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Ashley, one of our clients at Project Angel Heart, is 27 and has brain cancer. In some ways, she’s lucky. She’s been able to continue working part-time, earning $800 per month, while undergoing cancer treatments and enduring occasional seizures. But her part-time job offers no benefits, and her treatments are costly.
Fortunately, Ashley is eligible for Medicaid, thanks to the Medicaid expansion that occurred under the Affordable Care Act. And—as of today, anyway—she cannot be denied other, future health insurance coverage because of her pre-existing condition.
But, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), recently passed by the House and coming up for a vote in the Senate, would change that for Ashley and many other Project Angel Heart clients. It has the potential to make access to quality, affordable care nearly impossible for people living with costly, chronic, pre-existing conditions. Continue reading →
Two months away from turning 30 years old, I decided to try the Whole30® program. For 30 days (actually 35 days if I include the five day re-introductory period), I did not eat any processed foods, dairy, soy, legumes, grains, added sugar, or alcohol.
The premise of Whole30 is to eat ONLY real, clean food for 30 days in order to learn about your personal relationship to food, how food impacts your health, and identify any food-based intolerances or allergies. My diet was entirely made up of meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruit, natural fats, herbs, spices, and seasonings. Continue reading →
What does good nutrition have to do with lung disease? A lot, actually! What you eat and drink can have a big effect on your breathing, especially if you’re living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—or COPD, for short. Continue reading →
Guest post by Vivian Schemper, human nutrition & dietetics student at Metropolitan State University of Denver
Does “gluten-free yogurt” sound healthier than simply “yogurt?” Many consumers think so, and are dropping extra dollars at the grocery store to buy gluten-free versions of common foods. Yogurt is one of many foods that is naturally gluten-free, but has been advertised as a gluten-free food in order to lure consumers.
The gluten-free movement has become wildly popular in recent years with many of its proponents claiming that a gluten-free diet has the potential to cure all sorts of ailments—stomach pain, gas, bloating, acne, and inflammation. Some claim that eliminating gluten can help with weight loss, prevent cancer, and cure psoriasis. All of this sounds promising- but is there any truth to these claims? What’s the deal with gluten? Is it actually harmful? Should you eliminate it from your diet? Continue reading →
Where are you from? How long have you lived in Colorado?
I am from Montana and I have lived in Colorado for eight and a half years.
What brought you to Project Angel Heart?
I was looking to work with an organization that truly makes a difference in the community and that aligns with my interest in health and wellness. Project Angel Heart meets the criteria perfectly!
What’s your favorite thing to do in Denver?
I love checking out festivals that feature local food, drinks, art, and music. Denver has so much to offer so it’s fun to explore.
If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you eat for your last meal?
French toast. With lots of syrup. Continue reading →