Stay Heart Healthy This February

February 06, 2018

As we settle into our New Year Resolutions, many of us are focusing on being proactive with our health by eating better, exercising more and becoming better versions of ourselves. While we focus on these key areas, let’s not forget to make sure we have a heart-healthy month.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, but it also one of the most preventable. Making heart-healthy choices, knowing family health history and having regular check-ups with your provider are important ways to be proactive.

To honor Heart Health Month this February, make a difference in your home by creating this hearty recipe, provided by the American Heart Association.

Turkey and Bean Tostada with Avocado-Tomato Salsa

Salsa Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes (about two medium tomatoes)
  • 1 medium avocado (halved, pitted, diced)
  • 1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn (thawed and drained)
  • 1-2 medium fresh jalapeno peppers (seeds and ribs discarded, finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Tostada Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • Five 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 8 ounces ground, skinless turkey breast
  • One 15.5-ounce can no-salt added black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 tablespoons water

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together all the salsa ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  3. Place the tortillas on the baking sheet. Lightly spray the tortillas with cooking spray. Using a fork, pierce the tortillas a few times to prevent them from filling with air. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium nonstick saucepan, cook the turkey over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or until no longer pink, stirring occasionally to turn and break up the turkey. Transfer turkey to a plate.
  5. In a large nonstick pan, cook the beans and water over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until heated through. Using a potato masher, coarsely mash the beans until they’re the consistency of refried beans. Remove from heat. Stir in the ground turkey.
  6. To make the tostadas, spread the bean and turkey mixture over each tortilla. Spoon the salsa over all.

 

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Make Sure Your Child Keeps Those Pearly Whites Intact

February 06, 2018

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and we want to ensure that your children have happy and healthy smiles.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 5 children ages 5 to 11 have at least one untreated cavity. Untreated cavities can lead to problems with eating, speaking and learning. Additionally, untreated decay can lead to major health problems and even death.

Here are a few tips to help your children maintain beautiful smiles and avoid potential health problems:

  • Have your child brush their teeth three times a day
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks, like candy, soda and juice
  • Take your child for a dental checkup every six months
  • Ask your child’s dentist about sealants, which can protect your child’s teeth from cavities

Give Kids a Smile

During the month of February, AltaMed participated in the Give Kids a Smile campaign because your child’s oral health is important to us. Our ultimate goal is provide a pleasurable experience at our dental offices and show children that going to the dentist can be fun.

Visit any of our dental offices and protect your child from cavities. Call to make a dental appointment for your child today at (888) 499-9309.

 

Get to the Heart of Heart Disease

February 01, 2017

We can fill, warm, break, change and give our hearts, but perhaps the most important role of a heart to have is to be a healthy and it’s up to us to make sure it is. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States, with one in four deaths caused by heart disease. February is dedicated celebrating not only the metaphorical purpose of a heart, but also its physical purpose. 

In honor of American Heart Month, AltaMed wants to make sure you’re aware that heart disease, which includes cardiac arrest and stroke, can be easily prevented. To make sure your heart is in the right place, you can start by making some healthy lifestyle choices, and by talking to your PCP about how to manage conditions that could put you at risk.

Here are a few quick and easy changes you can begin today! 

 

Don’t Pass the Salt

  • Choose fresh (e.g., fruits and veggies) over processed (e.g., frozen and canned) foods.
  • Pay attention to nutrition labels and opt for items with a daily sodium value of 5 percent or less.
  • Use spices like garlic or onion powder, chili or herbs instead of salt, to add flavor.

 

Get Moving

  • Make physical activity a part of your daily life; obesity is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
  • Start with 15 minutes of brisk walking at least 3 to 4 days a week.
  • Work up to at least 2 ½ hours of exercise a week.

 

Know Your Numbers

  • Maintain a healthy weight—losing just 10 pounds, if you are overweight, can lower your risk of heart disease.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation: at most, one drink a day for women, two for men.
  • Keep an eye on your cholesterol and blood pressure, and talk to your PCP about how to lower both.

 

Alter Your Patterns

  • Switch to non- or low-fat dairy products.
  • Opt for fish, chicken without skin, and lean cuts of beef or pork.
  • Quit smoking. It’s the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S. 

 

It will take commitment and dedication to follow through on these changes, but the benefits far outweigh any costs. Get your family involved to help you stay motivated, and watch as everyone’s health improves. Also, be sure to wear red not just on Valentine’s Day, but also on February 3, as part of National Wear Red Day, which aims to raise awareness in women about the importance of heart health.