Barely through recovery mode after the torrential September 2013 rains, a group of dedicated Volunteers in Lyons began organizing a 9Health Fair that would serve almost 400 people. In the fall, roads to get to Lyons barely resembled their former selves. Residents were without primary amenities such as water, electricity, and sewage. Some people were […]
·Short ingredient list: the shorter the list, the less processed the food is.
·Fiber content: A good source of fiber will provide 2.5-5.0 grams of fiber per serving.
·Very little added sugar: Cereals with no more than 1-1.5 teaspoons (4-6 grams) of sugar per serving are best. Watch out for hidden sugar in the ingredient list including honey, molasses, fruit juice concentrate, brown sugar, corn sweetener, sucrose, lactose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, and malt syrup.
Too much added sugar is a large contributor to child and adult obesity and diabetes. 9Health Fair monitors trends in these areas closely and provides adult participants with helpful screenings such as glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides. Starting up again this fall, 9Health Fair will offer these screenings at various Denver area locations. Bring your family and learn and own your health together.
The next time you are in the cereal aisle, don’t despair. EWG reports Cheerios, Sesame Street’s C is for Cereal, regular and gluten free Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, and Crispix all containing 1 teaspoon or less of added sugar. Enjoy breakfast cereal with a little less guilt!
Breakfast is still an important start to anyone’s day. But can you guess what breakfast food might not be as healthy as you think? If you guessed breakfast cereal you are correct (and more informed than the average parent.) Shockingly, it’s the fifth highest source of added sugar in children’s diets. Heading off to school […]
·Camping removes everyone from their screens and places them in the largest gym there is! Activities such as canoeing and rock climbing will make your family “feel the burn” but have fun while doing it! Whether you are staying the trailor just setting up your campground, you can burn at least 165 calories per hour and improve your overall health.
Grow in the Outdoors
·Engaging your child in camping activities will increase self-esteem and add self- worth. Try assigning your child meaningful tasks such as gathering firewood, steering the group the right way with a compass, or putting them in charge of ensuring your family leaves no trace.
·After a day of hiking, swimming, or playing, gather everyone for a healthy family dinner. Provide a serving of lean protein by throwing chicken or fresh fish over the fire or portable stove. Pack vegetables, trail mix, and low-sugar granola to keep your family full of energy. Be sure to look over Smokey Bear’s camping safety guideand take the pledge as a family before your trip to prevent wildfires.
Nature is Affordable
·You will quickly find that preparing your next camping trip can be affordable. Echo Lake Campground in central Colorado for instance is only $17 per day/night. Save money by purchasing used camping equipment; especially if you are new to camping. Craigslist, thrift stores, and yard sales can provide larger items such as a tent and camping stove. After the one time purchase of gear, only campground fees, gas, food, and ice are left. A weekend family getaway should cost less than $150.
(This guest post is authored by Bernard Taylor of Get Outdoors Colorado)From setting up a tent and gathering firewood to hiking and exploring, camping has numerous health benefits for the entire family. Get Outdoors Colorado teamed up with friends at The Coleman Company and the US Forest Service to bring the Denver community family-friendly and efficient camping […]
In the evening’s fresh air, duck and dodge your way out of being a sedentary lifestyle statistic in Denver’s Immersive Street Arcade, “OhHeckYeah!” Immediately brush away thoughts that this is your typical gaming experience of being huddled in your home in front of a small computer screen for hours. These larger than life game innovations […]
·Refine your goals: make sure it is realistic in the time remaining in the year. It takes your brain time to literally rewire itself for healthier habits.
·Put your goals out there: say them loud and proud. Write them down and keep them visual in your everyday places.
·Develop an Action Plan: start at the end and backtrack to identify attainable milestones along the way. Enter your action plan into your calendar to monitor your progress and look for when and how to reward yourself.
·Try, Try Again: You cannot succeed without failures. Be prepared for some set-backs and take them for what they are. Pick yourself up and remember you can do this.
·Get a Buddy: Check in with someone you are close to. They can help you stay motivated and celebrate with you when you reach milestones along the way!
Read more from the Checking in on Your New Year’s Resolutions article HERE.
How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Even if you have not accomplished everything you would have wanted by this point, there is still time to make a difference before the end of the year. Use your 9Health Fair results to reevaluate and modify your goals. A simple way to get started on […]
1.Choosing a Doctor. Many insurance companies offer a search service on their websites for finding a provider or a facility that is “in network” (in most cases, meaning your costs will be less). You can also contact the customer service telephone number located on the back of your insurance card to find out how to choose a provider.
2.Prescriptions. Review your policy to see how your plan covers prescription drugs. Typically, insurance companies offer a detailed list (called a formulary) showing the types of drugs covered and how payments are categorized. Find out what types of drugs are covered and what you are required to pay. Remember, some medications may cost more than others and some may not be covered at all. Also, many insurance companies offer mail-in prescriptions at which you can receive 90-day supplies of many drugs for less than at a regular pharmacy.
3.Telephone Help. Many insurance companies now offer a dedicated telephone line (“nurse line,” “advice line,” “health line” or similar), allowing you to get medical advice on for a variety of issues. These can help you decide whether or not you need to see a doctor or seek emergency care. Look to your insurance carrier’s website or your insurance ID card for a health advice telephone number.
4.Emergency Care. Make sure you know which facilities are covered by your plan for after-hours and emergency care. Some facilities may not be included in your provider network. Especially if you have children, it’s helpful to know the nearest after-hours urgent care facilities that participate in your insurance.
5.Billing and Payments. Understand how you will pay, when you will pay and how you will be billed. Do you have a co-payment, coinsurance, and/or a deductible? With some plans you may be expected to make a partial payment at the time of service, with others you will be sent a bill after the service. If you don’t understand the amounts you are asked to pay, ask questions. Billing and payment mistakes happen in all areas of life, including healthcare.
6.Keep Good Records. After your visit to health care provider, you will receive an Explanation of Benefits (EOB), or a similar document, that communicates what portion of the provider fees you will be responsible to pay. Typically, this is not a bill, but a summary. Pay attention to these documents and the amounts shown. If something doesn’t look right, ask questions.
If you have questions about health insurance, the Colorado Division of Insurance can help you understand your options. If you have a problem or feel you’ve been treated unfairly, go to our website at www.dora.colorado.gov/healthinsurance or call us at 303-894-7490 or 1-800-930-3745 outside the metro area.
(This guest post is authored by the Department of Regulatory Agencies – Division of Insurance) Health insurance can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. With some advance planning and information gathering, Coloradoconsumers can be better prepared to use their health insurance. As many Coloradans are newly enrolled in health insurance, the Colorado Division […]
(This guest post is authored by Tim Rodgers, MD, of IPC/Senior Care of Colorado) There’s no mistaking it: every day, technology is changing healthcare in ways that we probably never imagined. We’ve seen some astounding technological advances which have dramatically improved safety and patient outcomes. When medical interventions are required today, they are generally safer […]
Food Addicts (FA) members are men and women of all ages. Some have been obese; others have been severely underweight, bulimic, or so obsessed with food or weight that normal life was difficult or impossible. The common denominator uniting members of FA is addiction and a relationship with food that parallels an alcoholic’s relationship with alcohol. […]