Category Archives: Get Healthy With McWane

Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce Recipe

Photo Courtesy of: EatingWell.com / http://bit.ly/1uxlrrY
Photo Courtesy of: EatingWell.com / http://bit.ly/1uxlrrY

Almost everything is better from scratch – and making your own foods with fresh ingredients is a much healthier alternative than consuming pre-packaged, pre-cooked foods. So instead of opening a jar of sauce, try this easy recipe for spaghetti with meat sauce and extra vegetables. Serve with steamed broccoli or a green salad, garlic bread, and roasted pears for dessert. The recipe makes enough for 8 servings. If you’re serving only four for dinner, cook 8 ounces of spaghetti and freeze the leftover sauce.

Ingredients (makes 8 servings):

  • 1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 pound lean (90% or leaner) ground beef
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is beginning to brown, 5-8 minutes.
  3. Stir in garlic and Italian seasoning; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add beef and cook, stirring and breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 3-5 minutes. Increase heat to high. Stir in tomatoes and cook until thickened, 4-6 minutes. Stir in parsley and salt.
  4. Serve the sauce over the pasta, sprinkled with cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving 389 calories; 9g fat (3g saturated, 3g monounsaturated); 48mg cholesterol; 53g carbohydrate; 0g added sugars; 28g protein; 9g fiber; 416mg sodium; 709mg potassium

Recipe adapted from EatingWell.com – http://bit.ly/1uxlrrY

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Tyler Pipe Announces “Right Stuff” Winners

Tyler Pipe & Coupling Right Stuff Grand Prize Winners

L to R: Gary Young, Lori Cook, and Mike Cantrell

Tyler Pipe & Coupling in Marshfield, Missouri, concluded the Right Stuff Challenge for Wellness on August 15. They celebrated the finals with a meal and prize presentation on Friday, August 22.

Team members collectively lost 129 pounds and 56 ¼ inches in route to a healthier lifestyle. Eating a healthy breakfast daily, drinking plenty of water, getting 30 minutes or more of exercise daily, and 7 hours or more of sleep per night made everyone who participated a winner when it comes to developing healthy habits.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Grand Prize Winners
1st Place – Mike Cantrell, $150 Academy Sports Gift Card
2nd Place – Gary Young, $100 Academy Sports Gift Card
3rd Place – Lori Cook, $50 Academy Sports Gift Card

Other Prize Winners
Tim Graham
Jo Bowers
Bill Hoffman
Jim Sartin
Alan Dickerson
Randy Witherspoon
Angela Dotson
Rick Hutsell

Congratulations to all winners and participants! Job well done!

Chicken and Cranberry Salad Recipe

Cranberry and Chicken Salad

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett via Southern Living

In the midst of summer, it’s always nice to eat something light and healthy that won’t weigh heavy on your stomach in all this heat. Many people opt for quick and easy, but filling recipes, and we have the perfect one to share: Chicken and Cranberry Salad!

 

Ingredients

12 oz. (1 1/2 cups) chicken, cooked and diced
1/2 cup vinaigrette dressing
1 cup dried cranberries (or cherries)
2 tablespoons almonds (sliced, may be toasted)
1 head of lettuce or equivalent

Directions

1. Toss chicken, cranberries, and almonds with dressing.
2. Serve on a mound of chopped lettuce.

 
Nutrition (1/4 of recipe):
Calories – 290                                      Carbohydrates – 34 g
Total fat – 5 g                                     Dietary fiber – 4 g
Saturated fat – 1 g                             Sugars 27g
Cholesterol – 70 mg                            Protein 28g
Sodium – 80 mg                                 
 
Source: USDA

Drink Up!

Hannah Health Tips - Water

Before stepping outdoors make sure that you are hydrated. It is crucial to drink plenty of water and replenish all the lost fluids. During the summer months we go outdoors more, we are more physically active, and it is much hotter – all factors that dehydrate us.

One caution: drinks that contain alcohol or caffeine can actually increase fluid output, making it much harder to be properly hydrated. Signs of dehydration include:

  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • light-headedness
  • dizziness
  • little or no urination
  • constipation.

Dehydration is a major cause of:

  • Heat stroke – when body temperature rises higher than 40.6 °C (105.1°F). To avoid heatstroke wear lightweight clothing, avoid direct sunlight, use air conditioning, drink cold water, and avoid
    heavy meals.
  • Seizures – dehydration leads to a lack of electrolytes. Electrolytes send electrical signals from cell to cell. When electrolyte levels fall too low these signals don’t function properly, leading to involuntary muscle contractions.
  • Cerebral Edema – may occur when you drink after being dehydrated. The body sends water to the cells, however, it can send too much causing cells to swell and rupture.

Severe dehydration can also lead to kidney failure, coma, and even death.

As we are in full swing with gorgeous, sunny days and warm weather, remember to protect yourself against dehydration by drinking a sufficient amount of water!

Atlantic States Holds 2014 Biggest Loser Contest

Atlantic States Biggest Loser 2014In an ongoing effort to help promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage healthy habits, Atlantic States is holding another Biggest Loser Contest. The contest began on Tuesday, March 4 and will end on Wednesday, September 4, giving participants six months to reach a new healthy weight.

