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Harmony for Health - a monthly newsletter

SEPTEMBER HARMONY FOR HEALTH

September is Flu Prevention Month 

We’re still in the dog days of summer, but unless you want to be sick as a dog this autumn, you’ll start thinking about the flu season.

When you wake up sneezing, coughing, and having that achy, feverish, can’t move muscle feeling, how do you know whether you have cold symptoms or the flu (a.k.a. influenza)?  It’s important to know the difference.  Colds and flu are both caused by viruses and although they share many of the same symptoms, there are some key differences.

A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu.  While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for up to a week or ten days, flu symptoms tend to come on suddenly and can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks.  The flu is more than a “bad cold.”  Every year, millions of people get the flu.  Hundreds of thousands of people get so sick, they wind up in the hospital.  The flu can also result in serious problems such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, and hospitalization.

The best defense is a good offense.  So, protect yourself and everyone around you with a flu shot each year and take other simple steps to stay healthy.  Vaccination is especially important for people 50-years and older, children 6-months through 4-years old, women who are or will be pregnant during the flu season, people with chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems, people who live in nursing homes and other long-term care centers, health care workers, and people who live with or care for anyone at high risk for flu-related complications.

 

September Thrive Recipe         

This month’s recipe is, Summer Garden Pasta, a favorite go-to summer recipe for many reasons.  It celebrates the best produce of the season in one dish.  It can be a great way to use up all those extra zucchinis you don’t know what to do with, and any other home garden bounty!  It has a great combination of sweet, crunchy, and savory all in one.  It is also very colorful and light, and a great way to celebrate summer!

To make this a quick weeknight dinner, prep on the weekend or night before by making the “sauce” and chopping the veggies and then refrigerating.  Then, all you have to do is cook the veggies and pasta, and toss it all together – easily making dinner in 15 minutes.  Now, that’s what I call dinner! 

 

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

DENTAL CHECKLIST FOR SUMMER FUN


1. Stock Up on Healthy Snacks
With summer comes lots of junk food: grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, eating chips by the pool, flagging down the ice cream truck, but these unhealthy foods aren’t tooth-friendly. Skip the junk food and stock your fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables instead.

Apples and pears are particularly good for teeth because they boost saliva production, which washes away bacteria and food particles, and their fibrous texture stimulates gums and pulls food from teeth. Carrots and celery have similar benefits, and all are packed with vitamins and nutrients.

To satisfy sweet cravings and get some relief from the heat, try your hand at homemade popsicles made from frozen yogurt and/or fruit! Both options have less sugar than most store-bought brands. (Plus, you can sneak some veggies into smoothies.)

Pro tip: Topping celery with cream cheese makes it tastier and better for teeth. Cheese has lots of calcium and protein, which helps strengthen tooth enamel.

2. Stay Hydrated
Regular old water is one of the most tooth-friendly ways to stay hydrated. Lemonade and other citrus juices are super acidic and wear down enamel. Soda is laden with sugar, as are most sports drinks, and both typically have citrus juices. Even if you opt for sugar-free soda or sparkling water, the carbonation can increase the acidity in your mouth, which also softens enamel. But kids don’t care about the health effects. They want to drink something that tastes good!

To liven up your “plain” water, fruit-infusion is the way to go. Pick your favorite fruits, slice and dice ’em, add to water, and you’ve got naturally delicious and flavorful water. (Just remember to avoid citrus fruits). If you can’t live without your bubbles, you can lessen the damage with reusable straws, decreasing the amount of direct contact with your teeth.

It’s also important to note that if you have athletes in your family, you might want to have some sort of sports drink for them for hot days and hard practices. Just make sure to look at the nutrition label and find low-sugar options, or consider an electrolyte solution, like Pedialyte, which typically only has a few grams of sugar.

3. Protect Against the Sun
You already know to keep your skin safe from the sun’s rays with sunscreen, but what about your lips? Lips are technically a component in your overall oral health—and they’re easily burned—so always keep lip balm handy, especially on days spent outside.

We suggest something that can block one or both UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of at least 15.

