Protect Your Liver Health

Liver Awareness Month

It’s Liver Awareness Month, and the American Liver Foundation and Bayer have partnered to raise liver cancer awareness.

Raising Liver Cancer Awareness


The liver is one of the most important organs in your body, and 30 million people in America have a form of liver disease.

Are you at risk for liver cancer?

Are You at Risk for Liver Cancer?


Learn more about liver cancer to make sure you’re protected.

Learn About your Liver


There are more than 100 different types of liver disease, and they’re not primarily from drug and alcohol abuse.

Types of Liver Disease


It’s possible to have liver disease and have no idea. About 75% of people with hepatitis B and C don’t know they have it.

Learn About Liver Diseases


These 13 tips can help you protect your liver.

Exercise for Your Liver





Make the Most of Chili

National Chili Month

October is National Chili Month, which is perfect for fall tailgating, parties, and meals.

This Turkey Chili with Kale is hearty, filling, and packed with veggies.

Turkey Chili with Kale
Image and Recipe via The Vintage Mixer


Dump and forget about this Crockpot Creamy Taco Chicken Chili until dinnertime.

Crockpot Creamy Taco Chicken Chili

Crockpot Creamy Taco Chicken Chili


Use your favorite ground meat in this Crockpot Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili.

Crock Pot Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili {Paleo}


This Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Chili is nice and spicy for fans of heat.

Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Chili


The Best Healthy Turkey Chili is better for you than the classic beef version.

The Best Healthy Turkey Chili


Healthy Vegetarian Quinoa Chili is rich and filling, even without the meat.

Healthy Vegetarian Quinoa Chili


This Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Chili delivers with big flavor you’ll love.

Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Chili Recipe


Healthy Lungs

Healthy Lung Month

It’s Healthy Lung Month, and we think it’s important you know how your lungs work.

Make sure you know the signs of lung disease and are prepared to talk to your doctor.

Prepared to Talk Lungs


Keep your lungs healthy by adding exercise and avoiding smoking, pollutants, and infections.

Breathe Easier with Exercise


Visit the blog EACH Breath to stay up-to-date on healthy lung news and info.

Blogging to Breathe Better


Members can help their lungs with our no-extra-cost program Quit For Life® to break tobacco’s hold.

Quit Now for Healthier Lungs


Find local support for your lung disease, cancer, or issues.

The Support Your Lungs Need


Give back and get involved to protect lungs with events in your area.

Events to Get Involved

Making the Most of In-Season Persimmons

Healthy Persimmon Recipes

This week, we featured the in-season persimmon in sweet and savory recipes.

First up was easy Persimmon Coconut Overnight Oats that are the perfect way to wake up.

Persimmon Coconut Overnight Oats


This tasty Garlic Grilled Chicken with Persimmon Salsa is great fall comfort food.

Garlic Grilled Chicken With Persimmon Salsa


Cardamom Roasted Persimmons are a super simple dessert you won’t feel guilty for having.

Cardamom roasted persimmons


This hearty Autumn Persimmon Arugula Pasta will feel indulgent.

Autumn Persimmon Arugula Pasta


Make this Vegan Persimmon Butternut Squash Soup for a comforting fall meal.

Vegan Persimmon Butternut Squash Soup – Secret Power of Persimmon


Whip up brunch with this Avocado Toast with Persimmon, Pomegranate, and Fennel.

Avocado Toast with Persimmon, Pomegranate and Fennel


Apple and Persimmon Cinnamon Muffins are the on-the-go breakfast you need this fall.

Apple and Persimmon Cinnamon Muffins
Image and Recipe via Sandra’s Easy Cooking

Making the Most of Buttercup Squash Season

Healthy Buttercup Squash Recipes

Squash is in season, and this week, we featured buttercup squash in healthy recipes.

Black Bean and Buttercup Wraps with Chimichurri Sauce are a great burrito substitute.

