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Posted: October 13, 2021

October 2021 Employee Wellness Newsletter

Check out this list of wellness resources & new programs for APS employees! Plus, more fitness and nutrition trends in the news.

Picture of hand with pink ribbon and words breast cancer awarness please get checked. Mammograms are covered under APS benefits

One in eight women (13%) in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Early detection through mammograms and basic, preventive lifestyle choices help lower a woman's risk. Mammograms are completely covered under APS Benefits. Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so. Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year. Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.* Check your provider member portal for access and locations to schedule a mammogram. 

APS Employee Wellness Programs 

APS Employee Wellness offers many free programs to help all employee's (regardless of benefits coverage or full/part-time status) lower their risk for disease, attain lifestyle and weight loss goals as well as manage stress and mental health issues.  

  • Get To Know Your Gut Health: Did you know that stress and illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure are causes of tummy trouble and GI issues? Get to know your Gut Health in this special series Tuesday, Oct. 12- Nov. 2 at 4:30. Each week is a different topic. Register for the Zoom link and get access to the recordings, or check out the APS Employee Wellness Calendar for weekly links. Sessions are recorded and information is in the APS Employee Wellness Calendar if you miss a session. 
  • Nourish Your Green Zone: Our capacity to manage stress in a more healthful way can improve when we Nourish our Green Zone! Sign up for this ongoing, self-paced virtual program. 
  • Health Coaching: If you'd like to lose weight, improve your health, manage an illness or simply feel better, APS offers free Health Coaching to meet you wherever you are on that road. 
  • Life on Mindfulness: This Saturday, Oct. 16 at 10:00 am join Michelle Duval for "Stillness In a Fast-Paced World". Part of our ongoing Life on Mindfulness program. The link to join us in the APS Employee Wellness Calendar. This is a free program for all employees and part of the Life on Mindfulness program which offers weekly drop-in meditations, new monthly content and Saturday workshops. 
  • MyStress Tools: For interactive, online and app based resources to help manage stress and anxiety and build resilience try MyStress Tools.
  • Click on the Mental Health Corner for a list of different resources APS offers for mental and behavioral well-being.
  • Livongo:  Get your life back and manage diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity with this personalized program- Livongo. The name is short for Live On The Go! Because having chronic illness can hinder our positive life experiences. We want you to get that back and feel better! Participants receive one on one expert coaching, integrated tools to manage blood sugar, blood pressure and weight. *This program is free for eligible employees.
  • APS EAP Program: Employees and immediate family members have access to free, confidential short-term counseling through the EAP program. Please call the EAP office at (505) 884-9738 to schedule an appointment. WeCounsel virtual sessions are available.
  • 2021 Employee Wellness Incentive Program: It's not too late to log those points and earn rewards like a 3-month NMSW membership, 3-month Les Mills On Demand subscription, gift cards to Flying Star, Weck's and Sports systems, Stone Age gym passes and much more!  This program is for all full-time employees (regardless of benefit coverage status).

More Fitness, Wellness & Nutrition Trends In The News

News: Movement Levels Predict Heart Disease

Not only can physical activity levels predict death risk among older adults, but high levels of activity can mitigate the risk of dying from hardened arteries.

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Nutrition: When to Fast?

Intermittent fasting has many forgoing meals, but the USDA found that skipping a meal can reduce overall diet quality—especially if you miss breakfast or lunch.

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Mind-Body: Why Exercise Improves Memory

Research confirms a connection between physical activity and brain fitness. This study shows exercise increases blood flow to key brain regions involved in memory.

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Recipe: Poached Chicken With Apple Chutney

The dynamic duo of antioxidants and soluble fiber in apples is likely behind their heart benefits, making this sweet and savory dish a meal your heart will love.

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Video: Inchworms

This move loads the front of the body while lengthening the back body. Walk your hands out and then bring your feet back toward your hands; repeat.

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If you have any questions on Employee Wellness benefits please contact Becky MacGregor, Employee Wellness Coordinator, employee.wellness@aps.edu.

*data from the American Cancer Society