Tag: Health

American health care needs an updated treatment plan. The quality of care is not the issue as we have some of the best medical care in the world. People will fly in from different countries just to take advantage of our trained medical providers. But our health care policies are very short-sighted and in need of repair. I see two major flaws with our current health care system.

One is that routine preventive health care is unaffordable for many families. For many the only type of health care that they can afford is a plan with a high deductible. This type of insurance is necessary for major injuries and life-threatening situations. But in the end it leads to a lack of preventive maintenance. With such high deductibles people are hesitant to go to a doctor for the routine care that might prevent major problems down the road. And, most high deductible plans provide no dental care at all.

This is like taking a car to a mechanic only when the engine seizes up or the transmission fails. What we should be doing is changing the oil and maintaining the air pressure in the tires. Under the current state of health care this is not possible for many. As a nation we are going to face much higher costs for medical and dental care as our population ages.

The second issue is the large number of people who do not have any insurance at all. If health insurance is anything like car insurance I am forced to pay not only for my own injuries but also for the injuries of all those who choose to go without insurance. The affordable care act, commonly known as Obamacare, made an attempt to rectify this issue. In my opinion Obamacare caused as many problems as it solved but in this one area it got it right.

Obamacare certainly isn’t perfect. And Republicans are now in the process of attempting to repeal it. I can understand their logic in doing so. However, I have not seen any type of plan they have proposed that addresses the issues of preventative care and the uninsured. Whether it is Obamacare, or some other plan, something needs to be done about the large number of American citizens who live off of the hard work of others. And the fact that preventative health care is not affordable.

America is a great country. We are a very resourceful people. Most of us work very hard to provide for ourselves and our families. We should be smart enough to know how to provide high quality, and affordable, health care to all of our citizens. It may cost us more in the present but it will pay big dividends down the road.

Source by Jeff Van Fleet

First of all, I want to say that I’m not a mental health professional. I was a high school social studies teacher and in education for 34 years, and I do have Mental Health First Aid certification, but still, these suggestions are only personal opinion and do not represent professional advice.

• The first recommendation deals with sleep. Most professionals recommend eight hours of sleep per night for adults. More than eight hours may lead to depression or at least sluggishness. Less than eight hours may lead to anxiety or nervousness. However, I maintain that sleep does not have to be completed in one block of time. Personally, I sleep for about three hours, work on projects for an hour or two, sleep for another one or two hours; then I nap once or twice during the day when I’m tired. Sometimes naps last an hour, sometimes only ten minutes. I think the key is to sleep when your body tells you it needs rest. Of course, I’m semi-retired, and my schedule may not work for most professionals.

• A conscientious diet is helpful for mental stability. I recommend a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids. Those can include, most nuts and seeds, but most helpful are walnuts, sunflower seeds, ground flaxseeds, and soaked chia seeds. I like to soak my chia seeds in milk overnight and that combination ends up similar to a tapioca pudding. Cold water fish provide substantial omega-3 fatty acids – sardines, salmon, trout, char, and herring lead the parade in this area. Avocado is another helpful food in this area. Low fat proteins are helpful including beans, chicken, fish, and turkey. Of course a diet grounded around fruits and vegetables is important, and finally probiotics are helpful for digestion. Those can include pickles, sauerkraut, and yogurt.

• Another important step includes respect – respect yourself, treat yourself, and value yourself. Find a hobby like fishing; go to a nice restaurant or a movie once a month, keep a journal of your thoughts, or even go shopping.

• Exercise is another important aspect that bolsters your self-esteem and overall mental health. An outdoor walk, especially in a park or the woods – that provides, fresh air, strength, and the sun can provide much needed vitamin D to stave off depression.

• Finally, it is helpful to engage with others face-to-face. Conversation can provide a feeling of worth. It is beneficial to get off the smart phone and deal with people in person.

These five keys will not guarantee good mental health, but they will go a long way toward that end.

Source by Christopher E Gregory

In case you don’t know, health insurance is a type of assurance that is given based on agreed terms in case the insured person falls sick or needs medical treatment. The insured life may have a chronic condition requiring medical care for years to come. Let’s know more about it.

