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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Outdoor Exercise Ideas for Spring

If winter weather has left you feeling cooped up, it’s time to take action. Give your body a boost and enjoy the first rays of spring sunshine with these easy outdoor exercise ideas.

Enjoy a full-body workout with aerobic exercises like jump rope, strength-training moves with a resistance band, and a relaxing wind-down with outdoor yoga. Just don’t forget to wear sunscreen—even spring’s cool rays can leave a burn.


Aerobic Exercise: Jump RopeJump Rope

According to the Jump Rope Institute, jumping rope for just five minutes per day may improve your fitness level and overall cardiovascular health. Better yet, doing 10 minutes of continuous jump rope has the same health benefits as 30 minutes of jogging, 720 yards of swimming, or two sets of tennis singles. It’s fun to jump rope outside, but be sure to use proper technique to avoid injury:

  • Hold the jump-rope handles firmly, keeping your elbows close to your sides
  • Focus on making small circles with your wrists as you turn the rope
  • Keep your torso relaxed and your head erect, while looking straight ahead
  • Don’t jump too high—you should only jump high enough to stay above the rope, staying light on the balls of your feet
  • The rope should touch the ground lightly as you turn it
  • Don’t go too fast—you should never sacrifice proper form for speed



Aerobic Exercise: Walking, Running, or BikingBiking

Jump roping provides a great aerobic workout, but the Cleveland Clinic notes that any form of aerobic exercise may improve cardiovascular conditioning. Great choices for outdoor aerobic workouts are walking, running, or biking. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that adults get 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise five days a week.

Walking is the simplest way to get moving. It’s free to get started and the AHA reports walking has the lowest dropout rate of any form of exercise.

Running regularly may help you lose weight and relieve stress, but it’s a more intense workout. If you have a health condition, you may want to speak to your doctor before you start a running program.

Cycling outside requires a bike and helmet, at a minimum. But once you have what you need, biking can provide a great workout while also building your muscles.



Strength-Training with a Resistance BandResistance Bands

Fitness experts at the University of Arkansas recommend doing strengthening exercises at least twice a week for your major muscle groups. You might think strength-training means weightlifting, but there are other options. For example, a resistance band is a light, portable, elastic tool that can be used instead of weights. Head to the park and try this resistance band exercise to work your shoulders:

  1. Grasp the handles of the resistance band, one in each hand.
  2. Step on the band with one or both feet. Hold your hands with your palms facing back and your thumbs rotated forward. Pull your shoulders first back, and then down.
  3. Raise your arms out sideways, keeping them straight, then lower your arms to the starting position. Repeat 10 to 15 times, and then relax.



Strength-Training with Push-upsPush-ups

You can also use the resistance of your own body weight to do strength training exercises. Classic push-ups allow you to maintain and build muscle mass in your arms and pectorals. Try push-ups outside on the grass or a mat:

  1. Place your hands on the ground, positioning them a little wider than shoulder-width apart.
  2. Raise your body up, so that only your toes and hands are supporting it. If this is too challenging, you can place your knees on the ground.
  3. Lower your body until your elbows are at a right angle, and then raise it back up until your arms are straight. Repeat 5 to 10 times, and then relax.




Strength-Training with CrunchesCrunches

Crunches are another great strength-training exercise, focusing on your abdominal region. Gain ab and core strength in the fresh air by finding a quiet spot to try this exercise:

  1. Lie down with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground, approximately shoulder-width apart.
  2. Place your fingertips on the back or sides of your head—your elbows should be pointing outward.
  3. Inhale deeply and then exhale. While breathing out, contract your abdominal muscles, and raise your chest and head until your shoulder blades are a few inches off the ground.
  4. Pull your belly button toward your spine, flattening your lower back on the ground. Contract your abs tightly.
  5. Inhale, lowering your shoulders back down to the ground.



Stretch Out with YogaYoga

The Mayo Clinic credits yoga with improving fitness, balance, strength, flexibility, range of motion, and mood. That’s pretty great for an activity that can be practiced both indoors and out! Grab a mat and head for the backyard to give the “warrior pose” a try:

  1. Start with your feet together, standing on your mat, and then take a big step to your right.
  2. Bend your right knee into a lunge position, keeping your thigh perpendicular to the floor. Your right knee should be directly over your ankle, and your toes should point slightly toward the right.
  3. Turn your left foot to the side for balance, and then turn your torso to the left, extending your arms out to either side, palms down. Hold the pose for five breaths before you return to the standing position. Repeat on the other side.



Stay Safe OutsideOutside

Exercising outdoors brings many benefits including fresh air and sunshine, but it’s important to take some safety precautions as well. Springtime exercise sometimes means warmer weather, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after your workout.

It’s also crucial to wear sunscreen when exercising outside. Even if it doesn’t feel hot out, the sun’s rays can still damage your skin. If the weather does get hot and humid, don’t hesitate to move your workout back indoors. You can always hit the trails again once the heat wave passes.





Get Outside, Get ActiveOutside Exercise

There’s nothing like sweating through an outdoor workout to wash the winter blahs away. With so many outdoor exercise ideas to choose from, you may have a hard time deciding which workout to tackle first!

Whatever you decide to try, you’re likely to come out ahead: The AHA states that just 30 minutes of exercise a day can help reduce your heart disease risk. Even something as simple as walking can pay big dividends: Studies show that for every hour you log strolling the roads, you could increase your longevity by two hours. So grab your workout shoes and your sunscreen, and go enjoy the spring!