AlaskaCare Wellness News | September 2015

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September 2015 | #37

Health Fairs

AlaskaCare Health Fair

This Fall, we are offering health fairs in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Ketchikan. These events are open to all AlaskaCare Health Plan members and dependents who are 18 and older. AlaskaCare members have an opportunity to receive a variety of blood tests free of charge.

Please see the health fair schedule for details including pre-registration requirements.

Flu Shot

Flu shots

Don't let the flu keep you inside this fall! It takes approximately two weeks after you get the flu shot for it to be fully effective, so there is no better time than the present to get yours.

AlaskaCare covers a flu shot once per year for all adults. This coverage is provided under the medical plan, not the pharmacy plan. However, there are certain pharmacies that can direct bill to Aetna.

Some pharmacies are able to provide onsite flu clinics for groups with a minimum number of participants. If you are interested in setting up an onsite clinic for your location, please contact Jennifer Dalton for additional information.

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Group Health Coaching

Health Risk Assessment

MyActiveHealth is offering a free online group coaching program, The Weight is Over: How to Start Managing Your Weight and Living Well Today, beginning this month.

This program is a six week series that begins on Wednesday, September 23 at 12pm. Please register ahead of time as space is limited.

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ActiveHealth Management

Hurray for Fruits and Veggies | September 22

Did you know that September is National Fruits and Veggies - More Matters Month? Fruits and vegetables are important to good health, but most of us don't eat enough of them. We'll show you fun ways to add them to your diet, plus give helpful tips on how to pump up the flavor.

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Exercise of the Month: The Walkout


The walkout improves core strength, flexibility, and upper body strength, particularly in the shoulders.

Step 1: Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Bend over and place your hands on the floor just in front of your feet.

Step 2: Shift weight onto your hands and begin to walk them forward. Brace your core, squeeze your glutes, and keep a flat back as you walk.

Step 3: Walk out until your hands are beneath your head. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your feet. Reverse direction back to starting position.

Learn more...

Source: Muscle and Fitness

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Recipe of the Month: Summer Breeze Smoothie


A Healthier Fast Food Item

Smoothies are an excellent fast food option and an easy way to pack in your daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Check out the smoothie recipe below or experiment with your own concoction.

Summer Breeze Smoothie (makes 3 servings)

  • 1 cup of nonfat plain yogurt
  • 6 medium strawberries
  • 1 cup pineapple, crushed, canned in juice 
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Serve in a frosted glasses.

Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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