February 20, 2020

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  • Family Living

    What Parents Need to Know About Kids and E-Cigarettes

    (NewsUSA) - Did you know that 1 in 4 high school students uses e-cigarettes?

  • Family Living

    Get Kids Access To Dental Care

    (NAPS)—Here’s something many parents may be surprised to learn: tooth decay is the most common preventable chronic disease among children in the United States.The ProblemIf left untreated, it can hurt more than your kid’s mouth. Your child’s physical and social development—as well as his or her school performance—can also be affected. More than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illness. Kids with healthy teeth have fewer sick days and less distractions from learning.The Good NewsParents may be surprised to find that getting their child’s teeth checked is easier and less expensive than they think. Under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), essential health care services like preventative care and dental health are covered. For more than 20 years, CHIP has been instrumental in reducing the number of uninsured children to historic lows. Medicaid and CHIP cover more than one-third of all children in the U.S. and have helped insure 95 percent of the nation’s children—an estimated 35.5 million currently are covered.How It WorksDental coverage includes access to regular check-ups, x-rays, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, fillings and more.Parents can look online to see whether their children are eligible. In most states, children and teens up to age 19 can enroll. Depending on income, many families qualify for free or low-cost health coverage. In general, children and teens in a family of four earning up to $50,000 a year—and in some places more—may qualify for Medicaid and CHIP.Children and teens can stay covered for as long as they qualify. Families can enroll at any time of the year, but need to renew coverage each year.More Good NewsEven if your application for Medicaid and CHIP has been denied before, you and your children may now be eligible. Parents may qualify for Medicaid as well, but you don’t have to be eligible for your child to get coverage.Who Can HelpMore kids can be covered with the help of Medicaid and CHIP. With that as the goal, the Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign, a national outreach and enrollment initiative, informs families with children and teens about Medicaid and CHIP eligibility. Families enroll through their states. Call 1-877-KIDS-NOW or visit InsureKidsNow.gov to be connected to program offices in your state.Learn MoreFor more information and to see eligibility requirements, visit www.InsureKidsNow.gov.

  • Family Living

    If You’re Feeling Down, You’re Not Alone. It’s That Time of Year

    (NAPS)—You may have heard the terms—winter blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Pattern. No matter what you call it, with approximately 17.3 million adults in the U.S. experiencing seasonal depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, feeling gloomy this time of year isn’t uncommon—but it can be overcome.The ProblemDepressive Disorder with a Seasonal Pattern (formerly called SAD) can affect anyone of any age. Whether you’re a student returning to class, a busy working professional who’s always playing catchup, or even newly retired with found time on your hands, the excitement of the holidays is long over and wintry dark days are here. While January and February are the typical peak months for the disorder, symptoms can persist through April, according to Mental Health America.Doctor’s AdviceWhen that feeling of sadness persists for several weeks, it’s time to take action, according to Dr. Desreen Dudley, a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Behavioral Health Provider of Therapeutic Services for Teladoc Health. But, she points out, often the toughest thing for many is how to discern whether what they feel is temporary or something more serious.“If someone has a few days of feeling low, that’s normal and typically nothing to worry about. It’s when the feeling lingers for weeks and people lose interest in daily activities and suffer persistent negative thoughts, that lend a stronger basis for Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Affective Pattern diagnosis,” she says.What To Watch ForOther symptoms she warns about are:•Change in appetite•Change in sleep pattern•Decreased energy•Decreased concentration•Feelings of worthlessness or guilt•An inability to think, concentrate, or finish tasks at work or school•Thinking about suicide, self-harm, or deathDr. Dudley contends individuals already struggling with depressive disorders are susceptible to SAD patterns. For older Americans, a Vitamin D deficiency can exacerbate low moods. On the other end of the spectrum, she has worked with newly independent college students who find SAD a heavy burden and say their new responsibilities of classes, exams and jobs can compound their depression. For some, not rising as early for classes as they did in high school means sleeping in more and further limiting their exposure to sunlight.What To DoIn addition to considering therapy, such as virtual care, which is available on your terms and from any location you choose, Dr. Dudley recommends:•Avoiding or cutting back on alcohol and other addictive substances•Eating healthfully—more lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and eliminating sugar•Daily exercise at least 30 minute a day (walking counts)•Yoga or meditation•Learning about and trying light therapy•Regularly surrounding yourself with those you enjoy being around.When To Seek HelpAccording to a recent global study conducted by Ipsos MORI for Teladoc Health, individuals often recognize when they’re struggling, but even so, over a third of the respondents who have had one mental health episode admitted to not seeking professional help. The reason? For many, it’s often the difficulty in finding mental health care.“Thankfully, virtual care is becoming increasingly available as a source of convenient mental health care,” Dr. Dudley says. “It eliminates the traditional obstacles of in-person visits and has opened up access for anyone with a busy schedule, individuals who may have difficulty getting out of the house and students who may fear the stigma of walking into the campus mental health clinic.”Learn More For further information, visit www.Teladoc.com/therapy.

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Thursday 12/26/2019
Why a Personalized Diet Can Help You Achieve Better Results
Posted: December 26, 2019

(StatePoint) From custom-designed sneakers to tailor-made sunglasses, the trend of personalization is going head-to-toe, and for good reason, making its way to the world of weight loss and wellness.

