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Children’s insurance, other health programs funded—for now—in bill

<strong>Children’s insurance, other health programs funded—for now—in bill</strong>
Metro Service ■ By Julie Rovner / Contributed The bill passed by Congress this month to keep most of the federal government funded for another month also provided a temporary reprieve to a number of health programs in danger of running out of money, most notably the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. Funding for CHIP technically expired Oct. 1. States have been operating their programs with leftover funds provided by the Department of Health and Human Services since then. But nearly half of the states were projected to run out of money entirely by the end of January, putting health coverage for nearly 2 million children at risk by that (more…)
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How to find time to exercise

<strong>How to find time to exercise</strong>
Metro ServiceUse these strategies to ease the challenge and fit exercise into your schedule. ■ Metro Service A new year marks a great time to embrace change. Many people do just that by making resolutions designed to improve their lives in the year and years ahead. Resolutions regarding personal health are annually among the most popular changes people hope to make at the dawn of a new year. In fact, a quick scan of annual lists citing the most popular resolutions found that pledges to eat healthier and exercise more can be found at or near the top of such lists. Though such lists might not have been compiled using the (more…)
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Make cooking at home a larger part of daily routines

<strong>Make cooking at home a larger part of daily routines</strong>
Metro ServiceCooking more meals at home allows you to have more control over your diet and encourage family time. ■ Metro Service Dining out can be a special treat after a busy week, a way to celebrate special occasions or a means to socialize with friends. Dining out every so often can be part of a healthy lifestyle, but individuals who want to exercise the utmost control over their diets may find eating at home makes it easier to do so. According to a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, many Americans dine out at least once per week. Restaurants Canada says spending on dining out has grown to around $72 billion (more…)
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How to finance long-term care needs

<strong>How to finance long-term care needs<strong>
Metro ServiceWith the costs of long term care on the rise, it is important for individuals to consider various avenues for financing. ■ Metro Service Failing to plan for long-term care expenses may leave aging men and women with little or no assets late in life. AARP says that the cost of long-term care continues to rise and the array of options can make it difficult for families to find the best, most affordable care. The median monthly costs for a semi-private room in a U.S. nursing facility hovered around $6,800 in 2016, according to The Genworth Cost of Care Survey. That adds up to roughly $82,000 per year. Individuals who (more…)
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Regain hope and strength while caregiving

<strong>Regain hope and strength while caregiving</strong>
Photo: Metro ServiceThere are steps caregivers can take to recognize symptoms of stress. ■ Metro service Caregivers are unpaid individuals, typically a spouse, child, neighbor, or friend, who assist with activities of daily living and medical tasks. These informal caregivers often fill in gaps between medical professionals or paid aides to meet the needs of incapacitated individuals. The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP indicate that approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months. Roughly 15.7 million adult family caregivers in the United States care for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, states the Alzheimer’s Association. Though (more…)
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The health benefits of avocados

<strong>The health benefits of avocados</strong>
Photo: Metro ServiceAvocados are loaded with vitamins, can benefit your vision and promote healthier bones. ■ Metro service Food trends come and go. But one such trend that has seemingly enjoyed more staying power than other flavors of the month is avocado toast, a popular dish that might trace some of that admiration to how easy it is to prepare. The popularity of avocado toast has exploded in recent years, but it has actually been around for decades. Many trace the origins of avocado toast to Australia, though it’s hard for food historians to say with utmost certainty where the dish was first served. Avocado toast might be as healthy as (more…)
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Hispanic health concerns

<strong>Hispanic health concerns</strong>
Photo by Metro ServiceTo remain healthy, Hispanics should work with doctors to identify illnesses that affect them at higher rates than other ethnicities. ■ Metro service Health concerns affect people from all walks of life, and people who identify as Hispanic or Latino are no exception. Understanding the issues they might be predisposed to can help Hispanics improve their overall health and continue living happy, healthy lives. Certain diseases and chronic conditions affect Hispanics in higher proportions than others. According to data from the National Health Interview Survey conducted by Pleis and Lethbridge-Cejku, Hispanics have a higher prevalence of diabetes than non-Hispanic whites. Also, the rate of overweight and obesity among (more…)
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Easy ways to reduce your risk of getting sick while traveling

<strong>Easy ways to reduce your risk of getting sick while traveling</strong>
Photo by Metro ServiceStaying hydrated, exercising and getting sufficient sleep are some of the things you can do to reduce your risk of getting sick while traveling. ■ Metro service Travel and tourism is big business. According to research from the World Travel & Tourism Council in conjunction with Oxford Economics, the travel and tourism industry outpaced the global economy for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. With so many people traveling for business or pleasure, it can be easy for illness to spread. Travelers concerned about their vulnerability to colds or other ailments may be unable to avoid cramped airline cabins or crowded restaurants, but there are ways for both (more…)
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Healthy cooking techniques

<strong>Healthy cooking techniques</strong>
Photo by Metro ServiceChoosing the right foods and preparation methods play a large part in healthy eating. ■ Metro service A large part of healthy eating involves choosing the right foods. In addition to choosing the right foods, health-conscious individuals must choose the right methods to prepare those foods in order to maximize their nutritional value. Cooking methods such as frying can make for delicious meals, but such meals may not be so healthy. For example, each tablespoon of oil used when frying can add more than 100 calories to a meal. When counting calories, men and women should recognize that the way they prepare foods can affect the overall calorie (more…)
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Beware of mesothelioma risks in your home

<strong>Beware of mesothelioma risks in your home</strong>
Asbestos – a legal carcinogen – kills 265 Californians annually Creative CommonsAsbestos is present in floor and ceiling tiles, insulation and many other construction products. About 68 asbestos-related deaths occur in Riverside County each year. Many people unwittingly expose themselves to asbestos during DIY projects. ■ By Rachel Lynch / Contributed Asbestos is a carcinogen legal to use in the United States. This toxin is the only known cause of mesothelioma – a rare form of cancer. Every year 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with this disease. The state of California has the highest rate of mesothelioma in the entire country – 2,647 Californians died of mesothelioma from 2001 to 2010 – (more…)