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Clear the air in Birmingham’s Health District by decreasing secondhand smoke and increasing walkability – UAB News

The Birmingham Health District is an effort to create a healthier area by being smoke-free and walkable.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is a 25 to 30 percent increased risk of developing heart disease among nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work. In an effort to decrease secondhand smoke exposure and improve walkability, Birminghams Health District was launched one year ago. The Health District focuses on limiting the amount of smoking exposure and providing a health-focused environment for individuals to walk around the area without secondhand smoke exposure.

As we celebrate our first year of going smoke-free in the Health District, we look to the future of making Birmingham a healthier community by building upon healthy habits, said Mark Wilson, health officer of the Jefferson County Department of Public Health. Our community continues to see enhanced walkability, making it crucial to decrease peoples exposure to secondhand smoke.

The Health District is a smoke-free area spanning roughly from 12th Avenue South to Fourth Avenue South, and Eighth Street South to 22nd Street South. All sidewalks, streets, bus stops, parks and other outdoor public areas in the Health District were designated smoke-free as of Dec. 1, 2019, to promote health and wellness among residents and visitors to the area.

Much of the Health District area is walkable and a place where those in the area can enjoy being outside, said Rebecca Kennedy, Ph.D., assistant vice president for UAB Student Health and Wellbeing. Secondhand smoke impacts the walkability of an area and the health of those in the area. Together, we can make a difference in each others overall health and well-being by limiting the amount of secondhand smoke taken in.

As a commitment to promoting healthy living, several health-focused entities in the area have joined together to improve the air breathed in by employees, area residents and visitors. Health District partner organizations continue to makesmoking-cessation resourcesavailable.

Partners of the Health District to support its nonsmoking policies include Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Childrens of Alabama, City of Birmingham, Cooper Green Mercy Health Services, Jefferson County Department of Health, Southern Research, UAB Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Secondhand smoke is defined by the National Cancer Institute as smoke that comes from the burning of a tobacco product and smoke that is exhaled by smokers. Inhaling secondhand smoke is dangerous as it contains carcinogens that can cause cancer, respiratory illness, cardiovascular disease and stroke and can lead to death. Carcinogens found in secondhand smoke include arsenic, lead, radioactive elements, formaldehyde and benzene.

The goal of this Health District is to encourage our patients, staff, visitors and community to live healthy lives free of tobacco products, said Susan Walley, M.D., professor in the UAB School of MedicineDepartment of Pediatrics. The Health District is part of the commitment that UAB and partner organizations made to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke and, importantly, provide support and resources for tobacco users to quit.

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, there is no safe level of first- or secondhand smoke, and more than 20 million Americans have died because of smoking, including 2.5 million nonsmokers from secondhand smoke. If smoking rates remain as they are, the Department of Health and Human Services predicts 5.6 million children age 18 and under today will die early from smoking.

Quitting smoking is one of the single best things that can be done for ones health and for the health of others. Alabamians have several resources to live a healthier, smoke-free life, including:

To help encourage healthy living and compliance within the Health District, here are some general things to do or say:

The Health District fits hand-in-hand with UABs Grand Challenge, Live HealthSmart, that is focused on moving Alabama up from among the worst states in health outcomes like diabetes and heart disease, and into the 30s by 2030.

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The 5 Best Snacks to Keep Blood Sugar Low and Your Diet on Track – The Beet

We are all working from home, within inches of the snack cabinet, and it's murder on your efforts to eat healthily, lose weight, or keep blood sugar low (since spikes lead to insulin surges lead to storing fat, leads to weight gain).

In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, we asked a nutritionist who understands the need for snacks that help keep blood sugar low and weight gain at bay, to recommend her best snacks for healthy living. We need major satisfaction with minor damage to our efforts to stay healthy, fit and not gain weight. Here are her 5 best snacks to munch on when stuck working from home.

