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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How To Keep Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

Posted On : January 26, 2018   In

As we near the end of the month, your New Year’s Resolutions may have taken a back seat to the hustle and bustle of every day life. Even if you’ve fallen off of the track for a few days or even weeks, don’t throw in the towel! There are still 11 whole months to kick your healthy habits into gear. Use these tools to help you stick to your goals for 2018: Start small. “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” so make sure that your goals are attainable! Set the foundations for good, healthy habits that will develop into long-term commitments.

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Family Health: What’s Biting You?

Posted On : July 27, 2017   In

Texas is no stranger to a vast variety of insects, especially during the summer months. While most insects are harmless, there are some nasty bugs that are known for their bite. Insects such as mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, flies, bed bugs and head lice are intentional biters. They don’t need a reason to bite other than survival. Then there are some bugs like, fire ants, spiders, bees/wasps and even scorpions that, when provoked or when they feel threatened, will bite or sting as a form of protection. The majority of bug bites or stings are harmless and heal on their own,

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Family Health 101: Asthma

Posted On : June 29, 2017   In , , , ,

Over 25 million people in the U.S. have asthma. Asthma is a common lung condition with any age group. It causes breathing problems such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. When someone breathes from their nose or mouth, air travels from the trachea (windpipe) through the bronchial tubes and into the lungs and back out. If any of those airways become narrow, the lungs cannot get adequate oxygen. People with asthma are very sensitive to everyday conditions such as cigarette smoke, pollen, dust, weather and even exercise. These are called “triggers.” These triggers can cause an asthmatic’s airways to

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Germs Are Everywhere – Including Your Home

Posted On : June 20, 2017   In

Germs are everywhere—and our homes are no exception. A recent NSF International Household Germ Study showed dozens of places in everyday households that are covered with illness-causing bacteria. Though we are often conscious of surfaces such as our toilets, light switches, and pet toys, according to a recent NSF study, there are a few more household nooks and crannies that should be on our radars. So, get your Lysol wipes ready as we explore the eight most common household areas to harbor dangerous bacteria in your home. Sponges. Ah– the unassuming symbols of cleanliness. These deceptive cleaning aides are actually

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