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Challenge Yourself to Choose Healthy

When it comes to keeping Southern Colorado healthy, Parkview is here to support you every step of the way. Take our monthly health challenge that will encourage you to find new ways to get and stay healthy and strong – because when you choose healthy, it gives us all something to smile about.

February Challenge:

In February, make it your goal to eat healthier! Attend this month's Grocery Store Tour with our Parkview Mobile Nurses to get a better understanding of your nutritional intake and start cooking healthier. Check out upcoming health events by clicking here.

August Challenge

Heart Healthy Recipes

Try your hand at one heart-healthy recipe per week for the week of August! Explore the recipes below and post pictures of your meals to our Facebook Page!

1. Cod Tacos with Strawberry-Mango Salsa

Cod fish is high in vitamin B3, B6 and B12 and omega 3 fatty acids, which may help to lower inflammation and your risk of heart disease.

Cod Tacos

2. Halibut with Corn and Mushroom Ragout

The omega-3 fatty acids present in halibut provide a wide range of cardiovascular benefits including improving the ratio of good cholesterol (HDL). Halibut is also a good source of vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and folic acid.

Cod Tacos

3. Mexican Chopped Salad

This delicious salad contains apples and tomatoes, both of which are high in antioxidants and fiber. They are also an excellent source of vitamin C, which can protect your eyesight and help prevent heart disease.

Cod Tacos

September Challenge

Take a 15 Minute Walk, 3x Per Week

Challenge yourself to engage in low-impact activity, such as a 15-minute walk, three times per week for the month of September! Not only will your joints benefit from regular, low-impact exercise, but you’ll also benefit from getting outdoors and soaking up natural Vitamin D from the sunshine.

October Challenge

All of October, set a timer during your day to stand up and move at least once every hour. It’s important for everyone to break up sedentary periods of time, but did you know that women who sit more than 6 hours per day are at a higher risk for breast and other cancers? Break the habit!

November Challenge

All of November, revive your cooking skills! Learn to make one healthy meal per week centered on lean meat and fiber-rich foods like whole grains. Your gut and colon will thank you! And you might even find that you enjoy having a healthier meal now and again.

Goat Cheese ad Fig Bruschetta

Figs are an excellent source of fiber and can help aid digestion

Ingredients Directions

  • 1 1/4 cups chopped, dried Mission figs (about 9 ounces)

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped orange sections

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)

  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 (1/2-inch-thick) slices French bread baguette, toasted (about 8 ounces)

  • 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) crumbled goat cheese

  • 5 teaspoons finely chopped walnuts
  • Combine first 7 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer
  • 10 minutes or until figs are tender. Un- cover and cook 5 minutes or until mixture thickens.
  • Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.

  • Preheat broiler.

  • Top each bread slice with 1 1/2 teaspoons fig mixture and 1 1/2 teaspoons goat cheese.
  • Arrange bruschetta on a baking sheet; sprinkle evenly with walnuts. Broil 2 minutes or until nuts begin to brown. Serve warm.

December Challenge

Learn to destress – especially during the holiday season. In December, sign up for a yoga class, or simply take 5 minutes per day to set aside to relax and meditate to clear your mind. Your body will thank you!

January Challenge

In January, make & keep a new year’s resolution to keep your mind active. Find puzzles you enjoy – like sudoku, a jigsaw or a crossword – and complete a portion every day to support strong mental health.

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