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July - Summer Fun and Safety
Summer is here and that generally means more sunshine AND UV rays.  It also means being more diligent about protecting one's skin even if you think a few clouds have you covered.  Invisible UV rays from the sun like UVA and UVB rays are a major cause of skin cancer.  They can also contribute to sunburn, acne, and premature aging of skin, and may even affect your immune system.

To help lower your risk of skin cancer, protect yourself even on cloudy days.  No matter what the season, you should limit your time in the sun, especially when the sun's rays are the most direct, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Looking at your shadow is a good way to see if the sun is directly overhead.  A short shadow means that your UV exposure is high while a long shadow means that the sun's rays are slanted and less intense.

If you must be outdoors, use plenty of sunscreen and one that has a broad-spectrum that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30.  And remember don't skimp on the sunscreen.  It takes about 1-ounce to cover an adult's body.

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Food for Thought    
July is filled with parades, barbeques, fireworks, families, friends and neighbors getting together. And think about Eating Healthier On Your Next Trip.

With the festivities and the summer sizzle in mind, this month's recipe is, Red White and Blueberry Magic Ice Cream. It's a patriotic twist on a popular frozen banana whip dessert. Simply adding strawberries and blueberries yields fun colors you can layer on top of one another for a dessert that's perfect for your Fourth of July BBQ. It's delicious and simple to make, so get your kids involved and the Magic Ice-Cream can very well be everyone's go-to frozen dessert.  

MORE healthy living tips:

To access wellness and benefit information through Kaiser Permanente, please visit their website.

To access wellness and benefit information through Sutter Health Plus, please visit their website.

See a complete list of Health Benefits Program Publications & Forms.

Vision Statement

The CCCSIG Health Benefits Committee vision is for health plan arrangements that provide locally-based solutions, improved quality and access for members, flexibility for school districts and superior cost management capabilities.



Health Benefit Program Documents:

Qualifying Event Poster

Waiver of Group Health Coverage

Eligibility Guidelines

IRS Qualifying Events