Step Into A Healthier Life, We Dare You! @myUHC #Ad

    As many of you know, I have been a Leukemia Survivor since 2007 and being proactive about my health is extremely important to me.  The truth is that my life depends on me striving to live a healthy life and it is a responsibility that I take very seriously.       We Dare You is a campaign UnitedHealthcare has been running for a few years that dares people to live healthier lives every day, one step at a time. The dares focus on encouraging healthy living as well as on taking control of your health care.     Most families that have members who live with chronic medical conditions like I do, spend quite a bit of money on health insurance and copayments.  As a result, being frugal and mindful of health expenses can be a real cost saver.       By educating yourself about health care and learning how to navigate the complex health care system, you can save a little money.  UnitedHealthCare wants to help you save and … [Read more...]

7 Ways To Use Vitamin E Oil

    Vitamin E oil is one of the best products to keep in your bathroom cabinet. You will find that it can help solve and soothe many common health and beauty issues, and using it is typically as easy as dabbing it onto your skin. You can find vitamin E oil at most health and beauty stores as well as drug and big box stores, and once you work it into your beauty routine you may never find yourself again without it. If you are curious about how vitamin E oil can help you, take a peek below at 7 ways to use vitamin E oil in your own home. 1. Moisturize your skin.
 You can actually use vitamin E in place of your daily moisturizer. You can dab the oil on (a little goes a long way) to your face concentrating on especially dry areas. Once a day should be more than enough, and once it starts to work you can even skip a day between uses. If you wish, you can even add a few drops to your daily moisturizer to help boost its power. 2. Lighten up dark spots.
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Get Quality Medical Care Right At Home! #TransformHealthcare @GetPager #Ad

    Most of you who are long-time readers know that I have been a Leukemia Survivor since 2007.  Being proactive about my health and the medical care that I receive are very important to me.  After all, when it comes to health care, we are our own best advocates.  Recently I have become aware of Pager which is redefining the traditional doctor house call in San Francisco and the 5 boroughs of New York City.     Pager connects you with high-quality care in your home, office or hotel.  If you are like me and you live with a chronic medical condition, having access to doctors who can evaluate and diagnose common infections and illnesses right in the comfort of your own home, is extremely convenient. It saves me time finding a reputable doctor, waiting for a scheduled appointment, and tackling the crowded emergency room whenever I get sick.  Also, all of their doctors are board-certified so I can be confident knowing that … [Read more...]

Face Winter Head On And Enjoy Outdoor Activities! #PassThePuffs @Puffs #Ad

    You wouldn't know it from the weather we have been having this week in New York City but it can get pretty cold here during the winter.  Freezing temperatures and a lot of snowstorms are usually the norm around these parts during this time of the year.  Unfortunately, along with the change in weather, we also spend a lot of time dealing with colds and the sniffles.      Both of my boys have asthma so I worry about them heading outdoors to enjoy winter activities due to the cold air that they will experience.  Often times, they get red and sore noses from blowing their nose every five minutes when they are sick.  Puffs Plus Lotion allows our family to face the cold and participate in our favorite winter activities.  Although I'm not a big fan of the snow and cold, I do enjoy watching my family having a good time outdoors.     Despite living in the city, my husband and sons really love going snow tubing and having … [Read more...]

Is Your Family Protected Against The Flu This Year? #NoTimeForFlu @MinuteClinic #Ad

    The past couple of weeks have been extremely stressful in our household.  Our younger son has sever asthma and it is usually aggravated by the change of seasons or any weather changes.  I had to run with him to the emergency room two weeks ago when he had an acute asthma attack and then again last week when he tested positive for strep throat.  Those of you with kids know this all comes with the territory when kids go back to school in the fall and are exposed to all those germs from other kids.     I've been waiting for him to get better so I could take our whole family to get our yearly flu shots because I'm concerned about all of us being protected during flu season.  We've had the flu in this house years ago and, believe me, it was horrible and we were all very ill for a long time.  Since we are all asthmatics, I worry even more about any of us getting sick and having our breathing problems triggered.     A flu … [Read more...]

