Simple Green Smoothie

1 cup kale or spinach 1 medium banana 1 cup low-fat coconut or almond milk 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 1 medium apple, cored and sliced 1 cup frozen fruit of your choice 1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional) 1 Tbsp. flax seeds (optional) PREPARATIONS In a blender, blend the kale or spinach and the milk.

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National Blood Donor Month

Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been celebrated in January. Historically, the winter season is one of the most difficult times of the year to collect enough blood products and donations to meet patient needs. While “whole blood” donations are the most common, individuals can also make platelet, power red and plasma donations. Donated

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The New Year and How It May Affect Your Benefits

The beginning of 2017 signals a new plan year for some insurance plans. For individuals with these plans, this means that any changes made to health plans and new deductibles will take effect Jan. 1, 2017. It will be important to keep these changes in mind when you or your family seek out health care.

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New Year’s Resolutions: Lifestyle Changes vs. Quick Changes

Historically, one of the top New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Unfortunately, many people look to fad diets and weight-loss products to achieve their goals quickly. While fad diets may prove effective initially, research shows that many people don’t find long-term success with these types of diets. Instead of setting a goal to lose

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Recipe of the Month: Squash Soup

1 Tbsp. olive oil 2 medium-sized onions, chopped 2 medium-sized carrots, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup canned tomato puree 5 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth 4 cups cooked winter squash 1 ½ Tbsp. dried oregano 1 ½ Tbsp. dried basil PREPARATIONS In a large saucepan, warm olive oil over medium heat. Stir

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AAP Releases Updated Safe Sleep Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released new guidelines designed to help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other types of sleep-related infant deaths, which are also known as sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs). SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of

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Reduce Your Holiday Stress

The holidays can bring joy, but they can also bring stress. Whether you are worried about money, gift-giving or finding enough time to get everything done, using the following coping mechanisms can help you manage and reduce your holiday stress. Get organized—Writing down the things you need to do or places you need to be

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The Connection Between Office Camaraderie and Your Health

Getting along with your co-workers can make the task of going to work more enjoyable and, according to recent research, can actually improve your health. The Society for Personality and Social Psychology analyzed 58 studies of more than 19,000 people from different parts of the world and published its findings in the Personality and Social

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Apple Crisp

4 medium-sized apples ¼ cup quick-cooking oatmeal ¼ cup flour ½ cup brown sugar 1 Tbsp. cinnamon ¼ cup margarine, cut into small pieces PreparationsPreheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8-by-8-inch pan. Core and slice the apples. Spread the sliced apples on the bottom of the prepared pan.

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Important Updates: 2016 Flu Vaccine

As the 2016-2017 flu season approaches, now is a great time to get vaccinated against the flu. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine. Unlike their recommendations during past flu seasons, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

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