With Family Health & Fitness Day approaching (September 27th), we are excited promote the positive impact that exercise can have on multiple aspects of a child’s life such as improving memory and test scores. Here are some tips on how to make this year’s Family Health & Fitness Day the best it can be:
Friday, September 26, 2014
These at-home, do-it-yourself exams can often reveal more about your health than high-tech diagnostics.
Nails that are white near the cuticle and red or brown near the tip can indicate kidney disease. Fingertips that are blue or clubbed can b a symptom of lung disease. This would likely be accompanied by other symptoms such as breathing impairment. These signs also can occur in toenails.
Put your hands together in a prayer position with the palms and all fingers pressed flat against each other. If you can't do that, or the pinky fingers wont lay flat, it may be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis.
Sit or stand and hold one arm straight out in front, index finger pointing forward. Close your eyes and touch your nose with your index finger. Then do the same with the other arm. Try it a few times, when you're rested and alert and have not been drinking. If you keep missing, it may be a sign of a neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's or Huntington's disease.
For people who are middle-aged or older, this is a quick way to test the flexibility of arteries, which is important for heart health. Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front, toes pointing up. Bend form the hips and try to touch your toes. If you can't get anywhere near your toes, you may be at higher risk for heart attack, stroke, or deep vein thrombosis.
Shaky Hand Test
A thyroid gland that produces too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroididm) can make you feel anxious-even panicky- and cause unexplained weight loss. This is a quick way to check: Stretch one hand out in front, palm down. Put a sheet of paper on the back of your hand and see if it shakes. Some movement is normal, but if it's pronounced, or the paper falls off, it could mean your thyroid is working overtime, especially if you have other symptoms but are otherwise healthy or under age 40.
Nail Bed Test
Count the number of moles on your entire body. You'll need a mirror or the help of a partner. If you have more than 50, you're at increased risk for melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. This means you should see a dermatologist at least once a year for a skin check.
If you notice a thick white line circling the edge of the iris (the colored part of the eye), it could be a sign of high cholesterol. Pull down your lower eyelid and look inside. If you see bumps that look like cobblestones, it can indicate an allergy, most commonly involving dust, pet dander, or mold.
*Source: Health Radar- September 2014 Issue
Monday, September 22, 2014
By now you've probably seen Budweiser's If not, watch here for another great episode from Budweiser:
Why does DUI – DWI
Affect Life insurance?
Can I purchase
Life Insurance After a DUI?
Will I be Declined
Because of My DUI?
Most insurance carriers stipulate that if you have had a DUI or DWI in the past 5 years, Some examples of these carriers are American General, Banner Life, Genworth, ING, West Coast Life, and Met Life. If your DUI or DWI was more than 5 years ago, however, it will be overlooked, so long as all signs point to you being a responsible person who doesn’t abuse alcohol.
DUI – DWI and
Life Insurance Rates?
For more information about
DUI-DWI's impact on
Life Insurance, contact your
local insurance representative.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Managing sports concussions properly can prevent long-term damage.
*Photo credit: Robert F. Bukaty, Maine high school football panel develops four-class proposal: http://bangordailynews.com/2012/05/30/sports/footb...
QUESTION: How is a concussion diagnosed?
"A concussion is often assessed on the sidelines by a coach or team physician asking a series of questions that can help evaluate orientation, memory and ability to concentrate," Dr. Shroyer says. "We grade them on a scale of 1 to 3. In some cases, a physician may perform a CT scan to check for a brain bleed, which could require surgery."
QUESTION: What are the treatment options?
If the concussion is significant, brain rest may be recommended. "Typically that requires no school-work or screen time for a few days to a week, depending on the severity of the concussion," says Dan Ellenberger, Director of the EMS Training & Disaster Preparedness Institute at UH Ahuja Medical Center.
QUESTION: When is it safe to start playing again?
Thursday, September 18, 2014
CAN DIET SODAS MAKE YOU FAT?
A recent story published by NBC thinks so.
"Water is the best drink
to control our blood sugar.”
