information may also be used for purposes of promoting the web site. The data will not be used for medical analysis or other medical purposes.


Like many web sites, the HealthAhead web site uses browser cookies – bits of text placed on your computer’s hard drive when you visit. We use them to tell us things like whether you’ve visited us before, and to help us identify features in which you may have the greatest interest. We also use cookies to track country and language selection.

In the future, we may use cookies to track additional details, such as city and state.

We keep this information unless you don’t wish GE to capture this and choose to delete your cookie history. If you wish to stop accepting new browser cookies, get notification when you receive a new cookie, or disable existing cookies, the “help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how. Keep in mind, without browser cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of all our web site features or have your preferences saved for future visits.

We also use Flash cookies on the web site to enhance your online experience. These are similar to browser cookies, but they store data more complex than simple text. Flash cookies, by themselves, cannot do anything to or with the data on your computer. In addition, Flash cookies cannot access or remember your email address or other personal information unless you provide the information on this web site.

Web Beacons

Certain pages on our web site contain “web beacons” (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs). These web beacons obtain information such as the time the page was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies. Web beacon data does not include IP address. The web beacon data is stored at Google Analytics, a third party (see ‘Tracking and Reporting’ for more information on this technology).

Tracking and Reporting

Specifically we will track, collect and report on the following data using software from Google Analytics. For more information about Google Analytics, including information about how to opt out of these technologies, go to

Our primary metrics include: Poll response rate, repeat visits, number of times content is shared, and visits by country.

The sub-metrics include:

Most Popular Content Types, Most Popular Content Topics, User Pathing, Exit Links, Bounce Rate, Traffic by Source (region), Time on Web site, Visit Time of Day, Unique Views/Page Views, Thumps Up/Down, Most Shared Content, Number of Times Content is Rated, Most Rated Content by Type, Language Selection.

We will also be tracking how much communicators, web site leaders and other HealthAhead operations teams are leveraging the web site to support and align their business, regional and web site specific efforts. Some of these metrics may be tracked using existing support central tools.

These metrics may include:

Number of Content Submissions by Region, Number of non-corporate Driven Promotions by RCs, Number of Promotional Downloads by Region, Support Central Survey

Feedback Form

Your feedback is important to the web site’s ongoing development, so we’d love to hear your opinions and ideas. To contact us, please use this Feedback form. We will not be able to respond directly, but all feedback will be reviewed, evaluated, and factored into future content decisions. Please note: this form is monitored by IT support staff only. Please do not submit any personal or medical information. And thank you in advance!

Poll and Quiz Responses

On the web site, we will conduct polls and quizzes to better understand user activities, attitudes, interests and knowledge across multiple health topics. These polls may also help us serve you better by asking questions that relate to the usefulness of our web site. We will not capture any personally identifiable information through the collection of poll response data. As part of these polls and quizzes, we will capture responses sorted by country. In the future, we may capture responses sorted by additional anonymous demographics such as language, affiliated GE business, work web site location, gender, etc.

Sharing Content with Family and Friends

We want you to share the web site’s content with important people in your life, so most articles, videos and slideshows can be emailed. To do so, we will ask you to provide your name and the recipient’s email address. We simply use this information to send the content as you request. At this time, we do not capture or store your, or the recipient’s, email address. Please see below to learn how we track and report on email sharing activity.

Please also review GE’s Social Media Guidelines

How we protect information

GE maintains administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect against unauthorized disclosure, use, alteration or destruction of any information you provide on this web site. We use secure socket layer (SSL) technology to help keep the information you provide on this web site secure. See ‘Information We Share’ and ‘Information We Transfer’ for additional details.

Information we share

We do not sell or otherwise disclose personal information about our visitors, except as described here. We may share information provided by visitors with service providers we have retained to perform services on our behalf. These service providers are contractually restricted from using or disclosing the information, except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or comply with legal requirements. In addition, we may disclose information about you if we are required to do so by law or legal process; to law enforcement authorities or other government officials; or when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity.

Information we transfer

We may transfer the information we collect on this web site to other countries where we do business, but only for the purposes described above. When we transfer your information to other countries, we will protect that information as described here unless otherwise required by applicable laws.

Links to other web sites

We provide links to other web sites for your convenience and information. These web sites may have their own privacy statements in place, which we recommend you review if you visit any linked web sites. We are not responsible for the content of linked web sites or any use of the web sites.

Children’s privacy

This web site is not directed to children under the age of thirteen and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of thirteen on the web site. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personal information from a visitor under the age of thirteen, we will delete the information from our records.

Some links on this web site may take web site visitors to web sites that are directed to children. These web sites have their own privacy notices that address children’s privacy. We encourage you to read these privacy notices if you visit any linked web sites directed to children.

