Myth: Diet soda is better for you than regular soda

Myth: Diet soda is better for you than regular soda. Truth: Replacing regular soda with diet soda may be more problematic. It’s safe to say that most of us have accepted that soda and other sugar-laden beverages do not have a place in our diet. Research shows that consistent consumption of food items that spike blood sugar, such as soda, … Read More

Nutrition Facts Labels – MYSTERY SOLVED!

Have you ever noticed that a food label is generally only found on processed and packaged items? That is because whole foods – such as fruit, vegetables, fresh meat, and seafood – do not need a nutrition label since they do not contain any additional ingredients. It is wise to aim for a diet rich in these whole foods to … Read More

Is it Time for an Employee Benefits Consulting Tune Up?

Employee benefits packages are a tremendous component of public sector employer’s budgets, employee retention and recruiting efforts. An employer of 3,000 employees or more may need to budget upwards of 20 to 26 million annually towards employee health benefits. For our schools, this is an incredible amount of public funding and a crucial part of the overall budget spend. It … Read More

Myth: Fat causes heart disease and should be avoided.

Myth: Fat causes heart disease and should be avoided. Truth: Fat is essential and should not be avoided on the basis of heart disease fears. Fat has been a topic of concern for the last 40 years based upon the theory that increased fat intake is the primary cause of coronary heart disease (CHD). Between 1977 and 1983 the US … Read More

Here at Valley Schools & HPACT, we take springing into spring to heart!

February, March and April have been a whirlwind of activity for our Account Management and Wellness Teams. Take a look at some of the exciting ways we are supporting our members and their communities! Paradise Valley Unified Fun Run 5K Peoria Unified School District 5K City of Tolleson and Tolleson Elementary School District Whoopee Daze 5K Avondale School District Health … Read More

Myth: Eggs raise cholesterol and cause heart disease.

Truth: The cause of heart disease goes beyond cholesterol alone, and eggs do not increase heart disease based on conclusions of the most valid research studies available. If you weren’t already skeptical of the nutrition headlines before, reading that eggs might actually be bad for you may have put you over the edge. Your skepticism is valid and, although there … Read More

Healthier Employees = Healthier Insurance Programs & Budgets

When an employee misses work because they are sick, it’s a hardship on the employee and the employer. Absenteeism costs the employer money and time. From finding a substitute teacher, pulling assistance from another department to cover the gap, to shuffling deadlines and duties.  Presenteeism is also critically important and often overlooked. This is when an employee is physically at … Read More

The Health Benefits of Meditation

What if there was a tried and true solution to make you more positive, energized, productive, focused, as well as reducing your stress? Have you ever tried meditation? Simply being more connected and present in our daily lives may be the solution to feeling balanced, happy and grateful.   There are different meditation practices so it is important to find … Read More

A Testimonial from Jan Cordova

  Here at Valley Schools, we are a beneficial resource for you as an employer for your school district or other governmental agency. But don’t just take it from us, hear from one of our members… “I have had the pleasure of working with Valley Schools for several years and appreciate that they are right there in the trenches with … Read More

Weight Loss 101

With every New Year comes a slew of weight loss goals and fad diets. Unfortunately, both the goals and the diets often fall flat due to frustration associated with deprivation and/or a lack of results. Turn over a new leaf in 2019 by following these simple strategies for successful weight loss and gift yourself a more balanced diet in the … Read More