Resolve to be Healthy and ‘Well’thy

New Years Eve in Central Park (Photo credit: Hans J. Hansen)

Exercise regularly.

Run a marathon.

Eat less red meat.

If you are like me and millions of other Americans, a variation of one of the above statements probably at one time or another have been included in your “New Year’s” resolutions.

Why do we often wait until the end of one year to resolve to live healthier and ‘well’thier next year?

I think that we feel safe in making resolutions because we do not hold ourselves accountable – our resolutions become a part of our personal “wish” list …read more

A Different Kind of Advertising

Video camera in action. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brown rice bread sandwiches. Frozen grape desserts. Those were some of the foods that you might see if you peered into my lunch box and that of my brother. Though our “nutritious lunches” may have been deemed ” strange looking,” we were lucky to have grown up with an understanding of healthy eating at such a young age, especially since the media liked to deter us from healthy choices.

Last week, my brother appeared on the Rachel Ray show as a finalist for the Uncle Ben’s Rice competition. The competition aimed to …read more

The Toll of Persistent Poverty

If your total income is deemed insufficient to purchase basic food, shelter, clothing and essential services, then you would be classified by the U.S. Census Bureau as “impoverished” – and you would not be alone.

Approximately 11% of counties in America are defined as “persistently poor” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (ERS), meaning that over 20% of their population has been living in poverty for the past 30 years. Over 85% of these persistently poor counties are regionally concentrated in the South. In these high-poverty counties, ERS reports that three quarters of the poor are …read more

Outraged about Obamacare? Maybe You Shouldn’t Be

Many Americans are irritated with the insurance cancellations that have recently occurred due to the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). This reaction marks a lack of true understanding about Obamacare.

I’ll share a personal example. My husband is currently covered under a very inexpensive ‘catastrophic’ health care plan, which is not ideal for many reasons; the most obvious being that he can’t go in to the doctor’s office for check-ups (unless we want to pay out-of-pocket for the visit).

My husband is only covered for a portion of the bill if he is hospitalized, meaning that we spend a …read more