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  January Health News
  • Planning Ahead for Resolutions
  • Become a Lifesaver – Donate Blood
  • Immunity Boosters for Cold and Flu Season
  • Dr. Oz Video: Automate Your Eating to Lose Weight
  • Source4Women: Set Yourself Up for Weight Loss Success
  • January Dare: This month’s grand prize is a $400 Visa gift card with weekly $25 gift cards!
  • Monthly Health Tip
  • Monthly Recipe
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Planning Ahead for Resolutions


Make this the year for healthy lifestyle changes that last
As the new year begins, many of us are thinking about how we can improve our lives and health. With the best of intentions and shiny new hopes, we'll resolve to do things differently in 2015.

 

Experts in human behavior will tell you that lasting change takes more than one shot. It takes time, patience and effort — and maybe most important: a solid plan.

 

Rock your resolutions
Whatever your goals, here are tips to change for the better — and for good:

 

1. Be single-minded. It's easier to work on one habit at a time than to take on too much. When your first resolution becomes routine, you can tackle another. In fact, think of your efforts as a way of life — not just a new-year flurry.

 

2. Nail down your goal. Take a vague or broad idea — and make it a clearly stated target.

 

3. Set mini milestones. It's good to have an ultimate goal. But smaller successes are what will get you there. So try setting realistic, short-term steps to reach — and then build on those.

 

4. Study your slipups. Don't let a misstep rattle your resolve — or have you calling it quits. Instead, use it as motivation. Keep track of your ups and downs in a journal. You may begin to see trends, triggers and common challenges.

 

5. Share your plans and hopes. The support of others can help you keep a promise to yourself. And friends and loved ones can make the journey to better health more fun and rewarding too. You might even inspire those you care about to take better care of themselves. Now that's a happy new year!


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Become a Lifesaver – Donate Blood

 

Blood donors are heroes. By donating blood you can save a life. That's because no chemical, drug or fluid can replace blood in a real emergency.

 

How much do you know about donating blood?

It takes only about 10 minutes to draw the blood and not more than an hour of your time overall, including the paperwork. Consider the following information if you have been reluctant to be a blood donor:

 

  • Donating blood is safe. New, sterile needles and bags are used to collect blood. They are disposed of after each use to eliminate the possibility of infection.
  • Your personal information is kept confidential. If your blood tests positive for hepatitis or another disease, the results remain private and you are the only one notified.
  • Giving blood will not make you weak. Most adults have 10 to 12 pints of blood in their bodies. You'll feel little or no effect after donating one pint.
  • It won't hurt! You'll feel a pinch from the needle, but just for a few seconds.

 

To make a donation, call one of these numbers:

 

  • National Red Cross hotline at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE
  • America's Blood Centers at 1-888-256-6388
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Immunity Boosters for Cold and Flu Season

 

Cold and flu season is here, but that doesn't mean you have to stock up on tissues and wait for the inevitable. Here are four all-natural prescriptions to boost your immune system and help keep a fever, sneezing, runny nose and other awful symptoms at bay.

 

1. Catch your zzzs
Skimping on sleep won't just hurt your productivity — it can also make you sick! That's because sleep deprivation dampens the production of antibodies needed to fight infection. A study from the Archives of Internal Medicine evaluated 153 people who were exposed to a cold virus via nose drops. Those who slept less than seven hours were three times more likely to catch the virus and get sick than those who had more than eight hours of sleep.

 

2. Break a sweat
If you want to help prevent a cold, or at least make the symptoms less severe, start exercising. In a study that followed 1,000 adults during cold and flu season, people who broke a sweat for 20 minutes a day at least five times a week spent less time being sick. The reason? Aerobic exercise ramps up your disease-fighting white blood cells. Don't work out that much? No problem. Even a single, 20-minute round of aerobic exercise can boost your immunity for hours and make your body more resilient. 
 
3. Get a little help from your friends
Good relationships don't just boost your happiness; they can also help our ability to fight off infections. A study of 276 people published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that social support increased subjects' resistance to developing a cold – even when they were infected with the virus. Keeping up your social network also provides support and protection against stress, which can weaken the immune system. 
 
4. Eat your way healthy
It may be true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Studies have shown that pectin, a special kind of fiber found in apples, may help boost levels of immune-supporting proteins. Other foods that can help fend off the flu include: red peppers, oranges, broccoli, yogurt, tea, oats, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, grapes and blueberries.

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Better Health with Dr. Oz: Automate Your Eating to Lose Weight

Check out the video library on the Better Health with Dr. Oz section of the uhc.com website! In these short videos, best-selling author and host of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Mehmet Oz, provides practical, easy-to-follow advice on a variety of health topics. To view the program click here.

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Source4Women Online Seminar
Set Yourself Up for Weight Loss Success


Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD

January 13, 2015, 12:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 a.m. CT, 10:30 a.m. MT, 9:30 a.m. PT

 

Start the New Year off right with the diet tips and tricks from nutrition experts that may deliver long-term results. From choosing the right diet plan, goal setting, meal and exercise tracking to the importance of having support and regular physical activity, this seminar may help to set you on a course for a successful weight loss journey that goes the distance.


To register for an upcoming Source4Women seminar, visit www.source4women.com and click on "Online Seminars & Events." All seminars are recorded and archived for viewing after the live seminar date.

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We Dare You This January!

 

Ready for January's dares? Well, here they are!

 

1. Share a photo of your New Year's resolution.
2. Take our Organization 101 quiz.
3. Watch our "Organizing Your Home—Where to Start" video and share your opinion.

 

This month's grand prize is a $400 Visa gift card with weekly $25 gift cards! Visit www.wedareyoutoshare.com for more information!      

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Health Tip: Find Your Resolution Inspiration!


Do you tend to think of resolutions as a one-time yearly shot? When it comes to positive change, you don't need a window of opportunity. You can resolve to do better any time of the year. Sometimes, the best way to move forward is to see an enticing reward ahead. And celebrating small successes can help you work toward a bigger goal.

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January Healthy Recipe: Braised Flank Steak with Peppers and Onions

 

Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

 

 


Ingredients:
1 onion, cut into 8 wedges
1 red bell pepper, sliced crosswise 1/2 in. thick
1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Kosher salt and pepper
1 lb. flank steak, cut crosswise into thirds
1 cup long-grain white rice
1/2 mango, cut into pieces
1/4 cup fresh cilantro

Directions:

1. In a 5- to 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, chili powder, cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.


2. Nestle the beef among the vegetables and cook, covered, until the meat is tender and easily pulls apart, on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours.


3. Twenty-five minutes before serving, cook the rice according to package directions. Using two forks, shred the beef, then stir it into the cooking liquid. Serve with the rice, and top with the mango and cilantro.


Serving Tip: This hearty braise is even better the next day. For Mexican flair, try serving it with warm tortillas, fresh salsa and sliced avocado.


Yield: 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 434 
Fat: 9g
Saturated Fat: 4g
Cholesterol: 40mg
Sodium: 617mg
Carbohydrates: 56g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Protein: 30g
Source: Source4Women.com

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