AlaskaCare Wellness News | May 2016

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May 2016 | #45

Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Biking Businessman

We all know physical activity is beneficial to our health, yet over the last 20 years in the U.S., there has been a significant increase in obesity. The benefits of regular physical activity extend beyond maintaining a healthy weight, and can include disease prevention, decreased potential of depression, more energy, less stress, and even a longer life. Learn more about the benefits of being active (and the risks of being inactive)…

How active are you? The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends 30 minutes of physical activity a day for adults, and 60 minutes for children, at least five days a week. Getting active doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some easy ideas to get and stay active now…

Source: President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month


Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people diagnosed annually. May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, dedicated to increasing public awareness of the importance of skin cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment.

Get the facts about skin cancer… 

Source: U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Important: Dependent Eligibility Verification Program Has Started


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, we have begun 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.

See our website for more information and to read our FAQ…

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Your Health is Calling

Active Health

Dealing with a major health event or long-term health condition can be difficult and stressful. Reaching your weight management, stress management and tobacco-free lifestyle goals can be challenging. Having support through a pregnancy can help ensure a healthy, full-term baby.

Aetna and Active Health Management are available to help and provide support to maintain and improve your health. All of their support services are personalized and confidential and free. Participation is always voluntary.

Both ActiveHealth and Aetna may reach out to you by letter or with a telephone call to offer assistance and support. Be sure to take the call and talk about your options. Be assured that your privacy matters; anything you tell a nurse is kept confidential and will not affect your medical plan coverage in any way. 

For additional information about ActiveHealth and your wellness program, you may log into the ActiveHealth Engagement Platform.

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Secrets to Staying Active | May 17

You want to stay active but life keeps getting in the way. Now you can learn the secrets of staying fit wherever you are, including your desk!


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Exercise of the Month: Wall Push-ups

Wall push-up

Wall push-ups are a great option for those who have trouble with regular floor push-ups, or as a stand-in when circumstances for floor push-ups aren't optimal, such as at the office. Like regular push-ups, wall push-ups work your chest, arms, and shoulders.

Try it out...

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Recipe of the Month: Cioppino (Seafood Stew)

Seafood Stew

This light seafood stew, Cioppino, is full of hearty veggies, flavorful herbs, and fresh fish.

Although this recipe doesn’t include shellfish, Cioppino traditionally does and you can add it if you wish.

Get the recipe…

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