"For anyone trying to keep their weight down or who is dealing with diabetes or pre-diabetes, the best snack combination is one that is higher in fiber, lean protein and or healthy fat," says Toby Smithson, MS, RDN, Diabetes Lifestyle Expert, "These combinations will help reduce the chance of spiking blood sugar levels. Portion size matters, so watch the portions and continue to monitor your blood sugar levels before the snack and two hours after to see how that snack affects your blood sugar."

1. Caramel" Apple:We can easily prepare our own diabetes-friendly version of an old-time favorite the caramel apple by replacing the high carbohydrate caramel with almond butter. Slice an apple into wedges and spread crunchy almond butter on one side.

Nutrition benefit: Swapping out caramel for almond butter lowers the number of carbohydrates and increases the fiber in your snack. Studies have shown that almonds do not spike blood glucose levels and keep us feeling full and satisfied.

2. Flavored Popcorn:Place cup popcorn kernels in a medium bowl; cover bowl with a microwavable plate and microwave on high setting for 2 -3 minutes. Carefully remove the hot bowl of popcorn and sprinkle with a combination of spices. For sweet flavors use ground cinnamon and a teaspoon of low-calorie sweetener; for a pizza flavor, sprinkle popcorn with oregano, garlic, and basil; for a spicy flavor use chili powder and cumin.

Nutrition Benefit: Popcorn is a whole grain, which also contains fiber. The fiber in whole grains has been shown to improve blood sugar, weight, and cholesterol as part of diabetes management.

3. Almonds, Raw or Salted:Almonds alone make for a great diabetes-friendly snack. No recipe required for these plant-based nutrition-packed snacks.

Nutrition Benefit: Ounce for ounce, almonds are the tree nut with the most fiber (4g) and offer 6 grams of plant protein in every healthy handful. Nuts have been shown to improve hemoglobin A1C (your 3-month average blood sugar range) results when they are used as a replacement of carbohydrate-containing foods.

4. Sweet and Savory Combo: Combine 17 frozen grapes and 23 almonds in a bowl for a quick sweet and savory portion-controlled snack.

Nutrition Benefit: Almonds contain fiber, protein, and healthy monounsaturated fat. This nutrient makeup has the potential to keep you satisfied and even give you steady blood sugar for the next meal.

5. Roasted Spicy Chickpeas: rinse and dry canned chickpeas, lay on a cookie sheet, drizzle one teaspoon of olive oil on top, and add spices to taste (suggested: 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes),

Nutrition Benefit: High in fiber and plant protein offering improved blood sugar and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

Toby Smithsonis a Diabetes Lifestyle Expert, founder, and co-author of Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies.

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2020 Philly Heart Walk Experience raises more than $1.7M – NBC 10 Philadelphia

Congratulations to all the 2020 Philadelphia Heart Walk Digital Experience participants whose efforts raised an astounding $1.7 million+ for the American Heart Association. Hosted by NBC10 news anchor Jacqueline London, the Philly Heart Walk is AHA's annual signature fundraiser and promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun, family-oriented environment.

The American Heart Association extends its deepest gratitude to the 2020 Heart Walk Chair, Dr. Richard Snyder, Executive Vice President of Facilitated Health Networks and Chief Medical Officer of Independence Blue Cross, the Executives with Heart Chair, Jim Woodward, President and Chief Executive Officer at Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic as well as to the 2020 Heart Walk Executive Leadership Team.

Congratulations to Circle of Excellence companies Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic and Independence Blue Cross for raising over $100,000 each; Top NEW Fundraising Company Crozer Health for raising $20,000; Top NEW Employee Engagement Company Premier Orthopaedics with 26 Coaches and 201 Walkers; Top Returning Employee Engagement Company Main Line Health with 72 Coaches and 796 Walkers; Top Health System Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic for raising $132,000; and Top Community Team Abbey Hope for raising $4,000. Lastly, the American Heart Association congratulates and thanks Top Corporate Team Independence Blue Cross for raising $247,000 and Top Fundraiser Dr. Richard L. Snyder, Heart Walk Chair, for raising $181,000.

