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Five Ways to Prevent Identity Theft

five ways to prevent identity theft

19 people fall victim to identity theft every minute. If there is a crime more frustrating than having to try and restore your identity, financial information and good name, I can’t think of one. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, and costs the average victim about $500 and 30 hours to resolve each identity theft crime. With statistics like that, how can you minimize your risk and prevent identity theft? Here are five things you can do now to safeguard your personal information and your identity.   Monitor Your... Read More

Fireworks Safety Tips for a Fun and Fabulous Fourth

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Independence Day is just around the corner and fireworks are a staple of many Independence Day and other summer celebrations, but you need to remember to take precautions to ensure your special event is safe and accident-free. The Risks Unfortunately, many people do not realize just how dangerous fireworks and sparklers can be—which is a primary reason that injuries occur. Fireworks can not only injure the users, but can also affect bystanders. Bottle rockets and firecrackers can fly in any direction and may explode on or near someone instead of... Read More

How to Survive the Summer Heat

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Summer is finally here and we are sure feeling it in Colorado. While we all love to get outdoors and take part in summer fun, summer heat can be more than uncomfortable—it can be a threat to your health, especially for older adults and children. Whatever your age, don’t let the summer heat get the best of you and spoil your summer fun. Here’s what you need to know to recognize, treat and avoid the twin threats of summer heat: Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke   Heat Exhaustion Heat exhaustion occurs... Read More

Laughing Makes You Healthier

Laughing Makes You Healthier

Who doesn’t love a good belly laugh? You know the kind that makes your stomach ache, your cheeks hurt and your eyes water? Well, not only is laughing fun, laughing makes you healthier. What happens when we laugh? A good laugh can give you many of the benefits of a mild workout. William Fry, a pioneer of laughter research, claimed that one minute of hearty laughter raised his heart rate to the same level it reached after ten minutes on a rowing machine. Laughing stretches our muscles, speeds up our... Read More

5 Ways To Be Heart Healthy

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The month of hearts and romance is also National Heart month. But rather than focus on chocolate-filled Valentine hearts, this Heart month is all about being heart healthy, developing habits that will keep your heart beating well and recognizing the signs and symptoms of heart problems, including heart attacks. Heart disease is the number one killer of adults in America, edging out cancer and beating out other all other causes by a wide margin. So, how do you have a healthy heart and avoid being a heart-disease statistic? Here are... Read More

How to Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals for a Healthy New Year

How to Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals for a Healthy New Year

The New Year is upon us and the most frequently made (and broken!) resolutions involve health and fitness. Whether you plan to shed some extra pounds, exercise more or ditch unhealthy habits this year, setting realistic and specific goals is the first step on your road to success. Setting good goals means setting S.M.A.R.T. goals. Using the S.M.A.R.T. method can help you make sure you’re working toward goals that can succeed and not just leave you feeling discouraged and frustrated. Here are the five steps of S.M.A.R.T. goal setting. Specific... Read More

How to Be Safe Behind the Wheel this Winter

How to Be Safe Behind the Wheel this Winter

Winter has arrived with a bang in Colorado. The weather has turned snowy and COLD. That’s great news for winter sports enthusiasts, but not so great  on the road. Whether you’re heading to the mountains for skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling, or whether you just need to commute across town to work, here are some smart tips to help you stay safe behind the wheel this winter and avoid becoming a casualty of winter weather. A primary concern during winter storms and extreme cold is commuting safely. Most businesses, events and activities... Read More

How to Decorate Safely for the Holidays

Decorate Safely for the Holidays

Holiday decorating is festive and fun and helps add to the beauty and mood of the holidays. It also increases some safety risks around the home or office. Follow these simple tips to help you decorate safely for the holidays this year. Christmas Tree Safety Make sure you are buying the freshest tree possible. To check for freshness, follow these simple steps: A fresh tree is green. Fresh needles are hard to pull from branches. When bent between your fingers, fresh needles do not break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree... Read More

Shop Safely on Cyber Monday

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Avoid Scams, Fraud & Other Unpleasant Surprises Cyber Monday, the online counterpart of Black Friday, occurs the Monday after Thanksgiving. This year it will likely surpass Black Friday for shopping deals. Unfortunately, it will also surpass Black Friday for online scams and fraud attempts. But finding great online deals doesn’t have to mean exposing yourself to fraudsters and scammers. Here are a few simple tips you can follow to make sure the only deals you get on Cyber Monday are safe ones. Purchase merchandise only from reputable sellers. Be wary... Read More

Americans with pre-existing conditions can soon gain coverage and keep it!

Via “June 22nd, 2010, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury issued regulations to implement a new Patient’s Bill of Rights under the Affordable Care Act – which will help children (and eventually all Americans) with pre-existing conditions gain coverage and keep it, protect all Americans’ choice of doctors and end lifetime limits on the care consumers may receive. These new protections apply to nearly all health insurance plans. ” To find out more about how these new rules will help you, click here for... Read More