Top Ways To Live a Long, Health Life!


There aren’t any shortcuts to living healthily; and life comes with no guarantees – but here is an interesting infographic from that illustrates some ideas that might see you living a healthier, longer life.




Arizona Rural Schools Association Conference – Working Together to Save Money

The Arizona Rural Schools Association (ARSA) brings together Arizona rural school officials each year to pool their resources in facing challenges unique to non-urban and often smaller school districts.  Their small size means each of them has to wear multiple hats and keep in touch with more areas of legal changes and responsibilities than a manager from a larger district who may be able to specialize more.  By meeting together for annual training, they can network best solutions while hearing specialized training otherwise unavailable to many of them.

This year’s conference was held from September 20-22, 2012 and named appropriately, “Constructing Greatness.”  Among the many informational speakers was keynote speaker Flip Flippen, author of the author of the New York Times and USA Today best seller, The Flip Side:  Break Free of the Behaviors That Hold You Back, released in May of 2007.

Flip Flippen, Best selling author and keynote speaker at ARSA

In addition, they had speakers on a number of topics including Bill Munch of the Valley Schools Management Group (VSMG) speaking on ways to save money and stay compliant on procurement issues.  Recently, the Valley Schools Management Group (VSMG) a group purchasing organization serving the public sector, hired Bill Munch to work on procurement issues.  VSMG, run by Tom Boone, offers Bill Munch to other organizations to assist them in their purchasing needs and information.

Bill Munch graduated from Arizona State University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Purchasing and Materials Management.  He has received certification as a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB).  He was the first President of the Greater Phoenix Purchasing Consortium of Schools (GPPCS), a purchasing cooperative comprised of over fifty school districts in Arizona.  He has also served as Vice President and is currently Membership Officer of GPPCS.  He has dedicated his entire career to the topic of public procurement and has a flawless record.

Bill currently serves on the Arizona Association of School Business Officials (AASBO) Board of Directors as Treasurer and is a certified Arizona Community College Instructor that regularly teaches the AASBO 4-Day Purchasing Classes and “Purchasing for Users”.  He is a member of the Capitol Chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (AZNIGP), has served on various committees and regularly presents at their conferences.  Bill has always been an active procurement advocate for Arizona public procurement entities.

Bill Munch

Congratulations to ARSA on another year, working together, to save money and resources!

H-PACT – Saving Money for Arizona Cities and Towns

H-PACT – The Health Insurance Plans for Arizona Cities and Towns, sponsored and endorsed by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns ( is a program administered through the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Group (VSEBT) which allows cities and towns in Arizona to group purchase employee benefits and other insurance.  Arizona has long enjoyed the benefits of its cities and towns working together on various projects and speaking with a unified voice.  H-PACT brings them the ability to save money by selecting either group purchasing options or purchasing individually.

By bringing together more employees into a purchasing entity, you can garner better services and lower prices.  It is the same reason that most state agencies use the state retirement system and the state employee benefits system rather than going out as individual agencies and all bidding separately.  Group purchasing also allows governments to shrink procurement costs.  Instead of a hundred separate entities working on their own, one group can act, cutting the work to around one percent of the previous efforts.

The strength of H-PACT is that individual cities and towns can pick and choose the services they utilize.  They do not have to go with a specific vendor or contract if they don’t wish.  It simply gives them more options and more leverage in the market than they had prior to creating H-PACT.

For more information on H-PACT, feel free to call Sheri Gilbert at 623-594-4370.

HPACT Program Information at the League Conference


League of Arizona Cities and Towns Honors VSMG for Gold Sponsorship


Is It a Cold or a Flu?

Many of us get colds and influenza or flu confused.  In addition, most people do not realize that both colds and flu are caused by a virus.  Viruses are NOT affected by anti-biotics.  You should not expect anti-biotics for cold and flu.  In fact, the best treatments are bed rest, lots of fluids, and zinc.  Zinc is the active ingredient in zycam, Airborne and other products.  Taking cheap zinc pills can reduce the severity and length of colds and flu significantly.  The reason you need fluids is kind of gross.  Over 90% of your mucus is water.  When you get congested, much of it goes into your stomach.  This can ruin your appetite and make you feel nauseous or full.  You can lose gallons of water this way and become quickly dehydrated, which can be life threatening.  So, force yourself to replace this liquid with lots of water, and maybe Gatorade or other sports drinks with electrolytes if you are not eating much.  Rest is your bodies way to relax and get better.












