Exploring Austin in Celebration of National Park Week

Posted On : April 23, 2018   In

In central Texas, there is no shortage of beautiful scenery. There are dozens of landscapes to get lost in with your furry friend, your best friend, or your whole family! National Park Week is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful April weather and get out to explore some new trails. Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park 12138 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753 Spanning nearly 300 acres, this public north Austin park is equipped with hiking trails, off-leash dog areas, a swimming pool, playgrounds, picnic areas with barbeque pits and baseball fields. With so many areas to explore and

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The Dirt on Hand Sanitizers

Posted On : March 30, 2018   In , ,

Hand sanitizer seems like the perfect solution for a busy mom on the go, an employee in a fast-paced environment or a hands-on coach of little athletes. Does this quick and convenient sanitizer really keep you out of harm’s way by killing 99.9% of germs as advertised? We’ve tracked down the nitty gritty details of just how effective hand sanitizer is, as well as the true and false facts of this hand-held wonder. Scientists and researchers have proven that hand sanitizers do in fact kill 99.9% of germs, but these studies have been performed on inanimate surfaces. Although it is

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Vegetable Stir-Fry for the Family

Posted On : March 23, 2018   In

Are you looking for a new dish to spice dinner up for your family? This stir-fry is perfect for any night of the week, and all of your family is sure to love this healthy take on vegetables! Stir-fried vegetables and chicken breast are tossed in a savory soy-ginger sauce and served over quinoa. Ingredients 1 cup quinoa 2 cups + 1 cup vegetable broth ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt 2 teaspoons + 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 pound chicken breasts, patted dry and sliced thin 2 cups shredded carrots 3 cups broccoli florets 1 orange or red bell pepper, seeded,

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20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables

Posted On : March 20, 2018   In ,

Building a healthy plate is easy when you make half your plate fruits and vegetables. It’s also a great way to add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber. All this is packed in fruits and vegetables that are low in calories and fat. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal. Try the following tips to enjoy more fruits and vegetables every day. 1. Variety abounds when using vegetables as pizza topping. Try broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini. 2. Mix up a breakfast smoothie made with low-fat milk,

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Luck o’ the Irish Mac & Cheese Recipe

Posted On : March 16, 2018   In

Everywhere you turn this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, you’re likely to spot something green. Green beer, green cupcakes, and maybe even a dog or two adorned in Irish-green garb. This Luck o’ the Irish Mac & Cheese is the perfect green addition to add to your table this weekend (or any weekend!). We’ve steered clear of artificial green food coloring or dye, and opted for a healthy take to add a green tint into this Southern Homestyle treat! Ingredients 1 pound noodle of choice (ex: elbow macaroni, cavatappi, shells) 3 cups milk 1 cup spinach 3 tbsp butter 3 tbsp

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Austin’s Solution to Musician Healthcare

Posted On : March 9, 2018   In

Live music is at the very foundation of the city of Austin. At any given date or time, if you find yourself wandering the streets of downtown, you’ll be followed by the melody of a street musician. Many of these musicians dive head first into their craft, doing everything in their power to make music their full-time job.  As self-employed individuals, these musicians do not have access to group health insurance through an employer, and most are unable to afford independent healthcare, with average independent plans costing around $350. The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) aims to change that.

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Heart-Healthy Tomato Soup from Scratch

Posted On : February 23, 2018   In , ,

Cold, rainy days are good for one thing: staying inside and whipping up a warm meal for you and your loved ones. Today’s recipe is not only easy and tasty, it’s also great for your heart! Research says, “A tomato a day keeps the heart doctor away!”, so we’re making tomato soup from scratch. The bright red color of tomatoes comes from lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to keep cells healthy. Lycopene has been shown to lower bad cholesterol, which in turn lowers the risk of blood clotting and stroke. Tomatoes are also a great source of

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Alternatives to Traditional Healthcare Push Back on the System

Posted On : February 20, 2018   In

  It is no secret that healthcare prices have been on the rise for years. The rise in prices has resulted in a landslide of problems for both insured and uninsured Americans. In 1960, the national yearly spending on healthcare was $27.2 billion, with the cost per person resting at $146. Fast forward to 2015, when the national spending took a huge leap to $3,205.6 billion, and the average cost per person was $9,990. Over the past three years, healthcare costs have only continued to rise. In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, largely known as Obamacare, was

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Similarities and Differences Among Cedar Fever, Flu, and the Common Cold

Posted On : February 14, 2018   In , ,

This time of year in Central Texas, countless people suffer from the symptoms of cedar fever, brought on by an allergic reaction to the pollen of cedar trees. Symptoms of cedar fever can range from minimal nose sniffling, to whole body fatigue. While many are battling an allergy attack this year, many people across the country have come down with the flu. So, how do you know the best way to treat your symptoms? Let’s look at some common differences between cedar fever, the flu, and a common cold. Many of the symptoms overlap between two or more of these

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Kicking Off February In Waves of Red

Posted On : January 30, 2018   In

What comes to mind when you think about the color red? A juicy apple? Jolly old St. Nicholas? Or perhaps the glow of a stoplight? For many in the month of February, red stands for power, knowledge and prevention. The power to have control over healthy choices, the knowledge of your family’s health history and the steps for prevention of heart disease. On the first Friday each February, men and women across the nation grab their red hats, shoes, sweatshirts and more to celebrate National Wear Red Day.  Throughout the month, cities host events such as the Go For Red

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