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February 2016 Highlights
AMERICAN HEART MONTH!
Did you know Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women? And only one in five American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat. With the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented, and even ended. Visit www.GoRedForWomen.org for more information.
Manage your heart risk by understanding “Life’s Simple 7.”
1.Get active - Daily physical activity can increase your length and quality of life. If you can get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (like brisk walking), five times per week, you can almost guarantee lowering your risks for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
2.Control cholesterol - When you control your cholesterol, you are giving your arteries their best chance to remain clear of blockages. When you have too much bad cholesterol (LDL), it combines with white blood cells and forms plaque in your veins and arteries. These blockages can lead to heart disease and stroke.
3.Eat better - Healthy foods fuel our bodies to make new cells and create the energy we need to thrive and fight diseases. If you are frequently eating unhealthy by skipping out on veggies, fruit, low-fat dairy, fiber-rich whole grains, and lean meats including fish, your body is missing the basic nutrients it needs.
Chocolate Lover’s News:
Most major chocolate manufacturers are looking for ways to keep the flavanols in their processed chocolates. But for now, your best choices are likely dark chocolate over milk chocolate (especially milk chocolate that is loaded with other fats and sugars).
So What about all of the fat in chocolate? - You may be surprised to learn that chocolate isn’t as bad for you as once believed.
The fat in chocolate comes from cocoa butter and is made up of equal amounts of oleic acid (a heart-healthy monoun-saturated fat also found in olive oil), stearic and palmitic acids. Stearic and palmitic acids are forms of saturated fat. You may know that saturated fats are linked to increases in LDL cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. But, re-search shows that stearic acid appears to have a neutral effect on cholesterol, neither raising nor lowering it. Although palmitic acid does affect cholesterol levels, it only makes up one-third of the fat calories in chocolate. Still, this does not mean you can eat all the dark chocolate you’d like.
Be careful about the type of dark chocolate you choose: chewy caramel-marshmallow-dark chocolate is not a heart-healthy food option. Watch out for extra ingredients that can add lots of extra fat and calories. Also, currently there is no established serving size of chocolate to help you reap the cardiovascular benefits it may offer, and more research is needed in this area. However, we do know that you no longer need to feel guilty if you enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate a few times per week!
How are We Doing??)?
Once a workers compensation case is closed, a satisfaction survey is sent to the team member’s work email address requesting feedback on his/her experience with the process. We would like to know if the team member was satisfied with the overall services of Occupational Health, the workers compensation team at HealthChoice, and the treating provider. Additional comments beyond the standard questions are also requested. This information is recorded and reviewed by the HealthChoice Quality Committee and the State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. It only takes a few minutes to complete the survey and we are very appreciative. Your opinion is very important so we that we may continue to offer the best possible service. You may 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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