If you were unable to join the program on Friday, November 6, feel free to tune in here to view: 2020 Heart Walk Digital Experience. Passcode: T8T?cjBT

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Healthy Living: These tips will help caregivers cope during this pandemic – Norwich Bulletin

Rosemary Kamireddy, For The Bulletin| The Bulletin

November is National Family Caregivers Month. This year, caring for an elder during the Coronavirus pandemic creates additional considerations. When you're caring for others, it's critical that you take care of yourself to decrease the risk of increased mental exhaustion and physical health problems. Here are some tips to help you provide care and stay safe.

Whether you live with the person that you are providing care for or if you live separately; focusing on planning ahead, mental health and practicing infection prevention measures are essential for caregivers in the era of COVID-19.

Ordering a 90-day supply of medications, setting up home delivery of incontinence supplies, and refills for supplies of chronic disease care (lung disease or diabetes for example) alleviate last-minute refill requests.

Some caregivers meditate, pray or use relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or visualizing a positive place to improve mental health. Remembering to wash hands frequently, practice physical distancing, and mask wearing are prudent when going out or visiting.

Inquire with medical professional if they are doing telehealth visits and use them when appropriate. Keep key documents, such as medical histories, current medications, medical information release forms and advance directives, easily accessible for an emergency.

Explore community resources; these support and respite services can assist in the day to day caregiver responsibilities.

Senior Resources is our local Area Agency on Aging and can provide a wealth of knowledge.

Schedule a geriatric assessment; this is a helpful option in obtaining an accurate diagnosis and suggesting treatment/care options.

Care options can assist with some of the many responsibilities of caregiving; they include home health care, adult day services and home repair services.

Take a break from day-to-day tasks, as you deserve it. Your elder family member will benefit from someone else's company.

Think about respite care by friends, relatives or volunteers. A weekend or longer vacation can be helpful for the caregiver. Investigate a home health agency, nursing home, assisted living residence or residential care home; these care options usually accept short-term residents when they have a vacancy. Adult day centers, which usually operate five days a week, provide care in a group setting for older people who need supervision, socialization, medication and health monitoring.

Devise a plan for both of you to stay healthy that includes exercise, nutrition, hydration and adequate sleep. Focus on joy and gratitude; adopting a mindset that "this too shall pass" and "we are in this together.

Registered Nurse Rosemary Kamireddy is clinical community liaison,UCFS Eldercare Services.

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The importance of an integrated health and wellness system – Reading Eagle

In light of heightened awareness regarding senior health and the importance of healthy aging, along with the flu season upon us and the coronavirus pandemic continuing, it is an important time to consider the distinct benefits of an integrated health and wellness system that helps keep seniors safe and healthy: Erickson Health Medical Group (EHMG).

In a recent interview, Dr. Matthew Narrett, chief medical officer at Erickson Living, manager of Ann's Choice and Maris Grove in Pennsylvania, shared his perspective on the benefits of living in a community that offers a comprehensive approach to well-being.

Q: Why is an Erickson Living-managed community a top choice for retirement health care?

A: What sets us apart in the senior housing industry is our comprehensive approach to well-being. You have to create an environment for seniors and staff to flourish, and this requires addressing all dimensions of health and wellness, from the social to the emotional to the physical and more. Because of our size and the scope of our services, we are able to address all these important aspects offering health care services, including EHMG and our very own insurance plan (Erickson Advantage), plus a wide range of opportunities and activities for residents to realize their personal wellness goals.

EHMGs dedicated providers are right on campus and include doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers, mental health providers and podiatrists. The medical center is literally down the hall from where residents live, and our providers also visit assisted living, memory care and our skilled nursing facilities so continuing care residents are seen in the comfort of their home.

Some of the specific ways residents wellness goals and needs have been met this past year include providing 30-minute follow-up medical appointments; conducting 44,000 same-day medical appointments in the medical centers alone; and making medical providers available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, either in person, via telehealth visits or by phone.

Q: What is the scope of services provided by EHMG?