Who will pay for the medical expenses?

This is one of the most common questions that people ask. If you have a health insurance, you can have the peace of mind that your health will be taken care of. Actually, it is a type of agreement or contract between you (policyholder) and the company providing health insurance. The purpose of the agreement or contract is to provide protection against costs. At times, the costs are so high that the sick person is unable to pay the bills. As a result, the person is unable to get the care he needs to recover.

While you will pay a monthly or annual premium, you should expect that the amount of premium you are going to pay would be far less than the amount you would pay in case of illness.

Keep in mind that health insurance is a type of benefit that a non-profit organization, private business or a government agency provides. In order to figure out the cost, the company gets an estimate of the collective medical cost of all of the people in the state. Then the risk is divided among the policy subscribers.

As far as the concept goes, the insurer knows that one person may suffer from huge unexpected health care expenses while the other person may incur no expenses at all. So, the expense is spread across a large group of people in an effort to make the health insurance much more affordable for all the insured lives.

Aside from this, public plans are funded by the government. Therefore, they offer extra health insurance to the vulnerable groups like people with disabilities and seniors.

Let’s take an example to understand the concept better. A person with Cerebral Palsy needs special treatment through their lifespan. It’s understood that a chronic illness costs a lot more money than a standard care. Cerebral Palsy may result in a physical impairment that may last for the whole life of the sufferer.

The treatment for this condition may require regular doctor visits, many therapies and long hospital stays. Based on the degree of impairment, you may need special health insurance. Many health care professionals will involve, such as vocational therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, pediatrician, neurologists and so on.

Some patients may need the services of more than one. Some may even need a speech pathologist, registered dietician, cosmetic dentists or urologist, to name a few.

So, the coverage offered can help you get some relief as far as the burden of the expenses is concerned. If you don’t sign up, you may suffer from a lot of financial strain and you may need help from other sources like charity organizations and community groups. Therefore, it’s a good idea to benefit from a health insurance.

Source by Shalini Madhav

Interested in improving your attention, memory, thinking skills, ability to manage stressful situations? Good news: “Recent research in neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to change in response to information and new activities – shows that brain cells and new pathways continue to develop throughout life…”, say mainstream newspapers like the New York Times, who are increasing their coverage on the growing movement of “brain training” games and technologies.

An article titled “Mind Over Matter, With a Machine’s Help” provides a great overview on how to combine cognitive therapy with fMRI (an advanced neuroimaging technique that enables movie-like visual feedback on what areas of the brain are getting activated). Another article, titled “Calisthenics for the Older Mind, on the Home Computer”, reviews a number of commercial software packages.

I have interviewed 10 neuroscientists and experts in cognitive and emotional training to better understand the research behind this field and the implications for our lives. Let me share with you some of my favorite quotes:

1) “Learning is physical. Learning means the modification, growth, and pruning of our neurons, connections-called synapses- and neuronal networks, through experience…we are cultivating our own neuronal networks.”- Dr. James Zull, Professor of Biology and Biochemistry at Case Western University.

2) “Exercising our brains systematically ways is as important as exercising our bodies. In my experience, “Use it or lose it” should really be “Use it and get more of it”.- Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, neuropsychologist, clinical professor of neurology at New York University School of Medicine, and disciple of the great neuropsychologist Alexander Luria.

3) “Individuals who lead mentally stimulating lives, through education, occupation and leisure activities, have reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s symptoms. Studies suggest that they have 35-40% less risk of manifesting the disease”- Dr. Yaakov Stern, Division Leader of the Cognitive Neuroscience Division of the Sergievsky Center at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York.

4) “What research has shown is that cognition, or what we call thinking and performance, is really a set of skills that we can train systematically.” – Dr. Daniel Gopher, Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Human Factors Engineering at Technion Institute of Science.

5) “Elite performers are distinguished by the structuring of their learning process…You need to protect and optimize that practice, learning time… It is important to understand the role of emotions: they are not “bad”. They are very useful signals. It is important to become aware of them to avoid being engulfed by them, and learn how to manage them.” – Dr. Brett Steenbarger, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, SUNY Medical University, and author of Enhancing Trader Performance.

