September is National Pain Awareness Month
Affecting nearly 100 million Americans, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academics, 1 in 3 people live with pain. This statistic does not include children living with pain. The misunderstood, complex disease costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatments, disability payments and lost productivity. Despite the vast number of people living with pain, many within the pain population feel unheard and isolated. In fact, chronic pain is still widely underfunded, misunderstood and undertreated.

In 2001, a coalition of groups and organizations established September as the official month for the chronic pain community to receive national recognition. Organizations across the country come together during the month of September with the combined goal of bringing awareness and highlighting how pain affects individuals, families, communities, and the nation. These awareness goals include educating caregivers, healthcare professionals, and the community about available treatments – ranging from alternative to mainstream – that may complement existing care for a more holistic approach to pain management.

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You Can Benefit from TLC!
September is cholesterol awareness month. Do you know your numbers? Our body needs cholesterol to work properly but too much can increase your risk of heart disease. Too much cholesterol can build up in your blood vessels and cause them to narrow and block blood flow. When blood flow is blocked to your heart, you have a heart attack. High cholesterol does not cause symptoms so many people are not aware their level is too high. It is very important to have a medical checkup including blood tests to check your cholesterol numbers.

Your healthcare provider will check your total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol numbers. Adult healthy cholesterol levels include total cholesterol less than 200mg/dl, LDL less than 100mg/dl and HDL greater than 40-50mg/dl. Some risk factors for high cholesterol cannot be changed. Age, gender, heredity and race cannot be changed. There are things you can do!

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Meet Liz Kurze, Office Coordinator
Liz Kurze has lived in the Tri-Town area her entire life. She graduated from Valley Regional in 1986, then attended Branford Hall Business School. For 13 years, she was the Office Manager/Ophthalmic Technician for a successful surgical ophthalmology practice in Middletown After leaving to start her family, she then returned to work as a librarian for 10 years at the Ivoryton Library and the then 6 years as the Practice Manager for a local physician. 

Liz has two sons, one a freshman at the University of New Hampshire and one a freshman at Valley Regional High School. She married her soulmate, John, almost 2 years ago and enjoys spending time with him boating on the river, attending music events, puttering in their gardens, and playing with their 140-pound Malamute puppy, Tikaani. Liz is also an avid reader in her down time. 

As Office Coordinator, Liz has a broad spectrum of responsibilities. For the past 6+ months, Liz has assisted with all aspects of operations and administration for VNLV. She helps everything run smoothly and is a valuable part of the team!
September Recipe: Zucchini Muffins
It’s no secret that kids love muffins; and while muffins are easy to make and a convenient snack, they are often packed with too much sugar. Not these! A savory, vegetable-packed muffin that’s perfect for lunch boxes.

These muffins are almost fool-proof to put together and easily customizable based on what you have on hand. If you don’t want to use cottage cheese, then greek yogurt or ricotta will also work. Shredded mozzarella or colby-jack can replace the cheddar and almost any combination of vegetables can be enjoyed instead of the zucchini. You can try finely chopped spinach, shredded carrots and kale. Lastly, curry powder or another dried herb or spice can be used in place of Italian seasoning.

If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy vegetables at lunch time, then you must try these lunchbox zucchini muffins.

For the recipe, click here. Content Credit: Fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org
Lower Valley Care Advocates Can Help!
21 Weird Ways the World Changes in Autumn
Why leaves change color, autumn babies are smarter, and half the world enjoys mating season in unexpected ways every fall.

Got you curious?

To see all the fun fall facts, click here.
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