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Yummy Healthy Soup Recipes

Soup is one of the most nutritious ways to eat healthy and maintain a steady weight loss. There are many varieties of healthy soup recipes filled with delicious vegetables and meat for a hearty meal. Whipping up a scrumptious chicken soup or tomato soup will warm a persons body during those cold winter months taking the chill away. Healthy soups are simple to make and wonderful to eat. Here are two amazing healthy soups recipes.

Chicken Noodle Soup

A favorite pastime to drink is chicken soup which is easily created at home and sensational to eat loaded with healthiness in each bite.

Ingredients:

6 cups of chicken broth

1 lb boneless skinless chicken (remove fat)

1 cup of chopped celery

1 cup of baby carrots quartered

1 cup white onion

1 large parsnip chopped and peeled

1 bay leaf

1 tsp minced fresh garlic

tsp pepper

2 cups medium egg noodles uncooked

cup fresh dill

Cut chicken into small bite size pieces. In a large saucepan add chicken, broth, onions, celery, carrots, garlic, parsnip, pepper and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for approximately 25-30 minutes until vegetables are tender and chicken is cooked. Remove bay leaf. Add in dill and egg noodles, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or so. Now enjoy an appetizing nutritional bowl of soup low in calories, fat, cholesterol and salt.

Hearty Tomato Soup

Dip into a hearty tomato soup packed with herbs and spices for an outstanding taste to delight a palate and easy to make. Rich in taste, this healthy soup is ideal for vegetarians and anyone alike.

Ingredients

4 4.5 lbs of fresh ripe tomatoes peeled and chopped

4 cups low sodium tomato juice

1 white onion diced

1 cup low fat milk (or skim)

2 garlic cloves minced

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon parsley

teaspoon salt

teaspoon pepper

In a large saucepan add the tomatoes and tomato juice and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Pour the saucepan into a food processor or blender until smooth. When tomato mixture is smooth in blender, pour back into saucepan. add milk, salt and pepper, basil, thyme, parsley, garlic, onion and milk. Stir and cook over medium heat until thick. This takes approximately 5-10 minutes. Serve with bread if desired. Soup will keep for one week in refrigerator in an airtight container.

These two wonderful hearty healthy soups are nutritionally delicious and filling. Garlic bread may be added to each to enhance the delightful flavor. To create garlic bread simply take a long french bread and slice the long way. Open up and on both inner sides spread yogurt butter then sprinkle garlic all over. Heat oven to 350 degrees and place garlic bread on cookie sheet. Place in oven until browned for approximately 10 minutes. Dip into the vegetable or chicken soup to add a bit of zesty flavor.

Assurant Names Healthcare Solutions Team Americas #1 Health Insurance Agency

Lombard, Ill.Healthcare Solutions Team has been named Americas #1 Health Insurance Agency for a second straight year by Assurant Health.

The award was given to the Lombard, Illinois-based insurance agency based on the companys annual sales with Assurant Health. Overall in 2012, Healthcare Solutions Team had an annual sales volume of more than $83 million, which was a nearly 20% jump over the prior year.

Working with valued partners such as Assurant Health makes growth a realistic opportunity for our company, said Grant Born, principal at Healthcare Solutions Team. Our goal has always been to find the best health insurance coverage for families, individuals and groups while staying within their budgets. With the changes in healthcare reform, having a variety of plans to choose from has taken on even greater importance.

Its easy to succeed when given the right tools, said Joe Eichman, principal at Healthcare Solutions Team. Our agents really can find a plan for everyone.

He added that Healthcare Solutions Team is continually listening to top producers, looking for ways to help them improve their performance. The companys LeadMaster system is one such innovation that drives results.

Healthcare Solutions Teams LeadMaster is the most advanced lead and client management system the industry has ever seen, said Born. With fully integrated auto dialing, bulk texting and email functions, it has never been easier to manage and organize our clients and prospects while keeping them informed.

Eichman agreed: We have added to an already dynamic technology, which allows Healthcare Solutions Team agents to out produce any other agents in the industry.

When they excel, the whole company thrives, he continued. We nurture all of our agents so that they become true partners and our advocates in bringing consumers the best, most affordable health plans available.

