Looking To Save 25% On Veterinary Bills?

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If you are a pet owner, chances are you completely understand how expensive that bill can be after a visit to the vet. According to the APPA, Americans spent about $15.73 billion on vet care in 2015!

Here are some average costs for the following visits:
Routine veterinary exam: $20-$100
Emergency veterinary care: $0-$2,000+
Vaccinations: $60-$150

Cochrane & Porter now offers a Vet Discount Plan, which works for any visit to the vet, from routine care to major illness.

With this product, you won’t have denied claims or exclusions. It can also be used at over 5,000 participating veterinarians. It is also very simple; you just need to present your card at any participating veterinary practice and you will receive 25% off all in-house medical services.

Other important information:

  • Unlike pet insurance, the Veterinary Discount Plan does not have restrictions or paperwork
  • There is one set price for all plans
  • No co-pays
  • No deductibles
  • No claim forms
  • No age limit
  • Currently available in all US states

Click here to find a vet in your area!

Health & Fitness Tips for Busy Adults

Tired of making excuses to not work out?

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It can be difficult to maintain a busy schedule, especially working 9-5, having a family to take care of, or being in school. You want to make sure everyone has been taken care of, including yourself! Here are some tips for people who work full-time, stay-at-home full-time, or just want to change their lifestyle.

Prep your meals – this is beneficial because it really resists the urge to make a trip for food. Popular times to prep your meals for the week are Sunday or Monday evenings. You can package veggies in one container, put fruit in another, and meat/protein in another. Then, each night, you can take some from each container and you’re ready for the next day.

If you don’t have time to cook either of those nights, packing some sort of lunch and snacks for the next day is helpful. Whether it’s a quick sandwich, crackers, apples, veggies, or nuts, having healthy alternatives will keep you from making bad decisions throughout the day. It will likely make you feel less hungry and more awake.

Find ways to walk – it can especially difficult to find time to walk when you have a desk job. However, there are ways to incorporate walking throughout the day. For example, take a longer route to the office kitchen or, instead of sending someone an email, walk over to their desk and chat with them. As long it does not have a negative impact on your productivity, it works very well and can make a big difference in your overall steps for the day. Considering taking a walk during lunch, whether it’s a few laps around the building or a few blocks down the road.

Set your schedule – try thinking of working out as a scheduled meeting. You wouldn’t just skip a meeting, right? Make exercising an appointment with yourself. Over time, it will become something you really look forward to, rather than something that feels like a chore.

Plan to take a 15 minute walk right after dinner, and 15 minutes in the morning. 30 minutes of walking everyday makes a huge difference!

Hopefully these tips are helpful! While finding time to eat healthy and exercise is difficult, with the right mindset it is completely manageable. For me, what helps most is being prepared. As long as I have healthy food around me, I will not be tempted to make bad choices.

Good luck!

May is Mental Health Month!

May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health

Since 1949, Mental Health America and affiliates across the country have led the observance of May being National Mental Health Month, this year’s theme being Life with a Mental Illness. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, 1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime. Every American is impacted through their friends and family.

Common mental illnesses include: 
-ADHD
-Anxiety
-Autism
-Bipolar Disorder
-Depression
-OCD
-PTSD
-Schizophrenia

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s campaign Cures Through Research increases awareness of the importance of mental health research. Additionally, it strives to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Throughout the month of May,  the BBRF uses various social media channels to spread awareness of statistics, facts, myths and other helpful information about current brain and behavior research.

Ways to engage in this awareness campaign include:

– Liking the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Facebook page
-Following them on Twitter @bbrfoundation
-Sharing, re-tweeting, liking, or commenting on any #ResearchCures posts.
-Creating your own social media posts and using the #ResearchCures hashtag.

It’s important to keep in mind we all know someone who is affected by a brain & behavior disorder. Scientists and researches are getting closer to finding a cure every day.

Helpful links
Sign-up for research updates
Teen Mental Health

March is National Nutrition Month – 2016 Theme: ‘Savor the Flavor’

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It’s National Nutrition Month!

March is National Nutrition Month, an effort made every year by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to try and help Americans eat healthier. This year’s theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.” Each year a topic is picked to educate people on the importance of making informed nutrition choices and developing healthier habits.

The idea of this year’s theme is to emphasize you can eat flavorful foods even if you are trying to be health conscious. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages people to experiment with spices and herbs so you can still eat healthy foods while perking up the taste and flavor of your meals.

Top ten list of popular ethnic cuisines and their typical flavors:

  • Greece: olive oil, lemon, oregano
  • Mexico: chili, paprika, tomato
  • Italy: basil, garlic, marjoram, tomato
  • Hungary: paprika, onion
  • India: curry, garlic, ginger, cumin
  • West Africa: Chili, peanut, tomato
  • France: lavender, rosemary, sage, thyme, tomato
  • Middle East: lemon, olive oil, parsley
  • North Africa/Morocco: cinnamon, cumin, coriander, ginger

Lisa Cimperman, registered dietitian and Academy spokesperson says, “During National Nutrition Month and beyond, make an effort to cut back on food and beverages high in added sugar, sodium and saturated fats.”

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines recommends:

  • Consuming less than 10 percent of our daily calories each day from added sugars.
  • Consuming less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day.
  • Reducing saturated fat intake to less than 10 percent of calories each day.

If you’re one of the people looking to stay healthy this National Nutrition Month, try and continue those healthy habits this month and beyond.

February is American Heart Month

Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for both men and woman in the United States. However, heart disease is typically preventable by making healthy decisions early on in life and making sure you don’t have high blood pressure.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017. The CDC highly recommends that anyone who is aware of their high blood pressure monitor it and make it a goal to lower it in the upcoming months.

There are several ways you can protect yourself from having heart disease in the future. Some include:

  • Do not smoke or allow yourself to be exposed to second-hand smoke – this can increase the risks of heart disease as well as lung cancer and stroke.
  • Maintain a healthy blood pressure – age and heredity greatly increase the chances of having a high blood pressure. It’s helpful to measure blood pressure at your home while you are relaxed, as many people have white coat syndrome, meaning they become nervous when going to the doctors.
  • Monitor your cholesterol – high blood lipids are a large contributor to cardiovascular disease. If you have a strong family history of elevated cholesterol, it is important you watch your diet; drug therapy may also be necessary.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes per day – whether it is a run or just moving in any way, this is important. Lack of exercise is a large contributor to obesity in Americans.
  • Reduce stress – stress contributes to cardiovascular disease and if severe enough, could potentially cause a heart attack. Some simple ways to reduce stress include laughing, healthy relationships and engaging, regular exercise, among others. It is important to take responsibility for your health and make sure you understand the common risk factors for heart disease. Also, if you have diabetes, your risk dramatically increases, so it becomes even more vital you take the necessary actions to prevent this potentially deadly disease.

It is important to take responsibility for your health and make sure you understand the common risk factors for heart disease. Also, if you have diabetes, your risk dramatically increases, so it becomes even more vital you take the necessary actions to prevent this potentially deadly disease.

Other Helpful Links:

Our Free Health Discount Card – you can gain access to programs that can save you money every time you use pharmacies, vision care providers, hearing care specialists, & more!

Full list of ways to help cope with stress in your daily life: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-management.htm

25 ways to sneak in exercise throughout your day:
https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/25-ways-to-sneak-in-more-exercise-every-day/