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January 2022 Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members,

Happy New Year! With all the things going on in our daily lives and around the world, it can be very easy to get overwhelmed or stressed out. Research shows that counseling enhances lives whether you’re old or young, male, or female, gay or straight, rich, or poor. Your educational background makes no difference either!

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December 2021 Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Despite our continuous awareness that smoking tobacco is damaging to our health more than 40 million Americans are cigarette smokers. Smoking cigarettes is known to cause damage to every organ in your body, and smoking-related illnesses are responsible for one out of every five deaths in the United States.

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Healthy Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients for Butternut Squash Soup

  • Butternut Squash: You can use cubed fresh or frozen butternut squash. Or buy a whole butternut squash. It is easy to peel with a sharp vegetable peeler. Then you trim the ends, cut in half horizontally, scoop out the seeds from the 2 chubby halves and dice. That’s it!
  • Onion and Spices: What I think takes this soup to the next level is fresh good quality curry powder. It does wonders to any dish when sauteed with onion and adds an incredible orange color. Then add dried ginger and thyme.
  • Coconut Milk: I use full fat canned coconut milk. It makes soups like sun dried tomato soup creamier and adds healthy fats and calories. If you are not a fan of coconut milk, use regular milk (2% or higher) or any plant-based milk like almond milk.
  • Broth: I recommend low sodium (of course) vegetable broth or vegetable bouillon cubes.
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November 2021 Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

As we approach the end of the year, we begin to experience cooler and shorter days. It is vital that we take proper precautions towards Covid, while keeping in mind the common cold and flu season which is most customary during this time of the year. It is easy to catch the common cold or flu because defenses are down, and people have the tendency to fall out of daily routines like eating right and exercising daily.

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Citrus and Herb Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp lemon rind, finely grated
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 large (about 500g) Lilydale Free Range Chicken Tenderloins
  • 400g can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 350g cherry tomato medley, halved
  • 2 tbsp sunflower-seed kernels, lightly toasted
  • 75g baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard, extra
  • Lemon wedges, to serve
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October 2021 Newsletter

Insurance agents are more important than ever! Purchasing health insurance can be very confusing.  How do you decide which co-pays and deductibles are right for you? Do you know how your out-of-pocket medical costs can be managed using a “gap” policy? HCCUA suggests members reach out to a professional to get the help they need answering these questions. Would you purchase a house without consulting a realtor?  Probably not.  Licensed insurance professionals can help you:

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HCCUA, Inc. 2021 Annual Meeting

Please be advised, pursuant to Healthcare Cost Containment United Association Inc.’s Bylaws, that the Healthcare Cost Containment United Association Inc. Annual Meeting of Members will be held October 25, 2021 via Zoom virtual meeting. Your attendance is welcome. Please email keckardt@hccua.org for Zoom meeting details.

Healthy Apricot Chicken for Two

13 Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 300g skinless chicken thigh fillets, fat trimmed, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 1 small onion, halved, thinly sliced
  • 1 stick celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled, cut into chunks
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) Massel salt reduced chicken style liquid stock
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) apricot nectar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 x 400g can cannellini beans, rinsed, drained
  • Steamed snow peas, to serve
  • Broccolini, to serve
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September 2021 Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

There’s a tough conversation facing parents who truly care about what their children are learning from them. It’s easily dodged and rationalized as something better addressed at another time, and too easily hidden beneath a surface appearance of propriety and health. It’s the antithesis of what our parents often said to us – do as I say, not as I do – which today has been exposed as a Clintonesque deflection of responsibility stemming from ignorance and, perhaps, an unencumbered selfishness. Nobody expects parents to be perfect. In fact, the way parents address their own imperfections can effectively model desired behavior and values for children. But when parents stick to their faulty guns with the stubborn resolve of an addict, or worse, if they fail to recognize the insidious little ways their own choices are poisoning the perceptions of their children, they are coming up short on their report card of parental effectiveness. These parents need a wakeup call, because the window of opportunity to make lasting impressions on our children is short and closing fast, and the bad impressions are every bit as enduring as the good ones.

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Valli Little’s Cajun Ocean Trout with Pineapple Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tsp each ground cumin, coriander, sweet smoked paprika (pimenton) and fennel seeds
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 4 x 150g ocean trout fillets, skin removed, pin-boned
  • 1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored, thinly sliced
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 long red chilli, seeds removed, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves
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