First Choice Community Healthcare, Newsletter (11/23/10)

POSTED AS AN AREA PUBLIC SERVICE BY GADABOUT-BLOGALOT. AS A FIRST CHOICE COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE BOARD MEMBER I AM PLEASED TO PROVIDE THIS NEWSLETTER, PUBLISHED BY FIRST CHOICE, FOR THE CITIZENS IN ONE OF THE AREAS SERVED BY FIRST CHOICE

 

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Happy Thanksgiving

From First Choice
First Choice Community Healthcare is launching an e-newsletter. Our first edition is just in time for the holidays, so we thought we’d share some lower-fat recipes for traditional New Mexico holiday foods – tamales and posole.  Before you say ”Ugh” or say we’re sacrilegious, just hear me out. I’ve had some very moist, tasty tamales made with canola oil in the masa instead of lard or even shortening.  If you don’t believe me, try some made by Mujeres en Accion, a group of women who have perfected the recipe to cater to vegetarians and health-conscious Mexican food lovers. They sell singles for $2.59 at La Montanita Co-Op in Nob Hill or on Rio Grande Boulevard or by the dozen from their kitchen at 1701 Broadway Blvd. SE (call 243-5584 to order two days in advance). You will not regret it and you may even be inspired to try making your own batch of tamales with canola oil and sneak them over to your grandma’s for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Here are links to a few recipes, plus a few articles on saving your sanity, your back and your pocketbook during the holidays. 

In This Edition:

 

Healthier Tamales and other Holiday Feast Survival Guides
Reduce Holiday Stress
Saving Your Back
Holiday Closures

Healthier Tamales and other Holiday Feast Survival Guides
Start with the 5 lb. bag of frozen, unprepared masa.  You can find this at Costco and most grocery stores or from the makers directly at Albuquerque Tortilla Factory and Bueno Foods. Follow the recipe, except instead of adding lard or shortening, use an equivalent amount of canola oil. Fill with your favorite filling, steam, and ENJOY!
For More Recipes and Tips:

http://www.albuquerque-tortilla.com
http://www.buenofoods.com/recipe_pages/heart_healthy_posole.html
http://www.newswise.com/articles/healthy-holiday-eating-tips
http://www.family.samhsa.gov/be/holidayeat.aspx

Reduce Holiday Stress

  • Keep Holiday Plans Realistic
  • Budget your time as well as your money
  • Deal with everyday stress immediately
  • Make a to-do list and a don’t do list
  • Learn to say no to invitations and requests

For more holiday stress relief tips, go to http://www.family.samhsa.gov/be/holidaystress.aspx

Saving Your Back

Before you lift a tree or giant boxes of Christmas ornaments, remember your back. There would be nothing worse than being laid up during the holidays, right?

  • Evaluate the size of the load before trying to lift it
  • Use carts or dollies to move objects
  • Make sure the path is clear before you attempt to carry a load
  • Don’t use your back to lift. Use your legs to do the work
  • Do not twist or turn your body once you have made the lift

Holiday Closures
All Health Centers will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25 in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday
In addition, Alameda, Alamosa, North Valley Health Centers will be closed on Friday, Nov. 26
Rio Grande High School- School Based Health Center will be closed Nov. 24-26.

Coming in the Next Edition:

  • South Broadway Grand Opening Announcement
  • More Holiday Survival Tips and Closures
  • Flu v. Cold symptoms checker
  • Walk-in procedures, extended hours and urgent care clinics
  • Introductions to new providers
  • Employee Appreciations

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