Grant Born and Joe Eichman created Healthcare Solutions Team in 2007 and since then the company has grown into one of the countrys premier health and dental insurance agencies. Based in Lombard, Ill., Healthcare Solutions Team has agents across the country who provide personalized solutions and optimized plans to fit each individuals budget and needs. The companys goal is to make affordable healthcare accessible to everyone.

Assurant Health, part of Assurant (AIZ), a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500, is the brand name for a family of health insurance products focused on providing a variety of affordable plan choices to consumers. The companys portfolio of health care products includes major medical, supplemental and fixed-benefit plans for individuals, families and small employers.

In addition to being named Americas #1 Health Insurance Agency by Assurant Health for two years in a row, Healthcare Solutions Team was listed in 2012s Inc. 500|5000 and has been named Americas #1 Career Health Insurance Agency and Top Key Broker by UnitedHealthOne, as well.

For more information on Healthcare Solutions Teamincluding career opportunitiescontact Jackie at (630) 261-3000 or . Or, visit the companys website at www.HealthcareSolutionsTeam.com.

Dubai Healthcare City

Dubai HealthCare City is unique, because it is a city within a city, where both the pharmaceutical industry and health care are under one roof.The developers and the owners are the Dubai Holding. This project will cost $1.8 billion.The following institutions will be housed here:

* research – and rehabilitation centres, * medically training institutes, * private hospitals and clinics, * pharmaceutical offices and spas.

This project has been devised for promoting health tourism. For this reason there are also some flats, residential villa’s and five star hotels, which are surrounded by an man-made lake.The HealthCare City in Dubai will be situated on the Old Metha road,beside the creek and nearby Al Wasl hospital and Wafi City.By early 2010 it will have its own Dubai Metro station on the Green Line. By the end of 2008, 17 hospitals are planned for DHCC with a total of 780 beds. The hospitals which are under construction can be categorised as follows:

* General Hospital I – Cardiology* General Hospital II – Obstetrics* General Hospital III (150 beds)* Long-Term Care Facility (100 beds)* Nursing Home (50 beds)* Orthopaedic Hospital (20 beds)* Plastic Surgery Hospital I (25 beds)* Plastic Surgery Hospital II (25 beds)* Rehabilitation Hospital (300 beds)* Sports Medicine Hospital (100 beds)* Long-Term Care Facility (100 beds)* Urology Hospital (30 beds)* University Hospital (400 beds)

By the end of 2008, the University Hospital is projected to be ready. At present, candidates for the postgraduate training course are sent to Boston (USA). But the Ultimate goal is to set up a training hospital and a postgraduate medical training centre, which will be associated with the Harvard Medical School. This academic centre promises the most exhaustive medical reference search in the country, by having a research centre of the sciences of living and the Al Maktoum Medical Library.The research centre of the sciences of living, is an auditorium with 300 seats.Therefore it is a large project with also a nursing school in the expectation, which will accommodate 200 students, offering basic and masters level training.

At present the HealthCare City of Dubai functions partially. There are approximately 760 staff members, of which 130 doctors. According to the expectations phase 1 & 2 will be fully operational by 2010.

Up till now the next list of private hospitals and offices has been announced:

* American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital* American University of Beirut Medical Centre* Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Center* Eleva Women’s Hospital* London Great Ormonde Street Hospital Dubai Office* Mayo Clinic Middle East* The City Hospital (Welcare, Varkey Group)* The Creek Hospital Dubai (Welcare, Varkey Group)* University Hospital* Universitatsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf The following pharmaceutical companies are already operational with offices and laboratories in Dubai Health Care City: * AstraZeneca* Johnson & Johnson* Novo Nordisk* Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

Telemedicine Plays A Vital Role In Healthcare Delivery For Oil Rig Workers

The warning today by the Health and Safety Executive that firms in the North Sea oil and gas industry must improve their safety records is timely.

Although it was not in the North Sea, the disaster on the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico in which 11 workers died was a stark reminder of the need for constant vigilance over rig safety. Hazards are ever present offshore and workers on even the safest offshore rigs are susceptible to injuries and high rates of respiratory and cardiovascular disease.

Remote specialist advice via videoconferencing improves the quality of offshore healthcare and reduces avoidable medical evacuations. A 50-mile medevac by helicopter can cost 5,000-10,000, so telemedicine with remote monitoring and diagnostic equipment is becoming the preferred option now that drilling rigs and oil platforms are equipped with Internet and satellite connections.

