Dec. 21 Webinar: Prediabetes: Don’t Sugar Coat It!

cakeIn recent years, prediabetes has outpaced diabetes among U.S. adults. That’s why it‘s important to understand your risks and make a prevention plan.

 

Health Net is offering a telephone/webinar-based class to individuals that will identify how diabetes can affect your health. The monthly webinar is offered to all Health Net members, as well as to the general public. Feel free to share this information with your friends and co-workers! Continue reading

How NOT to Eat Your Way Through the Holidays

Thanksgiving not only unofficially marks the start of the holiday season, but also unofficially marks the start of the I’m-afraid-to-step-on-the-scale season. In fact, the average American consumes some 4,500 calories – along with 229 grams of fat – from eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Continue reading

Seven Helpful Steps for Preventing Diabetes

As part of National Diabetes Month, Health Net wants to pass along useful information on ways to avoid developing diabetes.

 

The only bright side to diabetes is that it usually doesn’t develop overnight. Warning signs – and opportunities to do something about them – often are lurking for years. Heading diabetes off at the pass may be a lot easier than you think. Minor lifestyle changes – really, they’re things you should be doing anyway – can dramatically lower your chances of ever having to deal with it. Continue reading

July 20 Webinar: Healthy Eating on a Budget

Reading Food LabelsIt may seem difficult to maintain a healthy diet when you are on a budget. However, mealtime doesn’t have to be costly, complicated, or unhealthy. Eating right can be affordable, convenient, and nutritious. There are many strategies to help you stay on course when you are shopping at the grocery store. You can make good nutrition a priority without taking up too much time and money if you have a strategy.

 

Health Net is offering a telephone/webinar based class to individuals that will help individuals stay on track to eating healthy while on a budget. Continue reading

Stress Relief Tips to Take to Heart

Are racing thoughts keeping you awake Sunday evening? ‘How am I ever going to finish that report on time?’ What you may be feeling is job stress.

Researchers are finding that job stress can increase the risk of heart attack, especially if you’re feeling a lot of stress in your daily life in general. But take heart: you can reduce your stress and protect your heart with these tips. Continue reading

10 Small Changes that Deliver Big Health Benefits

Staying healthy can sometimes feel like a herculean task. But don’t despair, because – the reality is – small changes can deliver big health benefits.

What’s the best thing you can do to preserve good health and guard against future ailments and diseases?

Here are 10 things you can do that will help move the needle in the direction of good health.

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Set the Stage for Your Produce to Shine

Fresh organic vegetables in wicker basket in the gardenLet’s give a hand to fruits and vegetables! They’re the nutritional stars of your diet. But there’s nothing worse than loading up during your weekly trip to the farmers market only to find them languishing limply in your crisper drawer days later. To keep produce fresher for longer, try these four tips for coaxing the most out of produce.

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Three-Bean Chili with Chunky Tomatoes

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National Nutrition Month

March marks National Nutrition Month, a great reminder for all of us to eat healthy. Not only is the following recipe from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute good for you, it only takes 10 minutes to prepare.

Three-Bean Chili with Chunky Tomatoes

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yields: 4 servings

Serving size: 2 cups

 

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Santa’s Favorite: Cranberry & Almond Biscotti

Holiday Sophistication!

For a sophisticated but healthful treat, try these whole-wheat biscotti with almonds and cranberries! They’re also perfect for holiday get-togethers or an evening snack, served with egg nog as you settle in to watch a classic holiday movie!  And don’t forget to leave some out for Santa!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic

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We can’t help but start daydreaming a little about Thanksgiving food…and reminding ourselves to eat the green veggies on our plate before any starches or dessert!  If you haven’t yet figured out a go-to recipe for Brussels sprouts, this simple dish is the answer. It results in sweet caramelized Brussels sprouts that will make a believer out of anyone.

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