AlaskaCare Wellness News | November 2017

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AlaskaCare Wellness News

November 2017 | Issue #63

Your Needs. Your Choices. Your Benefits.


Open Enrollment for AlaskaCare is from November 1 through November 22.

Effective January 1, 2018, your pharmacy benefits are changing and your health plan options have been expanded to include the new Consumer Choice Health Plan with HRA option. Prepare yourself with the cost comparison tool available here. 

This is the time to review your current elections and the covered dependents under your health plan, and to make changes for the upcoming benefit year.


Vitamin D and You

Did you know a lack of Vitamin D can leave you down-in-the-dumps, overly tired, weak and even extra sweaty? Alaskans are especially prone since the #1 source of Vitamin D is the sun. To get more, try a walk at lunch and check in with your health care provider for other ways to increase your Vitamin D intake.

Girl on Walk in Sun

Recipe of the Month: Homemade Cranberry Sauce

The holidays are fast approaching!  Try this homemade cranberry sauce recipe that offers healthy ingredients without compromising traditional flavors that will leave you feeling satisfied but not "stuffed!"

Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes: 8 Servings 
3 cups fresh cranberries (12 ounces, can also use frozen)
1 orange zest cut into strips and juiced
1 cup sugar (or 1 cup white grape juice concentrate as substitution)

  1. Put all the ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat and simmer until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  1. Serve at room temperature or cool and refrigerate.

Source: USDA What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl. Homemade Cranberry Sauce Retrieved October 4,  2017

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Exercise of the Month: Scissors

This arms exercise is simple and effective for shoulder muscles. You can perform it at home or in the gym or at the office!  Try it today.

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Scissors Exercise 

Active Health Holiday Challenge Coming Soon!

Think the holiday season is a challenge for healthy habits? Join us for a fun 21-day wellness event starting December 1. Feel better and get a chance to with a $50 Amazon eGiftcard.

Register with Judy or Christy 

Weight Watchers @ Work: "Deal Days" in Anchorage

Sign up or renew your Weight Watchers Membership during this special time and save 15%!   Why wait? New Year, New Series, New You!

Find out more here!

Free Flu Vaccines in Juneau - Nov 4,  3pm-6pm

Public Health Nursing is offering free flu vaccines for all ages as part of the November 4th Flu Emergency Preparedness Exercise at Harborview Elementary School Gym.

To participate or volunteer, contact the Juneau Public Health Center 907.465.3353 or email

"Take 3" Actions to Fight the Flu

Take time to get a flu vaccine.

Take everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs.

Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

Source:  CDC.GOV

Moda Inc./Delta Dental In-Person Customer Service

Anchorage area members can schedule face to face appointments. For assistance with dental benefits or claims meet with a representative at Moda's Anchorage office, located at 570 L Street, Suite 270, between 9am - 4pm, M-F.

Call Hope Donaldson to schedule at 907.278.2629 or email 
Appointments are required so that the assigned representatives have enough time to research and can arrive prepared to address your issues and offer resolutions during the visit.

Prediabetes : Know the Risk

Don’t let the “pre” in prediabetes fool you into thinking it’s not really a problem now.  Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.  CDC reports approximately 84 million American adults—more than 1 out of 3—have prediabetes. Of those with prediabetes, 90% don’t know they have it. Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing, heart disease, and stroke. But here's the good news: it is possible to prevent prediabetes from developing into type 2 diabetes

Move, Make a Change and Maintain! 

Move! Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity (brisk walking, yard work, or actively playing with children) five days a week. 

Make a Change! Lose 5 to 7 percent of  your body weight, if you are overweight—that is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. 

Maintain! Maintain the weight loss with a healthy diet by eating a variety of foods that are low in fat and reducing the number of calories eaten per day.

Get more info on Prediabetes

Try these diabetes-friendly recipes

Local Resources

Community YMCA

Southwest Alaska
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Bartlett Regional Hospital

Further Information

Active Health Diabetes Seminars : Register Today

November 14 -  A Growing Concern...Reduce Your Risk for Diabetes


November 14 begins 6 Week Series - Down with Diabetes
Complete all 6 sessions and enter to win a $50 Amazon e-gift card