Personal Wellness Blog Posts

Does Caffeine Endanger Your Health?

Does Caffeine Endanger Your Health?

Posted by Emmet Pierce on May 20, 2016 in Personal Wellness

From coffee shops to supermarket shelves and vending machines, caffeinated drinks are everywhere. For millions of people, a cup of coffee is the first nourishment they receive each day. Drinking coffee can make a person feel more alert or better able to concentrate, and athletes often look to caffeine to give them a burst of energy and perhaps even a competitive edge. According to a report by Brown University, caffeine is consumed by up to 90 percent of the world's population, mainly through drinks.... Read More ...

5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Gym Membership

5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Gym Membership

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on April 29, 2016 in Personal Wellness

Millions of Americans have gym memberships, but with busy schedules it is easy to skip the gym- or not take full advantage of everything you are paying for. According to CNBC, the average gym membership costs $40-$50 per month. If you are paying $600 per year for a gym, do everything you can to make the most out of your membership and get your money's worth.... Read More ...

5 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling

5 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Posted by Andrea Emerson on April 15, 2016 in Personal Wellness

You've finally made it. Months of saving your vacation days, picking out the right swimwear and meticulously planning your trip have finally paid off. You're almost there. But as excited as you are to embark on a new adventure, a small voice in the back of your head is yakking on about all the calories you're about to eat, the risks and temptations of your destination city, and how hard that first workout will be when you return. Fear not. Though your vacation should be a time to let loose, you don't have to choose between being healthy and having fun. In fact, here are five simple ways to stay healthy that can actually help you get more out of your vacation.... Read More ...

11 Tips to Stay Healthy While Unemployed

11 Tips to Stay Healthy While Unemployed

Posted by Lauren McNitt on April 8, 2016 in Personal Wellness

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is challenging and it is often even more difficult when you are unemployed. A gym membership may be off the table, and making the McDonald's dollar menu part of your daily routine can be very tempting. So how do you keep working out, eating well, and attending to your mental health with a waning bank account balance and no job?... Read More ...

10 Health Myths—Debunked!

10 Health Myths—Debunked!

Posted by Cheryl Alkon on April 1, 2016 in Personal Wellness

Some health myths continue to thrive, despite research showing they just aren't true. Here, the truth behind the tall tales: Myth #1: Diet soda supports weight loss Truth: Diet soda is surprisingly bad for you. In a 2015 study of older adults published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the more diet soda people drank, the wider around the waist they were. According to Time magazine, more belly fat can lead to inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.... Read More ...

6 Tips for Boosting Personal Wellness without Breaking a Sweat

6 Tips for Boosting Personal Wellness without Breaking a Sweat

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on March 25, 2016 in Personal Wellness

When people think of getting healthy, one of the first ideas that comes to mind is joining the gym or getting more exercise. While these are important steps in maintaining your physical health, there is much more to wellness than just exercise. Following these tips will help you live a healthier life- even when you can't find time to head to the gym.... Read More ...

5 Ways to Love Your Job

5 Ways to Love Your Job

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on March 18, 2016 in Personal Wellness

Most full-time jobs require 40 hours per week, or about 2,000 hours per year. That is the equivalent of just over 83 full 24-hour days per year spent at work. If you are going to spend that much time somewhere, you shouldn't just try to find a job to get by- you should find a job you love. Not only will these five tips help you find a job you love, but they might even help you enjoy your existing job a little bit more.... Read More ...

Should You Take a Genetic Test to Learn More About Your Health?

Should You Take a Genetic Test to Learn More About Your Health?

Posted by John Egan on March 11, 2016 in Personal Wellness

Genetic testing has opened a window to some of the most intricate aspects of our health. Today, through testing available at medical offices or even at home, we can get a close-up look at our genes, which the National Human Genome Research Institute describes as the DNA instructions you inherit from your mother and your father. This peek at our genes offers an array of medical insights, assisting medical professionals in diagnosing disease, determining the severity of a disease or pinpointing the likelihood of developing a disease.... Read More ...

3 Ways to Find Out If Your Drinking Water is Safe

3 Ways to Find Out If Your Drinking Water is Safe

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on March 4, 2016 in Personal Wellness

With recent scares about water safety in Flint, Michigan, people around the United States want to make sure their drinking water is safe, both in their own homes and abroad. Water contamination can be an issue anywhere in the world, and knowing the signs to look out for and how to test for water safety can save you from serious illnesses and carcinogens.... Read More ...

