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Maintain, Don't Gain for the Holidays!

Now is a good time to start planning how to maintain your weight and avoid gaining during the holiday season. Switch your focus from weight loss to weight maintenance during the holidays. Plus, an important reminder about ID cards.

Important ID Card Reminder!

Members in the Base PPO Plan (70/30) and Enhanced PPO Plan (80/20) will be receiving a new ID card in the mail regardless of the actions you took during Open Enrollment. 

If you are on one of the Humana Group Medicare Advantage Plans and didn’t make a change during Open Enrollment, you will not be receiving a new ID card. You can continue using the card you have now.

As a reminder, your January 2023 State Health Plan premiums will be deducted from your December paycheck or pension. Thank you to all of you who participated in Open Enrollment!

Maintain, Don't Gain for the Holidays

Can you believe it? The holidays are here! Now is a good time to start planning how to maintain your weight and avoid gaining during the holiday season. Switch your focus from weight loss to weight maintenance during the holidays. Follow these four healthy eating tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help you stay on track.

  • Holiday-Proof Your Plan – You can’t control what foods you will be served at a holiday gathering (unless you’re doing the serving!), so plan for challenges. If you will be eating at a different time than usual, have a snack to keep your blood sugar steady. Avoid skipping meals to save up for a feast because you will likely overeat later. If you can, bring a healthy dish to the festivities. If you slip up, get back on track with your next meal.
  • Fit in Favorites – Choose the dishes you really love and can’t get any other time of year. Slow down and savor a small serving, and make sure to count it in your meal plan.
  • Keep Moving – Being active is your secret holiday weapon. It can help make up for eating more than usual and can help reduce holiday stress. Spread activities out throughout the day and get moving with friends and family.
  • Get Your Z’s – When you’re sleep deprived, you’ll tend to eat more and prefer high-fat, high-sugar food. Aim for 7 to 8 hours per night to guard against mindless eating.

Most of all, remember that the season is about celebrating and connecting safely with the people you care about. When you focus more on fun, it’s easier to focus less on food.

For more tips, visit the CDC website. The State Health Plan would like to wish you a happy and safe holiday season!

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