AlaskaCare Wellness News | March 2016

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March 2016 | #43

National Nutrition Month

Fruits and Veggies

March is National Nutrition Month. Knowing what is considered a healthy diet can be confusing. The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion has provided practical information for building a healthy eating style.

Use this guide to learn more about food labels to make healthy choices… 

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National Sleep Awareness

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Sleep is a vital indicator of overall health and well-being, yet many of us don’t get the sleep we need. Sleep needs vary across ages and are especially impacted by lifestyle and health.

Learn more about how much sleep you need…

Source: National Sleep Foundation

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Dependent Eligibility Audit

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Important: Dependent Eligibility Verification Program to Start Soon

The Division of Retirement and Benefits works hard to preserve the benefits we offer to you and your dependents under AlaskaCare health plans. In order to continue to do this, in April, we will begin a Dependent Eligibility Verification Program conducted by HMS Employer Solutions, an independent cost containment firm. All employees who have dependents enrolled in our plans will be required to participate.

The purpose of this Program is to ensure all dependents enrolled in our plans meet eligibility guidelines so that only eligible dependents are covered.

You’ll be receiving a letter at home soon with detailed instructions on what you will need to do to complete the requirements of the program by the due date.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact our Member Services Contact Center at (800) 821-2251.

Thank you for cooperating in this important program, which will benefit all of us.

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Superfoods 101: Understanding the Basics | March 15

Discover the secrets of Superfoods — a type of food that is high in important nutrients. We’ll talk about the health benefits of these foods and how to add more of them to your diet. Eat more Superfoods and watch your health take off!


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Health Hero: Michael Schroeder


Michael Schroeder has been active in sports throughout his life, but it wasn’t until he enrolled in his first martial arts class that he “really got a taste of what a total body workout was like,” he said. He has now been practicing martial arts for forty years and is an instructor in the Korean art of Tae Kwon Do. Michael credits Tae Kwon Do with making him the person he is today through stressing the martial arts triangle of mind, body and spirit. “It literally changed my life in the ways of strength of character, integrity, courtesy, perseverance, and indomitable spirit. One of the primary reasons I train and teach this martial art is to return the gifts that Tae Kwon Do has given me,” he explained.

Read more about Michael's journey...

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Exercise of the Month: The Plank


The plank is a simple yet effective exercise that defines and strengthens your core, but it also helps strengthen your shoulders, back, arms, and glutes.

Try it out...

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Recipe of the Month: 20-Minute Chicken Creole


This quick, low-fat, low-sodium Southern chicken dish packs in veggies and lots of flavor.

Get the recipe…

Source: SparkRecipes

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