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Remember September

Long View: Remember September

Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh-so-mellow.

Many of you may remember this Andy Williams song from years ago. For me, it rekindled some fond memories of a younger time. Did you read the lyrics, or sing them (as I did)?

September is a time when we welcome autumn and say so long to summer. Living in the Midwest for most of my life, I love the change of seasons, especially this one! The shades of nature are a mixture of both summer and fall.

It’s a fun time in fashion when colors start to pop as wardrobes transition. It’s perfectly acceptable to wear plum opaque tights with a pastel-colored summer frock, a cozy navy sweatshirt with those favorite khaki shorts, or even a pair of gray light wool pants with some snazzy, strappy sandals! (Is white OK after Labor Day these days?)

One of the most prominent colors of the season that you will see displayed this month is purple. Did you know that purple is the official color of the Alzheimer’s movement?

September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and here at Health Alliance, we participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in many of our communities throughout Illinois. These wonderful walks are intended to raise awareness of the disease and to raise funds for care, support, and research. Alzheimer’s is an irreversible disease that progressively and slowly destroys a person’s memory and mental skills to the point of not being able to carry out the simplest task.

Finding a cure for this disease is the focus of Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and developing prevention along with treatment is part of the process. Check out the dates and towns for the 2018 walks near you. It’s a nationwide annual event, with more than 600 communities across the United States participating.

There are many way to help, even if you don’t want to walk. Take your first step and go the official website at Act.ALZ.org/Walk.

Here are some of the 2018 local walks where you may spot Health Alliance:

  • Champaign – September 22
  • Decatur – October 6
  • Mattoon – September 29
  • Bloomington/Normal – September 15
  • Peoria – October 13
  • Rockford – September 15
  • Springfield – September 22

Come up with your own transitional outfit to wear (maybe add a splash of purple,) and hope to see you at a walk!

Mervet Adams is a community liaison with Health Alliance. She loves her grandson, family, nature, and fashion.

Enjoying the Present

Covered Bridge: Waiting for Fall and Enjoying the Present

It’s finally September, which means kids are officially back to school and a return to the routines of a new school year. I often find myself mildly enjoying September. The weather starts to cool, and winter time is right around the corner. But I often want to rush through September to get to October, which is the month I really love.

I love the fall, and the entire month of October is one of my favorite times of year. I love the crispness in the air. I love the changing colors in nature. I love going to the orchards with my family, getting a fresh, hot pumpkin donut, and maybe even taking a hay ride. I love carving pumpkins with my kids. I also love the flavors of fall.

I pretty much love anything and everything fall.

But as I was reflecting to write this piece, a thought came to my mind: enjoy where you’re at. This caused me to pause for a few minutes and to really reflect on what that means. I want to rush to the fall, but maybe I need to enjoy the end of summer.

Maybe I need to take my kids to the local fruit stand and get the end-of-summer harvest of peaches, apples, or watermelon before fall starts and we don’t have that option. Maybe I need to plan a summer picnic or outdoor activity before it gets too cold outside to really be comfortable in the evening. Maybe we need to take one last camping trip or go fishing. Maybe I need to actually enjoy the season or time that I’m in instead of wanting it to be another one.

I think so often we are rushing or waiting for the next event or milestone (or season, for me), that we don’t enjoy where we’re at right now. We are just rushing, trying to get through, and I don’t know if that’s really the best thing to do.

For me, I need to slow down and enjoy the month at hand, and not wish I were in another month, time, or place. Now, I’m actually excited that September is here, that summer is still here, and that I can still take in all the goodness of the summer’s ending with the ones that I love.

And I can still be excited for the coming of fall.

Morgan Gunder is a community and broker liaison for Reid Health Alliance. Born in the South and raised in the Midwest, she is a wife and mother with a passion for traveling, learning, and technology.

Healthy Mushroom Recipes

Healthy Mushroom Recipes

This week, we’re helping you get ready for Thanksgiving with some healthy mushroom recipes that make the most of the fall-favorite ingredient.

First up is the perfect appetizer bite, Avocado Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms.

Avocado Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms
Image and Recipe via The Paleo Paparazzi

 

Looking for an easy and light dish to bring? Enter Slow Cooker Mushroom Soup.

Slow Cooker Mushroom Soup

 

Lighten up the classic or make a dish especially for the vegans in your life with Vegan Creamy Mashed Potatoes & Savory Mushroom Gravy.

Vegan Creamy Mashed Potatoes & Savory Mushroom GravyImage and Recipe via Vegan Huggs

 

If you’ve ever had a holiday meal disaster and had to resort to takeout, whip up tasty Shiitake & Oyster Mushroom Dumplings and be thankful for smoother sailing.

Shitake & Oyster Mushroom Dumplings
Image and Recipe via Blissful Basil

 

Still entertaining family? This Crustless Slow Cooker Spinach Quiche with mushrooms makes breakfast easy.

Crustless Slow Cooker Spinach Quiche
Image and Recipe via Everyday Wholehearted

 

Mix up your leftover go-to with this Turkey in Creamy Mushroom Sauce.

Leftover Turkey in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

 

Get the whole family eating leftovers with this Leftover Turkey Mushroom and Pancetta Risotto.

