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June 2019 Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Summer is approaching! Time to bring out the bug spray, hats, and most importantly, sunblock. The mystery linked between sunlight and different skin types can astonish us all. As the numbers grow to approximately 4.5 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer diagnosed each year in the United States, and more than 96,480 cases of melanoma expected in 2019, there is no doubt that we must pay attention to the importance of taking care of our skin when under the sun.

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Balsamic Grilled Steak Salad with Peaches

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. skirt steak, trimmed of fat

1/4 c. balsamic vinegar

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tbsp. brown sugar

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 large lemon

6 c. baby arugula

2 peaches, thinly sliced

1/3 c. crumbled blue cheese or feta

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The Power of Magnesium

Eating on the run? Tired of experimenting with new diets? Forget to eat your veggies? These are all common factors among many of us. Busy schedules, fad diets, and bad eating habits get in the way of proper nutrition. Luckily, there are mineral supplements and multi-vitamins to help replace much needed nutrients such as zinc, calcium, potassium and magnesium.

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May 2019 Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

With full time jobs, children with hobbies and everyday tasks, millions of adults are leading unhealthy lifestyles. Even though we are living in an age of medical advancements that can keep you alive longer than before, too many people ignore the importance of leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle

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Green Goddess Bowl with Chicken and Quinoa

INGREDIENTS 

1 c. quinoa 

2 pt. cherry tomatoes 

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling 

kosher salt 

1/2 c. chopped fresh parsley 

1/2 c. chopped fresh dill, divided 

1/2 c. chopped green onions, divided 

2 tsp. anchovy paste 

1/2 c. mayonnaise 

1 tbsp. white vinegar 

2 small cloves garlic, chopped 

2 tbsp. skim milk 

1 c. crumbled feta 

2 c. shredded grilled chicken 

1 c. shredded red cabbage 

DIRECTIONS 

  1. Preheat oven to 450°. In a large saucepan, cook quinoa according to package instructions, about 15 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile, line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place cherry tomatoes with stems on pan; drizzle with olive oil and season with salt. Roast until just blistered, 8 to 10 minutes. 
  3. Make dressing: In the bowl of a food processor add parsley, 1/4 cup dill, 1/4 cup green onions, anchovy paste, mayonnaise, vinegar, garlic and milk and pulse until well blended. 
  4. Make dressing: In the bowl of a food processor add parsley, 1/4 cup dill, 1/4 cup green onions, anchovy paste, mayonnaise, vinegar, garlic and milk and pulse until well blended. 
  5. In a large mixing bowl, add quinoa, feta, chicken, cabbage, remaining 1/4 cup dill and 1/4 cup green onions; toss together. Serve with tomatoes and side of green goddess dressing. 

April 2019 Newsletter

HCCUA NEWSLETTER April 2019 

Dear HCCUA Members:  

Diabetes has been cited as the most challenging health problem in the 21st century. Over 25 million people in the United States have diabetes. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes speed up the aging of our bodies and accelerate the development of atherosclerosis, or cardiovascular disease. In fact, diabetes doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke. 

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Prescription Assistance Services

With the ever increasing cost of prescription medications, HCCUA wants you know that there are many ways to reduce or even eliminate many of your medication expenses. We have a whole department dedicated to work with you to identity prescription savings and fee waiver opportunities and navigate the system, freeing up extra money to spend on meaningful healthcare. 

Most Americans are not aware of the help that is available to reduce, or in some cases eliminate their costs for brand name and generic medications. Our staff at HCCUA is well equipped and educated in researching and identifying programs to assist in these types of situations. We will not only help you find the appropriate options, but will assist with the application process and paperwork. Best of all, this comes at no additional charge to you! 

HOW CAN WE HELP? 

Our staff will work with you to identify which medications you are currently taking and programs that are available to help you reduce your costs. Here are some of the ways that we can typically help (where and when available): 

  • Free Medications 
  • Discount Medications 
  • Small Co-Pays 
  • Mail Order Options 

HOW DOES IT WORK? 

If you currently need prescription assistance, please complete the following documents in which you receive in your Welcome Kit and return them in the enclosed prepaid envelope: 

  • Prescription Assistance Form 
  • Authorization for Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information 
  • Membership Billing Confirmation Letter 

When we receive the completed forms from you, we will then contact you to set up an initial appointment to speak with one of our Prescription Specialist. The specialist will then verify all your information, explain how the process works, and answer various questions you might have. Then all you have to do is sit back and let us go to work for you. It’s that easy! 

If you have any additional questions please call us at Member Services 866-227-5400 

Eggplant Pizza Bites

INGREDIENTS

2 large eggplants, cut into 1/2″ rounds

Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 c. marinara

1 c. shredded mozzarella

1/2 c. mini pepperoni

1/2 c. shredded Parmesan

1/4 c. finely sliced basil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high. Brush both sides of eggplant with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill eggplant until tender and slightly charred on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Top each round with marinara, mozzarella and mini pepperoni. Keep the eggplant on the grill to allow the cheese melt, about 30 seconds more. Remove eggplant from grill. Top with Parmesan and basil and serve.

March 2019 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Have you ever wondered what causes childhood stress? As an adult it can be hard to imagine a child suffering from stress. Unfortunately, studies show that 10 – 20 % of school aged children experience anxiety which could potentially lead to chronic stress.

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