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Protect Against Dryness for National Healthy Skin Month

National Healthy Skin Month

November is National Healthy Skin Month. These handy tips can help you protect your skin:

Healthy Skin Tips

 

The healthier your diet, the healthier your skin. Check out our blog or Pinterest for healthy recipes.

Eating Smart for You Skin

 

Next summer, prevent your skin problems.

Summer Skin

 

Stress and Your SkinStress is a huge contributor to skin problems, so take time to relax.

 

 

 

These tips can help:

Chasing Health: Writing, Resting, and Winning Winter

 

Do you know how to prevent skin cancer? We have tips to help:

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

 

Prevent dry skin this winter with these dermatologist-approved tips.

Don’t forget your lips this winter. Use lip balm with SPF to protect them.

Protect Your Kiss

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National Epilepsy Month

National Epilepsy Month

November was also National Epilepsy Month.

Epilepsy is a chronic disorder where you have regular seizures, sometimes more than one kind. While seizures may affect the whole body, the electrical events that cause them start in the brain. Where it starts, how it spreads, and how much of the brain is affected can all have long term effects.

Sometimes, people with epilepsy have similar EEG tests, clinical history, and family history, and their conditions are usually a specific epilepsy syndrome. Besides the physical effects on your body and brain, epilepsy can also affect your physical safety, your ability to drive and work, and even your relationships.

Seizures are more common than you might realize.

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Connect with people who have epilepsy and great resources on Living Well with Epilepsy.

Do you know what to do if someone is having a seizure? Learn more.

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Sweet Potato Recipes

Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes

This week, we featured in-season, holiday favorites, sweet potato recipes, to help you get ready for the big meal or use up leftover produce.

Always wanted to make the Perfect Sweet Potato Fries? It’s easy!

Sweet Potato Fries
Image and Recipe via Camille Styles

 

This Roasted Sweet Potato Soup makes a perfect and unique Thanksgiving appetizer.

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup
Image and Recipe via Simply Recipes

 

Turkey and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie is a tasty version of the classic comfort food.

Turkey and Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie
Image and Recipe via Real House Moms

 

These Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins make a great snack, app, or weeknight dinner out of your leftovers.

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins

 

Make this vegan and gluten-free Coconut Curry with Sweet Potato Noodles for an allergy-free holiday.

Coconut Curry with Sweet Potato Noodles
Image and Recipe via Food Faith Fitness

 

Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans is an easy make ahead dish for the big game.

Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

 

Cinnamon and Spice Sweet Potato Bread is a wonderful November breakfast or treat.

Cinnamon and Spice Sweet Potato Bread
Image and Recipe via Averie Cooks

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Diabetes Resources and Treatment

National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month, and now’s the time to raise awareness and protect yourself.

86 million Americans are at risk of developing diabetes. Learn how you can protect yourself starting at home.

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This month is also Diabetic Eye Disease Month. ‪‎Diabetes‬ is the #1 cause of new blindness in adults. Learn more.

Eye Exams and Diabetes

 

Understanding your diabetes can be kind of like football, from U.S. News and World Report.

Visit our diabetes section to learn more about taking care of you or your family’s disease.

Diabetes is more common and more serious than many Americans realize. Protect yourself now.

Diabetes by the Numbers

 

You can help stop type 2 diabetes in its tracks with smart shopping and eating. Find resources from the American Diabetes Association to get started.

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Exercise is an important part of taking care of and preventing diabetes. Programs like this can help, from NPR.

Interested in learning more about diabetes from our different partners’ health experts? Check out our events page for presentations and videos.

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Fall Prevention and Changing with the Times

Vantage Point: When the Leaves Begin to Change

There is a line in the song “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock that always reminds me of this time of year, “Nothing seems as strange as when the leaves begin to change.”

For me, November is always a time for reflection, and as I transition from road warrior to spending more time in the office, what comes to mind is how my work in Medicare teaches me so much about staying young.

Last September, Karen Bruggman from Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) kindly invited me to Tonasket to celebrate Geriatric Fall Prevention Week with Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL).

