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Seniors: Get Your Flu Shot – It’s Important!

December 1, 2020 3:47 pm Published by Comments Off on Seniors: Get Your Flu Shot – It’s Important!

Getting vaccinated for the flu is more important than ever. Not only will a flu shot help keep you and your family healthy, it can help reduce the strain on the healthcare system and keep hospital beds and other medical resources available for people with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This is no ordinary flu season; it’s a flu season amid a pandemic. With two dangerous viruses going around at once, it’s time for people to protect their communities by getting... View Article


Steps you can take to help kids manage feelings and adjust to new ways of celebrating holiday traditions during COVID-19

November 24, 2020 3:41 pm Published by Comments Off on Steps you can take to help kids manage feelings and adjust to new ways of celebrating holiday traditions during COVID-19

Uncertainty around the COVID-19 crisis can be upsetting for anyone, but kids and teens can have an even harder time handling this stress. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help them manage these feelings and adjust to new ways of celebrating holiday traditions.[1]     Adjusting to big changes in our regular routines can be difficult for anyone, but especially kids and teens. It’s important to recognize when your children may be experiencing serious stress. Signs may include:... View Article


The Heart Can’t Wait: What to know about AFib and COVID-19

November 17, 2020 11:45 pm Published by Comments Off on The Heart Can’t Wait: What to know about AFib and COVID-19

What to know about AFib and COVID-19 As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, people with certain health conditions may be delaying or forgoing some healthcare. People shouldn’t ignore symptoms or delay seeking treatment, especially when it comes to progressive heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation (AFib). In honor of AFib Awareness Month these are some things to know about AFib amid the COVID-19 pandemic: Understand AFib AFib is an irregular heart rhythm that can increase the risk of... View Article


They Honored Their Commitment. It’s Time To Honor Ours

November 11, 2020 5:35 pm Published by Comments Off on They Honored Their Commitment. It’s Time To Honor Ours

“Whenever and wherever the nation has called – in times of darkness and danger as well as in times of peace and prosperity – America’s veterans have been there…proudly carrying the torch of liberty for all to see.” – Gen. Colin Powell They’ve fought in wars, led peacekeeping missions, responded to disasters and delivered humanitarian aid. And this year – as COVID-19 spread around the globe – they rushed to the front lines of care – supporting our hospitals, clinics... View Article


Patients win when health insurers and providers work together

November 9, 2020 5:33 pm Published by Comments Off on Patients win when health insurers and providers work together

The Covid-19 global pandemic has upended the health care industry, bringing dramatic change in a short amount of time. The same holds true in the employee benefits space. Employers and health plans have been working together for years to find ways to make health care more affordable and accessible while also encouraging greater employee engagement in their health care, with the end goal being to improve health outcomes. With so many people and businesses in Colorado struggling with new financial... View Article


Improve Your Mental Health with Better Sleep

November 5, 2020 5:17 pm Published by Comments Off on Improve Your Mental Health with Better Sleep

For some, the holidays may be the happiest season of all, but for others the hectic pace and endless to-do lists can take a real toll on their mental health. This year, the impact is heightened by a global health pandemic. According to a survey from Mattress Firm, more than 60 million Americans say COVID-19 has worsened their quality of their sleep, and those losing sleep are often seeing their mental well-being and healthy habits worsen. Nearly half of respondents... View Article


Comparing Medicare Plans Can Save You Money

November 3, 2020 4:54 pm Published by Comments Off on Comparing Medicare Plans Can Save You Money

Medicare open enrollment is here. With plan premiums at historic lows, now’s the time to review your coverage options Medicare’s Open Enrollment gives people with Medicare the opportunity to sign up for health or prescription drug plans, or make changes to their existing health plans or prescription drug plans for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2021. But don’t delay – Open Enrollment ends on Dec. 7. Why compare plans for next year? Just as your health care needs can change from... View Article


A Chilly Day Dish with a Kick

October 29, 2020 7:33 pm Published by Comments Off on A Chilly Day Dish with a Kick

Picture in your mind a warm bowl cupped in your hands, defrosting your fingertips after you just walked inside from a chilly afternoon. The bowl is heavy, full of hearty vegetables and spicy pepper that in just a few short moments will overwhelm your palate. You dive in with a spoon, savoring every flavorful bite as you dip down to the bottom of the bowl searching for more to slurp up with every spoonful. Onion, red bell pepper and even... View Article


Controlling Potassium When You Have Kidney Disease

October 27, 2020 2:46 pm Published by Comments Off on Controlling Potassium When You Have Kidney Disease

