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October is Women's Health Month
This Halloween, superheroes are sure to be popular costumes for kids and adults, but it's likely you already have a Wonder Woman or two in your life.  Daughter, sister, friend, mother, breadwinner, wife, partner, homemaker, family “doctor.”  Women have many roles and it's not always easy to find the time and energy to take care of oneself.  Simple things like getting all of the recommended health screenings and living a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of preventable diseases and help keep the women in your life feeling and looking their best at every age.

Food for Thought
Do you ever order a salad for lunch?  Around you, people are ordering hamburgers, fries and milkshakes. The waiter asks you what you'd like and you say, in a very saintly manner, “I'll just have the salad with grilled chicken, hold the cheese, dressing on the side.”  You sit there and eat your salad, feeling quite proud of yourself.

Two hours later you're sitting at your desk, and all you can think about is that apple fritter that's in the lobby coffee shop.  You saw it this morning as you walked in.  You could have sworn it winked at you.

So you play a game with yourself.  If it's still there, it's destiny.  You have to have it.  If it's not there, it's just the universe telling you that you didn't need it anyway.  And 30 minutes later, you've stuffed your face with the sugary pastry, in a shame spiral.  Sound familiar?

If you want to avoid the above scenario, try adding grains to your salad.  The addition of a grain helps you stay full for longer.  Farro is an Italian grain that has more fiber and protein than rice and is much like barley, quinoa, and wheat berries.  It has a nutty flavor and a toothsome texture.  This month's Thrivey recipe is Baked Farro Mediterranean Salad, which uses an oven rather than a stovetop method of cooking the farro.  It's super easy and a batch can last all week!  The Greek dressing makes enough for leftovers and it's a great addition to all sorts of tasty salads and such.  Good-bye apple fritter!

October Quick Tips


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