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Healthy Living Awareness Day: Lessons from the president

Almost two months after many people made their New Year resolutions to eat healthier and exercise more, February 22 is the marking of Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Day.

While it is not just a reminder to live healthier lives, it is also a boost to get those good intentions back on track.

Healthy lifestyles are not just about eating enough vegetables and fruit, it is also a reminder that spending time with loved ones and friends is also an important part of the overall picture.

This week has seen newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa lead the way by inviting South Africans to join him for a 5km early morning walk.

As Ramaphosa set out at dawn to walk from Gugulethu to Athlone stadium in Cape Town he was joined by the scores of fitness fanatics and ordinary citizens who wanted a glimpse of the country’s first citizen.

Read: [PICS] Cyril’s morning stroll after #Zuma exit

His efforts were well received in the health fraternity. Wellness experts and fitness gurus said people who regularly walk 5km will enjoy major health benefits.

Ramaphosa himself joked, saying his main aim was to address his large belly, sparking social media discussion under #TummyMustFall.

He said morning walks were a way to fill the mind with positive thoughts. He said he also wants South Africa to be a healthy nation.

Brisk walking for 30 minutes at a moderate speed can help you burn 150 to 200 calories. It also slows down the aging process.

“Exercise buys you three to seven additional years of life. It is an antidepressant, it improves cognitive function, and there is now evidence that it may retard the onset of dementia,” said renowned nutritionist Dr Joseph Mercola.

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Wellness fair promotes healthy living for Wolfpack

The second annual NC State Health and Wellness fair recently took place on Wednesday to display programs and other resources students, faculty and staff and others can use to maintain a healthy life.

The Health and Wellness Fair, which took place in Talley Student Union, was hosted by NC State Dining, NC State Human Resources and NC State University Recreation.

Shannon DuPree, a university wellness specialist, was in charge of reaching out to vendors and inviting them to join other NC State Organizations to promote a healthy lifestyle. Over 70 on- and off-campus organizations and vendors attended the fair. Corporations such as PNC Bank, WakeMed Health and Hospitals and Dannon Yogurt were in attendance.

“The Health and Wellness Fair is all about raising awareness of the resources on campus and in the greater community that reflect emotional, career, social, community and physical well-being,” said Dupree. “We invite over 200 organizations in the greater community to come and join the Wolfpack on the path to health and wellness.”

NC State Dining, a sponsor of the fair, is heavily vested in making sure food and drink across campus reflects the dietary needs of students and promotes a healthy way of eating.

Makayla Miller, a second-year studying business administration, is a dining diplomat serving on the special events team for NC State Dining.

“Here at NC State there are a lot of resources for students to monitor what they are eating and even guides on how to eat,” said Miller. “There are nutrition guides, cooking guides, allergy and diabetes menus, and heart healthy tips, all accessible to the NC State community.”

Student Health Services emphasized hygiene as a way to maintain a healthy life, protecting people on campus from germs, illness and poor health.

Brandon Carroll, a first-year studying human biology, is involved in the Pack Peers program, which is designed for students who want to go into the medical field, to obtain experience within the Health Center.

“Student Health offers many services to the Wolfpack such as health, pharmacy, dental, physical therapy, women’s health and counseling services,” said Carroll. “Currently, we are encouraging students to wipe of all their surfaces, wash their hands, and be aware of the spreading of viruses around campus.”

NCSU Transportation is focused on the community aspect of health and wellness. The department is encouraging the NC State community to ride the Wolfline, bike, walk or take other forms of transportation rather than riding separately.

Sarah Williams, the transportation demand manager for NC State, wants the student body to know there are other forms of transportation other than driving.

“We want people to get active through transportation,” said Williams. “Through WolfTrails, the alternative transportation program at NC State, we try to distribute information such as the different greenways available and different bike paths, getting the community moving.”

Vendors also want the NC State community to get active and live a healthy lifestyle.

