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YOGA

A Healthy Option For Your Mind, Body, and Soul

optimized-yoga-posesFitness trends may come and go, but Yoga has stood the test of time. A workout that heals both your mind and body, Yoga has been around for more than 5,000 years. Born out of historical ancient Indian philosophy, this practice combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing, mediation, and relaxation.

Numerous studies confirm that Yoga is a good activity for those with arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.  With more than 100 different forms of Yoga being practiced, it’s important that you take a class with a certified instructor to learn the poses properly. As in anything involving your health, it’s also important to consult with your personal doctor to ensure you are physically capable to participate.

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What You Should Know About Multiple Sclerosis

optimized-ms-awareness-ribbonMultiple Sclerosis (MS) is a nervous system disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord by damaging the material (myelin sheath) that surrounds and protects your nerve cells. This damage slows down or blocks messages between your brain and your body, leading to the symptoms of the disease. Roughly 250,000 to 350,000 people in the United States and 2.5 million worldwide are afflicted with this disease. MS usually begins within the ages of 20 to 40. MS is at least two to three times more common in women than in men, suggesting that hormones may also play a significant role in determining susceptibility to MS. A person is more likely to get MS if the disease runs in the family history, or if they live in a part of the world where MS is more common.  Celebrities with MS include Walter Williams (O’Jays), Montel Williams, and Richard Pryor.

@NationalMSSociety.org

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Open Enrollment Period for 2017

healthcaregovlogo1Open Enrollment for 2017 runs from November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017. Outside the Open Enrollment Period, you generally can enroll in a health insurance plan only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. You’re eligible if you have certain life events, like getting married, having a baby, or losing other health coverage.

  • Job-based plans may have different Open Enrollment Periods. Check with your employer.
  • You can apply and enroll in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) any time of year.

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