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Managing allergy season

Ah, the sights and sounds of spring – green grass, chirping robins, and…ACHOO! If you suffer from seasonal allergies, that last sound probably is all too familiar around this time of the year.

While many of us can’t wait to get out and shake off winter blues, we know that sneezing, coughing and sniffling will be quick to follow. What are some steps you can do to prepare?

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Understanding My Insurance, part 2

In the first post of this series, we highlighted some key features of the Affordable Care Act. Today, we’ll discuss how to use your health insurance to stay healthy.

Securing health care coverage was a great first step in maintaining a healthy lifestyle – and it was pretty easy to sign up, right? But, that’s just one piece of the picture. Healthy living is made up of many pieces and all of them fit together to make the complete picture. You already know that things like eating healthy, staying active and getting enough sleep are major pieces of this picture, so how does health insurance fit in this picture?

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Understanding My Insurance, part 1

So, you’re a new recipient of health insurance – congratulations! Now what?

If this is the first time you’ve had health insurance on your own, you’re in luck. We’re starting this series in order to help people just like you. We know that navigating your health insurance plan can be overwhelming (and not exactly exciting), but we hope this series will help you understand the ins and outs of health coverage.

To begin, we feel it’s important for you to understand the major changes the health care delivery system has undergone in the past few years. We’re talking about the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

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The best medicine

Have you heard any good jokes lately? Maybe you were the unfortunate recipient of an April Fools’ Day prank – hopefully not! In any case, the laughter that resulted may have a role in reducing your stress.

This article from the Mayo Clinic outlines the positive benefits laughing can have to your health.

“A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body,” the article states.

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