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February 2019 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Love is the answer! Research suggests that people who experience being loved are more likely to have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, have a greater resistance to the common cold, recover faster after illness and injury, and decreased anxiety and depression.

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Ground Turkey Bolognese

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. angel hair pasta

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 large carrot, peeled and chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb. ground turkey

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

1/2 c. dry white or red wine

1/4 c. freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

2 tsp. dried oregano

freshly grated Parmesan, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook angel hair according to package directions until al dente. Drain and return to pot.
  2. Meanwhile, make bolognese: In a large skillet or pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic and cook until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink, 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, wine, parsley, and dried oregano.
  4. Let simmer until thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Toss with cooked angel hair.
  6. Garnish with Parmesan and parsley

The Importance of Staying Active

As you grow older, an active lifestyle is more important than ever! Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Exercise can even reverse some of the symptoms of aging. Furthermore, exercise is not only good for your body, but it is also good for your heart, mood, and memory. Whether you are generally healthy or are managing an illness, there are plenty of ways to get more active, improve confidence, and boost your fitness.

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January 2019 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Heart disease and stroke are an epidemic in the United States. Becoming aware of the major risk factors for these conditions can help prevent and control more people from suffering from these ailments. The first steps to reduce your risk are to talk with your health care professional about your heart health, get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked and make the effort to live a healthy lifestyle. High blood pressure and cholesterol are the leading causes of heart disease and stroke. Lifestyle choices include eating healthy, exercising regularly, and following your health care professional’s instructions about your medications all can help reduce heart disease and the risk of a stroke.

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Hazelnut Crusted Tilapia with Zucchini Ribbons

INGREDIENTS

1/2 c. hazelnuts

1/2 c. panko bread crumbs

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 large egg

1 c. all-purpose flour

4 6- to 8-oz. tilapia fillets

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 lb. zucchini (about 4 medium-sized)

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

2 tbsp. butter, divided

1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley

Maldon sea salt

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Licensed Clinical Counseling

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!

Talking is an important part of our relationships. It can strengthen your ties with other people and help you stay in good mental health. What is more, being listened to can help you feel that other people care about you and what you have to say. Continue reading “Licensed Clinical Counseling”

December 2018 Monthly 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.

Even though there was a 10 percent decrease in cigarette sales in 2009 that was directly derived from an increase in the federal cigarette tax, it is not only price that is changing the habits of American smokers. Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, have also contributed. Global sales of smokeless tobacco products, including smokeless inhalers, has grown to nearly $3 billion and continues to grow. Continue reading “December 2018 Monthly Newsletter”

November 2018 Monthly 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 cold and flu season which is most common 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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The Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

There are many reasons why exercise is beneficial to your life, but most importantly because it enhances your overall health and wellness. If you exercise frequently, it will help improve, maintain or prevent many health conditions and diseases such as obesity, strokes, metabolic syndrome, type two diabetes, depression, insomnia, dealing with some cancers, arthritis and injuries from falls. By exercising regularly, it can assist you in maintaining your current weight or help you lose weight.

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