Football Frenzy: Quick Tips to Spice Up Football Season

(NewsUSA) – It’s the time of year to unpack the crockpots, pull out your team colors, and break out that Sunday football attire because football season is back!As autumn approaches and school is back in session, many families start to gear up for those weekends of tailgating. If you’re looking for some creative ways to wow your tailgate attendees or throw an awesome football party, follow these tips that are sure to be a hit. * Celebrate National Tailgating Day: The first Saturday of September is recognized as National Tailgating Day. From team colors to face paint and a spread of the best finger foods, watching your favorite team dominate and showing team spirit has never been easier. Consider adding a lean protein to any dish to keep those tailgaters energized all day. By using a crock pot for turkey chili or buffalo chicken dip, transporting food is mess- and hassle-free.* Sunday Football Snacks: NFL football season is around the corner and that calls for viewing parties filled with family and friends. Make your family room couch the go-to Sunday headquarters with football party food for everyone. Weather permitting, dust off the grill and pile up the charcoal because no party is complete without meat. Barbecue Chicken, Spicy Buffalo Wings or even Teriyaki Pulled Pork all cook well over a flame.If you’re looking to step away from the grill, consider using Sub Sandwich Kits from Land O’Frost. The Sandwich Sub Kits make 6 to 10 sandwiches and come in five different flavors, including Smoked Ham & Oven-Roasted Turkey, Italian-Style, Honey Ham & Honey Smoked Turkey, Primo Italiano and Black Forest Ham & Turkey.For a savory taste to last the whole game, make your own favorite sub sandwich.* Step Up Your Sweet Side Dishes: Take care of your sweet tooth by filling up bowls with honey-roasted cashews, M&M’s or yogurt-dipped raisins to satisfy all those sugary cravings.To get creative, try baking desserts in football form. Some crowd favorites include cookies and cream football cheese ball, cream-filled chocolate donuts, football-shaped cookies, or football s’mores brownie batter dip.With these go-to tips, your next tailgate is sure to be a success — And may the best team win.For coupons and more information about recipe ideas for the whole family, visit http://www.landomoms.com/recipes

Two Meals in One: Arborio Rice, Perfect for Risotto & Arancini

Five words or less(NewsUSA) -It’s been said that risotto waits for no one. And perhaps that is true if you want it fresh, but now you can turn leftover risotto into a show-stopping special meal. While you enjoy a delightful creamy risotto for dinner, the question remains; what do you do with the leftovers?
As delicious as it is freshly made, it doesn’t reheat well. To the rescue, arancini, those delicious Italian fried rice balls, crispy on the outside and inside creamy risotto filled with velvety melted cheese centers.
Arancini originated in Sicily around the 10th century, but have become so popular today that the word “arancini” was recently added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
Not only are arancini delicious, but they can be made large or small to serve as a main dish or an appetizer, plus they can be made ahead of time and fried right before serving.
See for yourself what all the fuss is about with this arancini recipe, which is provided by the maker of RiceSelect Arborio, the number one selling Arborio in the U.S.
Arancini
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 small onion, finely chopped
* 2 clove garlic, crushed
* 1 cup uncooked RiceSelect Arborio rice
* 3 cups heated chicken stock
* 2 ounces finely chopped prosciutto or ham
* Salt and pepper to taste
* 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
* 1 egg, beaten
* 1 egg
* 1 tablespoon milk
* 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 cup seasoned panko (or bread crumbs)
* Vegetable oil for deep frying
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring until onion is soft but not browned.
Add rice; cook stirring for 2 minutes. Stir in ? cup stock; continue cooking and stirring until the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding stock 1/2 cup at a time, stirring & cooking until all the stock has been absorbed. Stir in prosciutto. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat; stir in Parmesan cheese. Transfer risotto to a bowl, and allow to cool; if time allows, chill for an hour in refrigerator.
Stir 1 beaten egg into risotto. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining egg and milk. Roll 2 tablespoons of risotto into a ball. Press a piece of mozzarella cheese into the center; roll to enclose. Coat lightly with flour, dip into the egg mixture; roll in Panko to coat. Refrigerate for 10 minutes (or overnight).
Heat oil for frying in a deep fryer or deep saucepan to 350 degrees F. Fry rice balls in small batches until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with warm marinara sauce.
For more information on this and other mouth-watering recipes, visit www.riceselect.com.

