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February is Heart Health Month
Is your heart going pitter-patter?  That's because February is heart health month!  It is the perfect opportunity to be more proactive about taking care of your heart and learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you can take to take care of this important muscle.  After all, it works hard and doesn't take any breaks, so you should do your part and return the favor.

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States.  The disease and the conditions that lead to it can happen at any age.  High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life. 

You can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease, or slow its progress, by taking prevention to heart.  Making small, gradual changes can make a big difference in your health.  It may take some time to get used to new tastes and habits, but don't give up.  Keep in mind the good things you are doing for your heart and your overall health.  Take control of your heart health and show your heart some love!

February Tips:

Food for Thought
Comfort food comes to mind, especially when there's a stretch of cold or dreary weather.  Tamale pie is a traditional Southwestern comfort food that is usually made in a casserole dish with cornmeal, cheese and fillings.  It's a versatile recipe and fun to make because you can improvise, adding your own ingredients. 

This month's recipe is Vegan Baked-Tofu Tamale Pie - it takes your heart into consideration by using tofu for protein rather than meat.  In addition to being a good source of protein, tofu provides plenty of calcium, manganese, omega-3 fats and vitamin B1.  Tofu, which is made from soybean curds, is low in saturated fat and a nutrient-dense super food.  Giving into your cravings and sticking to your health goals can go hand-in-hand.  So, enjoy this month's recipe without the guilt.

MORE healthy living tips:

To access wellness and benefit information through Kaiser Permanente, please visit their website.

To access wellness and benefit information through Sutter Health Plus, please visit their website.

To access wellness and benefit information through Western Health Advantage, please visit their website.

See a complete list of Health Benefits Program Publications & Forms.

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