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May 2019 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:  “ Millions of American Soldiers have given their lives protecting this Country and the rights of its' citizens.  Some Americans are saying that this is a horrible country and our way of life is wrong.  If what they are saying is true…  Why are so many people going through such great peril just for the chance to come here?”  (Author Unknown)


Congratulations To:

J. Cavanagh of Chandler, Arizona and P. Barnes of Sun City, Arizona  Winners of our April early payment drawings for 1 free additional year of membership.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone that entered the drawing.


To Your Health With Jourdin Hendershot:

How To Survive Summer Events Without Alcohol

Jourdin
Summer may not technically start until June 21st, but we all might agree that Memorial Day weekend is the real kickoff to summer, right?  The warmer weather calls for all kinds of fun outdoor activities like camping, boating, and cookouts.  Although these and many other activities associated with summer are fun, they can quickly become alcohol-fueled events.  If you are a non-drinker, the flow of alcohol probably won´t bother you and you may actually find some of the intoxicated behavior of others funny.

However, if you do enjoy the occasional libation, you should be aware of the risks involved with alcohol and hot weather.  It is a proven fact that Alcohol impairs your judgement but that´s not the only thing it does.

According to the National Safety Council, alcohol is a diuretic, which can cause dehydration by extreme sweating and urination and heat exhaustion.  If you are going to drink, be responsible.  Make sure you drink plenty of water in between alcoholic beverages and munch on available snacks.

If you are attending an event and don´t want to drink, here are a few tips to help you stay dry:
  • Plan — Not sure what type of drinks will be available, bring your own.

  • Keep a drink in your hand — Always have a non-alcoholic beverage in your hand; people are less likely to offer you a drink if they see you already have one.

  • Be ready to say no — You are not required to give a reason why you don´t want a drink.  Just say “no, thank you.”
You don´t need alcohol to have fun.  Relax and enjoy the company you are with!

If you have questions you would like to discuss with Jourdin, feel free to drop her an email by clicking here.

The above health material is provided as an information service.  It should not be used for diagnostic purposes nor is it intended to take the place of the important relationship between you and your doctor.


Grandma´s Kitchen With Grandma C.:

Mexican Style Shepherd´s Pie

Grandma C.
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (approx. 10 oz) red enchilada sauce
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar and jack blend)
  • 1 can Mexi-corn, drained
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 can (small) sliced black olives
  • ⅔ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 fresh tomato, diced
  • 1 pkg instant mashed potato flakes
  • 1 can diced green chilies
In a medium frying pan, cook beef and onion together until beef is no longer pink.  Drain.  Add enchilada sauce, flour, ground cumin and oregano.  Stir in black beans.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes.

Cook packaged instant potatoes according to package directions.  Immediately add ½ cup cheese and green chilies to the mashed potatoes.

Transfer the meat mixture to a greased, 9 inch square baking dish.  Next, layer with Mexi-corn, then the mashed potato mixture and top with remaining cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Garnish with green onions, sliced black olives and diced fresh tomato.  Sprinkle with paprika.  Serve!  (Recipe serves 4 hearty eaters!)

Enjoy!  And remember, if it looks and smells good, eat it!!

If you have a recipe that you would like to share with Grandma C., drop her an email by clicking here.


spotlight
 

Fox Family Dental

Dental Center
Our spotlight for May goes to the city of Sun City, Arizona and shines on Fox Family Dental.

A graduate from University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Dr. Fox opened Fox Family Dental in 2005.  They have been part of our network for over 13 years and have provided excellent care to our members.  Their Mission is:  “To provide the best service to our patients while maintaining a warm and friendly atmosphere for patients and their families; we achieve this while utilizing state of the art technology and staying on track with dental trends.”

The practice is located at 10147 Grand Ave Ste A-3 Sun City, AZ 85351.  The phone number is (623)523-0290.  We also invite you to visit them on the web.
Say thank you to your dental office for the excellent manner in which you are treated by nominating your dentist!


In The Glow With Aylana Lawler:

The Benefits Of Raw Honey

Aylana
My name is Aylana Lawler and I am honored to become a part of the Savon Dental Plan newsletter staff.

Every month I will strive to bring you new information on different and exciting natural skin care products.

For too long the commerical skin care industry has made a fortune by praying on the desires of women to have healthy, young looking skin.  The fact of the matter is you can achieve the same results at a fraction of the cost using all natural products.

Please join me as we look at the benefits of raw honey.
Aylana

If you are looking for a natural and inexpensive way to care for your troubled skin, there is an easily accessible ingredient that you can probably find sitting right in your kitchen!

• HONEY •

Raw honey is brilliant for your skin because it has natural healing properties, and is perfectly safe to use on a daily basis!
  • It is naturally antibacterial, so it is a great way to treat and prevent acne.

  • It is full of antioxidants, so it helps to slow down aging.

  • It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it keeps your skin soft and glowy.

  • It is also very clarifying, so it makes it easy to open up and unclog your pores.
(If it isn't already in your kitchen, you can purchase raw honey from your local grocery store/farmers market or even online!)

Until next month, stay healthy, stay natural.

If you like what I am sharing here, Please follow me on Instagram @glow.with.lana

The above health material is provided as an information service and is not intended as medical advice.


