April 2019 Newsletter

HCCUA NEWSLETTER April 2019 

Dear HCCUA Members:  

Diabetes has been cited as the most challenging health problem in the 21st century. Over 25 million people in the United States have diabetes. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes speed up the aging of our bodies and accelerate the development of atherosclerosis, or cardiovascular disease. In fact, diabetes doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke. 

The heavier you are, the greater the risk you will develop type 2 diabetes. Whereas type 1 diabetes is a disease of insulin deficiency, type 2 diabetes typically develops because the body is insulin resistant and requires more insulin than normal. Our body’s cells are fueled by glucose, and insulin acts as a key that allows glucose from the blood to enter our cells. If the pancreas does not produce insulin, or the body’s cells no longer respond to insulin, glucose remains in the blood instead of being used by the cells, resulting in abnormally high blood glucose which is harmful to the body. 

Education and self-care practices are important aspects of glucose management that help people with diabetes stay healthy. There probably is no one way to eat that works for everyone. For some, all but nixing carbs is the ideal way to normalize blood glucose levels. For others, eating a higher-carb diet and covering the carbs with insulin or oral medications wins. This is why meal plans should be geared to fit each person’s individual lifestyle. 

Keep in mind that what works for someone else may not necessarily work for you and vice versa. You may need to experiment a bit to see how different methods affect your blood glucose levels. Consider making an appointment with a registered dietitian who can review your individual needs and circumstances and help you tailor a nutrition plan that is right for you. In the end, the best meal plan is a healthy one that you are able to follow. 

For diabetics physical activity is essential in helping maintain normal glucose levels. You should become familiar with how your blood glucose responds to exercise. Checking your blood glucose level frequently before and after exercise can help you see the benefits of activity. You can also use the results of your blood glucose checks to see how your body reacts to different activities. Understanding these patterns can help you prevent your blood glucose from going too high or too low. 

For those of you that may be insulin dependent or constantly checking your glucose blood levels, you might want to take some interest in our Prescription Assistance Services if you have not already. Included as part of your HCCUA e-Newsletter we better explain how these services can help you get medications for a lower cost and at times at no additional charge to you. 

We also like to find healthy recipes for our members, such as recipes from Deelish.com that that have wonderful flavors and are good for you. Sometimes substituting certain ingredients for others is all we need to do to make a recipe better for your health. Many of these recipes also include nutritional value which can help you keep on track as well. Try Green Goddess Bowl with Chicken and Quinoa which is high in protein and full of flavors. We would enjoy for members to send us healthy recipes that you enjoy and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

Sincerely, 

Kristine Eckardt, Director of Member Communications 

HCCUA 


March 2019 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Have you ever wondered what causes childhood stress? As an adult it can be hard to imagine a child suffering from stress. Unfortunately, studies show that 10 – 20 % of school aged children experience anxiety which could potentially lead to chronic stress.

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February 2019 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Love is the answer! Research suggests that people who experience being loved are more likely to have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, have a greater resistance to the common cold, recover faster after illness and injury, and decreased anxiety and depression.

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January 2019 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Heart disease and stroke are an epidemic in the United States. Becoming aware of the major risk factors for these conditions can help prevent and control more people from suffering from these ailments. The first steps to reduce your risk are to talk with your health care professional about your heart health, get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked and make the effort to live a healthy lifestyle. High blood pressure and cholesterol are the leading causes of heart disease and stroke. Lifestyle choices include eating healthy, exercising regularly, and following your health care professional’s instructions about your medications all can help reduce heart disease and the risk of a stroke.

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December 2018 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Despite our continuous awareness that smoking tobacco is damaging to our health more than 40 million Americans are cigarette smokers. Smoking cigarettes is known to cause damage to every organ in your body, and smoking-related illnesses are responsible for one out of every five deaths in the United States.

Even though there was a 10 percent decrease in cigarette sales in 2009 that was directly derived from an increase in the federal cigarette tax, it is not only price that is changing the habits of American smokers. Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, have also contributed. Global sales of smokeless tobacco products, including smokeless inhalers, has grown to nearly $3 billion and continues to grow. Continue reading “December 2018 Monthly Newsletter”


November 2018 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

As we approach the end of the year we begin to experience cooler and shorter days. It is vital that we take proper precautions towards cold and flu season which is most common during this time of the year. It is easy to catch the common cold or flu because defenses are down and people have the tendency to fall out of daily routines like eating right and exercising daily.

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October 2018 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

With Open Enrollment starting on November 1st, HCCUA wants to enlighten members with some important information on how to explore this window of opportunity!

Open Enrollment is the once-a-year period when everyone can enroll in “major medical” health insurance.  Major medical insurance is comprehensive health insurance that covers a wide range of benefits, from hospital inpatient and emergency care to doctor visits and pediatric services. Continue reading “October 2018 Monthly Newsletter”


HCCUA, Inc. 2018 Annual Meeting

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please be advised, pursuant to Healthcare Cost Containment United Association Inc.’s Bylaws, that the Healthcare Cost Containment United Association Inc. Annual Meeting of Members will be held October 27th from 12pm-2pm. The Annual Meeting shall take place at 10197 West Sunrise Blvd. Plantation, FL 33322. Your attendance is welcome.

Very truly yours,
HCCUA


September 2018 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

Taking care of yourself is essential to living a healthy life. So, what a better time to benefit from your Annual Comprehensive Wellness Profile (CWP) as part of your HCCUA membership? This test is offered to you after a continuous active membership in good standing for at least 180 days at no additional cost.  The Profile contains a blood test and a thorough bio-chemical assessment of most major organ systems. Continue reading “September 2018 Monthly Newsletter”


August 2018 Monthly Newsletter

Dear HCCUA Members:

We hope you are all enjoying your summer! It is almost time for back to school. For many parents this means your To-Do list gets longer. There are a few key factors you should start implementing into your schedules before the first day of school to prepare your child for the new school year. Continue reading “August 2018 Monthly Newsletter”