Spencer Anhalt, a business development specialist with WakeMed, discussed why the company is at the Health and Wellness Fair and how the NC State community can utilize the company.

“Part of our mission is we want to promote health and health education throughout the community, so we can become a better, healthier community,” said Anhalt. “NC State University is making huge steps toward becoming a healthier campus, and WakeMed will help students in achieving healthy goals.”

Students at the fair received helpful information in many different ways. Kendra Battle, a first-year studying life sciences, enjoyed the free giveaways and interactive environment.

“I liked the incentives of going and learning about a healthy lifestyle, because I learned more than I thought I would,” said Battle.

Students can learn more about living a healthy life on the Wolfpack Wellness website.

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Healthy Living: ‘The flu ended up in my heart’: Local woman shares …

Tash Haynes has been taking pictures for the American Heart Association for years, documenting other women’s stories of surviving heart disease and strokes. Little did she know, heart disease would be part of her story.

Last year, after a bout with the flu, Tash says something just felt off.  Tash was having trouble catching her breath, so she went to see her chiropractor who told her to go to the emergency room.

Doctors immediately checked her blood pressure and heart rate which were both dangerously high.  After some more tests, Tash was diagnosed with a condition called myocarditis  Health experts say it can can be caused by a virus (including the flu) and leads to the heart muscle to becoming inflamed.  Tash also had pericarditis, which is the thinning of the lining around the heart.  As a result, Tash was losing blood.  She spent 16 days in the hospital and has worked the last year to regain her strength.

Tash is now an ambassador for the American Heart Association, advocating for other women to live heart healthy lives.  She encourages other women to see their doctor regularly for check-ups and listen to their bodies.

Tash is now back to work, along with her husband Ike.  Together they run a photographer business  , capturing other people’s stories through the camera lens.  Tash says her faith, her family and her 5-year-old daughter, Wisdom are her motivation to stay healthy and continue to take care of her heart.

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Healthy Living: Rib Plating Repairs

Here’s a remarkable story about a woman, who was crushed in a car accident with multiple broken ribs.

Every breath was painful.

But in Healthy Living we show you she was able to return to work in just eight weeks, thanks to an innovative technical and surgical advancement.

The titanium rib plates should not set off a metal detector.

They are MRI compatible and the TSA will see them when patients walk through the x-ray machine at the airport.



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Crescent City Healthy Living for February 21, 2018

DEALING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS: The first session of a Family-to-Family course for relatives, caregivers, friends and partners of adults living with mental illness will be from 6:30 p.m to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at NAMI New Orleans-Uptown, 1538 Louisiana Ave. The free, 12-session program is designed to help all family members better support their loved one living with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. To register, visit For information, email or (504) 896-2345.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: Nurse Leann Hoffart will discuss the nurse education phone support and patient partner program from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, in the Esplanade I room in the first-floor conference center at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. For information on the Big Easy Fleur de Lis Parkinson’s Support Group, contact Sissy Roniger at (504) 237-2302 or

STRATEGIES TO TRIM AND REDUCE: Be Well-Come Together will present a 10-week Strategies to Trim and Reduce program beginning with a session from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 2525 Apollo Ave., Harvey. The free program will help participants improve their health, trim weight, improve blood pressure and reduce the risks of chronic disease, in a spiritually supportive environment. To register, email or call (504) 368-2525.

MEDITATION CLASS: Be Well-Come Together will present free meditation classes three Wednesdays each month, beginning from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Feb. 28, at 2525 Apollo Avenue, Harvey. To register, email or call (504) 368-2525.

KEEPING MEDICAL RECORDS IN ORDER: Elizabeth Gambel, a nutrition agent with the LSU AgCenter, will present “Take Charge of Your Health: Keeping Your Medical Records in Order” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Topics will include medications, doctors, insurance and advance directives.

CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS: The Co-Dependents Anonymous 12-step group for people seeking help with relationships will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Aurora United Methodist Church, 3300 Eton St., New Orleans. For information on the self-help organization, visit

HELP WITH PRESCRIPTION COSTS: The New Orleans Council on Aging offers prescription assistance through its Aging and Disability Resource Center/Senior Rx helpline. The assistance is available to seniors, adults with disabilities and their families. Email, or call (888) 922-8522 or (504) 827-7843. Have ready a Medicare number or insurance information, effective date for Medicare parts A or B, or Social Security number, along with a list of medicines. People with no insurance also may call.

WALKING GROUPS: Walking groups meet Saturdays at the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, in City Park, and at St. Roch Park, 1800 St. Roch Ave. The City Park group, the AARP Soul Steppers, gathers at 9 a.m. The St. Roch group gathers at 9:30 a.m.

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St. Tammany Healthy Living for February 21, 2018 – The Advocate

MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION: Registration is open for free mental health education programs offered by NAMI St. Tammany. The programs are for people living with mental illness and their families. A 10-week peer-to-peer course begins Wednesday, Feb. 21;  a six-week basics course for parents of children with emotional or behavioral issues also begins Wednesday, Feb. 21. To register, call (985) 626-6538. For information, visit

SLIDELL AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP: Strengthening Outcomes with Autism Resources will meet at 9  a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the community outreach center on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. For information, call Anne Galiano at (504) 812-9548.

WOMEN WARRIORS: Breast cancer patients, survivors and caregivers will meet at 1  p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. For information, call (985) 280-6611.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: People living with cancer and their caregivers will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the second-floor chapel of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd. Remote participation is possible by calling (985) 280-8958 at 1  p.m. on group day.

CUDDLE BUDDIES: Parents of babies will have opportunities for learning and support, while their babies have a social playtime, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. The cost is $6 for members and $9 for others. For information, email or call (985) 898-4435.

LAMAZE CHILDBIRTH CLASS: Relaxation and breathing techniques for natural childbirth, signs and symptoms of labor, and postpartum care will be discussed during a Lamaze childbirth class to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. Bring a pillow and blanket. To reserve a spot, call (985) 867-3900 or visit

HEART HEALTH: Dr. Vasanth Bethala will discuss the signs and symptoms of heart disease, and treatment options, during a free Lunch Learn program at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. To register, call (985) 280-2657.

YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS: Patricia Hart conducts free yoga classes for cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. Slidell. The next class will be Feb. 26. The classes are sponsored by the Thomas McMahan Cancer Foundation.Wear loose-fitting clothing; mats are available for use. For information, call Hart at (985) 707-4961.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT: The Council on Aging for St. Tammany Parish caregiver support program lets those caring for people with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other age-related illnesses share their struggles and successes, guided by an experienced facilitator. Sessions are scheduled:

  • At the Slidell Senior Center, 610 Cousin St., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month; the next sessions will be March 6 and March 20.
  • At the Covington Senior Center, 500 Theard St., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month; the next sessions will be Feb. 27 and March 13.

For information, call (504) 339-1757.

CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS: The St. Tammany Parenting Center is scheduling appointments for free inspections of child safety seats. Call (985) 898-4435. Inspections are also held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Louisiana State Police Troop L headquarters, 2600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are appreciated. For information on the State Police program, call (985) 893-6250 or email

TODDLING TIME: Parents and their children, 16 months to 2½ years, will play and learn together through music and movement, arts and crafts, and story time from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. The February theme is “Eyes, Ears and Nose.” The cost for nonmembers is $24 per month, per child. For information or to register, call (985) 898-4435 or

MALL WALKERS: North Shore Square Mall, 150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, will open for walkers at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, through a partnership with Slidell Memorial Hospital, to encourage people to walk with the advantages of the mall’s security, air conditioning and water fountains. For information, call (985) 280-8529.

