The critical differences you need to know: Prescription medicine, over-the-counter medicine and dietary supplements

Seventy-five percent of Americans take dietary supplements, according to a 2018 study by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).i Furthermore, “87 percent [of adults in the United States] have overall confidence in the safety, quality and effectiveness of dietary supplements.”i While the effort to sustain better overall health is commendable, there is skepticism among healthcare experts regarding the medical benefits of dietary supplements.ii Use and promotion of dietary supplements is considerably broader in the United States than other areas of the world.iii When caring for your health, it’s important to…

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Tips for surviving the Medicare annual enrollment period

Annual enrollment for Medicare ends Dec. 7, so now is the time to check your plan and update coverage for the coming year. While many people stick to the same plan they have used in the past, subtle changes can leave you second guessing what is best for your personal situation. Some of the most common questions Medicare participants ask during open enrollment include: Will this plan meet my health needs and budget? Will this plan cover the prescription drugs I need? Will I be covered to visit the health…

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How to Enter the Flow State With Squats

Do you remember the first time you squatted with a barbell? I don’t know the details of my first squat. I couldn’t tell you where I was, what weight I added to the bar that day, or if I had a friend to help me. I definitely can’t remember what my squat looked like, but the impression of its feeling has always stayed with me. The feeling of being confused, shaky, and unsettled. The feeling of not knowing how to place my body and how to stay centered. The feeling…

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Kick off 2020 by getting outdoors and enjoying state parks

For many people, modern life means spending more time indoors. In fact, Americans spend roughly 90% of their time indoors, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This has had numerous direct and indirect health impacts, from respiratory issues due to poor indoor air quality to reduced physical activity due to an indoor sedentary lifestyle. People of all ages are starting to make a change, embracing the outdoors for all the benefits it can provide to their mental and physical health. Since there are opportunities for getting outdoors nearby…

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Classical P.E. For All: A Fast, Effective, Bodyweight Program

Bodyweight training is fast, effective, accessible, and the best way into training. With a progressive, consistent approach, elite levels of fitness can be forged in this manner. After all, the body and its environment are really all most humans have ever had to train with.   Bodyweight calisthenics is the backbone of Georges Hebért’s Natural Method and the training of nearly every elite fighting unit throughout time. This type of training typified the physical education of all great Western societies going back to ancient Greece. It is the training every…

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Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma Bowls

When you want all the cozy, warm flavors of Indian food with one-pan convenience, try these Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma Bowls! This post was created in partnership with our friends at Primal Kitchen.  I’m here for the food. More specifically, I’m here for the Indian food and these Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma Bowls. They’re my current obsession. Think: Burrito bowl, but with warm, Indian food-inspired spices like cumin, coriander, paprika, and turmeric. Piled high with roasted veggies, crisp lettuce, crunchy cucumbers, and sweet cherry tomatoes then drizzled with a cilantro-lime…

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‘Tis the Season to #FightFlu

While the holidays are typically a time for travel, great meals and spending quality time with loved ones, the season can also include an unwelcome guest: influenza (flu). Flu is a contagious viral infection that can affect anyone. In the US, the 2018-2019 flu season was the longest in 10 years, lasting from September 2018 to mid-May 2019, and causing nearly 43 million illnesses. Don’t let a visit from flu disrupt your holiday plans this year. Consider these tips before you hop on a plane, attend a company holiday party…

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Bulletproof Your Knees and Shoulders

How did you get injured?   I was reaching for something in the back seat of my car and heard a pop in my shoulder.     Not again!   Oddly enough, many of us are scared to workout because we think we’ll get injured at the gym. But we’re more likely to get injured when we least except it—usually because we’re reacting to an unexpected stimulus during, for example, a men’s hockey pick-up game or while we’re cooking in the kitchen.   If you’re an avid fitness enthusiast, you…

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Five things you may not know about prostate cancer

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is one of the most terrifying experiences someone can have and unfortunately, roughly one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.1 The good news is prostate cancer is highly treatable and there are several treatment options available based on the person’s age, health and personal preference. Almost everyone knows someone living with prostate cancer, and you may know that regular prostate exams can help diagnose cancer, but there’s a lot more to know about the disease that can help patients make…

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Air travel can be dangerous for passengers with disabilities

During the busy holiday travel season, everyone suffers from the stress and strain that accompanies flying today. Unfortunately, travelers with disabilities face even more barriers to air travel such as damaged wheelchairs, delayed assistance and untrained airline staff. These obstacles are not only inconvenient and uncomfortable, but can be dangerous. One of the dangers passengers with disabilities face is long wait times in aisle chairs. These one-size-fits-all chairs are used when an airplane aisle is too narrow for a personal wheelchair to fit. Prolonged sitting in this type of short-term…

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