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Nov. 18 is the Great American Smokeout

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Freedom from Tobacco
 
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On July 1, 2010, employees from Free & Clear, Inc. gathered together for a flash mob in downtown Seattle to celebrate FREEDOM FROM TOBACCO by singing and dancing to George Michael's "Freedom 90."


Announcements

King County Open Enrollment is underway and runs until Friday, Nov. 26.

Employee Giving Program Annual Drive is underway.


Making Life Easier's November newsletter

Puget Sound Health Alliance Community Checkup Report

Know any Health Heroes?
Tell us your success stories



In the News —

Younger men not going to the doctor enough, survey shows

Healthy living can prevent nearly 25% of colorectal cancers

One-third of U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050: CDC

Number of americans with diabetes prjected to double or triple by 2050

The ultimate exercise: Jumping rope

Less time entering activity on the computer means more time to improve your health
WEBMD ONLINE PROGRAMS IMPROVE FOR 2011
Less time entering activity on the computer means more time to improve your health

In response to employee feedback about this year’s WebMD online individual action plans, changes are coming for next year. The program retains the evidence basis for behavior change by engaging participants for 10 weeks, but readings are optional and you no longer have to wait 7 days after finishing one phase and beginning another.   More




Choose Health: Get a Flu ShotONSITE CLINICS COMING TO YOUR WORKPLACE

Choose Health! Get a Flu Shot

Onsite flu clinics have already started at King County worksites.  More than 2,100 employees have received a flu shot, helping to protect themselves and their co-workers from the flu. Did you get your flu shot?  If not, mark your calendar for one of the onsite flu clinics between now and Nov. 19.  The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get a flu vaccine. More



Stop Diabetes: November is American Diabetes Month
HEALTHY DIET, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IMPORTANT

November is American Diabetes Month


Diabetes can cause serious health complications. The good news is that there is a lot that you can do to reduce your risk of developing diabetes or manage your existing diabetes to prevent complications. More

There is ongoing debate over the safety of plastics that contain Bisphenol-A (BPA).
PLASTICS IN FOOD CONTAINERS
Precautionary tips

There is ongoing debate over the safety of plastics that contain Bisphenol-A (BPA).  Even Oprah’s covered it. BPA is found in clear, rigid plastic “polycarbonate” bottles and the lining of most canned goods. More




Safe medicine disposal protects our kids, families, and environment
CHOOSE WELL - SAFE MEDICINE DISPOSAL
Protect our kids, families, and environment

Medicines save lives and improve our health when used properly, but prescription and over-the counter medicines are potentially toxic when mishandled.  Safe medicine disposal is important to protect our environment, and to keep you and your family safe from accidental poisonings or dangerous drug abuse. More

Healthier eating this holiday season
EAT SMART

Healthier eating this holiday season


It is the season of plentiful feasts and holiday treats. Get tips on how to indulge in healthy eating during the holiday season. Plus get information about choosing foods to help you prevent or manage diabetes. More

Find healthy eating ideas in the Recipe BoxRecipe Box


Move More: fall for physical activityMOVE MORE

Tips for a healthy holiday

November marks the start of the holiday season and with it comes travel, football parties, lazy weekends indoors, food-laden social events and time cut out of your workout schedule.  With a little dedication and creativity, this holiday season can become your healthy season.  More



The power of gratitude, make everyday Thanksgiving
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The power of gratitude; Make everyday Thanksgiving

Many of us don’t think much about our good fortune until November. Appreciation for the good things in your life may help you ward off “the holiday blues” as well as keep you happier and healthier all year long. More



Quit Tobacco: the Great American Smokeout - Nov. 18
QUIT TOBACCO
The Great American Smokeout - Nov. 18


Nov. 18 is the Great American Smokeout, an annual event to encourage tobacco users to go 24 hours without tobacco once a year.  If you’re looking for a time to quit, the Great American Smokeout can be a time to announce it, and get support.  Not ready to quit?  Why not cut down on Nov. 18? More 
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