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Branson Youth Football

Patient PAL is a proud sponsor of Branson, Missouri’s very own youth football league. For 4th to 6th graders in the Branson school district there is no better place to learn lessons in practice, leadership and teamwork. Patient PAL has equipped these young ballers with all the gear they need to put in a great season of work.

You can find out more about the league on their twitter handle:

https://twitter.com/bransonyouth

Go CJ! Go Pirates!

3 Ways to Stay Fresh, Fit and Fall-bulous

This fall, keep your family’s health and well being top-of-mind! Here are 3 health tips to keep you smiling as the weather changes:

1. Shoo Away Bugs!

The cold bug, that is! As the weather gets colder, we tend to stay inside more, spreading germs and illness more easily. Prevent catching and spreading an illness by washing your hands and eating a healthy diet. Flu season also starts in late fall, so take the proper precautions to keep you and your family healthy.

If you do get sick, make sure to drink plenty of water and maintain a proper dental routine.

2. Brace Yourself…

…Winter is coming! Being too cold can cause serious harm to the body. Stay warm by dressing appropriate for the weather, reducing your time outdoors and winterizing your home. Prolonged exposure to cold air can cause sensitivity. Breathe through your nose to reduce tooth pain.

3. Scare Away Cravings  

Halloween, Thanksgiving, football season and pumpkin-spiced everything…fall is full of holidays and events that encourage unhealthy snacking and indulgences! Don’t give in to your sweet-tooth cravings! 

BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS FOR PARENTS WITH DIABETIC KIDS

August is back-to-school month for many kids, but children with diabetes have more to worry about than buying a new lunch box, or getting new school supplies.

A recent report released by the American Diabetes Association Safe at School Working Group suggests that parents who help organize and prepare for the start of school can significantly influence their child’s success when it comes to diabetes management.

There are more than 208,000 children under the age of 20 living with diabetes in the United States. The American Diabetes Association is raising awareness through its Safe at School campaign to emphasize the importance of ensuring all children are able to have access to proper diabetes care during the school day. The Association & the Safe at School campaign are committed to achieving effective school-based diabetes management for all children living with diabetes.

Parents can prepare in many ways for the start of school by focusing on one or all of the options listed below:

Reach out to teachers & administrators before the school year begins to update your child’s diabetes plan & inquire about supplies.
Meet personally with the school nurse or other staff responsible for providing care.
Encourage your child by talking about healthy choices while at school and during extra-curricular activities.
Shopping for healthy foods may be tricky, and sometimes costly, but the benefits will last for a lifetime.

Talking with a nutritionist is a great resource for planning a diabetic friendly diet. Nutrition education programs are a great way to get your child involved with choice making and knowing what they can and cannot have, what will make their sugars spike and what will help them maintain a consistent “number” throughout the whole day, so they can minimize the highs and lows that most diabetics experience.

Always be prepared, always talk with your child about diabetes and you will have success!

Community Health: July 2015

PLAN AHEAD

Plan Ahead and STOP eating addictive food! Most “diet” foods we eat, today, and the meals you find at fast food restaurants, are designed to be as addictive as possible to keep you coming back for more. Eating these foods distorts your appetite and causes us to consume more calories than we require.

What can you do? Plan ahead, plan your meals and fill up on high-quality protein, fiber and fat.  Losing fat while feeling full has more to do with filing up on the right things, rather than simply avoiding the junk. When you are hungry your body doesn’t necessarily want food, it wants nutrition.

How can this be accomplished? The key is to feed yourself real and fresh whole foods that are high in nutrients and satiate your hunger. Plan ahead and stock up on fresh veggies, fruits, nuts and good pasture-raised meat. Stop depriving yourself and fill up on REAL FOOD!

VENTURE OUTSIDE

Summer is here and that doesn’t mean we have to limit our outside time, but it does mean higher temperatures and the need to STAY HYDRATED! There are so many ways to stay hydrated that include water, but also include nutrients that your body needs that you may not have been aware contain ways to keep your body hydrated.

Swimming, biking, hiking, walking – these are all outside activities that require a little extra hydration on our part, especially in the heat of the summer. Always ensure that when participating in your favorite outdoor activity that you take extra water. Avoid exercise and exposure during high heat index days, avoid alcohol consumption, especially when it is very warm, because alcohol increases water loss and impairs your ability to sense early signs associated with dehydration.  Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing if you must be outdoors while it is hot outside. Carry a personal fan or mister to cool yourself. Find air-conditioned or shady areas and allow yourself to cool between exposures.

A few unexpected ways to hydrate are found in different foods that we eat. Watermelon is made up of 92% water, it’s salt, magnesium and calcium make it ideal for rehydration. Celery stalks are about 95% water, high in fiber and rich in minerals. Cucumbers are 96% water and have no saturated fats or cholesterol. Strawberries are 92% water, the most of any berry, and are loaded with fiber and vitamin C.

There are so many ways to keep yourself hydrated and completely enjoy all your outdoor activities.

A message from our President.

While the healthcare system can be confusing and cumbersome, a membership with Patient PAL is just the opposite. Enjoy this message from our President, Jack London as he walks you through the basic benefits of our monthly membership plan.

Patient PAL Reborn

We couldn’t be more proud to announce the relaunch of the Patient PAL brand. It’s an exciting time for us to both celebrate our commitment to serving our members with over 30 years of healthcare experience, and look forward to the future of Patient PAL as we expand our support system to include every single detail of your health care experience.

We would like to thank our members for choosing us as their partner in health and to the businesses who are committed to providing such a wonderful benefit to their employees. We might be wearing new clothes, but we are the same company who has brought you 24 hour expert medical guidance since day one.

Stay tuned for more help and guidance from Patient PAL.

Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.