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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Classy Eats for Your Students: Tasty Back-to-School Lunches and Snacks

Healthy Tastes GoodHealthy Tastes Good

Bologna sandwiches and prepackaged foods might be easy—but just how healthy and satisfying are they? If you’re looking for some unique, tasty alternatives for your child’s lunches and snacks, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve got a full lineup of easy but delicious meals and treats for your student’s lunchbox. Before you know it, you might just be packing these tasty foods up for yourself!






Mini-Bagel SandwichesMini-Bagel Sandwiches

Bagels are a sure kid-pleaser, and minis even more so. If you can find whole grain mini-bagels, all the better. To make mini- bagel sandwiches, simply halve a few miniature bagels and toast them. You can then add standard sandwich ingredients, like turkey, lettuce, low-fat cheese, and mustard. A light cream cheese with sliced cucumbers is also a great option. If your child is more adventurous, try some pesto or tomato slices. These popular bite-size meals fit well in a lunchbox, or can double as a breakfast treat in a pinch!






Homemade Trail MixHomemade Traial Mix

Kids love trail mix, and there are infinite ways you can make it. Nuts are a heart-healthy staple to include, but check to see if your child’s school has a nut-free policy. If so, nuts can easily be swapped for crunchy granola clusters or pumpkin seeds. Plus, consider adding:

  • Your child’s favorite dried fruit, like cranberries or apricots
  • A cup of cheese crackers, like goldfish crackers, or mini pretzels
  • A cup of toasted oat cereal, like Cheerios
  • Chocolate chips or mini-marshmallows (for special occasions)





Rice and Pasta SaladsRice and Pasta Sala

Young palates may enjoy rice and pasta salads just as much as seasoned foodies do. Better yet, both rice and pasta salads can be made very easily.

A simple tuna pasta salad provides the protein and carbs your child needs for a successful school day. For a recipe that makes lunch plus leftovers, combine 12 ounces of cooked macaroni with a 12-ounce can of tuna and half a cup of mayonnaise. Next, add a cup of peas or chopped celery for some greens. Add pinches of sugar, salt, and pepper to taste.

Rice salad generally consists of a cup of cooked rice, veggies like onion or corn, and a vinegar-based dressing.




Sugar Peas, Jicama, and Other Sweet Crunchy VeggiesSugar Peas, Jicama, and Other Sweet Crunchy

Sugar peas—also called sugar snap peas—are a kid-friendly veggie that your child may actually like. These sweet taste sensations are fun to eat raw—after you break off the stem and remove the string on the side of the pod, they’re ready to pop in small mouths!

For something a little special that will have kids asking for more, combine 1.5 pounds of sugar peas with a pound of small pasta, a quarter cup grated parmesan, and some drizzled olive oil—it’s perfect in a lunch-sized Tupperware!

Don’t forget other sweet crunchy veggies like jicama. For a healthy “fries” recipe that is actually raw, slice uncooked jicama into strips. Put them in a bag that zips at the top with a tablespoon of olive oil, and a little salt to season. Kids can shake to combine this lunch treat themselves!



ChiliBack to School Lunches

Most kids love chili, and it works as well for lunch as for dinner. Most schools allow children to use a microwave to reheat lunches. This means your child can enjoy a warm serving of chili, or other hearty foods. Just be sure you pack the meal in a microwave-safe container.

To give your kids a boost of extra vitamin A in their chili serving, try adding extra veggies like carrots. You can puree them if you have time, or just cook them along with the rest of the chili.






Wraps Wraps

For a lunch as easy as it is tasty and nutritious, try making wraps. Many kids love wraps made from whole wheat, spinach, or even tomato tortillas. Simply wrap up some cooked chicken or sliced ham and vegetables into the tortilla. For extra flavor, spread with some light cream cheese or light ranch spread.

Any kind of lunch fixings can be served as a wrap—even peanut butter and jelly!







Veggies and DipsVeggies and Dips

Celery, carrots, and even broccoli can be made more exciting with a delicious dip. Try light ranch dressing, spinach dip, or a low-fat cheese-based dip.

