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They come in all shapes and sizes-no two are identical.
Some are quite large, while others quite small.
Some are created by birth; others by friendship.
Some live next door; some an ocean away.
Some are easy to get along with; some…not so much.

They are a brilliant symphony of diversity.

But really, in the end, none of that is important, for it doesn’t matter how they are formed or what they look like…what DOES matter is what they are to us:  Family. They are the hands we hold; the doublers of our joy and the dividers of our sorrow.

And although not always easy, Family is always worth the effort.

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November turns our minds towards Thanksgiving and reminds us that there is always something for which to be thankful.

Today is Day 1 of our 30 Days of Thankfulness and on this first day of November, there is nothing we are thankful for more than YOU. We are thankful for every patient that walks through our door. Every. Single. One. We love getting to know you, watching your children grow, helping you and your family feel better. It’s why we are here, and why YOU are the thing we are most thankful for.

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Would you know how to detect the signs of a stroke? Most people don’t, and yet strokes are the 5th highest cause of death in the United States. Your ability to spot a stroke and then take action means the difference between life and death. The American Heart/Stroke Association has created an easy to understand graphic and some catchy tunes to help you recognize and act should a stroke occur.

The good news is that 80% of all strokes are preventable by enacting easy changes to create a healthier lifestyle. So read, sing, learn and make a difference.
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We pick them.

We carve them.

We even put their spiced flavor in our lattes.

Yes, America loves its pumpkins. And that’s a Very Good Thing, because pumpkins, besides being fun to carve and delicious to eat, are packed with nutritional benefits.

Take weight loss, for example. Pumpkins are a fiber rich food, and fiber slows the digestion which means you feel full longer and are less likely to snack between meals.  There is actually more fiber in one cup of pumpkin than in two slices of whole wheat bread. (Note: Pumpkin-shaped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, unfortunately, don’t count toward your weight loss goals. Not even a little bit. )

And fiber isn’t the only benefit.

Beta-Carotene gives pumpkins their beautiful orange color, and when digested, converts to Vitamin A, the essential vitamin for healthy eyes as it helps the retina absorb light. (Carrots also area rich in beta-carotene, and you’ve never seen a rabbit wearing glasses, so you know it works. Sorry. We had to throw that joke in there.)Vitamin A also helps the body fight infections and viruses, but it doesn’t do it alone. Pumpkin delivers almost 20% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C, which is always a plus during cold season. Plus, Vitamins A and C act as antioxidants, which protect and shield your body against free radicals which could lead to diseases such as cancer.

So, whether you bake them into muffins, mix them into stew or simply cut and roast them all on their own, do your body good by giving it pumpkin.

(And if a stray Pumpkin-shaped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup makes its way from your child’s trick or treat back into your belly, we won’t tell.)

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It is always an honor to represent Spectrum Healthcare. And when the work we do is recognized by our peers, well, it is an honor, indeed.

Last night, Spectrum Healthcare was recognized at the Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority (NARBHA) annual event and we were so proud to receive three top honors, both individually and as an organization.

A huge congratulations to Gina Mendez for receiving her 20 year Service Award. Tirelessly caring for the needs of the people in your community is no small thing and Gina had done so with kindness and compassion for 20 years.

Spectrum’s Work Adjustment Training Program (WAT) took home the Mickey Hawley award for excellence in the provision of behavioral health. The WAT program helps seriously mentally ill clients develop skills and way to increase productivity so that they may overcome employment barriers and find meaningful work within the community.

And last, but certainly not least, Spectrum’s former CEO, Robert Cartia, received NARBHA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Robert has dedicated his life to bettering the lives of those around him and improved mental healthcare has been his mission. Robert began when Spectrum was simply the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic and was instrumental in the crossover to Spectrum’s Integrated Care services, adding Primary Care and Pediatrics to Mental Healthcare services so that ALL the needs of a patient could be met under one roof.

Congratulations not just to those who took home awards last night, but to ALL those who strive to make their community better by helping those in it FEEL better.spectrum healthcare arizona_0031spectrum healthcare arizona_0032spectrum healthcare arizona_0033spectrum healthcare ©2015

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