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Health and Wellness Resources

Harmony for Health - a monthly newsletter

 

June is Men’s Health Month 

Superheroes might seem indestructible, but even Captain America needs to exercise, Thor needs to watch what he eats, and Iron Man needs to destress from time to time.  Men play different and important roles for all of us throughout our lives.  Whether you're on the job, at the gym, out with family and friends, your health plays a role in everything you do.  You want to be fit, sharp, and at the top of your game at every stage of life.  That's why prevention is so important.

 

When you take the time to look after yourself, you can:

 

  • catch health problems early
  • reduce your risks with small lifestyle changes
  • work with your doctor on a clear plan to maintain good health

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What you eat, how you exercise, how you deal with stress, and getting the right preventive screenings and tests are key. 

 

June Thrive Recipe   

Have you had your salad today?  Eating salad almost every day may be one of the most healthy eating habits you can adopt, especially when it’s not smothered in fattening salad dressing.  And it’s one of the simplest dishes to prepare.  Eating salads is a super convenient way to work in a couple of servings or more of vegetables and/or fruit.

 

This month’s recipe is Asian Pear Soba Salad which is cold, crunchy and easy to prepare.  It can be eaten on its own or paired with tofu, grilled fish, or assorted fish cakes.  So, what is soba?  They are Japanese buckwheat noodles, which are popular in Japanese cuisine.  They look a lot like spaghetti, but have less calories, more fiber, and more protein than traditional pasta.  Soba noodles are not only tastier and more versatile, but they’re healthier.  It can be used in any recipe that calls for somen or saimin noodles and can be eaten hot in a soup broth or cold with a dipping sauce or in a salad.  Try looking for brands that contain 3 grams of dietary fiber or more per serving.  Move over ramen, there’s a new noodle in town!

 

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.

To view the newsletter, click here.

February 12th Issue At-A-Glance:

  • Spotlight – Ola Ala Fitness Challenge Results

  • Success in Our Schools – BUSD’s Healthy Holidays

  • Health & Safety Services You Can Use – Mindfulness is About Simply Being

  • School Safety – Reporting Slip Trip Fall Hazards is Everyone’s Job

  • Healthy Recipe – Vegetable-Loaded Pasta Bake

  • Facts about Worker’s Compensation – CCCSIG’s Early Return-to-Work Program

  • Communication Corner – Habits of Happy People

  • CCCSIG Contest – Crossroads Crosswords Contest (get entered into a drawing for a $10 gift card)!

We love hearing from you!  If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions, please contact Denise Schreiner at dschreiner@cccsig.org or 1 (866) 922-2744 ext. 270!  If you would like to share a health & safety success story and be featured in Crossroads, please contact Erica Williamson at ewilliamson@cccsig.org for additional information.

 

Sincerely,

The CCCSIG Health & Safety Services Team  

Past editions are available on the CCCSIG website.

Dental and vision program Newsletter

JUNE – ORAL HEALTH MONTH

Brush Up On Oral Health
This month we share top tooth tips, so our members’ teeth stay tip top! Cavities are almost entirely preventable, yet they are the most common disease among people aged 6 to 19. And 9 out of 10 Americans over age 20 have tooth decay. No matter your age, a healthy smile is the sign of a healthy life. That’s because your mouth can be affected by everything you put into it. Our smiles should live as long as we do, and, with about five minutes of attention a day and a few visits to the dentist and hygienist each year, they can!

Hygiene Habits
Good oral hygiene begins before the first tooth’s eruption. Once you have teeth, here are some care tips to keep them grinning for life:

  • Brush twice a day with an ADA accepted fluoride toothpaste.
  • Replace brushes every few months and after illness.
  • Clean between your teeth (with floss or inter-dental cleaner).
  • Use an antimicrobial rinse after brushing.
  • Eat a balanced diet with few between-meal snacks.
  • Keep regular oral exam and cleaning appointments.

Tooth Talk
According to the ADA, here’s the right way to brush:

  • Place toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to gums.
  • Move brush back and forth in short strokes.
  • Brush outer tooth surfaces first —top then bottom.
  • Move to the inside surfaces with the toe of the brush, using gentle vertical strokes.

Five Work Habits That Can Wreck Your Teeth
These workplace no-nos can really take a toll on your oral health.

