Welcome to our December update!    

It’s hard to believe it is December and that 2022 is coming to a close. We are so grateful at MIIA that we have been able to return to onsite wellness programming for our accounts, while still maintaining fun and varied Zoom programs. We are happy to see that Zoom classes continue to work for many of our members and we plan on keeping these as an option in 2023.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy holiday season. I hope everyone gets to enjoy time in person with family and friends this December.

— 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 Sit for 60, Move for 5 and Maintain Don’t Gain. 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

Sit for 60, Move for 5!

10-day Self-Directed Challenge Starting December 12

Take 5 minutes to improve your health and earn cool prizes with our free, 10-day, self-directed activity program. Moving for 5 minutes every hour can improve your health and longevity. Check out our videos for ways to boost your metabolism, burn calories and increase energy at work. 

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Webinar of the Month

Maintain Don’t Gain: Handling Holiday Stress

The holidays are a wonderful time. They are also a challenging time filled with temptations to over-indulge on comfort foods and seasonal treats. This webinar provides tips to handle holiday stress, so we aren't reaching for high sugar/high calorie foods to help us feel better. Lowering stress levels during the holidays isn’t complicated and can make this time of year even more joyous. Available December 1 through 31, 2022.

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Happier Mind. Happier Holiday. 


This time of the year can be joyful, stressful, or somewhere in-between. Delayed flight? Stressed about hosting this year? Missing your people? Taking a moment to reflect? Whatever you may need support with, Headspace is here to help you be kinder to your mind. MIIA is proud to partner with Headspace to provide access to their full library of resources to all MIIA Blue Cross subscribers + up to 2 dependents – for free. 

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Walking in Massachusetts

Chapel Brook, Ashfield

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 Chapel Brook in Ashfield.

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Quizzify2Go App

Quizzify2Go, the companion app to Quizzify, is designed for your phone, so you can have the right information when you or your loved ones get care. Learn how you can save money on emergency visits or see key questions for your doctor or dentist. Open to all employees.

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Ask the Nutritionist

My doctor suggested a hemoglobin A1C test for my high blood sugar. What type of test is this and should I be concerned?

Do you have questions about what to eat or anything related to nutrition and food? Our new "Ask the Nutritionist" column will answer these for you. Sandy Sarni, MS, RD, MIIA's Integrative Nutritionist, will answer a question each month to help you make healthy choices for you and your family. Please submit your questions to: ssarni@mma.org

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Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

Food Network

Try this festive dip for a healthy appetizer around the holidays. The red color of the dip will look beautiful on your holiday table and the walnuts in the dip provide healthy fats to boost brain function.

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