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Reduce Your Out-Of-Pocket Health Cost

 

Health care is a serious issue in the United States. All of us must face it. Whether we are 25 or 65, illness and injury is a possibility. Everyone in the United States must carry health insurance. That is the law. The problem is, not everyone in the United States can afford to carry insurance. This is why we hear about healthcare reform every time we turn on the evening news. The Best Medical Insurance Plan Is The Unused Plan

 

Most young people have health insurance at an affordable rate through their jobs. If they do not have jobs, they usually qualify for the government to help pay for their insurance so, it’s not a big issue.

 

Most young people are healthy and rarely use their insurance, so that makes it easy for them. But what about their parents and grandparents?

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When an American citizen reaches the age of 65, they qualify for Medicare. Young people give this little thought. Most think the elderly get free healthcare. That is wrong. Medicare comes in 4 plans, Parts A, B, C, & D.

 

Medicare Part A pays for hospital bills when you are admitted. Part B pays for most (or a portion of) doctor visits. Part C (Healthcare Advantage) is where you can buy private insurance to take care of more of your medical expenses, using the dollars you are already paying for Parts A & B. Part D is prescription coverage. The only part of this that is free is part A and you actually have to be admitted to use it. Here is more info on part c, www.healthmarkets.com/resources/medicare/what-is-medicare-part-c

 

They Are Working On It

The government is working on this. So far there is no help in the near future. The state governments are working on it and that has added increases to the plans in some states of 57%. So while they are working on it, what are we to do?

 

What we can do to reduce out-of-pocket cost

The first thing you can do is to select your insurance options carefully. Consult an agent and be sure the plan fits your needs. If you go only by lowest up front cost, you will be in trouble if you get seriously ill.

 

But the most important thing you can do is get healthy. Be Pro-active.

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Get Serious and Get Healthy

The best way to save money on your insurance is not to need your insurance, Go for your checkup, and listen to what the doctor says. Get out of your chair (if you can) and start walking, Stop eating foods that are not good for you. Put down the coffee cup and raise a bottle of water to your lips. If you need help, ask for it. Team up with your friends and find a way to get active. Try water aerobics. Get your blood sugar under control. Learn to do what it takes to live a healthy life and live it!

 

Obesity is a problem in the United States, and obese parents are raising obese children. Smoking is still a major concern for teenagers. More kids are drinking alcohol and trying drugs than ever before. It is time for parents to act like parents. It is time for all of us to take care of our bodies.

 

Eventually, there will be a health insurance solution, but there will never be a solution that is better than having, and maintaining good health. So while they are working on how to put us back together, why don’t we work on staying fit now. It will cost less and we will be a lot better off.

 

 

New Year, New You~ 2018

Fresh starts are great and with 2018 here  it’s time to think about what you want for the coming year.

Did you know!!  Jan, 2018, millions  will arise ready to go and be so excited about there goal of getting fit.   Sad but true by the end of January, a whopping 95% of those people will  have failed at those New Year’s resolutions for one reason or another.  We are not going to let you be one of those 95% not this year!!  THIS IS YOUR YEAR!!!!!!

if it’s 10, 30, 60 pounds or even more you want to take off how are you going to do it??
Here are some simple tips to get you started in the right direction.

1. Write it down!! Write it down!!  I can’t stress this enough!!

Map out how you are going to reach your goal. Set goals you can reach. I really do believe if your goals are not written down they are just dreams. When you write them down and put them somewhere you can see them it will set off events that will change your life.

2. Join a support group.

Weight does not just come off. You have to work hard and will need to be accountable. Join a support group where others are striving to reach weight loss goals. Take off pounds sensibly has worked for me. I also have many friends that have been to Overeaters Anonymous. You can find help in face to face meetings or on-line.

3. Make a vision board!

You need to have a clear vision of your goals!  You can feel free to let your imagination wonder as you create your future on this board.  This will help you create what you want from the inside and you can see it daily.

