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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Eat It or Leave It? Make Healthier Food Choices Every Day

Eating healthy isn’t always easy – especially when you are in the mood for comfort food, a sweet treat, or meal on the go. Fortunately, forgoing occasional indulgences isn’t the only way (or even the best way) to enjoy a well-balanced diet. Our new “Eat It or Leave It” series will help you choose the healthiest versions of your favorite foods, without sacrificing on flavor or convenience. Check out this month’s collection of “Eat It or Leave It” articles, slideshows, and recipes to learn how to cut calories and boost the nutrient value of your snacks and meals. With a few smart swapping strategies, you can have your cake and eat it too!

Here are some basic strategies to get you started.

Eat It: Baked, Grilled, or Steamed Foods, Leave It: Fried Foods

When the menu says “crispy” or “battered”, you know the food is probably high in fat. Fortunately, many foods that are commonly deep fried taste great when cooked in the oven, over the stove, or on the grill too.

Love shrimp? Choose steamed, instead of battered and fried, to shave up to 9 grams of fat and 122 calories from each 3-ounce serving. Crave tortilla chips? Grab a handful of baked chips, instead of fried, to cut up to 5 grams of fat and 21 calories per ounce eaten. When dunked in salsa, you won’t even notice the difference!

Eat It: Red Sauces, Leave It: White Sauces

Dips and sauces that rely on cream, cheese, butter, and eggs for flavor are typically high in fat and calories. In contrast, tomato-based alternatives tend to be lighter and packed with antioxidants, such as lycopene.

Instead of mayonnaise, add a dollop of ketchup. For every ounce you swap, you could avoid up to 199 calories and 24 grams of fat. Instead of tartar sauce, dip your seafood in shrimp-cocktail sauce. For every ounce you switch, you could steer clear of up to 160 calories and 18 grams of fat.

Eat It: Fruit on Oatmeal or Cereal, Leave It: Added Sugar

Although fruit does contain sugar, it comes bundled in a complex package with loads of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. In contrast, refined sugars and sweeteners provide few nutritional benefits. Avoid sugary products in favor of unsweetened options. If you need extra sweetness, you can add some fruit to liven up your meal.

For example, if instant oatmeal is a staple part of your morning routine, purchase plain oats instead of flavored packets. You could avoid up to 16 grams of sugar with each serving. Stir in a quarter cup of sliced strawberries instead, adding less than two grams of sugar and approximately 37% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C to your morning meal. Top with a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg for extra flavor.

Eat It: Low-Sodium Soups and Snacks, Leave It: High-Sodium Packaged Foods

Look for reduced-sodium and unsalted options when shopping for convenience food and snacks.

For example, a can of ready-to-eat chicken noodle soup may contain up to 979 mg of salt per serving. In comparison, a reduced-salt version of the same comfort food could provide up to 25% less sodium per serving. Similarly, switching from regular pretzels to unsalted pretzels could cut up to 1029 mg of sodium from each serving.

Get More of the Good Stuff

Limiting fat, sugar, and salt is just one part of healthy eating. It is also important to enjoy a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein foods. These provide the energy and nutrients needed to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

You can still work towards your recommended daily intake of the “good stuff” while enjoying occasional treats. Ordering a burger? Ask for garden salad on the side, instead of an order of curly fries. You could lighten your meal by up to 595 calories and 34 grams of fat, while consuming up to fifteen times as much Vitamin A and nearly six times as much Vitamin C in your side dishes alone.

HealthAhead Hint: Small Changes Add Up

Over time, small choices can lead to big health effects. Follow our “Eat It or Leave It” series to learn how you can adjust your shopping, ordering, and dining habits to enjoy healthier snacks and meals, without piling on the calories, fat, sugar, and salt or feeling deprived. A few smart swapping strategies may be all it takes to remove the “guilty” from “pleasure” in your life. You may feel healthier—and your waistline might just thank you, too.