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Breaking the mold New relationship-based primary care model solving healthcare crisis for thousands

Emerging communication trends: Driving the future of healthcare

Promoting wellness by containing costs Chronic medical conditions can be managed with good habits Plant-based diets: A new kind of ‘going green’

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Breaking the mold New relationship-based primary care model solving healthcare crisis for thousands

Emerging communication trends: Driving the future of healthcare

Promoting wellness by containing costs Chronic medical conditions can be managed with good habits Plant-based diets: A new kind of ‘going green’

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Spring 2018 6 VITALITY n Chiropractic care: Pain relief to get you moving again n Medication isn’t the entire answer

10 INNOVATION n Welcome to seamless healthcare

20 HEALTH & WELLNESS n How to outsmart allergens n Promoting wellness by containing costs

24 LIFESTYLE & NUTRITION n Making sun sense n A new kind of ‘going green’ n Ask the Expert: Regenerative Medicine and the ‘Weekend Warrior’ n Sweet as Sugar

16 COVER Breaking the mold New relationship-based primary care model solving healthcare crisis for thousands


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Chiropractic care: Pain relief to get you moving again The benefits of the treatment that keeps people active and healthy BY MEGHANN FINN SEPULVEDA


hiropractic services are used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches, according to the American Chiropractic Association. At Redirect Health and Arrowhead Health Centers, licensed chiropractors work closely with a team of multi-specialty providers to reduce pain and improve function for patients so they can quickly return to doing the activities they love most.

Healing services Chiropractic helps decrease pain and inflammation and is often used in conjunction with other treatment modalities. “Chiropractic increases mobility and function to help


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people be more active,” said Robert Cucitrone, DC, director of chiropractic and rehabilitation at Redirect Health and Arrowhead Health Centers. “This is a less invasive treatment that can be very effective.” Cucitrone, who has been practicing chiropractic at Arrowhead Health Centers for 18 years, says some chiropractic patients are also under the care of a primary care physician who monitors treatment and may also prescribe medication, injections or physical rehabilitation to alleviate pain. “We use chiropractic as one part of a treatment plan,” Cucitrone said. “We can treat issues of the neck, back, knees and elbows and help patients who have sciatic nerve pain, bulging discs and headaches.”

Effective treatment Chiropractors practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment, according to the American Chiropractic Association. “We perform an exam followed by massage, therapeutic activities and hands-on manipulation to align the bones and take pressure off the muscles and joints in the affected area(s) of the body,” Cucitrone explained. “Our team of highly skilled chiropractors provide a great deal of education to gain the trust of all patients and instill confidence about this safe and effective treatment.” Treatment plans using chiropractic at Redirect Health and Arrowhead Health Centers vary per individual but are usually recommended between two and three times per week for several weeks. “We regularly evaluate the treatment plan to see if the patient is responding well which guides us in determining

the most appropriate approach to care,” Cucitrone said.

Road to recovery As just one step in the comprehensive treatment for pain management at Redirect Health and Arrowhead Health Centers, chiropractic patients can often experience immediate relief. Patients can be seen quickly at Redirect Health and Arrowhead Health Centers, which has five convenient Valley locations. “We offer same-day appointments and take walk-ins,” Cucitrone said. “Our team is ready to address the issues of our patients and improve their overall health.”

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Medication isn’t the entire answer Chronic medical conditions can be managed with good habits BY DEBRA GELBART


octors agree that the well-being of people with chronic medical conditions—including diabetes, heart disease, asthma and allergies—can be enhanced substantially by lifestyle modifications. “Lifestyle modifications are super important,” said Janice Johnston, M.D., co-founder and medical director of Redirect Health. “Too often, patients rely on taking a pill to fix a problem, but often lifestyle changes can make all the difference with getting things like blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol controlled.”