How to Build a Personal Wellness Program Specific to YOU!

How to Build a Personal Wellness Program Specific to YOU!

Posted by Andrea Emerson on February 26, 2016 in Personal Wellness

Raise your hand if you want to improve your health, but don't know where to start or how to stick with it long enough to see real, sustainable results. Is that you? We hear ya. Listen, improving your health is a great goal, and we've all heard stories of people who underwent amazing health transformations. And yet, the approach that worked for the gal or guy down the street (or in that magazine article you read) won't necessarily work for you.... Read More ...

Here's Why You Should Be Nuts About Almonds

Here's Why You Should Be Nuts About Almonds

Posted by John Egan on February 19, 2016 in Personal Wellness

Step aside, peanuts and walnuts. Almonds now are the most popular nut in the U.S. Why? Because the health benefits of adding almonds to our diets are nuts. For example, a new study from the University of Florida found that an almond-rich diet is healthier than an almond-less diet. A 1-ounce serving of almonds — about 23 nuts — provides 164 calories and, according to the Institute of Food Technologists, is packed with protein, fiber, unsaturated fats, vitamins and minerals.... Read More ...

Drinking Alcohol: How Much is Too Much?

Drinking Alcohol: How Much is Too Much?

Posted by Emmet Pierce on February 12, 2016 in Personal Wellness

Enjoying a glass of wine, beer, or distilled liquor can be harmless for adults who monitor their intake, but drinking in excess can lead to a variety of physical and mental health problems. Because alcohol is a drug, it's important to moderate your consumption so you don't develop a dependency that leads to illness. If you become dependent on alcohol to relax or cope with daily stress, drinking less can become difficult.... Read More ...

Coffee Brews Numerous Health Benefits

Coffee Brews Numerous Health Benefits

Posted by John Egan on February 5, 2016 in Personal Wellness

Every day, it seems, another new study touts the health virtues of coffee. For instance, a recent study in the American Journal of Epidemiology reports that coffee consumption can reduce the risk of death by decreasing inflammation, improving lung function, decreasing sensitivity to insulin and fighting depression. Meanwhile, a recent study in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation shows that among nonsmokers, drinking one to five cups of coffee a day is linked to a lower risk of death from type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, and neurological diseases.... Read More ...

How to Avoid the Flu This Season

How to Avoid the Flu This Season

Posted by Cheryl Alkon on January 29, 2016 in Personal Wellness

While January is a time for new beginnings, it's also right in the middle of flu season, which peaks from December to February. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu vaccines are usually first available in October, and flu season can continue right through the warmer months in May. If you haven't already gotten a flu shot, but you would like to, it's not too late. You can typically get one at your doctor's office, your local health department, urgent care clinics, and possibly at your school, college, or workplace.... Read More ...

20 Non-Health-Related Resolutions

20 Non-Health-Related Resolutions

Posted by Lauren McNitt on January 22, 2016 in Personal Wellness

Have you already broken those New Year resolutions? Or do you find you're always making health-related goals, and need some new ideas for good New Year's resolutions for 2016? Here are 20 non-health related New Year's goals that can help you have a better year.... Read More ...

Why Soda is So Bad for Your Health- and How You Can Kick Your Habit for Good

Why Soda is So Bad for Your Health- and How You Can Kick Your Habit for Good

Posted by Brianna Weidman on January 15, 2016 in Personal Wellness

Did you know that just one can of regular soda is over 100% of your recommended daily intake of sugar? By now, you’re probably aware of the growing pile of research disparaging your soda habit- after all, most of us know that the frequent consumption of soda has been linked to weight gain and high blood pressure. But the sweet, refreshing taste of soda (and the sugar rush it provides) can be hard to give up. Read on to discover just how these sugary beverages affect your body in the long run- and how you can kick your habit for good.... Read More ...

Doing It Right: Choosing an Exercise Plan That's Right for You

Doing It Right: Choosing an Exercise Plan That's Right for You

Posted by Emmet Pierce on January 8, 2016 in Personal Wellness

You can save money on health care by improving your level of physical fitness—but choosing the wrong exercise program can lead to injuries and illness.... Read More ...

