"March brings breezes loud and shrill,
Stirs the dancing daffodil."
Sara Coleridge, The Garden Year

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

March is designated as National Sleep Awareness Month, which provides us with an opportunity to look at our own sleep habits and search for ways to improve on the quantity and quality of sleep we get. Eating right and exercising are used to maintain good health, but sleep can also affect one's wellness. MIIA’s partner, Learn to Live, is offering a fun sleep Challenge for the month of March. Check out the information below to learn more.
March is also National Nutrition Month! Our webinar buffet this month features our fabulous chef and registered dietitian Lori Lambert-Osborn who is demonstrating how to cook dishes from around the world.

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 MIIA Meditation Challenge and National Nutrition Month 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.
Program of the Month
The NEW MIIA Daily Meditation Challenge
10-day Self-Directed Activity Starting March 14
Meditation has grown in popularity due to its well-researched benefits, including decreasing stress, heart rate, breathing rate, anxiety and improving concentration, mood, sleep and resilience. Meditation, used in conjunction with other healthy lifestyle habits, like exercise, a healthy diet and sleep can have a profound positive effect on your health. It is easy to learn and only takes a few minutes a day. Give it a try and earn cool prizes as well.
Webinar of the Month
National Nutrition Month
Join Registered Dietitian Lori Lambert-Osburn and celebrate National Nutrition Month as she explores a World of Flavors! Lori demonstrates how to make Muhammara, a Syrian appetizer similar to hummus with an added kick. Also, Lori cooks an Ethiopian Sweet Potato, Cabbage and Lentil Stew and finishes up with the classic French crepe. Learn about the culture and flavors of different countries as you expand your culinary skills! Available March 1 through 31.
Employee EAP Services

Did you know that all employees have access to free services through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)? The EAP can help with numerous concerns like home buying, retirement planning, eldercare and so much more. Click below to learn more and take advantage of this great resource.

Sleep Awareness Month
Learn to Live
March is Sleep Awareness Month. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, check out Learn to Live’s digital Insomnia program. Click below to learn more.
March Sleep Challenge
Learn to Live
Need an added incentive to get a good night's sleep? Enroll in one of Learn to Live's programs during the March Sleep Challenge and you'll be entered to win an Amazon gift card. Click below to learn more.
MIIA Wellness Telephone Coaching
Did you know MIIA/BCBS subscribers are eligible for up to 10 free coaching sessions each year? Coaching sessions are scheduled over the phone at your convenience. One of our certified wellness coaches can help with any number of items you wish to tackle, from weight loss to better sleep to getting more organized. Click to learn more about each MIIA Wellness Coach.
Celebrate a World of Flavors
Lori Lambert-Osborn, MS, RD, RYT and Sandra J. Sarni, RDN, MS, MIIA’s Integrative Nutrition Coordinator
“Celebrate a World of Flavors” is this year’s National Nutrition Month theme. Food is used to celebrate holidays, rituals, and family gatherings throughout the world. We can broaden our view of the world by embracing global cuisines. In the process, our diets can be diversified and enhanced. Discover ways to introduce a whole new range of authentic flavors and foods into your day, meals, and life.
Recipe of the Month
Emerald Hummus Dip with Fresh Herbs

This spinach and herb hummus is as easy as it is green. Serve with dippers like toasted tortilla chips and veggie sticks. For extra wow this St. Patrick’s Day choose all green veggies for dippers, such as cucumber, celery, and snow peas.
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