Welcome to our February update!    

I like February because it is the shortest month of the year, which means I don’t actually like February. I always wish I had a winter sport that I could embrace and therefore enjoy the colder months here in New England. Instead I’m counting down the days until spring, until the days get longer and the sun gets stronger. I hope you are outside skiing or snowshoeing or taking a cruise to a warmer climate. I hope you enjoy the Super Bowl and have friends and loved ones to cherish and celebrate on Valentine’s Day. Happy February!

— Courtney Hernandez, Wellness Manager

The Well Aware Self-Directed Activity Challenges

Now there are TWO ways to earn gift cards while staying fit and well! Find our Wellbeing Smorgasbord and Webinar Buffet in each Monthly Newsletter like 9-2-1-0 and Warning Signs for Prevention of Low Back Pain. We offer a variety of exercise, diet and wellbeing activities in self-directed and webinar formats. Each program includes educational information, tips and strategies. Only MIIA/Blue Cross subscribers are eligible for $125 worth of gift cards.

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Program of the Month


10-day Self-Directed Challenge Starting February 13

This program challenges you to make changes in three key areas of your life: diet, exercise and connection to yourself and others. Making changes in one health area often makes it easier to make changes in another. Though you can participate alone, we encourage participation with co-workers or family to reap more benefits and have more fun! Earn cool prizes.

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Webinar of the Month

Warning Signs for Prevention of Low Back Pain

Do you experience joint stiffness but ignore it and hope it will go away? Would you like to prevent low back pain before it starts? This 6-minute webinar helps identify your stiffness and underlying conditions before they hinder your daily activities. Demonstrations and tips to prevent stiffness from becoming pain in the future are included. Available February 1 through 28, 2023.

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What’s New at Ompractice

Ompractice is an interactive wellness platform offering over 100 classes weekly that are taught by a highly qualified and diverse teacher team and completely free to all employees and their immediate family members! Now when you log into your existing/new account, there are a few short questions that will enable Ompractice to make personalized class and instructor recommendations based on your preferences and goals.

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Managing Social Anxiety

Learn to Live

Social anxiety can hinder our ability to connect with others. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome it and attain a sense of belonging. Check out this Learn to Live article for more information about social anxiety and consider enrolling in a program that helps you identify what is causing the anxiety to persist and how you can experience a more fulfilling life through comfortable relationships. Learn to Live is open to all employees.

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Prevent Eye Strain with the 20-20-20 Rule

Lori Lambert-Osburn, MIIA Wellness Representative

The average American spends just over 7 hours in front of a screen daily. That translates into about 38 to 43 percent of folks waking hours. Eye strain can occur due to the lengthy screen time. Learn how the 20-20-20 rule can help prevent eye strain.

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How to Keep Your Family

New Year’s Resolutions (for real)


Have your family's new year's resolutions already lost their luster? Turning a goal into a habit can be challenging. Check out some quick tips here. Need more support for your kids? MIIA/Blue Cross subscribers with dependents age 18 months - 17 years have access to virtual therapy, psychiatry, & coaching for mental health challenges with Brightline.

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Walking in Massachusetts

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton

Every month we will feature a different walk highlighting the beautiful nature paths throughout Massachusetts. We will make some trail recommendations and suggestions on proper foot attire. We hope you enjoy these walks by yourself or with family, friends, or furry friends. This month visit Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton.

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Tandoori Glory Bowl

Source: Feasting at Home

A simple healthy sheet pan dinner: Tandoori spiced Cauliflower, chickpeas, red onion and optional chicken breast are roasted on one sheet pan, seasoned with fragrant and flavorful tandoori spice. Vegan and Gluten free! 

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