Keep High Risk Family Members Flu-Free
North American Precis Syndicate
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This delicious Cinco de Mango Black Bean Salsa is chock-full of red onions, bell peppers, black beans, cilantro, lime and of course fresh mangos. This salsa has so many exciting bright flavors that your guests will be begging for seconds—and the recipe. The fun doesn’t have to stop at the salsa bowl. Feel free to add fresh mangos to margaritas, quesadillas and desserts, or simply serve fresh slices to guests. Not only do mangos sparkle in a variety of dishes and beverages, they’re an excellent source of vitamins A and C and a good source of fiber. Mangos bring an essence of the tropics to any gathering, helping partygoers have a good time with the world’s most popular fruit. Cinco de Mango Black Bean Salsa 6 servings Prep Time: 5 minutes cup olive oil 3 garlic cloves, finely minced cup lime juice (from about 2 limes), plus 2 limes cut into wedges for serving 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 mangos, peeled, pitted and diced 1 red bell pepper, halved, seeded and finely diced 1 green bell pepper, halved, seeded and finely diced Keep High Risk Family Members Flu-Free 4-H Sets Careers In Motion Mangos, the world’s most popular fruit, bring the delicious essence of the tropics to any gathering. 1 yellow bell pepper, halved, seeded and finely diced 1 large red onion, halved and finely chopped 1 serrano chili, finely chopped, optional cup finely chopped fresh cilantro 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed Whisk the olive oil, garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper together in a large bowl. Add the mangos, peppers, red onions, chili and cilantro and toss to coat. Add the beans and gently toss everything together. For more recipes and instructions on how to select and cut a mango, visit www.mango.org. While exotic in appeal, mangos are available anytime of year. Following are tips from the National Mango Board to get the most out of the mango experience: • Color isn’t the best indicator of ripeness. To determine if a mango is ripe, squeeze gently. • A ripe mango will give slightly but not be too soft. • To ripen firm mangos, store at room temperature. They will continue to ripen, becoming sweeter and softer over several days. • Once ripe, store mangos in the refrigerator for up to five days. • Mangos may be peeled, cubed and placed in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for up to six months. (NAPSA)—Millions of young people today become confident, skilled adults ready for future life success through their participation in 4-H programs. Take Ryan Harrell, who discovered his passion for science through his involvement in numerous 4-H animal science projects. Today, at age 30, Ryan is a PET/CT technologist who helps doctors reduce the amount of radiation exposure in cancer patients by targeting and treating specific tumors using image technologies. “My 4-H projects created an excitement about science and armed me with the basic anatomical knowledge that I still use in my work today,” said Ryan. “It’s those experiences that launched my interest in medical imaging technologies and set me on the path to my chosen career.” Success stories such as Ryan’s demonstrate 4-H’s commitment to encouraging today’s youth to get involved, be part of a thriving community and learn new skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. In fact, 4-H’s goal is to help prepare 1 million new young people to excel in science, engineering and technology by 2013. To become a member of the 4-H community across America or to read more about Ryan’s story, visit www.4-H.org/SET. (NAPSA)—Heeding a few hints can help you protect your family from the flu. That’s just as well, considering that in the United States the disease affects up to 60 million people a year. According to Dr. Neil Schachter, one of the leading authorities on respiratory disease and author of “The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds & Flu,” about a third of the population is at high risk for serious complications from the flu that can lead to hospitalization or even death. To help you keep loved ones healthy, Dr. Schachter identifies those at high risk and outlines simple steps to help avoid falling victim to this highly contagious illness. Who’s At High Risk? Anyone can get the flu, but some people are more vulnerable to the virus and its complications. Those at risk include children 6 months to 18 years of age, people 50 years of age and older and anyone with chronic medical conditions such as heart or lung disease, diabetes and asthma. Here are some reasons these groups are at high risk for the flu: • Children: Children may be more vulnerable because they have had limited time to develop a natural immunity to influenza. In addition, kids are in close contact with each other at school, home and day care, which increases the risk of catching and spreading the virus. • Older Americans: As the body grows older, the immune system weakens, making it harder to fight off and treat respiratory infections. • People with Chronic Health Conditions: Any condition affecting the immune system, such as diabetes, asthma or lung disease, can limit the body’s ability to fight infection. The flu can also make chronic health problems worse. Flu Prevention For People At High Risk: People at high risk need to take special precautions to prevent flu and its complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Who’s At High Risk? The flu is more likely to lead to serious health complications in the following people: • Children 18 and under • Adults 50 and older • Anyone with a chronic illness such as asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease, diabetes Prevention (CDC) recommends a “Take 3” approach to fight the flu, which includes vaccination, antiviral medications and good hygiene. While an annual vaccine is the first line of defense against influenza for everyone, it is especially important for high risk populations to use all three strategies. It’s also critical that anyone in close contact with high risk individuals—health care providers, family—take the same precautions to build a “cocoon” of limited flu exposure around them. Prescription antiviral medications, including Tamiflu and Relenza, can play an important role against influenza for people at high risk. The vaccine is not 100 percent effective, so provide additional protection. Antivirals can also offer protection during the estimated two weeks it takes for the vaccine to become effective after administration. Flu Treatment For People At High Risk: Early diagnosis and proper treatment of the flu are critical for people at high risk to prevent serious complications. It is important to know the flu symptoms—sudden onset of fever, aches and extreme fatigue—and to call the doctor at the first signs of illness. If taken within 48 hours of symptom onset, antivirals can treat the flu at its source, helping people get better faster and reducing the risk of serious complications, such as pneumonia. To order a copy of “The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds & Flu” or to ask Dr. Schachter a question, visit www.thegooddoctor1.com.
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