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Healthy YOU Vending Promotes Workplace WellnessDuring Global Employee Health and Fitness Month – PR Web

Healthy snacks provide a boost of energy, anytime and anywhere.

SALT LAKE CITY (PRWEB) May 20, 2020

Global Employee Health and Fitness Month (GEHFM) is observed every May throughout the world to raise awareness of and promote health and fitness in the workplace. Employers and employees everywhere are encouraged to show their commitment to healthy living by participating in GEHFM.

Since the founding of the initiative in 1989 by the National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF), there has been increasing evidence of the value of investing in employee health. Employers realize that investing in workplace wellness programs is essential to managing health care costs, improving productivity and boosting employee morale. Indeed, its a critical component of any organizations human capital management.

Employers and employees can sign up to participate in this years GEHFM by visiting the programs website. Participants are asked to prepare a healthy meal, organize walks and bike rides or get involved with a clean-up day in their community. And these workplace initiatives shouldnt be exclusive to the month of May. Rather, people are asked to carry the healthy habits gained during the month throughout their lives.

According to the website, 28,575 people across 6,621 companies and organizations have participated in GEHFM. Along with a commitment to exercise and eat right, participants are asked to get involved on the initiatives Facebook and Twitter accounts to show their progress and encourage others to take action.

Anyone, regardless of participation in the event, can get resources on the GEHFM website to help them live healthier lives. Available information includes resources to get enough sleep, ways to improve overall health, tips for exercising and more.

Healthy YOU Vending helps provide convenient access to wholesome snacks, drinks and entres. And there has never been a more important time than now to offer healthy choices to busy employees. During the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, having convenient access to healthy options in the workplace can keep employees safe and productive.

Healthy eating is such an important part of living a wholesome lifestyle, said Healthy YOU Vendings Director of Operator Services, Jill Navidomskis. Were happy to be a part of providing healthy options that are convenient, safe and sought after in this increasingly health-conscious world. And some of our operators are now offering those essential pieces of PPE to navigate our new normal such as face masks, hand sanitizer and gloves in their machines.

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Healthy YOU Vending is the world leader in the healthy vending industry. With corporate offices in Kaysville, Utah, the Healthy YOU Vending team is dedicated to making healthier snacks, drinks and food products more accessible to people across North America. All company vending equipment is privately manufactured in the United States at a state-of-the-art facility. Owner/Operator opportunities for serious-minded and health-conscious entrepreneurs are currently available in most states.

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Fayette Living Well Coalition working with Blue Zones Project to make area healthier – Uniontown Herald Standard

Sharing secrets of living longer that researchers found in places around the globe, the Blue Zones Project works with communities to make changes that help their residents live healthier lives.

Now Fayette Living Well Coalition is bringing the Blue Zones Project here.

The important thing about Blue Zones is its not just about physical health. Its much bigger than that, said Muriel Nuttall, Fayette Chamber of Commerce executive director and a coalition member. You have to have a healthy community.

The coalition started as a group within the Community Health Improvement Project, a local organization that has worked many years in cooperation with the state Dept. of Health.

Today, the Community Health Improvement Project remains the legal name for the organization but it is known as the Fayette Living Well Coalition. The new name came as members were looking to re-energize the organization and a smaller group formed within to look at statistics.

They were driven by the annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Grades for counties throughout the nation. It looks at such things as obesity, tobacco use, infant deaths and access to doctors and dentists.

In Pennsylvania, there are 67 counties and we have consistently been 66, said Nuttall. In some categories, we are the lowest.

The group contacted the Blair County Coalition, which had been 65th and rose to a place in the 40s. From conversations, the Fayette group knew they needed more local information.

They pulled together about 100 community leaders for an information-gathering seminar that provided a massive amount of data.

While studying the data, the group became aware of the Blue Zones Project where researchers went out across the world to find places where people lived to be over 100 - one in Loma Linda, California.

Once they were identified and circled the places on a map with a blue pen, teams of researchers went back to find out why. The Blue Zones Project was created.

Kristi Kassimer, of the Fayette County PR Initiative and coalition coordinator, explained Blue Zones is concerned with all aspects of healthy living from physical movement and diet to the importance of family and belonging to a faith-based community.

But Kassimer noted, Theyre specific about not trying to do it all at once. Its a lifestyle change. Its about contributing to your overall wellness.

