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August 2018
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Why relaxation is good for your health

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Vaccinations: They aren't just for kids

August is National Immunization month, so all month long, we’ll be highlighting the importance of getting immunizations, even as an adult.  Even if you’ve had childhood vaccinations, you should get them boosted as an adult.

National Watermelon Day: Health Benefits of Watermelon

In honor of National Watermelon Day (yes, that is actually a thing), we thought we’d share a little information about the health benefits of watermelon, along with a simple recipe you can pair with just about anything.

Top of EOB

First, it would probably be helpful if I explained what EOB stands for.  EOB is short for Explanation of Benefits.  You may also see it described as Explanation of Medical Benefits, but it is universally referred to as an EOB.

Practical tips to help you stop smoking

Before we talk about how to quit smoking, can we all agree that if you do smoke, you need to quit?  Are we all on the same page that smoking is bad for your health?  Smoking puts you at a much higher risk for 13 (yes, the number is 13) types of cancer, including lung cancer, along with chronic bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease and stroke.  And you’re exposing those of us who don’t smoke to health risks from secondhand smoke.

The Opioid Crisis:  What you need to know

America is facings its deadliest drug crisis in its 242-year history. Sounds scary doesn’t it? Yet many of us are still unaware of how serious the crisis is.  Everyday 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.  The term “Opioids” encompasses prescription pain relievers, heroin and synthetic opioids like Fentanyl.  Here are some key facts about Opioids

An allergy sufferers guide to allergy season

As a life long sufferer of seasonal allergies, I have absolutely heard of every possible remedy for how to cope during allergy season.  Some of the advice I’ve gotten over the years includes, taking a teaspoon of local raw honey everyday (no success), drink a cup of nettle leaf tea in the morning (also known as a hot cup of lawn!) and my personal favorite—eat an onion.  The onion actually does have Quercetin, which can help prevent the inflammation caused by allergies, however, an onion a day doesn’t have the same ring (or appeal) as an apple a day.  And I’m pretty sure my co-workers would prefer that I cough and sneeze to stinking up the office.

Everything you need to know about sunscreen

It’s summertime baby! You may think it’s officially time to bust out the sunscreen for those days out in the hot sun, but the truth is, protecting your skin is a year-round commitment. Even during the winter, you’re still at risk for getting sunburned and causing skin damage. The temperatures may not be as hot, but the sun—and its harmful rays—are still there. Not protecting your skin can cause temporary pain such as a sunburn, and it can also cause long-term damage that cannot always be seen by the naked eye.  Properly protecting your body’s first line of defense—your skin—can drastically decrease your chances of developing skin cancer.  There are other negative effects from not wearing sunscreen, such as wrinkles, freckles, premature aging, sunspots, and scarring from severe or multiple sunburns.

Hiking for exercise: Some of our favorite trails

Hiking is a great way to exercise without feeling like you're exercising. With beautiful scenery and an endless list of great hikes around the U.S. to choose from, hiking can be a great way to get your heart rate going without even realizing it. If you’ve never hiked before, or you’re not sure where to start, consider that there are 58 national parks and more than 6,000 state parks. You can access trail maps for nearly every park online. The maps generally include how long the hike is, the level of difficulty and where you can take in a view or stop for lunch.  Here is a list of some of our favorite hikes.

Sleep disasters

Sleep, or the lack thereof, is one of the most overlooked medical conditions.  Ask nearly anyone you know and it’s unlikely they’d tell you they get plenty of sleep.  But how much sleep do you need?  And what are the consequences of not getting enough sleep? We’ve got everything you need to know about why getting enough sleep is crucial for your health and job safety.


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