Liquid Assets: Water Testing for Household Well Owners A Snap

Easy Well TestingTesting one’s drinking water can be intimidating to a household well owner, but it can be easy if you know a few basic steps, says the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

If you are concerned about your well water, these three steps can help get owners the appropriate tests for contaminants that might present a health risk — or create taste, odor, or appearance problems:

1. Determine what you should test for in your water.

2. Obtain a reliable water test.

3. Get an interpretation of your test results so you can take any appropriate action.
An excellent place to start learning more about these three steps is the NGWA website,
www.WellOwner.org.

5 Steps to Selecting the Right Medicare Plan

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – For people with Medicare, it’s time to select a 2017 Medicare plan. The Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan annual enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. It’s the time to research your options and select the plan that best fits your health needs and budget.
Here are five simple steps to help you make the best decision:
1. Review your current Medicare health plan. Analyze how much you’ve spent on health care during the past year, including hospital expenses, prescriptions and doctor bills. This helps you benchmark your 2017 health-care expenses and determine if your current Medicare plan still meets your needs.
2. Select the type of Medicare plan that best fits your needs. Options include:
* Original Medicare, which provides basic coverage for medical expenses without coverage for most prescriptions, and includes cost-sharing in the form of deductibles and coinsurance. This is Medicare Parts A and B.
* Medicare Advantage, which includes all of the coverage offered under Original Medicare through a private insurer, and may include extra benefits, such as dental, hearing and vision coverage, a nurse advice line and fitness program, as well as prescription drug coverage. Medicare Advantage plans are steadily gaining popularity, with the number of enrollees more than tripling since 2004 to 17.7 million or nearly a third of Medicare beneficiaries, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. This is Medicare Part C.
* Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, which offer coverage for prescription medications, and can be added to Original Medicare, a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan that does not include prescription drug coverage. This is Medicare Part D.
* Medicare Supplement Plans, which pay some costs not paid by Original Medicare, such as deductibles and coinsurance. Enrollment in a Medicare Supplement plan is not limited to the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period and these plans do not have a set provider network.
3. Comparison Shop. Once you choose the type of Medicare plan that best fits your needs, research the costs, benefits and network of doctors and hospitals associated with each plan. Check to see if your hospital and doctors are included.
4. Consider the “extras” included. Some Medicare Advantage plans include extra benefits, such as a fitness program and exercise classes specifically designed for people with Medicare. Others include dental, vision and hearing benefits. Determine how important these extra benefits are to your lifestyle and wellness needs.
5. Seek help. Shopping for a Medicare plan can be daunting, but there are resources available to assist you. You can call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or TTY: 1-877-486-2048 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 2017 Medicare plan information. And websites like www.Medicare.gov and www.humana-Medicare.com can help you research plans available in your area before the Dec. 7 Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan annual enrollment deadline.
Humana is a Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO and PFFS organization and a stand-alone prescription drug plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in any Humana plan depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments and restrictions may apply. Benefits may change on January 1 of each year.

Millennials and Health Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Growing up in the digital age, most millennials (adults ages 18 to 36) have grown dependent on using technology to educate themselves about everything from current fashion trends to the latest rankings for their favorite football team. However, one important aspect of life that can’t be as easily explained by a smartphone is health care. Since having comprehensive benefits is a major workplace perk, it’s important that millennials understand key insurance terms so they can make the best health care decisions. Learn more at aflac.com.