BABY AND ME TOBACCO-FREE: Slidell Memorial Hospital is holding smoking-cessation programs for expectant mothers on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment. For information or to request an application, call Ashlee Menke at (504) 733-5539.

NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP: The St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center new baby support group meets from 11:15 a.m. to noon every Thursday (except holidays) at 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to 7 months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips with other parents, as well as professionals. Free. To register or for information, email or call (985) 898-4435.

TAI CHI CLASS: The St. Tammany Parish Hospital offers free tai chi classes at 9 a.m. every Thursday, and meditation classes at 10 a.m. every Thursday, at the Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion, 16300 La. 1085, Covington. The classes, led by yoga and tai chi instructor Erlinda R. Nye, are free and open to the public.

COVINGTON GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: A general grief support group for adults who have suffered loss meets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Madisonville Conference Room at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington. For information, contact Daniel Vanek, chaplain, at (985) 898-4562 or

SUICIDE ALERTNESS TRAINING: St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide will present the safeTALK suicide alertness training program from 9 a.m. to noon March 6 at 65278 La. 434, Lacombe. Anyone 15 or older can participate in the program, which teaches how to recognize when people have thoughts of suicide and how to connect them to suicide intervention resources. The program focuses on four TALK steps: tell, ask, listen and keep safe. The cost is $35. To register, visit

SISTER SURVIVORS: The Sister Survivors support group for female cancer survivors meets from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the St. Tammany Cancer Center, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington. For information, call (985) 276-6832.

COVINGTON GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: A general grief support group for adults who have suffered loss meets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month in the Madisonville Conference Room at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington. The next meeting will be March 7. For information, contact Daniel Vanek, chaplain, at (985) 898-4562 or

BETTER BREATHERS CLUB: The Better Breathers Club, a program of the American Lung Association, meets from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. The next meeting will be March 8. The club is meant for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as their caregivers. To register, visit or call (985) 867-4390.

MEDICAID ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE: The St. Tammany Council on Aging will provide free enrollment assistance for the Medicare Extra Help and the Medicare Savings programs in Covington and Slidell in the coming weeks. Extra Help helps people with limited income pay Medicare prescription drug costs such as premiums, deductibles and co-insurance. Medicare Savings helps low-income Medicare beneficiaries pay medical expenses and health care costs. To find out if you’re qualified, bring proof of income and Medicare insurance. The Folsom session will be at 10 a.m. March 13 at the Folsom Senior Center, 82010 La. 25. The Lacombe session will be at 10 a.m. March 20 at the Lacombe Senior Center, 27397 U.S. 190.

TEEN HEALTH EXPO: The Slidell Women’s Health Alliance will present a Teen Health Expo from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 17 at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The event is free, and there will be prize drawings every 15 minutes. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit

SUICIDE INTERVENTION TRAINING: St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide will present a course in applied suicide intervention skills training from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 22-23 in Covington. The program provides training for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Participants often include people concerned about family or friends, emergency service workers, counselors, teachers, ministers, mental health practitioners, law enforcement workers and community volunteers. The course is free, with a $40 registration fee. For information or to register, visit or call (985) 237-5506.

GIRL TALK: Girls ages 9-13 will learn about the physical, social and emotional changes of puberty during the Girl Talk session from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Presenters will include pediatrician Alice LeBreton and dermatologist Taylor Hilton. Teens must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $15 per family. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit

BABY AND ME TOBACCO-FREE: Slidell Memorial Hospital is holding smoking-cessation programs for expectant mothers on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment. For information or to request an application, call Ashlee Menke at (504) 733-5539. 

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: Gamblers Anonymous meets several times a week throughout the New Orleans area. Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with one another that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. For information, call (855) 222-5542 or visit

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Healthy-Living ‘Runnerphosa’ At It Again

President Cyril Ramaphosa took to the streets of Cape Town in the early hours of Tuesday morning to promote a healthy lifestyle, encouraging people to join him for daily morning walks.

