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National Arthritis Awareness Month. Each year May is recognized as National Arthritis Awareness Month, which impacts more than 50 million Americans, subsequently putting it at the number one spot for disability in the country.

Here are 5 things that may help manage arthritis pain: (Always check with your doctor before starting a treatment or exercise regimen)

  1. Hot and Cold Therapy – An easy and inexpensive way to help relieve joint pain, which can usually be done in the comfort of your own living space. Ice will restrict blood vessels and reduce swelling, while heat will increase circulation throughout your entire body.
  2. Exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and diet – Regular exercise that is low joint bearing can be one of the best ways to help limit joint pain. If you carry a healthy weight, it can positively affect the joints, coupled with a healthy diet.
  3. Muscle Strength – In addition to regular exercise, building muscle strength can also help with reducing any stress from aching joints. If you have stronger muscles, they can protect your joints better.
  4. Alternative Therapy – Massage therapy and acupuncture have been known to help relieve painful joints, along with Massage therapy and acupuncture. Hydrotherapy can also help due to the soothing nature of warm water in either a pool or bath, which can help reduce inflammation.
  5. Doctor’s Orders – Yes, this may be stating the obvious, but following your doctor’s advice is critical when trying to ensure joints are not being overexerted. It’s essential to listen to updated and necessary information from your care team.

Supplier Spotlite

Dairy Farmers of America: Incite is proud to count Dairy Farmers of America among our business partners!  According to DFA, Dairy is an important food for seniors because of the Calcium, Vitamin D and Potassium that dairy products contain. DFA also supports the environment via their pillars of sustainability: People, Planet, and Communities.  Learn more about Dairy Farmers of America at: https://www.dfamilk.com/

Recipe Quick Bite

Greek Salad: Here’s a salad with no lettuce, that’s bursting with fresh garden veggies.  Enjoy this one all summer long, especially as tomatoes come into their local season.

  • 2-3 Fresh large garden tomatoes, cut into large chunks or quartered2-3 large sweet potatoes (about 2.5 lbs)
  • 1-2 medium to large cucumbers, peeled if skins are thick (or use English or other variety of thin-skinned cuke)  and sliced½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Red onion, about ¼ of an onion, thinly sliced2 Tbsp heavy cream (optional for extra creaminess)
  • 10-12 Kalamata olives
  • 6 oz. Feta cheese, traditional Greek style if you can find it, sliced into enough slabs for each guest to have some

On the table:

  • EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • Lemons cut in half for serving
  • Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 6 oz. Feta cheese, traditional Greek style if you can find it, sliced into enough slabs for each guest to have some

Toss all veggies and olives together. Allow guests to dress their own salad with the lemons, EVOO, oregano, and salt & pepper.and add a slice of feta.

 

Team Member Highlite

This month we’re getting to know Tammy Brokus, Business Analyst at Incite.

Here are 3 things you didn’t know about Tammy:

  1. Tammy spends her free time with her husband and three sons, who make every day an adventure.
  2. Most recently she and her husband have purchased an RV and have taken up camping on the weekends. They plan to hit the beach as much as possible this summer!
  3. She has a degree in Elementary Education and planned on becoming a schoolteacher.  Instead, she fell into a career as a business analyst (and we’re so glad she did!)