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Lighting Tips to Enhance Your Outdoor Living Space

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Summer is in full swing, but it’s not too late to plan a relaxing staycation or backyard social gathering while the evenings are warm and clear. To make the most of your family and friends’ time, look around your outdoor space to see if the existing lighting works properly and enhances the ambiance.
According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), a few updates to your outside lighting can make your outdoor time more enjoyable. And the best part:It does not have to be complicated or costly to transform your existing patio, deck or pool area into a lovely retreat.
“Creating a beautiful landscape doesn’t have to be expensive,” says Rick Wiedemer of Hinkley Lighting. “A few well-placed, low-voltage path or accent lights can make a huge impact on a well-manicured landscape.” No lawn is too small. “Even modest homes or those with limited yards or gardens can benefit,” he says.
A few outdoor lighting tips:
Layer outdoor lighting. Just like indoor lighting, outdoor lighting is most effective if it utilizes overhead, task and ambient light sources. Even outdoors, where there are not typically boundaries and borders, those three layers will enhance enjoyment and help define smaller sitting and entertaining areas as though they are outdoor rooms.
Create a safe and secure environment. Enhance security with lighting near entrances and in dark corners. Aim lights away from the door so as not to blind anyone as they enter your outdoor area.
Reduce glare. Light walkways and paths with light that is cast downward and fixtures that are hooded. In many cases, exterior-safe dimmers and movable fixtures, which can be added to a patio or porch as needed, can provide flexible control over the level of light.
Add decorative elements. While functionality is the top priority, aesthetic elements are important for a relaxing and inspiring setting. Focus on lighting that highlights architectural and natural details, as well as other decorative elements like arbors, pergolas, patios, etc.
Conserve energy. Consider LEDs for their efficiency. Also think about Energy Star and Dark Sky fixtures that reduce glare and minimize light into the sky as well as neighboring yards and windows. Remember to check the color (chromaticity) of LED outdoor lights. Low chromaticity lights (2700 or 3000K) will look similar to incandescent and halogen bulbs. Higher chromaticity LEDs (4000K and above) will have a whiter, bluer look.
Visit a nearby ALA-member retail store to see the latest outdoor lighting options to make your outdoor space a true oasis. For more, go to americanlightingassoc.com.

Are You at Risk for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Could you be at risk for COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? As the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., it’s quite possible that you are. COPD is estimated to affect 24 million people nationwide, but half remain undiagnosed and unaware of the symptoms, risk factors and treatment options.
COPD is a lung disease that restricts air flow and affects a person’s ability to breathe. While the biggest risk factor for COPD is long-term cigarette smoking, other risk factors include frequent respiratory infections and exposure to second hand smoke, dust or chemicals.
Most people begin to feel COPD symptoms between 50 and 70 years of age, including:
* Frequent cough
* Cough with mucus (phlegm)
* Inability to engage in normal physical activity due to shortness of breath
* Blueness of the lips or fingernail beds
* Frequent colds and nose and throat infections
“COPD occurs in both men and women regardless of ethnicity, residency and background,” says Mark J. Rosen, medical director at the American College of Chest Physicians. “Recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found that Hispanics are less likely to report symptoms of COPD than non-Hispanic whites and blacks. While education for everyone is important, emphasis within the Latino community is critical.”
The Hispanic population is quickly becoming the largest minority segment in the U.S. With this growth, the rise in emergency room visits of U.S. Hispanic patients with COPD is double the rate of non-Hispanic patients. Early diagnosis and treatment of COPD can prevent rapid and serious worsening of the disease, and the need for emergency treatment.
The Tome Un Respiro campaign, presented by the CHEST Foundation, AstraZeneca and Sunovion, provides free educational resources in Spanish, urging the Hispanic community to understand the symptoms of COPD, get screened and put a treatment plan in place, if necessary. For more information, visit TomeUnRespiro.com.
There is no cure for COPD, but early detection can significantly improve quality of life for patients. If you think you might be at risk, visit your health care provider to perform a simple breathing test called spirometry.