Some people do get post-viral infections.  Unfortunately, if your body is already fighting a virus, weak, maybe dehydrated and possibly full of mucus, it is a target rich environment for bacteria to jump in and attack.  The only time you should expect anti-biotics is if your doctor believes you have developed a bacteria based infection.

Here are some charts from various sources for you to look at to see if you have a cold or the flu.  In most cases, you should have it run its course in 7 to 10 days.  For the sake of others, please don’t roam around and spread your illness because you want to suck it up and do your job.  All you are doing is getting others sick.

Balsz Elementary School Recognized for Healthy School Environment

Balsz Elementary School in Phoenix will be celebrated their recent Silver Award status in the Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) on Thursday with a special visit from NFL Alumni

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Andre Wadsworth! The school has been focusing on creating a healthy school environment by implementing the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) program and following the guidelines set in place by the USDA’s HUSSC program.

FUTP60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to combat childhood obesity. FUTP60 helps students make positive changes in their schools by improving opportunities to consume nutrient-rich foods and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The program is customizable and non-prescriptive which makes it a great compliment to other school wellness initiatives (

The HUSSC is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and administered by the Arizona Department of Education, the initiative encourages all schools take a leadership role in helping students to make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime (

The Arizona Cardinals have partnered with the Dairy Council of Arizona to promote healthier school environments by encouraging kids to eat healthy including dairy and other nutrient rich foods and be active for 60 minutes a day.

“The Department of Education is proud of Balsz Elementary School District for achieving the Healthier US School Challenge Silver Awards!  This award demonstrates their commitment to excellence in setting a healthy school environment, promoting student learning and well-being for lifelong success.  We hope this will encourage other schools to follow their example in providing and being recognized for excellent nutrition and physical education programs,” said Superintendent John Huppenthal.

Local School Districts Focusing On Kidney Health

Many local school districts are taking advantage of a program provided through the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) to its public entity members in partnership with Davita at and the   Sheri Gilbert of Valley Schools is very happy to see the commitment to screening.  “It is great to see school districts interested not only in saving money on future health care costs, but also so committed to taking advantage of free programs to promote health for their employees.”

The Kidney TRUST aims to benefit the 31 million American adults estimated to be living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), as well as the 506,000 Americans with kidney failure who require dialysis or a kidney transplant.

CKD is a silent epidemic. It often has no symptoms until the kidneys begin to fail. However, CKD is usually treatable if detected early. In response to the epidemic, the TRUST is seeking to reduce the progression of CKD through free, rapid-screening in non-medical settings and to provide assistance to people affected by the disease.

The Chandler Unified School District will be hosting their Kidney Screening on 10/16/12. Scottsdale Unified School District has also been approved for the screening to be held in conjunction with their Health Fair Event on November 1st.   These screenings are at no cost to the districts.   This is a not for profit group and an application must be filled out and submitted to the board for approval and both districts were granted the approval for the screenings.   Approval for the Peoria Unified School District is pending.

Here are some helpful links for more information:

Men’s Health – Men Die Earlier

Men die earlier than women for a number of reasons, though the gap is not as wide as it once was.  Men are more susceptible to the number one killer – heart disease at a younger age, thought the odds are even after women reach menopause.  Here are some other examples from Medline Plus, A Service of the National Library of Medicine, of the National Institute of Health.

While the life-expectancy gap between men and women has decreased, it’s no secret that men still need to pay more attention to their bodies. Several things work against men. They tend to smoke and drink more than women. They don’t seek medical help as often as women. Some men define themselves by their work, which can add to stress.

There are also health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone. Many of the major health risks that men face – like colon cancer orheart disease – can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis. Screening tests can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. It’s important to have regular checkups and screenings.