There are a number of compelling reasons to get off the couch and get into shape. It will help you look and feel great, your clothes will fit you better and it reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease and bone loss. But there is another, often overlooked, benefit. Becoming physically fit can actually save you money. How much money? Well, it varies by the individual, but it is safe to say that you can potentially save enough money to fully cover your gym membership fees and then some! Listed below are four ways that becoming physically fit can fatten up your wallet while slimming down your waistline.Continue Reading
There is no denying that it is difficult being a single parent. Though it can be highly rewarding, juggling work, child-rearing, bill-paying and other responsibilities can sometimes be overwhelming. If you are in such a position, know that you are far from alone. A recent report by the U.S. Census shows that as of 2008, single-parent households made up 29.5 percent of all American households with children. The numbers have undoubtedly risen since then.Continue Reading
Commercial pet food companies are not out to get our cats and other pets, but for them it’s really all about their market-share and bottom line. For pet owners like you and me the bottom line is all about the health, wellness and quality of life we can provide the cats we love. To provide healthy, nutritious and safe foods for our feline companions we have to be proactive consumers willing to learn about the cat products we buy.Continue Reading
These days many of us strive to be health-conscious food shoppers because we want our family meals to be healthy and nutritious as well as great tasting. As we push our carts along the food aisles we stop to read the bag, box and can labels in our effort to avoid the bad stuff like high levels of salt, fat, calories, and cholesterol. Sadly though, we aren't as label conscious about the food we buy for the cats we love.Continue Reading
If your pet becomes unwell, where do you turn for help? As a veterinarian, I understand the need to seek professional advice, but do you? Treating an animal can end in disaster if you don't know what you are doing. In the 19th century veterinary medicine was practically nonexistent and yet owners wanted to help their sick pets. So where did they turn for help?Continue Reading
Planning a wedding is a time-consuming yet amazing adventure. Some spend the better part of a year (or more!) preparing and planning for their big day and the subsequent honeymoon. As the wedding day inches closer on the calendar, couples are inundated with tasks concerning the guest list, table settings, floral arrangements, and even a Plan B in the event of a last-minute venue change or uncooperative weather. But once the dust settles after the whirlwind of a wedding and honeymoon, newlyweds sometimes find settling into the everyday routine of married life overwhelming. Once the wedding is done, it is time to embark on new tasks, including making big decisions on financial matters. To help prepare for life after the wedding and anticipate important post-wedding to-dos, consider the following.Continue Reading
Your engagement period is filled with fun wedding planning activities. Picking out a dress, and reception location and planning the menu are just a few decisions involved in creating a memorable wedding celebration. Even so, once the wedding is over and you're back from the honeymoon, you and your spouse may be ready to take a break from planning. But your first year as a married couple will entail still more planning, particularly if you're thinking about purchasing a home or starting a family. Here are a few tips on planning your future together, after the wedding.Continue Reading
After the whirlwind of a wedding and honeymoon, couples face a number of tasks to complete and decisions to make. From determining how finances are divided up to who tackles certain household chores, there is a lot for newlyweds to iron out after getting hitched.Continue Reading
What was supposed to be a joyous occasion became anything but that. A performance of Hercules was kicking off our four day Disney cruise to the Bahamas when all of a sudden our hearts sank. A family getaway years in the making, and our trip was being cut short only two hours out to sea.Continue Reading
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, receives a lot of attention in relation to how it affects individual taxpayers. This law requires most Americans to obtain health care coverage, either through employment or through a private or network plan. While the focus is on the individual, there are other entities affected as well. How does Obamacare affect doctors? This new US law affects a variety of people and businesses and in several ways. Consumers are asking questions about whether they can keep their current doctors. Some doctors wonder what this means to their patient load, income, and overall general practice health. It's important to break down the various ways the law affects doctors and patients alike.Continue Reading
When news of passage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, hit, many older Americans wondered about their benefits. So, how does Obamacare affect Medicare recipients? The new law requires that Americans maintain health insurance, whether through private plans, networked plans, or employer-sponsored plans. While rumors of what Obamacare would mean to seniors continued to make seniors worry about their benefits, now that the plan is in place we have a better understanding of what it means to seniors and other Medicare recipients.Continue Reading
Many people simply want to know: How does the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, affect me personally? The new health care system is likely to affect most Americans, but in different ways. It's important to note that if you have employer-sponsored health care, you may or may not see changes to your health care coverage, based on costs and coverage options. In some cases, your employer may make changes to policies to meet the Affordable Care Act guidelines. The ACA affects people differently, depending on their age and circumstances.Continue Reading
Living a healthy life can be a complicated goal to achieve. There are many different facets of healthy living to tackle, from weight management to mental health. You can find an overwhelming amount of information on the internet, self-help guides, gyms, schools, and doctor's offices, but what tips do they all have in common? We've compiled a list of the ten tips to living a healthy lifestyle that are widely accepted by many sources as "easy wins" for any person. 1. Exercise - The benefits of exercise reach far beyond the physical. Research shows that getting at least 20 minutes of exercise a day can help your mental well-being, your stress levels, and even lengthen your life. Unfortunately, less than 21% of adults get the recommended amount of exercise. Even low-impact exercise, such as walking or dancing can be beneficial.Continue Reading
Maintaining your cardiovascular fitness is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your health, longevity and overall mood. Exercise has been proven to alleviate symptoms of depression and can even help curb an excessive appetite. Weight training and yoga are great for your body, but you need to include cardiovascular workouts into your exercise routine to keep your heart healthy. To get the most out of your cardiovascular workout, determine your target heart rate. Once you have elevated your heart rate to your target level, you will want to be sure to keep it at that level for a minimum of 10 minutes.Continue Reading
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