aspirus.org 5 Spicy roasted vegetable soup Makes 4 generous servings. Ingredients 1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced 1 mediumyellow bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced 1 jalapeño chile, cored, seeded andminced* 1 cup corn kernels** 4 teaspoons canola oil, divided 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise 1 large garlic clove, minced 1 celery stalk, trimmed and chopped 1 small red onion, chopped ½ teaspoon crushed dried oregano ¼ teaspoon ground cumin ¼ teaspoon pepper 4 cups (1 quart) reduced-sodiumvegetable broth 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro Optional toppings and add-ins: unsalted baked tortilla chips, cooked black beans, reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese Directions w w Place red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, chile and corn kernels in a shallow roasting pan. w w Drizzle with 2 teaspoons canola oil. w w Roast in preheated 400-degree oven for 15minutes, stirring once. w w Add tomatoes, stir and roast an additional 15minutes, stirring once. w w Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in Dutch oven over mediumheat. Add garlic, celery and onion. w w Cook for 5minutes or until vegetables are tender. w w Stir in oregano, cumin and pepper. w w Remove roasted vegetables fromoven and add to Dutch oven. Stir well. w w Add broth. Bring to a boil; Reduce heat to low and simmer 5minutes to blend flavors. w w Sprinkle on cilantro. Serve with one or more optional toppings if desired. *The heat in jalapeño chiles varies greatly. Take a tiny taste and decide whether to use the entire chile in the soup. **For 1 cup of corn, use a paring knife to remove the kernels from2mediumears of corn. If desired, substitute 1 cup of frozen corn kernels. Nutritional information Per serving (without optional toppings): 135 calories, 5g total fat, 3g protein, 20g carbohydrates, 165mg sodium, 4g dietary fiber Recipe courtesy of the Aspirus AspiringWomen program Stay safe from trips and tumbles A FALL can do more than bruise your ego. By some estimates, 1 out of every 5 tumbles results in a nasty injury, such as a broken bone or concussion. And while anyone can slip or trip, older adults face a greater risk of falling. Millions of Americans 65 and older fall each year. Christopher Pogliano, MD, geriatrician at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital & Clinics, said most falls don’t have to happen—they can be prevented with these tips: Get your eyes and ears tested often. Even small changes in your sight or hearing may lead to a fall. Don’t skimp on shut-eye. When you’re sleepy, you’re more likely to fall. Mind your medicine. The older you are—and the more medicines you take—the more likely you are to experience side effects. And that’s true even if you only take over-the-counter drugs. “Stay safe by getting regular health problem and preventive medicine checkups when you visit your doctor,” Dr. Pogliano said. “Bring your medicines (prescription and over-the-counter), supplements and herbal drugs you take. Your doctor can review them to make sure they don’t interact in harmful ways.” Stand up slowly. Getting up too quickly after eating, lying down or sitting may make you dizzy. Make your home safer. Clear away clutter from stairs and places where you walk. Christopher Pogliano, MD SAFETYCHECK Talk to your primary care provider about any health or safety concerns you may have. To find a provider at an Aspirus location near you, go online to aspirus.org or call the Aspirus Customer Contact Center at 800.847.4707 . Changes in your vision may lead to a fall. Be sure to get your eyes checked.