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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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Flu Season is Upon Us

As the temperatures begin to slowly drop and the wind starts rustling the colorful leaves of the trees, Autumn comes with a not-so-fun gift: The Flu. Kids are back in school and are bringing home all types of germs, while office environments can be a fun place for the Flu to make it’s rounds. That said, we’ve put together a guide on how to approach Flu Season like a pro!

 

Prevention

One of the most common pieces of advice that doctors have for preventing the flu is getting a flu shot. While the flu shot doesn’t 100% guarantee that you won’t get the flu, Dr. Brandies in an article from the NY Times states that “the vaccine’s [also] been shown to reduce the severity of influenza, [while] it also reduces colds and other illnesses in young, healthy working adults”.
Shots don’t feel good, but neither does the flu!

Other precautions you’ll want to take in avoidance of the flu are to:

  • Wash your hands frequently. We use our hands for everything and our hands carry a ton of germs. You’ll definitely want to use antibacterial soap to make sure you’re getting rid of any signs of the flu.
  • Keep disinfectant wipes at home and on-the-go. Wipe your commonly used hard surfaces at home often and pack some wipes to go to wipe down the inside of your car, desk at work or the cart at the grocery store.
  • Get adequate sleep! The more fatigued your body is, the less effective your immune system is going to be in attacking any viruses.

I Tried Fighting Off the Flu, but I’ve Been Defeated. Now What?

Although you have done everything in your power to try and prevent the flu, you were no match to defeat it. Now, you’re (hopefully) at home and looking for a speedy recovery. Here are some things that will help speed things up:

  • Fluids. Water, fruit juice and tea are highly recommended!
  • Rest. Hey busy-bodies, this means you, too!
  • Humidity. A humidifier will be your best friend if you’re having any trouble breathing through dryness and mucuc.
  • Fever-Reducers. Whether you take OTC medication to reduce your inner temp or you simply put a cold, wet rag over your forehead, make sure to try and get your temperature down when it rises to fight off the virus.
  • Lozenges. Sucking on lozenges helps coat an itchy and sore throat. You can also consume a spoonful of honey by itself or in a cup of tea to soothe your throat.
  • Salt & Water. Gargling salt and water helps ease inflammation in your throat and loosens mucus, as well.
  • Ginger. Put it into your tea or soup. This helps you sweat out the toxins in your body, which is helpful when you have the flu. Ginger is also helpful for settling upset stomachs, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweats.
  • Essential Oils. Put essential oils in your bath or put a few drops on a hot/cold compress to rest on your forehead or chest.

The After-Math

After you’ve fought long and hard to get rid of it, you finally overcame the flu and are finally starting to feel like a functioning human being again.
You’ll want to get rid of the flu once and for all and to do that, you’ll want to do a power clean around the house.

Here’s what you’ll want to make sure to disinfect, throw in the wash or even throw out after the virus is out of your system.

  • Your bedding and sick clothes
  • Your toothbrush
  • Towels
  • Commonly Touched Surfaces ( Counters, door knobs, railings, light switches, etc.)
  • Electronic devices
  • Your steering wheel
  • Anything else you came into contact when you were under the weather.

We sincerely hope you and your loved ones don’t come into contact with the flu at all this holiday season.
Remember to make your way to the doctor’s office if your flu begins to escalate. The KPG Healthcare team wishes you a fantastic and safe weekend ahead!

Until next time!


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