Putting a Safety Lock on Your Health
Feature Employee: Terry Harrison
For Terry Harrison, life is all about looking for various benefits to take advantage of and extracting the best possible outcome out of life. He made a commitment to himself and has been going to the doctor once a year to complete his annual checkup. Since our health insurance covers it, he sees no reason not to do it. This allows him to find out what his numbers are and explore ways to improve them.
Getting involved in the HumanaVitality program was a no-brainer for Terry. He could naturally get 10,000 steps each day just from working on the production floor in Peosta, Iowa. It was perfect because he didn’t need to put in a whole lot of effort to get the minimum recommended amount of steps each day. After a good day’s work, it feels great to relax for a bit, but his day doesn’t end there.
Terry found a passion that is entertaining while also enhances his health. He has been playing golf for over 20 years now and still counting. He is a part of the Rite-Hite golf league and truly enjoys spending his after-work hours out on the course. He always has a great time because his buddies are there to keep him company and he is continuously perfecting his swing.
When he isn’t walking the course, he enjoys taking his day outside to breathe in the fresh air out in his yard. He’ll find projects to work on around his home to keep on his feet.
He truly believes this program is a win-win situation and his advice to everyone is to just do it. It’s an easy way to save money by getting the insurance discount, there are free prizes to earn, and it all comes from doing a few simple activities. And if you need help with anything, he found the local Wellness Champs are a great resource to utilize. Even though the program can be easy, it will make you want to push yourself to the next level. He found the walking and weight loss challenges can be a fun way to participate and compete with fellow employees. So what’s stopping you from taking your health to the next level?
Heart Disease: The Leading Cause of Death
One in four Americans are at risk for developing heart disease.
Heart attack warning signs:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain located in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of breath
- Other signs are breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
- Manage blood pressure
- Control cholesterol
- Reduce blood sugar
- Get active
- Eat better
- Lose weight
- Stop smoking
Heart Healthy Foods
1) Whole Grains: The hearty amount of fiber in whole grain foods makes them a good choice to promote heart health. Not sure what is truly a whole grain? Check for the stamp when buying bread, tortillas, pasta, cereal, snacks, flour, baking mixes and bread crumbs. It means that it's certified by the Whole Grains Council.
2) Seasonings: This is a good way to cut back on sodium without cutting back on flavor. Beware of prepackaged seasonings and dressings. Often times they have excess salt. Instead, make your own by grinding fresh herbs with a mortar and pestle. The ratio for fresh to dried herbs is 3 to 1. So, when a recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of dried herbs, you can also use 3 teaspoons of fresh.
3) Olive Oil: According to the New England Journal of Medicine, consuming more than four tablespoons a day can lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and heart disease. Olive oil is loaded with monounsaturated fat, which can help lower cholesterol and control insulin levels.
Recipe! Asian Meatball Lettuce Wraps
- ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro plus extra cilantro leaves for garnish
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 8 Bibb or iceberg lettuce leaves, rinsed and drained
- 1 small red bell pepper cut into 1-inch- long thin strips
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 8 teaspoons reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly oil or coat a large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- Place the bread crumbs, ¼ cup of the cilantro, shallot, ginger, and salt in a large bowl and mix until well combined. Using your hands, mix the ground turkey into the bread crumb mixture until just combined. Shape the meat mixture into twenty-four turkey meat balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet and cook until no longer pink inside, about 15 minutes.
- Arrange the meatballs, lettuce leaves, bell pepper strips, and the extra cilantro on a large platter, and place the cooked rice and teriyaki sauce in separate bowls. Build the wraps by spreading ¼ cup rice and 3 meatballs inside and down the center of each leaf. Garnish with bell pepper strips and cilantro leaves, and drizzle with 1 teaspoon teriyaki sauce. Eat the wraps like a taco.
Nutrition Information per Serving (2 lettuce wraps): 320 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated), 510mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 15% vitamin A, 40% vitamin C, 15% iron