Spring Ahead!!

March 10th, 2017

Daylight Saving Time 2017:

When Is It Time to Spring Forward?

You’ll lose an hour of sleep, but gain an extra hour of daylight. Also, did you know the risk of heart attack goes up after the time switch?

Don’t forget the first half of the “spring forward, fall back” maxim this weekend. Daylight Savings Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 12.

You’ll lose an hour of sleep Saturday night and Sunday morning with the switch to Daylight Saving Time and it will mostly likely be dark outside when you get up. But you’ll also get an extra hour of daylight

Difficulty adjusting isn’t just psychological. A study two years ago by the University of Michigan showed that the short-term risk of a heart attack goes up about 25 percent after the switch to Daylight Saving Time.

U-M cardiologist Dr. Hitinder Gurm, the study’s author, said that though it’s tough to pinpoint an exact reason, data showed a 25 percent surge in heart attacks on the first full work day after the time switch.

Researchers have long known that most heart attacks occur on Mondays, but the study suggests that the stress Americans go through as they to adjust their internal clocks to the time change plays a role in the spike in heart attacks, Gurm said.

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NIHCArewards.org introduces Club Finder

February 1st, 2017


With the new year comes many options within the NIHCArewards system.  Your members will now have the ability to enroll online!  Check out the live Club Finder site.

The First Time Enrollment button is where you can direct your brand new members to go and enroll online! The “Already Enrolled” button will be live at some point in Feb or March; this “Already Enrolled” button will be a site that current members can log back into to change, edit and view their reimbursement history.  However, it is not ready yet and will hopefully be ready in Feb/March.

Also please note:  Member reimbursement history from 2016 might not be posted for each member.  It will be important for you, the facility, to log back into Vanco to check past reimbursement history on a member in question.
Thank you for your patience with this. 

“We wish you all a Safe & Happy New Year”

December 30th, 2016

 

Happy New Year 2017 Resolutions to Get Fitness Routine

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Happy New Year 2017 Resolutions to Get Fitness Routine: New Year is the occasion of greeting the newness and is also the time to learn from the past to make the future a lot better. To be in shape and to be in perfect health in the coming year is the dream of everyone.

To get into a fitness routine which is the regular exercising and planned dieting further, aids one to shed those extra pounds and to greet the New Year with the glow of health and spirit.

 

Fitness is jus not the plan one ventures on but is the harmonious blend of knowing and getting into a fitness routine along with a diet to lose weight and to feel healthy and young. The rhymed movement of the body teamed with the exercises helps one to gain that destiny shape. So let us usher out the decayed year with all its worries and welcome the New Year with a healthy body by getting into a fitness routine. We have come up with some health and Exercising schedule to offer the glow of health in the easiest way.

It is the very mental strength that is primarily important to get into a fitness routine. Start with those warm ups like jogging, cycling, and treadmill to tone up the body muscles. If you feel uncomfortable going to a gym, take a brief 10-minute walk, every day to warm up the body while getting into a fitness routine. It is not only the regular exercise which is needed to be in proper shape.

However, the charismatic pleasure of karate or bowling or the vibrant form of dancing can also help one to get rid of those extra calories while assisting him to feel the importance of getting into a fitness routine.

Health is indeed one of the most important aspects, and if the health is fine then the rest of things like the emotional, philosophical or economic can be sorted out. So let us plan to have a better health for an enhanced tomorrow by taking the Happy New Year 2017 Resolutions to Get Fitness Routine to feel the difference of a healthy start.

 

“Happy Thanksgiving From NIHCA”

November 24th, 2016

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7 Science-Based Benefits of a Standing Desk

November 16th, 2016

 

“Sitting too much is seriously bad for your health

 

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People who sit a lot have an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and early death (12).

Additionally, sitting all the time burns very few calories, and many studies have linked it to weight gain and obesity (34).

This is a major problem for office workers, because they sit down for most of the day.

Fortunately, standing desks are becoming increasingly more popular these days.

What is a Standing Desk?

A standing desk, also called a stand-up desk, is basically a desk that allows you to stand up comfortably while working (5).

Many modern versions are adjustable, so that you can change the height of the desk and alternate between sitting and standing.

These are referred to as height-adjustable desks, or sit-stand desks.

Although research is still in early stages, it does appear that using a standing desk can have impressive benefits for health. It may also increase productivity.

At the very least, using this type of desk can partly negate the harmful effects of sitting too much.

Here are 7 benefits of using a standing desk, that are supported by science.

 

standing-blog-scaleStanding Lowers Your Risk of Weight Gain and Obesity

Weight gain is ultimately caused by taking in more calories than you burn.

Conversely, burning more calories than you take in results in weight loss.

While exercise is the most effective way to burn calories quickly, simply choosing to stand instead of sitting can also be beneficial.

In fact, when compared to an afternoon of sedentary work, an equal amount of time spent standing has been shown to burn over 170 additional calories (6).

That’s almost 1000 extra calories burned each week from simply standing at your desk each afternoon.

This caloric difference could be one of the reasons why sitting longer is so strongly linked to obesity and metabolic disease (17).

Bottom Line: Standing for an afternoon has been shown to burn 170 more calories than an equal amount of sitting. Over time, this difference can have a major effect on your weight.

Using a Standing Desk May Lower Blood Sugar Levels

Generally speaking, the more your blood sugar levels increase after meals, the worse it is for your health.

This is especially true for those with insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes.

In a small study of 10 office workers, standing for 180 minutes after lunch reduced the blood sugar spike by 43% compared to sitting for the same amount of time (6).

Both groups took the same amount of steps, indicating that the smaller spike was due to standing rather than additional physical movements around the office.

Another study involving 23 office workers found that alternating between standing and sitting every 30 minutes throughout the workday reduced blood sugar spikes by 11.1% on average (7).

The harmful effects of sitting after meals could help explain why excessive sedentary time is linked to a whopping 112% greater risk of type 2 diabetes (2).

Bottom Line: Studies show that using a standing desk at work can lower blood sugar levels, especially after lunch

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