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The added value of kupah higher insurance levels for pregnant women.

While the basic healthcare basket covers all of the basic medical care needed during pregnancy, the higher level insurance plans offer a large number of extra benefits. Whether it be an additional ultrasound to put your mind at ease, or being able to choose a doctor that will be extra sensitive to your questions and concerns, many women find having supplemental insurance during pregnancy to be worthwhile. At a time where so much is out of our control and unknown, many women find having the extra special care to be extremely comforting.

Some added benefits include:

  1. Up to 8,000 NIS total (over up to 3 pregnancies) that can be used towards pregnancy and birth, such as private OBGYN visits, lactation consultant, and more. (Highest plan only) 
  2. Partial Reimbursement for Nuchal Translucency [Shkifut Orpit] and other scans at private doctors. (Highest plan only) 
  3.  Early Anatomy Scan [Skira Ma’arachot Mukdemet].

*It is important to note that there is at least a 6 month waiting period for most of these benefits, so it is recommended to join your kupot’s higher level plan before you get pregnant.

For a full list of tests during pregnancy recommended by The Health Ministry, and to see which are covered by the Basic Health Basket, click here.

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Fibromyalgia and Bituach Leumi

Fibromyalgia is a debilitating disease, which is often misunderstood. Many who suffer from fribromyalgia are left unable to work, and with limited mobility. Some try to file for disability payment and assistance from Bituach Leumi, but unfortunately, a diagnosis of fibromyalgia is usually not enough to qualify.

How to qualify for help:

*Please note: this is not a guarantee that taking these steps will qualify you for assistance or disability payments from Bituach Leumi

  1. Start by seeing your family doctors and getting referred to appropriate specialists.
  2. While seeing these doctors, you must receive written documentation of specific limitations (not just a fibromyalga diagnoses), such as limited mobility, joint pain, neurological impairments, muscle weakness, irregular MRI/emg results, ongoing pain medication, or usage for neuropathy. It is important you are documenting recent ailments from multiple specialists, and not just a diagnosis of a single chronic illness.
  3. Use these documents to apply for Bituach Leumi. We strongly recommend reaching out to Yad Mechavenet at *2496. Although they can’t garauntee services in English, they provide assistance for properly preparing for the medical committee which will analyze your case and determine whether or not you are eligable for benefits.  

In the end, the role of the medical board of Bituach Leumi is to add together the different medical conditions you have proven to be suffering from, and calculate your percentage of disability, and in turn, determine what benefits you are entitled to receive. 

 

 

Other helpful links:

http://www.kolzchut.org.il/en/Establishing_the_Degree_of_Incapacity

https://www.btl.gov.il/English%20Homepage/Benefits/Disability%20Insurance/Pages/Claim%20for%20disability%20pension.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

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PEP – Treatment in fear of exposure to HIV

The following is a translation and edit of an article on www.aidsisrael.org.il. For more information see the full article [Hebrew] by clicking here

PEP

PEP – Treatment given in cases of fear of exposure to the HIV virus. Your condom is torn during sexual intercourse; Are you afraid of being exposed to HIV? There are some things that everyone needs to know:

What is PEP?

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EXPOSURE 

PROPHYLAXISpreventive treatment 

PEP is a treatment given after exposure to HIV and its goal is to minimize the risk of infection.

Is  PEP  a new invention?

For years, PEP has been used to prevent HIV infection in cases of high-risk exposure. For example, if a medical staff member is exposed to a contagious fluid (for example, stabbed from a syringe containing HIV positive blood), he or she is offered the preventive treatment that should significantly reduce the chances of contracting the virus. This treatment is also offered in hospitals to victims of sexual assault or to partners of HIV positive people if the condom is broken. PEP is actually a drug that is taken for 28 days and is based on the combined drug therapy that people living with HIV take throughout their lives.

In what situations should I consider PEP ?

If one of the following conditions occurs:

1. Almost certain exposure to the virus, for example, you are HIV negative and in a relationship with someone who is positive. Although you are always careful about protected sex – something happens and the condom breaks at the time of penetration.

2. Possible exposure to the virus, such as having unprotected sex with a partner whose HIV status is unknown, and a condom rupture during penetration.

