Harmony for Health: Health Benefit Program News
Practicing self-care is good for the mind, body, and spirit – especially as the holidays approach and COVID-19 cases are once again rising. It’s been a challenging year, but there are some simple things you can do to boost your mood, beat stress, and find more joy. This includes getting enough sleep, taking breaks, and staying connected.
Your mind and body are connected and it’s important to take good care of both. Activities like deep breathing exercises and body scan meditations can help you reconnect with your body and support your emotional health. By paying attention to the way stress makes you feel from head to toe, you can recognize it sooner, and stop it in its tracks.
Food for Thought
December Thrive Recipe
With many people shopping less and cooking more at home while stay-at-home orders are in place, this is a good opportunity to use what you have on hand. You may choose to add more fresh or frozen vegetables, such as broccoli, green beans, or cauliflower. This dish can be a dinner, an out-of-the ordinary family lunch, or you can reheat the leftovers for a quick work-from-home lunch. YUM!
This month’s recipe is Everyday Chickpea Curry, which is naturally dairy and gluten-free. It also features several spices with other antioxidant and potential immune-boosting properties, including ginger, garlic, and turmeric. While it is difficult to prove the effect of specific spices or spice components on health, we can always enjoy them for the depth of flavor and wonderful aroma they add to our meals. So, here’s to a quick and easy vegetarian curry that features pantry staples.
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.