AlaskaCare Wellness News | March 2018

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March 2018 | #66


Vitamin D:
Make Vitamin D a part of your healthy diet.


Get Started on Healthy Eating

Healthy eating starts with learning new ways to eat, such as adding more fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and cutting back on foods that have a lot of fat, salt, and sugar.

A change to healthier eating also includes learning about balance, variety, and moderation.

  • Aim for balance. Most days, eat from each food group: grains, protein foods, vegetables and fruits, and dairy. Listen to your body. Eat when you’re hungry. Stop when you feel satisfied.

  • Look for variety. Be adventurous. Choose different foods in each food group. For example, don’t reach for an apple every time you choose a fruit. Eating a variety of foods each day will help you get all the nutrients you need.

  • Practice moderation. Don’t have too much or too little of one thing. All foods, if eaten in moderation, can be part of healthy eating. Even sweets can be okay!


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture (2015). 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 8th ed.

Spice It Up!

Herbs and spices are a fun and easy way to rev up the flavor in your favorite dishes. Best of all, they can help reduce the amount of salt, fat and sugar you use. There are many combinations of herbs and spices that can help your healthy dishes come to life. You don’t even have to be a seasoned chef.  Ready to try something new? Want to get creative in the kitchen? It’s easy with herbs and spices.

Tips for using herbs and spices:

  • Use dried or fresh herbs to flavor pasta, veggies, salads, meats, omelets, and breads
  • Add fresh herbs towards the end of cooking so they don’t overcook
  • Add dried herbs near the start of cooking for the most flavor
  • To save money, grow your own herb garden
Try roasting for extra flavor!
Running out of ideas for preparing fruits and veggies? Try roasting them to bring out their flavor. Just sprinkle a small amount of olive oil on them, and bake them in the oven until they are tender. Then enjoy!

The Coalition Health Centers welcome AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan eligible members and dependents in Anchorage and Fairbanks

Services offered: 

  • Acute/Unexpected Illness/Injury
    Co-Pay Only: $25/Office Visit
  • Wellness & Preventive Care
    Preventive: $0/Office Visit

Monday – Friday
7:30a.m. – 6:30p.m. (By appointment)
8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m. (Walk-ins welcome for acute care)

Whenever possible, please schedule an appointment in advance for services (required for wellness and preventive care). Services received at Coalition Health Centers are not subject to your plans annual deductible, you will only be charged a $25 co-pay for the office visit.

See the AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan amendment effective March 1, 2018 for additional information.

Coalition Health Center locations:

Anchorage CHC
Age 5 and up
Alaska Regional Hospital 2741 DeBarr Rd., Suite C210
(907) 264-1370  

Fairbanks CHC
Age 2 and up
Ridgeview Business Park 575 Riverstone Way, Unit 1 (907) 450-3300


New! Aetna In Touch Care Program offers case management and disease management

Effective April 1, 2018, the AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan will transition from Active Health Management to Aetna’s In Touch Care Program for all Case Management and Disease Management Services. Historically, members facing chronic or acute health challenges would be assigned to either Active Health’s Disease Management team or Aetna’s Case Management team. As part of our streamlined, more focused approach to wellness, both services will now be provided by Aetna’s Health Care Deliveries Division of Medical Professionals, through the In Touch Care Program. Through the adoption of a new holistic approach that provides connected one-on-one nurse support for urgent circumstances and/or 24/7 virtual care using online tools for chronic cases, we can anticipate an improved member experience.

We will keep Active Health’s member engagement platform, My Active Health, for member-driven access to health risk assessment data, digital coaching, and wellness-related resources. We will also coordinate efforts with the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) to take advantage of their educational materials, programs, and resources for diabetes prevention, control of high blood pressure, and smoking cessation, ending utilization of all other Active Health Management programs effective March 31, 2018.




Recipe of the Month:
Herbed Spinach Quiche Portabella Caps


Exercise of the Month:
Cat Stretch


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Call (800) 556-1555

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