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January is Fitness Month
HAPPY 2019!  January is synonymous with making a New Year's resolution.  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 balanced 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.  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. 

Ready.  Set.  Move.  The possibilities are endless.  Take a walk around your neighborhood or work place, invite a friend to go on a bike ride, or join a local hiking club.  Do the things you love to do, and you'll never feel like your workout is work.  Make fitness more fun with these tips:

  1. Shake things up.  Try a Zumba or Latin dance for a great workout that's sure to make you smile.
  2. Pat your back.   To stay motivated, set realistic goals and reward yourself for steps you take to reach them.
  3. 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.

January Tips:

Food for Thought
After Thanksgiving's turkey and pie, Hanukkah's fried potato latkes, Christmas's roast ham and decadent desserts, and New Year's Eve's Champagne and endless snacks, January is a great time to kick off the year by eating a little healthier.  It's also an excellent opportunity to up your commitment to using seasonal vegetables in your cooking. 

This month's Thrivey recipe is Chard and Chicken Sausage Pasta , which will warm, comfort, and satisfy you in the cold months.  Chard is a versatile vegetable that can be eaten fresh or cooked and can be grown year-round.  Its leaves are tender and have a taste similar to beet greens and spinach while its crunchy stems are slightly sweet and have a similar taste and texture with bok choy stems.  It has almost as many vitamins K, A, and C as it does colors.  This nutritional heavyweight sports stalks in a rainbow of hues including red, orange, yellow, pink, and white.  Look for dark green leaves and brightly colored stems and avoid any that are dried out, split or brown. 

A TIP to kick-off the year:   If you haven't tried a visit to your local farmers market lately, it's a wonderful time to start.  Buying from your local farmer allows you to support local agriculture, eat fresher produce, select from an amazing variety of produce, and eat locally-grown foods that simply taste better and has optimum nutrients.  It's also an excellent experience for the whole family.  Meeting your local community and talking to local farmers is an excellent way to learn about the produce around you and feel connected to the world around you, increasing health for your body, mind, and spirit. 

MORE healthy living tips:

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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