AlaskaCare Wellness News | January 2017

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January 2017 | #53

Don't Hibernate!

Mother and child in snow

Most of us know that being alone for long stretches of time can lead to feeling sad, blue or even depressed. Research tells us that reaching out to others can have valuable long-term health effects that may help us live longer, quality-filled years.

Being able to thrive in the face of adversity or learning to become resilient can actually change our body’s chemical response to both internal and environmental stress. One way to become a more resilient person is to share our lives with others. Building relationships with others and attending to those relationships over time makes us stronger both mentally and physically.

Ways to build positive social support:

  • Listen and be attentive
  • Affirm others and give positive feedback freely
  • Engage in physical activity with friends when appropriate
  • Offer your assistance: babysit, run errands, volunteer, etc.

Learn more...

Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information

2017 Year of Kindness


Have you heard about the 2017 Year of Kindness? The Juneau Police Department is partnering with Central Council Tlingit and Haida, Bartlett Regional Hospital, CBJ, Juneau School District, many local businesses and the nonprofit organization Random Acts of Kindness to promote kindness and improve quality of life across the community.

  • Share some act of kindness at least once a day
  • Go beyond your circle of associates and offer a kind act at least once/week
  • Look for chances to build bridges between groups of different backgrounds

Be kind—that’s the message for 2017! Learn more...

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Group Health Coaching Series

Weight loss

MyActiveHealth is offering a free online group coaching program for weight management: The Weight is Over.

The 6-week series starts on Tuesday, January 10 at 12 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Please register ahead of time as space is limited.

Why attend Group Coaching?
Online Group Coaching is a live, interactive, and educational class that meets once a week for six weeks. You can learn more about your health and wellness right from the comfort of your computer or smart device. Attend at least 5 out of the 6 classes and you will automatically be entered in a sweepstakes to win a $50 gift card.

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Weight Watchers Open House in Juneau

Weight Watcher's at Work

Ring in the New Year with a commitment to Y-O-U!  Weight Watchers at Work will be hosting an open house on January 4 at 12:15 pm. Come and meet Susan Keltner and get signed up for the first 18-week series for 2017. More than a weight loss program, Beyond the Scale focuses on eating better, moving more and shifting your mindset. The new program results speak for themselves with members losing 15% more weight in the first two months!

Juneau:  801 W. 10th St., 1st Floor Conference Room (APFC)

Learn more about Weight Watchers at Work...

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Wellness Events


If you are looking for wellness events, like one-on-one coaching or health talk and walk events in your area, check out our calendar.

If you know of an event or activity in your area, please email us at

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AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan Changes for 2017


Significant health plan changes are effective on 1/1/2017. It’s more important than ever to use a network provider in Anchorage and outside Alaska. The prescription drug benefits have changed substantially. You can find more information on our website

The following videos also help explain the changes:

Preferred Provider Network 

Prescription Drug Benefits

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Recipe of the Month: Sweet Potato and Apple Bake

Apple bake

If you like sweet potatoes (and apples), try out this simple, healthy recipe.

Get the recipe...

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