“Not only can diet and exercise improve quality of life for many individuals living with chronic illness, in many cases it can prevent or reverse conditions,” said Dr. Kiran Janjua, a naturopathic physician with Redirect Health. A great example of a condition that may be prevented and reversed through diet and exercise, she pointed out, is diabetes. “I always recommend dietary changes in patients with diabetes,” Dr. Johnston said. “A small change with one habit can make big impacts on diabetic control. Taking away soda or sweet tea, for instance, and replacing it with water will drastically drop blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics.” And getting exercise regularly, she says, even 30 minutes a day, “will help to get diabetes and weight under control.”

Other steps to good health Sufficient water intake is also important, Dr. Janjua emphasized. “Water aids in cell growth and benefits all our organs. Hydration in the state of Arizona is especially important because of the weather but can also help us avoid drinking beverages such as sodas, which do not provide health benefits and can lead to chronic illness. Individuals should drink one-half of their body weight in ounces every day.”


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“Not only can diet and exercise improve quality of life for many individuals living with chronic illness, in many cases it can prevent or reverse conditions. – DR. KIRAN JANJUA

Another lifestyle consideration is adequate sleep, Dr. Janjua said. “Not only does sleep help refuel and energize us for the next day; it also helps boost our immune system and has shown many benefits to mood,” she said.

More help for chronic conditions For patients with heart disease, Dr. Johnston suggests taking Coenzyme Q10. “It’s a good anti-inflammatory supplement and will help to offset any side effects of the cholesterol medication.”

For people with asthma or allergies, Dr. Johnston recommends “keeping pets out of your bed.” She also advises use of a neti pot or saline sinus rinse. These “work great and often can take care of allergy symptoms without use of medication,” she said. Know your triggers and try to avoid them, keep your vents clean in your house and change your air filters at least every three months, she added. Finally, Dr. Johnston’s advice is to know the best time of day to take any prescribed medications and know whether it’s better to take it with or without food. This “makes medication work better and helps to avoid any side effects.”

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Emerging communication trends: Driving the future of healthcare Spruce Technology boosting Redirect Health’s crusade towards smart healthcare BY PAT WHITNEY


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Spruce’s technology is helping propel Redirect Health’s success in the marketplace.


et’s face it. Faster and more immediate communication is changing human behavior. Today: • 95% of Americans own cell phones, two-thirds are smart phones. • 30% of people no longer listen to voice mail. • 75% of millennials prefer to text than talk with customer support.

“We use mobile apps for everything,” says Kevin Malik, director of Redirect Health’s technical healthcare systems. “Healthcare is no exception. The apps give members a highly customized experience, reducing time and cost, and providing better healthcare engagement—more attention for less time and cost. “It can be confusing when to go to the doctor and what doctor to see,” Malik says. “Using technology to get healthcare from a company that listens to a members’ symptoms and directs them to the medical professionals they need is one of the top goals.” Redirect Health, President and Founder, Dave Berg adds that mobile apps and virtual video visits give people the ability to get care for many common healthcare issues. “Members can get convenient healthcare from their homes,” Berg says.

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How technology is changing member experiences Leading technology company Spruce Health is propelling Redirect Health’s progressive virtual communication network approach to healthcare. Spruce, founded in 2013, bases the future of healthcare delivery on three key ideas: • The majority of health encounters will be digital, with patients using mobile devices. Studies suggest

as many as 50% of doctor visits could be completed virtually, a percentage likely to rise as innovation continues, with vast potential to improve health and management of chronic disease.

• Traditional healthcare communication is increasingly outdated. Practices have depended

on simple phone and fax systems for decades. New advances now allow for smart telephony, including texting, adaptive phone trees and other features that yield vastly more efficient workflows.

• Healthcare communication has become fragmented. New tools for healthcare need to focus on

unifying communications, consolidating diverse channels into one place where teams can easily collaborate.