Updates to our privacy & data policy

This Privacy & Data Policy may be updated periodically and without prior notice to you to reflect changes in our online information practices. We will post a notice on this web site to notify you of any significant changes to our Privacy & Data Policy, and indicate at the top of this policy when it was most recently updated.

How to contact us

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy & Data Policy, or if you would like us to update information we have about you or your preferences, please contact us by visiting our Feedback Form.

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6 Delicious Drink Ideas to Toast the New Year (All Family-Friendly!)

6 Delicious Drink Ideas to Toast the New Year6 Delicious Drink Ideas to Toast the New Year

There’s no need to choose between flavor and health when it comes time to toast. With these delicious drinks, every member of your family can raise a glass to the New Year. You don’t have to skip your favorite traditional drinks—like eggnog or bubbly—but it’s nice to have some new options on hand, especially when they taste this great. Kids and adults alike can enjoy these seasonal sips while welcoming the year ahead. Each recipe makes about four one-cup servings.






Hibiscus-Cinnamon Iced TeaHibiscus Cinnamon Iced Tea


This ruby red concoction is a real stunner—as easy on the eyes as it is on the taste buds. Try it unsweetened for a tart and refreshing taste. Or add a touch of sugar or artificial sweetener for a low-calorie cup. Look for hibiscus tea bags at your local grocery store or specialty shops. It’s sometimes called “passion,” “sorrel,” or “flor de Jamaica” tea.

Combine four cups of cold water, four hibiscus tea bags, and one cinnamon stick in a pitcher. Leave it to steep in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Remove the tea bags and cinnamon stick. Serve in glasses garnished with citrus wedges or a cocktail umbrella.




Spiced Apple CiderSpiced Apple Cider

Whether you serve it hot or cold, spiced apple cider can help warm your soul. Look for fresh unsweetened cider at your local farmer’s market, produce stand, or grocery store. Unfiltered apple juice will also work in a pinch. This drink is high in naturally occurring sugars and calories—so enjoy it in moderation.

Combine four cups of apple cider, the zest of one orange, one cinnamon stick, and one teaspoon of whole cloves in a large saucepan over medium heat. Simmer it gently for 15 minutes. Then ladle the hot heavenly-scented cider into mugs—or let it cool, strain it into a pitcher, chill it in the refrigerator, and serve it cold.





Jewel-Toned Juice SpritzerJewel-Toned Juice Spritzer

This spritzer offers a low-calorie alternative to mimosas and other bubbly cocktails. Better yet, even kids can enjoy it! To cut the calories even further, reduce the amount of juice and add more seltzer. Almost any blend of juice will taste great—so let your imagination run wild. For example, consider mixing apple with grape juice, orange with grapefruit, or cranberry with lime.

Combine two cups of fruit juice with two cups of unsweetened carbonated water (“seltzer water”) in a pitcher. Chill it in the refrigerator. Serve in champagne flutes or punch glasses for a classy cupful.





Garden MocktailGarden Mocktail

This mocktail is less mimosa and more Bloody Mary. It blends tomato juice and savory seasonings for a bold flavor and beautiful red color—with just a fraction of the calories found in versions with alcohol. You can also substitute carrot juice, beet juice, or other vegetable juice for part or all of the tomato juice.

Combine three cups of tomato juice, a half-cup of lemon juice, and eight dashes of Worcestershire sauce in a pitcher. Chill in the refrigerator. Serve over ice with a dash of hot sauce, a sprinkling of celery salt and black pepper, and a celery stalk or skewer of pickles garnishing each glass.





Simple SmoothieSimple Smoothie

When you’re looking for something substantial, a smoothie might just hit the spot. This drink has more calories than many others here, but it still makes a healthy alternative to sugar-packed milkshakes and ice cream floats. Feel free to substitute cubed peaches or mango for the berries, kale or Swiss chard for the spinach, and non-dairy milk for the milk.

Combine one cup of ice, one cup of low-fat milk, one cup of low-calorie yogurt, one banana, one cup of mixed frozen berries, and a half-cup of raw spinach in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator. Consider adding a miniature fruit kebab as a colorful garnish.





Orchard BubblyOrchard Bubbly

Sparkling apple and grape juice provide the effervescent bubble of champagne, without the alcohol. It’s a great choice for kids, designated drivers, or anyone looking to limit their alcohol consumption. Look for sparkling juices at your local grocery store, where they may be sold as alcohol-free alternatives to sparkling wine. Consider cutting the calories and sugar in each serving by combining sparkling juice with sparkling water.







Cheers to the New YearCheers to the New Year

With delicious drinks like these, you can get a head start on living a healthy lifestyle in the New Year—while enjoying every sip. Mix up a pitcher or two for your New Year’s Eve countdown or brunch the next morning. Even kids can join in the fun with these tasty, healthy options.