A: Our full-service on-site medical centers offer primary care services, such as physical exams, and on-site lab testing and preventive care, like immunizations. We also offer podiatric services as foot care is essential to good geriatric health. Furthermore, with mental health and emotional well-being also important health factors, we have social workers and mental health providers as part of our medical practice. We also bring many specialists right on campus so residents have the benefit and convenience of dental services, ophthalmology, orthopedics and much more without having to travel.

Beyond the medical practice, Erickson Living offers a host of ancillary health care services, including full-service rehabilitation facilities, fully staffed fitness centers and at most locations, certified home health and home support staff who offer a range of senior care options. This is in addition to on-site assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing facilities that work closely each and every day with the medical center. Most sites also have full-service pharmacies that deliver, so residents dont have to venture out for their medications.

This full complement of medical and health care professionals is highly integrated and applies a team-based approach facilitated by technologies, like our proprietary patient portal with convenient access to residents electronic medical records. We also offer telehealth options which have been particularly helpful while we manage through the pandemic. This year alone, thus far, we have performed well over 30,000 telehealth visits.

Q: How is EHMG preparing for this years flu season?

A: The flu shot is a remarkably safe way to protect yourself; this is particularly true for seniors. At Erickson Living, we administer the high-dose vaccine, which has been specifically developed for seniors, because studies have demonstrated that this vaccine results in a stronger immune response and better protection than the standard dose.

This year it is particularly important to get vaccinated for influenza because of COVID-19. The symptoms of COVID-19 are often very similar to flu symptoms. Body aches, fever, chills, cough are common to both illnesses, so differentiating between the two will be challenging. We typically immunize well over 90% of the residents against flu as compared to the national average of about 65%, and we offer flu shots free of charge to staff as an additional preventive measure. To facilitate our vaccination efforts this year, our teams have been going door-to-door to offer residents flu shots in the comfort of their apartment homes. By going above and beyond in service, we are able to help residents continue to live their healthiest lives.

Q: How does EHMG help residents achieve their wellness goals?

A: One of the things I enjoy most is seeing residents taking advantage of the wide range of wellness services and activities available on campus that nurture their minds, bodies and souls. These activities share the common thread of supporting holistic health and align with our Embrace Wellness program that emphasizes healthy living habits within seven dimensions of wellness: intellectual, social, physical, occupational, emotional, spiritual and environmental.

Some of the many healthy living options that are woven into every aspect of life at our communities include having a state-of-the-art fitness center and heated indoor pool; paved outdoor walkways for strolling or biking outdoors; virtual special events and shows, including guest speakers and lectures; a worship center for personal reflection; a diversity of clubs and activities, including a wood shop and art classes; many volunteer opportunities; healthy menu options; and much more.

Q: Can you briefly describe Erickson Livings own health insurance plan?

A: Erickson Advantage is a Medicare Advantage health plan offered through a partnership between Erickson Living and United Healthcare Insurance Co. Its benefits are designed to specifically meet the needs of residents of Erickson Living-managed communities. There are more than 5,000 Erickson Advantage members in 18 Erickson Living-managed communities in 11 states.

The plan emphasizes a holistic approach across the continuum of care and aligns health benefits with surrounding supportive services and health and wellness resources in an effort to help improve quality while reducing costs for Erickson Living residents and their beneficiaries.

This month, Erickson Advantage received a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 2021 Medicare Advantage overall health plan rating of 5 stars. This recognition is a symbol of the high quality and top-rated customer service those who become Erickson Advantage members can expect. Erickson Advantage is one of only 21 Medicare Advantage health plans out of 400 health plans across the country to receive a combined 5-star rating from CMS for Part C and Part D benefits.