You will need a poster board. You can add sayings and pictures cut out from magazines. Healthy foods, Pictures of people near your ideal weight or even a picture of yourself at your ideal weight. Don’t hold back. You can put pictures that represent you and your dreams. Envision yourself and your new life and make this vision board all about your future.
Now place your board you will see it every day. If you look at it daily it will leave a imprint in your subconscious mind and you will make your board into reality.

4. It’s back to to the basics with eating. Eating healthy and often is the key.

During the holidays it is easy to get out of the habit of eating right. Get rid of the junk food.   6 small meals a day!!  Click here to see a sample of what I eat and how I lost the 100 pounds!

5. You will need to exercise.

Get a workout DVD. There are so many good ones your selection is endless.  If you live locally You will  love taking classes from Elevate Mind and Body studio You can pay as you go or sign up for 5,10, or monthly unlimited classes.  Great price and a wonderful studio also it’s so fun to be with others while getting fit and there is that show up accountability.

Most important thing to remember is consistency is everything. Working out as often as possible will bring great results.

6.  Most of all believe in yourself.

You can do anything you set your mind to if you believe in yourself.  Join me on Facebook to get motivated and stay motivated and to share what is working for you!  We are in this together!!  Click here “Get up and Get Moving” on Facebook

Holiday Fit Tips

Happy Holiday’s Everyone!! Here are some great tips to get you through the rest of the month. 🙂

Fit tip #1 ~ OK we are into December. Big eating month for sure. It’s OK to enjoy little goodies but work for them. Make sure you get your workouts in so you can feel great. Also when you exercise you won’t feel like eating big amounts of Junk food. Work hard and don’t let this month get you down. You can take control and make healthy choices.

Fit tip #2 Drink 1 10 oz glass of water 20 min before each meal.  This will help you feel full and you will be less tempted to overeat.

Fit tip #3    if you are invited to bring a side dish to a Christmas party bring a vegetable platter. Snack on your own platter enough to get a bit full then eat a small amount of the other items on the table. This will save you a load of calories and you wont feel guilt at all !! 🙂

Fit tip #4  Do not starve yourself to think your saving your calories for the big bash. This can unleash the hungry beast and you will overeat , pig out or just darn right eat everything in sight. Instead make sure you eat and drink enough during the day so when you get to the party you can choose wisely.

Fit Tip #5  Water, Water and More water. With Winter coming the weather can be so dry. Water is so good for our skin. Also drinking a glass before each meal can really aid in helping you not overeat. Be good to yourself. At least get 8 but up to 10 8 oz glasses of water a day. 🙂

Fit Tip #6
Consider giving the gift of fitness to yourself and loved ones. Here are a few ideas for gifts.
Fitness resistance balls or a Fitbit!!  I love mine!!!  Click here to check the one I have out. I love the  Fitbit Charge 2

Fit Tip #7  If you find yourself getting loads of holiday treats as gifts making there way to your house Re-gift them. You don’t have to eat everything that comes to your home this month you can even Take home-baked goods to a homeless shelter. Also a tip from being a fire fighters daughter take treats to the fire stations. They will for sure love them. 🙂

Fit Tip #8 I have to give this tip over and over because it is one that many struggle with. Drink Your Water. Research has shown that when people drink more water they really do eat fewer calories during the day it will keep that full feeling so you wont overeat. Also with dry weather it so good for your skin. So keep drinking. Take a paper out and leave it where you will see it mark it throughout the day so you know your are getting your min of 10 8 0z glasses a day!! Drink UP!! It’s good for you… 🙂

Fit tip #9 Understand that Being Healthy is a Lifestyle.  If you really want some good changes you really need to take change seriously.  Having a good combo will make for success.  Proper sleep, Good nutrition, and daily physical activity.  Use exercise to deal with holiday stress.  It works!!  It really works!!

Fit tip # 10 Holidays can be hard but with variety and moderation you can get through them without weight gain. Focus on eating lot’s of veggies during the day in between your meals and also if you have a slip and eat some junk don’t be to hard on yourself. Just get back on track the next meal. Stay motivated knowing you want to enjoy the holidays but everything in moderation!! 🙂

Fit tip #11 I track what I ate on Everyday health my calorie counter. Click here to go to Everyday Health Calorie Counter.
Having this as a tool.. Give it a try and stay accountable
Read the stories of many that have lost weight using this simple tool. I was blessed to be one of the users they featured but there are so many success stories.  Click  here to see Calorie Counter Success Stories.