Anti-Cancer Compound Could Give Cancer Patients New Hope

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – You know how comforting it is to see a degree framed on the wall when you visit some professional’s office?
Well, next time you consult a doctor of chiropractic, get ready to feel very, very comforted.
That’s because his or her degree attests to the rigorous training — a minimum of seven years of higher education, including clinical patient management — that doctors of chiropractic must complete. Not everyone, though, apparently realizes what that means in terms of better health outcomes for patients.
“Doctors of chiropractic are not only trained in problems dealing with the spine, but are formally educated in clinical examination and diagnosis — with a focus on conservative health care interventions for the well-being of the whole person,” explains Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.
Among the required coursework:
* Basic sciences of anatomy, physiology, neurology, biomechanics, microbiology and pathology.
* Ethics and integrity.
* Clinical sciences, including nutrition, rehabilitation and therapeutic procedures.
* Research methodology.
The importance of quality education for chiropractors was recognized as early as 1935, when the National Chiropractic Association created a Committee on Educational Standards. That ultimately led to the formation of the Council on Chiropractic Education, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting agency for schools’ educational and clinical programs leading to the award of a doctor of chiropractic degree.
“They must also serve a rigorous clinical internship,”explains Dr. McAllister.
Learn more at F4CP.com.

Hope for Sufferers of Myofascial Pain?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For individuals with knee pain due to injury, surgery or simply old age, going up and down stairs at home can be an additional burden.
Common knee conditions or medical issues affecting the knees that may make stair climbing more difficult include the following:
* Arthritis activity. Arthritic hips and/or knees can limit flexibility and make stair climbing difficult.
* Patellar problems. The patellar tendon is responsible for straightening the knee. If this tendon is injured or damaged, the resulting inflammation makes stair climbing painful.
* Kneecap tracking. The kneecap is designed to fit smoothly into the thigh bone, but if it slides out of place, it can cause severe knee pain, especially when taking stairs.
* Cartilage concerns. Knee pain and swelling occur if the cartilage in the knee area is damaged because of a twisting motion.
* Hip hindrance. Weakened hip muscles make lifting the knees (and climbing stairs) challenging and painful.
* Poor core. Core muscles that are weakened by inactivity or injury can contribute to stair climbing problems because a strong torso is needed to keep the spine aligned when climbing up and down stairs.
A stairlift can make a huge difference for individuals struggling with knee pain. Stairlifts are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, and today’s stairlifts, such as those made by Acorn Stairlifts, are easily installed with no structural changes to the home and no damage to home decor. In addition, stairlifts from Acorn Stairlifts are powered by two small 12-volt batteries for quiet but effective operation.
Consider stair style when choosing a stairlift. Stairlifts can be designed to suit straight stairways, curved stairways and outdoor stairways, and the modular design of Acorn Stairlifts allows for easy installation without structural changes to the home.
Acorn Stairlifts’ safety elements include a chair and built-in footrest that can fold up when not in use to allow for easy passage on the stairs. They also include remote control components and foot platform sensors that stop the lift when triggered. Other features include safety belts, swivel seats that lock and light touch controls for those with limited dexterity.
For more details about finding the right stairlift for your home, visit www.acornstairlifts.com.

Crowdfunding’s Latest Effort: Preventing Youth Sports Injuries

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Want to really do something to keep kids from being hurt playing sports?
Athletic TIPS (Towards Injury Prevention in Sports) has teamed up with GlobalGiving — the largest global crowdfunding site for nonprofits — to help advance one of its key goals: hosting community workshops across the country to better educate young athletes, their parents and advisors on ways to foster “a safer experience” for everyone playing sports at the kindergarten through college levels.
The workshops focus on:
* Concussions
* Nutrition
* Dehydration and heat-related conditions
* Musculosketal injuries
Sports-related injuries have been recognized as “a silent epidemic” among the nation’s youth — accounting for nearly 8,000 emergency room visits daily. The recent launch of the not-for-profit Athletic TIPS program — supported by everyone from health care professionals to athletic directors to retired New York Giants legend Michael Strahan — was a direct response to those dire numbers.
“GlobalGiving allows us to raise awareness regarding the urgency for appropriate sports-related education,” said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a program sponsor.
The first workshop will take place this spring in San Jose, California, in partnership with Palmer College of Chiropractic. Others are being planned for Dallas, Boston, Atlanta and New Jersey.
Anyone can donate through GlobalGiving.org, though McAllister particularly encouraged doctors of chiropractic to step up since their extensive expertise makes them part of the solution. As for the workshops, health care professionals, athletes, parents and coaches can request one in their area by visiting TIPS4Sports.org. Athletic TIPS will then work with them on the planning and fundraising, as well as potentially putting them in touch with pro athletes to heighten interest.