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“Spruce is a modern healthcare communication and care platform,” says engineer Kunal Jham. “It helps care teams communicate seamlessly, both with each other and with members, and that means better care and an easier, more delightful experience for everyone. “When we started the company, we knew that we wanted to power all of the healthcare that occurs outside the four walls of the medical office. And that hasn’t changed. We’ve simply added more ways for that care to happen.” Today, Spruce’s technology is helping propel Redirect Health’s success in the marketplace. Members will now be able to securely communicate with their care team for their needs, whether via a phone call, secure texting or a video call. “Eighty-two percent of people now want to contact companies through means other than phone or email, so providing new communication channels is increasingly critical for medical practices to stay relevant and meet member demands,” adds Jham.


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Welcome to seamless healthcare How Redirect Health is saving members time, ending frustration and meeting their needs BY JULIE MAURER


alking on the phone can be frustrating, especially when you call a business or organization several times and get a different person each time. And having to repeat your information over and over every time you encounter a new person. Redirect Health aims to reduce that frustration by utilizing the latest technology to interact with its patients. Jason Ferrara is managing partner for Callosum, the organization engaged to help Redirect Health implement new technology throughout the organization. “It starts with really the member experience—it drives everything that Redirect Health is doing,” Ferrara said.

Ending redundancy Their goal is to ensure that with every touchpoint a member communicates with Redirect Health, the person they talk to knows who they are and their history. “People don’t have to keep explaining themselves over and over,” Ferrara said. “What we’re doing behind the scenes is making those experiences seamless.”


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It starts when a member signs up online and enters all their contact information. The system collects that information, so it is accessible to the representative whenever a member calls. And it’s not just contact information that a customer no longer must repeat when calling in. Redirect Health is now using a program called Spruce to capture all interactions with the member, so there is no loss of any information, including what you are calling about. “If you contacted us about something yesterday and then call back the next day, we understand who you are and what you need,” Ferrara said.

Protecting information And members do not need to worry about the security of their private information with this new system. Callosum worked hard to ensure all patient personal health information is protected. “The systems are secure and compliant with all the regulations out there,” Ferrara said.

“They’ve really pushed everything towards a single number, you are able to get everything you need with one call.” —JASON FERARRA Spruce works across multiple communication platforms—if you are calling from a cell phone, landline or even chatting with a customer service representative on the computer. A member will get the same service no matter how they choose to contact Redirect Health. And another new benefit for members— there is now only one number to call for all your Redirect Health needs. “They’ve really pushed everything towards a single number, you are able to get everything you need with one call,” Ferrara said. “When you need care, the last thing you need is to rummage around for a number and wonder ‘what doctor do I need, which one is closest?’ The Redirect Health team takes care of all of that for you.”

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Breaking the mold New relationship-based primary care model solving healthcare crisis for thousands BY BRIAN SODOMA


y now you’ve heard all kinds of stories about who is to blame for the current healthcare crisis in our country. Fingers can be pointed in a lot of directions, but it’s perhaps more important to focus on understanding the problem, then setting out to find a solution. The problem is quite easy to explain. Healthcare costs are climbing, as are insurance premiums, making care and coverage unaffordable for small businesses and average working Americans (those who make around $30,000 a year). In fact, pre-subsidy premium prices found under the Affordable Care Act easily top $1,600 a month for a typical family. Obviously, that’s not affordable for someone making under $25 an hour. To compound matters, these insurance plans come with high deductibles and cover little until that deductible is met. “Nobody, unless they’re well north of $20 an hour, can afford to buy health insurance on their own. Even employers don’t know how to make it affordable … we have a solution for that problem,” said David Berg, DC, founder

of Redirect Health, a healthcare model that is disrupting the health system status quo.

Solving a huge problem As Berg started his own healthcare practice in the late 90s, with his wife, Janice Johnston, MD, the Canadian transplant was in for a rude awakening when it came to figuring out the American insurance payment system and how to control costs. After early struggles, the couple eventually created a self-funded health plan for their own employees to help control costs and offer a better experience. Employees enjoyed no copays, unlimited primary care and chiropractic visits, all needed labs, as well as preventive and hospital services. One example for how much money they saved came last year. While offering free care to all their employees, they only spent $586,000. Actuaries said the exact same level of benefits should have cost them more than $2.2 million. Eventually, this idea evolved into a healthcare membership plan known today as Redirect Health, which started offering healthcare (not insurance) to Arizona

