Monthly Archives: August 2013

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Connect for Health Colorado Goes Public!

The time has finally arrived; Colorado residents can now search for the perfect health insurance plans at the Health Insurance Exchange Marketplace.

As a part of the Affordable Care Act, the state has compiled 541 available insurance plans from 18 providers, and they’re all available through Connect for Health Colorado.

Open enrollment starts on October 1, 2013, and everyone is required to have a plan by January 1, 2014, so it’s a good idea to start searching now as all the rates are public.

For example:

A 40-year-old individual who doesn’t smoke can find a plan ranging from $177 to $705 a month.

Under-30 individuals who meet certain requirements can find a plan ranging from $136 to $355 a month.

Also, some individuals may qualify for certain subsidies or tax refunds that can help cover the cost of healthcare.

For more information, you can read the full article on SkyhiDailyNews.com or check out Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Insurance here.

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Grilling Health for the End of Summer

While everyone tries to make the most of their last few weeks of sunshine and free time, it’s important to keep in mind some grilling tips.

We’ve also found some great recipes to get your family back on the health track for schools.

Remember, “there’s more to barbecue than burgers and steaks,” and thanks to the University of Colorado Health’s own dietician, Sarah Morales, we have some recipes here for you:

  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Orange Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon of Orange Marmalade
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 Pound of Chicken Breast, Fish, Shrimp, Tofu, or 2-3 Cups of Vegetables

Marinade for 1 Hour to Overnight.

Easy Grilled Portabello Mushrooms with Red Pepper & Parmesan

  • 2 Porabello Mushroom Caps
  • ½ Cup of Red and/or Yellow Peppers, Thickly Sliced
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinagrette Dressing of Your Choice
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 2 Teaspoons of Fresh Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Marinate Peppers and Mushrooms for at least an hour. Grill, and let cool, then dice and sprinkle peppers on top of mushrooms along with 1 Teaspoon of Parmesan cheese on each.

Red, White, and Blue Salad

  • 1-4 Cups of Mixed Salad Greens
  • 1 Cup of Blueberries and “red” berried of your choice (strawberries, raspberries)
  • ¼ Cup of Reduced Fat Feta Cheese
  • Light Balsamic Dressing of Your Choice

Top Salad Greens with Berries and sprinkle with Feta Cheese.

We also have some General Grilling Tips for you:

  • Cut each vegetable evenly when making vegetable skewers so it cooks evenly
  • Marinade should include simple ingredients (make your own using plant-based oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper, and a little lemon or lime juice)
  • Vegetable baskets are great for grilling vegetables
  • Grill large pieces of fruit (it enhances natural sweetness and flavors)
  • Stay away from heavy potato salad
  • Place heavy/dense vegetables in foil before grilling
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Watch Out for West Nile

Because of the recent rain, mosquitoes have been thriving this season.

While that’s always annoying, it’s not dangerous, as Pueblo County mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

So far, no humans have reported contracting the virus, but it’s important to stay aware of your body.

Development can occur anywhere between 5 and 14 days after being bitten. It can happen to anyone. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Meningitis
  • Encephalitis

Prevention strategies include:

  • Draining standing water
  • Avoid the outdoors at dusk and dawn
  • Use mosquito repellent with DEET
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, and shoes

To learn more about the virus, check out Fight the Bite Colorado. You can also read the full article from KKTV here.

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Helping Knee Pain

Our Colorado News says “knee pain affects over 6% of all adults over age 30 and nearly 10% of all adults over the age of 63.” Knee pain is also within the top five leading causes of adult disability.

The article compares knee pain to a bruise.

The cartilage actually does get damaged over time from wear and tear or an injury.

Just like a bruise hurts on contact, knee pain from “compressing” damaged cartilage.

While the pain is, of course, uncomfortable, it also sets the healing process back. Just as touching a bruise before its healed will actually re-bruise the bruise; continuing damaged activity before your knee is healed will prolong the healing.

Damaging activities can include jogging and long walks.

However, there are also factors that individuals can’t control, like genetics, gender, or injuries from work or recreational activities.

Weight and structural imbalances can also play a factor, and those are things that can control. It’s important to be aware of your body and what works for you, and if you feel pain, come visit us for some imaging.