Human Capital Business Resource (HCBR) Group Inc. announced today that it’s offering a new master health insurance plan through Humana. HCBR’s Master Plan with Humana provides its clients with a group platform removing potential cost implications of community rating for small businesses. The Humana Master Health Plan has been in effect since January 1st, 2015 and has been actively providing current HCBR clients with much need medical cost savings.
The new plan gives HCBR clients competitive and cost-effective benefits that protect small business owners in an effort to let them focus on growing their business. With the Humana plan, HCBR can provide great enhancements to its HR and PEO solutions for entrepreneurs and small business owners. In addition, the Humana Master plan offers access to their industry leading vision insurance option.
Groups that are currently enrolled have experienced significant cost savings, and anticipate long-term cost stabilization.
About HCBR Group
HCBR Group Inc. helps clients grow and succeed by serving as an expert resource for specialized human capital business services. With operations in Chicago, Atlanta, The Caribbean, South America and the Middle East, HCBR Group acts as an extension of its clients’ HR department, provides relief from the day-to-day burdens of employee management, payroll, state, local and international tax and regulatory issues, and more. HCBR Group is an active member of NAPEO and SHRM, and it enhances its own talent through training, technology and career development. HCBR Group offers a single-source solution for employee benefits administration. A Benefits Specialist will work with your business to simplify employee benefits management services to fit your organization’s needs, regardless of size. For additional information, visit http://www.HCBRGroup.com.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health and well-being company focused on making it easy for people to achieve their best health with clinical excellence through coordinated care. The company’s strategy integrates care delivery, the member experience, and clinical and consumer insights to encourage engagement, behavior change, proactive clinical outreach and wellness for the millions of people we serve across the country.
While many people find it easy to be mindful of and work toward being healthier by changing their nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle habits, perhaps the most crucial element to a healthy body is often overlooked: Sleep. We spend up to a third of our lives doing it and we will literally die without it. Yet, the sleep aid sections of local pharmacies continue to expand, as an estimated 60 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders and over $ 56 billion and 25,000 lives are lost each year in the US because of sleep-related accidents.
In conjunction with national Sleep Awareness Week, March 2-8, 2015 (http://sleepfoundation.org/events-activities/sleep-awareness-week), sleep expert Karen Schwarzbach has compiled a list of five lesser-known facts and tips for a healthier sleep that everyone can consider and integrate into their lifestyles. Schwarzbach, a respected sleep consultant for more than twelve years who has helped literally thousands of sleep-deprived individuals finally achieve healthy and peaceful sleep patterns, outlines what she considers some of the more unknown sleep problems – and their solutions – that she encounters in our increasingly technology-dependent and high-pressure performance culture. With the recent nationwide integration the Affordable Health Care Act, Schwarzbach’s work has been increasingly in demand as focus on corporate wellness programs now being required by the act (for corporations of a certain size) continue to proliferate.
Schwarzbach, who routinely advocates sleep as one of the “Three Pillars of Health” (along with exercise and nutrition), has outlined the following top five oft-times surprising factors that contribute to modern Western cultural sleep maladies and her corresponding secrets for a better night’s sleep:
Avoid Wine Before Bedtime. It’s a nightly ritual for many Americans – drinking a couple of glasses of alcohol directly before falling asleep. In fact, many people consider alcohol a sleep aid due to its relaxing qualities. But, what many don’t realize is it is also common for pre-bedtime drinks to contribute to one being wide awake several hours after conking out. Schwarzbach explains that while drinking before bed can induce sleep, it actually disrupts sleep and diminishes the quality and depth of sleep, leading to restlessness and frequent wakings leaving one feeling fatigued the next morning. Also, alcohol is a diuretic, which can be dehydrating as well as increase one’s need to go the bathroom, causing one to awaken from slumber. She recommends that if wine or alcohol are a part of your evening routine, try to stop drinking at least one hour prior to sleep to preserve the most deep and crucial stages of sleep.
Avoid Electronics Before Bedtime. Many people routinely attempt to fall asleep immediately after watching television, using their laptops or checking e-mail or using apps on their smart phones. Many people are unaware that these devices all emit low blue light, which is absorbed and processed by the brain and can disrupt or slow down the body’s ...Read More
Sage Mountain Animal Rescue, a new 501(c3) non-profit dedicated to the advocacy of farm animals, is pleased to announce its rescue and rehabilitation facility in beautiful Brown’s Canyon, just on the outskirts of the world-class resort town, Park City, Utah. Founded by Lauren Lockey and Dave Swartz, Sage Mountain Animal Rescue’s goal is to create a better life for farm animals through rescue, education and advocacy while encouraging a more sustainable planet.
