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For new parents, that first car ride with a new baby is nothing short of terrifying. A million questions plague you, no matter how short the trip. Am I driving too fast? Is the sun in his eyes? Should I turn the AC down? So what’s a caregiver to do? For starters, turn to an expert, not Google, for questions about getting kids from point A to point B safely.
You’ve likely got the — ahem — basics down, but there’s more to consider when you’re planning to get pregnant than sex or some other form of insemination. Taking care of yourself before a baby enters the picture — or what doctors call preconception health — tops the list.
High school graduates and hopeful travelers aren’t the only ones putting time, thought and money toward gap year planning. That’s according to a 2016 report from Hostelworld, which found that more than one in three “gappers” took a gap year in their thirties, and only 10 percent of gap year takers actually traveled. This points to a shifting definition of what it means to take a gap year: Now more than ever, taking that time has more to do with a need to self-reflect and reboot than to cut loose and have fun.
Research points to affordability as the top reason people don’t get the mental health care they need. But luckily, these free or low-cost resources can help. You just have to know where to look and be willing to try new things.
Whether you’re between jobs or just want some backup to fill the gaps in your regular insurance policy, a supplemental insurance plan can help you save money and get better coverage — but where do you even start to find the one that’s right for you? The truth is, it can be a little confusing to shop for the perfect plan if you don’t know what to expect going in. So let’s break it down, bit by bit, to learn the essentials of what every smart supplemental shopper should know.
Workplace wellness programs don’t have to cost an arm and a leg to get going — especially for small businesses on limited budgets. With a few adjustments and a genuine desire to help employees get healthier, anyone can ready their workplace for a wellness program. Here’s what you’ll need.
By 2026, the number of American cancer survivors will reach more than 20 million, with more than 3.5 million of them breast cancer patients. To accommodate them, the implementation of survivorship care is only half of the puzzle.
If you have kids, you probably know that child care tends to fall through at the most inconvenient moments. This creates a stressful problem, and a costly one, too. According to the 2017 Child Care Aware of America Report, nearly half of working parents miss on average more than eight days of work a year because of breakdowns in child care. And for employers, that absenteeism gets expensive, to the tune of about $4.4 billion a year.
If you have the option of buying a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), should you take it? Nearly 4 in 10 Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 do, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But there are trade-offs.
Tech-enabled health apps can help employees increase their physical activity, improve their eating habits, mind their mental health and so much more — which can in turn improve workplace productivity and inform future benefits packages. But which health and fitness apps should you encourage employees to use?
With a better office setup, workers enjoy improved comfort, motivation and well-being, according to the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors. And you might imagine how that impacts employers too: fewer absences, a more productive workforce and happier employees overall. By following a few ergonomics in the workplace tips, any office — big or small — can make that happen, including yours.
A heart failure diagnosis can be a life-changing event, often leading to a long road that — in the best-case scenario for those with advanced stages of the disease — ends with a donor heart. But what happens to heart failure patients in dire need of a new heart who spend potentially years on the transplant list?
You might just think of your spine as the stack of bones that keeps you upright or hurts when you slump, but that doesn’t even scratch the surface of everything that the spinal column does for the human body.
It used to be that people didn’t talk about the goings-on of their guts. Maladies like diarrhea, stomach cramps and rectal bleeding were stigmatized and kept hush-hush — but these are symptoms of Crohn’s disease, so hiding them in many cases unfortunately concealed a very real, very common problem.