When it comes to purchasing dietary supplements, Vasilios Frankos, Ph.D., Director of FDA's Division of Dietary Supplement Programs, offers the advice: "Be savvy!" Today's dietary supplements are not only vitamins and minerals. "They also include other less familiar substances such as herbals, botanicals, amino acids, and enzymes," Frankos says. "Check with your health care providers before combining or substituting them with other foods or medicines." Frankos adds, "Do not self-diagnose any health condition.
So many ways to forget! We forget names and faces; appointments and anniversaries; where we left the car keys; what we read; what we said; what we were doing before we were interrupted. Not to mention all the numbers we have to memorize nowadays: telephone and beeper numbers, new area codes, PINs, password and user IDs, Social Security numbers, which five of those 100 cable channels we actually use.
How does our memory handle it all? And how can we get it to be more reliable?
A generation ago, the idea of a mind-body connection was laughed at in medical circles. Today, however, it's pretty much common knowledge that what happens mentally and emotionally has a significant effect on the physical, and vice versa.
Over the years, aquatic exercise has acquired a reputation as a wimpy workout for inactive people. But practically every land-based exercise can be adapted to water (with some obvious exceptions, such as inline skating and skateboarding).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity in the United States is reaching epidemic proportions, and the number of overweight children has more than doubled in the last two decades. Lack of physical activity, larger portion sizes, and increased intake of sugar-sweetened soft drinks are all contributing factors.
When employees learn how to make good decisions for their health, everyone wins. They may stay healthier. You, as their employer, may see that healthier employees can work better and miss work less often. There’s a lot you can do to help your employees stay healthy. Research shows that, for every dollar employers like you invest in worksite wellness, you could save $3.48 on medical costs and as much as $5.82 on the cost of employees who have to miss work because of an illness or injury.
Sun safety is never out of season. Summer's arrival means it's time for picnics, trips to the pool and beach… and a spike in sunburns. But winter skiers and fall hikers need to be as wary of the sun's rays as swimmers do. People who work outdoors need to take precautions as well.
Welcome to the new ChamberIB.com. We are excited about relaunching our brand with new health plans that offer a variety of benefits and options that best fit your needs, as well as some fresh new products for you and your employees. We have also recently expanded into pet insurance products so you and your employees can care for your cuddly (and sometimes not-so-cuddly) family members. We are continuing our business insurance line so you can protect your business and everything in it, including your employees.
More women die of cardiovascular disease than from the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. About 80 percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented if women made the right choices for their hearts when it comes to diet, exercise and not smoking.
Chamber Insurance & Benefits, LLC (CIB) announced a new renewal rate structure for some of its individual employer groups, effective July 2012. This rate restructuring coincides with the roll-out of new plans and coverage features available to renewing members, as well as members not currently enrolled in the Chamber Health Plan who may be exploring their options for affordable health care.