You can have both!
Summer is officially here, and
whether you spend your time
vacationing at the beach,
camping, visiting the local
water park or relaxing at
home, it is important to
remember the steps you can
take to help you and your
family have a healthy, safe summer.
A hot tip
■ Elderly, infants, and people with
chronic medical conditions are more
prone to heat stress.
■ Listen to local weather channels for
heat conditions before venturing
out during summer conditions.
■ Do not leave children or pets
unattended in parked cars while
traveling, shopping, or running errands
even if the window is cracked.
■ Avoid hot foods and heavy meals; they
add heat to your body.
Protect your skin
■ Use a sunscreen that is rated SPF 30 or
higher and reapply every two hours or
more often if you are swimming
or sweating excessively.
■ Avoid unnecessary sun exposure
between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the
sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are most
intense. UV rays are the primary cause
of skin cancer.
■ Wear UV-protective sunglasses and
■ Avoid tanning and UV-tanning booths.
From the Arizona
Take the plunge
■ Never swim alone or allow
your children to swim
■ Never try to keep up with
someone who is a stronger
or more skilled swimmer
for long distances.
■ Do not drink alcohol when swimming
■ Make sure you are not too
tired or too far from safety when
Enjoy the outdoors
■ Wear a helmet when biking.
■ Avoid poison ivy and poison oak. If you
touch these plants, wash the affected
area with soap and water to help
minimize any allergic reaction.
■ Drink plenty of fluids and take frequent
breaks in cool places to avoid
overheating if hiking or playing sports in
the summer heat.
■ Use softer-than-standard baseballs,
safety-release bases and batting helmets
with face guards to reduce baseball-related
injuries to children.
■ Prevent serious trampoline injuries by
allowing only one person on at a time.
Source: CDC, www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/
CIGNA, VitaMin Newsletter, July 2010
Assistance with Housing and
Many individuals and families
are having difficulties during
this economic downturn. Rising
prices for basic needs such as
food, housing and utilities, as
well as high unemployment,
mean many people are
struggling. If you or someone
you know is having a hard time,
ADOA Employee Assistance Program (EAP),
ComPsych GuidanceResources,® can help.
ComPsych can provide resources and information
for a wide range of basic needs. Here are some
examples of the many ways that
GuidanceResources is ready to assist.
• Contact information for Section 8 housing
• Subsidized apartment rentals
• Temporary housing for individuals with
substance abuse issues
• Government programs for rental assistance
and mortgage payment assistance
• Information for First Time Buyer home loans
• Food stamp eligibility and application
• Utility assistance programs
• Low cost medical care services
• Cash assistance programs
• Low cost or free furniture for low income
• Moving expense assistance
• Transportation expense assistance
Difficult financial times can often cause emotional
distress. CompPsych also offers help and support
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at no cost to you
or your immediate family. Through the ADOA
ComPsych program employees can receive 6 free,
confidential counseling sessions to manage
Guidance Consultants can assist you with your
concerns at: 1-877-327-2362
Company Web ID: HN8876C
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The Save Energy, Get Energy campaign
encourages you to take the stairs instead of
the elevator. If you were to walk up and
down 3 flights of stairs instead of an
elevator, you would save 15 Wh (watt
hours) a day or 450 Wh (watt hours) a
month. That is enough to power a typical
digital television (40" or more) for more than
2 hours. By participating in the Save
Energy, Get Energy movement, you will
help reduce our environmental impact (i.e.
using the elevator less and thereby using
Taking the stairs is an excellent way to
prevent health problems that come with
inactivity including obesity, high blood
pressure, heart disease and stroke. When
you start taking the stairs begin slowly and
take one flight at a time. Then, gradually
increase the number of stairs in small
increments. The more you go up and down
the stairs, the stronger you will become and
the easier it will be.
Take the stairs – you will save energy,
get energy, and improve your health one
step at a time!
Register your pledge to participate and
tabulate your activity and energy savings by
visiting the Arizona Department of
Commerce Energy Office website at:
Mini Health Screening
All State employees and Benefit
Options members are eligible to
participate in mini health screenings.
The basic screenings are FREE and
optional screenings are priced as indicated:
• Height & weight; BMI; blood pressure;
and percent of body fat (body composi-tion).
• Cholesterol and blood sugar (8-hour
fasting is recommended)
• Free osteoporosis screening for women
40 and older. $30 for women under age
• $5 PSA screening (blood draw) for men
40 and older. $42 for men under age
You will need your Employee Identification
Number (EIN) and Insurance card for this
There are no Mini Health Screenings
scheduled for the month of July.
If you are interested in hosting a
screening at your agency, please con-tact
your Wellness Coordinator and
suggest they submit an event request
form to Wellness@azdoa.gov
“Early detection is the best defense we have
at this time for catching breast cancer in its
earliest stages,” says Catherine Midgette,
Executive Vice President of MOM. “If we find
the cancer in its earliest stages, the patient
has a 97 percent survival rate.” Mobile On-
Site Mammography (MOM) travels to per-form
mammography screenings at worksites
MOM will directly bill insurance. Benefit
Options health plan members do not have to
pay a copay at these events.
Call MOM at 480-967-3767 to
schedule your appointment.
July 20 — DES, Phoenix
4000 N. Central Ave.
July 20 — Corp. Commission, Phoenix
1200 W. Washington
July 21 — Dept. of Ed., Phoenix
1535 W. Jefferson
July 21 — AZ Med. Board, Scottsdale
9545 E. Doubletree Ranch
July 22 — Dept. of Ed., Phoenix
2005 N. Central Ave
July 27 — ADOT, Phoenix
206 S. 17th Ave
July 28 — Supreme Court, Phoenix
1501 W. Washington
July 28 — ADOT, Phoenix
206 S. 17th Ave
July 29 — ADOT, Phoenix
206 S. 17th Ave
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Take advantage of the many available
programs and services to keep
Fresh, local produce abounds—now is the
time to take advantage of the garden‐fresh
fruits and vegetables. Use seasonal produce
this summer to make delicious, low‐calorie,
nutrient‐rich recipes. Try this light, refreshing
salad this summer while by the pool.
Tropical Cucumber Salad
3‐5 tsp soy sauce or chicken broth
1 tsp freshly grated lime zest
2 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp canola oil
2 tsp light brown sugar
1 tsp rice vinegar
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1 medium English cucumber, cut into 3/4
1 avocado, cut into 3/4 inch dice
1 mango, cut into 3/4 inch dice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1. Whisk soy sauce, lime zest, lime juice, oil,
brown sugar, vinegar and red pepper in a
large bowl until combined.
2. Add cucumber, avocado, mango and ci‐lantro.
3. Gently toss to coat
(Per serving—1 cup)
11 g Fat
18 g Carbohydrates
2 g added sugars
3 g Protein
5 g Fiber
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