Issue #3

November 2012
AlaskaCare Employee News from the Alaska Division of Retirement and Benefits

In this issue

Great American Smokeout

Wellness Coordinator Visits

November Health Hero

Wellness Challenge

What is EAP Anyway?

Healthy Recipe

November Brings the Great American Smokeout

The AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan will take part in the Great American Smokeout on November 15. Join us and make it your day to quit for good.

As you probably know, smoking can have adverse impacts on your health and life, but did you know that AlaskaCare has a program to help you quit? Employee Health Plan members have access to the Cleveland Clinic Tobacco Treatment Center at no cost to you or your dependents. This nationally recognized program offers customized plans to help you become tobacco free. Sign up today for this program.


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Did you know?

  • Seven in 10 Alaskans who currently smoke want to quit.
  • In 2010, tobacco-related deaths cost Alaska an estimated $579 million.
  • Staying tobacco free for more than three months increases your chances of quitting tobacco for life.

HealthSmart Wellness Coordinator Offers On-Site Visits

Join Michael DiFilippo, MS, RD, LD, Wellness Coordinator for in-person presentations in November.


Presentation topic: Effectively Managing Weight

  • Identify the main causes of weight gain.
  • Understand what constitutes a healthy weight loss program.
  • Be confident in acting on a weight loss program.
Juneau presentation schedule:
Tuesday, November 6, 12 to 1 p.m.
State Office Building10th Floor Commissioner's Conference Room
Wednesday, November 7, 12 to 1 p.m.
Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education (ACPE) Conference Room (Vintage Park across from Safeway)
Anchorage presentation schedule:
Wednesday, November 14, 12 to 1 p.m.
Snowden Building (Court Administration Building) Training Room
Tuesday, November 20, 12 to 1 p.m.
Frontier Building, Room 896
Thursday, November 29, 12 to 1 p.m.
Atwood Building, Room 602

Michael will also offer individual appointments November 6 and 7 in Juneau. Email him to arrange a meeting time.

View current presentation schedule.


November Health Hero: Todd Aldrich

Todd Aldrich

Todd Aldrich’s colleagues at the Ferry Terminal in Valdez describe him as a wonderful employee and an all-around great guy. His change in lifestyle and dedication to healthy diet and exercise really caught their attention. One person wrote “He truly transformed himself by changing his diet and by working out. He is a true model for anyone trying to lose weight and I just hope that I can get on the same track as him.”

Todd offers some words of advice when making changes for a healthy lifestyle, “Weight loss is hard work and you'll hit a lot of road blocks along the way, but keep your goal in mind and know you’re strong enough to reach that goal.”

To nominate a colleague in your office, visit the AlaskaCare Health Heroes Web page, and complete the nomination form.


November Wellness Challenge: Stress Less with Adequate Rest

SleepNovember’s monthly challenge goal is to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night! Sleep is nature’s way of recharging your batteries, restoring your spirit and healing the little wounds of daily life. We think this is a challenge that your whole body will thank you for!

Try it yourself in this month’s challenge. Just print the challenge log. At the end of the month send the complete form to Mike DiFilippo, the Wellness Coordinator for HealthSmart. Don't forget to send your forms to Mike if you participated in the October Monthly Challenge.

Does your office do anything fun or unique to encourage participation in each Monthly Wellness Challenge? If so, email us your story!

Don't miss the Lunch–n–Learn Webinars - Sleep and Fatigue: Is it affecting your health?

View webinar schedules and instructions.


What is the Employee Assistance Program Anyway?


The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential counseling service for Alaska Care Employee Health participants and their dependents. It provides assessment, counseling, treatment and referral services. It is geared to provide assistance with difficulties that you might encounter at work as well as emotional problems, stress, family and relationship problems, and drug and alcohol abuse.

The EAP is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling (800) 478-2812. Your call or visit to the EAP staff is completely confidential. Unless you choose to tell others, no one needs to know about it. EAP offices are not State offices and discussions with EAP counselors will not be revealed to anyone without your written authorization except as required by law.

EAP Services Include:

  • Offer confidential assessment, counseling, and referral services
  • Up to six in-person counseling sessions
  • Self-screening
  • Online interactive wellness tools
  • Crisis debriefing

The program is offered at no cost to AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan members and their dependents. By contacting the EAP, seeing a counselor, or visiting the many online resources, you will learn that you don’t have to deal with challenges, large or small, alone.

More information about the EAP can be found at


Healthy Recipe: Chicken-Apple-Walnut Wrap

Chicken Apple Wrap

Enjoy this healthy recipe for a light dinner or lunch. For additional healthy recipe ideas and inspiration, visit the HealthSmart Wellness Portal.


  • 5 oz. diced cooked chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp. light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 small apple, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. chopped walnuts

Roll mixture into 8-inch whole-wheat wrap with 1 cup mixed salad greens. Serve with 1/2 cup (about 10) baby carrots or other raw veggies of your choice.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • 520 Calories
  • 16g Fat
  • 3g Saturated Fat
  • 53g Protein
  • 50g Carbohydrate
  • 8g Fiber
  • 570mg Sodium
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This electronic newsletter and services described within applies only to State of Alaska AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan members and their dependents.