Modern collaboration technology brings the specialist to the patient without the need to be transported onshore. With the help of video consultation and integration with medical diagnosis equipment, medical specialists can conduct remote consultations using state-of-the-art video communications. This allows them to make an accurate diagnosis with the aid of the nurse or emergency medical technician based offshore.

On-the-spot diagnosis, not a replacement for healthcare professionals

Transmission of crystal-clear images and perfect sound gives the doctor the sense of being in the same room as the patient – but only just. Technology cannot transmit sensory perceptions and cannot therefore replace healthcare professionals who physically attends to the patient; however, what it can do is extend the physicians judgement to the remote location and bring doctors and other medical specialists ‘into the room’ when required.

Remote monitoring aid aboard offshore oil rigs

The relentless pursuit for high safety standards is paramount; the challenge to improve safety will be even greater as HSE decision makers are looking to create a healthier and more productive workforce. Timely access to quality patient healthcare is becoming more logistically challenging and expensive, but visual collaboration and the integration with remote medical diagnosis equipment makes sense…. it’s as simple as that!

Medicare Advantage Will Get Hit With Health Care Reform

Since even before Medicare was passed in 1965 its been a source of frustration and intense debate from The Hill to Main Street. From concierge doctors to family physicians, politicians and family gatherings, health care reform is still a tough subject to grasp.

While Andy Griffith is currently appearing in television ads explaining Medicare changes to seniors, and the White House is praising its upcoming health care overhaul, the facts of how Medicare will change still remain a bit fuzzy.

1965. A lot of good things came out that year, like Medicare. This year, like always, we’ll have our guaranteed benefits and, with the new health care law, more good things are coming. Free checkups. Lower prescription costs and better ways to protect us and Medicare from fraud. See what else is new. I think you’re gonna like it, says Andy Griffith in his new TV ad. (Time.com) Seems to be pretty simply and explanatory, right? In reality, its a little more complicated.

Time.com states that Medicare Advantage, will in fact be greatly affected by health care reform, causing many seniors who have Medicare Advantage plans to lose fringe benefits that are not required by law. According to the Wall Street Journal, dozens of Medicare Advantage providers plan to cut back vision, dental and prescription benefits. Some plans are eliminating free teeth cleanings and gym memberships, and raising fees for hearing aids, eye glasses and emergency-room visits.

Medicare Advantage plans will take the biggest hit when the health care overhaul starts to take effect next month, mainly because Medicare Advantage plans are privately run plans that offer additional benefits beyond traditional Medicare. Obamas health care overhaul cuts to Medicare Advantage will open up the doors for 30 million Americans who currently dont have health insurance c overage. By taking some funding away from Medicare Advantage, money can be put towards those 30 million uninsured.

Democrats say the payment cuts are fair because Medicare overpays private insurers to run the plans. The government now pays private insurance companies an average of 9% more to operate the plans than it costs the government to run traditional Medicare, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an independent congressional agency. That allows insurers to offer richer benefits to enrollees. (Wall Street Journal Online)

As for standard Medicare plans, they will not change, a common misconception among seniors according to Time.com. In a July poll, 50% of seniors believed health care reform would cut benefits that were previously provided to all people on Medicare, and that Medicare patients will have to spend more out of their own pocket. The reality is that while Medicare Advantage will change dramatically, standard Medicare will not, according to Time.com.

The law requires Medicare to pay 100% of preventive care, which includes checkups. The law will also gradually close the Medicare prescription drug gap known as the doughnut hole.

How To Be a Healthy Person

If you want to be healthy, and I assume you do, then I have four words for you. Diet, exercise, hydration, and sleep. Without all of them in good working order, you will not be any healthier than a car that has plenty of fluids, except is oil. That car will not last, just like your body will not last.

They say you are what you eat, and there is some truth to that. If you eat poorly, you will have poor health. But more than that, even if you get plenty of exercise, drink lots of water, and get adequate rest, if your diet is poor, so will be your health. A healthy diet includes all food groups in the correct proportions. Your diet should consist of roughly protein, fruits, vegetables, and carbs. This is a simpler way than the food pyramid, food plate, or whatever they use these days.