Foods high in potassium, an essential mineral and electrolyte, offer health and nutrition benefits. Potassium helps muscles, including the heart, expand and contract, but for people whose kidneys can’t filter out excess potassium, its buildup can be deadly. Many foods, like bananas, have potassium, but some have more than others. For the 37 million Americans living with kidney disease, the American Kidney Fund’s “Beyond Bananas” educational campaign stresses the importance of controlling and managing potassium levels for better health outcomes.... View Article


Safety Steps for Spooky Fun

October 23, 2020 7:46 pm Published by Comments Off on Safety Steps for Spooky Fun

  Traditional family activities like trick-or-treating create fun moments and memories, but the effects of COVID-19 on this Halloween will bring about change for the spooky excitement. You can still ensure a special night for your little ones and all the ghouls, goblins and ghosts in your neighborhood by following safety measures aimed at keeping everyone healthy on All Hallows’ Eve. Consider these tips for safe trick-or-treating from the experts at the National Safety Council and leading candy maker, Mars... View Article


5 Tips for Managing High Cholesterol

October 20, 2020 1:57 pm Published by Comments Off on 5 Tips for Managing High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke, but typically shows no symptoms. Understanding the role cholesterol plays, potential risk factors and how to manage it are important aspects of protecting your heart health. LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) is considered “bad” cholesterol because it contributes to fat buildup in the arteries while HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein) is considered “good” cholesterol as it can carry LDL cholesterol away from the arteries... View Article


Prepping for Disaster Amid COVID-19

October 2, 2020 8:26 pm Published by Comments Off on Prepping for Disaster Amid COVID-19

Prepping for Disaster Amid COVID-19 With this natural disaster season almost sure to be unlike any Americans have faced before amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s all the more important to take small steps to protect yourself and your family in the event of a natural disaster. Consider these tips from Monica Sanders, disaster response expert, and Clorox. To find more information on how to  help keep your family safe before and after a natural disaster at Clorox.com/disaster-preparedness. SOURCE: Clorox


Improve Heart Health with Daily Nutrition from a Refrigerator Staple

September 25, 2020 8:37 pm Published by Comments Off on Improve Heart Health with Daily Nutrition from a Refrigerator Staple

Taking care of your heart requires a commitment to the right routines and smart decisions, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Simple ingredients already in your kitchen may offer powerful protection to keep your heart healthy. For example, more than a decade of research shows 100% orange juice and its vitamins and minerals may play a beneficial role in helping lower blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease. A study published in the “European Journal of Nutrition”... View Article


Manage Medical Conditions During COVID-19

September 10, 2020 2:06 pm Published by Comments Off on Manage Medical Conditions During COVID-19

Diabetes and heart disease are two pre-existing medical conditions that researchers believe contribute to elevated risk of severe complications from COVID-19. In fact, patients with two or more pre-existing conditions have 4.5 times greater risk of needing treatment at a hospital if they contract COVID-19, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How Diabetes Affects Heart Health If you have diabetes, your body either makes too much or not enough insulin, which results in too much... View Article


Tips to Get the Whole Family Moving at Home

August 18, 2020 2:15 pm Published by Comments Off on Tips to Get the Whole Family Moving at Home

With many families stuck at home juggling working remotely, homeschooling and trying to keep everyone happy and healthy, it can be easy to let an otherwise active lifestyle fall by the wayside. Regardless of age, being physically active provides numerous health benefits. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity for adults each week, and 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for kids between the ages of 6-17 each day. Finding ways to move daily... View Article


Safe Grilling Tips for a Sizzling Summer

July 29, 2020 4:22 pm Published by Comments Off on Safe Grilling Tips for a Sizzling Summer

When temperatures soar this summer, many American families may be seeking a break from the monotony of their everyday routines. To make the most of the extra time at home, firing up the grill can be a simple solution for relatively quick food preparation that also allows for spending time with loved ones in the comfort of your own backyard. A gas grill provides families flexibility for preparing everything from a casual meal of burgers and hot dogs to an... View Article


Understanding the Connection Between AFib and Stroke

July 23, 2020 4:58 pm Published by Comments Off on Understanding the Connection Between AFib and Stroke

In 2020, more than 795,000 people in the United States will experience a stroke, according to a report from the American Heart Association, and nearly a third of those may be caused by atrial fibrillation (AFib) based on research published in “Vascular Health and Risk Management.” AFib is the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia, according to a report by RTI International, and affects more than 5.5 million people in the U.S. May is Stroke Awareness Month and Dr. Rajesh... View Article