*Source: How Can Diet Soda Make You Fat? Study May Explain It- Maggie Fox, NBC News
Monday, September 15, 2014
DRINK SOME TEA.
Tea is one of the more commonly consumed beverages worldwide, and it's also one of the more extensively researched
due to its potential health benefits.
Tea leaves consist of thousands of bioactive compounds which have been identified and researched. Although many of the compounds serve as antioxidant flavonoids, not all of the benefits are believed to be entirely from antioxidant activity.
Tea for Hearth Health
Many studies indicate that tea supports heart health as well as healthy blood pressure, and seems to be linked to a reduced cardiovascular disease risk, including heart attack and stroke.
Tea for Weight Loss
Studies on tea catechins show that they could be beneficial to maintain body weight or promote weight loss. Researchers have discovered that 24-hour energy expenditure as well as fat oxidation increased when individuals drank green tea and caffeine. Study results indicate that the caloric
Tea for Osteoporosis
Researchers have performed studies with postmenopausal women having low bone mass to determine if adding green tea flavanols will help improve bone health markers as well as muscle strength. At the end of the six-month study the researchers discovered that 500 mg green tea extract (equal to 4-6 servings of green tea every day) improved markers for the formation of bone, reduced inflammation markers and also increased muscle strength.
Tea for Mental Sharpness
Drinking black tea improves attention as well as alertness. In a study, individuals consuming tea had been more precise on an attention task as well as feeling more alert than individuals drinking a placebo. This study supports earlier research on the mental benefits of tea.
Health Benefits of Tea:
Green, Black, and White Tea
Made with steamed tea leaves, it has a high concentration of EGCG and has been widely studied. Green tea’s antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.
Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.
Uncured and unfermented. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.
In an animal study, those given antioxidants from oolong tea were found to have lower bad cholesterol levels. One variety of oolong, Wuyi, is heavily marketed as a weight loss supplement, but science hasn’t backed the claims.
Made from fermented and aged leaves. Considered a black tea, its leaves are pressed into cakes. One animal study showed that animals given pu-erh had less weight gain and reduced LDL cholesterol.
Friday, September 12, 2014
You may have heard that one of the best ways for your clients to save on health care costs is to "stay in network". It's important to educate your clients on what that term actually means and how it can help them save money.
“In network” means we, Solidarity Health Network, have a contract with health care providers. It includes doctors, specialists, dentists, hospitals and other facilities. These health care providers also have a contract with us.
As part of the contract, the health care providers offer services to our members at a lower rate. This contract rate is usually much lower than what the doctor would charge if he or she is not an Aetna, Anthem or another carrier with an agreement with Solidarity Health Network. The network doctor then agrees to accept the contract rate as payment. Members pay their coinsurance or copay, along with their deductible, if applicable. View the Aetna Ohio brochure for some examples of how much your clients might save by staying in network.So what does this all mean? It means members have access to the care they need at a lower price. And the difference in cost can be huge — for the same type of service or procedure.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Despite the relatively strong
oral health findings,
health challenges remain:
More and more health professionals are coming forward-stating by taking too many antibiotics and medicines, people are actually putting themselves at a greater risk of become ill.
By taking antibiotics for every illness, including the common cold, remedies taken to cure an illness actually reduces the amount of your body's bacteria- good and bad, killing off good bacteria your body naturally needs to support itself.
A current study reveals that within the past two decades, the increase in antibiotics usage has had a direct relationship to the rise of several diseases including:
4. Celiac disease
Research into what can be done to replace the missing bacteria in your body's system is underway, however healthcare professionals suggest starting with these simple steps:
1. Limit antibiotic use- ask yourself, "Do I really need an antibiotic for this ailment?"
2. Keep hand sanitizers and antiseptic cleaning products to a minimum- only use these products during flu season or after someone has recovered from an illness.
3. Eat your way to a healthier microbiome- start with apples, pears, legumes, and other sources of foods rich in probiotics and prebiotics
4. Take prebiotic and probiotic supplements
*Source: Health Radar- Vol. 4, Issue 6