To learn more about Erickson Living, visit

About Anns Choice: It is one of 20 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 103-acre campus in Warminster Township, Bucks County. The not-for-profit community of more than 1,900 residents and 1,000 employees is governed by its own board of directors, affiliated with National Senior Campuses Inc., who provide independent financial and operational oversight of the community. Additional information about Anns Choice can be found at

About Maris Grove: Maris Grove, one of 20 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 87-acre campus in Concord Township, Delaware County. The not-for-profit community of more than 1,900 residents and 750 employees is governed by its own board of directors, affiliated with National Senior Campuses Inc., who provide independent financial and operational oversight of the community. Additional information about Maris Grove can be found at

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Time to think healthy is before holidays, not New Year’s Day – Clay Today Online

By William DavisSteel Mill Fleming Island

Think the holidays are here to ruin your health? Think again.

Its holiday season, and that means you will soon be thinking and talking about New Years resolutions. We already have Christmas decorations in the stores, and soon will come the bombardment of holiday themed marketing.

Advertisements for holiday parties, holiday cooking and holiday snacks. With advertisements in your face in stores, as well as every device you own, its impossible to not feel overwhelmed. Then as Christmas time approaches everyone will be thinking about resolutions. You will hear things like New Year New You, This year will be the year I lose the weight, Starting in January Im finally going to get in shape.

People think they must wait to the beginning of the new year to start living a healthy life. We have been conditioned to thinking that we consume all this horrible food during the holidays. This gives us the excuse to let yourself go because Dont worry, Ill really get after it in January. But evidence and the reality are you are just digging yourself a hole, so lets look at two scenarios.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the failure rate for New Year's resolutions is said to be about 80%, and most give up by mid-February. The average American gains five pounds of weight during the holidays, so if this is true, then why would you put yourself through the hassle of gaining weight only with the resolution to lose it come January? Thats like running a race but making yourself start 50 feet behind the other competitors. This makes no sense, and it is a yearly battle I must fight with clients working in the health and wellness industry. So here are the hard facts:

As of Nov. 19, there are 42 days until January. Assuming you eat three meals a day that means you will consume 126 meals between now and the New Year. Lets look at the remaining holidays. Thanksgiving and the day after (two meals), Christmas and New Years (one meal each), and lets say three parties (three meals) for a total of seven days and 10 meals.

So, what seems to be a big roadblock in your healthy lifestyle, is actually seven days out of 56, and 10 meals out of 126. Logically no one would sacrifice five unwanted pounds on those odds, yet every year millions of people do. A healthy lifestyle is a year-round affair, and a lifelong pursuit. A healthy lifestyle also means balance. Its ok to enjoy those moments guilt free because if you are doing what you should be doing which is eating sensibly and exercising daily, then you dont have to worry about digging a hole for yourself. Change your mind set about what the holidays truly are, and you will be able to enjoy the treats and keep a slim waistline.

William Davis has been in the fitness industry for 10 years and hes run Steel Mill Fleming Island for seven years. Hes also a USA weightlifting sport performance and USA powerlifting club coach, a CrossFit Level 2 trainer, PN nutrition coach, CrossFit powerlifting trainer, aerobic capacity trainer, movement and mobility trainer and rowing trainer.

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Lee Health, Cleveland Clinic announce agreement to enhance healthcare in Southwest Florida – PRNewswire

FORT MYERS, Fla., Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Lee Health and Cleveland Clinic announced they will enter into an agreement to share best practices that will optimize patient-centered care for residents of Southwest Florida.

Cleveland Clinic and Lee Health have established a strategic alliance to enhance and improve care in Southwest Florida. Collectively, the two organizations will explore opportunities for service line affiliations and strategic initiatives that can improve quality and efficiency of care through clinical and operational enhancements.

This strategic alliance establishes a framework for how the two health systems will work together as they assess opportunities to share best practices and enhance existing clinical or operational projects or establish new ones. As the two organizations move forward, they will lay groundwork for potential further areas of collaboration in the future.

"The alliance with Cleveland Clinic opens up many possibilities for future collaboration, programs and activities that will enhance the excellent care we are already providing to our patients," said Larry Antonucci, M.D., MBA, President and CEO of Lee Health. "Together with the physician community we will establish new ways to elevate the medical care available throughout Southwest Florida."