To be healthy you also need to get enough exercise. The best combination is 3 cardio days per week, and 3 weightlifting days. And not just any exercise will do. I see guys at the gym all the time lifting weights, but never getting bigger muscles, women on the treadmills, never getting thinner, and one toothpick woman who never gets stronger. The reason is that the guys never push themselves by doing heavy weight or hard lifts, the fat women never go faster than a brisk walk, and the toothpick lady never lifts more than about 5lbs. You have to make it burn and keep getting better, stronger, and faster.

Your body is made mostly of water. 70% of you is H20, so you can imagine that drinking lots of it is kind of important. It turns out that it is, and that you will be much healthier with plenty of it. Almost every chemical reaction your body goes through to keep you alive and moving takes place in or with water and it wouldn’t happen without it. Getting enough can be tough though. The best rule to follow is to take 3-4 swallows of water every time you use the bathroom and drink plenty during and after workouts.

Lastly is sleep. This is the time your body repairs itself and gets ready for another day. If you don’t get enough, you don’t repair properly and consequences will follow. Don’t drink caffeine much either, because it will cause you to feel energetic when you are not. So it you are tired all the time and feel like you need a boost, try sleeping more instead of coffee. If you do, you will be a more healthy person.

Boosting Health Care Efforts

Health care is not one-dimensional. There’s more to it than what takes place inside a hospital. Recognizing the need for a more holistic approach to health and well-being, community hospitals have come up with supplementary services for their patients, primarily in terms of education and training.

General Health Education

Taking care of yourself all boils down to knowing the basics of health. Every now and then, a person needs a refresher course on what needs to be done to keep the body in good shape. Community hospitals offer general health education classes, as well as lessons on alternative lifestyle methods that can boost one’s efforts to stay healthy.

First Aid Training

Knowing how to handle emergencies is a valuable skill, which is why community hospitals have first aid training sessions that their patrons can enroll in. Both children and adults can benefit from a few courses so they will know what to do when faced with a medical emergency.

Maternity and Neo-Natal Care Education

One of the most popular courses offered by community health care facilities like the San Joaquin hospital in Bakersfield, California is about mother and child care during pregnancy and after birth. The issues of maternity and neo-natal care are discussed in the hospitals’ regular sessions on the topics.

Disease Management

People who suffer from conditions such as diabetes can go about their routines normally as long as they manage their diseases well. To help them with this, San Joaquin hospital, CA and its counterpart facilities spread all over the country offer disease management courses. These courses cover diet requirements, lifestyle adjustments, therapies, and other related topics.

Getting access to these classes and trainings isn’t that difficult. Most of these sessions are offered for free, and participants only need to register for the programs. It is important to regularly check a community hospital’s schedule of events to know whether there are courses that one is interested in. In addition, a person can also request for a particular class that isn’t in the current list. Community health centers like San Joaquin hospital, CA are open to suggestions from their patients.

Health Care Education – Choose The Right Career In Healthcare Sector

Specialized medical courses are now being offered by many health schools. These programs provide in-depth knowledge of various medical treatments and subjects.

Health care education in the sphere of allied health, diagnostic medical ultrasound and sonography, nursing, occupational and physical therapy, pharmacy technician, healthcare management, emergency medical services, and other subjects are open to students these days. These programs are available as full time or part time programs and offer internships as well, so that students can get a hands-on experience in their respective fields.

With the increase in health care facilities for the disabled and elderly, nursing universities have developed new courses in health care education. Nowadays, wellness centers and independent living centers are offer bright prospects to upcoming medical professionals. Assisted living centers, adult care centers and the likes are offering them designations like that of medical administrator, in which they are responsible for every resident and their well-being. The requirement of skilled medical practitioners is steadily increasing with increase in the number of adult care centers and retirement homes. The minimum requirement for a job in these centers is a Bachelor’s degree in science or health care. Professional course certificate in the branch of health administration, human physiology or health law gives you a better chance of getting a job over others.

Now that we have a number of options available in health care sector, choosing the right course for you can be a daunting task. You got to clearly define your career goals and then find out the details of the courses that fulfill them rightly. If you want start earning quickly and gather some job experience, then you must look forward to diplomas and certificate programs. Likely, there are some courses which take up a few years to get completed but they offer rewarding careers ahead.

