Medical Research: Truth or Myth?

Myth: All medical recommendations are made based on research that is up-to-date, and absent of error. Truth: Healthcare and medical research are flawed due to outside pressure and influence. If you have been following our myth-busters, then you are aware that the information in them does not always align with the recommendations that come from credible organizations like the American … Read More

Using Your Health Carrier’s Cost Comparisons Tool

That MRI Costs HOW MUCH?!  If you’ve been one of the unlucky ones who know how much a knee or chest MRI impacts your wallet, you probably have had an unfortunate experience of sticker shock. If you are on a PPO or Copay Plan, diagnostic testing isn’t something we think much about as it’s likely only a $20-50 dollar copay. … Read More

Leveraging Technology to Help Employees Understand Their Benefits

Is your district making the best out of your insurance benefits? Do your employees understand which healthcare benefits are needed for their family? Leveraging technology during open enrollment can connect the dots for employees in learning what benefits their employer offers and what the advantages of each can mean for them. With so much to look over, it may be … Read More

Meet Your Circadian Rhythm

By Lauren Ruegg, DNP The rotation of the earth results in a 24-hour light and dark cycle. All life on this planet has adapted and/or evolved with the exposure to daylight and darkness for hundreds of millions of years. Many of us know the circadian rhythm is responsible for our diurnal habits (sleeping at night, and wakefulness during the day).  … Read More

The Evolutionary Context of the Ketogenic Diet

By Lauren Ruegg, DNP The ketogenic diet has gained significant traction in the news, on social media, and even documentary production.  With its rising popularity, it’s hard not to wonder if this might be the answer we have all been waiting for to settle the never-ending diet war.  The truth is, “dieting” is not an eating behavior that is natural … Read More

Valley Schools: Wellness AtoZ Employer

Congratulations to Valley Schools and the WellStyles Program! The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation’s initiative, Wellness AtoZ, making Arizona and Greater Phoenix a healthy living destination, has recognized the affordable health insurance consultant Valley Schools and workplace wellness program WellStyles as a Wellness AtoZ Employer! Valley Schools offers affordable healthcare and wellness consulting in Arizona is now on board at the … Read More

Group Training: Fancy Your Fitness

Why do people continue to spend money on group fitness exercise classes when they have the ability to do a similar workout for free in the comfort of their own home? If you have ever started a home workout then found yourself growing bored, you are not alone! You may fall into the category of people who benefit from a … Read More

What’s the Doctor got to do with it?

“By far the most frequent drug used in general practice was the doctor himself. It was not the bottle of medicine or the box of pills that mattered but the way the doctor gave them to his patient.” -Michael Balint Have you ever considered how much influence the relationship with your health care provider has on your health? When selecting … Read More

Written Determinations and Rationale for Cooperative Purchases at Arizona School Districts

By Bill Munch, CPPO, CPPB Last year’s legislative session included a law that requires school districts to provide rationale when choosing specific cooperative contracts. Based on that statute, the procurement rules require a written determination to include that rationale.  Districts are now required to provide a rationale when selecting vendors on a cooperative contract. This will be an additional step … Read More

Welcome to Summer!

Valley Schools welcomes you to the Benefits Broadcast, showcasing timely topics and updates relating to your membership. We are passionate about serving our members and helping them live their best lives. Your Benefits Account Management and Wellness Team are always available to answer questions and provide detail on any of the topics and resources listed below. Health and Happiness from … Read More