Eating Healthy This Fall

Fall is the time of year when the days cool down, the kids return to school, and the leaves change to brilliant shades of orange and red. The arrival of fall also brings football games and tailgate parties. There are a lot of yummy game-day foods such as pizza, chips, and sodas. But most of these are high in fat, sugar, or empty carbs.

“It’s important to eat healthy for many reasons,” says NP Ardith O’Rourke, from the Health Center at Elk Creek. “Good nutrition will help you keep your energy up throughout the day. And in the long run, you will have a much lower chance of developing serious medical conditions.”

That doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to all the foods you like. There are some easy ways you can eat healthy this fall without missing out on your fall favorites. (more…)

Easy & Yummy Turkey Chili

Chili beans,Chili con carneChili is a great dish you can put a healthy spin on, without losing all the flavor. Using lean ground turkey instead of ground beef lowers the fat content while providing a good dose of protein. Kidney beans are also a heart-healthy source of protein, with plenty of fiber to help lower LDL (“bad”) blood cholesterol. Here’s a healthy and easy chili recipe to try that makes eight servings.

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Let Technology Help You Quit Tobacco

We all know that giving up cigarettes and other tobacco products is the right thing to do. But despite all the health benefits and money you would save, quitting can be really hard.

Quitting can be a lot easier if you have a community of supporters to help and encourage you. And with today’s technology, there are online groups and apps that can help you quit smoking for good.

“People are most successful in quitting smoking for good if they use all the resources they can,” says NP Pam Jackson from the Health Center at Gibson North. “Remember that your on-site Health Center is there for you with resources and motivation. Also, your family and friends can be a big support and give you the strength you need.” (more…)