The 5km walk from Gugulethu Sports Complex to the Athlone Stadium was a way for the president to promote healthy living.

I want my tummy to fall so I will continue to walk.

Read: Cyril Ramaphosa’s Now Running The Country (And The Promenade)

“Runnerphosa” was joined by a few hundred people who showed up in support. He said being active was the best form of living healthily. “I want my tummy to fall so I will continue to walk,” he quipped.

Ramaphosa, who was also joined by media, was asked about the expected Cabinet shuffle, but he responded: “This is the time to walk, to reflect… about Cabinet and all that. So, this gives me time to reflect as well.”

Last week Ramaphosa was spotted in Cape Town in the early hours of the morning running along the promenade with former finance minister Trevor Manuel.

Cyril Ramaphosa

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Had a heart attack? Healthy living could help prevent another one


Off the Charts is a series featuring expert answers to questions about heart and brain health. This week we explore healthy living after a heart attack, and how to avoid a repeat.

Q: I had my third widowmaker heart attack. Ive had an active and wonderful life and would like to keep living. Ive been an on-and-off vegan for years but now intend to be much stricter with my diet. I dont know what else I can do. Any suggestions?

A: There are many ways to safeguard against a second heart attack, which occur in the United States about 720,000 times a year, according to the American Heart Associations latest heart disease and stroke statistics update.

At the top of the list are a healthy diet and lifestyle. These two actions can help lower your risk for the blood-flow blockages that cause heart attacks.

The recent AHA guidelines about blood pressure include a raft of recommendations for a heart-healthy diet including reducing salt and incorporating potassium-rich foods such as bananas, potatoes, avocados and dark leafy vegetables. Choosing nutrient-dense foods lower in calories and higher in minerals and proteins can help with weight, cholesterol and blood pressure.

The high blood pressure guidelines also give specific suggestions for weight loss, quitting smoking, cutting back on alcohol and increasing physical activity.

Physical activity, especially formalized cardiac rehabilitation, is critical. One study found patients who completed rehab were 42 percent less likely to die within an average ofeight years. Others have shown that rehab helped reduce a repeat heart attack by 47 percent.

Its not just working out at the gym. Typically, a doctor gives a cardiac rehabilitation referral, which can be a phased program that includes doctor-supervised, outpatient monitored activity during the four months after discharge. Patients usually undergo up to 36 sessions in graduated exercise and receive nutritional, psychological and smoking cessation counseling, as well as cholesterol and blood pressure management.

Along with taking care of your diet, lifestyle and cardiac rehab, its important to take stock of how you are feeling.

Its not uncommon for heart attack survivors to feel a raft of emotions such as fear, anxiety, anger and loneliness. Depression isthree times more common in patients after a heart attack than in the general population. About 15 percent to 20 percent of heart attack survivors experience clinical depression.

So, make sure to get emotional support from your family and community.

Its also important to know that not all heart attack symptoms are the same, so you and those closest to you should know the signs and be ready to call 911.

What does a heart attack feel like? Most involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. Other symptoms can include shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea,lightheadedness or pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

What can sometimes be confusing and dangerous is that women and men can feel different symptoms. A recent study showed women tend to have more non-chest pain symptoms, such as nausea, shortness of breath, and jaw or neck pain.

Check out these resources for more information on heart attack recovery and support:

Had a heart attack? Now what?

Support Network

My Cardiac Coach is a smartphone app that gives progress trackers for monitoring blood pressure and weight; tools for logging physical activity and managing medications; and connections to other survivors throughthe Support Network.

A printable medication map so you and your caregiver can see at a glance what, when and how much to take.

Have a question for Off the Charts? Contact For specific answers about your condition, diagnosis and treatment, always seek help from your doctor.

