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January 2017 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   May the next year find your waistline slimmer, your wallet fatter, your cholesterol lower, and your tolerance level higher. (Author Unknown)

Congratulations To:

R. Mamola of Glendale, Arizona  Winner of our December early payment drawing for 1 free additional year of membership.

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

To Your Health With Jourdin Hendershot:

Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Vinegar has been around for more than 10,000 years and has been used for various household purposes like cooking, cleaning and even in the laundry, but one type of vinegar is known to improve overall health and that is Apple Cider Vinegar.  It is claimed to lead to all sorts of health benefits and most have been supported through research.

A study published in Diabetes Care found that men and women with type 2 diabetes who consumed two tablespoons of ACV with a snack (one ounce string cheese) had lower blood sugar levels the next morning, compared to others who ate the same snack and paired it with two tablespoons of water.

Other research has proven that ACV helps with weight loss.  Japanese scientists conducted a three-way experiment where they took adults with the same body measurements and weight and divided them into three groups; the first group drank a beverage containing half an ounce of ACV.  The second group drank a beverage with one ounce of ACV and the third group drank a beverage containing zero ACV.  The experiment lasted twelve weeks and the results found that the group who drank one beverage containing one ounce of ACV had less belly fat, lower triglycerides and smaller waist measurements.
As I mentioned above, most health benefits have been supported through research but here is just a small sample of other ways you can benefit from using ACV:
  • Facial Toner – Mix one part ACV to 3-4 parts of water.  Apply to skin with a cotton pad; let it sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse and repeat 3 times daily.

  • Detoxing bath – Add ½ or 1 cup of ACV to your bath water along with Epsom salts and lavender essential oil (optional).

  • Sore throat reliever – Gargle with ¾ cup of ACV and warm water.  Repeat every hour.

  • Stop dandruff – Mix ¼ cup of ACV with ¾ cup water into a spray bottle, apply to your scalp and leave it on for a hour before rinsing.

  • Sore Stomach – Drink 1-2 tablespoons straight (do not mix with anything)
It‘s important to know what kind of ACV to buy.  For the best results make sure you buy the Organic Raw- Unfiltered.

Remember to check with your primary physician before incorporating ACV into your daily routine.

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.:

Southwest Chorizo Biscuit Casserole

Grandma C.
  1. 1pkg chorizo
  2. 1 lb ground sausage
  3. ¾ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  4. 1 bunch scallions, sliced
  5. 1½ cups grated mexican style cheese blend
  6. 1½ cups pico de gallo, fresh
  7. 8 eggs
  8. ½ cup milk
  9. 1 can Grands Flaky Layers refrigerated biscuits
  10. Salt and pepper to taste

Spray a glass baking dish (13 x 9 inches) with cooking spray.  In a fry pan, brown sausage and chorizo together until cooked through.  Drain.

Whip eggs, milk, salt and pepper together with a whisk until blended.  Add the meat blend, cheese, cilantro, scallions and pico de gallo and stir.  Cut the refrigerator biscuits into 6 pieces each.  Fold them in to the mixture.

Pour into baking dish, top with more salt and pepper if desired.  Bake 35-40 minutes or until top is golden brown.  Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

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.

Keeping Fit With Clayton "TR" Parker

Weighted Medicine Balls

Clayton (TR)
After reaching my weight loss goal in 2016, I decided to spend more time in the gym working on building muscle back up and toning up.

Since I am working out about 3 times a week now, I have developed my routine of what I want to do each trip to the gym.

One piece of equipment that I have been using a lot lately is the weighted medicine ball.  I use it for an upper body and abs workout.  My workout partner scoffed at it until I talked him into trying it.  Now he is the first one to jump right in on it.

The routine I use is very simple and extremely effective.  It is a two-part routine.

Part 1: For this, I start with a 12 lb Medicine Ball
  1. Stand up straight with the medicine ball in your hand at your waist.