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businesses in 2014. The concept removes insurance companies from the routine care equation completely. These services make up around 90 percent of a typical family’s medical needs in any given year. Today, under Redirect Health’s EverydayCARE™ plan, for as little as $105 per month, members have no copays, 24-hour telemedicine access, unlimited primary and injury care, free chiropractic and annual preventive exams, labs and immunizations, as well as access to a 24-7 concierge system, known as Redirect


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Health’s Care Logistics team. Care Logistics personnel guide members to the best and most affordable care in all situations from the onset of symptoms to office visits to purchasing reasonablypriced prescriptions and beyond. Redirect Health’s Care Logistics team members can even direct you to the best prices (far below insurance rates) for child birth, cancer treatment and more. “What we offer here is really so much more than primary care,” Berg added. Since 2014, Redirect Health has grown to 7,000 members and business owners in 43 states.

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“This is about creating relationships. We want it to be simple, transparent and we want to create trust. … This is really relationship-based direct care.” Its mission is simply “Easy and Truly Affordable Healthcare for Everyone.”

Proactive care When enrolling in EverydayCARE, Redirect Health’s Care Logistics team collects important relevant medical data that allows for efficient planning, saving members’ time and money. Proactive management for chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, for example, just makes sense. Instead of reacting to problems, Care Logistics

team members can arrange for medications like insulin or blood pressure prescriptions to be purchased at the best prices and to arrive at your home or be ready for pick-up on the way home from work well ahead of when they are needed. “I’d much rather we call to ask you about your diabetes, about your little girl’s asthma and husband’s cancer than you having to call us,” Berg said. “This is about creating relationships. We want it to be simple, transparent and we want to create trust. … This is really relationship-based direct care.”

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How to outsmart allergens These simple strategies can help you steer clear of common allergy triggers BY LEIGH FARR


very spring, you find yourself sneezing round the clock, fighting congestion and wishing your eyes would be less itchy and watery. With tree pollen, grasses and weeds looming outdoors, and dust, mites and mold in your home, you may think allergies have you beat. Fortunately, a visit with your doctor and a few simple strategies may be all you need to keep allergens at bay. “Because getting outside and exercising is so important, anyone with severe allergies should talk to their physician early in the season and get medicines to help them deal with their allergies. With the guidance of your physician and taking steps at home to reduce allergens, it is possible to manage your symptoms,” says Dean Metcalfe, M.D, a principal investigator with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Expert tips Here are some easy, sure-fire steps you can take at home to prevent allergy flare-ups and feel your best all season long: • Don a mask. If you venture outside to mow the lawn or pull weeds in your garden, wear a N95 filter mask (available at your local drugstore) to block allergens from entering your airways. • Keep tabs on pollen. Avoid stepping outside early in the morning when pollen counts are highest. Check the Internet or local TV or radio station for pollen forecasts and keep doors and windows shut when pollen counts rise.


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• Scrub away allergens. After working or doing leisure activities outdoors, wash unwanted pollen and dust from your hair and put on fresh clothes. • Flush out pollen. Rinsing your nose daily with a saline sinus rinse found at the drugstore can help keep your nose pollen-free.

Allergy-proof your home While pollen is a well-known seasonal allergy trigger, other culprits are lurking in your home. Here are some simple fixes for keeping pesky allergens at bay: • Skip plush carpeting. Consider swapping your wall-to-wall carpet for washable area rugs on tile or wood flooring. “If you have severe indoor allergies, eliminating carpet which tends to gather dust and allow mites to grow may help reduce symptoms,” says Dr. Metcalfe. • Filter out dust. Use a high quality HEPA filter for your air conditioner and for your vacuum cleaner. “These filters trap the dust and mites,” says Dr. Metcalfe. • Sleep well. Use mite-proof pillow and mattress covers to keep dust mites at bay and wash bedding in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit. • Reduce air moisture. To prevent dust mites and mold from thriving, use a dehumidifier and/or air conditioner to keep humidity at 50 percent or below.