The Fayette group was intrigued.

We reached out to the Blue Zones Project, remarked Nuttall. We said, Are you interested in coming into Fayette County? Heres where we are. This is what were up against. This is our data. And they said yes.

Nuttall continued, It came with a price tag - $50,000. Many members of the business community - almost without being asked - stepped up and said we want to be a part of it. We were able to complete that final step of funding with a gift from Chevron.

The Fayette group made plans to bring the Blue Zones Project here at the end of March but the coronavirus means the meeting will be rescheduled.

They want to talk to the community. They want to tell the community what Blue Zones is about, said Nuttall. But were put on the spot, too. We have to do a community presentation and tell them who we are and where we see our greatest needs and challenges. We also talk to them about our benefits and the things that are great about Fayette County.

Nuttall and Kassimer explained Blue Zones will also do research and meet with smaller groups to form an assessment. About two weeks later, they will come back with recommendations.

In addition, weve been offered an expert in a field related to our assessment, said Nuttall. This person will come out and really dive into the subject matter.

Nuttall explained all levels of area leadership are focused on moving Fayette County forward in a different, faster way than weve ever been focused before. The leadership across the board is working together like Ive never seen it.

The assessment, Nuttall said, is only the beginning.

Theres some big steps after that but we have been greeted with such positive reception from our businesses to our faith-based community to the medical industry. Its all been positive, said Nuttall. Everybody acknowledges these are changes we need to make. How do we do that in the best way possible?

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Whats happening Thursday in the north valley – Chico Enterprise-Record

Editors note: Many events are canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We recommend contacting the event host before attending to check.

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area: Sunrise to sunset. 9,100 acres of fields, riparian areas, ponds, waterways; shelter for 300+ species of resident and migrant birds and mammals. Self-guided nature trail, hunting, exhibits. 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley. 846-7500.

Faith Lutheran Church: 1 p.m. COVID-19 Phone Prayer Group. To join, email billaugros@gmail.com.

Vitalant Blood Drive: 12-6 p.m. Blood donation, 10:45 a.m.-5 p.m. plasma donation, 10:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. platelet donation,10:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. source Plasma Donation. 555 Rio Lindo Ave. Call 877-258-4825 or 893-5433 to confirm todays hours.

Al-Anon: 6-7 p.m. Email alanon.nc.d3@gmail.com for a Zoom invitation. zoom.us. 342-5756

Catalyst Domestic Violence Services: To talk to a crisis counselor, call the 24-hour crisis/referral line, 1-800-895-8476. Temporary restraining order help for victims of domestic violence is available for free. Call from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday for appointments, individual counseling 343-7711. catalystdvservices.org.

Iversen Wellness & Recovery Center and Med Clinic: Meetings via Zoom. 10-11 a.m. Healthy Living; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Gratitude Group; 1-2 p.m. Resiliency and Positivity. Dial in at 408-638-7014. zoom.us. Password: 8793311. Must be 18 or older to join. For more 897-3311 or email iversen@nvcss.org. nvcss.org/programs/iversen.

Northern Valley Talk Line: 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 855-582-5554.

LGBT*Q+ Teen Group: 3:30-5 p.m. A social and support group for LGBT*Q+ Teens aged 13-17. Stonewall Alliance. For more information and to join via Zoom, call 893-3336, email center@stonewallchico.org or visit stonewallchico.com.

Trans* Stonewall: 6-7 p.m. The Transgender Stonewall group is an inclusive social group for all gender identities. Transgender, gender non-conforming, and questioning individuals 18 or older talk about their experiences, meet community members. Stonewall Alliance. Call 893-3336, email center@stonewallchico.org or visit stonewallchico.com.

HIV and Hepatitis C Testing: Through Stonewall Alliance by appointment. 358 E. Sixth St. Donations accepted. 893-3336. For more information, call 893-3336, email center@stonewallchico.org or visit stonewallchico.com.

Mental Health Peer Support: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Peer support specialists are available for video chat, self-help support groups and resources. Through the Butte County Department of Behavioral Health. Join by phone, computer or other device. Zoom ID: 809274979. Phone: 720-707-2699 or 346-248-7799.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Secular in Sobriety: 7-8 p.m. Secular meeting of AA. All faiths welcome. Chico Peace and Justice Center, 526 Broadway St. 762-9834.

