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Health and Wellness Resources

Harmony for Health

 

 Contra Costa County Schools Insurance Group’s Health Benefits Program

JANUARY HARMONY FOR HEALTH

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.

 

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. 

Just click here to take you to the CCCSIG Health Benefits webpage for healthy links!

 

Crossroads

Crossroads is an electronic newsletter from the Health and Safety Services division of our Workers Compensation JPA, CCCSIG.

November's Crossroads is available here.  Topics this month include:

  • 2018 Fall Fitness Challenge Ola Ala
  • Discounts at local fitness clubs available through CCCSIG
  • Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention
  • Telemedicine & Company Nurse
  • Positive Communication
  • Roast Chicken & Root Vegetable Recipe

Enjoy this information that can help employees with their health and safety at work and at home.

Past editions are available on the CCCSIG website.

Fitness Resources

A variety of local gyms offer discounts to BUSD employees.  The list below provides current discounts of which Human Resources is aware.  If you know of others, please contact anyone in Human Resources and we will follow up with the company.

 

COMPANY NAME

WEBSITE

SPECIAL INCENTIVES

ELIGIBILITY

DETAILS


 

CCCSIG Enrollment Portal

Enter Corporate ID:  # 111131

To view/print flyer and 3-day pass, click here.

 

For rates, click here.

All active employees

(perm, sub and contractors)/retirees and their families are eligible as long as they can show proof of employment.


 

https://www.sparetimeclubs.com/

All new members receive ZERO initiation fee and $10 off monthly membership dues for 6 months.

 

**Special 12-Days of Fitness**

Diamond Hills is offering a special 12 Days of Fitness holiday gift membership to all new members.  For BUSD employees who are Diamond Hills members, they can give the gift of health and fitness to a friend or family member this holiday season.

It’s a great gift and best of all it’s FREE!  This holiday promotion will run until December 20th, 2018. Please contact:  Ann Mead at Diamond Hills at annm@sparetimesportsclub.com

All currently employed by BUSD can receive discount promotion. You will need to show your BUSD badge or document/such as pay stub showing BUSD as employer.

 
http://www.deltavac.com/

No Start Up Fee

Discounted Rate ($47)

FREE Personal Training Assessment

FREE Two-Week Mx4 Class Pass 

See Flier Here

 
CLICK HERE CLICK HERE Only active employees (which include perm, sub and contractors) are eligible. Retirees are not eligible. Employees can add on family members, who also receive a discount on the add on rate. When enrolling, be sure to mention CCCSIG for discount (not BUSD).

 
https://www.kaiafit.com/

* Teacher Special! $79 for the first month and $129 after that. All teachers can come for 1 week FREE too and try it out. That is for unlimited classes, nutritional support and personal training. 

 

*Boot Camp Special! 6 week Boot Camp Starting August 25 is only $189 - a $50 savings.  

 

 
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