Working With a Chronic Condition

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By the year 2020, the number of people living with chronic conditions is expected to rise to 157 million. Juggling work demands and a chronic condition can be difficult. Employees may face a number of challenges, such as maintaining a high level of performance despite physical or cognitive limitations, balancing their workload with medical appointments and coping with discrimination.

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Make this a Sunscreen-Smart Summer

beachAlthough sunscreen has been a summer staple for years now, the majority of Americans are sunscreen slackers. In fact, according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 14.3 percent of men regularly reach for the sunscreen. While women do better at 29.9 percent, they’re not exactly setting sunscreen-use records.

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The Importance of Vacations

(And How to Take a Low-Stress One)

 

MHN Vacations SAF 1481_rgbEveryone knows it’s good to take time off and relax. But many American workers don’t take all the time off they have coming to them. Employees who avoid rest and relaxation may be hurting themselves and experience burnout, reduced productivity and creativity, troubled relationships, stress, or stress-related ailments.

So how can you prepare for your time off and make it as stress-free as possible?

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June is Men’s Health Month

Health Net urges men to be proactive when it comes to their health

June is Men’s Health Month. Sponsored by the Men’s Health Network, this month-long commemoration is designed to increase awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. Health Net, Inc. is sharing information about important health issues at different ages of a man’s life, along with recommended screening tests. Continue reading

Health Benefits of Leafy Greens

From spinach and Swiss chard to kale and collards, leafy greens pile your plate with the vitamins and minerals your body needs to fight off disease. And when it comes to which are the most nutrient-rich, remember one thing — the darker the better. Why? These veggies are rich in vitamins A, K and C, along with a wide range of carotenoids that act as antioxidants, clearing the body of harmful free radicals.

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Is it Autism?

What parents need to know

He is the apple of his parent's eyesParents love watching their little ones grow. Yet these early observations can sometimes spark concerns when moms and dads notice something unusual in the way a child interacts or communicates. Worried parents may even wonder, “Is it autism?”  You may know it as autism, but the medical term for this developmental disorder is autism spectrum disorder (ASD).   Continue reading

How Much Help Do Your Aging Parents Need?

helping aging parentsAs your parents get older, chances are they’ll need your help more often – whether it’s with physical chores, organizing life’s affairs or managing finances.

The Daily Living Needs list below can help you gauge how much help your aging parents need. As a first step, assess whether each task requires no help, occasional help, regular help, or professional help. If possible, consider a team approach to caregiving.

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Family + Fitness = Good Health

Family FitnessYou know your family needs to get exercise. But it’s not so easy to get everyone up and moving. It might help to start by sitting them all down—to make a plan.

Begin by pulling out the calendar. Do you have half an hour before dinner one weeknight? Maybe some time after your meal one evening? Is the whole clan around on a weekend afternoon? Pencil fun physical activities into those free times.

Set goals to set your family in motion.

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