Many middle and high schoolers believe that vaping (the use of e-cigarettes) is less harmful then smoking traditional cigarettes because they get the high from the nicotine, but not the tar and other carcinogens.
This is true to a degree, but for young people there is substantial evidence that e-cigarette use can be highly addictive and dangerous to their health.
Many of us balk at getting a flu shot each year for a number of reasons. We think we are healthy, so we don’t believe we need to be immunized; we think a flu shot will give us the flu (not true); or we just don’t take the time. In 2017 49% of adults and … Read more
In 2017, 84 percent of large employers offered high deductible health insurance plans to their employees and 35 percent of those companies only offered high deductible plans, based on a 2016 Kaiser/HRET survey. The trade-off for the lower premiums associated with these plans is substantially higher out-of-pocket costs that are incurred before a portion of … Read more
The addiction to prescription opiate drugs used for pain management has become an epidemic, with estimates of anywhere from 26 million to 36 million people believed to be abusing opioids in the United States. Primarily used in the treatment of chronic pain these drugs are highly addictive. Even when taken as prescribed they can lead … Read more
The Center for Disease Control reported 1.5 million Americans were diagnosed with diabetes for the first time in 2015 (the most recent numbers). As the number of Americans with diabetes or prediabetes grows, it becomes more important that individuals with this disease become aware of their condition and take the appropriate steps to stay healthy … Read more
Having a healthy body weight is a challenge for many, many people. Trying to maintain your ideal weight takes a combination of eating right, exercising regularly and being active. But determining if you are at a healthy weight is not always about just the number on the scale. There are other means available to help … Read more
As we start spending more time outside, it is important to understand how the sun’s rays can affect you in both a positive and negative manner. Taking a few steps to protect your skin, the sun will be seen as a friend, not a foe. ON THE POSITIVE SIDE Improves Mood Sunlight triggers the release … Read more
With all the news surrounding the opiate crisis in the U.S., it won’t come as any surprise that opiates topped the list as the drug that employees used the most while at work. While sometimes legal, these drugs are considered highly addictive and potentially lethal – with or without a valid prescription – and can … Read more