Alzheimers Caregiver Support Group: 2-4 p.m. 150 Amber Grove Drive, Ste., 154. 895-9661.

Family Engagement Group: 6 p.m. For families seeking support for loved ones with memory loss. Hosted by memory care community. Amber Grove Place, 3049 The Esplanade. RSVP, 826-3226.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Chico: Chico Central 6:30, 8 a.m. noon. 3:30 p.m. 5:30, 7 p.m. 1102 Mangrove Ave.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): 8:30-9:15 a.m. Weigh-in; 9:30-10:30 a.m. Weight loss support group meeting. Grace Brethren Church, 355 Panama Ave. 521-3784.

Narcotics Anonymous: Noon, Chico NA; 7 p.m. Just for Today Daily Meditation. 5:30 p.m. Mens meeting. 7 p.m. Chico NA. Topic Discussion 208 W. East Ave., Ste., A. Park in back. 6 p.m. Daily Application of Spiritual Principles, 1053 Ohio St. Topic Discussion.

Overeaters Anonymous: 5:30 p.m. Meet at 1600 Mangrove Ave. 760-518 6480 or 514-4610 (24 hour line).

Pills Anonymous Chicos Got Hope: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Big Book study/speaker. Open discussion based on 12-step recovery program, prescription drug addiction. Newcomers, loved ones and those addicted to other substances. 2341 Floral Ave.Call/text 624-0094.

Overeaters Anonymous: 5:30 p.m. Meets at 1600 Mangrove Ave. 760-518 6480 or 514-4610 (24 hour line).

Celebrate Recovery Christian 12-Step Program: 6:30-9 p.m. East Avenue Community Church, 1184 East Ave.. 342-1806.

Overeaters Anonymous: 5:30-6:30 p.m. St. John Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Ave. Walter, 343-1029.

Submit calendar listings, corrections or updates by email calendar@chicoer.com, fax 342-3617 or mail Enterprise-Record, P.O. Box 9, Chico, CA, 95927.

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3 Medicinal Plants You Can Grow At Home: Know Impressive Health Benefits Of Each – Doctor NDTV

Medicinal plants: Since ancient times, Ayurveda suggests use of herbs and plants to fight different health issues naturally. You can plant some herbs at home that can be used for multiple purposes.

Medicinal herbs can be grown at home and used to fight different health issues

A little garden at your home can be helpful in many ways. Gardening can be more than a hobby. You can plant some herbs which can offer you medicinal properties. Since ancient times, Ayurveda also suggests use of herbs and plants to fight different health issues naturally. From stem to leaves, several plants can be used in different ways. These can offer some amazing health benefits and help you ward off diseases. In this article, you will know about three best plants that should be a part of your garden. Also, know different ways to use these.

Tulsi plant is a part of every Indian household. This plant works as ayurvedic medicine and can be used for different purposes. You can use basil leaves to fight symptoms of cold, fever and cough. It is also good for digestion. Tulsi has antibacterial properties and it can also help boost immunity. You can chew 3-4 fresh tulsi leaves every day. These leaves can also be added to teas or drinks. Tulsi tea is an aromatic drink loaded with its impressive benefits.

Also read:5 Health Benefits Of Tulsi You Didn't Know About

Many use aloe vera as a decoration on their desks or at home. The Health benefits of aloe vera are quite popular too. Like basil, aloe vera is a must-have. To fight several health issues aloe vera can be used as an effective home remedy. Aloe vera has many properties beneficial for you. Applying fresh aloe vera gel is good for your skin and hair. It can also be applied on wounds for fast healing. Aloe vera juice can also be consumed to fight multiple digestive issues like stomach ache, constipation, acidity, indigestion and more.

Aloe vera can help you fight multiple skin issues at homePhoto Credit: iStock

Chamomile is commonly used to prepare tea. This can offer a wide range of health benefits. It can help eliminate menstrual discomfort. Drinking this tea may also help prevent the risk of osteoporosis. Chamomile tea can also help relieve insomnia by leaving a relaxing effect on your mind and body promoting good sleep. This tea is also food for diabetics as it may help control blood sugar levels.

