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September is Flu Month
Summer is almost over and all around us there are already signs that nature is starting to get ready for the fall and winter months. The days are getting shorter, leaves have started turning and shortly the weather will be getting colder. What is soon to follow is the flu (influenza) season.

While seasonal flu viruses can be detected year-round in the United States, it is most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but activity begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February and can last as late as May.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. And the best defense is a good offense - a flu shot. Protect yourself and your family. It can take about two weeks to develop immunity, which is why you should get a flu shot before the season starts.

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Food for Thought    
If you've been lucky enough to visit the Hawaiian Islands, you've probably heard of Spam musubi. It's basically a slice of the processed meat much beloved by locals in Hawaii, on top of a block of equally beloved Japanese short grain white rice. It's a popular hand-held snack that's perfect for those picnics on the beach.

Want to experience a taste of the islands, but don't like the idea of eating mystery meat? Try this month's Teriyaki Tofu Musubi, a teryaki-glazed tofu version for a snack you can feel good about. Tofu is a great plant-based source of protein and the glaze provides a flavor punch that doesn't feel virtuous.

The recipe recommends using a "musubi maker" or a sushi mold, which creates tightly-packed blocks of rice that won't fall apart when you take your first bite. They're inexpensive and you can find them online or at any Asian market. If you can't get your hands on one, try shaping them by hand or using a small plastic rectangular food storage container as a mold, but it could get messy!  

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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