Health & Wellness News Archive

Read past issues of the Health & Wellness News, featuring information about your health benefits, wellness tips and resources, insprational stories from our members, and more. Look for more stories like these periodically in the CPG Connect quarterly newsletter.

Summer 2020

Maintaining Your Financial Course

by Larry Dresner, ChFC

The world has changed a lot since this article last appeared in our Summer 2017 edition. Here are a few suggestions to help you stay on a good track.

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An Immune Boosting Lifestyle

by Krishna Dholakia, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN

While social distancing and hand-washing are the best ways to protect your health, small changes to your lifestyle have been shown to help strengthen your immune system.  

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Living into God’s Work: Chaplains to the Retired

by The Rev. Laura V. Queen

The Church Pension Group’s Chaplains to the Retired program helps us to provide passionate care for our retired members and their beneficiaries—and we are grateful.

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Healthcare Online: Health Plan Telehealth Platforms vs. Virtual Visits

There are two ways active members (and their dependents) who are enrolled in a Medical Trust health plan can access a healthcare provider besides an in-person office visit. Learn more about these options.

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SilverSneakers Goes Digital

The health and fitness program can help retirees enrolled in a Medical Trust Medicare Supplement Plan to stay active with virtual activities at no additional cost to you.

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Recovering Benedict

Recovering Benedict: Twelve-Step Living and the Rule of Benedict, by John Edward Crean, Jr., entwines the principles of the Rule of St. Benedict with the recovery steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to nurture our physical and spiritual well-being.

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Healthy Recipe

Chocolate Avocado Chia Pudding

Who says desserts can’t be healthy? Enjoy this silky pudding that’s rich in flavor and omega-3s!

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Spring 2020

Finding Resilience in a Chaotic World

Too much stress can have a negative effect on our health, but there are ways to cope.

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Challenges and Joys of a StoryCorps Interviewer

by the Reverend William M. King

Retired Episcopal clerics tell my wife, Pat, and I their stories. What a gift StoryCorps is to us chaplains!

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Member Story

by the Reverend Ian Burch

A local CPG weekend training got me to make small physical and financial changes that have led to substantial positive outcomes.

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Your Vision Benefits – Know Before You Go

Take advantage of EyeMed’s Know Before You Go cost estimator.

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Healthy Recipe

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Spice up your spring with this Jamaican dish that’s bursting with flavor!

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Winter 2020

Build Your Sleep Confidence

by Krishna Dholakia, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN

Sleep. When we get enough of it, we feel great! When we don’t, our moods and our behavior can deteriorate. Here are some tips that may help improve your bedtime habits.

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Resetting Your Financial Behavior

by Janet Todd, PhD

I had fallen for one of the oldest marketing tricks—urgency—enticing me to act right away, before time ran out. How often has this happened to you?

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Blessed Be the Ties That Bind

by the Reverend Martha Horne

Our social relationships really do play a major role in both our health and our happiness, according to an 80-year-long Harvard study. Not only do they improve the quality of our lives, but their absence can be dangerous.

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Now Estimate Your Pension on MyCPG Accounts

Curious about what you’ll be able to afford in retirement? Now, if you have a defined benefit pension plan with us, you may be able to estimate your income on MyCPG Accounts.
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Grace Is a Pre-existing Condition: Faith, Systems, and Mental Healthcare
by David Finnegan-Hosey. Reviewed by Milton Brasher-Cunningham

As the conversations around mental health continue in this country, we are coming to a greater understanding of the association between spirituality and mental well-being.

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Healthy Recipe

Classic Honey Flan

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this healthier version of a Latino dessert classic!

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Fall 2019

Ways to Spot, Avoid, and Report Imposter Scams

by Colleen Tressler, Senior Project Manager, FTC – DCBE

October is Crime Prevention Month—a good time to learn how to avoid falling prey to scam artists.

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Focus: A Meditation for the Holidays

by Ardelle Walters, MS, LPC, YTT-200

A personal reflection: I had thought focus was an activity, a way to get something done. But instead it was a shedding of untruths by way of gratitudes and breaths.

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The ABCS of Heart Health

by Claire Olgren, MD

Do you know your ABCS?

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Annual Enrollment

This is an important opportunity to review your health plan options to ensure they continue to meet the needs of both you and your family.
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Book Look

Dancing from the Inside Out

Immerse yourself in reflections and meditations, both poignant and humorous, on life and aging.

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Healthy Recipe

Fish Simmered with Ginger and Tomatoes (Pesang Isda)

This light and delicately ginger-flavored Filipino fish soup will warm you on a chilly autumn day.

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Summer 2019

Chair Exercises for Your Summer Travels

by Krishna Dholakia, MS, RD, CDE, CDN

Traveling can be a pain—literally! Here are some seated activities you can do to reduce discomfort and stiffness, and improve circulation.

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Don't Let Your Summer Vacation Affect Your Finances!

by Pattie Christensen, ChFC®, RICP®

Whether your vacation is a few days at the beach or a week in Paris, don’t let the dog days of summer affect your finances.

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Share Your Story

by the Rev. Laura Queen

We are people of the story, creating our stories, living our stories, sharing our narratives. Stories are the foundation of our identity, and your stories of ministry and those of our retirees are more valuable than you may realize.

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MyCPG Accounts—Quick, Convenient, and Safe

In addition to viewing your benefits, you can now update your address, phone number, email, and other personal information all online.
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Book Look

In Conversation: Rowan Williams and Greg Garrett

Join Rowan Williams and Greg Garrett for this second volume in the “In Conversation” series where they discuss everything from raising teenage boys to baking bread to Shakespeare.

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Healthy Recipe

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This colorful, zesty, and satisfying side dish, created by middle school students, can hold up at any summer BBQ or picnic!

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Spring 2019

Make the Most Out of Social Security

by Laurence Dresner, ChFC

It will be one of your major sources of retirement income. Yet you might not know how to maximize your benefit, or what would reduce it. April is Social Security month. Learn the basics now.

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Three Reasons to Schedule Your Annual Physical Exam

By Krishna Dholakia, MS, RD, CDE, CDN

No one loves getting a physical, and it only takes place annually. But learn why it’s one of the smartest things you can do to stay well.

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The Key to Well-being in Retirement? Other People.

By Linda Trum LICSW, Ph.D.

More and more, our American culture fosters social isolation over meaningful personal relationships—relationships that become even more critical as we get older. What can we do? Here is some advice.

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Accessing Your Health Plan on the Go

Yes, there’s even an app to make it easier to find doctors and facilities, review your coverage, track claims, access your ID card (even email or fax it), and much more. Get the app for your plan.
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Book Look

Living the Way of Love

Spring! — A time to start new projects, think new thoughts, and form new practices for seeking and finding a deeper connection to God. In Living the Way of Love, Mary Bea Sullivan shares stories to help you explore what you could be doing.

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Healthy Recipe

Zucchini Veggie Frittata

Get a little Spring in your step with this protein-rich recipe that showcases fresh eggs, peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini.

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