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Don't wait for your annual checkup to get these covered preventive services

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I have to admit, I usually think of my doctor only when I make an appointment for various aches, pains, and symptoms: appointments to check for strep throat or a sports injury or an earache. If I’m feeling fine, I don’t think about my doctor much at all. But I need to change my mindset, because I’ve been doing it wrong all these years.

It’s National Yoga Month and the perfect time to reap the benefits


National Yoga Month, a national observance designated by the Department of Health and Human Services, is designed to educate people on the health benefits of practicing yoga. If you are new to yoga, or an active yogi, now is the best time to take advantage of all the FREE classes being offered at thousands of studios nationwide to promote National Yoga Month.

A September Start

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September signals the start of something new. Summer is officially over, we enjoyed our last holiday for a while, and work begins to pick up. September is the greatest time for new beginnings – a new school year, new teachers, new clothes, and school supplies. We often get a renewed sense of getting back to a daily routine. September can be a fresh start and maybe even a much needed kick in the butt.

Keep track of your health and wellness through your phone!


I bring my smart phone with me everywhere I go. I use it for email, texting, phone calls, and even as a handy flashlight. But I also use my smart phone for improving my health. Just typing in the word “Health” in your App store brings up tons of health apps that you can download for FREE or for a low cost. Below are some of my favorite phone apps that I use daily:

Health Insurance: You think you know, but do you really?

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Health insurance is a contract between you and your insurance company that protects you from high, unexpected health costs. You either buy a plan on your own or choose one offered by your employer. The insurance company agrees to pay part of your medical costs if you become sick or get hurt. Simple enough, right?

Depression in our society


Mental health and depression can affect anyone. This week the buzz is around longtime actor and comedian Robin Williams who was found dead in his home from an apparent suicide. The first thing that crossed my mind is how does a guy who was seemly always happy, encouraging, positive, and financially secure get to that point in his life? There is no simple answer.

A handy guide on preauthorizations

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A decision by your health insurer or plan that a health care service, treatment plan, prescription drug or durable medical equipment is medically necessary. Sometimes called prior authorization, prior approval or precertification. Your health insurance or plan may require preauthorization for certain services before you receive them, except in an emergency. Preauthorization isn’t a promise your health insurance or plan will cover the cost.” –Healthcare.gov

Think Christmas in the Summer

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I love the Holidays! But I don’t love the stress that comes with them. Christmas is 5 months away, and now is a great time to do some advance planning. Before the Back-To-School shopping kicks in or the end of summer Labor Day parties are here, think about the Winter Holiday season. So get yourself a cool beverage and take a visit to the Ghost of Christmas Past and perhaps change Christmas Future for the better.

National Night Out Against Crime promotes safer communities Aug. 5

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Are you looking for something fun for the whole family to enjoy in this gorgeous weather? Mark your calendars for the 31st Annual National Night Out Against Crime Aug. 5!

Did you miss the open enrollment period? You may still be in luck!

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Our lives are so busy with working our way up the ladder, going to the kids’ soccer games, walking the dog, and making sure dinner is on the table by 6 p.m.

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