AlaskaCare Wellness News | April 2014

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April 2014 | #20

April is Alcoholism Awareness Month

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The facts about alcoholism in our country are striking: more than 18 million Americans suffer from alcohol-use disorders and 25% of American children have been exposed to such disorders in their families. Alcoholism also impacts our communities; the economic cost of alcohol abuse is estimated to be $223.5 billion ($746 per person). Celebrate Alcoholism Awareness Month by:

Portal Registration Challenge

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Your AlaskaCare Wellness MyActiveHealth Portal is a fun, easy, and convenient way to keep your health on the right track. In addition to housing your health information, you can find your personalized action items, activity trackers, and videos! And even better yet, you’ll be entered for a chance to win an iPad Mini when you register before April 15*. Just follow the registration instructions during this time to take the MyActiveHealth Portal Registration Challenge! 

*Names will be drawn at random. Existing MyActiveHealth registrants will also be eligible.

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Take Your Health Assessment

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Did you know that you can receive a free and confidential health assessment on MyActiveHealth? When you complete the assessment, you'll get a report that you can share with your doctor. Your customized report will also identify your health strengths and weaknesses and suggest actions you can take to improve your health. Take your health assessment today... 

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Get Screened: Take Charge of Your Health and Life

Preventive checkup

AlaskaCare Employees have preventive care coverage. So why don't you take advantage of the included once-per-benefit-year preventive exam? For network providers, we pay for covered services at 100% of their negotiated rate, and deductibles don't apply. Visit DocFind to see if your provider is in-network. Visit, review Section 3.5.4 of your plan booklet [PDF], or call the Health Concierge at (855) 784-8646 to learn more about preventive care coverage. You can also learn more about prevention by attending our "Know Your Numbers" presentation. Come learn five simple steps to improve your health throughout April at a location near you. 

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Health Hero: Anne Davis

Anne Davis

Anne Davis started a health and fitness program when her husband fell ill. Although he had not been leading an unhealthy lifestyle—they were both active and ate reasonably well—Anne’s husband was diagnosed with diabetes. Anne and her husband then decided to put the health their family at the top of their priority list. Read more to learn about Anne’s progress and how she has refined her fitness goals…

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AlaskaCare Webinars

  • Turn the Pressure Down, Wednesday, April 9: Ever have a craving for those salty fries? While salt may titillate our taste buds, eating too much salt can lead to high blood pressure, a condition called hypertension. Join us for a special Webinar about the "silent killer" during National Public Health Week
  • Fitting in Fitness, Tuesday, April 15: Discover simple ways for you to incorporate more activity into your day-to-day routine and learn the general guidelines for exercise. 

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Exercise of the Month: Side Plank

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Exercise is for more than just how your body looks. Simple moves can help you relieve stress, become more energetic, and gain confidence.

Try the Exercise of the Month for April: the side plank. This move works the abdominal muscles on the sides of the body known as the internal and external obliques. Learn more...

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Healthful Recipe: Sautéed Spinach with Pine Nuts

Spinach with Pine Nuts

Balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese, and garlic add a savory twist to this side of nutrient-rich spinach brightened by pine nuts and golden raisins. This dish could help your loved ones who might be trying to reduce their consumption of alcohol. Chronic abuse of alcohol can contribute to vitamin A deficiency and spinach is rich in beta-carotene, which your body uses to manufacture vitamin A. Spinach also contains vitamin C, which may have anti-stress benefits. Check out the full recipe...

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Submit Your Healthful Recipes


Do you have a favorite healthful recipe you created or was passed down through your family? Now is your chance to share it with your fellow AlaskaCare members through our new member-submitted Healthful Recipes feature. Send us a photo of your dish and tell us why you like your recipe and what is healthful about it. Submit your recipes...

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