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July 2018

July is Melanoma Awareness Month 


Since skin cancer is the world’s most common cancer, it goes without saying that it affects people all around the world. What is less obvious, however, is that anyone regardless of age, skin tone or race can develop the disease. It’s true that people with darker skin tones have more melanin, the natural pigment that gives their skin some protection against sun damage. This only helps to a certain extent. People of color are not immune to skin cancer. 
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone practice a monthly head to toe self examination of their skin, so that they can find any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous. Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable. Learn about the warnings signs of skin cancer and what to look for during a self examination. If you spot anything suspicious, see a doctor.  
Protect your eyes - Sun damage to eyes can occur anytime during the year, not just in the summertime, so be sure to wear UV-blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats whenever you're outside.

Even on cloudy days the sun's rays can pass through haze and thin clouds.

June 2018

June kicks off the 2018 Men’s Health Month! This annual awareness period is dedicated to education and activities on the health and wellness of men and boys. This year, Men’s Health Week is celebrated, June 11-17, ending on Father’s Day. Awareness and early intervention are both key in preventing most chronic diseases impacting men, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and many types of cancer.   For more: Have a happy and safe summer!  For additional information see the attached newsletters from  FHCP and Florida Blue !

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May 2018

May is a month for Remembering!  We remember our Nurses (6th), Teachers (8thth), our Mothers (13th), our Armed Forces (19th) & those who lost their lives in service to their country (28th). These are important days that allow us to recognize the contributions of others, so be sure to say thank you to them!! 
It is also a month to remember YOU.  This month is National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month; did you know that approximately 78 million Americans, 1 in 3 adults, has High Blood Pressure?  Fight this “silent killer” and get checked!  You can find information on Blood Pressure and ways to improve it by going to theAmerican Heart Association’s page (click).  Get the facts and make changes to your life that really matter!!
We will be having an onsite seminar sponsored by FL Blue entitled,“Beyond The Stress Ball” on May 16th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Building 140 (UCF), Room 305. 
Come learn some practical tools to help battle stress and better your quality of life – Limited to 40 participants. See the attached flyer for more information and/or click here to register.
Attached you will find Wellness Newsletters from Florida Blue & Florida Health Care Plans for your reading pleasure!
Your Employee Benefits Department
Bldg. 100, Room 306
Ext. 3083


In an effort to lead to a better you, March is National Nutrition Month. Eat Right!

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. 

"Go Further with Food” is the theme for 2018, and its importance is timely for many reasons. Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste. This year's theme for National Nutrition Month® encourages us to achieve the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, but it also urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you "Go Further with Food", while saving both nutrients and money.

Key Messages:

- Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.

- Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.

- Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.

- Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.

- Continue to use good food safety practices.

- Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.

- Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.

Happy March ~ Attached are our monthly wellness newsletters from Florida Blue, Florida Health Care Plans, and our own DSC Falcon Fitness! Summaries listed below.  

Florida Blue (PPO) Better You Pursuit newsletter features:

  • Eating Well! It’s a lifestyle
  • Ask the Dietitian
  • Recipe: Cauliflower Cranberry Superfood Salad

Click on the following link and select the Florida Blue Center nearest you, and check the activities calendars for great wellness programs.

Get even more great health and wellness information and stay in the know with the Florida Blue blog:

FHCP (HMO) Wellness newsletter features:

  • Volusia County Corporate Cup Challenge
  • Community Events/Activities ( March to Get Screened 5K, 4ever Fitness 5K, Running with Chromies 5k)
  • Gym List
  • Member Education Opportunities
  • Dr. On Demand
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Enough Sleep???
  • Colon Cancer
  • St. Patty’s Day Wellness
  • Recipe: Warm Chorizo and Chickpea salad

DSC Falcon Fitness Newsletter features:

  • Eat Well. Be Well
  • Creating Healthier Lives
  • Group Fitness Class Schedules
  • Fitness & Aquatic Center Operational Hours

FACEBOOK “Likes” Challenge of 100!!!

Please note:  FHCP has a new Member Portal.  The portal includes the ability to choose a physician, refill a Rx, print member cards, view claims, and much more!  Instructions to login.

For more information, visit our website:


2017 Breast Cancer
This October, Daytona State College is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.
If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.
Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms. 
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.  The attached monthly wellness newsletters from Florida Blue & Florida Health Care plan continue this important awareness campaign.
Happy October ~ There are a lot of Benefits activities in October:  Open Enrollment, Health Assessments (PHA), Flu Shots & more! For more information, visit our website:
 employee benefits

Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still are not getting enough! This September, Daytona State College is proud to participate in Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month. 

Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you:

  • Lower your risk for heart disease and some types of cancer
  • Maintain or reach a healthy weight
  • Keep your body strong and active

Here are some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day:

  • Keep a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it.
  • Cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they are ready for quick, healthy snacks.
  • Challenge your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week.
  • Remember, eating more fruits and veggies can be fun – and it is worth it!

DSC will offer free Flu Shots in October for all employees covered by the College’s medical insurance plans. 

Watch for information regarding the date & time! 

Be sure to check out the health tips, recipes & other great information in the Florida Blue & Florida Health Care Plan Newsletters.

Happy September – Eat More Fruits & Veggies…More Matters!

Your Employee Benefits Department
Bldg. 100, Rm 306 – Ext 3083, 4404
Additional links
Fruit & Veggie Flash Cards
My Plate Daily Checklist Calculator
How to Use Fruits & Vegetable to Manage Weight Loss
Super Tracker
Fruit and Veggies Activity Book

May 2017 

employee benefits

A. National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month 

i. What Is High Blood Pressure? 
ii. Blood Pressure Instructions 
iii. How to Improve Your Blood Pressure
iv. Change Your Salty Ways
v. Sodium Reduction

B. Skin Cancer Awareness

i. SPOT Skin Cancer Powerpoint
ii. Is Your Skin Looking Good?
iii. Who’s Got Your Back? 
iv. How to Spot Skin Cancer
v. How to Select Sunscreen

 April 2017 

employee benefits

Put Your Best Fork Forward for Nutrition Month 2017

A comprehensive wellness/fitness facility is available to employees who have successfully passed their probationary period and a routine physical exam. 

For additional details, please contact the Fitness Center at (386) 506-3838.

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