As I exercised with a group of 45 women, there was so much laughter that it reminded me of the circle of friends I ride horses with and gave me hope that you can find sisterhood at any age. After the class, the woman next to me, who could touch her toes when I could not, told me she was 92 years old and that doing SAIL for the last 6 years had kept her young.

At the Roaring ‘20s Dance, hosted by the Wenatchee Senior Activity Center, I sat next to a couple celebrating their one-year anniversary. It was their second chance at true love, and as they showed me wedding pictures from their iPhone, I couldn’t help but notice that the glow of their special day was just as youthful, beautiful, and poignant as my own son’s recent wedding.

While attending an open house at the Ephrata Senior Center (ESC), the room buzzed with purpose and excitement. The reinvented ESC and its members are busier than ever since they opened a catering company. Their creative marketing and energy helped renew my zest for my own work and showed me that at any period of life, opportunities are limitless.

Recently, while talking with a woman who proudly told me how healthy she was for being in her eighties, she also gave me a warning, “To become elderly falls as fast as night.”

This brought to mind another line from the song, “Or how we thought these days would never end.”

During this Thanksgiving, a big part of what I will be thankful for is my work in Medicare because it fills my heart with appreciation and teaches me to value what I have today and to be hopeful for what will come when the leaves of my own life begin to change.

Shannon Sims is a Medicare community liaison for Health Alliance, serving Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties in Washington. She has four sons and two grandsons. During her time off, she performs as part of a rodeo drill team on her horse, Skeeter.

Zucchini from the Garden

Long View: You Don’t Have to Be an Expert Gardener for Homegrown Taste

A few years ago, I moved into a house that could support a backyard vegetable garden. I decided to give it a shot. After all, I had watched many how-to shows on PBS for resource material, and all four of my grandparents were farmers. I cleared out a sizable space and then went to buy the plants.

Most of you know that eight zucchini plants are more than enough for a small town, not to mention a backyard plot. I over-bought cherry tomato plants, too. They got away from me early in the game.

The bugs were another challenge. I guess I never noticed them before, but they sure noticed my tender, young plants and considered them a fresh buffet planted just for them. I voiced my frustration to my neighbor, and she said, “Why don’t you just go to Urbana’s Market at the Square? It’s right next to your Health Alliance home office. How could you not know about it?”

Urbana’s farmers market began in 1979 and has grown considerably since its inception. Thousands of visitors attend it every Saturday morning from early May until early November. Fresh produce is just one of the attractions. Per its website, it also features a variety of other products—from “meat and dairy products, prepared foods, plants, and flowers to jewelry, pottery, wood workings, candles, body care products, garden décor, clothing, and more!” Whew.

I especially like being able to talk to the producers face to face. Almost all of them are quick with a story or a smile, and they remember their regulars. One producer puts back a box of new potatoes if I get to the market a little later than usual. She doesn’t make a big deal about it, and neither do I.

There are always some nice opportunities for socializing. I see lots of people I know, and my visit always takes longer than I expected. Folks just seem to be in a good mood, so why not enjoy it?

You may have a similar resource in your community. You can search on the Illinois Department of Agriculture website. People new to our community and many mature family members make good shopping companions. I think I have found a great way to support our local economy and purchase products that were grown or created in our area. The produce is spectacular. Funny thing though, in all these years, I can’t remember buying a single zucchini.

Fighting COPD

National COPD Month

November is National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Month. We gave you info each day about the disease.

24 million Americans suffer from it and half remain undiagnosed. Learn more.

Are you at risk for? Find out now.

Do you think your loved one might be suffering from it? What should you say?

48% of patients don’t fully report their symptoms, and 35% their smoking history. Don’t risk your health, talk to your doctor.

So you think you or your loved one might be suffering from COPD. Now, it’s time to talk to your doctor.

For doctors, educating patients can be hard. Check out these tips for talking with patients about it.

So you know you have COPD. How can you treat and manage it? Check out these ways to breathe better.