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Tuesday 12/17/2019
Stay-At-Home Dads, Mid-Life Search For Gold, New Theory On Leadership, Balancing People And Profits
Posted: December 17, 2019

Leaderology” by Oleg Konovalov

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Monday 12/02/2019
Simple Ways a Keto-Friendly Diet Can Set You Up for Success
Posted: December 02, 2019

(StatePoint) Chances are you’ve heard of the keto diet. Its popularity has soared in recent years, adding it to the list of diets many people try, especially in the New Year. The keto diet is founded on the belief that when your body is in a state of nutritional ketosis -- a metabolic state in which fat provides most of the fuel for the body -- you will lose weight. But what if you could take a less drastic approach?

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Tuesday 11/26/2019
Gift Yourself A Very Merry Holiday
Posted: November 26, 2019

(NAPSI)—Best-ever holiday? It’s on. From friends & family gatherings to cocktail parties and holiday potlucks, there’s no shortage of unforgettably beautiful holiday moments worth celebrating (even the unfiltered, messy, probably embarrassing, and slightly dramatic ones). And you can find all the go-to styles to give and gift yourself for every merry occasion at your nearest maurices store or online. Here are some of the season’s hottest fashion gifts for others or yourself!

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Monday 11/25/2019
Tips to Protect Your Winter Wardrobe
Posted: November 25, 2019

(StatePoint) If you are like many people, your winter wardrobe requires a bit of extra care. Between fine cashmere sweaters, favorite woolen outerwear and your snazziest cocktail attire, your special care garments should look as crisp at the end of the season as they do today.

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Wednesday 11/20/2019
Energy-Based Devices Are The New Face of Beauty
Updated: December 27, 2019 - 2:48 am

(NewsUSA) - Beauty, like health, goes beyond the visible surface. While many of us manage our wellness via diet, exercise and check-ups, we don't apply the same 360-degree approach to our beauty regimen. It's possibly due to lack of viable options.

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Energy-Based Devices Are The New Face of Beauty
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 2:47 am

(NewsUSA) - Beauty, like health, goes beyond the visible surface. While many of us manage our wellness via diet, exercise and check-ups, we don't apply the same 360-degree approach to our beauty regimen. It's possibly due to lack of viable options.

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Energy-Based Devices Are The New Face of Beauty
Updated: January 28, 2020 - 3:07 am

(NewsUSA) - Beauty, like health, goes beyond the visible surface. While many of us manage our wellness via diet, exercise and check-ups, we don't apply the same 360-degree approach to our beauty regimen. It's possibly due to lack of viable options.

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Tuesday 11/12/2019
Top 5 Holiday Temptations and How to Avoid Them
Posted: November 12, 2019

(StatePoint) The holiday season means delicious food and parties galore. If you’ve been dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there’s no reason to throw away all your hard work. You just need to make adjustments to your routine so you can enjoy the season guilt-free.

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Monday 10/28/2019
How to Stick to Your Workout Schedule During the Holiday Season
Posted: October 28, 2019

(StatePoint) There are plenty of temptations to skip a workout during the holiday season. Ironically, this is the time of year you may need the movement most.

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Thursday 02/13/2020
Put Health at the Top of your To-Do List
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The last few months of the year are known for filling up with tasks and, as a result, it is not uncommon for self-care to fall to the bottom of the list.

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Save Time with Easy Meal Hacks
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) If it feels as though your life is too busy, you're not alone. Many families experience the feeling of constant busyness, but there are ways to save time around the house and lift some of those burdens.

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Smart Saving Strategies
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Money management and building long-term financial health is a careful balancing act between long- and short-term financial needs, and now is a perfect opportunity to re-examine your goals. People sometimes focus on short-term needs, making sure they can cover routine bills and living essentials. However, many Americans do not have the resources to cover an unexpected expense, much less save for the future.

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The Cost of Living with IBD
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) A diagnosis like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) means lifestyle changes throughout every aspect of life, including financially. IBD has many direct costs of care, like clinic visits, radiology studies, procedures and medications. There are also indirect costs such as missed work or school. 

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Thriving with a Brain Tumor
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) A brain tumor can result in a wide range of physical and emotional changes, but proactively managing your coping strategy can have a significant impact on your treatment program and quality of life.

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Some Over-the-Air TV Frequencies are Changing
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) If you rely on a rooftop or indoor antenna for your TV viewing, changes that may affect your local channels are happening.

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4 Hospice Care Facts to Know
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) As families prepare for the future and consider hospice care for loved ones, it’s important to know and understand what hospice care is and how it can help both patients and their caregivers.

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Managing the Cost of IBD
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) A diagnosis like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) means lifestyle changes throughout every aspect of life, including financially. IBD has many direct costs of care, like clinic visits, radiology studies, procedures and costly medications. There are also indirect costs such as missed work or school.

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How to Reduce Your Risk for Another Heart Attack
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) After a heart attack, as many as 1 in 4 survivors will have another one. Lifestyle changes and working closely with your doctor to manage your health can help minimize the risk of a repeat event.

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Wednesday 02/12/2020
National Hot Breakfast Month: Benefits of breakfast for K-12 students
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - As the saying goes, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and the month of February is National Hot Breakfast Month, a month-long celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of a hot breakfast. Breakfast is especially important for our K-12 students, and has key benefits in supporting their learning, information retention and energy to keep them focused during the school day. Yet, a breakfast filled with sugar and fats won’t do — a breakfast packed with lean protein and fiber is key to our students starting the day and reaping the benefits that breakfast has to offer. The below infographic lays out the key benefits of student breakfast in honor of National Hot Breakfast Month.

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