January 15, 2015

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You are what you eat … or drink … or juice

‘How veggie and fruit smoothies — and other nutritious choices — powered my health turnaround’ Have you ever heard the saying “Your body is your temple”? I believe my minister said this many times. About four years ago, I took the idea to heart – literally. My triglycerides and cholesterol levels were on the rise [...]

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January 9, 2015

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The “no-car-for-one-year” experiment meets winter

UCare staffer Dan Sarles tells how he’s holding up since his summertime car-for-bike swap. Spoiler alert: “It’s a pretty great trade.” About every five years or so, Minnesota is treated to a particularly punctual and fierce winter. During these winters, there will be snow on the ground on or before Thanksgiving (U of M Climate [...]

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December 23, 2014

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Chemicals in baby products – what’s a parent to do?

A Minnesota public health expert provides simple tips to help protect children Every parent of a newborn wants to protect their baby from harm. So parents and parents-to-be learn about safety gates, outlet protectors, choking hazards, car seat safety and safe sleep positions. But parents might not be as aware of potential risks from small [...]

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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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