Cleveland Clinic is consistently recognized internationally for its quality of care. Recently, U.S. News & World Report named Cleveland Clinic the No. 2 hospital in the nation and the No. 1 hospital for heart care in its 2020-21 Best Hospitals rankings. It is the 26th consecutive year that Cleveland Clinic has earned the No. 1 ranking in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, and the 22nd year in a row it has earned a Top 5 overall ranking.

Cleveland Clinic was also ranked in the Top 10 nationally by U.S. News & World Reportin 13 specialties. Cleveland Clinic Florida's Weston Hospital has held the top ranking in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro region for three consecutive years, and was No. 5 overall in the state.

"Cleveland Clinic is excited to enter into this strategic alliance with Lee Health, which has a reputation for high-quality care," said Conor Delaney, M.D., Ph.D., CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic Florida. "We look forward to the collaboration between teams and to continue the excellent outcomes for the patients of Lee Health."

Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida since 1916. Today, it is one of the largest not-for-profit public health systems in the U.S. Lee Health operates four acute care and two specialty hospitals, including the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Lee Health also provides an array of specialized programs and services vital to the community, such as comprehensive primary and specialty care physicians, outpatient services, home health and skilled nursing. The health system provides several services unique to the region, including a trauma center, regional cancer center, regional perinatal intensive care center and neonatal intensive care unit.

Lee Health is recognized nationally and in Florida for its high-quality care. In April 2020, all four of its adult acute care hospitals earned A grades from Leapfrog, which publishes safety grades for hospitals across the country. Leapfrog also recognized Gulf Coast Medical Center as a Top Hospital in 2020 and Golisano Children's Hospital as a Top Children's Hospital three years in a row. Cape Coral Hospital is a Sterling Council Award recipient, the highest quality award in Florida.

"It is exciting to have these two high-quality organizations team up in this innovative alliance to advance health care in this region in a way that neither party can achieve on its own," said David Collins, chairman of the Lee Health Board of Directors. "The Board of Directors is eager to see what emerges as Lee Health and Cleveland Clinic begin to collaborate and is looking forward to providing strategic oversight to the projects that will be brought forward."

About Lee HealthWith over 14,000 employees, Lee Health is the largest health care system in Southwest Florida. Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at

About Cleveland ClinicCleveland Clinicis a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. Among Cleveland Clinic's 67,554 employees worldwide are more than 4,520 salaried physicians and researchers, and 17,000 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,026-bed health system that includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 18 hospitals, more than 220 outpatient facilities, and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2019, there were 9.8 million total outpatient visits, 309,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 255,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic's health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at and News and resources available at

About the Cleveland Clinic Florida regionThe Cleveland Clinic Florida region is a nonprofit, multi-specialty healthcare provider that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. The Florida region now includes Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, and Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital, with five hospitals and numerous outpatient centers in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties. The Florida region is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit Follow us on Twitterand Facebook.

Contact: Mary Briggs, 239.343.8368, [emailprotected] Scott Samples, 772.678.9614, [emailprotected]

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Nonprofits Receive $900,000 in Funding from Tufts Health Plan Foundation to Address COVID-19 Pandemic – PRNewswire

WATERTOWN, Mass., Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced 64 community organizations will share$900,000 in funding to help in on-going COVID-19 response efforts. The nonprofit organizations focus on urgent needs in communities, especially those disproportionately affected by the virus. The funding, first announced in June, is in addition to the $1 million in COVID-19-related grants awarded earlier this year.

"Nonprofit organizations continue to face significant challenges as they respond to current needs, prepare for colder weather and address changing conditions," said Tom Croswell, president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan. "Our Foundation understands the vital role these organizations play in improving community health and remains committed to bolstering their capacity."

The grants support organizations working to address basic needs like food access, housing assistance, and other fundamental supports to help people stay safe and healthy. The funding will go to organizations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut.

"We are proud to support organizations that are most in touch with community needs," said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. "We recognize the overwhelming impact COVID-19 is having in communities of color is the result of generations of social and economic inequities, reinforced by systemic racism."

