Healthy Lunches to Go

Health conditions, food allergies, and food sensitivities require many people to watch what they eat. Diligence is one thing at home, but finding something quick and easy to take to work is a completely different animal. We know that eating healthy food is important, but many times lunch proves to be the most difficult meal to meet dietary restrictions. Sometimes we’re unprepared. Sometimes we’re too busy. Sometimes we just don’t want to prepare healthy lunches. Skipping meals or choosing bad-for-you options like fast food are very real possibilities. Rather than succumb to unhealthy temptations, we’ve put together a list of tasty, easy and good-for-you recipes to take to work.fresh  tortilla wraps with vegetables on the plate

Not a Bad Wrap

Wraps are some of the easiest and delicious recipes we know. You can make them in minutes and the possibilities for different ingredients or flavors are seemingly endless. You can pair your favorite wrap with some fresh fruit and veggies for a healthy, delicious lunch to fuel your body for the rest of your work day.

Turkey Avocado Wrap

In a whole wheat wrap — or gluten-free wrap depending on your food allergies — spread a small amount of mayonnaise, wrap up some sliced roasted turkey, avocado, tomato, cucumber and lettuce. You can jazz the recipe up with a sprinkle of fresh ground pepper and a squeeze of lime juice. Tired of turkey? Not a problem. You can use chicken or shrimp to give the wrap some variety.

Cobb Salad Wrap

Using the wrap of your choice, use sliced chicken and ham with lettuce, tomato, hard-boiled egg and some fat free ranch dressing. If you want to make it really special, throw in some sliced avocado and turkey bacon for a delicious and nutritious meal.

Make It Work for You

If you know what your body’s needs are, you can tailor your diet to maximize your health and wellness. Knowing what foods you can and can’t have is key to an optimal diet for you. ARCpoint labs offers allergy testing, vitamins and minerals deficiency testing, and cholesterol testing so you can know what you should eat to get healthier and feel better.

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Recognizing National Men’s Health Week

It’s National Men’s Health Week! The goal of the week is to educate men and boys of all ages about preventing, detecting and treating various health problems. While you should always be aware of your body and pay close attention to what it’s telling you, be sure to take this week to assess your health risks, for the sake of yourself and your family.

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First Ebola Diagnosis in the United States Raises Concern

ebolaAfter being sent home from the hospital two days before, Liberian national Eric Duncan returned to the hospital in critical care on Tuesday, September 30th. Upon arrival, American health officials identified this incident as the first-ever case of Ebola in the United States — something Americans should take very seriously.

What Happened

On September 30th, Eric Duncan, who was then in critical condition, was rushed to a Dallas hospital by ambulance. Upon arrival, the man was diagnosed with Ebola. What’s most concerning about this situation? Days before, the man was sent home from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas after he had disclosed his recent visit to Liberia with the hospital’s health officials. Not only was this vital information not shared with the appropriate hospital officials, but the infected man was sent home with what health professionals considered to be a mild viral infection.

As a result of this tragic error in judgment, this man is now in critical but stable condition, while being treated for Ebola. Furthermore, approximately 100 people who may have been potentially exposed to the infected man are now under close observation for any signs of the deadly virus.

Why is Ebola Serious?

Ebola is a serious virus that has already taken the lives of approximately 3,000 West African citizens. When people are diagnosed, they are already exhibiting the symptoms. What makes Ebola especially dangerous is the fact that symptoms progress in severity rapidly, often resulting in death.

Symptoms of Ebola:

  • Fever
  • Intense gastrointestinal complications – diarrhea and vomiting
  • Muscular pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Unexplained bruising and bleeding

Protect Your Health

Although Ebola is not airborne and is only transmitted through contact with the bodily fluids — blood and saliva — of an infected person, it is still contagious. If you are exhibiting signs of Ebola or have been in contact with an infected person, seek medical treatment immediately. Interested in learning more about the condition of your immune system and overall health?

Find an ARCpoint Labs location near you to discover more about our titers test that can help analyze the level of antibodies in your system.

Myths About Clinical Testing

A lot of people have ideas that just aren’t correct about clinical testing. And this means that a lot of people are missing out on the major health benefits you can get from taking advantage of your local ARCpoint Labs facility. So today, let’s get the facts about clinical testing services.

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Top Ways to Protect Yourself From UV Exposure on Vacation

As we head deeper into July and further into vacation season, are you armed with all of the information you need about how to stay healthy when you travel?

A summer sunburn is almost a rite of passage for many vacationers. Lounging on the beach in a bathing suit drinking margaritas is, for many people, what a vacation is all about.

While spending all day on the beach may be fun, it dramatically increases your risk for UV exposure and the dangers associated with it, including skin aging and, worse, skin cancer.

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Staying Safe and Healthy this Fourth of July

The long Fourth of July weekend is almost here! Many people are planning parties with friends and family. While a summer weekend full of fireworks, picnics, and swimming sounds ideal, there can be major safety drawbacks.

Today, let’s look at ways you can keep yourself and your family safe over the long holiday weekend.

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Federal Rule Now Grants Patients Quicker Access to Lab Results. What Does This Mean For Your Health?

At ARCpoint Labs, our goal is to get you the answers you seek by providing quick, confidential walk-in testing for individuals and employers.We pride ourselves on our timely, reliable services.

A new federal rule that was recently announced has made it even easier for our nationwide locations to provide results. As the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Monday, February 3, 2014, patients are now allowed direct access to their lab results without a health care professional go-between.

What’s the reasoning behind this new lab report law, and how will it impact your health? We have the details below.

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This or That: Holiday Meal Edition

Welcome to the holiday themed edition of “This or That,” where we help you make the tough calls this holiday season!

We’ll take a look at the traditional dishes that might be set on your table this year, describing how to make healthy choices.

Holiday Meals: This or That?holiday meal

Wine or Wine Spritzer

Opt for the wine spritzer this year. Replace just 2 ounces of your white wine with club soda. The zero-calorie soda makes your drink that much lighter, but you still get to enjoy a drink with friends and family.

Dark Meat or White Meat

If you’re carving a turkey this year for the family meal, choose the white meat for yourself. Dark meat has about 40% more calories than white meat.

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Holiday Heart Syndrome: Reduce Your Risk

Hearts are full this time of year as families gather together for celebrations. We might say our hearts are at peace or overflowing with delight. It’s a special time of year — but it also proves to be a dangerous season for our hearts.

Holiday heart syndrome is a pattern of irregular heartbeat that shows up in otherwise healthy people. The trend is not imaginary. Research shows a rise in heart attacks during the holiday season. Continue reading “Holiday Heart Syndrome: Reduce Your Risk” »

Stock up on Heart Health Foods

Sometimes we’re too busy to put healthy, homemade meals on the table. Other times, temptation is strong and we can’t resist the junk food and fast food calling our names.

Since we turn to convenient food options so often, we’re missing out on basic nutrition.

Essentially, we’re cheating ourselves. We’re picking the foods that don’t do much good for our bodies. Because of that, our health suffers. Our hearts aren’t being nourished by nutrients. Continue reading “Stock up on Heart Health Foods” »