AlaskaCare Wellness News | November 2014

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November 2014 | #27

Health Fair in Juneau Tomorrow

AlaskaCare Health Fair

Don't miss the AlaskaCare health fair in Juneau on Saturday, November 1, on the 8th Floor of the State Office Building from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. We will offer the following services free of charge to all AlaskaCare members: flu shots, complete blood count, basic metabolic panel, A1C blood sugar test, lipid panel, and Vitamin D check. Read more...

Protect Yourself: Get a Flu Shot

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Don't let the flu keep you inside this fall! It takes about 2 weeks after you get the flu shot for it to be fully effective so there is no better time than now! 

AlaskaCare covers a flu shot once per year for all adults. This coverage is provided under the medical plan, not the pharmacy plan. However, there are certain pharmacies that can direct bill to Aetna. Also, Safeway is able to provide onsite flu clinics for groups of 20 or more. If you are interested in setting up an onsite clinic for your location, please contact Jennifer Dalton for additional information.

Open Enrollment Begins in a Few Days

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for AlaskaCare is from November 5 through November 26, 2014. 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, effective January 1, 2015. Enroll starting November 5, 2014

Winners of Health Risk Assessment

Health Risk Assessment

Congratulations to Alban Burton (DOT), Cynthia Imboden (DOL), Diane Foster (LAW), Jaime O'Grady (HSS), Katherine Sumey (ACS), Kevin Staples (AMHS), Mike Behrends (DOC), Raquel Ibias (DNR), Sean Mcerlane (DOC), and Timothy Sands (DFG)! They have won a $50 gift card to Amazon or REI to support their health goals because they completed their health risk assessment. 

The sweepstakes is over but you can still complete your health risk assessment.

AlaskaCare Webinars

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Healthy Holidays, November 18: Find ways to stick with your health goals during the hectic holiday season.

Financial Wellness & The Holidays, November 26: The holidays are a difficult time for us all, not just emotionally, but financially as well. Learn ways to make sure you stay within budget through gift-giving season, whether it’s through shopping, celebrating or eating healthy the most cost-effective way. Head into 2015 feeling confident about your financial wellness!

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Exercise of the Month: Leg Raise

Leg Raise

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 August: the leg raise. This move tones and strengthens your lower abdominal muscles. Learn more...

Recipe Swap: Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

What’s a holiday feast without a little apple pie? It may be an age-old tradition on your table come November and December, but there’s a slimmer way to do it. While it’s not exactly lean cuisine, this crisp is certainly a step in the right direction, especially if you use a no-trans fat margarine and a sugar substitute, in lieu of the real thing. Topping out at around 220 calories and 8 grams of fat, this dessert is a big nutritional improvement with almost no sacrifice in taste.

Makes 8 servings

1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
3 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tbsp no-trans fat margarine

4 cups cored and thinly sliced apples (pippin and Granny Smith work well), firmly packed
1/4 cup sugar (or substitute 2 tbsp Splenda)
1 tsp apple pie spice
2 tbsp unbleached flour

Preheat oven to 375°. Coat a 9x9-inch baking dish, 9-inch cake pan, or deep-dish pie plate with canola cooking spray. Toast the walnuts by spreading on a pie plate and heating in oven until fragrant (about 7 minutes). Chop the nuts medium-fine.

Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Cut margarine into the mixture until the topping resembles small peas or until crumbly. Add the chopped nuts and mix well. (The topping can be prepared up to a week ahead and refrigerated.).

Put the sliced apples in a large bowl. Add the sugar (or Splenda) and apple pie spice to a 1-cup measure, then pour over the apples and toss. Sprinkle flour over the apples and mix gently. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spoon the topping over the apples, pressing down lightly. Place the dish on a baking sheet to catch any overflow. Bake on the center rack of oven until the topping is golden brown and the juices have thickened slightly, about 35-45 minutes.  

Per serving (using Take Control margarine): 214 calories, 3 g protein, 33 g carbohydrate, 8 g fat, 1.3 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 2.5 g fiber, 33.5 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 34%.

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