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AUGUST | 2016

ClearCost savings alert ClearCost is a service that enables you to save on your out-of-pocket expenses by shopping for health care services such as office visits, lab tests, radiology services and prescription drugs based on cost, quality and convenience. You shop for clothing, vacations, electronics and almost everything else in your life – why not shop for health care? You will be amazed at how much you can save without sacrificing quality. This service has been available to Resource members for just over a year and we’ve heard some amazing stories of savings. Most recently we heard from Barbara McFadden, the Kanabec County Attorney. “I so appreciate receiving this email. I went to my ClearCost account to see where I was wasting money. It turns out it was my perscription, which Walgreens is charging over $300 for, versus $172 at Cub! I just transferred my Rx. It’s ridiculous!”

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We’ve got a cool new tool to keep you motivated through the 2016 Wellness Incentive.

The email Barbara is referring to is a health savings alert. Once you sign-up for ClearCost they will email you when they find an opportunity to save you over $75. The biggest opportunity to save money comes from prescriptions and imaging services.

by Dan Weir Insurance/Risk Management Consultant

ClearCost is available to all members on the Resource Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota health plan, their spouses and dependents over age 18. Happy shopping!

There are 3,472 members in the city/ county insurance pool. Those members could have saved $589,559 over the last 12 months. That’s an average of $169 per person! Log in today at www. ClearCostHealth.com/ ResourceTraining to save on your own health care. If you have questions, call ClearCost from 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Central Time at (866)381-9961 or e-mail servicecooperatives@ clearcosthealth.com.

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Discover the Magic of Parenting through a new series of classes coming this fall

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Tools Towards Wellness To a healthier tomorrow

by Mark Schmitz CEO

As a service cooperative we continually research ways to better the health of our members. Healthy members can help people live a happier, more energetic lifestyle, help reduce healthcare costs, and lead to more productive employees. Here at Resource our wellness programs aim to achieve all these goals as well as serve as an incentive to help attract and retain employees. Research indicates more than ever, Millennials entering the work force are more often seeking employers who are interested in assisting them to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle through active wellness programs. This coming fall, we are looking to use technology to assist members to live healthier lives by introducing our Fitbit program. Members of our insurance program will be eligible for a free Fitbit if they choose to participate in various Fitbit challenges throughout the upcoming year. Wearable technology is beginning to prove to be a valuable tool in assisting people to monitor and achieve a healthier lifestyle. Here at Resource, we’ll be utilizing the technology created by Fitbit to help us in this endeavor. Look for an email this fall which will guide you through the process to choose a Fitbit of your liking and begin the road to a healthier lifestyle.

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Motivation made easy! 2016 Wellness Incentive

by Melanie Gothman Director of Administrative Services

We’re making changes to the Wellness Incentive Program for the 2016 year. The updated incentive is even easier to administer and members will end up with an amazing tool to use all year long. Pending approval from the Advisory Board, eligible members can earn a Fitbit when they register for a ClearCost Health account and agree to participate in a 6-week fitness challenge. We launched a similar program to our member schools in the spring and distributed almost 4,000 Fitbits within our service region. We learned a lot from that program and you get the benefit of a more streamlined process with more Fitbit options. The incentive will run from Sept.-Dec. and is available to organizations that participate in the health insurance pool and pre-register with Resource. If this program sounds like something your organization would like to participate in contact Melanie Gothman at mgothman@resourcetraining.com or call (320) 255-3236. Check out the steps below to see how the incentive will work:

Step 1

 reate an account with ClearCost Health and review your past C care to see how much you could save on health care.

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Submit the participation form online.

Step 3 You will receive an email from Resource containing a promotion

code to order your Fitbit. Go to the online Resource Fitbit Store to order. Shipping can take up to 10 days. Once all participants receive their Fitbits the 6-week fitness challenge begins. Details on the weekly challenges will come via email and the Fitbit app.

It’s confidential Your Fitbit is all about you. Nobody else will have access to your individual data. Resource and

your employer will only see non-personalized combined results based on all employee data logged. Resource will use the data to consider what health resources and programs will be most useful for our members in the years to come.

