Category Archives: Health and Wellness

Busy Defining You?

Long View: Busy, Busy, Busy

One of the advantages of having an e-column is that once in a while, I get to rant. This is such an occasion.

Seems every time I ask someone how they are doing they answer, “Busy, you?”

I think it’s a given that we are all swept up in the relentless pace of modern-day life, but I wonder if that is what is defining us, the busyness, instead of what we are busy with?

I hear things like, “I am slammed at work,” or “swamped,” or my current favorite, “underwater.” None of these seem to refer to a joyful work-life balance, but I understand we shouldn’t judge others.

I asked some friends out to dinner, and they started listing all the times they were not available and all the fabulous activities they had planned. Yes, I admit it was a jam-packed schedule, but their monologue didn’t address my original question. We eventually agreed to an early-evening supper 2 months out. It was a very enjoyable occasion; however, I don’t think I needed to know all the details it took to get there.

I offered an acquaintance, a friend of a friend, some hostas from my yard. (I was separating them, and she had a new house in need of plants.) She agreed to a tentative time to come by and get them, but somehow, it just didn’t work out for her. The next attempt, she texted me a proposed time and canceled it 15 minutes later. On our final attempt, I got a text saying something had come up at work and she would be about an hour late. I replied, “Frankly my dear,” and haven’t heard from her since.

The next time someone asks me how I am doing, I am going to relate one joyous thing in my life and ask them to do the same. Maybe that will start the conversation on the right foot. I will come up with some better suggestions when I have a spare moment

By the way, I intentionally made this column shorter than usual, so that I could give you back a minute of your life. Please put it to good use.

Patrick Harness is a community liaison with a long history of experience in health insurance. If you ask him to pick a color, he always chooses orange, and he is known for his inability to parallel park.

Healthy Beet Recipes

Healthy Beet Recipes

Summer is nearly over, which makes it the perfect time to make the most of in-season beets before it’s too late with these healthy beet recipes.

First up is a super simple and delicious Raw Beet Salad.

Raw Beet Salad
Image and Recipe via Health

 

Whip up Beet Bruschetta with Goat Cheese and Basil for a beautiful date-night appetizer.

Beet Bruschetta with Goat Cheese and Basil
Image and Recipe via Feasting At Home

 

Get your veggies first thing in the morning with a Beet Banana Breakfast Smoothie.

Beet Banana Breakfast Smoothie

 

Skip takeout this week with this lighter Beet Pesto Pizza with Kale and Goat Cheese.

Beet Pesto Pizza with Kale and Goat Cheese
Image and Recipe via The Roasted Root

 

Use pickled beets to make this refreshing Easy Summer Salad.

Easy Summer Salad
Image and Recipe via Health

 

No one will suspect your beautiful Raw Chocolate Beet Cheesecake has veggies in it.

Raw Chocolate Beet Cheesecake
Image and Recipe via Unconventional Baker

 

Meal prep this weekend to snack smart with these Rosemary Sea Salt and Vinegar Beet Chips.

Rosemary Sea Salt and Vinegar Beet Chips
Image and recipe via Running to the Kitchen

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National Eye Exam Month

National Eye Exam Month

August is National Eye Exam Month, and 12.2 million Americans require some sort of vision correction but don’t use any, according to the Vision Council of America.

Almost 50% of children under 12 have never seen an eye care professional. Eye exams can help you fix issues early.

Eye Exams for Kids

 

1 in 4 kids have vision problems, and it’s a common reason for them to fall behind in school. Eye exams could help stop reading problems in their tracks.

Read Better with Glasses

 

Many eye diseases have no symptoms. Eye exams can help your doctor catch serious issues early.

 

Many eye conditions can be improved if they’re caught early, especially in children. Schedule an eye exam for your kids.

Fight Eye Problems Fast

 

Eye exams can also help spot other problems, like high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

Window to Your Health

 

If you’re having unexplained headaches, your eye doctor might be able to help. It may be as simple as updating your prescription.

Fighting Headaches with Your Eyes

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Healthy Fig Recipes

Healthy Fig Recipes

This week, we’re helping you make the most of the delicious in-season fig with healthy fig recipes.

These easy Fig Chia Cookies will be perfect in your kids’ back-to-school lunches.

Fig Chia Cookies

 

Treat yourself by whipping up this Raw Fig Cheesecake for dessert.

