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Healthy Retirement: Save by Being Proactive

Despite all the negative news about the state of retirement savings, 48% of us didn’t save more in 2018… and 13% of us actually saved less.

The shortfall isn’t just about money – it’s about our health too.

A new research report about leveraging your health to drive 401(k) contributions says you can boost your retirement savings to the tune of $100,000 or more simply by making better health choices.

The research indicates that people who take their healthcare seriously make better financial decisions and have more money to save.

High blood pressure – the plague of so many of us gray hairs – isn’t taken seriously by most. Twenty percent of those diagnosed with it don’t take their medication, and 50% stop taking it within six months.

But if people with hypertension take their medication, they can realize as much as $2,000 per year in savings on healthcare costs

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Kids Dentist: Healthy Habits to Keep Up during Coronavirus

The coronavirus might be dominating the headlines right now, but that doesn’t mean that kids should stop caring for their teeth. With social distancing in place, it is far more crucial than ever to do what you can at home to reduce the need to leave the house. Going to your kids dentist should be something you do in an emergency only. 

Protecting your kids’ mouths during coronavirus is all about keeping up healthy habits. But what does this look like in practice during COVID-19? Let’s take a look. 

 

Brushing For Two Minutes, Twice Per Day, And Flossing Regularly

Children will initially resist cleaning their teeth. The sensation of having a toothbrush and toothpaste in their mouth is unpleasant for some. But that doesn’t mean that parents should give up encouraging them to look after their oral health. The vast majority of children become accustomed to daily brushing and eventually

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Harvard CME | Lifestyle Medicine: Tools for Promoting Healthy Change

State-of-the-Art Approaches to Help Patients Initiate and Sustain Health-Promoting Behaviors

This immersive two-day course offers state-of-the-art strategies to guide patients to healthier lives. Education includes evidence-based strategies, tools and techniques to effect healthier changes in patients (and ourselves), including nutrition, exercise, sleep, weight loss, and stress management. This course also provides updates on payment structures that reward clinicians based upon patients’ health behaviors and health outcomes.

Past participants report a renewed passion for practicing medicine and reduced personal stress as they themselves learn to enhance their own health and to serve as role models for their patients.

Overview
Our daily work as healthcare professionals increasingly involves caring for patients with diseases that are ultimately caused by or exacerbated by poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, inadequate sleep, and smoking. Yet professional training does not sufficiently prepare us to leverage our position of trust to help patients initiate health-promoting behaviors.

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STAY HEALTHY FITNESS

Fitness goals are awesome. Agreed?

You want to lose fat, gain muscle, and feel healthy. Reaching these goals requires good eating habits and overall, a healthy lifestyle. How are you doing with that?


What Are You Eating?

Are you really eating for fitness goals?

In order to achieve good health, it requires consuming healthy food and exercising consistently. Not living this way should make you feel weird. Do you feel weird?

If the answer is no, there is something not right with your fitness program. It usually comes down to what you’re eating. Eating unhealthy is often validated because you workout several times per week. This isn’t a healthy approach to food intake and exercise. Remember, you can’t out-exercise a crappy diet.

The takeaway here is nutrition plays the largest role in your fitness success. Without eating right, achieving goals will not happen. True story.


Food Is Fuel Not

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Healthy Sleep

Healthy Sleep




Health, memory, safety, and the cultural significance of sleep


The brain, jet lag, caffeine, and aging and how they influence sleep


Achieving better rest and heatlh, and knowing when to seek treatment



Continuing Medical Education for Physicians



Video Highlights

Sleep researchers are discovering how sleep is vital for learning and memory, and how lack of sleep impacts our health, safety, and longevity. (6:13)

Sleepy Driving

Balancing the demands of work and parenthood, Kirsten explores how developing sleep routines in her children can help ensure a lifetime of healthy sleep habits. (4:49)

Kids

Margaret describes her lifelong struggle with insomnia. (1:27)

A consultation with a behavioral sleep specialist

Dr. Janet Mullington discusses how studies suggest a link between sleep deprivation and increased risk for cardiovascular disease. (0:31)

Dr. Janet Mullington

Because their body rhythms drift in a later direction, many teens struggle to wake up

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How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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With many dentist offices closed, experts say it’s more important than ever to brush properly and floss regularly. Getty Images
  • Most dentist offices are closed for routine procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Dentists are urging people to brush twice a day and floss once a day to take care of their teeth.
  • They say keeping your toothbrush clean is also important for good dental health.

Good dental hygiene might not be in the front of your mind in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That could change quickly if you develop a painful cavity and can’t get in to see a dentist.

“I understand that this isn’t the most normal of times, but it’s very important to control the things we can right now,” H. Dieu Luong, DDS, a New Jersey-based dentist, told Healthline. “On a long list of things in these trying times is oral care.”

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Florida Healthy Kids | Low Cost Insurance for Kids


STOP THE SPREAD OF GERMS AT HOME

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Keep tissues close by. Cough or sneeze into your shirt sleeve if necessary.

Wash your hands often. Use soap and wash for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Disinfect shared surfaces daily.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick. Call your doctor for advice if needed.

If you’re interested in applying for Florida KidCare coverage for your child(ren), use this simple eligibility calculator to estimate what your monthly premium payment would be.

National Children’s Dental Health Month serves as a great reminder for the importance of your child’s oral health. Call your dentist and schedule a routine cleaning and talk to your dentist about a preventive coating called a sealant that can protect your

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Social Determinants of Health | Healthy People 2020

Goal

Create social and physical environments that promote good health for all.

Overview

Health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities. We know that taking care of ourselves by eating well and staying active, not smoking, getting the recommended immunizations and screening tests, and seeing a doctor when we are sick all influence our health. Our health is also determined in part by access to social and economic opportunities; the resources and supports available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; the quality of our schooling; the safety of our workplaces; the cleanliness of our water, food, and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships. The conditions in which we live explain in part why some Americans are healthier than others and why Americans more generally are not as healthy as they could be.

Healthy People 2020 highlights the importance of addressing the social determinants of

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How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle (with Pictures)

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To live a healthy lifestyle, limit your consumption of fat, sugar, and processed foods and base your diet around fresh vegetables, fruit, lean proteins, and whole grains instead. Try to hit the gym 3-5 times per week or take a vigorous 30-minute walk around your neighborhood to get your heart rate up. Avoid cigarettes and alcohol, and don’t forget to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night! For more tips on creating an exercise routine, read on!

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