Who is eligible To earn this incentive you must be enrolled in the Resource Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance plan and be employed by the same organization at the time of Fitbit distribution. Not sure if you qualify? Check your insurance card, if you see the Resource logo in the top right corner you’re eligible!

Get started If this program sounds like something your organization would like to participate in have a point person contact Melanie Gothman at mgothman@resourcetraining.com or call (320) 255-3236.

Before the incentive begins, detailed instructions with links will be posted on the Resource website. We will also provide employers with a marketing flier and an email to help promote the incentive at your site.

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Discover the Magic of Parenting Parenting classes for 2016-17

by Peg Imhotle Parenting & Wellness Specialist

Resource is committed to investing in the communities we serve. The Family Education Program helps people meet the challenges of parenthood. Resource provides many training opportunities for families including day and evening sessions. See the list below for classes being held starting this fall:

The Good, The Bad and The Useful: Meeting the Needs of Children and Adults with ADHD Oct. 8, 2016 (6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.) Partially sponsored by A-D-A-MSM Toby Stumpf and his mother Dawn invite attendees to participate in a much-needed conversation about meeting the needs of students with ADHD. Speaking alongside his mother who is an educator, Toby, who is the author of “Journal of an ADHD Kid,” will share his perspective as a student, explaining “the good, the bad and the useful” when it comes to understanding and meeting the needs of students with ADHD. Michael Imholte will speak on adjustments made throughout his high school, college and professional years to succeed professionally. He will share how he learned to cope and strive through exercise, focus, and determination, and making a personal goal to finish what he starts. Dr. Gary Snead will provide tips on the best way to prepare before seeing a physician and what to expect and request as well as follow up. Emphasis will be placed on the team perspective including the diagnosed individual, the significant circle of friends and authority figures, the medical team and the pharmacist. Cosponsored by Attention Deficit Awareness of MN, Inc (A-D-A-MSM) There will be opportunities for questions and other interaction.

Coming later this year: GIST: The Essence of Raising Life-Ready Kids [9686] Oct. 18, 2016 (7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) Parenting the Love and Logic Way [9661] Nov 7 & 14, 2016 (5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) Parenting Teens [9522] Dec. 14, 2016 (1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.) 1-2-3 Magic [9662] Jan. 21, 2017 (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) Rage, Anger and Aggression in Children and Adolescents [9636] Jan. 24, 2017 (7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.)

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Parenting the Love and Logic Way [9794] Feb. 18, 2017 (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) Best YOU=Balanced YOU [ 9797] Feb. 27, 2017 (7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) Your Worried Child: Parent and Child Strategies to Reduce Anxiety [9796] Mar. 14, 2017 (7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) Parenting the Love and Logic Way [9664] Apr. 3 & 10, 2017 (5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) [9665] June 3, 2017 (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) Register online at www.resourcetraining.com


In the Neighborhood: Area fairs and festivals

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Crow Wing County Fair (Brainerd)..................................................Aug. 2-8 Benton County Fair (Sauk Rapids).................................................Aug. 2-7 Pine County Fair (Pine City)............................................................Aug. 3-7 St. Cloud: Sumertime by George.................. Wednesdays through Aug. 31 Braham Pie Day................................................................................ Aug. 5 Meeker County Fair (Litchfield).......................................................Aug. 4-7 Crosslake Outdoor Music Series......................... Saturdays, Aug. 6-Sept. 3 Bank Vista Movies in the Park (Sartell)............................................ Aug. 12 Choke Cherry Festival (Pequot Lakes)............................................. Aug. 13 Milacs Country Fair (Princeton)..................................................Aug. 10-14 Albertville Car Show...........................................................Aug. 11, Sept. 8 Rockford River Days..................................................................Aug. 12-14 Isanti Street Dance......................................................................... Aug. 13 Richmond Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival........................Aug. 11-14 Kimball Days..............................................................................Aug. 12-14 Wahkon Days............................................................................Aug. 17-21 Albertville Live Concerts...................................................Aug. 25, Sept. 22 Albany Pioneer Days.................................................................Sept. 16-18 Hackensack Chainsaw Competition.........................................Sept. 23-25 Isanti Movie Night............................................................................Oct. 21