A new report How Innovative Community Responses to COVID-19 Support Healthy Aging highlights strategies employed by communities during the pandemic and offers recommendations for stronger responses moving forward. Released last month, the report is the result of a collaboration between the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative and FSG. It was funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

In addition, the Foundation also offered a two-for-one match for donations by Tufts Health Plan employees and board members to nonprofits affected by COVID-19 and those working for racial justice. From March through August, an additional $400,000 went to community organizations through this program.

Connecticut: $210,000

Massachusetts: $340,000

New Hampshire: $165,000

Rhode Island: $185,000

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 $40 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 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 1.16 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 Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedInand Instagram.

*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 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO plans received 5 out of 5 stars for contract years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021.**NCQA's Private Health Insurance Plan Ratings 20192020***NCQA's Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2019-2020.

CONTACTAlrie McNiff Daniels617-301-2715[emailprotected]

Kathleen Makela617-480-9590[emailprotected]

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Successful Aging: 4 ways to thrive and be healthy during the pandemic – Press-Enterprise

Dear readers,

This past week I had the opportunity to speak at the Healthy Living Virtual Expo sponsored by the Southern California News Group. When I was asked for the title of my talk, I said, Aging and Thriving during the Pandemic: Are You Kidding? As I was sitting in front of my computer, faced with a blank screen, I said to myself, What in the world was I thinking? We are in the middle of a pandemic, high unemployment, economic disaster for so many businesses and individuals, mental health issues, climate change, California fires and an occasional earthquake. And I want to talk about aging and thriving?

And then I thought about a note I received several years ago from the late James E. Birren, founder of USCs Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center and the first dean of the Davis School of Gerontology. At the time Birren was in his 90s. He did not sign his note with the traditional regards, or best wishes. He signed it, have good days. That resonated with me, particularly now.

It was a reminder about the importance of living a single day at a time while continuing to recognize the realities around us. That day can be more than just surviving; it can be about thriving.

The term thriving has been defined as getting better at something, being good at something, feeling fortunate or grateful and feeling good about life and ourselves. This approach to thriving encouraged me to think about the silver linings or at least the glimmers that can be part of our lives during the pandemic. In a sense these glimmers are discoveries.

Here are some examples based on numerous conversations Ive had with older men and women:

Discovering the importance of exercise: One older woman found the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg an inspiration. Justice Ginsburg hired a fitness coach, Bryant Johnson, as her trainer in 1999 after being treated for colon cancer. She hired him again in 2009 after being treated for pancreatic cancer. The book The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strongand You Can Too by Johnson consists of line drawings of Ginsberg exercising with instructions on how to safely implement them. Ginsburg is an inspiration in so many ways.

Learning something new: Examples include painting as one person is taking plein-air art classes held at several botanical gardens. Another embarked on singing lessons while another is figuring out his new iPhone and how to sync it with his tablet. Then there were the online classes, Ted talks, cooking and online yoga classes. One man decided it was time to get Netflix and Amazon Prime, which meant figuring out how to subscribe to them.

The Zoom discovery: This video-conferencing platform has gone beyond discovery. It has become almost normative, becoming the most popular way people of all age groups are connecting during the pandemic. A grandmother is reading a story to her young granddaughter just before bedtime. Longtime friends are connecting. Family members are discovering one another. Adults of all ages are attending conferences they typically would not attend, often because of finances. Although not perfect, Zoom helps fight social isolation and loneliness, particularly for older adults. However, Zoom does not take the place of hugging a grandchild or holding a baby in our arms. Then there is Zoom fatigue, which is another conversation.

Discovering a neighborhood: A woman in her 60s whose work required global travel was at home during the quarantine and realized she did not know her neighbors. In a creative moment, she took some chalk and wrote welcoming messages on the sidewalk. She wrote personal notes and placed them in her neighbors mailboxes. The response was overwhelming. Others are discovering their neighbors by walking their dog which has become so popular that some shelters are reporting running out of dogs for fostering or adoption.

