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Eat right with color

Adding a variety of colors to your plate makes more than just an appealing meal. A rainbow of foods creates a palette of nutrients, each with a different bundle of potential benefits for a healthful diet. Focus on colors when making food choices. Generally, the brighter and more varied the colors, the better. Take a good look at the foods you are placing on your plate. Swapping some of the whit/beige selections for brightly fruits and vegetables is a quick and easy way to increase the nutritional value of your meal. Each different colored group of foods offers their own unique antioxidants and health benefits. For example, red foods, like tomatoes and watermelon, contain lycopene which may help reduce the risk of several cancers. Blueberries (the blue/purple group) have been linked with improved memory function and healthy aging. Beta-carotene in orange foods such as sweet potatoes and carrots is converted to Vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy membranes and eyes. Take advantage of all the seasonal, colorful spring produce such as apricots, asparagus, peas, radishes, rhubarb and strawberries. Chop fresh apricots into chicken salad, pancake batter and fruit salads. Add radishes to tossed salads, sandwiches and home made salsas. Add fresh or frozen, thawed peas to pasta dishes, casseroles, soups and macaroni salads. Serve fresh strawberries for dessert, add to tossed salads or use them to top breakfast cereals and yogurt. However you do it, get in the habit of adding brightly colored foods to your diet and stick with it for a lifetime of healthy eating.

Medicare Summary Notice

If you get a Medicare-covered service, you will get a Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) in the mail every 3 months. The MSN shows all your services or supplies that providers and suppliers billed to Medicare during the 3-month period, what Medicare paid, and what you owe the provider. The MSN isn't a bill, but you should still read it carefully. If you have other insurance, check to see if it covers anything that Medicare didn't. Keep your receipts and bills, and compare them to your MSN to be sure you got all the services, supplies, or equipment listed. If you paid a bill before you got your MSN, compare your MSN with the bill to make sure you paid the right amount for your services. If an item or service is denied, call your doctor's office to make sure they submitted the correct information. If not, the office may resubmit.

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