AlaskaCare Wellness News | May 2014

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May 2014 | #21

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin Cancer Awareness

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, accounting for almost half of all cancers in the United States. Risk factors include pale skin, exposure to elements like coal tar and pitch, a family history of skin cancer, and excessive exposure to UV radiation. Celebrate Skin Cancer Awareness Month by:

Onsite Health Coaching

Health Coach

Starting May 1, AlaskaCare, in partnership with ActiveHealth Management, is kicking off the Onsite Individual Health Coaching Program. This is an opportunity for you to meet one on one with your coach to talk about your own specific wellness goals at no cost. You can sign up with your coach the day of the event. Check the schedule for specific locations and times...

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Health Hero: Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Michael Brown was diagnosed with diabetes last July. He weighed 324 pounds at the time, down from a lifetime high of about 350 pounds a little over a year ago. Remarking on his condition, Michael said, “The doctor didn't hold out a lot of hope. My glucose was 336 (100 is the threshold), and my Hemoglobin A1C was 13.6 (5.5-6.0 is considered normal and safe).” Today, Michael weighs 216 pounds, his fasting glucose runs in the low 80s, his A1C is 5.6, and no longer needs medications to manage his diabetes. How did he achieve such great success? Read more…  

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AlaskaCare Webinars

  • Pumping Up Your Metabolism, May 20: Learn how to improve your metabolism through healthful eating and exercise to achieve the best weight management results.
  • Get Moving Today, May 28: Physical activity can improve your overall health and fitness and reduce your risk for many chronic diseases. This webinar will help motivate you to get moving and stay active—no matter where your daily routine takes you. Learn tips for how to fit physical activity into your busy schedule, whether it’s exercising at your desk or during daily activities such as gardening or housework. 

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Exercise of the Month: Squat


Exercise is for more than just how your body looks. Simple moves can help you relieve stress, become more energetic, and gain confidence.

Try the Exercise of the Month for May: the squat. This move works all the major muscles of the lower bodyLearn more...

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Healthful Recipe: Moroccan Grilled Salmon

Moroccan Grilled Salmon

Tangy yogurt mixed with the classic ingredients for chermoula—a Moroccan spice mix—serves as both the marinade and the sauce in this salmon dish. This dish is high in vitamin D, which might help lower your risk for some cancers. Also, getting vitamin D from your diet can be better than from exposure to the sun because dietary sources do not increase your risk of developing skin cancerCheck out the full recipe...

Source: American Cancer Society

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