These are just a few examples of glimmers during the pandemic. They are indicators of more than just surviving; these are examples of how to thrive. We all have the capacity; its a mindset, an intention.

So dear readers, consider doing something that makes you thrive, look for the glimmersand have good days.

Helen Dennis is a nationally recognized leader on issues of aging, employment and the new retirement with academic, corporate and nonprofit experience. Contact Helen with your questions and comments at Visit Helen at and follow her on

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Nationally Recognized Infectious Disease Experts Will Discuss and Encourage Flu Vaccination During the Pandemic – Business Wire

UPPER NYACK, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF), a patient-centered non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people with chronic illness, will host a live, 1-hour webinar on October 27 at 5pm EDT titled, The Flu Vaccine and COVID-19: What People with Chronic Illness Need to Know. Nationally recognized infectious disease and chronic disease health care providers will contribute their perspective and answer questions about why getting vaccinated against the flu is a priority this year, particularly for those living with chronic conditions such as inflammatory arthritis. The expert panelists will debunk common myths about the flu shot and share information about where and how to safely get the flu vaccine.

Panelists include:

Unfortunately, its likely that both the flu and COVID-19 virus will spread as fall and winter advances. Getting a flu vaccine during the 2020-2021 flu season is critical because even if the vaccine doesnt prevent flu entirely, it can reduce a persons risk for serious complications and possibly death, said Dr. William Schaffner. During this webinar, we will explain why flu vaccination bolsters an individuals immunity while supporting the publics health, and well highlight its importance for people at higher risk for complications resulting from flu or coronavirus infection.

Vaccination Will Protect Healthcare Resources

If we can reduce the incidence of flu and complications from flu, not only does it improve short and long-term health outcomes for individuals, but it will conserve health care resources that are still needed to cope with patients who contract COVID-19, said Dr. Iris Navarro-Millan. When we all get vaccinated against flu, we protect ourselves, our families, our communities and vulnerable patient populations.

The Flu Vaccine and COVID-19: What People with Chronic Illness Need to Know is a free event open to the general public and media

WHEN: Tuesday, October 27, 5pm ET


Flu vaccines are widely available at health care provider offices, retail pharmacies, and other locations hosting vaccination clinics at no cost to patients with most insurance plans. As those with chronic illnesses may be at greater risk for severe complications from COVID-19 and flu, we look forward to doing our part to help educate those who most need to be protected against the flu, particularly in a COVID-19 environment, said Tasha Polster.

The Global Healthy Living Foundation is committed to bringing evidence-based education and support to at-risk chronic disease patients who are especially susceptible to complications from coronavirus and flu, either due to weakened immune systems from their chronic conditions, or due to immune-suppressing medications that they use to treat those conditions, said Louis Tharp, executive director and co-founder of the Global Healthy Living Foundation and CreakyJoints, its digital patient organization for people living with all forms of arthritis. Were excited to welcome our panelists to this important discussion and encourage people living with chronic disease, their family, friends, and the community at large to join this event, ask questions, and make a plan to get vaccinated for flu.

About Global Healthy Living Foundation

The Global Healthy Living Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people living with chronic illnesses (such as arthritis, osteoporosis, migraine, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, and cardiovascular disease) by advocating for improved access to health care at the community, state, and federal levels, and amplifying education and awareness efforts within its social media framework. GHLF is also a staunch advocate for vaccines. The Global Healthy Living Foundation is the parent organization of CreakyJoints, the digital arthritis community for millions of arthritis patients and caregivers worldwide who seek education, support, activism, and patient-centered research through ArthritisPower (, the first-ever patient-centered research registry for joint, bone, and inflammatory skin conditions. GHLF also hosts PainSpot (, a digital risk assessment tool for musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. Visit for more information.

Find us on social media:Facebook: and Twitter: @GHLForg, @CreakyJoints, #CreakyChatsInstagram: @creaky_joints, @creakyjoints_aus, @creakyjoints_espTikTok: globalhealthylivingfnd

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