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March is National Nutrition Month

To get the most nutrition out of your calories, choose foods packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients and lower in calories. Pick fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat dairy more often. Be aware of portion sizes. Even low-calorie foods can add up when portions are larger than you need.

1. Variety abounds when using vegetables as pizza topping. Try broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini.

2. Get saucy with fruit: Puree berries, apples, peaches or pears for a thick, sweet sauce on grilled or broiled seafood or poultry, or on pancakes, French toast or waffles.

3. Mix up a breakfast smoothie made with low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana.

4. Heat leftover whole-grain rice with chopped apple, nuts and cinnamon.

5. Make a veggie wrap with roasted vegetables and low-fat cheese rolled in a whole-wheat tortilla.

6. Try crunchy vegetables instead of chips with your favorite dip or low-fat salad dressing.

7. Grill colorful vegetable kabobs packed with tomatoes, green and red peppers, mushrooms and onions.

8. Banana split: Top a sliced banana with a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of chopped nuts.

9. Add color to salads with baby carrots, grape tomatoes, spinach leaves or mandarin oranges.

10. Prepare instant oatmeal with low-fat or fat-free milk in place of water. Top with dried cranberries and almonds.

(Taken from Mature Living)

What do Medicare A,B,C & D cover?

Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers most medically necessary hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health and hospice care.

Part B (Medical Insurance) covers most medically necessary doctors' services, preventive care, durable medical equipment, hospital outpatient services, laboratory tests, x-rays, mental health care, and some home health and ambulance services.

Part C is not a separate benefit. Part C is the part of Medicare policy that allows private health insurance companies to provide Medicare benefits. These Medicare private health plans, such as HMOs and PPOs, are sometimes known as Medicare Advantage plans. If you want, you can choose to get your Medicare coverage through a Medicare private health plan instead of Original Medicare.

Medicare private health plans must offer at least the same benefits as Original Medicare, but can do so with different rules, costs and coverage restrictions. You can also get Part D as part of the benefits package if you choose.

Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Insurance) is the part of Medicare that provides outpatient prescription drug coverage. Part D is provided only through private insurance companies that have contracts with the government.

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