Raw Fig Cheesecake

Raw fig cheesecake

 

Skip the pizza and share this Fig and Caramelized Onion Flatbread.

Fig and Caramelized Onion Flatbread

 

Skip the store-bought with these tasty No-Bake Fig Cookies.

No-Bake Fig Newtons

No-Bake Healthy Gluten-Free Fig Newtons

 

Impress guests with this simple Baked Figs with Goat Cheese appetizer.

Baked Figs with Goat Cheese

Baked Figs with Goat Cheese

 

Make dessert the star this weekend with this Raw Fig and Blackberry Tart.

Raw Fig and Blackberry Tart
Image and Recipe via Hearty, Healthy Vegetarian Food

 

Make this refreshing Caramelized Fig, Orange, and Feta Salad for lunch this week.

Caramelized Fig, Orange, and Feta Salad
Image and Recipe via Ottolenghi

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National Safe At Home Week

National Safe at Home Week

It’s National Safe at Home Week, and there are a lot of reasons to be prepared and protect yourself and your family at home.

A great place to start is a home security and monitoring system. This can give you peace of mind, even if nothing ever happens.

Home Security System

 

Practice emergency or evacuation plans for fires and natural disasters that could happen in your area, like earthquakes and tornadoes.

Emergency Planning

 

Prepare an emergency preparedness kit and a first aid kit, so you’re always ready for the unexpected.

Emergency Plans

 

Know and look out for fire hazards, from the obvious ones to the ones you can’t see.

Knowing Fire Hazards

 

Childproof your homes, from outlets to cleaners. Poisoning is the leading cause of accidental deaths for kids at home.

Childproofing for Protection

 

The number one reason for household deaths in adults is falling. Prepare to prevent falls.

Your Ultimate Guide to Fall Prevention

 

Walk through and check your home regularly. Find and repair dangerous issues and check your child proofing.

Preventing Falling Hazards

Fraud Awareness with the Right Payment

Fraud Awareness for National Fraud Awareness Week

Last week was National Fraud Awareness Week, and there’s no better time to think about protecting yourself. These fraud awareness tips can help.

If you’re cold-called and asked for an immediate decision to buy something, beware. A legitimate company lets you have time to choose.

Telemarketers and Fraud

 

Check the Better Business Bureau to see if a company is listed and its ratings and reviews.

Shop Smart with Recommendations

 

Search for the business online. Legitimate businesses usually have websites and a web presence. Scammers are more likely to change their online name regularly to avoid bad reviews.

Search for Businesses

 

Protect yourself online with virus protection software and by creating strong passwords.

Online Security to Prevent Fraud

 

Don’t open suspicious emails from people you don’t know, and don’t download files from people or sites you don’t trust.

Your Email Safety

 

Pay smart. Credit cards have fraud protection built in, but wiring money, cash, or reloadable cards make it impossible to get your money back.

Don’t always trust free trials, which can sign you up for products you have to cancel to get out of. And sign up for scam alerts from the FTC.

Be Smart About Free Trials

Healthy Summer Melon Recipes

Healthy Summer Melon Recipes

Before they go out-of-season, we’re helping you make the most of melons with these healthy summer melon recipes.

First up is a beautiful crowd-pleaser, a Melon Mozzarella Salad with Basil.

Melon Mozzarella Salad with Basil

 

Whip up these Cantaloupe Breakfast Bowls for a refreshing breakfast.

Cantaloupe Breakfast Bowls

 

Wow when you entertain with this delicious Melon Ball Punch.

Melon Ball Punch
Image and Recipe via Divas Can Cook

 

This Honeydew Melon & Blackberry Salad is the perfect light lunch with friends.

Honeydew Melon & Blackberry Salad
Image and Recipe via Shiny Happy Bright

 

These easy Melon Caprese Skewers are a great dish to bring to end-of-summer BBQs.

Melon Caprese Skewers
Image and Recipe via What’s Gaby Cooking

 

Tasty Grilled Shrimp with Melon, Cucumbers, and Mozzarella makes a beautiful meal.

Grilled Shrimp with Melon, Cucumbers, and Mozzarella
Image and Recipe via Milly’s Kitchen

 

Don’t skimp on dessert with these fresh and icy Melon Granitas.

Melon Granitas