Located on 162 acres, the rescue facility is scheduled to be in operation in the summer of 2015. The plan calls for gradually providing shelter for all types of abused and neglected farm animals as the facility develops. The first shelter available will be to accommodate pigs.
“Our mission is to inspire compassion for ourselves as human beings, farm animals and our planet as a whole,” says Co-Founder Lauren Lockey. “We want to educate people that farm animals are sentient beings and hope to inspire the same level of respect for them that we have for our family pets.”
Through its education and advocacy programs, Sage Mountain Animal Rescue will promote awareness of the significant impact that the animal agricultural industry has on the environment, local wildlife, our heath, and bring to light the harsh living conditions that many livestock endure.
“There is a growing global movement to reduce meat consumption, and we want to do our part to encourage more people to embrace plant-based eating by helping to promote various programs,” Lockey, who is vegan, says. “Global statistics indicate that many people are gravitating toward plant-based eating. One in eight British adults are vegan or vegetarian, Canada’s meat consumption has dropped by nearly 10 percent, and 36 percent of Americans reportedly purchase meat alternatives some of the time. This is an exciting revolution, and we can certainly continue to make an impact on the younger and older generations.”
Sage Mountain Animal Rescue works in conjunction with local and state humane societies, other farm animal rescue groups, and local/regional law enforcement agencies. The animals at the facility have been removed from situations of abuse, neglect or abandonment by law enforcement officials, and cruelty charges must have been filed in all cases. Owner surrenders are not accepted by the non-profit. All animals sheltered by Sage Mountain Animal Rescue that are adoptable will be made available only as a family pet. They will be spayed or neutered and cannot be placed back into food production or exploited in any way.
Sage Mountain Animal Rescue will work in the Summit County, Utah community to raise awareness of the Great American Meatout on March 20, challenging locals and visitors to eat a plant-based diet for one day.
About Sage Mountain Animal Rescue
Founded in 2013 and located 10 miles from Park City, Utah in scenic Brown’s Canyon, Sage Mountain Animal Rescue provides rescue facilities, care and advocacy for abandoned, unwanted or abused farm animals. The 501(c3) non-profit also offers educational programming about the connection to and responsibility ...Read More
While popular belief portrays erectile dysfunction (ED) as a problem limited exclusively to the older generation, the latest research on the subject debunks this myth. In fact, an article published less than three weeks ago reported that “ED affects about 10 percent of men in each decade of life” – with 40 percent of men in their 40’s reporting erection problems. (1)
Despite the apparent prevalence of erection issues, ED rates in younger men have seldom been reviewed. An earlier pioneering study, published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, proved that men of any age can suffer the often devastating effects of ED. Researchers tested both sociodemographic and clinical differences between ED patients over 40 and those 40 and younger and linked ED to harmful lifestyle habits, finding that those under 40 smoked cigarettes and used illicit drugs more frequently. (2)
“Undoubtedly, a man’s overall health has a direct effect on sexual performance,” said Robert Drapkin, MD, board-certified physician in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care.
Dr. Drapkin explained that understanding erectile dysfunction begins with knowing how the central and peripheral nervous systems, anatomy, emotions, hormones and blood flow all work together to create an erection. Sexual stimulation causes the release of chemicals that make the smooth muscles of the penis to relax and increase blood flow, which causes an erection. Once the chemicals are no longer released, the erection dissipates. “Any pathology along this process can cause problems relating to sexual health,” he said. “There are both emotional and physiological causes, but sexual performance problems are often a symptom of an unhealthy lifestyle.”
While commonly-prescribed pharmaceuticals such as Viagra are a popular approach to treating ED, Dr. Drapkin stresses that drugs are not the sole solution as erectile dysfunction “is very much the result of dietary patterns, and can be an early warning signal of more serious health risks such as heart attack or stroke, which are also diet- and lifestyle-related.” (3) Dr. Drapkin attests that along with many healthcare providers, the general public is unaware of the components of a healthy lifestyle, as demonstrated by the current diabetes epidemic and overuse of many prescription medicines in the U.S. His view is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s estimate that 69% of adults over the age of 20 are overweight or obese. (4)
To reduce the risk of developing erectile dysfunction, Dr. Drapkin recommends adopting a healthy lifestyle – including a vigorous exercise program – rather than solely relying on prescription medications such as Viagra which may help in treating erectile dysfunction along the way, but fail to address the need for the individual to improve their health.
“It’s important to address the causes of the issue, rather than accepting ironic marketing messages that state a medical approach is an acceptable alternative to a healthy lifestyle,” Dr. Drapkin added.
Dr. Drapkin’s decades of experience, research and study in the fields of diet and exercise have proven beneficial in helping patients treat ...Read More