We are introducing a new series on the blog today – a summary of all the healthcare news that’s fit to print (or....summarize) on the P² Collaborative blog. We've searched the web to present to you some stories that are relevant to the work we do, the work of our partners, or just something that we would think would be interesting to share with our readers. Sound good? Here’s the first installment of the monthly news roundup for June 2014:
Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act has been a hot topic of debate over the last few years. The New York State Department of Health implemented this expansion in 2014, allowing more people living in or near poverty to gain access to affordable health insurance. This recent New York Times article highlights the unique challenges of residents living in the southern town of Texarcana, a town split in two by the state line of Texas and Arkansas. Only one of these two states expanded Medicaid, and residents have a tricky time navigating the consequences.
On a different note… as we start the summer months and the hot days get longer, many of us will be turning toward healthy beverages to cool us down. We know that sugar-sweetened drinks like soda aren’t a smart choice due to their high calorie and low nutrition content. So fruit juice is the next best alternative, right? Well… not so fast. This recent NPR article gives some scary facts about the link between obesity and fruit juices and other beverages we’ve thought were “healthy” for so long. As it turns out, they’re still full of sugar (especially the fructose variety) and although this sweetness is natural, it doesn’t have the fiber that’s present in whole fruit to slow its tendency to be quickly digested and stored as excess weight. An 8oz serving of Minute Maid 100% Apple Juice has just as much sugar as Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and Dr. Pepper. Yikes.
For a healthier drink that’s just as satisfying, try plain water with some frozen fruit instead of ice cubes. Or, throw some cucumber and strawberries in your water bottle for a refreshing treat throughout the day. Either is a much better option than trying Taco Bell’s new you-can’t-believe-this meal on your lunch break: the “Quesarito”. Lunchtime walk, anyone?
Until next time – stay informed and stay healthy!