Harmony for Health: Health Benefit Program News
August is Weight Management Month
As many people have unfortunately found out these last few months, “Quarantine 15” can be a real thing! Quarantine 15 refers to the weight gain many people are experiencing during self-isolation in this pandemic. With our routines upended and stress levels high, it’s more important than ever to practice healthy weight management.
Your weight is more than a number on a scale – it’s how you feel every day, inside and out. Maintaining a healthy weight means making small changes that add up to big success. Weight management encompasses long-term strategies that promote healthy eating and daily physical activity and not fad diets that promote quick, temporary weight loss.
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do for your health. Extra weight can drag down your mood, energy, and self-confidence. At the same time, it raises your risk for many serious conditions. If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight can greatly reduce your risk of health problems and help boost your overall well-being. Finding an optimal center can start with small incremental changes. When you eat right and exercise regularly, maintaining a healthy weight can happen naturally.
Food for Thought
August Thrive Recipes
The more varied the color in the foods you eat, the more nutrients you’re getting. Makes logical sense doesn’t it? This month you’re in for a bonus – TWO recipes!
The first is Curried Rice and Artichoke Salad, which is a simple, plant-based heart healthy recipe with an international flair. What makes this dish easy to whip up is using artichokes that are packed in water that you can pick-up at the local grocery store.
The second is, Easy Summer Pasta, which takes advantage of the delicious array of tomatoes available during the summer. Find a pint of sweet cherry tomatoes at your farmers market, add a few other ingredients, and a simple, healthy and wonderful dinner is yours in minutes. Add corn on the cob as an accompaniment to the pasta, and you have a truly tasty summer inspired meal.
For additional nutritious and delicious recipes, visit kp.org/foodforhealth.
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.
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.