Enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2017

Monday, December 5, 2016

In my health spotlight for this month I will be briefly going over some facts about signing up for health insurance for 2017. If you need to sign up for insurance you will visit Healthcare.gov. December the 15th and January the 31st are both listed as deadlines to enroll in or change a 2017 plan.  Those who need to sign up are those who do not have insurance through their job, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP or other.

You create an account on the website and what you pay for your insurance plan depends on your income. In addition, you can apply online, by phone, with in-person help or with a paper application. If you are having difficulties signing up or understanding which plan is best there are people to help you. Give them a call! All US citizens and nationals are eligible to use the marketplace (but you cannot be incarcerated).


2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Sunday, December 4, 2016

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

2016 Holiday Gift Guide by eboni-g-stafford featuring Belgique

A 2017 Planner is an essential! A cute planner always helps me feel good about scheduling my busy life.

Earphones. These wireless headphones are stylish and will be great to use in the gym.

New sneakers for working out or just getting around on those days you are running errands.

Tea kettle! I love tea and I need one to brew loose leaf tea myself. I will miss the positive messages on the premade tea bags.

Boots. These are another winter essential. A neural color can dress up an outfit in a snap.

Money and gift cards are always welcome. Find out where the person you are buying for likes to go, and a visa gift card that you can use anywhere is perfect if you are not sure.

Scarf. This is a packing tip: Lots of bags look the same when they come out on the conveyor belt so to avoid grabbing the wrong bag use a scarf (tied around a handle) so you can identify your luggage as soon as it rolls out.

Passport Holder. My sister bought me the cutest passport holder one Christmas and this is the perfect gift for your friend or family member who is always on the go!

Clutch. I personally LOVE clutches! A simple clutch that can be used with a variety of color pallets and outfits is ideal and can be used over and over.

Happy Shopping!


Easy Tips to Clean up your Eating Habits

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Don’t eat anything out of a can, seriously unless it’s soup (and even that has lots of sodium). You can make your own soup; yet another reason why I love my crock pot.

If you don’t want to get fresh veggies, frozen is the next best thing.

Substitute fruit in for desserts if you have an overactive sweet tooth (like me).

Limit your fast foods & fried foods to once a week. Have one cheat meal or a treat on a cheat day, don’t binge cheat all day.

Keep healthy snacks in the house. If you don’t have them you will be tempted to eat anything.

Remember how you felt after Thanksgiving dinner? You stuffed yourself and went to sleep didn't you? It doesn't have to be that way. Enjoy your food for the holidays, but don't go crazy. Don't eat to fast and when you are full STOP. You can always wrap your food up and eat the rest later. 


Flu Facts

Monday, November 28, 2016

What is it?

Influenza (Flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs.

-All information from the CDC.

Fever/chills, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and extreme fatigue

Prevention & Treatment

Since the strain of flu is ever changing it is best to get a seasonal flu shot and simple actions like avoiding sick people and frequent hand washing to slow the spread.

The flu is treated with influenza antiviral drugs. Taking steps to prevent contracting the virus is the best because people can and do die each year from the flu. Please take the necessary steps to protect yourself.

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