Fit tip #12  Take a 10 minute you break each day.  Holidays can bee so stressful and YOU breaks are needed.  Set or lay in a comfortable position.  Take so nice deep breaths.  Inhale in nice and slowly than breath out through your nose slowly.  I have really had to do this regularly when I am stressed with my asthma.  But it can help with any of life stresses.  So be good to yourself and give yourself a few relaxing minutes each day to do this

Fit Tip #13  OK, so you can’t get in a workout today.   I preach not to skip them so just get your exercise in while on your errands, shopping  for Christmas.  Park far away from the store or mall.  Walk at a brisk pace in and out to your car.  While baking take a 5 to 10 min brake and do some push-ups and sit-ups. Instead of driving to see all the lights in your neighborhood take a family walk and enjoy the lights with the ones you love.  At night you could grab the kids and do Wii just dance.  We always have a blast doing this and its a fun way to enjoy time with your family.

Cholesterol Awareness

Cholesterol Awareness

This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own.

Having many loved ones and friends with heart and cholesterol problems, this topic hits home. Many I know take a statin. Finding out they had the problem of high cholesterol was at first hard, but knowing there was a treatment made it manageable. Information below will help you better understand what my family and friends, as well as people you may know, are going through.

More than 100 million U.S. adults have high cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease – the leading cause of death in America. To lower cholesterol and help prevent heart disease, doctors often prescribe a medicine called a statin. Despite the fact that statins are proven to lower cholesterol and fight heart disease, surprisingly, up to 50 percent of people stop taking their statin within one year of starting it. The good news is there are multiple statins available, and by talking to your doctors, it’s possible to switch to a different statin that can help you specifically.

To understand more about why people stop taking their statin, a recent poll* of more than 5,000 Americans aged 45 + with high cholesterol called ACTION: The Statin Survey, discovered some interesting findings

· Only one third (33 percent) of people say their healthcare provider explained why that particular statin was being prescribed when they were first prescribed a statin

· Just 21 percent of patients say that their healthcare provider told them that there are different types of statins available when first prescribed a statin

· Roughly a quarter of patients (24 percent) currently taking a statin say they had challenges with the first statin they took

· Only 18 percent of people say they were told that their prescribed statin medicine could potentially interact with other medications and dietary supplements

I am proud to support a new educational campaign called Take Cholesterol to Heart to help people understand their treatment options for high cholesterol and motivate them to speak up if they are thinking about stopping their statin. Take Cholesterol to Heart provides great tools and strategies to help people “master the cholesterol conversation” with their doctor. As you may know, there are multiple statin medicines, so it’s important to talk regularly with your doctor about your treatment plan, including a statin, that is right for you.

Regis Philbin, TV legend and heart disease survivor, joined Take Cholesterol to Heart to share his experience having a conversation with his doctor about high cholesterol and finding the right statin for him. Check out his story in this short video:

If you or someone you love takes a statin, please visit TakeCholesteroltoHeart.com for a number of helpful resources, including a doctor/patient discussion guide, a quiz on statins and tips for caregivers.

If I could leave you with one piece of advice today, it’s to always have a conversation with your doctor and ask questions. listen to your doctor and take your prescribed medication but don’t be afraid to ask about side effects or concerns. Do what’s right to treat your condition so you can live a happy, healthy long life.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. and should not be construed to constitute medical advice. My personal story and opinions are my own. I am not a medical professional and am not qualified to give medical advice. Please talk with your doctor about your individual medical situation.

Harris Poll conducted ACTION: The Statin Survey (Understanding Patient Adherence and Concerns with Statins, and Medication Discussions with Physicians) online on behalf of Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., within the United States from July 7- August 4, 2017, among 5,014 U.S. adults aged 45 or older, who have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, and have ever used a statin to treat high cholesterol. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Erin Bittner at W2O Group, 212-301-7226.

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