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Picnic Ideas

Healthy Summertime Picnic Ideas!

With a little careful planning, you can turn a picnic lunch into a nutritious spread that kids and adults alike will enjoy!

Whether it’s a day at the beach, a local park or your own backyard, picnics are a great way to celebrate an event. Picnics also offer a chance to relax and pass the time with friends and family on a beautiful day.

But typical picnic foods are often not as nutritious as they could be. They may include high-calorie and high-fat foods. With just a little careful planning, though, you can create a nutritious picnic spread that kids and adults alike will enjoy.

Short Workouts

Short Workouts Can Be Good for Your Heart

What’s not to love about that?

Most people know that exercise is important for heart health. However, not everyone knows just how much exercise is enough. Is it 15 minutes a day? 30 minutes? 1 hour? Time to set the record straight.

The recommendation is that all adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. At a minimum, aim for at least 10 minutes at a time. After that, it’s your choice. You could do 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Or two 15-minute sessions a day, five days a week. Or three 10-minute sessions a day for five days.

Be sure to do activities that will strengthen your muscles, too. Look for moderate- or high-intensity activities that work all your major muscle groups at least two days a week. The major muscle groups are: legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms.

Stay Strong as You Age

Build strength to help you stay independent and manage your health in your later years.

As you get older, keeping your body strong will help you feel your best. Exercising your muscles helps build that strength, and can help make daily activities easier for you to perform.

If you’re battling a health condition, you might think of that as an excuse not to exercise. But in truth, stronger muscles can help you live better with arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis or back pain. Strength building can help you lose excess weight and improve your mental outlook. Almost everyone can benefit from getting stronger!
One great way to get started on a healthy path is to list some goals you’d like to reach. Examples might be joining a neighbor for a walk around the block or taking a weight class at an activity center. Maybe it’s working out at home with a resistance band to make your arms and legs stronger.

Understanding Depression

May is Mental Health Awareness month. Nearly 1 in 5 people over the age of 18 had a diagnosable mental health condition in the last year and nearly half will experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime. Depression is a common but often misunderstood illness. Read the article below to learn about its causes and treatment.

Understanding the Causes and Treatment for Depression

You probably have days when you feel sad or blue. Most people do. You just hit an emotional low point. But after a few days your feelings should start to lift.

If you find it hard to move on and feel better, and that your sadness is starting to interfere with daily life, it may be time to seek help. Your bout of sadness might really be depression. If your depression has lasted more than two weeks, it is definitely time to speak with your doctor.

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Sleep Apnea

What to Know About Sleep Apnea

Poor sleep and groggy days might mean you have sleep apnea. Learn about symptoms and why it’s important to diagnose and treat sleep apnea.

Some of the symptoms of sleep apnea — loud snoring, snorting and gasping for air — are more likely to trouble your bed partner than you. Other symptoms, like daytime sleepiness, may go on for years without you realizing the cause. But the dangers of sleep apnea are real. If left untreated, it may raise your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Daytime drowsiness can also affect your quality of life and your work performance.

Service or Claims Questions

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Stress Levels

10 ways to simplify your life and dial down stress levels

Stress may be inevitable. But how you deal with it is largely up to you. Here are some tools to help you manage the stress in your life.

It seems like everyone is stressed out these days — from your co-workers, to your friends, to the person standing next to you in line.

Stress, by itself, isn’t necessarily bad. Low or even moderate amounts of stress can be good for us, provided we manage it in healthy ways. But poorly managed stress can take a toll. Heart disease, fatigue and obesity are just a few of the potential consequences.

Advance Directives

Thursday, April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD)

Have you shared your health care preferences with family, friends and health care providers?

Read our article below on The Basics of Advance Directives These legal documents spell out your end-of-life medical preferences when you can’t speak for yourself.

The Basics of Advance Directives

Every person has a right to make decisions about his or her medical care. But in a time of crisis, you may not be able to speak for yourself. A sudden illness, accident or serious injury can strike at anytime. It could render you unconscious or even near death for an extended period of time.