Getting Up To Speed for Physical Fitness and Sports Month

father-son-playing-soccerAs the temperature gets warmer, it’s time to get active – and there’s no better time to do it than National Sports and Fitness Month. This May, Americans are reminded to get up, get out and get active during this month of awareness and education. The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award is just one of many ways you can motivate yourself to take steps toward a healthy lifestyle. With an award at the end, why not take the PALA+ challenge yourself?

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Stroke Awareness Month: How to Help Prevent Strokes

Prevent StrokesStrokes are one of the leading causes of death in America, and kill over 129,000 people each year. This May, which is Stroke Awareness Month, it’s important to learn how strokes affect the brain, what symptoms they cause and how to reduce your chances of experiencing a stroke.

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IBS: What Is It and How to Treat It?

Digestive SystemIn most people, intestines contract and expand in a regular motion to move food through the digestive system. But for those with irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, the muscles work overtime and force food out of the system much quicker, which can cause a whole host of problems.

The good news is that there are several tried-and-true treatment options – and a few new remedies – that can help sufferers live more comfortable lives.

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Stress-Busting 101

Business woman relaxing.Stress affects everyone at one time or another – but it doesn’t have to rule your life! By understanding where your stress comes from, you can develop techniques to help reduce your stress and feel better emotionally and physically. Not only do stress reduction techniques help you feel happier, they can help prevent stress-related health problems like heart disease, obesity and accelerated aging.

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Ditch The Salt Without Ditching The Taste

Positive family preparing lunch togetherCooking is as much of an art as it is a science, but when your doctor’s telling you that it’s time to reduce your sodium intake, it can be tricky to keep the magic in the kitchen.

The good news is that there are lots of alternatives to salt and salty flavorings, if you’re willing to experiment a little. You’ll be surprised at the depths and layers of flavors you can add to your mom’s old recipes with a little improvisation.

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3 Tips For Spring Allergy Pick-Me-Ups

Girl SneezingWelcoming spring means a lot of things: new stands of vibrantly green grass, tender buds on all the trees, the return of singing song birds, but it also means it’s time for spring allergy season.

If you’re an allergy sufferer, you know the seasonal ritual of antihistamines, nasal sprays, nasal rinses and constant checks of the pollen count before you can step foot outside. Spring doesn’t have to be a mixed blessing though — there are plenty of easy ways to reduce symptoms without sacrificing those early season sun rays.

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What is a Video Visit? Doctor On Demand

fhcpdodFlorida Health Care Plans has announced the addition of a new health benefit to its medical plans, Doctor On Demand!

Doctor On Demand (DOD) provides video visits with board certified physicians and licensed psychologists via smartphone, tablet or computer, and is available to members enrolled in FHCP medical benefits. The Doctor on Demand co-pay will be similar to a PCP co-pay.

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Let’s Take A Good Look At Your Kidneys

Kidney HealthYour body does a million amazing things every day, but few of your organs work as hard as your kidneys at keeping your body free of waste and stabilizing your electrolytes.

Each of your kidneys is made up of about a million nephrons, filtering units that help the kidneys do their primary job: cleaning your blood. Every day, your kidneys filter 120 to 150 quarts of blood in order to produce one to two quarts of urine. All this hard work helps to keep your blood composition consistent so that the rest of your body can function at its best.

Even though your kidneys are able to do these amazing acts of filtration, they can be damaged by lifestyle choices and disease. That’s why it’s important that you do what you can to help keep your kidneys healthy today and for the long run.

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3 Power Foods For A Power Workout

Group ExercisingSpending an hour sweating at the gym is great for your heart, lungs and muscles, but to power this sort of explosive activity you’re going to need to add some healthy fuel. You could grab the nearest Gatorade and a granola bar, but there are much better choices available to the average gym denizen.

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