Tips For Having A Healthy School Year! #HealthyHabits #Lysol @KidzVuz #Ad

    The school year is finally in full swing here in New York City and I am excited about how motivated students are to learn.  Another reality when school is back in session is that kids and adults alike sometimes get sick due to the change of seasons.  Unfortunately, I always manage to catch some kind of a cold as soon as I get back into the classroom in the fall.       This year, I've been trying to keep the germs at bay by washing my hands regularly and cleaning the desks and doorknobs in my class.  Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes are designed to kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria throughout your home and even in my classroom. Cleaning with soap and water removes dirt, however, disinfecting kills germs on hard surfaces, providing additional protection.  Since my students often sneeze and cough at their desks, this is a great way to stop the spread of colds and infections.     Although I cannot control how germs are contained in my … [Read more...]

September Is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month! #beBRCAware @beBRCAware @SheSpeaksUp #Ad

    The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 21,000 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in the Unites States in 2015, and that a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer is 1 in 73.  Those are sobering statistics and they highlight the importance of being your own best advocate when it comes to your health.  BRCA status in ovarian cancer affects treatment outcomes, and there are treatment options available specifically for women with BRCA mutations.     This month, we are hoping to raise awareness about ovarian cancer by having conversations with our friends and family members about the importance of BRCA testing and to dispel the misperceptions around it.  There are a number of myths floating around about BRCA testing, such as the misconception that only those with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer or who are diagnosed at a young age should be tested. But, family history and age are poor predictors of BRCA … [Read more...]

Find Relief From Seasonal Allergies @MinuteClinic @CVS_Extra #Ad

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by MinuteClinic.      If your family is like ours, you experience seasonal allergies the moment that summer turns into fall.  As a matter of fact, we don't even need the calendar to let us know that the seasons are changing because we have our sniffly noses and watery eyes to let us know this time has come.  The symptoms from seasonal allergies are very uncomfortable and many people struggle to find relief as soon as possible.       There are more allergy triggers in the fall. Typically, weed pollens, like ragweed and mold allergies are those that flare up come fall.  Dust mites are a common allergen in the fall. When you start to close up your house when the weather gets cooler, old blankets and quilts could be hosting dust mites that can be an irritant.  Itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, headache, sinus pressure are general allergy symptoms and we experience all of them in this home.   … [Read more...]

Let’s Have An Uncomfortable Conversation @TalkHIV #OneConversation #UnaConversación #Ad

    This is not the first time that I am going to broach a sensitive subject on this blog and it certainly won't be the last.  If talking about something that makes us all uncomfortable can help to save your life, or the life of one of your loved ones, I will not hesitate to bring it up here.       If we keep putting off having these difficult conversations, the CDC estimates that 1 in 36 Latino men and 1 in 106 Latina women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.  Those grim statistics are simply unacceptable during these modern times when information is so easily and quickly disseminated.       The problem is that we still consider it taboo to talk about sex, sexual health and HIV and, unfortunately, this is especially true in the Latino community.  Studies have shown rising HIV infections among youth between the ages of 13-24.  Youth between the ages of 13-24 now account for 26% of all new HIV infections in … [Read more...]

Send Healthy Kids Back To School! #HealthyStart @MinuteClinic @CVS_Extra #Partner

    The next couple of weeks are going to be a whirlwind of activity with back to school looming in the horizon.  Aside from getting both of my boys ready for school, I will also be returning to the classroom and have to set everything up for my new students.  Another very important activity that we take part in every year at this time is getting physicals to make sure vaccines are up to date and that everyone is healthy.  MinuteClinic has all the services you need, from vaccinations and immunizations to sports physicals.     My older son plays on his school's basketball team every year so it is important to get him cleared by the doctor to go on the court.  His school doesn't require it but my husband and I think that it is a great opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have heading into a new school year.  MinuteClinic practitioners can review your child's health history and immunizations for sports and back to school. … [Read more...]