HEALTHIEST MARYLAND BUSINESSES NEWSLETTER
Central Maryland Region
     
December, 2014
    
*New This Month*

OPEN ENROLLMENT IS HERE!    

Does your business need assistance finding quality health care for your employees and their families? Maryland Health Connection has a new and improved system to ease the way for people in search of a policy that fits their needs. If you have employees who do not receive health insurance through their employment, please have them visit www.marylandhealthconnection.gov.


 

Healthiest Maryland Businesses wishes you and your family a 

safe, healthy and happy holiday season!

 

National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 7-13

 

Did you get your flu vaccine?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have the following recommendations:

 

A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. 

Vaccination is especially important for protecting those at high risk for serious flu complications, including:
  • young children
  • pregnant women
  • adults 65 years and older
  • anyone with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.

For information and resources to use in your wellness program, please visit www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/.

SPOTLIGHT ON THE REGION

 

The following Central Maryland workplaces have joined Healthiest Maryland Businesses. 

Will your business be next?

  

Anne Arundel Public Library

Arc of Howard County

Athelas Institute

Baltimore Aircoil Company

Bob's BMW Motorcycles

Bon Secours Health System

Business Suites of Columbia

CareFirst of Maryland

Carroll County Health Department

Child's Garden Learning Center

City of Annapolis

ClearEdge IT Solutions

COLA

Educators Benefit Services

Elements of Energy

Empowered Living

HealthStream

Healthy Howard

Heartfelt Shiatsu

Howard Community College

Howard County Chiropractic

Howard County General Hospital

Howard County Government

Howard County Health Department

Humanim

iBiquity Digital Corporation

Intelesys Corporation

IntelliGenesis LLC

Jolles Insurance

Maryland Department of Human Resources

Maryland University of Integrative Health

McCormick & Company

Mettler-Toledo AutoChem

Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital

Raytheon Solipsys

Saval Foods Corporation

Town of Bel Air

Turf Valley

University of Maryland, Baltimore

WKD Karate 4 Girls

Y of Central Maryland

and counting!  List current as of November 2014.

 

For information on benefits of joining Healthiest Maryland Businesses, please contact psmelkinson@healthyhowardmd.org or call 410-313-6268.


TIPS AND IDEAS

Eating at Holiday Work Parties


 Appetizers and Hors d'oeuvres

* Get involved. There's usually a list for coworkers to volunteer to bring dishes for the party, so sign up! You can make a heart-healthy item, giving yourself at least one good option to enjoy.

* Come prepared. If the party is during lunch, eat a healthy mid-morning snack, such as an apple or a small handful of almonds. If the party is after work, enjoy a protein-packed lunch like grilled fish or chicken with a salad and then later in the afternoon have another high-fiber snack. If you're not too hungry when you go to the party, it will be easier to avoid overeating.

* Map it out. Avoid loading up on foods that are fried, buttered or have a lot of cheese and cream. Even though the portions may be small, these fat-laden bites can really pack a punch. Look for fruit, veggies and dip, whole-grain crackers, and baked or grilled items.


 Desserts

* Use the buddy system. By splitting a dessert with someone, you can cut the calories and fat in half and avoid being wasteful. It's a win-win!


 Beverages

* Mix it up. If alcohol is being served, alternate each glass with a glass of water. This will help reduce your thirst while filling your stomach and you'll consume fewer calories.

* Watch seasonal drinks. Many holiday beverages have so much added sugar, they may as well be a dessert. Keep in mind what else you've eaten; it may be best to enjoy these drinks on another day.


The American Heart Association has a Holiday Healthy Eating Guide with tips and recipes 

to help you through what can often be a difficult time of year. To view the guide, please visit

COMMUNITY RESOURCES, SERVICES AND EVENTS

Have you been searching for quality, affordable housing options in Howard County
Are you aware that living in Howard County is a reality for moderate income individuals and families?  
If not, you may be interested in the County's  Moderate Income Housing Unit (MIHU) program that offers apartments at reduced market rents and new homes at below market prices for moderate income individuals and families.   Maximum household income limits apply. For more information, interested persons should contact Lisa Jenkins at 410-313-6343 or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/housingmihu.htm. 
Applications are accepted during open enrollment periods in January, April, July and October each year.  

 

Behavioral health in the workplace is of prime importance and something that many businesses often neglect. Do you need resources to address this in your business? Please view the article at this link and contact psmelkinson@healthyhowardmd.org for help in locating resources.

http://news.rutgers.edu/qa/promoting-behavioral-health-workplace-makes-good-business-sense/20141116#.VGuxl_nF-VF

 

Maryland Calendar of Events offers numerous opportunities throughout the 

Central Maryland region. For offerings in December, please visit 
 
Small Business Majority is a national small business advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing small businesses today. They actively engage small business owners across America to drive smart public policy and get entrepreneurs the resources they need to thrive. For more information, visit www.smallbusinessmajority.org/
 
Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) offers many free resources. 
For a list, please visit www.welcoa.org/freeresources/.

December Health Observances

Safe Toys and Gifts Month  www.preventblindness.org  

World AIDS Day - December 1  www.worldaidscampaign.org/ 

National Influenza Vaccination Week - December 7-13  www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/ 


This newsletter is provided for informational purposes only.
Inclusion in this newsletter does not imply endorsement by 
Healthy Howard, Inc. or the Howard County Health Department.
For information on this newsletter and Healthiest Maryland Businesses, email psmelkinson@healthyhowardmd.org or call 410-313-6268.