On this month’s episode of Community Health Matters, we spoke with experts about stroke awareness, walking and biking safety, and healthy aging.
Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. St Thomas Health’s Dr. Frank Lafranchise joins us this afternoon to discuss the warning signs. A great rule-of-thumb to remember is FAST – Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 911.
42 million people in the U.S. are age 65 years or older. With aging come new changes, challenges and opportunities. Council on Aging of Middle TN’s Grace Smith explains Older Americans Month, healthy aging and available resources.
There are 127 million walking trips and 9 million bike trips in the U.S. daily. Mary Beth Ikard from the Mayor’s Office joins us to discuss the benefits of walking and biking, and how to do so safely.
Convenience and affordability are the two major factors when individuals consider visiting their doctor. Thanks to advances in technology, options such as telehealth – or “virtual office” make it easier and more affordable for people to access medical care from anywhere, including for relatively minor issues such as allergies, bronchitis and pink eye. Before making an appointment, search online for more convenient care options in your area.
Does your employee health plan include a Health Savings Account (HSA)? HSAs offer tax advantages: money is deposited pre-tax from your paycheck and accrues interest tax-free, and withdrawals are not taxed as long as funds are used for qualified health-related expenses. Learn more about your options for saving by starting a conversation with your employer today.
Did you know an estimated 70 percent of employers offer wellness programs, with an average value of $693 per employee per year? Programs can include financial incentives, such as lower premium costs for completing health assessments, signing up for a health coaching program, lowering your cholesterol, going to a gym or using a fitness tracker. But fewer than half of eligible employees earn the full incentive, leaving millions of dollars unclaimed. Talk to your employer today to find out what incentives they offer.
Many people lack a thorough knowledge of basic insurance terms – in fact, only 7 percent of Americans were able to define all four basic health coverage terms on a UnitedHealthcare survey: premium, deductible, copayment and coinsurance. Learn the lingo with the help of justplainclear.com glossary to understand your finances.