3. Having unprotected sex that involves penetration with a partner whose HIV status is unknown or known to be positive.

Some clear cases in which treatment is recommended: 

  1. A needle stabbing from a person living with HIV (mainly occupational exposure).
  2. People who have been penetrated without a condom by a person living with HIV and whose therapeutic status is unknown.  
  3. Victims of sexual assault. (If a call to the ER is made up to 72 hours).

How do you get and who decides on it?

If you are concerned about HIV, contact the emergency room of one of the listed hospitals below as soon as possible (and no later than 72 hours after exposure). Treatment can be requested 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Where can I get the treatment?

In each of the following seven emergency rooms (24 hours a day, 7 days a week):

  • Soroka, Beer Sheva
  • Kaplan, Rehovot
  • Hadassah Ein Karem, Jerusalem
  • Sheba, Tel Hashomer
  • Ichilov, Tel Aviv
  • Meir, Kfar Saba
  • Rambam Medical Center, Haifa

Remember: the treatment is not given to anyone who wants it, and the decision is made by the doctor in the emergency room.  The doctor will decide whether or not to prescribe the treatment, only after consulting an infectious disease specialist or an HIV doctor from the hospital’s AIDS center, since this is a treatment with rare but life-threatening side effects, the doctor will try to see if the risk of infection in your case justifies the chances The doctor will ask you some questions related to your sex habits and the last time you have unprotected sex.

Can I go directly to the emergency room or need a referral?

A visit to the hospital must be paid by a fee, unless there is a commitment from the health fund (hitchayvut/Form 17), or in cases defined in advance by the Ministry of Health and in the regulations of the health funds. HIV prevention is not one of these cases, so in order to be exempt from a screening visit, you must have a hitchayvut. How do you do this? One way is to visit a family doctor and ask for a referral to the ER. It may be a cumbersome way of scheduling or trying to get into a doctor without a queue because of an emergency, and time is pressing. The simplest and fastest way would be to call the HMO call center and ask to speak to the nurses’ center. If the nurse at the center approves the need for an emergency appointment, the telephone call is recorded on the computer and is considered according to the fund’s regulations as a liability of the fund for all intents and purposes. In some cases the nurse may require you to visit your GP. In such a situation, you must clarify the urgency of the matter and insist on receiving a referral from the call center.

In any case, remember: Arriving at the ER without a commitment from a doctor or a nurses’ center will cost you NIS 715, even if the visit is medically justified.

What happens to a caller when he arrives at the ER?

A number of tests are performed at the ER. First, an HIV test that checks whether there has been past infection (and then any unnecessary preventive treatment). In addition, a blood count is performed and a liver and kidney function test is performed to determine a health condition that does not allow taking the treatment. In addition, in case of exposure to sexual relations, antibiotic treatment was provided to cover other sexually transmitted diseases (gonorrhea and chlamydia). At the end of the tests, and after the consultation of the emergency doctor with a physician aids are given in sorting out several doses of treatment for the next day or two. During the course of the treatment, the person is instructed to perform additional tests, the most important of which is, of course, HIV testing after three weeks of treatment. Which prevents, to ensure that no adhesion occurred.

What would they ask me in the emergency room? 

The questions that the doctor will ask you in the emergency room can be very personal and cause a feeling of discomfort. You will be asked to talk about the partner with unprotected sex, you will be asked about the sexual act, when was, what included what was your role in sex and whether there was ejaculation inside or outside. Remember that the doctor asks for all this information not to satisfy his curiosity but to make the right decision about your health. In any case, all the information you tell your doctor needs medical confidentiality so that you can be calm. The more accurate information you provide, the more appropriate a decision can be made by your doctor regarding the need for preventive care and its composition.

So take or not take?

Whether to take or not to take lies in the benefit of treatment versus its risks. Treatment is not easy in many cases and sometimes even life-threatening. Another important fact is that the side effects of the treatment may be difficult. Usually more severe than the side effects experienced by people living with HIV and taking the treatment for many years. For these reasons, complex therapeutic protocols have been written that weigh the risk of infection compared with the risk of side effects, according to which the AIDS doctors decide whether to give the treatment or not. 

When should I seek treatment?

The faster the better! The efficacy of the treatment depends on the time that has passed since the exposure: the closer the treatment is to the time of exposure, the more effective it is. If 72 hours have elapsed since the exposure, PEP will not be given in any case because treatment is no longer effective.

It has recently been shown that taking the treatment more than 48 hours after exposure reduces its effectiveness significantly, so in situations where PEP is recommended, this should be done as soon as possible !!!