For a low-fat version of ranch dip that you can make yourself, simply mix ranch seasoning into plain yogurt and serve in a tight container in your child’s lunchbox.

To dress up veggies for the more distinguished young palate, try:

  • Artichoke dip
  • Light cream cheese with seasonings
  • Cottage cheese with seasonings and light mayo



Salads with FruitSalads with Fruit

Kids who turn their noses up at green salads might be interested in tasting a fruitier salad. Add watermelon, grapes, dried cranberries, or apple slices to a plain salad to sweeten it up in a hurry. Give this quick recipe a try:

  • Take a cup of diced watermelon
  • Add a handful or two of fresh baby greens
  • Drizzle with one tablespoon each of red wine vinegar and olive oil
  • Crumble some feta cheese on top

Toss it all together in an airtight container, and voila—you have a kid-friendly side salad!




Sandwiches Cut into Fun ShapesSandwiches Cut into Fun Shapes

A sandwich becomes much more appealing to young ones when it’s cut into a shape they recognize. You can use cookie cutters to carve sliced sandwich bread in to any shape imaginable, from teddy bears to butterflies or hearts.

For extra parent points, place sandwich ingredients open-faced on the bread to make faces. Spread the bread with egg salad or tuna salad. Then you can use sliced eggs and olives for eyes, a baby pickle or piece of corn for the nose, and a tomato piece cut into a mouth shape. Wrap tightly in foil to preserve the faces during transit to school.





Kale Chips or Baked ChipsKale Chips

Kale chips are a great way to get kids interested in greens. While picky eaters might not like the sound of “kale” even in chip form, try positioning them as “olive oil chips” for better results. All you need to do to make a batch of kale chips is take three cups of torn kale:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place bite-sized greens on foil-lined baking sheet with two tablespoons of olive oil. (A small sprinkle of salt is optional.)
  • Bake until crispy, about 12 minutes.

If you don’t have time for kale chips, remember that baked chips have less fat than regular chips (but they should still be eaten in moderation).



Fresh Fruit: Strawberries, Blueberries, Grapes, and MoreFresh Fruit

Wondering how to get your youngsters to eat more fruit? No lunchbox is complete without some fresh fruit to top it off. Try these ideas to add fun, variety, and easy eating:

  • Cut up different fruits and provide a lunchtime fruit salad. It’s easier (and less messy) for kids to eat sliced fruit than to tackle a whole piece.
  • Whiz up a fruit smoothie by blending a cup of fruit with a half cup of milk, half cup of juice, and half cup of yogurt. Serve in a lunchbox thermos or airtight travel cup.
  • For a healthier dessert, make a fruit crumble topped with berries, peaches, or other fruits.





Homemade Spiced PopcornPopcorn

For a more nutritious alternative to a dessert in your child’s lunch bag, try homemade spiced popcorn.

Popcorn is a favorite treat, and you can start a family tradition by making it yourself with some delicious spices. Simply heat a quarter cup of oil in a large pot on medium heat. When it’s hot, add a half cup of popcorn kernels and close the lid tightly. Once popping slows, you can add your children’s favorite spices and seasonings such as: Parmesan, sea salt, paprika, garlic powder, or cumin, among others.






Hummus or Bean Dip with Pita BreadHummus or Bean Dip with Pita Bread

Hummus can be fun for kids because it involves dipping! There are several varieties of hummus that are more likely to be a hit with children, including:

  • Peanut butter hummus
  • Hummus without tahini
  • Sundried tomato hummus

Cut up pita bread into scoop-sized pieces, and show your child how to enjoy this healthy sandwich alternative. Bean dip is also popular; try black bean dip or white bean dip with pita bread or pita chips.




Back-to-School with Health and StyleBack-to-School with Health and Style

Going back to school can be a tough transition for kids. Help them bridge the gap between home and the cafeteria by providing tasty lunches that will make them smile.

Simple can still be creative. Stick to key nutritional principles, and then add your own twist. Your kids will be asking for healthy favorites again and again.