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This spring Mille Lacs County held an Obstacle Race/5k. Pictured on the top left is the winning obstacle race team, the Bad News Barristers holding their Subway gift card prizes. Pictured on the top right is the most colorful team, the Undercover Superheroes! A great time was had by all! www.resourcetraining.com | 5


Spruce up this summer

with Cooperative Purchasing

by Anthony Farag Cooperative Purchasing Specialist

It’s not too late to get on the schedule for a roofing project with our valued vendor Tremco. Agencies using this CPC contract will receive: free spec development, materials with no tax or freight charges, no unforeseen change orders and the ability to choose local installers. Craig Hulbert is the guy who can help you get started. Call him at (612) 554-8662 or email him at chulbert@tremcoinc.com. Summer is the perfect time to reassess your building’s filter needs and Bob Harken with TriDim filters is ready to help you. He not only provides a free survey, he builds an order form following that survey that will show you all your filters by building. Tri-Dim has 25,000 items to choose from and there’s free delivery on orders over $250. Call Bob at (800) 544-009 or email him at bharken@tridim.com. You can save 30% on: paint, industrial coatings, non-certified roof coatings and paint tools. You’ll also save 12% on power equipment! Just go to your local Sherwin-Williams store and tell the staff you’re purchasing as a member of a local service cooperative through Cooperative Purchasing Connection. Call us at (888) 739-3289 if you have any questions. Your Cooperative Purchasing Connection currently has more than 60 vendors for you to choose from. Our categories include: technology equipment, buildings and grounds materials and services, office supplies, security solutions, athletic field needs, janitorial supplies, furniture and much more! We also know you have great ideas! That’s why we created a way for you to easily tell us what you need added to your purchasing options. Go to www.purchasingconnection.org and look on the left hand side for I wish CPC had... Shopping on Express and need to contact the vendor directly? No problem. Click the home button in the top left corner. Then find the vendor you need to get a hold of and click the document icon beneath their logo. This page includes the phone number and email for your contact.

Feel free to contact me with questions or to put you in touch with any of these suppliers. Contact afarag@ resourcetraining.com or toll free at (844) 335-3276.

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Mercury-containing athletic flooring Several area 1960-1990 era schools and community centers have a cushioned rubberized polyurethane flooring in their gyms or field houses that are likely to contain mercury. Mercury is a potent nervous system toxin that is especially dangerous for fetuses, infants and young children when vapor exposure occurs over a number of months or years. While the synthetic flooring color is typically tan it could be tinted to any color desired. The mercury was added to the poured rubberized flooring mixture to help hasten the curing-in-place process. The concentration of mercury is typically between 500 and 1,000 parts per million (ppm). Flooring with less than 20 ppm is unlikely to give off mercury vapor that could accumulate to levels of health concern. About ½ of the mercury continually off-gases as

vapor over a 15 year period and is able to contaminate surrounding materials including plastic or wood. The off-gassed mercury can be easily moved from our lungs to our bloodstream and then carried to the brain. Should you have a floor that meets this criteria you can have it sampled by the Resource Training & Solutions Health & Safety Department. In the meantime the area should be kept well ventilated especially during the late spring through early fall months as heat increases the mercury concentration of off-gassing. The Minnesota Department of Health advises to use mechanical ventilation, as merely opening doors and windows does not provide an adequate air exchange. Controlled ventilation can keep the level of mercury vapor to a concentration of 800 nanagrams

by Ron Wieber Director of Health & Safety

per cubic meter or preferably less which the Minnesota Department of Health considers safe for occupancy – even for occupants who breathe heavily during exercise. Removal of flooring containing mercury must be done under controlled and monitored conditions by trained workers and supervisors that follow regulatory requirements. Most of these floors can be disposed of in MN approved landfills as part of an approved industrial solid waste management plan. However floors with elevated mercury levels may require out of state disposal. For assistance in this area please contact Ron Wieber, Safety Director at Resource Training & Solutions rwieber@ resourcetraining.com or toll free call (888) 335-3276.

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