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Need Some Stress Relief? Try Coloring.

Stress can be a major factor contributing to heart disease. Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center wants you to “Just Say Know” to heart disease by lowering your stress levels. One way to do that is by coloring.

Download a fee stress relief coloring sheet by visiting LexMed.com/Know.

Kick the Smoking Habit in the New Year

Are you trying to quit smoking? Lexington Medical Center is pleased to offer a series of FREE smoking cessation classes to members of our community who want to kick the smoking habit for good.

The Freedom from Smoking classes, offered at the hospital’s community medical centers around Lexington County, meet once each week for two hours and last eight weeks. The program boasts a 54 percent quit rate, compared with the national average of 17 to 23 percent. It’s open to anyone who wants to quit smoking, and because of a generous grant from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, there is no cost to participate.

Here are the upcoming class dates:
January 7 – February 25, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lexington Medical Center Lexington – 811 West Main Street, Lexington

March 10 – April 28, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lexington Medical Center Irmo – 7035 St. Andrews Road, Irmo

May 5 – June 23, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lexington Medical Center Lexington – 811 West Main Street, Lexington

July 7 – August 25, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lexington Medical Center Main Campus, North Tower. 5th Floor Classroom B – 2720 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia

September 8 – October 27, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lexington Medical Center Lexington – 811 West Main Street, Lexington

September 10 – October 29, 2020
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Lexington Medical Center Batesburg-Leesville – 338 East Columbia Avenue, Batesburg-Leesville

To sign up, call Lexington Medical Center Lexington’s Cardiac Rehabilitation department at (803) 358 – 6180. Participants must register in advance.

Tobacco cessation facilitators who have training from the American Lung Association lead the classes. The classes provide helpful tips for quitting.

The program doesn’t end with the completion of the eight-week course. The clinicians leading the classes check on each participant at 30-, 90-, 180- and 365-day intervals for the first year.

Superfood of the Month: Leeks

Leeks resemble large green onions, but they have a stronger, more earthy taste. Health benefits range from lowering blood pressure to weight loss to helping your skin. This vegetable can add great flavor to stir-fry, salads, braised meat dishes and soups.

Benefits
Eye Health
Leeks are rich in vitamin A and loaded with antioxidants that help combat environmental pollutants or allergens.

Healthy Skin
Antioxidants in leeks combat aging and can make skin cleaner, healthier and more glowing. Leeks also contain allicin, an antibacterial agent.

Heart Health
Leeks contain kaempferol, which protects blood vessels. They also contain small amounts of nitric oxide, which helps dilate and relax blood vessels.

Blood Pressure
The potassium in leeks helps regulate tension in blood vessels to keep a steady flow of blood streaming through the veins and arteries.

Bone Health
Leeks contain vitamin K, which is needed to produce the protein osteocalcin successfully. Osteocalcin is essential for good bone health and wards off osteoporosis.

Diuretic
Leeks are natural diuretics. They facilitate the natural process of expelling sodium and water as urine. Diuretics help preserve kidney function. The lower the sodium in the body, the less tension in blood vessels and the lower the blood pressure.

Type 2 Diabetes
Leeks are low in calories with very little residual glucose. They inhibit a-amylase activity, controlling insulin levels and preventing dramatic spikes in glucose. Leeks also contain allicin, which helps avert neuropathy or nerve damage often associated with diabetes.

Baked Chicken with Onions and Leeks
Serves 6
Ingredients

2 cups thinly sliced onions
1 cup thinly sliced and washed leek, white and light green part only
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
3 T extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
¼ tsp salt

2½-3 lb bone-in chicken pieces (thighs, drumsticks and/or breasts), skin removed, trimmed
¼ cup Dijon mustard
2 tsp minced shallot
1½ tsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
¾ tsp freshly ground pepper

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Toss onions, leeks, garlic, 2 tablespoons of oil, thyme and salt in a large bowl until the vegetables are well coated. Spread the mixture in a non-reactive 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Place chicken on the vegetables. Bake for 10 minutes.
3. Whisk mustard, shallot, rosemary, soy sauce and pepper in a small bowl; gradually whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil.
4. After 10 minutes, brush the chicken with the mustard glaze. Continue baking until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a leg or breast (without touching the bone) registers 165°F, about 30 to 45 minutes more. Serve chicken with vegetables.

Tips
• When using a combination of thighs, drumsticks and breasts, cut each breast in half crosswise to make pieces about the size of an average chicken thigh. If you buy whole legs, separate the drumsticks and thighs. When all pieces are about the same size, they’ll cook at the same rate.
• A non-reactive bowl or pan—stainless-steel, enamel-coated or glass—is necessary when cooking acidic foods to prevent the food from reacting with the pan. Reactive pans, such as aluminum and cast-iron, can impart an off color and/or alter flavor.
• People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces labeled “gluten-free,” as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.