December 15, 2014

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This biggest loser’s secrets? Group workouts, no processed food.

Last spring, UCare’s Ryan Hoffman grudgingly joined his wife in a group fitness challenge. Today, the challenge winner is 50 pounds lighter and a lot happier. But where’s that prize money, come to think of it? Last spring my wife, Lindsay (a.k.a. The Source of All Good Decisions in My Life), asked me to sign [...]

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December 3, 2014

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Reviewing “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

A UCare leader gives her take on the 2010 best-selling book, which tells how an impoverished black mother’s cells were taken without her permission in 1951. The specimens led to revolutionary medical advances and a multimillion-dollar industry. Decades later, her surviving family couldn’t even afford health insurance. I recently read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta [...]

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November 17, 2014

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‘Though I’m now retired, sometimes I still ask myself what I want to be when I grow up’

UCare for Seniors member and career/life coach: It’s OK if you’re still searching for passion and meaning as a senior This morning my horoscope (yes, I’m addicted to reading it each morning!) said: “It’s a gift to know what you want to do with your life. But if you don’t know, that’s kind of a [...]

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November 6, 2014

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‘Why I’m a fan of meditation’

UCare member Corey Franks tells how meditation helps him relax As a child, I had some experiences with my siblings that seemed somewhat odd to me at the time. It turned out later in life the occurrences were more than beneficial. Little did I know early on I would end up living with chronic pain [...]

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October 31, 2014

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‘Though skeptical, I tried fitness classes as a way to stay active during Minnesota winters’

UCare for Seniors member raves about rewards of working out with others In 2012, my husband and I directed two college study-abroad programs. Living in pedestrian-friendly cities without a car for nine months and trying to keep pace with active 20-year-olds resulted in physical and mental benefits for both of us. In contrast, we returned [...]

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October 23, 2014

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Stumped by “out-of-pocket maximum”? Remember, only people, kangaroos, and hobbits have pockets.

Term denotes the most you (not your health insurance company) would have to pay per year for covered care I remember as a young adult being confused by the health insurance term “out-of-pocket maximum” or “out-of-pocket limit.” Whose maximum payment amount, I thought – mine or the health insurance company’s? After all, businesses so often [...]

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October 3, 2014

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‘Flu shot or not? That was my question.’

‘Until this year, my answer has always been an emphatic “No!” ’ I have worked for many years in health and human services industries – in group homes, nursing homes, hospitals, government agencies, and now a health insurance company. I also have raised a very healthy daughter. I did all this while turning down the [...]

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September 23, 2014

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‘For me, the upcoming NAMIWalks embody support, kinship’

A UCare policy specialist tells how her mother’s depression spurred her interest in a career in mental health Editor’s Note: Every September, the Minnesota arm of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) hosts 5K fundraiser walks that work to raise awareness of mental illness. UCare has been a steady sponsor of NAMIWalks since their [...]

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September 11, 2014

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Are you a UCare member? Would you like to share your story?

We at UCare invite members to tell us their own stories related to health and wellness. To participate, send a one-paragraph summary about your experience or perspective to mparsons@ucare.org. Personal accounts that inspire, challenge, or put things in a different light are especially welcome!

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September 4, 2014

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A year without a car in Minnesota?

I traded my old car for a new bike in July – and pledged not to drive through our next winter Recently, a unique opportunity presented itself to me as a way to attain two goals I never thought I would achieve: Get a nice bike – something new with quality components capable of going long [...]

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