Black bean and buttercup wraps with chimichurri sauce


Roasted Chicken & Buttercup Squash with Herbed Honey Mustard is the perfect fall dinner.

Roasted Chicken & Buttercup Squash with Herbed Honey Mustard
Image and Recipe via Raising Jane


Make Buttercup Sage Mac and Cheese for a secretly healthy family favorite.

Buttercup Sage Mac and Cheese *with Bourbon*


Roasted Buttercup Squash & Tahini Dip will be your new fall-favorite appetizer.

Roasted Buttercup Squash & Tahini Dip
Image and Recipe via All Roads Lead to the Kitchen


Curried Buttercup Squash Soup is ideal for guests or dinner parties.

Curried Buttercup Squash Soup


These Mini Buttercup Squash Spice Cakes are a tasty dessert for fall cravings.

Mini Buttercup Squash Spice Cakes & A Baking Contest


Buttercup Squash Crumble Bars are a healthy snack your kids will love.

Buttercup Squash Crumble Bars


Shopping for the Perfect Medicare Fit

Vantage Point: Let’s Shop

I’d seen all the cell phone carrier TV ads and billboards. I’d received offers to change in the mail and had friends and family share better coverage experiences, but I was stubborn. I convinced myself I was just being loyal, but the truth was, after 20 years with the same carrier, I was resisting change.

Entering the ultra-busy cell carrier’s store, I was approached right away by a super professional greeter. “How may I help you?” he asked, keeping eye contact while also using a hand-held tablet to address my needs.

As I waited for a sales agent, the greeter invited me to look around and told me I would be helped shortly. Not even 2 minutes later, while browsing phone choices and tapping along to the upbeat music, Marco introduced himself with an outstretched hand. I told him I had moved to a remote canyon, where my old cell carrier didn’t have good enough service. He offered me a solution and set my new plan up, right on the spot.

My new carrier’s bills are easy to read, and the website to manage my account is so user-friendly that I can now better understand my usage. Because of that, I’ve changed my plan 3 more times, saving me tons of money. Best yet, I never miss a call. I am now a big fan of comparison shopping.

October 15 to December 7 is the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), when Medicare beneficiaries also get a seasonal opportunity to comparison shop. During the AEP, Medicare-eligible people can change from supplement plans, also called Medigap, to a Medicare Advantage plan, can change prescription drug plans, and can compare all the Medicare plans available in their county. They can and should check their current plan to see if anything new was added or, if due to health changes, it’s still the right fit.

Medicare beneficiaries get bombarded with ads. Some of it’s confusing, and some of it’s scary. Insurance is a very serious and important choice. We can’t compare all plans against each other, but at our customer service office at 316 5th St. in Wenatchee, we can sit down with someone in person and give them all the time and help they need to better understand. Whether they choose us or not, it’s a good feeling to know the personalized value we gave helped them to pick the right Medicare plan to fit their health needs.

Shannon Sims was a Medicare community liaison for Health Alliance, serving Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties in Washington. During her time off she enjoys spending time with her family and riding horses.

Avoiding Snacking Disaster

Secretly Healthy Snacks

We’re finishing up our month of secretly healthy recipes for Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month with secretly healthy snacks.

Skip the milkshake and go with this Vanilla Mint Green Smoothie instead.

Vanilla Mint Green Smoothie


If you’re always craving the crunch, try these 30 Healthy Chip Recipes.

30 Healthy Chip Recipes


Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Snacks will please your toughest kid judge.

Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Snacks + Video Recipe


This Vegan Avocado Chocolate Pudding is the perfect after-school snack.

Vegan Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Image and Recipe via Apollo and Luna


Make one of these kinds of Sweet Potato Toast for the perfect easy brunch.

Sweet Potato Toast: 3 Ways


Whip up Raspberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies for a delicious treat.

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Image and Recipe via Amy’s Healthy Baking


Get a simple and satisfying dose of veggies with Spicy Zucchini Quesadillas.

Spicy Zucchini Quesadillas