Some things to know about  PEP :

– PEP is not a “day after” pill and is definitely not a substitute for condom use.

Treatment reduces the chances of HIV infection but is not 100% effective.

– Treatment must commence as soon as possible as of the date of exposure, and in any event not later than 72 hours from the moment the incident occurred.

– The treatment is not given to anyone who asks, and in any case, it is possible to receive it only in emergency rooms with the instruction of a specialist.

– Treatment is based on some of the combined drug therapy taken by people living with HIV.

Treatment has short- and long-term side effects. Sometimes these are serious phenomena. (And therefore, as noted, can not be given to any person who requests it and under the instruction of a specialist doctor only).

So now I know there is a PEP, why should I continue using the condom?

Well, simply because PEP is not a protective measure and it certainly is not a substitute for a condom. This is not a “day after” pill, but a complex drug treatment with side effects that can be determined by an emergency room doctor. In the case of PEP, the doctor will decide for you. They have the full professional authority to refuse you.

Accident Insurance and What to Do When a Child Gets Hurt

By Aviva Yoselis
Our strict contributed content guidelines ensure useful, informative and non-solicitous submitted content. Opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own.


Active Children Get Hurt

kid scraped kneeThe other day, I realized that there are actually people living in Israel who’ve never been to the Emergency Room, who’ve never had to take a bleeding child to the extended hours clinic to be stitched up, who’ve never looked at the chip in their child’s tooth after a fall from a slide and said, ‘yep, that tooth is gonna have to be fixed’. Now, before you stop reading in horror and say, my goodness what a negligent mother, let me just inform you that I have active boys. Three of them. Really active. And active girls who play with the active boys. We’ve been stitched, glued, x-rayed, bandaged…

So here are some important facts to know if your child, grandchild, niece, nephew or little neighbor gets hurt:

Accident Insurance for School Aged Children

Teeth

If a school age child (pre-K through 12th grade) has any type of tooth injury, chipped, knocked out, cracked,…treatment is covered by the school insurance, even if it didn’t happen on school property or during school hours. This means, that yes, the eight year old girl who was chasing her brother around the house, tripped, and cracked her two newly grown front teeth in half, can get full reconstruction of those teeth for free.

To go about this, you need to call the national insurance company (not connected to your kupah): 1-800-44-33-44 [in Hebrew only], give them your child’s information and they will call you back with a number and a list of eligible dental clinics. With that number and a letter from the school secretary saying your child is a student, you can make an appointment and go to one of the approved clinics.

Accident Injury

The insurance that you purchase at the beginning of each school year (mandatory~75 NIS), covers your school age child for all kinds of accidents (except for car and terrorist events-that’s through Bituach Leumi). If your child is hurt falling out of a tree, falling off a bike, injured on the playground, even if it didn’t happen on school property or during school hours, your child is eligible for insurance coverage. If they have a temporary disability, they may also receive coverage for that. Contact the secretary of the school for relevant phone numbers of the insurance.

Things to Remember

Head/facial wounds bleed, a lot

If the child comes in from the outside with blood running down their cheek, take a deep breath and wash the wound off first. Sometimes even small cuts look massive in the beginning.

If the injury looks deep, take the child to the nearest extended hours clinic of your kupah (not the ER unless it’s after midnight). Make sure you know where this clinic is before there’s an accident, so you don’t have to call around in the moment of panic. Put the number and address up on your fridge so it’s accessible. If there is an injury around the eye, or the cut is especially deep, know that the extended hours clinic or Terem may end up sending you to the ER to be stitched; you still need to go to the kupah clinic first, and then go to the ER with a referral, in order for the ER fee to be covered by the kupah.

[Editor’s note: If the situation is truly urgent, and wasted time contributes to the danger, do not pause for preliminary concerns. Click here to read more about Medical Attention Any Time and in Emergencies.]

Possible concussions

If the child is unconscious or loses consciousness, feels dizzy or vomits after a falling injury, take the child to the ER immediately.


Aviva Yoselis, MPH, founder and director of Health Advize and Viva Research Institute, is an expert in the field of health research, health behavior modification and shared medical decision making. She has over 20 years of experience facilitating seminars and teaching classes on health behavior and health system navigation. Aviva is skilled in identifying key points in complex situations, and looking at a range of possible solutions. Feel free to download her free guide on navigating the Israel Health Care system at http://healthadvize.com/contact-us/.