Fun Facts:

Crazy, Zany Facts We Bet You Didn´t Know

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  • Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

  • One quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet.

  • Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson.  Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn´t added until 5 years later.

  • On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building looks like an American flag, but is actually the flag that flew over the Dominion of Canada before the Maple Leaf.

  • Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII.  If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.

  • Polar Bears trying to blend in with the ice will sometimes cover up their black nose with their paws.

  • The blesbok, a South African antelope, is almost the same color as grape juice.

  • The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
Come back for more in next months issue!


Dental Talk - A Member Blog Forum:

Blogging
Come blog with us!  Dental Talk with Savon is a fun forum to post your interesting topics!  Your comments are welcome, it´s free to use and no membership is required.

Some of the topics include;

These are just a few of the topics.  Our blog site contains many other interesting topics.  Please join us!!


Here´s Your Answer

Questions From Our Members

E. Baker of Odessa, Texas asks: 

“I have Savon Dental Plan and I travel all over the world.  Does Savon offer emergency coverage outside of the United States?”

Savon’s Answer

Savon Dental Plan may only be used inside the United States and only in States where we have providers.  Check with your health insurance company to see if they offer out of the country emergency dental coverage.


Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Diabetes and dental care

This is an excerpt from the May 2010 Mayo Clinic Newsletter
Tommy
Whether you have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, managing your blood sugar level is key. The higher your blood sugar level, the higher your risk of:

Tooth Decay (cavities) -- Your mouth naturally contains many types of bacteria.  When starches and sugars in food and beverages interact with these bacteria, a sticky film known as plaque forms on your teeth.  The acids in plaque attack the hard, outer surface of your teeth (enamel).  This can lead to cavities. The higher your blood sugar level, the greater the supply of sugars and starches — and the more acid wearing away at your teeth.

Early gum disease (gingivitis) -- Diabetes reduces your ability to fight bacteria, which can cause more plaque to build up on your teeth.  If you don't remove plaque with regular brushing and flossing, it'll harden under your gumline into a substance called tartar (calculus).  The longer plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more they irritate the gingiva — the part of your gum around the base of your teeth.  In time, your gums become swollen and bleed easily.
Advanced gum disease (periodontitis) -- Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to a more serious infection called periodontitis, which destroys the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth.  Eventually, periodontitis causes your gums to pull away from your teeth and your teeth to loosen and even fall out.  Periodontitis tends to be more severe among people who have diabetes because diabetes lowers the ability to resist infection and slows healing. An infection such as periodontitis may also cause your blood sugar level to rise, which makes your diabetes more difficult to control.  Preventing and treating periodontitis can help improve blood sugar control.

To help prevent damage to your teeth and gums, take diabetes and dental care seriously.  Managing diabetes is a lifelong commitment, and that includes proper dental care.  Your efforts will be rewarded with a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
  • Make a commitment to managing your diabetes

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day

  • Floss your teeth at least once a day

  • Schedule regular dental cleanings

  • Take special precautions with dental surgery

  • Look for early signs of gum disease

  • Don't smoke
Until next time; brush, floss and keep smiling!

The above material is provided as an information service and is not intended as medical advice.


The Rural Side Of Things With Clayton “TR” Parker

The Beginning

Clayton
It´s great to be back writing for the Savon Newsletter after a sabbatical for a while.  However, I won´t be dazzling you with workout tips like I did in my “Keeping Fit” column.  I figured I would give you all a little insight to life in a rural town.  Now, for those of you that live in a rural town, you´ll know most of what I mean, for those of you in the big city, this will give you an insight to the great smaller communities and the amenities that we have available to us.

I am the only member of the Savon team that does not live in Phoenix, Arizona, where our headquarters is located.  In May of 2016 I moved to a rural town called Fort Mohave, AZ.  It is a town just under 14,500 people located just south of Bullhead City, Arizona, along the Colorado River, in what is known as Tri-State Area.  If you look on a map of the United States, find the point where Arizona, Nevada and California meet, that´s where it is.  I am minutes away from Laughlin, Nevada and Needles, California.

A little background on this town.  It was founded in 1935 and a named after a nearby fort that was used as a base for US Army military operations against the Mohave People during the Mohave War in 1858 — 1859.  It is bordered by and in places part of, the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation.  The Fort Mojave Indians known as Pipa Aha Macav which translates as “The People By The River”, which fits really well since we are right on the Colorado River.  It was reported by Spanish expolorer, Melchor Diaz that they were settled here when he explored the area in 1540.

Unlike Bullhead City to the immediate north, Fort Mohave is an unincorporated town.  IU does not have a Mayor, or a town council.  It is operated and managed by Mohave County.  A lot of people place Fort Mohave as a part of Bullhead City, and in a roundabout way that is correct as the two towns are connected.  I tell everyone that visits up here, that the only way you know when you cross from Bullhead in to Fort Mohave is the street lights stop at the border between the two towns.  Fort Mohave does not have street lights along Highway 95.

There are a lot of big businesses in the area, such as major grocery and retail centers, some franchises, but the majority of the businesses in Fort Mohave are local owned small businesses.

So over time, I will talk to you more and more about life in a rural town and the different challenges that are faced here compared to the big city, in the social aspect, business aspect, tourism aspect, economic aspect and so much more.  So stay tuned!

Until Next Month, Embrace Your Community and They´ll Embrace You!

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