Rules of the Contest:

  • All participants must weigh in on Tuesday, March 4 in order to qualify;
  • Each participant must weigh in weekly; and
  • The final winners will be calculated by total percentage of weight loss

On September 4 the winner of the Biggest Loser Contest will be named and the following prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st Place- $300 Gift Card
  • 2nd Place- $200 Gift Card
  • 3rd Place- $100 Gift Card

The top three Biggest Loser winners will also be given an opportunity to “double their prize”. If they maintain their final weight at the weigh-in on September 4 for an additional six months (March 2015), they will be presented with a second gift card of the same value as their September 4 prize.

Being that the contest ends in 3 months, participants are already half-way through! We cannot wait to see the ending results and hope that everyone is doing well on their journey to a healthier lifestyle. Good luck to all participants!

Bibby Ste. Croix Team Members Take the Défi Pierre Lavoie Challenge

Bibby Ste. Croix Defi Pierre Lavoie Challenge

(Pictured: Pierre Cayer, Steve Larose, Alain Beaudet, Alex Papineau, Guy Dubois, Pierre-Luc Fallu, Jean Couture, and Tom Leonard)

Bibby Ste. Croix team members recently had the opportunity to participate in the Défi Pierre Lavoie Challenge on June 12-15. The goal of this event is help kids make healthier choices in their everyday lives and build habits that will become the norm for future generations by promoting physical activity, healthy eating, and perseverance at school. The Grand défi Pierre Lavoie began in 2008, and became the largest health-related event to ever be organized in Quebec.

The Bibby team participated in a 135 kilometer (83 mile) bike tour which raises funds for local elementary schools to promote healthy life habits. It was 68 degrees on the day of the event and they had solid rain so no one had to worry about overheating. Most of the team finished in 4.5 hours with one member finished in 5.45 hours.

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Bibby Ste. Croix Defi Pierre Lavoie Challenge - Alain Poissant

Fonderie Laperle team member Alain Poissant also participated in the Défi Pierre Lavoie Challenge and cycled 1000 km (635 miles). His bike tour began Thursday night, June 12, and finished Sunday afternoon, June 15, with cyclists travelling an average of 250 km (135 miles) per day.

 

Great job Team!

Anaco Announces the Winner of the Walking to Wellness Program

Anaco Walking to Wellness 2

Anaco just concluded their 14-week Walking to Wellness Program and are proud to announce that Jorge Arroyo was the grand price winner with 2,718,215 steps!

A total of 47 Anaco team members enrolled in January 2014 and 20 team members successfully completed the program on May 2 with an impressive 24,135,651 steps in all.

The goals of the program were to help team members set a routine, establish long-term fitness goals, eat healthier meals, and work fitness into their daily routine by walking daily at home and at work while measuring their steps with a pedometer.

All program participants received an award at the end of the program, but Jorge won a pair of walking shoes and had his name placed on a perpetual trophy.

Congratulations to Jorge and the other Anaco team members for walking your way to a healthier you!

Tyler Pipe & Coupling Holds “The Right Stuff” Challenge

Tyler Pipe Right Stuff ChallengeThe Wellness Committee at Tyler Pipe and Coupling in Marshfield, Missouri, recently rolled out a new team wellness challenge called  the “Right Stuff” challenge. The challenge will run from May 11 to August 15, and has 3 categories to develop habits by doing the “Right Stuff” for health.  

 Category #1 has 4 parts which include:

  • Drink half of your body weight in ounces daily; 
  • Exercise 30 minutes or more daily;
  • Eat a healthy breakfast daily – Grams of Carbs that are equal to or less than Grams of Protein; and
  • Get 7 or more hours of sleep nightly. 

Team members earn 1 point for each “Right Stuff” habit – up to 4 points daily and up to 28 points per week which they keep track of on a weekly score card.

Category #2 – Greatest percentage of weight loss

Category #3 – Most inches lost

Monthly prizes will be awarded in each of the three categories and team members will have the opportunity to win in each or all categories. Grand prizes will be awarded at the end of the Right Stuff Challenge.  

Gineine Rust provided a very interesting and informative presentation about the benefits of drinking water, exercise, eating a healthy breakfast and getting adequate sleep. She then measured and weighed participants for the Challenge. Gineine will assist by maintaining the “Top Secret Binder” with the recorded measurement numbers throughout the challenge.

Tyler Pipe and Coupling “CHALLENGES” other McWane facilities to do the “Right Stuff,” too!

Get Healthy with McWane!

 

Spring is here and summer is quickly approaching, so now is a great time to get out and get involved in some type of physical activity! Hannah has a few great tips to help keep your body in tiptop shape and to help you maintain a healthy well-being.
Hannah Health Tips - Exercise 1

 

 

 

Fava Beans with Red Onion and Mint Recipe

Fava Beans with Red Onion and Mint

Healthful eating is never so easy as it is in the spring. With fresh fruits and vegetables flourishing, you only need minimal preparation to bring out maximum flavor. From salads to sides, entrées to desserts, here is one of our wholesome springtime favorites: Fava Beans with Red Onion and Mint!

3 cups peeled shelled fresh fava beans (2 ½ pounds in pod)
1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 medium red onions, chopped
Fine sea salt
Generous handful of mint, roughly chopped (about 1/2 cup)

1. Cook fava beans with 1 teaspoon oil in boiling unsalted water until tender, 6 to 8 minutes, then drain.
2. Cook onions in remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring, until just crisp‐tender, about 4 minutes.
3. Add beans and cook until just heated through, then season with sea salt and pepper.
4. Toss in mint. Serve immediately.