Preparing a Living Will

Competent medical and legal guidance is important when considering the medical care one wishes to receive in the event of terminal illness. Discussing the issue carefully with family members for the sake of clarity can also be difficult but necessary.

Awareness of rights and the means to fulfill one’s wishes in the most serious circumstances begins with the information below. We are proud to have translated this resource as part of our on-going collaboration with Kol-Zchut.

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“Fast Track” for Submitting a General Disability Pension Claim

Those submitting any type of health-related claim in Israel whether it be to the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi), the kupot cholim, or the Ministry of Health, unfortunately often have to wait a long time for the claim to be processed and approved.

Fortunately, at least with regard to General Disability Pension claims, there is some relief available in the form of a “Fast Track” process for those suffering from serious conditions.

As part of our on-going collaboration with Kol-Zchut, we are proud to have translated and published this easy-to-read, critical and unique resource that was not previously available in English. You can either view the information below or click here to follow an external link. 

 

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WARNING: Dangerous levels of methanol in questionable vodka and arak

Bottles of “Vodka Kremlin” and “Nasich HaArak” that were confiscated by police were tested by Misrad HaBriut and was found to have 523 – 533 times the legal amount of methanol in them.  The arak is suspected to be a forgery because of various misspellings such as the word “ערק” which is spelled “ארק” and the word “ממולא” which is spelled “ממלוא”.   

The permitted amount of methanol in vodka and arak according to Israeli Standard 1572 is 10 grams per 100 liters ethanol.

Drinking excessive amounts of methanol can lead to blindness and even death.  Methanol poisoning is expressed as dizziness, confusion, weakness, headaches, vomiting, stomachaches, and convulsions.

The Ministry of Health is calling on the public not to drink these products because they are a danger to public health.

If needed, you can report to the moked at *5400 or the Department of Enforcement in Misrad HaBriut at 02-6551797, 02-6551772 or email modin@eliav.health.gov.il.

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Source: Misrad HaBriut

 
 
Thanks to Frugal Shopper on Janglo for the English!

Eating Disorders – Treatment and Support Options in Israel

An eating disorder refers to a number of psychological disorders related to insufficient food intake or overeating. Individuals suffering from them may have difficulty admitting that they have a problem before seeking help.
Coverage and provision of services for eating disorders is essentially the same as any other psychological disorder.

How do I get treatment for an eating disorder?

  • Discuss the steps to finding treatment with your general practitioner. You may need to see a diagnostic psychiatrist or psychologist to get referred to specific treatment.
  • You can also make an appointment with a kupah social worker at your local clinic for additional guidance.

Where can I get treatment and what does it entail?

  • There are clinics specializing in treatment of eating disorders that are either directly operated by the kupat cholim, or are private and may or may not be affiliated with a specific kupah.
  • Treatment options  may be either in-patient or out-patient and the specific type of referral is based on the severity of the patient’s condition.
  • The vast majority of eating disorders are treated through out-patient care, while those who are hospitalized are generally placed in the facility’s mental health ward or a department specializing in eating disorders.
  • Care is generally provided by a multi-disciplinary professional team comprised of doctors, mental health professionals, dieticians and other professionals.
  • Updated listings of treatment facilities with which the kupah is affiliated should be requested directly from the kupah.
  • The Israeli Association for Eating Disorders (IAED) website has a comprehensive listing of public and private facilities specializing in treatment of eating disorders (in Hebrew). 

What organizations offer support for eating disorders?

 
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Diabetics – Changes to Benefit Regulations

diabetes supplies

The regulations for diabetics submitting a claim for any of the following will change as of December 1, 2014:

  • General disability pension from the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi) 
  • Work injury allowance  from the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi) 
  • Income tax exemption request from the Tax Authority

 

For anyone submitting a claim to the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi) after  December 1, 2014, the degree of medical disability will be established according to new regulations as detailed below:

 

For individuals with uncontrolled diabetes:

If you have additional complications, disability of at least 65% will be established if the severity of at least one complication is determined to be at a rate of at least 30% disability, or if you have at least two complications each of which has been determined to be at a rate of 20% disability.

If you do not have additional complications, have one complication determined to be at a rate of less than 30% or two complications each of which has been determined to be at a rate of less than 20%, the degree of medical disability will be determined according to the severity of the diabetes up to 50% medical disability (instead of 40% as it had been previously).

