AlaskaCare Wellness News | March 2019

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March 2019 | #78

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Woman With Prop

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women.

Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most common in people age 50 and older. The good news is if everyone age 50 and older received regular screenings, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Talk to your doctor about age-appropriate preventive screenings and check out Healthfinder’s interactive tool to help you decide which colorectal cancer screening test is right for you. Check your AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan to see if you meet the criteria for a colorectal screening or contact the Aetna Concierge at to find out if your visit can be 100% covered as preventive care (when provided in network.)

More resources:

Prevent Cancer Foundation

AlaskaCare Employees Have Easy Access to Teladoc Telehealth Services

Teladoc Phone

Not Feeling Well

You can connect with a doctor via phone or video call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Teladoc doctors can diagnose many health issues like sinus problems, respiratory infection, allergies, flu symptoms, and many other non-emergency illnesses.


The doctor will call you back in minutes. Talk to the doctor, take as much time as you need…there’s no limit. The fee to the member is a $5 copay for general medical consultations.


Teladoc is a convenient and affordable way to receive care wherever you are and whenever you need it. If medically necessary, a prescription will be sent to the pharmacy of your choice.

Feel Better

It’s that easy! Register today.

March is National Nutrition Month

Eat Right for Your Lifestyle
Healthy eating is important no matter how old you are. There’s no one diet that is right for everyone, so it’s important to follow a healthful eating plan that’s packed with tasty foods that keeps your unique lifestyle in mind. Choose My Plate is a great resource to help you get started. Be sure to review the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, find a MyPlate plan that fits your needs, and check out tips to help you on your healthy eating journey. You can also find information on healthy snacks for kids, tips on reading food labels, and free downloadable informational handouts to keep you on track.

To find out if your medical screenings, nutritional counseling, or assistance in weight reduction due to obesity can be a covered expense with your AlaskaCare Health Plan when received in-network, contact the Aetna Concierge at (855) 784-8646 prior to receiving services.

What is EAP?
Two Men

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a voluntary, work-based program that offers free confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to employees who have personal and/or work-related problems.

EAPs address a broad and complex body of issues affecting mental and emotional well-being, such as alcohol and other substance abuse, stress, grief, family problems, and psychological disorders. EAP counselors also work in a consultative role with managers and supervisors to address employee organizational challenges and needs. EAPs are active in helping organizations prevent and cope with workplace violence, trauma, and other emergency response situations.

To find out more about Aetna’s EAP “Resources for Living,” contact the Aetna Concierge at (855) 417-2493, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?

Tobacco contains nicotine, which is very addictive. Nicotine withdrawal can make the process of quitting prolonged and difficult. But help is available with the Tobacco Quit Line. Call now!

Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line | 1-800-QUIT-NOW

To find out which screenings and counseling services can be covered by your AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan, contact the Aetna Concierge at (855) 784-8646.

Shrimp Fried Rice

Recipe of the Month

Lightened Shrimp Fried Rice


Shoulder Blade Squeeze

Exercise of the Month

Shoulder Blade Squeeze


Health Fact of the Month

Eat Broccoli

It’s an excellent source of vitamin C and provides calcium as well—both of which have been linked to healthy gums and lower rates of a serious gum infection called periodontal disease. 


Not sure if that cold is worth the trip? 
Call the Aetna Nurse line, 24 hours, 7 days a week.

                           Call (800) 556-1555