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May 2016 Highlights

The 411 on ASTHMA

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the air-ways. It causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, short-ness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.

Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during child-hood. In the United States, more than 25 million people are known to have asthma. About 7 million of these people are children. Among children, more boys have asthma than girls. But among adults, more women have the disease than men. It's not clear whether or how gender and hormones play a role in causing asthma.

Asthma is different for each person. Most, but not all, people who have asthma have allergies. Sometimes asthma symptoms are mild and go away on their own or after minimal treatment with asthma medicine. Other times, symptoms continue to get worse and more intense leading to asthma attacks called flare-ups or exacerbations.

Treating symptoms when you first notice them is important. This will help prevent the symptoms from worsening and causing a severe asthma attack. Severe asthma attacks may require emergency care, and can be fatal. Your primary care doctor will diagnose asthma based on your medical and family histories, a physical exam, and test results.

Unfortunately, asthma has no cure. Even when you feel fine, you still have the disease and it can flare up at any time. However, with today's knowledge and treatments, most people who have asthma are able to

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Healthchoice Corner

Healthy Recipes

Easy Turkey Taco Paninis


▾ 4 whole wheat foldable flatbreads, such as Flatout® Foldit Flatbreads
▾ 1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Monterey jack cheese with jala-peno peppers or reduced-fat Mexi-can-style four-cheese blend (6 ounces)
▾ 8 ounces of shredded cooked tur-key or chicken (can use lunch meat as well)
▾ 1/2 cup black bean and corn salsa or fruit salsa
▾ 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves


1. Spray one side of each flatbread with nonstick cooking spray. Place spray side down on a clean surface.
2. On one half of each flatbread, evenly divide 3/4 cup of the cheese, the turkey, salsa, and cilantro.
3. Top evenly with the remaining cheese. Fold over.
4. Preheat a covered indoor grill, panini press, grill pan, or large skil-let. Place sandwiches (half at a time if necessary) in grill. Cover and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until browned and cheese is melted.
(If using a grill pan or skillet, place sandwiches on grill pan or skillet. Weigh sandwiches down* and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until bread is toasted. Turn sandwiches over, weigh them down, and cook about 2 minutes or until toasted and cheese is melted.)

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Healthchoice Works

Changes in Contacting the Workers Compensation
Benefits Analyst in HR

Kimberly Hinson in HR has assumed a new position, so to reach a Workers Compensation Benefits Analyst should you have a benefits question or need an alternate duty assignment, you will need to phone HR Solutions at 321-841-8623. You may also send an email to: R-WorkersCompensation@orlandohealth.com.

You may also reach the HealthChoice Works team by calling 407-481-7200 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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