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Live Well, Work Well Newsletter

  1. 1. Brought to you by: August 2012 Eat Sensible, Eat Seasonal, Eat Local Adult Immunization
  2. 2. Are you a locavore? If you eat You support local farmers. When August is National Immunizationseasonal produce and meat sourced you buy directly from local farmers, Awareness Month—the perfectlocally, you are. If not, below are six you ensure that they get a fair price time to make sure you and your loved ones are up to date on yourgood reasons to “eat local,” and tips on for their products and you stimulate to do it: your local economy. Many people mistakenly believeSeasonal, local food is fresher and Eating local is good for the that vaccinations are mosttastes better. Local farms don’t need environment. When you eat food beneficial for children; however, immunizations are just as importantto cultivate produce or breed livestock that doesn’t require a diesel- for adults. In fact, the Departmentsuitable for long-distance travel; powered semi to transport it across of Health and Human Servicesinstead, they can focus on producing the country, you reduce your reports that 50,000 adults die fromthe tastiest food possible. carbon footprint. vaccine-preventable diseases each year.Local produce is more nutritious Check with your health carethan food that is out of season. As provider today to confirm that yousoon as a fruit or vegetable is are up to date on the followingharvested, its nutrients start breaking vaccinations:down. The longer it takes to get to your  Tetanus, diphtheria andtable, the fewer nutrients it has. pertussis  Measles, mumps and rubellaYou get to know your farmer and  Pneumococcal pneumoniawhere your food comes from. When  Influenzayou buy local, you get the opportunity  Hepatitis A and Bto meet the person producing your Tips for Eating Local  Varicella (chickenpox)food, and confirm that you arecomfortable with how they do it.  Know what’s in season  Ask grocery store managers DID YOU KNOWLocal food is often less expensive. about the origins of theirBecause transportation costs are products Some people believe thatminimal when you buy local and in-  Shop at farmers markets and immunizations aren’t safe, but theseason, farmers are often able to sell farm stands CDC cites that vaccines undergotheir goods at reduced prices.  Participate in community years of testing before they can be supported agriculture used, making them both safe and  Dine at restaurants that source effective. their food locally  Visit locally owned food producers regularly Five Summer Activities To Get You Fit While Having Fun
  3. 3. Looking to mix up your boring fitness routine? Consider pound person can spend 240 calories in just an hour.swapping your usual run or workout at the gym with oneof the following outdoor summer activities that will make Tennis: If you want a great workout, grab a friend for ayou break a sweat while still having fun. game of tennis. During an hour long match you’ll burn 560 calories.Beach volleyball: If you’re headed to the beach, trystarting a pickup game of volleyball, or consider joining a Swimming: On those especially hot days, head to therec league team. A 155-pound person can burn up to 550 nearest body of water and go for a swim. Doing laps for ancalories in 60 minutes! hour will have you burning up to 560 calories!Inline skating: For a fun way to burn 490 calories in anhour, dust off your old inline skates and take them for aspin. Be sure to wear all the necessary protective gearwhen you do.Ultimate Frisbee: A combination of Frisbee and football,this game is a great way to sheds pounds with somefriends. A 155-Health Care Reform Upheld Baked Trout OléRecently, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the entire Fresh and summery with a slightly spicy kick, this light dishhealth care reform law as constitutional. The won’t weigh you down—even in extreme heat. To keep itcontroversial “individual mandate,” a clause that requires equally delicious and nutritious, remember to bake the fishmost individuals to have coverage or pay a penalty, was with only a small amount of oil.deemed constitutional when the penalty is administered 2 pounds trout fillet, cut into six pieces (other fish may beas a tax. This has far-reaching consequences now and in used)the future, but here are a few ways the individual 3 tbsp. lime juice (about two limes)mandate directly affects you: 1 medium tomato, chopped ½ medium onion, chopped  You are now likely to be eligible for preventive 3 tbsp. cilantro, chopped services at no out-of-pocket cost to you. ½ tsp. olive oil  Health plans are no longer able to cancel your ¼ tsp. black pepper coverage if you become sick, unless you committed ¼ tsp. salt fraud when you applied for coverage. ¼ tsp. red pepper (optional) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse fish fillets, pat dry  Insurers can no longer deny coverage to children and place in baking dish. In a separate bowl, mix remaining with pre-existing conditions. ingredients together and pour over fish. Bake for 15 to 20  Insurers now have to provide rebates to consumers minutes or until fish is fork-tender. if they spend less than 80 to 85 percent of premium Yield: 6 servings. Serving size: 1 piece of fish. Each serving provides 230 dollars on medical care. calories, 9g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 58mg cholesterol, 162mg sodium, 60 mg of calcium and 1 mg of iron.  If you already have employer-sponsored coverage, Source: you will likely not have to change your plan. However, as before health care reform, your employer is allowed to change its plan.  In 2014, carriers will no longer be allowed to reject you based on any pre-existing condition you may have.  Currently, you aren’t required to have coverage, but as of 2014 most individuals will be required to purchase health insurance or pay an additional tax. If you can’t afford coverage, you may be eligible for
  4. 4. Medicaid or government subsidies to help you payfor private insurance. This email is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. For further information, please consult a medical professional. © 2012 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.