Christmas is a season filled with familiar traditions. Whether your holiday routines involve baking Great-Grandma’s cookie recipe, moving an elf from one room to another or caroling throughout your neighborhood, there can be great comfort in knowing what to expect from one year to the next. Still, it’s good to break out of your routines… Continue Reading ›

If you’re like many Americans, meat may tend to crowd out the fruits and vegetables on your dinner plate. And while there’s nothing inherently wrong with eating meat, there’s plenty of research to suggest that a more veggie-focused diet may help your overall health. Plant-based foods are, generally, good for your body, mind, wallet and… Continue Reading ›

At the end of a rough year, holiday cheer might seem hard to find. The strains and stresses of everyday life may try to overshadow the joy of Christmas. And in 2020, we’ve collectively had to deal with situations that go above and beyond “everyday” challenges. You don’t have to let pre-epiphany Scrooge be your… Continue Reading ›

Apples, oranges and bananas might be standard fare in your fruit bowl, but these everyday fruits only scratch the surface of the world’s bounty of exotic natural goodies. Shopping for exotic and unusual fruits is a great way to experience new flavors from around the globe. Plus, your body will appreciate the burst of nutrients… Continue Reading ›

The annual signup period for Medicare ends on December 7th, just four days from today. Called the Medicare Open Enrollment Period, this chance to change your coverage if you already have Medicare only comes around once a year.  And for most Medicare members — particularly those with Original Medicare — it’s the only chance each… Continue Reading ›

As we enter into the season of generosity and good cheer, making a difference for others may move to the forefront of your mind. Charitable acts make the world a better place to live. They also help you become a better person — in heart, mind and body. This holiday season might be the perfect… Continue Reading ›

Open enrollment to buy major medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act kicked off — without much apparent fanfare — on November 1st. It’s the one time during the year when people without access to other forms of health insurance, like a job-based plan or a government program, can buy private, comprehensive coverage.  With two… Continue Reading ›

The holiday season should be a time of joy and cheer. But for some, it’s often a time of family drama and conflict instead. If your get-togethers tend to turn into battles, then it’s time to rethink your approach to family communication.  While Thanksgiving dinners still might not end with everyone on the same page,… Continue Reading ›

Lung cancer is a deadly disease. In fact, it’s the number one cancer killer of both men and women, accounting for about a quarter of all cancer deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer kills more people than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. It can affect anyone, too, including smokers and nonsmokers. … Continue Reading ›