  2. Push your arms straight out, then bring the medicine ball up to your chest similar to doing a bench press.

  3. Now move your arms above your head and then bring the ball behind your head.

  4. Next, do the sequence in reverse until you are in the start position.
I do 20 per set and after each set I move to part II

Part 2: For this, I start with a 10 lb Medicine Ball
  1. Lay down on a slanted sit-up bench with the medicine ball on the ground above your head.

  2. Grab the medicine ball with your hands, and lift it off the ground bringing it above your chest while keeping your arms straight.

  3. Now bring it down to your chest and push it back up similar to doing a bench press.

  4. While keeping your arms straight, lower the ball back to the ground and set it above your head.

  5. Do 10 sets then place the ball on your chest and do 10 situps.
I do both Part 1 & Part 2 6 times.

If you are looking for a good, simple and effective ab and upper body workout I invite you to give this a try.  Do the parts that you can without over exerting yourself.  Make sure that you get the correct weight of a medicine ball that will allow you to complete the exercise.  If after two or three sets you are ready to cash it in, then you are using too much weight.

Lastly, I choose to use 2 different weights for Part 1 and Part 2 however, you can change it up however you like.  Ideally you should be able to advance up to heavier weight at some point.

Until next time: Stay Fit, Stay Healthy, Stay Strong!

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

The above fitness material is provided as an information service.  Remember:  Always check with your doctor before starting any new type of exercise program.


Fox Family Dental

Dental Center
Our spotlight for January 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 11 years and have provided excellent care to our members.  It is doctors like Dr. Fox that have helped make Savon successful.

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!

Fun Facts:

A Few Fun New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year

This Year I Will No Longer:

  1. Run while juggling knives.
  2. Talk with my mouth full of nails.
  3. Play with matches at a gas station.
  4. Shower while making toast on the edge of my bathtub.
  5. Pillow fight with a bag of spare change.

This Year I Will:

  1. Trim my nose and ear hairs.
  2. Use a lot more deodorant and wash my clothes much less often.
  3. Spend more time with underprivileged children: (my own).
  4. Realize that God loves me, and that beer is the proof of that love.
  5. Figure out exactly why I need to spend so much time checking my Gmail, Yahoo mail, Facebook updates, Twitter account and YouTube page.
Come back for more in next months issue!

Dental Talk - A Member Blog Forum:

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

A. Porter of San Diego, California asks: 

“What's the difference between dental implants and mini dental implants?  Explain it in layman's terms please.

Savon’s Answer

The major difference between traditional dental implants and mini implants is the fact that mini implants are about half the diameter of traditional ones.

The traditional dental implant represents the standard for dental implants.  The purpose of the traditional dental implant is to restore both the function and form of a missing tooth within the mouth.  The drawback with traditional implants is that they require a decent amount of bone structure.  Some people have too much bone loss to make implants viable unless they undergo planning or bone grafting to support the anchor.

Mini implants are smaller than the traditional implant.  They are typically designed to be used as two pieces, as the anchor is combined with the abutment, and the crown is placed on the abutment post.  The main advantage of mini implants is that they can be used in individuals with a large amount of bone loss.

From Our C.E.O. To You

Happy New Year To All Of Our Members

2017…  Having been born in 1952, 2017 seemed like it was an eternity away and I was sure that I would never live to see it.  Well…  Here it is and so am I.  One of the main things that keeps me going is my undying commitment to Savon Dental Plan and all of our member and providers.

I want to offer a personal invitation to all of our members to reach out to our Customer Care Center if there is anything that we can do to help you with a dental question.  We are here for you and still in business because of you.  You have made Savon the success that it is today and because of our many loyal members, we have survived the tough economic conditions and look forward to the future with renewed hope.

If 2017 treats you good, please give forward to those who are still having a tough time.  Savon supports the efforts of the Salvation Army but there are also a host of other fantastic organizations doing the same work.  Any little bit helps and the need is there year round.

Again I want to wish everyone a happy, prosperous and healthy 2017 and beyond.

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