A Message from Your Hometown Health Manager
Thank you to everyone that is currently participating in the Eat Well, Live Well Nutrition Challenge!

Our goal with this wellness challenge was for participants to become more aware of the number of servings of fruits and veggies that they are consuming daily. We have seen a high percentage of participants so far nailing five or more servings per day. Great Work!

Reminder: The deadline to track your progress and earn your points towards your gift card reward is Tuesday, March 6, at 6:00 p.m. (EST).

You may check your reward status by logging into your Hometown Health Portal . For additional assistance or questions regarding the wellness challenge, please give WebMD Customer Service a call! They are available seven days a week at 855.667.2546.

All the Best,

Gwen Mahabir
Colorectal Cancer: 3 Facts You Should Know
It’s a fact. The more you know about colorectal cancer, the easier it may be to protect yourself from it. Now here are three more facts everyone should know about this disease. They could change the way you think about colorectal cancer — and may even save your life.
Fact 1. It can affect anyone.
Colorectal cancer — cancer of the colon or rectum — is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It usually occurs after age 50. But it may develop earlier in life.

Fact 2. It can be stopped before it starts.
Most cancers in the colon and rectum begin as polyps. These are small growths that can turn into cancer.

Fact 3. Screening tests save lives.
Preventing colorectal cancer is best — but finding it early matters too. Symptoms may not appear until the disease is more advanced — and harder to treat. That’s why screening is so important.

Extra Pounds May Bring Cancer Risk  
Being overweight may increase the risk for some types of cancer.

Experts have found links between weight and cancers of the breast, pancreas, kidney, esophagus, uterus, colon and rectum. It may also be involved in several other types of cancer too. And excess weight may raise the risk of other serious diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, excess body fat is second only to smoking as a cause of cancer. And it seems that the more overweight a person is, the greater the risk.

If you’re carrying some extra weight, don’t despair. You may help lower your cancer risk by being more active and eating a healthier diet. And those steps may help you get your weight under control, cutting your risk even more. Losing just 3 to 5 percent of your total weight can have health benefits.

Colon Cancer - Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Prevention 
Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon), which is the final part of your digestive tract. Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called adenomatous polyps. Over time some of these polyps can become colon cancers.

Polyps may be small and produce few, if any, symptoms. For this reason, doctors recommend regular screening tests to help prevent colon cancer by identifying and removing polyps before they turn into cancer.

Signs and symptoms of colon cancer include:
  • A change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool, that lasts longer than four weeks
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain
  • A feeling that your bowel doesn't empty completely
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss

Healthy Recipe: Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice
1 medium head cauliflower, stem removed
3 teaspoons canola oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten 
3 cloves garlic, minced 
One 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated 
1 cup frozen mixed peas and carrots, thawed 
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, plus more for serving, optional
2 tablespoons sesame oil 
2 cooked chicken breasts, diced (I used a rotisserie chicken) 
Hot sauce, for serving, optional

Cut the cauliflower into chunks. Working in batches, pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until coarse in texture, like rice. This recipe uses about 4 cups of cauliflower rice. If you have any leftover, save it for another use.

Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of the canola oil. Add the eggs and quickly scramble. Transfer the eggs to a plate and set aside. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons canola oil. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Add the peas and carrots, scallions and cauliflower. Stir-fry until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. 

As the vegetables are cooking, whisk the soy sauce and sesame oil together in a small bowl. Stir the sauce and chicken into the cauliflower mixture. Cook an additional minute or 2. Stir the cooked eggs back into the mixture. Serve with hot sauce and additional soy sauce if desired.

Source: Foodnetwork.com
City of North Lauderdale Celebrates American Heart Month
Staff from the City of North Lauderdale show their support of National Wear Red Day on February 2 to raise awareness for heart health during American Heart Month.
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