Disability Help Center - San Diego - June 2019

IT’S ALL GREEN TO ME

WATERCRESS Step aside, kale; here’s the real queen of green. With more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, and more vitamin C than an orange, watercress is one of the best greens you’re not eating. With all of these extra vitamins, watercress has been shown to improve heart health, bone health, and even act as an antidepressant. Next time you need a pick-me-up, consider a watercress salad. Your whole body will thank you! Bad childhood encounters with canned spinach or steamed Brussels sprouts are why many people avoid green veggies. But the produce section is full of tasty, healthy options waiting to appear on your dinner plate and improve your well-being.

You need to eat more green foods.

No, this doesn’t mean green Skittles. Green vegetables comprise one of the most important food groups, and most people aren’t eating enough of them. But if you do decide to get more nutrients from green veggies, remember that not all greens are created equal. Dark leafy spinach is basically a superfood, offering protein, iron, vitamin A, and tons of minerals. Meanwhile, iceberg lettuce or celery may fill your stomach up, but they offer little to no nutritional value.

Next time you’re at the grocery store, keep an eye out for these top-rated green vegetables that are both delicious and nutritious.

AVOCADO They’re tasty, they’re trendy, and they’re great for your eyes. Avocados are a great source of an antioxidant called lutein, which improves eye health. They’re also rich in vitamin E. Researchers have recently noted that people who get most of their vitamin E from their diet tend to have a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease. It’s all the more reason to enjoy that avocado toast! EDAMAME Looking for a filling mid-afternoon snack? Skip the potato chips and help yourself to some edamame. These Japanese soybeans are a familiar sight on sushi menus, but they’re also readily available in the freezer section of your local grocery store. Edamame is delicious and a great source of protein, making it the perfect snack.

STUDENTS’ CORNER: YOU HAVE QUESTIONS. WE HAVE ANSWERS.

Here at Disability Help Center, our mission is to help the disabled community by connecting them with vital resources related to legal advice, health care, mental health assistance,

to support yourself by working, you will be denied benefits. If your impairment keeps you from earning enough money to support yourself, then you pass this step.

physical rehabilitation, family care, food, and shelter and to act as advocates on their behalf. Here is a question that we hear often.

2. Does your condition “meet or medically equal” the definition in the list of impairments? If you can prove that you have met a listing, or if your conditions combined create problems which equal the listed conditions, then you will continue on to the next step. 3. Are you able to perform your past line of work? If you can return to your line of work, you will not be given benefits. If you are found unable to return to your previous line of work, you will go to the next step.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO MY INITIAL DISABILITY DETERMINATION?

Once your application arrives at the Disability Determination Services (DDS), your case is assigned to an examiner. That examiner will use the information provided in your application to see if you meet the criteria for disability benefits. The criteria you must meet are listed below.

4. Do your condition(s) and abilities allow you to do a different line of work? This decision is somewhat up to the SSA and their experts to determine whether there is another line of work that you are able to do. Rather than only referring to your medical records, they will speculate regarding whether or not there are other jobs you can perform.

1. Are you working at Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)? Being able to work a small amount doesn’t automatically disqualify you from claiming disability. However, if you are found to be able

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