Please note: If you submit a claim before December 1, 2014 and the medical committee or medical appeals committee then meets between December 1, 2014 and December 1, 2017, your rate of disability will be determined according to either the new or old regulations, whichever is more beneficial to you.

For more details on these changes, contact the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi) by calling *6050.

Click here to view the full regulations (in Hebrew).

 

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Diabetes Portal

Diabetics being treated for diabetes with insulin or other medications are considered to be chronically ill and are thus entitled to various benefits from the health plans and related to various medical services. Due to the fact that each health plan has different policies, it always recommended to clarify all relevant rights and entitlements with your health plan.

As part of our on-going collaboration with Kol-Zchut, we are proud to have translated and published the Diabetes Portal in English. While a number of the links in the portal still lead to Hebrew content, it is an easy-to-read, critical and unique resource of information that was not previously available in English. You can either view the guide below or click here to follow an external link. 

 

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Switching Health Plans

People switch their kupat cholim for various reasons.

Why would I switch?

You may want to consider switching if:

  • You have moved and one kupah offers better treatment options in your new community.
  • You got married and want your new family to all have the same kupat cholim to make it more convenient.
  • You’ve done your research and found that a supplemental insurance option offered by another kupah covers services or treatments that are more relevant to your needs.

 

For some things to consider when choosing a kupat cholim or considering a switch, check out “Question: Changing Your Kupat Cholim?”.

What should I know about switching?

  • Anyone who is a member of a kupat cholim has the right to switch in accordance with the relevant procedures and regulations (see below).
  • When switching health plans, the coverage provided by an additional health services plan (supplemental insurance) is generally retained in the new health plan and at the same level without requiring a waiting period, though this should always be verified before actually making the switch.
  • Switching may be done simply by going to the post office, paying a nominal fee, filling out the required form and handing it in there. There is also an online option through the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi) website.

 

As part of our on-going collaboration with Kol-Zchut, we provide you with the following essential information on switching kupot cholim. See below or click here to go to the Kol-Zchut site.

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RECALL – Zovirax eye ointment

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According to a Ministry of Health announcement, Zovirax eye ointment from batches 4E915 (expiration 5.2019) and 4B909 (expiration 2.2019) has been recalled due to the suspected presence of solid particles in the ointment.

The Ministry of Health has ordered the manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to remove the effected product from use.

Individuals using ointment from either of these batches should discontinue use immediately, go to their doctor for instructions and alternatives, and are requested to return the product to the pharmacy.

The complete Ministry of Health announcement in Hebrew can be found here.

Rights Guide for the Mentally Ill and Their Families

The mental health system is one of the most neglected aspects of the Israeli healthcare system. Many people are unaware of their rights within the mental health system. 

As part of our on-going collaboration with Kol-Zchut, we are proud to have translated and published a Rights Guide for the Mentally Ill and Their Families. While a number of the links in the guide still lead to Hebrew content, it is an easy-to-read, critical and unique resource of information that was not previously available in English. You can either view the guide below or click here to follow an external link. 

 

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New Employment Website for People with Disabilities

The Avoda Negisha website aims to help people with disabilities become integrated into the workforce. The website includes job listings intended for people with disabilities, information and tools to help them find employment, support for employers wishing to employ people with disabilities, and information for professionals in related fields. The initiative is a collaboration between JDC-Israel, various Israeli government offices and ministries and other non-governmental organizations.

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www.AvodaNegisha.org.il

 

Note: The website is currently only available in Hebrew, but there is a chat option that shows up in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen (look for the speech bubble and the words “שוחח איתנו”), and there is a call center: 03-6013222. If you have trouble understanding the Hebrew on the site, you can chat or call a representative who should then be able to help you in English, put you in touch with someone who can, or let you leave a message for an English-speaker. If you are still having trouble, let us know.

 

What’s on the site? 

  • Job Listings – The listings are browseable and searchable, users can register and make a profile to have suitable listings forwarded to them, and they can submit applications through the site.
  • Tools for Success – Help writing and reviewing resumes, a sample resume to look at, a guide for searching for and finding employment, various training courses and a listing of assistance organizations and professionals.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Visitors can browse previously asked questions or ask their own.
  • Career Magazine – Different articles and postings related to employment and training of people with disabilities.
  • Listing of service providers, a calendar of events, and more.

