Creamy Squash Soup with Shredded Apples

butternut squash cropped iStock_000005159303_SmallButternut squash and apples get blender-tender after a warm simmer in pumpkin pie spice. Easy to make, healthy for the whole family.  Result? Best. Soup. Ever. Warm up with this healthy, creamy soup that only takes 10 minutes to prepare.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 ½ cup soup

 

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Supreme Court Ruling: Key Takeaways

Court Finds for the Government

 

Health care reform updateThe United States Supreme Court ruling upholding Affordable Care Act subsidies in federal-exchange states was made public on June 25, as only one of two cases released on this almost-final day of the court’s term. With its 6-3 decision, the court preserved the structure of the Affordable Care Act. Here are key takeaways of the decision.

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April Immunization Celebrations!

Whooping CoughEach year, people in the U.S. celebrate National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) to raise awareness about getting a vaccine (shot). Vaccines are the best way to ensure children are fully safe from serious or even deadly illnesses. NIIW is from April 18th–April 25th, and reminds us that vaccines help the health of children.

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Improving Health Literacy = Healthy Outcomes

Patient talking with doctorWith nearly half the U.S. adult population lacking health literacy skills needed to understand and act on health information, Health Net, is taking steps to support the goal of Health Literacy and promote the importance of providing consumers with health information that’s clear, simple and easy to understand.  “Studies have shown that there’s a link between low health literacy and poor health outcomes,” said Patricia Buss, M.D., medical and health care services operations officer for Health Net.

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Don’t Fall Victim to the “Sneak Thief of Sight”

awareness_logoAt this very moment, some one-million Americans have a disease that could rob them of their sight. Even more startling: they don’t even know it.

That’s because they have glaucoma, an eye disease that damages the optic nerve and causes loss of sight that can lead to blindness. In fact, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness.

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Flying the Healthy Skies

Stay healthy while flyingMillions of Americans will take to the skies this year. When they land, it’s entirely likely that they will deplane along with a wholly unwanted gift: enough illness-inducing bacteria to fill a cargo jet.

While there’s no foolproof method to ensure you’ll be flying in a germ-free zone, experts suggest that the following steps will at least swing the odds of avoiding a plane-propelled illness in your favor.

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Shaping Up for The New Year!

Start your year getting in shape!Now that the holiday cookies and other good cheer has found you feeling a little less cheery as you step on your scale, maybe it’s time to think about a fresh start to the new year with your approach to living a healthier lifestyle. Even though this time of year leaves less time for exercising, in order to avoid welcoming 2015 with a Santa-like physique, make a commitment today start anew with these tips.

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