“If you have severe indoor allergies, eliminating carpet which tends to gather dust and allow mites to grow may help reduce symptoms.” – DR. DEAN METCALFE

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Promoting wellness by containing costs Redirect Health offers best-care solutions BY JOAN WESTLAKE


eing able to easily access affordable healthcare is key to wellness. Michael Bechtol, Director of Membership and Care Logistics for Redirect Health, said to create a plan focusing on offering necessary medical services at an affordable price, the company started by looking at what changes would be the most impactful to the healthcare dollars that the company and its team members were spending.

Right care at the right time “Our belief is that quality care can and should be affordable,” said Bechtol. “First, we made healthcare easily accessible through a 24/7 phone line to a team of medical assistants and providers. People are able


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to get the care they need quicker, easier and in more efficient ways. They aren’t taking a child to urgent care on a weekend for a fever because the doctor’s office is closed. Most of the time, diagnosis and prescribing is effectively handled over the phone, eliminating time spent traveling to medical facilities as well as the costs for unnecessary emergency room and office visits.” Another major obstacle to wellness that Redirect Health removed is the co-pay. Employees voiced that even seemingly low co-pays add up. At the first signs of a sinus infection or keeping up treatment for chronic conditions, rather than spend another $25 or $35, people would wait until it required urgent care and cost 10 to 50 times more. Without the co-pay, they seek immediate care.

Guiding care appropriately for those who require additional services is also a major cost containment measure. From specialists to lab work to mammograms, the fee differences can be dramatic. “For example,” explained Bechtol, “your primary care doctor suggests you go to the nearest hospital for an MRI where it costs $3,000 to $5,000, while the same MRI done offsite is $300. That is impactful for employees because, if they have to pay toward a deductible, that hospital MRI became a $3,000 bill. And, if they have a $250 co-pay, then their company is paying more than $2,000 for an MRI that could have been $300.”

Fair pricing services Redirect Health services also include advice for the best price for medications as well as negotiating with hospitals for what is known as fair pricing. Knee surgery at one hospital may be $50,000 while the same surgery with the same doctor at another is $15,000. Redirect Health researches and collaborates with hospitals and healthcare organizations for the best pricing to share with plan members.

When Redirect Health removed these barriers to care, employees had 59 percent fewer ER visits than the Centers for Disease Control’s national average, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars on claims. The immediate access to care and no co-pay plans are an incentive used by companies looking to recruit and retain quality employees.

Redirect Health services also include advice for the best price for medications as well as negotiating with hospitals for what is known as fair pricing. A selection of proven plans that remove the barriers to healthcare have been created. Small and large businesses can choose their ideal plans and, in Maricopa County, individuals can sign up to use Arrowhead Health Centers services through iEverydayCARETM.. Learn more about iEverydayCARE at And for more information on group health plans, visit redirecthealth. com/businesses.

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Making sun sense Caring for your skin to reduce your risk BY SUSIE STECKNER


pring has sprung, so you’ve been spending plenty of time outdoors, right? Whether wandering an arts festival, taking a leisurely bike ride or catching a ballgame, make sure your plans include sun protection. In Arizona, it’s important to protect yourself from the sun year-round — not just during the summer. “Our UV index stays high all year,” said Robert West, a board-certified internist and director of family practice at Arrowhead Health Centers. When it’s unseasonably warm here, particularly during the fall and winter months, people tend to spend more time outdoors compared with other places in the United States,” he said.

