Issue #2

October 2012

In this issue

Wellness Coaching Offers Support

Time to Get Your Fall Flu Shots

October Health Hero

October Monthly Challenge

Meet the Wellness Team

You Can Be a Wellness Champion

Wellness Coaching Offers Support

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Get personalized advice on how to achieve and maintain your health goals through the HealthSmart One-on-One Wellness Coach program.

AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan members and dependents can use this program to:


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Contact our Wellness Team

  • lose weight
  • manage stress
  • lower blood pressure
  • lower cholesterol

Your wellness coach, HealthSmart Wellness Coordinator Mike DiFilippo, will help you create a personalized plan to identify and meet your goals. Coaching sessions are conducted telephonically and all information is kept confidential—it is not shared with the employer. To learn more or to schedule an appointment visit


Time to Get Your Fall Flu Shots

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This fall, protect yourself from the flu! Flu vaccines are a covered preventive service for members of the AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan. Payment will not be required if you receive your flu shot from your healthcare provider or an in-network pharmacy. However, if you receive a flu shot from an out-of-network pharmacy or from the on-site immunization clinic listed below, you may be required to pay for the vaccine upfront and submit receipts for reimbursement. Getting reimbursement for the flu shot is simple. To learn more visit

October Flu Shot Clinic Schedule:

Thursday, October 4 – Juneau
Terry Miller Building – 8 to 11 a.m.
Court Plaza Building – 2 to 4 p.m.
Monday, October 8 – Anchorage
Atwood Building – 8 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, October 17 – Fairbanks
Courthouse – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, October 29 – Fairbanks
Courthouse – 8 a.m. to noon
Friday, October 29 – Juneau
State Office Building – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn more about other preventive services and see a full listing of the vaccines covered under the preventative care benefit.


October Health Hero: Gail Fenumiai


As Director of the Division of Elections, Gail Fenumiai is no stranger the pressures of long hours, but that doesn’t keep her from incorporating exercise and wellness into her life. By bringing healthy snacks and bagged lunches to the office, she has set an inspiring example for others to make changes to their routines.

As one employee writes, “Gail helps me to stay motivated by showing me different workout routines, changing her schedule so that she can meet me at the gym instead of letting me stay home and, whenever the sun shines here in Juneau, she gets me out power walking on the many beautiful trails that we are blessed with. Gail Fenumiai truly is my Health Hero.”

To nominate a colleague in your office, visit the AlaskaCare Health Heroes Web page, and provide the name and contact information of the person you are nominating along with a short explanation of what makes them a health hero.


October Monthly Challenge: Tone Up

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Tone your body with strength training! By working strength training into your routine 2 to 3 days a week, you will get stronger and it will help you alleviate the symptoms of obesity, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and depression. Completing just a few strength training exercises each day can create astonishing results. Don’t believe us? Try it yourself in this month’s challenge. Just print the challenge log and mark off each exercise completed daily. At the end of the month send the complete form to Mike DiFilippo, the Wellness Coordinator for HealthSmart. For more information about the monthly challenge visit the Monthly Wellness Challenge Web page.

Lunch–n–Learn Webinars - Strength, Train, and Tone

Please join the HealthSmart Wellness Coach Team for an introduction to strength training, the October Wellness Challenge. This webinar introduces the basic elements of strength training and is scheduled for the following dates and times:

Presented by: Michael DiFilippo, MS, RD, LD

Tuesday, October 9
12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. or
1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 11
12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. or
1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

View the Webinar from any computer by following these webinar instructions.


Meet the Wellness Team: Debra Carroll, B.S.N., R.N.

Debra Carroll

Debra is a registered nurse who works with individuals in the HealthSmart disease management program to help identify ways to manage existing conditions and coordinate care with healthcare providers. She received a B.S. degree in nursing from University of Alaska Anchorage and her experience includes chronic disease management, long-term acute care, new parent support for the United States Army, and drug addiction management.

Debra raised her children in Anchorage and has lived there for 22 years. She enjoys beach combing, rock collecting, painting, and gardening, but most of all Debra enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.


You Can Be a Wellness Champion – Sign Up Today!

Wellness Champion

Learn how to take charge of your health and inspire others to do the same by signing up as a Wellness Champion. As a Wellness Champion, you will have a role in promoting workplace wellness by:

  • Motivating your peers through program participation
  • Promoting Monthly Challenges and other activities in your workplace – posters and other communications will be provided by the Wellness team
  • Identifying ways to customize activities so they resonate with participants in your workplace
  • Sharing your office success stories and lessons learned

To sign up, simply email the Wellness team and you will be placed on the mailing list. You will receive email updates about the AlaskaCare Employee Wellness activities and additional support materials for outreach efforts in your office.

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Phone: (907) 465-4460  •  Fax: (907) 465-3086  •  TDD: (907) 465-2805