5 Tips to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick

5 Tips to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick

Posted by Cheryl Alkon on January 1, 2016 in Personal Wellness

As the champagne fizzles out and the confetti is swept away, we welcome the new year as a fresh start. It's prime time for many of us to make New Year's resolutions to try to become better versions of ourselves.... Read More ...

7 Healthy New Year's Resolutions to Kick Off 2016

7 Healthy New Year's Resolutions to Kick Off 2016

Posted by Ashley Norman on December 30, 2015 in Personal Wellness

Are you ready for a happier, healthier version of yourself? Well it’s the time of year again to begin setting New Year resolutions. People often set resolutions on Jan. 1 and get excited, but lose their motivation and give up before the end of the year.... Read More ...

4 Lifestyle Hacks to Save Money on Healthcare

4 Lifestyle Hacks to Save Money on Healthcare

Posted by Emmet Pierce on November 23, 2015 in Personal Wellness

If feeling good isn't enough motivation for you to adopt a healthy lifestyle, consider the fact that taking care of yourself can greatly reduce your health care costs. Trips to the doctor, medical tests, and other treatment will cost you money in the form of insurance co-payments and policy deductibles.... Read More ...

Five Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer

Five Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 22, 2015 in Personal Wellness

During the hot summer months you need to stay cool, especially if you’re going to spend any significant time outdoors. You will face the hot weather at some point, even if you plan to spend the majority of your time indoors with air conditioning. Here are five ways to stay cool in the summer.... Read More ...

Rainy Day Activities in November

Rainy Day Activities in November

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on November 2, 2014 in Personal Wellness

November rain is a time of the year that’s hard to look forward to. The bright, flavorful leaves of Fall disappear. It can get dark, gloomy, or snowy if you are a lucky Northerner. Although rain may keep many inside during the month of November, there are many rainy day activities you can propose to your friends and family to keep you sane and entertained. ... Read More ...

Sugar and Health Facts | Sweet Tooth Infographic Part 3

Sugar and Health Facts | Sweet Tooth Infographic Part 3

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on July 29, 2014 in Personal Wellness

Halloween ranks as the No. 1 biggest candy selling day, ahead of Christmas and Easter. The aftermath of all that candy consumption could require more than a toothbrush and paste. How about a visit to the dentist, worldwide medical insurance with optional dental coverage, and, the next time around, plenty of willpower to control your sweet tooth and resist those wrapped packages of temptation?... Read More ...

Sweet Tooth Dental Infographic

Sweet Tooth Dental Infographic

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on July 27, 2014 in Personal Wellness

Did you know that Christmas is the leading candy sale holiday shortly followed after Halloween? Or that those precious chocolates you got from your loved one on Valentine’s Day will most likely find its way into the trash while all that candy from Halloween will be eaten? Were you aware that one ounce of jelly beans has more than one hundred calories? Make sure to check this sweet tooth dental infographic for more candy facts, and get your worldwide medical insurance with dental coverage to help avoid dental issues from eating too much candy during the holidays.... Read More ...

Sugar and Health Facts | Sweet Tooth Infographic Part 2

Sugar and Health Facts | Sweet Tooth Infographic Part 2

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on June 29, 2014 in Personal Wellness

Different types of sweets — candies, cakes and cookies — can trace their origins to places as diverse as Egypt, Russia, China, England and America. Of course, a strong sweet tooth has its health consequences … including the potential for periodontal disease and cavities. A combination of proper dental hygiene, a good dentist, and perhaps some international health insurance with optional dental coverage can help expats ward off the damage, no matter where in the world they go for sugary treats.... Read More ...

Five Ways to Love Your Job

Five Ways to Love Your Job

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 27, 2014 in Personal Wellness

Do you dread going to work each morning? Or, are you excited to face the challenges that a new day at the office brings? There is something very fulfilling about being able to honestly say that you love your job. In order to reach this often sought, yet rarely obtained sense of nirvana, implement the following tips: ... Read More ...

Sugar and Health Facts | Sweet Tooth Infographic Part 1

Sugar and Health Facts | Sweet Tooth Infographic Part 1

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 27, 2014 in Personal Wellness

Different types of sweets — candies, cakes and cookies — can trace their origins to places as diverse as Egypt, Russia, China, England and America. Of course, a strong sweet tooth has its health consequences … including the potential for periodontal disease and cavities. A combination of proper dental hygiene, a good dentist, and perhaps some international health insurance with optional dental coverage can help expats ward off the damage, no matter where in the world they go for sugary treats.... Read More ...