AlaskaCare Wellness News | February 2017

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February 2017 | #54

American Heart Month


Heart disease (which includes heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases) is the number one cause of death in the United States, killing more than 600,000 people each year.

Learn more about heart disease...

Learn how you can prevent heart disease...

Test your knowledge about heart disease...

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health Tip: Happy, Healthy Heart

Healthy heart

You are in more control of your heart health than you think. By adopting healthy habits, you can reduce your risk of developing heart disease. It’s never too late to make changes to your health. Here are some heart healthy ideas to help you get started:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Engage in regular physical activity
  • Maintain a healthy weight for your height
  • Quit tobacco

Learn more...

Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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Easy Ways to Get and Stay Active

Walking dog

Current physical activity guidelines for Americans recommend at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day for at least 5 days per week for adults (60 minutes per day for kids). You don’t need to overhaul your life to achieve the heart healthy benefits of physical activity; sometimes it’s just a matter of tweaking your daily routine a bit to fit in this healthy habit.

Get ideas on how to increase your daily physical activity...

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

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Smoking Cessation

Heart cigarettes

Did you know that tobacco use it the most common preventable cause of death? AlaskaCare can help cover services to help you quit. Coverage includes preventive counseling visits, treatment visits, and class visits. The medical plan will cover a maximum of eight visits of up to one hour in a 12 consecutive month period.

See pages 42-43 in the 2017 AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan Booklet for more information.

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Group Coaching: Quitting Tobacco Together

Health Risk Assessment

MyActiveHealth is offering a free online group coaching program for tobacco cessation: Quitting Tobacco Together (PDF).

The 6-week series starts on Tuesday, February 21 at 12 p.m. Please register ahead of time as space is limited.

Learn about upcoming group coaching series on our website.

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Onsite Wellness Health Coaching

Health Coach

AlaskaCare, in partnership with ActiveHealth Management, offers confidential onsite health coaching. This is an opportunity to meet with an experienced health coach for 20 minutes to talk privately about your own specific wellness goals at no cost to you.

Check out our calendar to find out when health coaches will be visiting a location near you. You must register in advance to schedule your session.

Learn more...

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Wellness Webinar: ABCs of Good Heart Health


ABCs of Good Heart Health | February 21

It is never too late to start protecting your heart! Taking the right steps to good heart health does not have to be hard. We will discuss how to make simple, heart healthy habits part of your everyday life. It’s the best way to keep your heart pumping strong.


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Exercise of the Month: Ice Skater

Ice skater

Regular exercise can help reduce your risk for heart disease. To help reach the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day, try the ice skater.

The ice skater is a great cardio exercise that also strengthens your lower body.

Try it out..

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Recipe of the Month: Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries

Dark chocolate covered strawberries are not only decadent and delicious—they’re  loaded with nutrients. Strawberries contain antioxidants and vitamin C, while dark chocolate contains nutrients such as fiber and iron. Use good quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content to optimize the health benefits.

Learn about the health benefits of dark chocolate...

Learn about the health benefits of strawberries...

Get the recipe...

Sources:, Authority Nutrition, Organic Facts

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