Also read:7 Amazing Benefits Of Chamomile You Should Know

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Why were rules on sunscreens put in the CARES Act? – Houston Chronicle

When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed in March, there was a provision on sunscreens tucked away inside a section on over-the-counter drugs review. Specifically, provisions were made regarding competition between sunscreen manufacturers, consumer access, price and the development and innovation of sunscreen ingredients.

But wait, what do sunscreens have to do with a stimulus package?

According to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, the provision may have been included to keep sunscreen regulations status quo.

Why sunscreens were put into the CARES Act, that we do not know, said Nneka Leiba, vice president of EWGs healthy living science department. Its very odd that it would have happened, a few months after the monograph was supposed to be finalized last year.

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration worked to pass an updated sunscreen monograph, a kind of recipe book that covers acceptable ingredients, doses, formulations and labeling on OTC products sold in the U.S. Monographs define the safety, effectiveness and labeling of all marketing OTC active ingredients, according to the FDA.

The FDA published proposed sunscreen rules that indicated that most ingredients were inadequately tested for safety and implied that these ingredients would be removed from the market unless appropriate safety testing was conducted, according to the EWG.

Its possible that Houston has seen the last of the cooler spring weather as the area transitions into another hot, humid summer.

Matt Lanza, managing editor and meteorologist for Space City Weather, said people should be wearing sunscreen if theyre outside at any point when the sun is up.

Never assume that youre invincible, Lanza said. While we can adapt and adjust to the hot climate during Houston summers, its important to realize that its still really hot which can have negative consequences on the human body.

But the year ended and the monograph never passed, Leiba said.

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The FDA had a draft (monograph) published, and one of the things they wanted to do was strengthen UVA standards because there is an increase in knowledge about UVA harm, Leiba said. The first CARES Act mandated that sunscreen relations remain status quo, which is them saying that those chemical ingredients are safe and protective.

Last year, the agency said it did not have enough information about the chemical makeup of the majority of sunscreens to declare they are safe and effective, Leiba said.

The only two ingredients to be found safe for human use are zinc oxide and titanium oxide, which are typically found in mineral-based sunscreens. These are recommended for use by the EWG.

Two scientific studies published last year showed that after a single application, all non-mineral sunscreen ingredients are absorbed through the skin and could be detected in our bodies at levels that could cause harm, the EWG found.

The FDA looked like it was doing a lot of research into it and was going to ask companies to submit as much research as possible, Leiba said. We dont know what the ultimate decision was. Theres no clear direction about what would have happened (if the monograph had passed), but we know there was a lot of lobbying from the industry to not move forward with that.

Each year, the EWG releases an annual guide on the best beach and sport sunscreens, as well as the best lip balms and moisturizers with SPF. More than 1,300 SPF-products, including 700 sunsreens are reviewed by the group.

Only a quarter of products offer adequate protection and do not contain concerning ingredients, such as oxybenzone, a potentially hormone-disrupting chemical that is readily absorbed by the body.

Sixty percent of the sunscreens sold in the U.S. contain active ingredients that are banned in the European Union, said Carla Burns, research and database analyst at EWG and manager of the 2020 EWG Sunscreen Guide.

The group found that 40 percent of the products in the U.S. contain oxybenzone, which has been found to disrupt hormonal processes.

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This years findings were similar to previous guides in that companies are still not providing products with adequate UVA protection, Burns said. Only products labeled broad spectrum have been tested and are shown to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

The term SPF typically only applies to UVB protection, Leiba said. In the EU, theres a requirement for companies to increase their UVA protection in correlation with its UVB standards.

In the U.S., no such requirement exists.

You can have a product that says SPF 100 that offers the same amount of UVA protection as a product with low SPF, Leiba said. We know SPF-high products are misleading and make consumers feel its more protective because the number is so high.

More recent research has found that UVA rays are linked to skin damage and skin cancer, but do not cause the tanning effect to the dermis of the skin - thats caused by UVB rays.

Last year, a rule was proposed that would limit labeling to SPF 60 or below, Leiba said. But since the monograph wasnt passed, companies are still able to label products as high-SPF.

New findings indicate that more personal care products, like moisturizers, makeup foundation and lip balms, include built-in SPF.

More than 500 moisturizers with SPF were assessed in the 2020 guide, Burns said, and that number continues to increase every year.