Leftover Turkey Mushroom and Pancetta Risotto

Healthy Popcorn Recipes for Movie Night

Healthy Popcorn Recipes

It’s National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, and air-popped popcorn is a great healthy snack. Jazz it up further with our healthy popcorn recipes.

First up is a Healthy Caramel Corn that will satisfy your cravings.

Healthy Caramel Corn

 

Get in the mood for fall and spookiness with this Pumpkin Spice Popcorn.

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn for Healthier Snacking

 

Get some heat on movie night with Sriracha-Lime Popcorn.

Easy Gourmet Popcorn

 

Lighten up your favorite holiday dessert for the kids with Apple Pie Popcorn.

Apple Pie Popcorn Snack Mix Recipe

 

Skip your latte craving with this Matcha (Green Tea) Stovetop Popcorn.

Matcha (Green Tea) Stovetop Popcorn

 

Class up classic, cheesy popcorn with this Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn.

Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

 

Get ready for the holiday season and cold winter nights with Dark Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

National Dessert Month

National Dessert Month

For National Dessert Month, we’re helping you satisfy your sweet tooth with healthy dessert recipes.

First up are Fudgy Avocado Brownies that won’t leave you feeling guilty.

Fudgy Avocado Brownies with Avocado Frosting

 

Use in-season apples with Low-Fat Apple Cake that’s just 116 calories per slice.

Low Fat Apple Cake

Low Fat Apple Cake

 

If your kids are adventurous, this Pistachio Chocolate Banana Sushi is an easy treat.

Pistachio Chocolate Banana Sushi
Image and Recipe via The Petite Cook

 

Feel like you’re indulging with these tasty Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars.

Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars

 

Don’t fill up on Halloween candy. Try Healthy Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites instead.

Healthy Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites
Image and Recipe via The Harvest Kitchen

 

Simple Maple Vanilla Baked Pears make the perfect dessert for cool fall nights.

Simple Maple Vanilla Baked Pears (Video)

 

Whip up Vegan Chocolate Pudding for a treat the whole family will love.

Vegan Chocolate Pudding
Image and Recipe via Paleo Running Momma

National Pasta Month

National Pasta Month

It’s National Pasta Month, and we’re helping you step up comfort food this fall with healthy pasta recipes featuring seasonal ingredients.

First up is the perfect fall comfort food, Healthy Pumpkin Pasta with Spinach and Mushrooms.

Healthy Pumpkin Pasta

Image and Recipe via Happy Kitchen Rocks

 

This Simple Lemon Pasta will be a huge hit with your kids.

Simple Lemon Pasta
Image and Recipe via Life as a Strawberry

 

Everyone will love eating their veggies in this Easy Balsamic Veggie Pasta.

Easy Balsamic Veggie Pasta

 

This warm and hearty Winter Minestrone Soup will be your go-to in the cold.

Winter Minestrone Soup

 

This lightened up Garlic Mozzarella Margherita Pasta is perfect for lunch or dinner.

Garlic Mozzarella Margherita Pasta
Image and Recipe via Carlsbad Cravings

 

Make this simple, veggie-packed Tortellini with Pesto and Roasted Vegetables.

Tortellini with Pesto and Roasted Veggies

 

Never give up your favorites with this light 30-Minute Chicken Spinach Alfredo.

30-Minute Chicken Spinach Alfredo:
Image and Recipe via Life as a Strawberry

Waiting for Fall

Vantage Point: Waiting for Fall and Enjoying the Present

It’s finally September, which means back-to-school and a return to the routines of a new school year. I often find myself mildly enjoying September. The weather starts to cool, and fair time is right around the corner. But I often want to rush through September to get to October, which is the month I really love.

I love the fall, and the entire month of October is literally my favorite time of year. I love the crispness in the air. I love the changing of the colors in nature. I love going to Thompson’s Farm in Naches with my family, getting a fresh, hot pumpkin donut, and maybe even taking a hay ride. I love carving pumpkins with my kids. I also love the flavors of fall.

I pretty much love anything and everything fall.

But as I was reflecting to write this piece, a thought came to my mind: enjoy where you’re at. This caused me to pause for a few minutes and to really reflect on what this means. I want to rush to the fall, but maybe I need to enjoy the end of summer.

Maybe I need to take my kids to the local fruit stand and get the end-of-summer harvest of peaches, apples, or watermelon before fall starts in the Valley. Maybe I need to plan a summer picnic or outdoor activity before it gets too cold outside to really be comfortable in the evening. Maybe we need to take one last camping trip or go fishing. Maybe I need to actually enjoy the season or time that I’m in instead of wanting it to be another one.

I think so often we are rushing or waiting for the next event or milestone (or season for me), that we don’t enjoy where we’re at right now. We are just rushing, trying to get through, and I don’t know if that’s really the best thing to do.

For me, I need to slow down and enjoy the month at hand, and not wish I were in another month, time, or place. Now, I’m actually excited that September is here, that summer is still here, and that I can still take in all the goodness of the summer’s ending with the ones that I love.

And I can still be excited for the coming of fall.

Breck Obermeyer is a community liaison with Health Alliance Northwest, serving Yakima County. She is a homegrown girl from Naches and has a great husband who can fix anything and 2 kids who are her world. When not attending community events or providing Medicare education throughout the Valley, she can be found indulging in her hobbies of homesteading, pioneer cooking, and learning new survival techniques. She also has a strong love for all things Halloween.