 

Related:

For more information related to individuals with disabilities, check out our All Rights Index (which is searchable and browseable), especially the People with Disabilities Portal and the Employment of People with Disabilities Portal.

 

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Ministry of Health Eating Recommendations for the Holiday Season

Translations like these are why we need The Shira Pransky Project!

Rosh Hashana table

The Ministry of Health has published recommendations for the holiday season, including some questionable (and sometimes comical) translations, like:

  • “Skipping meals can cause a reaction in which hunger is felt, a state that leads to devouring large amounts without being able to control this.”
  • “It is worthwhile to be wary of ‘tearing into’ large amounts of food.”
  • Some odd menu choices such as “​Pumpkin baked without oil” and “Green cowpea cooked without oil”.


While these translations get their point across and may be funny because the content is not that important, imagine if all of your critical healthcare information in English was translated in the same way! The Shira Pransky Project exists to provide quality information to Israel’s English-speakers so that they can better understand and navigate the Israeli healthcare system.

The Ministry’s complete recommendations appear below in their unedited form:

Recommendations for Rosh Hashana and this season’s Festivals

Rosh Hashana and the remaining festivals of this season allow us to enjoy splendid things such as being on holiday, family and excursions. However, alongside all of this is worry of the effects of disturbance to the normal daily routine and diet, and consequent worry about weight gain.
 
The many festive meals, rich in courses and calories, together with free time and hospitality, could lead to uncontrolled eating and to putting on several unwanted kilograms. It is reasonable to assume that it is not always only the type of food eaten that causes weight gain, but also the quantities consumed in this period.
 
During this period of Jewish festivals, it is recommended to adopt some basic behavioral rules that could assist you in maintaining wise dietary habits and avoiding weight gain and various digestive tract problems. Below are some useful tips:
 
Prior to and during the festivals, as well as throughout the year
  • It is recommended to eat proper meals and to avoid a situation in which one “forgets” to eat. Skipping meals can cause a reaction in which hunger is felt, a state that leads to devouring large amounts without being able to control this.
  • In states of excess fatigue, which are characteristic of many people in this period (mainly those who are hosting guests), the natural reaction is – over-eating. It is worthwhile to be wary of “tearing into” large amounts of food. It is recommended to take a break during preparations, drink water, and if you feel hungry, take a slice of whole bread, and spread it with a thin layer of something that you like. It is also possible to prepare a bowl of sliced vegetables or vegetable soup for “emergencies”.
  • It is worthwhile to increase physical activity and to get into an exercise routine that also continues during the period of the festivals. It is advisable during the period of preparations for the festivals to go on errands by foot or by bicycle.
 
Physical exercise close to home and on excursions in the bosom of nature
  • The period of the festivals is a good season for going out for a brief trip near home or for a family excursion in the bosom of nature.
  • It is worthwhile to set aside at least half an hour every day for enjoyable activity alone or with the family, and to prefer active recreation to going to a restaurant, e.g. walking, cycling, bowling, ball games, playing tag and excursions on foot. This habit can be internalized and also continued after the festivals!
  • During the festival period, it is worthwhile to discard the excuse “I don’t have time” and to make time also for planned physical exercise.
 
Caloric Values of some Festival Foods
 
​Food Unit​ Calories​
​Apple ​1 medium ​60
​Honey ​1 teaspoon ​20
​Dried dates ​2 small ​60
​Pomegranate seeds ​2 spoons ​25
​Gefilte fish ​1 fish ball ​155
​Pumpkin baked without oil ​Medium serving (serving spoon) ​50
​Grilled chicken thigh and drumstick without skin ​1 serving ​225
​Oven-baked peeled potato without oil ​​Medium serving (serving spoon) ​380
​Beef cooked in wine Medium slice ​240
​Mullet fish in tomato sauce – “chraime” Medium serving ​395
​Chopped liver 3 spoons ​95
​Fried leek cutlets ​​2 cutlets ​282
​Hummus salad ​4 spoons ​70
​Rice fried in canola oil ​Medium serving ​330
​Green cowpea cooked without oil ​Serving spoon ​120
​Lamb head ​50 grams – 2 small slices of meat ​157
​Head of mullet or trout fish ​50 grams ​70
​Quince baked in sugar ​​1 medium ​150
​Purchased honey cake ​Medium slice ​90
 
 

These recommendations were originally published on the Ministry of Health website. Click here to view the original page.

For information on healthy Yom Kippur fasting, click here.

 

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