It could indicate that people are using daily-use sunscreen or are buying products that incorporate SPF into their makeup routine, Leiba said. It could be a great trend, but it has to meet safety and efficacy standards and must be reapplied every two hours.

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Since there are no federal standards on the use of labels like nontoxic or safe for personal care products, consumers have to be vigilant in reading the active ingredients list, Burns said.

The EWG does not claim that products are safe, she added, only that they have been researched and the findings indicate that some are safer than others.

Reef safe is another label that has increased in use in recent years, especially with laws passed in Hawaii and Florida to protect its coral reefs.

Sunscreens and products with SPF are only tools in a persons overall sun safety toolbox, which also includes sun hats, adequate clothing coverage and sunglasses.

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Let’s Retain Pandemic-induced Healthy Lifestyle Changes, For They Will Help Build A Better World – Outlook India

On May 9 this year, Kerala government released a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), declaring a total shutdown to be observed on Sundays until further orders. The first paragraph of the SOP read: With a view to prevent the spread of COVID-19, improve the quality of life, reduce the carbon emissions, protect the environment and greenery of the State, the protocol would be observed on Sundays across the State

It wont be wrong to say the SOP underlines state governments forward-thinking. The efficiency of the Kerala government in containing the spread of the coronavirus has been widely lauded. The May notification is yet another example of the states strong social fabric and robust response to the pandemic. While preventing the rise of COVID-19 cases is their primary goal, they have not lost sight of new learnings this unprecedented time has led to.

Nature is healing. This is no secret or a lie. Various incidents from across the country have revealed the adverse impact human activity has had on the environment. During this period of minimised movement of people, nature has got a well-deserved breathing space. A NASA study said that air pollution levels in India were at its lowest in over 20 years. The record number of flamingoes painting the city of Mumbai pink, the view of the Himalaya ranges from Jalandhar in Punjab, the crisp blue skies of Delhi, cleaner rivers and the drastically improved air quality are all examples of a much-needed wakeup call pointing towards the disastrous present state of the environment. It is also saddening that this respite afforded to nature is temporary and once the world returns to normalcy, we will revert to polluted waters and unclean breathing air.

This is already the case in China. Air pollution in China is estimated to cost around $38 billion and around 1.1 million deaths per year. The pandemic had brought the country to a grinding halt and strict lockdowns ensued dramatic fall in air pollution. In March, the European Space Agency released a video showing the air pollution over China disappearing during the lockdown period and returning as China began to resume businesses. Reportedly, in April, as China returned to normalcy, smog did too, erasing any positive changes seen during the lockdown.

Dealing with COVID-19 pandemic is a three-step process: respond to the health crisis and the threats thereof, recover from the impact of the same and finally,thrive from the lessons garnered. While countries have pulled all stops to respond effectively to the pandemic and to recover from the economic slowdown it is projected to create, the last step is perhaps more crucial and easier to overlook.

In a video talk recently, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said we needed to learn the art of living with Corona. The way forward must also be to learn the art of living after Corona. And this cannot be without some changes to our lifestyle.

The lockdown has taken us back to rudimentary ways of living to ensure safety: staying home, venturing out for only essentials and resorting to non-motorized means of movement for small travel. Keralas SOP restricts movement of motorized traffic on Sundays (barring for the needs of essential services and health emergencies), permitting only non-motorized traffic such as walking and cycling. The SOPs intention can be viewed to be two pronged: (a) continue efforts to curb COVID-19, (b)ensure the positive effects of the pandemic are not lost.

With other states taking steps such as suspending labour laws to ensure more production, this move by the Kerala government is novel and unique. And most definitely a necessity.

A 2018 Special Report on Global Warming called for rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in every facet of the society in order to avert the dangers of climate change. Such warnings are not few, yet we are to see these recommendations being effectively implemented. And then came COVID. The pandemic transformed our perception of nature. Stay at home orders, closure of nature parks and forest areas has made us more respectful of these nature oases, particularly for those living in cities. There is an increased need for more greenery and our connection to mother earth has gotten more profound.

And the time to harness the power behind these feelings is now. Now is the time to keep the momentum on and take prudent actions.