6) “We have shown that working memory can be improved by training” – Dr. Torkel Klingberg, Professor at Karolinska Institute, and Director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, part of the Stockholm Brain Institute.

7) “I don’t see that schools are applying the best knowledge of how minds work. Schools should be the best place for applied neuroscience, taking the latest advances in cognitive research and applying it to the job of educating minds.” – Dr. Arthur Lavin, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western School of Medicine, pediatrician in private practice.

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting field of “brain fitness” and “brain exercise”, please keep tuned. Over the next weeks we will publish new interviews with:

– Dr. Judith S. Beck, Director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, and author of The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person.

– Dr. Robert Sylwester, Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oregon. His most recent book is The Adolescent Brain: Reaching for Autonomy. The Education Press Association of America has given him two Distinguished Achievement Awards for his syntheses of cognitive science research.

Now you know: Nutrition, Physical Exercise and Stress Management are very important to your brain health and fitness, but you can also exercise and improve your “Mental Muscles”!

Source by Alvaro Fernandez

In my years of private practice specializing in couples therapy, I have come to some central truths about elements vital to marital health and the prognosis for intimate relationships based on ten critical factors. Give yourself and your spouse a giant service by each taking this ten minute test and comparing notes.

If individually or together you average below 80% when you tally up, your marriage is limping along and needs some work! If your scores are 80% or higher, you are already doing a lot of things right, and it’s probably not an accident. Now your job is to become more aware of who’s doing what to nurture the marriage, so you can both commit to consciously continuing the good work!

Rate your relationship on a scale of one to ten, with ten being the highest score:

1. Do you both have an overall feeling of happiness in your relationship?

2. Do you spend quality time together on a regular basis?

3. Do you divide the chores of life (childcare, bill paying, housework, laundry, shopping, earning a living, etc.), in a way which feels fair and even-handed to you both?

4. Do you show appreciation and respect for eachother?

5. Do you feel free enough to speak openly about your wants, needs, and hurts?

6. Do you each put energy into being emotionally / sexually close?

7. Do your fights feel safe and ultimately productive?

8. Do you honor eachother’s need for space (alone time, individual friendships)?

9. Do you protect eachother from other people’s unacceptable or hurtful behaviors?

10. Do you keep agreements and promises?

Reflect upon, and discuss your results and scores. In areas where you have scored lower, resolve to making one significant change with an action plan in the coming weeks, as a good beginning. Retest yourselves in one month and notice any improvements, then move on to another area of weakness and do the same thing. If nothing seems to shift in a meaningful way, you may consider professional help.

Source by Susan Lager

4 Unique Health and Fitness Tips

Hello friend!

In this article, I am going to share 4 unique health and fitness tips. I will also tell you how to use these tips in your daily life. Health and fitness tips are meant to help you live a more prosperous and healthy life.

So let us get started.

Drink up

Americans started this campaign a few months ago. It has become popular and it is providing amazing benefits. Studies showed us that on average American citizens drink only 2 glasses of water per day. We need 8 to 10 glasses of water daily to fulfill our body requirements. Our body should not be dehydrated.

When our body is dehydrated, it stores water weight along with harmful toxins. It is necessary to drink a lot of water so that toxins are washed out properly.

How can you use this tip in your daily life?

  1. Bring a water bottle with you, wherever you go
  2. Drink 2 glasses of water before your breakfast
  3. Drink 2 glasses of water before exercise

Fibers

Well fibers have many advantages over fast food or junk food. Fiber intake includes eating fruits, vegetables, and salads. Last week I visited my friend and I was amazed at her breakfast.

Her breakfast included 2 oranges, 1 banana, 1 apple and an omelet with a slice with 2 glasses of mineral water.

This breakfast has many benefits over eating cereals or simple bread slices.

  • It makes you feel full
  • If you did your breakfast at 7 AM, you will feel hunger at 11 AM. It is recommended to eat a fruit serving or vegetable serving at this time.
  • It is a complete diet.
  • It gives you energy and refreshment.

