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New Year’s Resolutions Busted? Shift Your Mindset for Success

Did you make up your mind that this was going to be the year you achieved all of your New Year’s Resolutions? If you are still committed to those goals, you have a reason to celebrate! Results from a University of Scranton study show that almost 50 percent of people give up on their resolutions by the end of March. And less than 10 percent of people actually meet their goals. Maybe we should just enjoy our New Year’s celebrations and skip making resolutions in the first place? Follow-up research revealed that after six months, people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to keep them over those who skipped the resolutions and still attempted some kind of change. That’s a great reason not to give up on those resolutions just yet! Resolutions help us focus on improving key areas of our lives. It probably doesn’t surprise you that…

5 Father’s Day Health Apps

Father’s Day isn’t the only reason June is a major month for dads. June also happens to be National Men’s Health Month, which was instituted by Congress in 1994 to heighten awareness of preventable health problems in men and boys by promoting early detection of disease and injury. To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of five must-have fitness and health apps to keep dads across the country healthy and happy every month of the year. HealthTap Having a medical issue? Instead of Googling your symptoms and getting lost down the WebMD rabbit hole, just ask HealthTap. The app sends your question to its vetted network of 100,000+ American doctors, and one will get back to you within a matter of hours. HealthTap also comes with a database of information on common ailments, enabling you to better identify your symptoms and narrow down the best remedy. Need more care? For…

Eating for the Planet

When we think of major threats to the environment, many of us imagine vague, impersonal causes like industrial pollution or gillnets. But in reality, the lifestyle choices we make as individuals can have a much larger and direct impact on the planet than we realize – from how we get around to how much electricity we use in our homes. With the 46th annual Earth Day being held this month, there’s never been a better time to examine how our eating can affect the world around us – not just locally, but globally. Here are six great ways to eat for the planet while improving your health and nutrition in the process. Go Organic When you choose organic-certified products or sustainably grown food, you’re not just being trendy – you’re supporting production methods that are actually good for the planet. Sustainable farmers use ecologically sound practices to manage pests and weeds.…

5 Ways to Look and Feel Better in the New Year

Every January, you get the chance to start fresh with a new year and a new you. Statistics show that those who consciously make New Year’s resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve them than people who don’t, so take the time to write them down or talk about them with those closest to you.To kick-start your efforts, here are five ways to make your life better in 2016. Get Healthy This year, resolve to replace your fat pants and cigarettes with a plan to get (and stay) healthy in 2016. Start with a pledge to achieve a healthy weight. According to Shape Magazine, you’ll be more likely to keep accurate calorie if you have someone else do the counting, so recruit a weight loss buddy and resolve to hold each other accountable. Next, pledge to toss your smokes. According to The American Cancer Society, smoking is the largest…

5 Tips to Help Prevent Diabetes

While most of us associate November with Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it also happens to be National Diabetes Month. In addition to significantly increase one’s risk of heart disease, diabetes is the number one cause of blindness and kidney failure among adults. As the seventh leading cause of death in the US, the disease is responsible for almost 70,000 deaths each year – and contributing to thousands more. In 2012, the American Diabetes Association reported over 29 million cases of diabetes in the US. Given that the number of diabetics increased by nearly 4 million between 2010 and 2012, chances are that number is now well over 32 million. To make matters worse, having diabetes can negatively impact your chances of qualifying for a life insurance policy – or drive your rates sky-high. While type 1 diabetes is usually an inherited condition that appears in childhood, type 2 diabetes –…

What Effects Life Expectancy: Factors to Consider

Morbid curiosity aside, there’s a strong case for wanting to know your life expectancy. Estimating how long you’ll live can help you make better financial decisions, especially when it comes to life insurance, social security, annuities, and pensions. Factors affecting life expectancy range from health and lifestyle choices to family medical history and genetics. Answering these five questions will give you a sense of how long you’re likely to live. Do You Have a Family History of Heart Disease, Cancer or Diabetes?  Not only are these medical conditions hereditary, they can shave years off your life expectancy. If your answer to this question is yes, be as proactive as possible. Get screened regularly for the types of cancer that run in your family. To lower your chances of developing heart disease, keep an eye on your cholesterol level, avoid fatty foods, and don’t smoke. To fend off diabetes, avoid eating…

Longevity for Less

Most of us are all too familiar with the standard formula for living a longer life: Don’t smoke, drink only in moderation, eat well, exercise, and get plenty of sleep. While no one can argue with that advice, a specific list of action items tends to be more helpful – especially for those of us who are creatures of habit. Here are five simple – and inexpensive – steps you can take to improve your longevity today. Sit Less Sitting for less than three hours a day can add two years to your life expectancy. A sedentary lifestyle increases your risk of developing life-threatening conditions like diabetes, obesity and cancer. If your job requires that you sit (and most jobs do), try to get up once every 20 minutes or so to walk around. Drink Coffee While coffee can have negative side effects like sleeplessness and anxiety, a new report from…

The Financial Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

While eating well and exercising are inarguably good for your body, they can also be good for your wallet. This may seem counterintuitive given how pricey gym memberships, grass-fed beef, and organic produce can be. But the fact that so-called “superfoods” and exercise have been shown to reduce cancer risk, help maintain a healthy weight, and even increase brain function informs an important financial reality: lower life insurance premiums. How Can Eating Well and Exercising Lower my Life Insurance Premiums? Life insurance companies consider a number of risk factors when determining premiums, including family health history, weight and diet. The healthier and younger you are, the lower the risk – and typically, the lower your premium. While simply eating superfoods and being physically fit won’t affect your life insurance premiums, the effect that they have on your body – and your lifestyle – could. What Superfoods Should I Be Eating? Superfoods are rich in nutrients…

5 Easy Ways to Eat Better Now

March is National Nutrition Month, so why not use it as an excuse to revamp your eating habits? Contrary to popular belief, eating right doesn’t mean dieting – and it certainly doesn’t mean saying goodbye to great taste. Here are five easy ways to start eating better this month (and every month of the year). Watch What You Drink All those so-called vitamin and energy drinks may sound healthy, but the majority of them are just sweetened water. And most fruit juices have even more sugar than soda pop. Don’t let the labels fool you. If it’s not skim milk, plain H2O, or regular coffee or tea, it’s a treat. For a healthier thirst quencher, try lemon or mint iced tea or sparkling water with a splash of juice. Take the Mystery Out of Your Meat If your chicken has been molded into a nugget, it’s hard to say what…

Simple Tips To Add Years

shutterstock_73111324No, the secret to a long and happy life isn’t the latest prescription drug on the market or your great-aunt Ruth’s chicken soup. Surprisingly enough, the secret to a long life isn’t a secret at all. If you take care of your physical and mental health throughout your years, you’re likely to have more of them. But caring for your health is a lot easier said than done. Living a healthy lifestyle takes willpower and time that many people just don’t have. Fortunately, there’s a simpler way. A few small daily lifestyle changes can go a long way to helping you have a healthier life today and more years tomorrow.
Diet
The saying, “you are what you eat,” exists for a reason, and while you’re probably not at risk of turning into a side of mashed potatoes, it’s true that your diet impacts your health.

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