If you are looking for job and career prospects in this industry then there is some really fascinating news ahead. The healthcare industry is on a high tide these days and there are numerous jobs available in various adult day care centers, emergency clinics, hospitals and rehab centers. In the last ten years, there is been a significant change in the health care facilities. Conventional roles like doctors, pharmacists and nurses are a thing of past. This escalating demand for skilled medical services is contributed by diversification of roles in medical care centers. Healthcare benefits along with hefty pay scales are common feature in healthcare jobs these days.

Definition Of Healthy Skin

Let me explain what healthy skin in simple words. Healthy skin is smooth, soft, evenly tonedin short, beautiful! How is this logical? Let us use an analogy. Youll know when youre sick when you dont feel well, you look pale and your skin feels clammy, right? Well, just like any other form of illness, it manifests itself in irregularities in your feeling and physical appearancejust like someone with Hepatatis has a yellowish complexion. And so, unhealthy skin can be defined by its rough texture, abnormal coloration (I say abnormal because each persons tone of complexion varies), dryness and oiliness, and skin that is inappropriate for your age. For instance, youre just in your twenties and yet you have wrinkles like youre in your fourties.

So, in contrast to what an unhealthy skin is, a healthy skin is smooth, soft, evenly toned and appropriate for natural aging. It makes sense, right? And whats most important is that these external factors symbolize that your skin is functioning properly in that it protects your body from the sometimes unkind effects of the environment, prevents harmful germs and bacteria from penetrating your body, and preserves the skins natural waterproof property.

So, knowing that a beautiful skin equals a healthy skin, let me give you just one very important word of advice that is essential in keeping your skin healthy and beautiful. Regulate your skins exposure to the sun. as you all know, sunlight contains harmful, and sometimes even fatal, UV rays that causes premature skin aging and skin cancer. It is your skins number one enemy. It not only makes you sweat, which bleeds your skin of the water it needs to function normally, but too much exposure also causes the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer.

So, if you want to maintain your healthy skin, use precautions when you know youre going to be exposed to the suns hot rays for a long period of time. Make it a habit to apply sunscreen before going out. And since the US is home to Caucasians who love to tan, I recommend that you use sunless tanning lotions and indoor tanningthe spray-on ones and not the ones that use tanning beds and lamps as the World Health Organization (WHO) has already labeled these tanning equipment as carcinogenic.

Health Care Reform-What It Means For Americans

We all, in recent months, have heard all the pros and cons of the health care reform debate, but as expected, most people are still confused about what to expect. While it is very clear that the U.S. health care system is in dire need of change, reform is hardly the best descriptive word, unless you are referring to who is gonna pay and who will be covered.

If you are a person who is currently uninsured due to your financial situation, unemployment, or because of a major health issue then health care reform is probably something that you will welcome. The plan is to make sure that everyone can receive coverage even if they can’t afford it or are currently ineligible due to pre-existing health issues.

This new plan will not deny health care coverage to anyone, including those who have pre-existing conditions or life threatening illnesses; everyone will be covered. Every American citizen, regardless of personal status, will be equally eligibility and no one will be turned down or turned away for health care.

As great as this idea is for everyone to have health insurance, there are very real concerns raised about this new plan. Added everyone to the health care system will have a huge impact on the cost of such a system, especially those with health issues of a serious nature and anyone who doesn’t follow a regular check up schedule. This new proposed plan is based on the balancing out theory between those who have no insurance and are less than healthy and the healthy insured and employed individuals. The concerns center around the effectiveness and extra cost associated with such a new health care plan.

Using a misleading term or name such as The Health Care Reform to describe what it really is: a Nationalized Health Plan and will bring with it, its own unique set of problems. It is very misleading, no matter how you look at it. Other nations who have adapted this type of health care, have experienced a hugh imbalance between care that is needed and the ability of the health care professional to keep up with the demand. Long waits to see specialists and a less than adequate number of doctors to see patients seems to be a uniform problem with this type of health care. Why U.S. law makers cannot see the trend of other nations who are moving away from a nationalized health care system, because of the inefficiencies it creates and caters to, is beyond belief to many voting citizens. Why would an advanced nation such as the United States be taking a step backwards concerning health care?

To avoid upcoming hassles it is a brilliant idea to keep individual health insurance up to date. There is affordable health insurance for students available.