“Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.” –Kellie Elmore, author

Welcome to our July update!  
Wendy Gammons, MIIA Wellness/Health Promotion Manager  

As we head into the hottest month of the year, please be sure to read our article about sunscreen and make sure you are protecting yourself from the sun. Speaking of protection, we have another article on the dangers of EEE, check that out for tips on how to keep you and your family safe. Happy July!
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 Love Your Legumes and The Whole Story of Whole Grains. 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 the $50 or $75 Amazon gift card.
Program of the Month
Love Your Legumes
A 3-Week Challenge Starting July 12
Legumes are a uniquely rich plant source of protein, are high in dietary fiber, and supply an impressive array of vitamins and minerals, including iron. They also provide health-promoting antioxidants and phytochemicals. Not only do legumes provide many health benefits they provide benefits to the environment as well! Eat just ½ cup a day and earn cool prizes as well.
Webinar of the Month
The Whole Story of Whole Grains
We all know by now that we should be eating whole grains instead of refined grains. But why? What health benefits do they promote? What is considered a whole grain? This webinar will answer these questions on whole grains and also share some tips on portion control and the best way to prepare grains. Available July 1 to July 31, 2021.
Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible?
Sandra J. Sarni, MS, RD, LDN
MIIA Nutrition Coordinator

Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease, but there are many things you can do to slow the progression or even reverse it. There is no cure for diabetes, however, when lifestyle improvements bring blood sugar numbers down to normal levels, diabetes is controlled or in remission. Discover what you can do to stop or slow this disease.
Introducing a NEW Diabetes Support Program
We are pleased to offer the Good Health Gateway® Diabetes Care Rewards Program. Starting July 1, 2021, you and your dependents are eligible to participate if you are enrolled in a MIIA Health Benefits Trust sponsored health plan and have pre-diabetes or any type of diabetes. This program helps you lead a healthier life through effective management of your condition. And, when you meet the program requirements, you will receive your diabetes medications and supplies for $0 copays.
MIIA Wellness Videos Are Now at MIIAWinners.org
Enjoy unlimited, on-demand access to recorded wellness video content including fitness/exercise, nutrition, weight management, self-care, and more on an easy access portal. All you have to do is click on the below link and follow the directions to view the full library of wellness videos anywhere, anytime.
Sunscreen vs Sunblock
Courtney Hernandez, MIIA Wellness Representative
Although it isn’t unusual to hear the words sunblock and sunscreen used interchangeably, they’re actually two very different types of sun protection. Both sunscreen and sunblock provide protection from the sun, however, skin type should be a consideration when choosing the right product for you. Learn other considerations to select the correct protection before you go out in the sun.
Keep an Eye out for EEE
Tira Hanrahan, MPH, MIIA Wellness Representative

Eastern equine encephalitis, also known as “EEE”, is a rare and often fatal brain infection that can affect people of all ages. A person contracts the disease when they are bitten by an infected mosquito, usually found near freshwater, hardwood swamps. Learn more about EEE and precautions you can take to reduce you and your families’ risk of being bitten.
Recipe of the Month
Barley Cucumber Salad
This recipe highlights fresh summer herbs and refreshing cucumbers. Plus, it's a great way to get some whole grains! And it's a welcome addition to a potluck supper.

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