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Why you should get your flu shot!

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flu-shot You’ve probably been asked a few times lately if you’ve had your flu shot. If you haven’t and would like more information read a few information bits from the CDC about the flu and flu shots. Why should people get vaccinated against the flu? Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. "Flu season" in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community. How do flu vaccines work? Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Traditional flu vaccines (called "trivalent" vaccines) are made to protect against three flu viruses; an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus. There are also flu vaccines made to protect against four flu viruses (called "quadrivalent" vaccines). These vaccines protect against the same viruses as the trivalent vaccine and an additional B virus. Looking for more information? Ask your doctor and schedule your appointment to get your flu shot.

Black Friday Safety

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black-friday-safety Who knew Black Friday could be so hazardous. With everyone a little stir crazy, and excited about the Black Friday deals, it’s important to be careful out there. If you are headed out and about to take advantage of the Black Friday madness, enjoy these tips for a safe Black Friday. On the Road and in the Parking Lot:

  • When backing out of a parking spot, be aware of waiting cars, others who are backing out at the same time, and motorists who speed through lanes.
  • Lock all doors and roll up all windows even when leaving the car for a short period of time.
  • When shopping, keep gifts in the trunk or hidden from view in the interior of the car. Also, put all of your packages in the trunk before departing one parking lot and driving to another. Waiting until your next shopping destination allows others to see packages go into the trunk of your car and then you departing into the mall or store.
  • Avoid parking next to vans and large trucks that block your space from general vision of others.
  • Make a mental note or write down exactly where you park your car to avoid wandering around longer than necessary.
  • During the day, park away from buildings to reduce the chance of dings from car doors or shopping carts. At night, avoid secluded areas and park directly under lights whenever possible.
  • Have your keys in hand when leaving a store. Also, look underneath your car before you reach it; criminals have been known to lie underneath in wait.
  • Bring gifts in the house with you instead of leaving them in the car.
In the Store:
  • Use a credit card to avoid thefts of large amounts of cash that are irreplaceable.
  • Shopping with a single credit card is preferable because it’s easier to cancel one, rather than several, if your wallet or purse is stolen.
  • Keep purses zipped and close to your body. Never leave a purse unattended in a shopping cart where it is more susceptible to theft.
  • Keep a reference list of phone and account numbers for all your credit cards in a safe place at home.
  • If possible, carry keys, cash, and credit cards separate from each other.
  • For freedom of motion and clear visibility, do not overload yourself with bags when leaving a store and returning to your car. It’s difficult to defend yourself with when you’re carry a lot of packages.
  • Use ATMs in well-populated, well lit locations. Do not throw ATM receipts away at the ATM location.
  • Remember there is increased safety in numbers. Avoid walking alone and leave malls and stores well before closing time to assure a more active parking lot. Ask mall security to walk you to your car if you feel you are not safe.
Happy Black Friday!  

Three Important Thanksgiving Health Tips

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thanksgiving_plate_turkey_dinner With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we’d like to share three important tips to help you prevent weight gain.

  1. Get Active First things first, get outside and get active. Even if it’s snowing outside, or you have a huge meal to prepare, getting outside for 20 minutes is a great thing to do. Don’t have 20 minutes? Even five minutes can help as long as it’s active. Make activity the first thing you do Thanksgiving morning so you don’t forget or get lazy throughout the day. Whether that’s taking a walk outside or a 20-minute workout routine, just doing something active will help you get your metabolism working and help keep the weight off.
  2. Focus on Protein Focus on the good and get rid of the fatty. Turkey has amazing health benefits and is a great protein. It’s full of tryptophan, protein and other amino acids that can really support your immune system, which can help improve your mood. There are a lot healthy benefits of turkey so when you’re loading up that plate Thanksgiving Day, pack on the turkey over other things such as mac and cheese or other carby foods. Go easy on the gravy and load the veggies on the side for a healthier option. You’ll be happy you did.
  1. Monitor Your Meals Last but not least, if you want to really keep weight off on Thanksgiving Day, monitor your meals. Pumpkin pie is fine as is a little bit of cranberry sauce, in moderation. Stick to half portions and try not to overeat.
Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

American Diabetes Month

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diabetes One in 11 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 29 million people. And another 86 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. To raise awareness this month has been deemed as American Diabetes Awareness month. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and several other health problems if it’s not controlled. The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include:

  • Healthy eating habits
  • Increased physical activity
  • Weight loss
Start by making small changes in your lifestyle. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, or eat a salad for lunch rather than that hearty fried meal, and get regular checkups to ensure your blood pressure and cholesterol levels are on par so you aren’t at risk. Interested in setting up an appointment to make sure you’re on track? Call us today.

Why you should get your flu shot!

Posted by Emily Ledergerber in Company News | 0 comments

flu-shot You’ve probably been asked a few times lately if you’ve had your flu shot. If you haven’t and would like more information read a few information bits from the CDC about the flu and flu shots. Why should people get vaccinated against the flu? Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. "Flu season" in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community. How do flu vaccines work? Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Traditional flu vaccines (called "trivalent" vaccines) are made to protect against three flu viruses; an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus. There are also flu vaccines made to protect against four flu viruses (called "quadrivalent" vaccines). These vaccines protect against the same viruses as the trivalent vaccine and an additional B virus. Looking for more information? Ask your doctor and schedule your appointment to get your flu shot.

Health Insurance Open Enrollment is Open!

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  open-enrollment Looking for a better or new health insurance plan? Health Insurance open enrollment for healthcare started on November 1st. See below the important dates you need to know about to make sure you are covered.

  • November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment started — first day to enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.
  • December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1, 2017.
  • January 1, 2017: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15.
  • January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a plan.
Don’t forget to include UFMC and your doctor’s name as your provider. And feel free to call us if you have questions about health insurance coverage.