new years resolutions for 2015 or 2016

Three last-minute, healthy resolutions for 2016

“Should old acquaintance New Year’s resolutions be forgot, and never brought to mind?”

Soon the tune of “Auld Lang Syne” will be heard across the globe as people ring in the new year. (Wasn’t it JUST Halloween?) Like many people, you probably made a resolution to be healthier in 2015. And, like many people, that resolution may have fell by the wayside after the first few months of the year.

Don’t worry! We’re going to help you finish the year on a healthy note. Here are three easy options you can complete before the clock strikes midnight on 2015.

Prioritize your health

Do any of these things as an easy first step to put your health first:

  • Get your flu shot
  • Call your doctor’s office to schedule your annual checkup
  • Take a brisk, 30-minute walk

Make a new, healthy recipe

like this portabella tacos recipe. BCBSKS members – if you’re looking for recipe inspiration, be sure to check out the WebMD portal in BlueAccess®.

 Portabella Tacos Recipe


  • 4 medium portabella mushrooms, stems removed and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano flakes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 medium zucchini, cut into matchsticks (about 2 inches long and 1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 8 corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded, reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup salsa of your choice


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Add mushrooms, oregano, oil, salt and pepper (if desired), zucchini sticks and onion slices to large bowl. Toss to blend well.
  • Spoon mixture evenly into a jellyroll pan (line it with nonstick foil if you have it). Place pan in oven and let vegetables roast, tossing occasionally, for about 30 minutes.
  • Soften tortillas by wrapping them in a damp cloth and heating in the microwave for about a minute. Or, you can warm them in a nonstick frying pan (use a little canola cooking spray if you like).
  • Fill each tortilla with mushroom mixture, some shredded cheese, and salsa.


4 servings (2 tacos each)

Nutritional Information:

Per serving: 309 calories, 15 g protein, 40 g carbohydrate, 12 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 6 g fiber, 370 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 33%.

© 2006 Elaine Magee

Get health insurance coverage for 2016

There’s still time to buy health insurance coverage for 2016. The penalty for not having health insurance in 2016 increases to $695 per adult and $347.50 per child under 18 OR 2.5% of your household income – you’ll pay whichever is higher.

  • Jan. 15, 2016: The last day to enroll for coverage that begins Feb. 1
  • Jan. 31, 2016: The last day to enroll for 2016 coverage

You can purchase your health insurance two ways. Visit to purchase a plan from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.


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