How to Boost Your Metabolic Health to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Naturally

How to Boost Your Metabolic Health to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Naturally

Here are six modifiable lifestyle and nutrition practices to implement into your daily routine to support your cardiometabolic health. Metabolic health, or the proper function of our cells, tissues, organs and organ systems, is the cornerstone of heart disease prevention. However, only 12% of Americans are considered metabolically healthy, leaving the majority of people at risk for serious diseases like … Read More

The Benefits of Buying and Eating Local Foods


Why Eat What’s Down the Street: Part 1 A case for buying and eating local foods and how modern food production and transportation harms our health  Food, glorious food. But, how glorious can food be if most of it travels distances up to 1,500 miles from the farm to your dinner table, losing nutrients and gaining pesticides and herbicides along … Read More

Employee Benefit Trends to Watch and Implement in 2022


No matter what your thoughts are on the current U.S. labor market, it seems like the terminology, “The Great Resignation” or “The Great Reshuffle” is here to stay. There are varying opinions on what is causing the trend. LinkedIn’s chief economist, Karin Kimbrough, weighs in that “People have been living to work for a very long time. And [she thinks] … Read More

5 Ways to Help Your Employees Get Back on Track After The Holidays


The holidays can be a wonderful time to relax and reset, but they can also leave us feeling burnt out or unprepared to return to business as usual. No matter who you are, we all struggle in our own way to get back on track after time away from work. Here are some ideas to help your employees make the … Read More

The Importance of Human Connection

Health Benefits of Human Connection - Valley Schools

The fall and winter season is brimming with holiday and social gatherings. For some, these seasons are uplifting and bring renewed energy to the start of a new year. For others, they can increase feelings of depression and loneliness. Many of us fall somewhere in the middle. No matter where you are on the scale or what season it is, … Read More

Eating Healthy: Did You Taste The Rainbow Today?

Eating Healthy: Did You Taste The Rainbow Today? - Eating by Color - Valley School and WellStyles

“Taste the rainbow,” is a well-known tagline made famous by the multicolored candy, Skittles. But there’s a price to pay to taste this artificial rainbow, and the many other artificial food-like substances dominating our western diet. According to an article by Everyday Health, Skittles is able to achieve its vibrant color palette thanks to the additive titanium dioxide, a damaging … Read More

What to Look For in an Employee Benefits Consultant

What to Look For in an Employee Benefits Consultant - Arizona Public Sector Organizations - Valley Schools

Employee benefits, especially health and pharmacy, are confusing and costly. The complexity inherent in the system poses a challenge for your organization and for the employees who support your educational mission. The good news is, employee benefits provide great value to your operation that reaches far beyond financial concerns. With the right guidance, they can be hugely beneficial to your … Read More

Tips For Avoiding The Holiday Blues

Tips For Avoiding The Holiday Blues - Mental health during the holidays - Valley Schools Arizona

Many people experience feelings of anxiety or depression during the holiday season, even if they don’t struggle with mental illness year-round. A lot of seasonal factors can trigger these feelings, including less sunlight, changes in your diet or routine, increase in alcohol intake at social gatherings, inability to be with friends or family, and more. Any one of those triggers … Read More

Federal Procurement Compliance for Arizona School Districts


What’s Up with All These Federal Procurement Requirements for School Districts Anyway? By Bill Munch, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB *This article was previously published in The EDGE magazine, an AASBO publication. Before I start, I just wanted to briefly say how humbled I am to have been fortunate enough to be elected Vendor Representative on the AASBO Board.  I could not … Read More

Slow Down, Sugar: How to Reduce Your Daily Sugar Intake


“We now eat in two weeks the amount of sugar our ancestors of 200 years ago ate in a whole year,” -John Yudkin Despite all the information at our fingertips about its negative health effects, sugar remains one of the most widely consumed substances in the world, providing roughly 20 percent of our total intake of calories and nearly half … Read More