Eating fibers also helps you maintain your weight without any crash dieting programs.

Timing of Your meals

It is important to have your meals at time. Consult your health expert for this purpose.

Join a Slimming Center

Slimming centers are doing an excellent job to help you lose weight. It is a fashion to join a gym or slimming center. However, do not waste your money on things you do not want. You can do gym workout at home. To live a healthy life, exercise is necessary. It depends upon your lifestyle.

Some people do not need to do any exercise because of their working routines. Others like me (online workers) do need exercise.

How to use this tip in your daily life?

  1. Walk for 10 minutes daily
  2. Do yoga or push ups at home
  3. Join a gym for this task

Best of luck!

Source by Jenny J Robert

Many women have not considered joining a fitness boot camp to improve their general health or to lose the extra flab. Few women have joined in the past only to understand the benefits of joining in a fitness camp. They are proven to lose weight faster and stay in shape better than their counterparts sweating it out in the gym. A camp instructor devises a plan for a regular and a consistent workout without being dependent on it unlike a regular gym. It pushes the lady into the habit of working out regularly and reduces the dependency on expensive machinery.

Many women have trouble losing weight in the traditional gym method either due to lack of commitment or motivation. A boot camp is a tested and proven way for a lady to lose weight and maintain the same for years to come. It is highly effective than the exercises done in a gym. It teaches how to workout completely in a short time like in less than an hour so it motivates the person to exercise regularly.

There are different camps for different levels of the participants. A boot camp classifies its participants based on their previous experience with exercise and puts them in one of the three categories – novice, intermediate and advanced. The difficulty of the fitness program increases with time so as to challenge and increase the capability of its participants.

Exercises taught in a boot camp are devised scientifically so they provide guaranteed results provided the camper practices the exercises on non-camp days. Joining a camp is the best and the fastest way to tone muscles and to lose the extra weight. A fitness camp runs on time-tested techniques of resistance and cardiovascular activities. It builds muscle by boosting the body’s metabolism and thus reduces fat and even prevents fat-buildup in the future years. As the participant gains interest and results, exercises get tougher to bring out the maximum talent in the person.

Women have the risk of getting a heart disease more than men do, so it is important for her to do certain exercises more than men do to prevent getting a heart-attack. A boot camp concentrates on cardio-vascular exercises so it is highly useful for a female. It gives enough exercises to boost the cardio-capacity and successfully prevents a heart-attack or a stroke. It is important to choose a program that specializes in cardio-vascular exercises.

Boot camps rarely use any kind of equipment or machinery. These programs effectively make use of body weight to reduce fat and tone muscles. Exercises which involve weight-training are scientifically proven to increase bone density in women. Women are at a higher risk of getting osteoporosis than men due to certain hormonal differences in their body. By training effectively a woman can strengthen her muscles and bones and stay out of the risk line.

Busy professional women in an office or a stay at home lady both find it hard to devote any time to them especially in the area of fitness. An average workout in the gym use up more time and does not provide results quickly. But in a boot camp, the lady is brought in to a habit of working out and she is taught how to do a complete body workout in less than 45 minutes in a day. This saves lots of time and it is also more efficient than the traditional exercise style taught in a gym. A fitness program designed specially for women is the best choice for a lady who wants to lose extra flab and get into shape.

Source by Dan Clay

SIMPLE DAILY HABITS FOR HEALTH, FITNESS AND WELLNESS (70 OF THEM!)

One of the biggest road blocks that people tell me they have is time. We are all living in a super busy, wound up, go all day kind of world. Getting in eating healthy and workouts and stress reduction can actually be a challenge when you’re trying to juggle work, family, relationships and more. (Believe me – I am right there with you!)

I was talking with one of our fitness retreat guests the other day and she wanted simple, broken down ideas of what she could do immediately when she returned home. Change seemed overwhelming for her and I know it is for many other people too. So I decided to create this easy list of 70 simple daily habits to give you ideas of what you can do right now to make small changes in your daily routine.