There is an urgent need to bring modifications to our lifestyle and our priorities - both at the government level and people level. Asking industries to shut down or cut down on their functioning is unreasonable, however it is not so to expect ourselves to adopt cleaner ways of living, moderate our carbon footprint or as in the case of the Kerala Sunday lockdown, possibly reduce our activities once a week to give nature the time to rejuvenate. Governments are in a prime position to ensure such compliance - it would improve both government image and public reception.

A study by the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department noted that people in areas with higher forest covers seemed to have better immunity. The nexus between cleaner environment and improved life quality is undeniable. Our urban environment is fragile and the way to protect its ecosystem is to nurture healthy habits. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown to us humans the immense scope for improvement and how even small lifestyle changes can bring about dramatic transformation in our environment. It has also shown that when the situation mandated, we were able to collectively harness resources and capabilities to fight the crisis. It is hence not unreasonable to ask for change in how we function. If we continue to refuse to accept the lessons the lockdown has taught us, nature will strike again and strike worse.

(The author is a risk analysis intern at India Bound. She is currently pursuing a Masters in International Studies and has a degree in Law. Views expressed are personal.)

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Tufts Health Plan Foundation Announces Third Wave of Funding to Address Coronavirus Impact – The Laconia Daily Sun

WATERTOWN, Mass., May 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced $170,000 in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations, part of the $1 million it committed to support community efforts addressing coronavirus in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut. In total, 49 organizations on the front lines of the pandemic have received funding.

"The resilience of our communities is inspiring," said Tom Croswell, president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan. "Nonprofits are grappling with a shifting landscape and uncertain timelines, yet they continue to respond to community needs and deliver vital services. We are proud to support such dedicated organizations."

This funding goes to organizations working to improve access to food and respond to inequities in housing and services. It bolsters collaborative regional responses, particularly in communities reporting the highest rates of COVID-19 infection.

Massachusetts

$70,000

- Attleboro YMCA, Greater Attleboro Stronger Together Fund

$10,000

- Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts,

SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund

$20,000

- HomeStart

$10,000

- United Way of Mass Bay/Merrimack Valley, One Chelsea Fund

$30,000

Rhode Island

$30,000

- Federal Hill House

$20,000

- Progreso Latino

$10,000

New Hampshire

$10,000

- New Hampshire Public Health Association

$10,000

Connecticut

$60,000

- Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

$20,000

- Foodshare, Inc.

$30,000

- Person-to-Person

$10,000

"This coronavirus pandemic continues to expose the stark health disparities in communities of color," said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. "Additional support ensures communities have sorely needed resources to respond to current needs and prepare for long-term recovery."

The Foundation continues to offer a two-for-one match to Tufts Health Plan employees and board members who donate to organizations during the pandemic. To date, an additional $195,000 has been contributed to community organizations through this program.

About Tufts Health Plan FoundationEstablished in 2008, Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve. The Foundation has given more than $39 million to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island nonprofits that promote healthy living with an emphasis on older people and will give more than $5 million to community organizations this year. The Foundation began funding in New Hampshire in 2016 and in Connecticut in 2019. Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds programs that move communities toward implementing age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older people, and include them in community solutions. Visit http://www.tuftshealthplanfoundation.org for grant program information and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

About Tufts Health PlanTufts Health Plan is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage. Staying true to our mission of improving the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve, we touch the lives of more than 1.14 million members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut through employer-sponsored plans; Medicare; Medicaid and Marketplace plans, offering health insurance coverage across the life span regardless of age or circumstance. We are continually among the top health plans in the country based on quality and member satisfaction. Our Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO and Senior Care Options plans received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the highest rating possible.* Our commercial HMO/POS and Massachusetts PPO plans are rated 5 out of 5 the highest rating possible by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).** Our Medicaid plan is rated 4.5 out of a possible 5.***

To learn more about how we're redefining what a health plan can do, visit http://www.tuftshealthplan.com/whatwedo. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTubeand LinkedIn.

*Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-Star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next. For more information on plan ratings, go to http://www.medicare.gov. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO plans received 5 out of 5 stars for contract years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.**NCQA's Private Health Insurance Plan Ratings 20192020***NCQA's Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2019-2020.