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Global Healthy Living Foundation Publishes Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Health Insurance

Healthy Living Foundation
(GHLF) today announced the inaugural
publication of “A Patient’s Guide to Healthcare: 2018 Edition.” The new
publication defines commonly used terminology, explains how to get the
most from insurance coverage (across all types of insurance), and
empowers patients to advocate for themselves and the chronic disease

“In the United States, affording and accessing healthcare can be
challenging, particularly for chronic disease patients who benefit from
working with specialists and utilizing complex, often expensive,
medications to manage their illness over a lifetime,” said Seth
Ginsberg, president and co-founder of the Global Healthy Living
Foundation and chronic disease patient.

Another patient, Cynthia Arnsdorff, said, “I was diagnosed with juvenile
idiopathic rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 1967 at the age of thirteen.
More than fifty years later, I’ve spent countless hours researching and
educating myself about my illness while trying nearly every prescription
medication as it became available, in the hopes of alleviating symptoms
and preventing further joint damage.” Ms. Arnsdorff is a Georgia-based
volunteer patient advocate for GHLF’s 50-State Network.

“What I’ve learned is that I’m my best advocate. By necessity, I’ve
become adept at understanding my insurance coverage and fighting for the
treatments prescribed by my doctor. But beyond that, it’s important for
me to speak up about the impact of RA so that insurance companies and
the legislators who write our laws understand this invisible disease.”

Quality Health Care for All
“A Patient’s Guide to
Healthcare: 2018 Edition” commences with a declarative Patient Charter,
which details the guiding principles underscoring GHLF’s perspective
that patients should be the driver of healthcare decisions that are not
limited by external factors (financial or otherwise). Beyond spelling
out how the Affordable Care Act provided important protections to
patients, such as revoking the ability of insurance companies to cancel
coverage (rescission) without notice, the guide spells out how different
types of private, public and combination health insurance options work
and how patients can navigate inevitable paperwork, claim denials and

“Frustration is the word I hear most often used when people describe
navigating our healthcare system,” said Mr. Ginsberg. “It’s our belief
that insurance companies deliberately make their protocols complex and
time consuming in the hopes that patients, physicians, and the practice
administrators responsible for securing approvals give up. With this
publication, we are providing chronic disease patients with the
education and tools they need to advocate for themselves and our
community. Every patient deserves to be treated as an individual and
receive the best possible care at an affordable cost.”

About “A Patient’s Guide to Healthcare: 2018 Edition”
Patient’s Guide to Healthcare: 2018 Edition” was written for chronic
disease patients and the people who care about them by a team of GHLF
writers with input from members of GHLF’s 50-State
. The 50-State Network is a grassroots advocacy component of
GHLF, comprised of chronic disease patients who proactively connect with
State and Federal health policy stakeholders to share their perspective
and influence change in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The 50-State
Network mobilizes patients to voice their concerns about access to
treatment, quality of care, and the need to prioritize the
physician-patient relationship by providing public and personalized
opportunities to advocate for the chronic disease community.

“A Patient’s Guide to Healthcare: 2018 Edition” will be updated
annually. It is available for free download at

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, diabetes,
psoriasis, and cardiovascular disease by advocating for improved access
to 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 go-to source for millions of arthritis patients and their families
world-wide who are seeking education, support, advocacy and
patient-centered research through ArthritisPower,
the first ever patient-led, patient-centered research registry for
joint, bone, and inflammatory skin conditions. Visit
for more information.

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3 reasons I love physical therapy

My third foray into physical therapy has been the most welcome. 

Before the first two, I could still run, just not comfortably. This time, my leg has hurt too much to run and I was afraid I’d need surgery. My orthopedist suggested we first try physical therapy. 

Six weeks in and feeling better, here’s what I’m learning: 

Minuscule matters 

Sit on an exercise ball and march my legs for a minute? Lie on my side and lift one leg up and down for three sets of 10? Can such seemingly small movements help?

You bet. It’s like saving $1 at a time: Before you know it, you need a bigger jar. 

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