1. Using your teeth as tools
Don't tear off a piece of tape with your teeth, rip open packaging with your incisors or hold pins in your mouth.
Why not? You'll chip away at your enamel and risk breaking your teeth.
Instead, use scissors or other tools.

2. Chewing on pens and pencils
Don't bite on your pen or pencil as you work.
Why not? You’ll wear down the edges of your teeth, potentially causing a toothache and fractures.
Instead, snack on celery or carrot sticks.

3. Your daily cuppa joe
Don't nurse your latte throughout the day.
Why not? You'll dry out your mouth, leading to bad breath and cavities. Plus, you’ll stain your teeth over time.
Instead, choose green tea for a caffeine boost. If you can’t go without coffee, skip the sugar and follow it with a glass of water.

4. Taking a smoke break
Don't smoke cigarettes or e-cigarettes.
Why not? Besides causing lung cancer, smoking also multiplies your risk of oral cancer, tooth loss, gum disease and even cavities. Even e-cigarettes, which still contain nicotine, can harm gum health.
Instead, ask your doctor for help quitting.

5. Leaving your toothbrush at home
Don't wait till you get home to brush and floss.
Why not? Plaque starts forming on your teeth immediately. The longer you wait, the harder it is to remove.
Instead, keep a toothbrush, some toothpaste and a container of floss in your desk or bag to use after lunch.

 

JULY – SUMMER DENTAL SAFETY

Bright Bites
With summer in full swing, we’re often advised to remember our sunscreen, but our teeth should be a summertime priority, also. Here are a few ways to keep that summer smile shipshape.

Light Fare
Good nutrition shouldn’t take a vacation just because you do:

  • Drink sugar-free lemonade.
  • Choose ice cream over sticky candy.
  • Carry floss when corn on the cob is on the menu.
  • Munch strawberries, which satisfy that sweet tooth and provide vitamins and minerals.
  • Eschew barbecue sauce, which is both sugary and acidic and can wear down tooth enamel.

Pool Prudence
Splish splash smarter by paying attention to the tooth hazards lurking around the pool:

  • Pools with improper pH levels can lead to brown residue deposits on your teeth known as swimmer’s calculus.
  • As the lifeguards say, "Walk, don't run!" Wet surfaces pose a slip-and fall risk.
  • Dive into the deep end, not the shallow end, and save your teeth.

Summer Smarter
Play it safe—and smart—this summer by affixing non-stick surfaces to diving boards and ladders. Repair broken or rickety railings and ladders at your own pool.

Otherwise follow pool rules (no running!). Keep an emergency kit handy, stocked with gauze, cold packs, a handkerchief, a small container with a lid (in case you lose a tooth), and your dentist’s info. This summer you can have fun and a bright smile.


 

JULY - UV SAFETY MONTH

Made in the Shade
It’s summer and that means we’re headed outdoors for some fun in the sun. But the glowing orb that gives light and life to everything can be hazardous to our ocular health. Long-term exposure to the sun can cause macular degeneration, cataracts, pterygium (surfer’s eye), and skin cancer around the eyelids. Short-term exposure, such as what you’d get from a long day at the beach, can lead to temporary vision loss from a corneal sunburn.

Eye Sites
A sunny day poses a visible risk, but here are a few other factors that influence how much UV radiation is getting through to your eyes:

  • Geography—the closer you are to the equator, the higher your risk
  • Altitude—the higher you are above sea level, the greater your risk
  • Setting—open spaces and surfaces that reflect the sun (water, snow, sand) pose a greater risk than urban areas and surfaces that absorb it (asphalt, grass)
  • Weather—an overcast day can let in 50 percent or more UV rays
  • Time—sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Medications—some antibiotics, birth control pills, and other drugs increase your risk

Sunny Spots
With proper protection, your eyes can weather all your favorite outdoor activities, regardless of location or season. Start with a wide-brimmed hat on days when the sun safety index is above 8. It can block up to 50 percent of UV rays. And don’t skimp on sunglasses! Choose a pair that:

  • Blocks 100 percent of UV rays and most HEV rays
  • Wraps around or has large lenses
  • Has a copper, bronze, or red/brown tint, if you want to block more blue light

Bright Ideas
Get the most out of your plan coverage. Talk to your eye care provider about affordable lens options so you can stay on the sunny side.

 

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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