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Cold & Flu Season is Upon us

Where Should I Go to Get Care Right Away

Emergency room wait times are at an all-time high, and ER visits can cost more than you think. Why is this? One reason is that many people use the ER without knowing that alternatives exist. If you’re not having a true emergency, you can get quality care without visiting the ER.*By using walk in Centers instead of Emergency Rooms saves you money and saves us money.*The Walk in Center office copay is the same as a specialist office visit copay $15!

Go to a walk-in center.

If your doctor isn’t available in a non-emergency situation, walk-in centers may meet your needs with extended hours, weekend hours or quick availability. No appointment or referral is needed; just walk in. The centers typically treat a variety of non-life-threatening issues including minor lacerations, minor burns, sprains and strains, sports injuries, sore throats, earaches and flu.The wait times are generally far shorter than in an emergency room, and your out-of-pocket expense can be significantly less.

No appointment or referral needed.

Walk-in centers can provide care for a variety of injuries and illnesses. Anthem has a network of participating centers that can often save you time and money compared to an emergency room. Simply choose the center closest to you and walk right in.

Emergency room rule of thumb.

Call 911 or go to the emergency room if you think delaying care could put your health at serious risk.

Thanks and stay well!

Healthy Recipe Wellness Challenge

Foods we grow up eating become part of the fabric of our diet, often influenced by our family’s history and culture. Many cuisines offer dishes which include a variety of foods from all five food groups. Fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and protein come in all sizes, shapes, colors and flavors. Including the foods you prefer from each group will help you personalize your plate to your tastes. Also, focusing on a variety of foods from each of the food groups will help you get the nutrients needed for good health.

While familiar foods are comforting and tend to shape our dietary habits, part of the excitement and joy of healthy eating comes from exploring new foods and sharing culinary traditions with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.

Are you ready to explore and experiment with healthy snacks and meals?

Our next Wellness Challenge begins on Monday January 30th and will run for 2 weeks.

What do you need to do?

1) Pledge to eat 2 healthy snacks or meals during the Challenge and check out this link: EATRIGHT.ORG

Sign up on this link

*you will earn one chance in the incentive drawing.

2) Post a healthy recipe or meal here on this link

*you will earn 2 chances in the incentive drawing

3) post a recipe that you enjoy , is a culture tradition or you are famous for on this link:

*you will earn one chance in the incentive drawing

Incentives are:   Ninja Blenders

2023 Spring Wellness Workshops

Feeling burnt out? Looking for support?

StrengthenME, Maine Department of Education Schoolsite Wellness, and Workforce EAP are partnering to provide educators and school staff with FREE wellness workshops and confidential coaching sessions.

Join any or all of the 30-minute wellness workshops every other Thursday at either 7:15 a.m. or 3:15 p.m., running March – May

Upcoming workshops are all accessible via the following Zoom link:​92044240077


Description:  Now, more than ever, our ability to stay calm is being put to the test. In this workshop, we’ll explore strategies for de-escalating ourselves and others, putting our mind ahead of our emotions to succeed as individuals and as part of a larger community.


Description:  It isn’t always easy to ask for help, particularly when you’re used to being the helper. This workshop explores common barriers to seeing help and offers strategies to effectively and mindfully ask for and receive the help you need.


Description:  Holding on to things we can’t control can cause us a great deal of stress and unhappiness. It also keeps us from growing and living our lives freely. This workshop explores strategies for letting go and includes a 10-minute guided mindfulness practice.


Description:  Setting boundaries is an important part of establishing one’s identity and is a crucial aspect of mental health and well-being. This workshop reviews ways to set healthy emotional boundaries and ways to navigate boundary setting effectively.


Description:  In this workshop, we’ll explore the idea of Monkey Mind and how the demands of life impact our ability to experience a quiet mind. We will review ways to quiet the mind, and practice using mindfulness to slow racing thoughts.

Direct any questions to Ariele Worrall

Individual Work/Life Coaching

Access 1:1 confidential coaching with a licensed mental health counselor to assist with stress and to explore wellness options and resiliency. Up to six 50-minute sessions, conducted via Zoom or phone.

To inquire about or schedule a session, please send an email toStrengthenME@northernlight.orgor call1-800-769-9819.