“It is imperative that you see a primary care provider who has been trained to recognize skin cancer.” – ROBERT WEST


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This means increased exposure to sun and greater risks to your skin. It’s critical to understand those risks and take precautions against the sun’s harmful rays. Here’s what you need to know: Exposure. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation comes from the sun and is broken down into different wavelengths, two of which — A and B — can impact your health. UVA is generally associated with skin aging, wrinkling, and Squamous Cell skin cancer. UVB is more associated with sun burns and common skin cancers such as melanoma and basal cell. Safe Skin. Arrowhead Health Centers and Redirect Health offer a skin cancer screening program focused on detecting cancers

earlier, or in some cases, even in a precancerous state. For patients, this means timely appointments, expert training and technology, and comprehensive treatment plans. “Waiting more than two weeks for a mole that is changing is wasting precious time,” West said. “Giving cancer cells more time to invade and spread just doesn’t make sense.” Helpful hints. Want an easy way to remember sun protection strategies? West suggested borrowing from a campaign in Australia, which has the highest incidence in skin cancer in the world. The catchy campaign encourages people to “Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide.” This means slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on wrap-around sunglasses. Seeking care. As baby boomers age, the numbers of people with skin cancer likely will increase. “This may overload an already stressed system of screening and treatment at a dermatologist’s office,” West said. “It is imperative that you see a primary care provider who has been trained to recognize skin cancer.” “One in five Americans will get skin cancer,” West said. “Chances are, a relative or more than one of your friends, has had skin cancer.” For West, it’s personal. “Personally, I am motivated to promote sun protection and early screening by the experiences of my own friends and family with skin cancer,” he said.

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A new kind of ‘going green’ How a plant-based diet can help your heart, weight and overall health BY MICHELLE JACOBY


fter having eaten meat most of his childhood growing up in Ohio—where meat and potatoes are as American as apple pie—Mark Lipczynski decided to commit to a fully plant-based diet about five years ago. “Changing my diet was difficult in the beginning,” he says. “It took time to adjust, but I committed to it and now it’s changed my life.”

Saying ‘bye’ to meat Lipczynski—a professional photographer whose diet consists primarily of leafy greens, fruits, vegetables and legumes—slowly began eliminating meat and animal products from his life 15 years ago.


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“For a lot of that time, I continued to eat eggs, dairy and occasionally seafood,” he explains. “But the more I started learning about nutrition and what foods to avoid, I discovered a whole plant-based diet was a wise choice for my overall health.” According to U.S. News & World Report, those on a plant-based diet primarily consume minimally processed foods from plants, with modest amounts of fish, lean meat and low-fat dairy, and red meat only sparingly. A plant-based diet also emphasizes vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds. While many people may think a plant-based diet is the same as a vegan diet, there are differences. Plant-based means incorporating more plant products and proteins into your diet without completely eliminating animal products. Vegan, on the other hand, excludes animal products altogether.

obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Studies have also shown improved digestion, increased energy, better sleep, and significant improvements in physical functioning, general health and vitality, and mental health. In addition, the American Cancer Society suggests plant-based diets may help in lowering cancer risk due to health-promoting features such as being low in saturated fat and high in fiber, vitamins and phytochemicals.

“While a plant-based diet may mean meat-free, it may still include dairy for one person or a few meat products for another.”

Looking at the research “Plant-based diets leave more room for interpretation,” says Amanda Baker Lemein, a Chicago-based registered dietician, in an article for “While a plant-based diet may mean meat-free, it may still include dairy for one person or a few meat products for another.” As for the health benefits, research has shown that a plantbased diet may help prevent, treat or reverse such conditions as

— AMANDA BAKER LEMEIN But perhaps one of the more significant benefits is the impact plant-based diets have on the environment. According to a 2014 European study, if we replace up to 50 percent of animal-derived foods with plant-based foods, we would decrease up to 40 percent of greenhouse emissions and use nearly a quarter less land.

