Another year gone by. Some of us are happy; some can’t wait to hail in 2016. No matter where you sit with 2015, it is worth reflecting on what has been. Here are some questions to ponder as you close out the year…

  • What happened in 2015 that you will remember for the rest of your life?
  • What are you most proud of accomplishing?
  • What do you wish you had done more of … or less of?
  • What was the biggest risk you took?
  • What was the smartest decision you made?
  • What was the most unexpected joy or obstacle?
  • What was the nicest thing someone did for you?
  • What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
  • What would you change about 2015, if you could?
  • What was the biggest personal change you made?
  • How has your wellness journey changed?
  • Who or what had the biggest impact on your life?
  • How are you different this year than last?
  • What are the top three fun or exciting events you participated in?
  • What do you need to let go of?
  • Pick three words that describe 2015 for you
  • Ask your significant other to choose three words that he/she thinks describes your year … discuss!
  • For what are you most grateful?

Share your favorite question(s) you like to reflect upon at the end of the year.

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Hunger Wars?

Fruits and Veggies

Having small wars when you try to get fruits and veggies into your family’s meals? It can be a buzz kill for kids to see half their plate covered in veggies when they’ve been eyeing the bread… Don’t give up! There are many ways to supplement your family’s diet with fruits and veggies – without bringing down the house. Here are some tips to make it more fun!

Read this month’s Success Story – The Hunger Games, Family Edition
Get the family involved – go to the local Farmers Market; have family members choose a new veggie each week
Keep fruits/veggies on hand and in supply, washed and ready to eat
Make low-calorie dips and spreads from yogurts, seasonings, and herbs. It makes veggies more fun!
Put fruits and veggies in a smoothie or frosty treat
Add veggies to mashed potatoes or soups

Share tips to make fruits and/or veggies a fun and welcomed part of your family’s day. Making a comment to this post will automatically enter you into a drawing for WaterPark Tickets!

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Make a comment on this blog post by 10:00 a.m. on 6/25/15 by answering the question, “What tips do you have to make fruits and veggies a fun and welcomed part of your family’s day?”… You must be a State of Idaho employee to win tickets. Winners will be posted on Health Matters Health Tools webpage on 6/26/15.

This is a great way to get ideas and to share what works. Join in the conversation. You could be a winner!

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Are you a sitting target?

Sitting Target

I was talking with a group of women last week about breast cancer. It seems the majority fell into two groups…”I don’t want to hear any more about breast cancer; I am sick of it” and “I am scared to death; I don’t want a mammogram – I just hope for the best”. I can appreciate both perspectives but doesn’t it just make us sitting targets? Cancer feeds on ignorance and fear; they are cancer’s allies.

Idaho has a low mammography screening rate and we need to change that. Please know that you don’t have to participate in a cancer walk, you don’t have to wear pink, you don’t have to pledge support, you don’t have to listen to surviviors. All you have to do is get a mammogram. No more excuses. Make the call; get it done.

For breast cancer resources, visit Health Matters. For financial assistance with a mammogram, visit Women’s Health Check and Operation Pink Bag.

Do you have a breast cancer story you would like to share?

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Being last isn’t good.

In 2011, Idaho had the lowest breast cancer screening rate in the United States. More than 1/3 of Idaho women over the age of 40 did not receive important breast cancer screening. Girls, GIRLS, GIRLS! Get in the game. If you are over 40, read the guidelines, get screened. Grab your Blue Cross of Idaho ID Card and call the Customer Service number on the back; ask about your preventive screening coverage. Don’t put it off. When you finish reading this post, make the call. Early detection literally means the difference between life and death. I know it’s uncomfortable, inconvenient, and takes time. So does cancer treatment; I know. You may think you have better things to do, but really you don’t. Being last isn’t good. Make your appointment. Now.

Read this month’s Success Story. For more resources on breast cancer detection and screening, see Health Matters and Operation Pink B.A.G.

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