4. Reduce the Damage of Chlorine
If you find yourself in the pool day after day, keep an eye on your teeth. Antimicrobial elements and chlorine in pool water can break down proteins in your saliva and leave organic deposits on your teeth—brown spots—normally right on your front teeth. If you notice any stains, contact your dentist - an extra cleaning or two might be in order.

5. Safeguard Your Sports Enthusiasts With a Mouth Guard
With summer sports ramping up, it’s important to think about mouth safety on the field. Do yourself a favor and invest in a custom-fit mouth guard for all the athletes in your family. While a custom-fit mouth guard might seem expensive at first, it’s a fraction of the cost of emergency dental repair for broken, cracked or knocked-out permanent teeth. Mouth guards prevent an estimated 200,000 oral injuries a year, which means a lot of money saved and a lot of pain avoided.

Use this link to find out more about mouth guards - www.deltadentalins.com

6. Maintain a Schedule
Normal schedules go out the window during the summer for kids, but it’s still important to maintain some semblance of normality. Brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouth wash should be standard parts in everyone’s daily routine. But once the routine changes, it becomes easier for kids—and parents—to “forget” to brush their teeth before hitting the sack at the end of the day.

Keep your family on track! Make a routine, whether you have them enrolled in a summer camp or you’re spending your summer at home together. Introduce morning chores, have breakfast as a family, or do other things to establish a daily schedule. If you have reasons to help the kids get out of bed at a semi-regular time, the other habits are more likely to stick.

7. Keep in Touch
Summertime can also mean moving. Have you moved this summer, or are you planning to move? It’s easy to forget about your next dentist appointment amidst the chaos that comes with moving. If you share your new information with your dentist, they can help you out with reminders, rescheduling, and making sure your records get sent to your new dentist if you’re far away, so that you never miss a beat even when you’re busy.


 

FIVE TIPS TO SAVE YOUR EYES FROM SUMMER SUN

Even if you slather on sunscreen to your face and body religiously, you may be leaving your most important asset at risk. The Vision Council reports that more than 25% of U.S. adults rarely or never wear sunglasses and nearly two-thirds are unaware of the link between UV exposure and cataracts and age-related macular degeneration!

Luckily, sunglasses are the best and most fashionable way to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. No matter what your style or price point – from chic aviators to lux wayfarers to the $10 gas station pair stashed in your glove box for emergencies – follow these tips to protect your eyes from sun damage.

Tip 1 - Lenses
Before you slap that credit card down to purchase a new pair, make sure the lenses block 100 percent of UV rays. Look for a label on the lens or in the packaging. Or even better, check out the selection at your eye doctor’s office so your optician can ensure UV protection, help with fit and style and alert you of any additional discounts with your VSP plan.

Tip 2 – Polarize?
Polarize or not to polarize? If your outdoor activity spans more than just soaking up ray’s poolside, you may want to opt for polarized sunglasses. Polarized means they have a special filter that blocks glare from the sun, especially on waterways, roadways, trails and the golf course. You’ll need to ensure the lenses also have 100% UV protection and be cautious around LED screens like your cell phone, tablet or LED-dashboards because they will be hard to read.  

Tip 3 – Don’t Use the Top of Your Head!
Sunglasses fall off your face when you look down? When not in use, fold your sunglasses on your shirt instead of wearing them on top of your head. Most sunglasses are made of plastic so they soften and stretch in the heat. To keep your sunglasses looking their best, make sure their protective case is around, and don’t leave them baking in the car!

Tip 4 – Kids too
Don’t forget about the kids! The earlier kids wear sunglasses the better. Damaging UV exposure in children’s eyes is more intense than adults. Make sure you follow Tip #1 to ensure quality and fit and post photos! Nothing cuter than a little hipster kid in aviators.

Tip 5 - Coating
Darker the better? Not necessarily. The coating that blocks UV radiation is clear. So if gray, green or brown lenses match your style profile, go for it. In addition, those colors are good choices when driving. Be wary of yellow or rose-tinted lenses, as they make it difficult to distinguish changes in traffic lights. But if you find yourself squinting while wearing sunglasses, you may want to go a shade darker and/or check into prescription lenses.


 

 

 

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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