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Tahini-Carrot Soup with Pistachios 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 large yellow onion, chopped (about 2 cups) 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric 2 garlic cloves chopped 1 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped 3 cups unsalted chicken or vegetable stock 3 tbsp. tahini (sesame seed paste), well stirred 8 tsp. tahini sauce 6 tbsp. unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped 2 tsp. fresh oregano leaves

Chickpea Panzanella 1 (8 oz.) ciabatta loaf 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 1 (15 oz.) can unsalted chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 (8.5 oz.) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained 3 oz. feta cheese, crumbled (about 3/4 cup) 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1-1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar 1/2 tsp. dried oregano 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1/8 tsp. kosher salt

1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in salt, paprika, turmeric, and garlic; cook 1 minute. Add carrots; cook 1 minute. Stir in stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 20 minutes or until carrots are very tender. 2. Combine carrot mixture and 3 tablespoons tahini in a blender. Remove center piece from blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure lid on blender. Place a clean kitchen towel over opening in lid (to avoid splatters). Process until smooth. Divide soup evenly among 4 bowls. Drizzle 2 teaspoons tahini sauce over each serving. Top each serving with 1-1/2 tablespoons pistachios and 1/2 teaspoon oregano leaves.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove and discard crust from ciabatta; cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes. Spread bread cubes in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes or until toasted and golden. 2. Combine toasted bread, tomatoes, chickpeas, artichoke hearts, feta, onion, and basil in a large bowl. 3. In a separate smaller bowl, combine oil, vinegar, oregano, pepper, and salt. Stir with a whisk. Pour over salad; toss to combine. Garnish with chopped fresh basil.


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Cantaloupe-White Balsamic Sorbet 1 lb. chopped peeled ripe cantaloupe (about 2-1/2 cups) 3 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar 1/8 tsp. kosher salt 3/4 cup water, divided 3 tbsp. sugar 3 tbsp. honey 1. Process cantaloupe, vinegar, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a blender until smooth. 2. Combine sugar, honey, and remaining 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium; cook, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and cool 10 minutes. 3. Stir together cantaloupe mixture and honey mixture in a medium bowl until combined. Cover and chill until cold, about 30 minutes. 4. Pour mixture into freezer bowl of a 1-quart electric ice-cream maker, and proceed according to manufacturer’s instructions (instructions and times will vary.) Transfer to a freezer-safe container, and freeze until easily scooped, at least 4 hours. Source:



Spring brings something for everyone! BY EMILY LOCKWOOD

Family activities that involve being active are a popular pastime. Below are events for everyone to enjoy no matter their physical fitness level.



Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race If you and your friends are looking for an adventure than the Rugged Maniac Obstacle course is what you are looking for. Obstacles include jumping over fire, bouncing on trampolines and even a waterslide. There is also a festival that will have beach volleyball and a mechanical bull. Registration is required. Details: events/phoenix



2018 Phoenix Kidney Walk The National Kidney Foundation of Arizona is hosting its 2018 Phoenix Kidney Walk at Chase Field Ballpark. The Walk supports the foundation by providing funds to Arizona Kidney patients and transplant patients. The event also supports community outreach and education programs. Details: 602-840-1644

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Events APRIL

14-15 Scottsdale Culinary Festival This weekend-long event gives attendees the opportunity to taste foods from many Scottsdale restaurants. There will be delicious food, live music and beverages. Guests can enjoy a beer garden hosted by Four Peaks Brewing Co. Children 12 and under are free. scfweekend





Meet Me Downtown Phoenix Social Walk/Run Designed for healthy bodies, healthy businesses and a healthy Downtown, Meet Me Downtown Phoenix is a weekly community event that happens every Monday evening. Check in is at Copper Blues. A route guided is provided and participants will receive a stamp that offers discounts that night at select restaurants. Mondays 520-548-3741



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Great Southwest Cajun Fest Get a taste of New Orleans right here in Arizona! The Southwest Cajun Festival celebrates Cajun culture, cuisine and handcrafted beer. There will be live entertainment and plenty of food vendors serving up regional food dishes. 602-276-2499

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Come check out some of Goodyear’s finest concrete at Goodyear Community Skate Park to celebrate skate culture. Professional and semi-professional skateboarders will demonstrate tricks like flips and jumps. Details: home


30 Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park’s Friday Night Drags This event could fulfill your need for speed. Racers can experience the adrenaline of seeing how fast your car can go. Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park is a premier and historic national sports venue. Children 12 and under are free. Details: index.php/events/advanceauto-parts-presents-fridaynight-drags-3 520-796-5601

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