Pet Care Savings

Pets can be an extension of a family, a person’s best friend, and, in some cases, a lifeline.  Spending quality time with your pets can have a positive impact on your mood as well as your physical health.  Animals can be calming stress fighters, help reduce levels of anxiety and depression, promote exercise and playful activity, encourage social interaction, and, most importantly, offer unconditional love and affection.

Statistics show that people with pets in their home have healthier hearts and lower blood pressure. In addition, people with pets are usually in high spirits, more trusting, and less lonely than those who do not have pets.  The benefits of pets extend even to the newest members of your families!  Babies raised in homes that have pets may be less likely to have allergies and asthma. Continue reading “Pet Care Savings”


February 2016 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Guess what!  There is a pattern that proves love is good for more than just the soul!  Love is good for your health. Research suggests that people who are in love or in long-term relationships are more likely to have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, maintain greater resistance to the common cold, recover faster after illness and injury, and decrease anxiety and depression.

When we discover that extraordinary connection that is “love” with another person, positivity begins to flow and your nervous system is filled with positive hormones. Dopamine, one of the hormones generated when individuals are in love, evokes emotions of pleasure, optimism, energy and a sense of well-being. Continue reading “February 2016 Monthly Newsletter”


Broccoli and Artichoke Angel Hair Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1 12-Ounce package of angel hair pasta
  • 1 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 Cup garlic, chopped
  • ¼ Cup olive oil
  • 2 6-Ounce jars of marinated artichoke hearts
  • 2/3 Cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ Cup Romano cheese, grated
  • 1 Large bunch of fresh broccoli
  • 4 Teaspoons fresh basil, chopped

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Pet Care Savings

For many of us, our pets are part of the family, a companion, a best friend! Yes, spending quality time with your furry friends can have a positive impact on your mood and health, as pets can be calming stress fighters.

Pet Ownership Positives

Research shows that pets can lead you to have a healthier heart and lower your blood pressure. People with pets are generally happier, more trusting, and less lonely than those who do not have pets. They also tend to visit the doctor less often for minor problems. One reason why this may be – your pet gives you a sense of belonging and meaning. Continue reading “Pet Care Savings”


Time Management

With good time management, a person can get far more done than what they would otherwise. Time management can not only help one achieve many personal and career goals, but it can actually lead to a happy and less stressful life.

Here are a few time management tips to help get any time management problems in order so you spend more time on the tasks that will do the most good for you:

Priority List:
Write down all the things that you must do for a given period of time. The best time to do this is at the beginning of week.  When you only rely on memory you are likely to forget something.
Decide what is most important to get done. Rate your tasks between 1 – 5, with number 1 being the most important and number 5 being the least important tasks. Now can work on this week’s task according to their priority. Continue reading “Time Management”


Budgeting for Your Healthcare

There is little doubt that healthcare costs are soaring and people are often financially unprepared for the impact on their well-being. The cost of healthcare is rising faster than any other cost of living. Unfortunately, this trend is expected to continue, and even increase in significance. Within just a few years, healthcare will be the biggest expenditure for most people’s annual income, even surpassing the cost of housing. Continue reading “Budgeting for Your Healthcare”


Selfless Parenting

There’s a tough conversation facing parents who truly care about what their children are learning from them. It’s easily dodged and rationalized as something better addressed at another time, and too easily hidden beneath a surface appearance of propriety and health. It’s the antithesis of what our parents often said to us – do as I say, not as I do – which today has been exposed as a Clintonesque deflection of responsibility stemming from ignorance and, perhaps, an unencumbered selfishness. Nobody expects parents to be perfect. In fact, the way parents address their own imperfections can effectively model desired behavior and values for children. But when parents stick to their faulty guns with the stubborn resolve of an addict, or worse, if they fail to recognize the insidious little ways their own choices are poisoning the perceptions of their children, they are coming up short on their report card of parental effectiveness. These parents need a wake up call, because the window of opportunity to make lasting impressions on our children is short and closing fast, and the bad impressions are every bit as enduring as the good ones. Continue reading “Selfless Parenting”


January 2016 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

As we reflect on 2015 and anticipate what’s to come in 2016, let us focus on our personal achievements rather than our shortcomings. Tame your inner critic and have some self-compassion!  When deciding on a New Year’s resolution, choose something you want to last throughout the entire year versus the first few months. Continue reading “January 2016 Monthly Newsletter”


Medical Tests You Need at Various Life Stages

There are numerous medical tests that can be taken throughout an individual’s life. Some are relevant to age while others are on a need-only basis. Regardless of the test, there is one thing that must be kept in mind: family history. This is one of the most important elements of your medical file. Certain tests that are usually administered later in life may need to be taken earlier to help prevent major illnesses, like cancer. Always tell your doctor about your family history and discuss which tests should be taken and when based on your medical file. Continue reading “Medical Tests You Need at Various Life Stages”