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January is Fitness Month
2018 is here!  With a new year comes the opportunity for a fresh start.  Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way.  Eat better, join a gym, exercise more, drink more water, drink less alcohol, get eight hours of sleep every night, and the list goes on.  Sound familiar?  Many of the most popular New Year's resolutions are focused on living a healthier, more balance life.

No matter what your resolution is this year, physical activity can go a long way in helping you focus on your goals.  Being active helps you be healthier and stronger and feel your best at every age in mind and body.  Getting 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least 5 days a week helps to lower your risk of serious illness and improve your mood.  Whether you're a couch potato imagining a more active life, a senior with a few aches, a busy parent, or a weekend warrior, it can be tough to start and keep moving.  Don't beat yourself up.  Remember that you are a work in progress, which means you will get there a little at a time and not all at once.

The new year is a great time to commit to a healthier lifestyle, but it doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to time in a crowded gym with lots of other well-meaning people.  Do things that you love to do and you'll never feel like your workout is work.  Take a walk around your neighborhood or parking lot at work, invite a friend or your kids to go on a bike ride, or join a local hiking club. 

Make fitness more fun with these tips:

Shake things up.   Try Zumba or Latin dance for a great workout that's sure to make you smile.

Pat your back.  To stay motivated, set realistic goals and reward yourself for steps you take to reach them.

Do it together.  Take advantage of group energy and plan activities that can get the whole household moving.  And try rallying colleagues for a quick recess or walk break.

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January Thrivey Recipe
A healthy lifestyle is more than physical activity and avoiding unhealthy habits.  It also means choosing and eating healthy foods.  This month's Thrivey recipe is Crispy Quinoa Patties .   Quinoa is an ancient grain (technically a seed) that has been cultivated for about 5,000 years and is native to South America.  The earliest growers and harvesters of quinoa were certainly onto something back then as this powerhouse seed is packed with nutrients, easy to prepare, and versatile in the kitchen.  With the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommending that American make half of our grains whole grains, that equates to three to five or more servings of whole grains per day.  Jumping on the quinoa bandwagon is a fantastic way to reach this goal.  There are numerous ways to serve these quinoa patties.  Try them plain, in a pita, on a salad, on a sandwich, topped with sliced avocado, or with a few dashes of hot sauce.  Experiment and see what you like best.  Here's to your good health!

MORE healthy living tips:

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

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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