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Employee Benefits Monthly Newsletter


September 2020

In This Issue...

  • Heads up – Open Enrollment is Coming
  • Self-Care Awareness Month
  • National Suicide Awareness Month
  • Home Cooking Safety Tips
  • Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Recipe

Heads Up: It’s almost Open Enrollment time

Open Enrollment for CNM benefit plans takes place in October. It is a good opportunity and time to review your benefit plans and your beneficiaries. Benefits will send out email communications with information about what to expect and what action is needed for this year’s Open Enrollment. Be on the lookout for these communications at the end of September. Please take the time to read through the emails, and email us at benefits@cnm.edu if you have any questions.

Self-Care Awareness Month

Self-Care Awareness Month is a time dedicated to remind us to take care of ourselves first and foremost. We tend to put others’ needs before our own, and we neglect to care for ourselves. While getting a massage or taking a walk are a couple of ways to care for ourselves, there are so many other options for self-care. Self-care is not self-centered nor selfish. Use this month to make self-care a part of your routine – practice being good to yourself.

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September is National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month

This month brings awareness to a topic that is not often discussed. Everyone is affected by suicide, not just the victim. Family and friends are impacted long after the loss of a loved one. Some people who commit suicide suffer from depression. Not all people who suffer from depression show signs, so learning and understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental illness is an important way to take part in suicide prevention and awareness.

CNM provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which provides free counseling for employees and members of their household. If you or a family member living at home with you need to talk with a counselor, please contact ComPsych at 1-844-236-4493. All sessions are confidential. CNM does not receive any details of who uses the services. You can find out more information about the EAP program at our Benefits SharePoint site. If someone you know needs emergency assistance, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Source: suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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Home Cooking Safety

During this pandemic, families are cooking more at home instead of eating out at restaurants. It is important to be aware that the number one cause of home fires and injuries is because of unattended cooking.

Here are a few tips from the National Fire Protection Association on cooking safety:

  • Be alert. If you are sleepy or consumed alcoholic beverages, don’t use the stove.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire:

  • Just get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 911 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Source: nfpa.org


Did you know - September is also National Chicken and National Rice month?

In observance, here is a recipe for you to try - Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. And remember to practice cooking safety tips!

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20 mins Servings: 6 – 8 Ingredients: 2 Chicken Breasts 2 Carrots – Sliced 1 Celery – Sliced 3 Green Onions – Sliced 1/4 cup Frozen Peas 2 Cloves Sliced garlic 2 15 oz cans Chicken Broth 1 Box Wild Rice


  • Prepare 1 cup store brand Wild Rice per instructions on label using chicken broth to replace water.
  • While rice is soaking, cube skinless chicken breast into 1/2″ cubes
  • Dice carrots, celery and green onions into 1/8″ slices. Set aside.
  • Dice garlic into 1/8″. Set aside.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil or frying oil to a medium skillet. Add chicken and garlic and cook thoroughly (about 8 minutes).
  • Add remaining chicken broth and veggies to a soup kettle. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer.
  • Add frozen veggies and rice. Mix well.
  • Simmer 20 to 30 minutes. Stir frequently.

Source: nationaldaycalendar.com If you have any questions, please contact the Benefits Team at benefits@cnm.edu

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