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Happy Halloween! Here’s 5 Reasons Why Pumpkins Are Good For You

Trick-or-Treat!

Halloween is here and it is time to bring out the fun costumes, indulge in a crazy amount of sweets and of course, eat / drink pumpkin-flavored everything! *As we currently sip a Pumpkin Spiced Latte*
That being said, we thought we’d celebrate this spooktacular holiday by listing the top 5 awesome health benefits of eating pumpkin – because pumpkin bread and pumpkin seeds definitely have their perks!

Benefits of the Pumpkin:

 

  • Boosts your Immune System

Pumpkin is packed with vitamins and nutrients that boost your immune system and keep you healthy. This fruit is high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which are both known to help strengthen your immune system and fight off infections. Eating pumpkin may be the key to staying healthy during the cold and flu season!

 

  • Aids in Weight Loss

Consuming pumpkin should definitely be on your “can eat” list when looking to lose a few pounds. Pumpkin is a fiber-rich fruit, which keeps you fuller for longer, leading to less binge eating. It also contains only a few calories per serving. This fruit should be an important part of your diet if you’re looking to lose some weight before the holidays.

 

  • Improves Your Vision

Pumpkins are extremely dense in Vitamin A and Vitamin A is great for optical health as it helps the retina absorb and process light. As we age, and our vision begins to deteriorate, this vitamin is especially crucial in our diets. Consuming pumpkin is perfect for keeping your vision sharp!

 

  • Reduces the Risk of Cancers and Disease

Pumpkin is one of the best sources of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a very powerful antioxidant and it gives pumpkin its bright orange color. Once digested, your body turns beta-carotene into Vitamin A. Consuming this compound can protect against asthma and heart disease and may even reduce the risk of developing certain cancers.

 

  • Promotes Healthy Skin

Last but not least, pumpkin is a fruit that promotes healthier and younger-looking skin. As mentioned above, pumpkin contains a tremendous source of beta-carotene. Not only does beta-carotene help protect against cancer and disease, but it also helps protect us from the sun’s wrinkle-causing UV rays!

 

Ok, we’re SOLD and have decided to pick up pumpkin everything after work.

The KPG Healthcare team wishes you a fun and safe Halloween! Remember to wear something reflective on your costumes tonight and to carry a flashlight with you for safety purposes and don’t forget to fill up on pumpkins!

Until next week!

The KPG Healthcare Team

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KPG Healthcare Spotlight: Mark Coffin

This week, we’d like you to meet Mark Coffin! Mark Coffin is a Physician Relations Manager here at KPG Healthcare and a great one at that! Mark is one of those people that makes coming to work everyday a breeze in the park, so we thought we’d give you the chance to get to know him like we do!

Here are some fun facts about Mark Coffin:

What’s your favorite thing about being a healthcare recruiter?

I love how unique the healthcare recruiting world is. There are new challenges and solutions on a daily basis!

 

What differentiates KPG?

Obviously- We’re the locals! Nobody knows the West Coast and what it has to offer better than us!

 

Tell us your favorite memory from being a part of the KPG team?

It’s too difficult to single out one event, but every time our team gets together outside of the office, my face is sore from excessive laughter.

 

Tell us about a Provider  that made a difference in your life.

I won’t name drop, but a certain medical director of a group based in Southern California took time out of his busy schedule to discuss a potential partnership between our companies. During these discussions, he was willing to educate me on aspects of Hospital Medicine from a Business perspective, and the knowledge has been extremely useful since. Thanks Dr. ******!

 

What, in your opinion, can an applicant do to stand out?

I personally love unique CV’s. When I see one that visually stands out amongst the masses, I’m much more likely to think of that applicant in the immediate future.

 

Where’s your favorite place to travel?

The desert! I’m always interested in a trip to Joshua Tree.

 

Let’s talk food. What’s your favorite cuisine?

My favorite is always changing, but I’m definitely craving Mac & Cheese at this very moment.


We’re craving Mac & Cheese right now too, Mark! We love showing off our awesome KPG Recruiters and hearing about their favorite parts of their job makes us want to jump up and down!

We’ll catch you next time. Until then, make sure to keep up with us on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter!

The KPG Healthcare Team

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Be Kind to Your Mind | #WorldMentalHealthDay

Today we’re celebrating World Mental Health Day! Mental health is so important and it is something we often don’t prioritize in our busy lives. So, to celebrate this special day, we will discuss the history of this day, the importance of mental health, and 5 tips for improving your own mental health!

 

History Behind World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first observed in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in many countries.

 

Why Mental Health Is Important

Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. So, without a healthy mental state, it’s hard to live one’s life to their fullest.  

 

Tips for Improving Your Mental Health

  • Meditate

Mediation is the practice of thinking deeply or focusing one’s mind for a period of time. While there are many forms of meditation, the ultimate goal is a feeling of relaxation and inner peace, which can improve mental health. Mediation guides can be found online and apps for your phone are available as well!

 

  • Stay active

Staying active is not only good for your physical health, but your mental health as well. This does not always mean intense workouts either. A simple walk in the park is just as beneficial. Just find activities that you truly enjoy and can do for about 30 minutes 5 times a week!

 

  • Talk about your feelings

Talking about your feelings with others isn’t always easy, but it’s a great way to cope with any problems you’ve been dealing with internally. If you don’t quite feel comfortable talking about your feelings with friends or family, seeing a therapist is especially helpful.

 

  • Sleep

Lack of sleep has the potential to affect our bodies and mind in so many ways, including affecting our mental health. It is recommended that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Even going to bed 30 minutes earlier each night can greatly improve your mood and mental health.

 

  • Take a vacation

Let’s be honest, working in the healthcare field takes a lot out of you. As much as we love our jobs, it’s important to take a break every now and then. Taking a vacation or even just a quick weekend getaway helps you clear your mind and boost your mental health.


What are you doing to maintain your mental health? We’d love to hear from you on our KPG Healthcare social media!

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