It’s getting hot out there! Do you know how to handle heat related illnesses?

 

Both Ashley and I love the heat.  But there is such a thing as too much of a good thing even for us, and heat related illnesses, including heatstroke can be fatal.

Learn how to identify these symptoms and treat them so you, and your family, can enjoy your summer safely.

Heat Exhaustion – When the body loses an excessive amount of salt and water, heat exhaustion can set in.  People who work outdoors and athletes are particularly susceptible.

Symptoms are similar to those of the flu and can include severe thirst, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting and, sometimes, diarrhea.  Other symptoms include profuse sweating, clammy or pale skin, dizziness, rapid pulse and normal or slightly elevated body temperature.

Uncontrolled heat exhaustion can evolve into heatstroke, so make sure to treat the victim quickly.

  • Move them to a shaded or air-conditioned area
  • Give them water or other cool, nonalcoholic beverages
  • Apply wet towels or having them take a cool shower

 

For more info check out http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-surviving-the-hot-weather.aspx

Be Well. – Rose

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National Rip Current Awareness Week!

With summer fast approaching, and my mind on my upcoming beach vacation, I thought it was really appropriate to highlight some important safety tips from NOAA this week.

Check water conditions before going in by looking at the local beach forecast before you leave for the beach and talking to the lifeguard at the beach.

Only swim at a beach with lifeguards. The chances of drowning at a beach with lifeguards are 1 in 18 million (U.S. Lifesaving Association).

Don’t assume! Great weather for the beach does not always mean it’s safe to swim or even play in the shallows. Rip currents often form on calm, sunny days.

For more info check out http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/

Be Well. – Rose

 

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June is National Safety Month!

This week’s topic is emergency preparedness. Stuff happens, being ready for it can make all the difference when it does.
Hey, wait… That sounds a lot like insurance. 😉
 
Having a stocked First Aid Kit, knowing CPR, and knowing how to get help can literally save lives.
 
What to know more? Check out these resources from the National Safety Counsel.
First Aid Kits- http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/common-items-for-first-aid-kits-2
 
Be Well. – Rose
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How about getting a breath of not so fresh air?

Often allergy sufferers suffer even more when the air quality is poor. Not only can heat, ozone, and pollution be stand alone triggers, they can all make a bad situation worse for people with other triggers.
 
This make the Air Quality Index need to know info in the summer months. Here is what CDC has to say about the topic. http://www.cdc.gov/features/air-quality-awareness/index.html
 
Be Well. – Rose
 
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Anaphylaxis is terrifying. Do you know what to do?

If asthma is scary… Anaphylaxis is terrifying. Especially if you are a parent of a kid with severe allergies.
 
Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that involves more than one organ system (for example, skin, respiratory tract, and/or gastrointestinal tract). It can begin very rapidly, and symptoms may be severe or life-threatening.
 
This is the kind of reaction some people carry epi-pens to treat.
 
Recognizing the symptoms, and reacting quickly can literally mean the difference between life and death. Please read this information from the NIH. You never know when you might need it. https://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/anaphylaxis/Pages/default.aspx
 
Be Well. – Rose
 
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Asthma… What does it cost us?

Most people think of asthma as the bigger, meaner cousin of allergies, but there is more to the story.

Asthma is one of this country’s most common and costly diseases. Each year it causes almost 2 million emergency room visits. The direct costs, including hospital stays, are nearly $50.1 billion each year. The indirect costs, like lost pay from illness or death, add another $5.9 billion to the bill annually.

Want to know more about this disease and it’s effects of society? Check out the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.http://www.aafa.org/page/asthma-facts.aspx

Be Well. – Rose

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“Oh, I have allergies.”

We have all heard someone say… “Oh, I have allergies.” But what does that really mean?

Allergies are actually a learned immune response. Basically, your body has learned to treat your trigger–for example, pollen–like a germ invading your body and so it launches an attack.

What to find out more and learn the science behind your misery? Check out this information from the National Institutes of Health.https://www.niaid.nih.gov/…/al…/Pages/allergic-Response.aspx

Be Well. – Rose

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Marriage? Birth? Death? Divorce?

Sometimes life changes are so sudden, or so big that you don’t even know where to start.  Luckily, you don’t need to sweat the big stuff as long as you start the process quickly.

Most major life changes trigger a Special Enrollment Period, and it is not hard to report them.  The trick is you need to start the process as soon as you can so that you don’t miss your window, or deadlines for coverage.

60 days – How long you have to report a life change.  If you know something is coming up you can even report your change before it happens.  If, for example, you know your divorce will go through on July 16th, and your coverage will end on July 31st, you can apply before July 15th and have no gap in coverage.  The same thing applies to job changes.

The 15th of the month – The last day to apply for coverage starting the next month.  For example, if you apply on May 15th your new plan can begin on June 1, but if you apply on May 20th you plan won’t begin until at least July 1.

90 days – The maximum amount of time you can go without coverage and get a waiver of the individual mandate penalty. “Rats, I missed the 15th now I am gonna get stuck paying the penalty.”  Not necessarily, sometimes we can’t anticipate these life changes, and with the deadlines to apply, sometimes you just end up with a gap.  There is a grace period written into the law to let people who got laid-off on the 27th to get their coverage squared away without having to pay the penalty.  You will still want to take care of business as soon as possible to make sure your coverage gap isn’t too long, or you miss your window on your Special Enrollment Period.

Think you had a life change.  Reach out to us today.

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month!

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month!

Unfortunately these diseases are very common. In fact Asthma affects 24 million Americans, and more than 50 million Americans have all types of allergies – pollen, skin, latex and more.

While there is no cure for asthma and allergies, many related deaths are preventable with proper treatment and care. So today’s topic is being proactive about your allergies.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Teva Respiratory teamed up to do a fun website which includes a lot of useful information on how to get ahead of your allergies. And to help you along they are also giving away a Dyson vacuum. Check if out at http://www.allergiesarentfunny.com/

Be Well. – Rose

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Wow! Check out those beautiful shoes!

We ladies love our pretty, and impractical, shoes. Even I am guilty of this at times, and as most of you know I tend to be more practical than many.

Here are some potential issues to keep an eye out for… They may just help you survive those killer heels.

http://www.foothealthfacts.org/Content.aspx?id=1141

Be Well. – Rose

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