AlaskaCare Wellness News | September 2016

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September 2016 | #49

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Children running

One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Learn more about the risks of childhood obesity and tips for prevention...

Your AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan provides prevention services for children that may be at risk for obesity. You may review these benefits on page 44 of your plan booklet.

Source: United States Department of Agriculture

National Food Safety Education Month


Food borne illness is a common, costly—yet preventable—public health problem. CDC estimates that 1 in 6 Americans get sick from contaminated foods or beverages and 3,000 die each year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that food borne illnesses cost $15.6 billion each year.

Find out more about food borne illness and how to prevent it... 

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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National Preparedness Month


September 2016 is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Homeland Security, National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. Learn more:

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Employee Discounts


Did you know that as a State of Alaska employee, you have access to special discounts? Information on the discounts available can be found here:

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September 20 | Fall in Love with Veggies

Did you know that most Americans don’t eat enough vegetables? If you’re looking to add some sizzle to your diet, you might want to feature these important foods. We’ll show you fun ways to add more veggies to your meals—plus offer tips on how to pump up the flavor.


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Exercise: The Boxer


The boxer is an arm, back, and shoulder exercise that is simple and effective for training those muscles. You can perform it at home or in the gym.

Stand with your feet hip-width apart, knees bent, and torso almost parallel to floor.

  1. Hug your elbows to your sides with your hands near your chest.
  2. Exhaling, extend your left arm forward, palm down, and your right arm back, palm up.
  3. Inhale and hug your arms to your torso.
  4. Repeat, switching arms.

Perform 10 to 12 repetitions and rest. Repeat this sequence up to 2 more times.

Notes: Keep your back flat and arms parallel to the floor, and your head in a neutral position looking at the ground.

Source: Spark People

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Recipe: Soft Tacos with Spicy Chicken

Soft tacos

These spicy marinated chicken breasts and soft corn tortillas combine for flavor-rich, low-fat tacos. Top with your favorite toppings like avocado, salsa, or cilantro for extra flavor or add beans for extra protein.

Get the recipe…

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