CONTACTAlrie McNiff Daniels617-301-2715Alrie_Daniels@tufts-health.com

Kathleen Makela617-480-9590Kathleen_Makela@tufts-health.com

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Weight Loss Diet: Have You Tried Chia Seeds For Weight Loss? Here Are Different Ways To Use These – Doctor NDTV

Weight loss tips: Chia seeds can keep you full for longer and help in weight loss. You can add chia seeds to different foods and drinks. These can also be added to your breakfast. Here are different ways to use chia seeds for weight loss.

Weight loss: Chia seeds can hep you lose weight effectively

For effective weight loss, you need to combine regular exercise with a healthy and balanced diet. Several foods and drinks have gained popularity for their weight loss properties. Similarly, chia seeds are one of the effective weight loss boosters. Chia seeds have been identified as a superfood that is loaded with nutrients. These seeds are a good source of protein which also promotes weight loss. Adding chia seeds to diet can help vegetarians receive protein. Read on to know how chia seeds can help in weight loss and different ways to use these seeds.

Nutritionist Soumita Biswas explains, "In recent days Chia seeds have gained popularity not only because of high protein, fibre and omega-3 fatty acid content but also because of its acceptability by the vegan or gluten-sensitive population. Both soluble and insoluble fibre, protein and omega-3 fatty acids present in chia seeds give satiety. These seeds can ensure a feeling of fullness for a longer period. These seeds help in weight loss by reducing the appetite and also by reducing the absorption of calories from food."

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Chia seeds can be added to both foods and drinks. You can some chia seeds overnight and drink this mixture in the morning. You can add some lemon and honey for taste. Soaked chia seeds can also be added to detox water.

Also read:Chia Seed Water For Weight Loss: Have It In The Morning For Maximum Benefits

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These seeds can be added to smoothies, shakes or fruit juice. Chia pudding is also commonly consumed by many. Bollywood star Alia Bhatt also shared the recipe of chia pudding and mentioned that is an essential part of her diet. Chia seeds can also be added to quinoa or oatmeal for breakfast.

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(Soumita Biswas, Chief Nutritionist, Aster RV Hospital)

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This Fruit Can Help You Prevent Digestive Issues: Here’s How – NDTV Doctor

Apples can offer you multiple health benefits. It can also help you boost digestion. Eating apples can boost digestion and help you prevent digestive issues. Read here to know how apples are good for your digestive health.

Apple may help you boost digestion and fight the risk of diabetes

An apple a day keeps the doctor away- you might have heard this a thousand times. Apple offers multiple health benefits. It is a healthy snack that can help beat hunger pangs and provide you with essential nutrients at the same time. Apples can also help in weight loss and boost your heart health. This fruit is rich in fibre, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, magnesium, folate, beta carotene, vitamin K and more. From sauces to pies, an apple can be used to prepare several recipes. Digestive issues are quite common. Apples are an effective remedy for digestives issues.

Poor eating habits and lifestyle are causes contributing to digestive issues. Digestive issues are quite common which can affect your day to day life. Your digestive system affects your overall health in some way or the other. Eating apple may help in digestion as it is rich in fibre. Foods high in fibre supports bowel movements can help prevent constipation.

Apples can also promote good bacteria which play an important role in digestion. It can help you keep your gut healthy.

Also read:Improve Your Digestion At Home With These Kitchen Ingredients

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Apple is a simple portable snack that you can enjoy anytime. It is often consumed with nut butter to increase overall protein intake. During the summer season, you can slice an apple with other vegetables and enjoy refreshing fruits every day.

Also read:10 Health Benefits Of Eating Apples You Never Knew

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The Refinery Medspa and Wellness – SpaceCoast Living

We believe everyone who wants to make themselves look better, and feel better, should have the opportunity for it, said Karin Stoldt, a registered nurse, former Air Force medic, and treatment coordinator at the spa. Jarrod divides his time between medical device sales and administrative, marketing and finance duties.

The Refinery MedSpa is a licensed health care clinic through AHCA, the Agency for Health Care Administration, and has Michael L. Grainger MD as medical director for oversight. Jarrod Stoldt said the couple decided to seek this accreditation so the MedSpa could offer an extremely wide range of medical aesthetic and wellness treatments using FDA-approved equipment and consumables.

The Refinery Medspa is now offering an individualized 15-week weight loss program with maintenance options that will provide a mentor to help clients reach their goals. The Refinery Medspa will also be partnering with local gyms to enroll these clients into exercise programs that encourage the adoption of healthy lifestyle changes.

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