My goal was to have you pick one from any of the three categories below to focus on for that day. You can continue to practice the same habit or you can choose a different one each day. You can extend to a week if you’d prefer. Either way, the list was created to show you that there are many different little tweaks you can make to make a difference in your health and wellness. Focus on what you need most and what feels good for you!

70 HEALTHY HABITS TO PRACTICE

NUTRITION & EATING

Add in a new color food (yellow, red, green, purple, white, orange, blue)

Try a new food

Eat at least 1 serving of fruits and vegetables daily

Use portion control

Eat all unprocessed foods

Have a no sweets day

Drink water

“Healthify” an otherwise unhealthy meal

Have protein at each meal (can be animal or plant based)

Chew your food completely

Eat without distractions

Eat sitting down rather than standing up

Meal prep

Limit caffeine in the afternoon

No white/refined carbs

Look ahead the menu if going out to eat so you can decide which healthy item you’ll have

No artificial sweeteners

Add in healthy fats

Stop before you’re stuffed (you can have the rest later)

Take a multi

Get in your Omega 3s

Take quick snacks with you if you’ll be traveling or on the go

Seek out recipes from cookbooks or online blogs if you need inspiration

FITNESS & MOVEMENT

Make time for recovery (stretch, foam roll, dynamic flexibility)

Try a new workout

Change your current workout (tempo, sets, reps, weight, interval time, etc)

Take your workout outside

Track your progress so you know what’s working and what isn’t

If you’re not sure where to start – seek help from a professional so you can get going

Take a walk

Something is better than nothing (even 5 minutes)

Take advantage of vacation time and get in regular workouts

Try an outdoor activity instead of a conventional workout (go paddle boarding, cycling, hiking, cross country skiing)

If it causes you pain, don’t do it (injury pain)

If you have injuries – seek out a professional to fix the root of the issue

Challenge yourself a little more today than you did yesterday

Help a friend get to the gym if they’re lacking motivation

If you can’t get to the gym, do a workout at home (push ups, squats, lunges, jumping jacks, plank, bridge, and the list goes on… )

Take the stairs

Park in the space furthest away from the building

Use a standing desk or appropriate area where you can stand

Get up every 15-30 minutes to walk around the office or the building

Break a sweat

Schedule your workout before work (if you never get to it after work)

Walk to lunch

Walk to work

Bike to work

If you’re traveling, scope out gyms or walking/running routes so you can still get in workouts

MIND BODY WELLNESS

Meditate

Start a gratitude journal

Write down something positive about yourself or your life each day

Name 3 wins from yesterday

Name 3 wins you want from today

Get outside and into the fresh air

Take a nap

Read 5 pages a day

Turn electronics off at least 2 hours before bed

Have a …

As a sales and marketing professional, it really warms me when I’m in a new town and walk into a shop or restaurant and come across a Health Club lead box. What pains me, is to see those amazing lead generators sitting there with no entry slips on them or no pens attached or even just pushed in the corner of a shop.

……Some Simple Steps to get the most from your lead boxes….,

1. Get out there and work them!

Contrary to belief they don’t fill up by themselves. Unless you are checking them regularly, (Synergy recommend Mon, Wed and Fri) the next time you go to collect them you might not even be able to find them. Ensure they are in a visible location, at least where people have time to stop for 30 seconds and fill them in. Ensure they have pens (that work) and entry slips attached.

2. Find an internal Champion

You can triple your chances of success with your lead boxes if you have a an internal champion in the shop, restaurant, company who is in a position to enforce your lead box staying in a good location and even better, they can encourage customers to enter their details.

In a recent sales promotion Synergy conducted for a client we received over 30 leads per day from 1 hairdressing salon. The owner (who is now a member) has the reception staff asking customers if they would like them to enter their details in a prize draw for a health club membership. The staff even complete the details for them. These leads alone equate to an average of 12 appointments per day, 8 shows, and 5-6 sales per day. (from only 1 lead box!)

3. Build a Relationship – no relationship – no lead box

Sounds simple and it is. Many membership consultants all know how it feels to walk into a shop and ask if they can display a lead box and they say “no” or “head office wont allow it”. McDonalds is one of my favourite, but I guarantee if you just walk in cold or even call up to ask about placing a lead box they will say “sorry, we are not allowed to display anything that is not agreed by the McDonalds corporation.” I can equate 20% of sales in our last 5 promotions to lead boxes in McDonalds with only 2 lead boxes at the tills.

One of the ways we begin the relationship is by calling the business and speaking to the boss and informing them that each month we select 5 local businesses to receive some Free £50 club vouchers (5 day trials), we arrange to call by when they are there to give them directly to him or her so that he/she may distribute them personally. When we take the trial passes we spend time building rapport and getting to know the owner/boss.

4. Get them out there!

Then a few days later we arrange to collect a list of names of those who he gave the passes to. At this point we take the lead boxes with us and agree to furnish them with some discounted joining fees for his staff, as long as they display the lead boxes. By this time it is much easier to get an agreement as we already have a good relationship with the business.

Our sales teams find this a much easier approach than just turning up or cold calling to place lead boxes. Don’t forget a set of 10 lead boxes can be worth an extra 20 – 50 sales per month (for the cost of 1-2 members). Now get out there and make them work for you!

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Source by Shaun Adams

Life has this sneaky way of creeping in and throwing curve balls left and right. Life will always happen. There will always be a busy day at work or family problems or relationship highs and lows or sick children. Once conflict arises, it seems like health and fitness routines go haywire. We seek comfort food or we just don’t feel like moving. These are the things that help us stay clear and balanced in both body and mind though! So what do we do when conflict smacks us in the face (and it happens to everyone so if you’re reading this – you’re not alone)? Avoiding the conflict is not reasonable because we can’t always control what comes at us. Figurine out how to navigate through any issues is what needs to happen to stay on track.

I think so many times we approach health and fitness goals with an “all or nothing” mindset. For example, you might think your day is ruined because you veered off of your diet with an unhealthy meal or snack. Or, you decided not to workout today because you couldn’t do the allotted 60 minutes that you had planned for. Instead of doing something, you may have chosen nothing at all. You gave up on day two of 30 days of clean eating. Do any of those sound familiar? It doesn’t have to be all or nothing and something is better than nothing. My tips below might give you some perspective on how to reach your health and fitness goals even when life throws you a curve ball.

My philosophy is nourish, movement, mindset. If we can work on nourishing our bodies, moving them mindfully and maintaining a healthy attitude, we can function a little better day by day, week by week, month by month and eventually get into the healthy habits on a regular basis that we need to achieve total body balance.

1. Nourish.

Focus on one small thing at a time. Start simple and work from there. Don’t expect to change your eating habits overnight. Small changes executed day after day, week after week and so on can lead to really big change. So pick one small nutrition action and practice it for one to two weeks before adding in a new change.

Examples: Work on portion control (without regard to food quality), add one colorful food in at each meal, take 15 minutes to meal prep tomorrow’s healthy food or omit your sugary after dinner snack (swap it out with a healthy alternative). You could eat slowly and chew your food completely or focus on balancing your meals so that you have protein, carbohydrate and fat at each meal. Omitting processed foods at one to two meals per day is also another great option. These are just some examples but it’s up to you to figure out which little step you can take to improve your nutrition.

2. Movement.

Take advantage of the time that you DO have. Carve out space in the small pockets of your time. We get fixated on time so often that we don’t realize that a little is always better than nothing. For example, it’s so easy to think that you have to do a workout for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Wouldn’t 15 minutes of that workout be better than nothing though? The answer is yes! So squeeze in what you can, when you can.

Get unconventional. Maybe you don’t have time to get in a “workout”. Do what you can with what you’ve got. Maybe you take the stairs that day instead of the elevator. Park in the parking space furthest away from the building (gasp!) to get some extra steps in. Stand up from your desk and walk around for a minute every 15 or 20 minutes. Run around at the playground with your kids. Movement doesn’t always have to be in the form of a straight up 30 minute HIIT workout. It can be moving and active – outside or inside. What are the ways that you could get in some more movement?

Move mindfully. Pay close attention to your body and what it’s trying to tell you. Your body and …

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