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Here's to a Healthy New Year

December 26, 2013

The season of giving is quickly winding down.  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Festivus – it’s likely you made your lists, checked them twice, and set out to secure gizmos, gadgets, thing-a-ma-jigs and whatcha-ma-call-its for those you know and love. 

Gifts are tokens of appreciation designed to convey value and worth, but sometimes they fall a little short of that goal.  No doubt you have opened an ugly sweater, tacky tie, box of fruitcake, or other gift that has forced you to smile politely and remind yourself that it’s the thought that counts.

While you can’t control what you receive from others, you can take charge of what you give yourself. When you made your list and checked it twice – did you remember to include healthcare on that list? 

As we approach a new year, it’s an ideal time to give yourself a gift that conveys your value and worth. Decide, purpose, and plan to give yourself the gift of health. And in this case it's not just the thought that counts….

How many times have you said, I'm thinking about: losing a few pounds, joining a gym, getting in shape, investing in a trainer, learning to eating right, or getting a check-up? Ideas are great, but good intentions are nothing without a plan of action. In 2014, put yourself at the top of your To-Do List.

These days it’s easier than ever to make a sustained and marked change in your life. You can invest in a gym membership where you will have some accountability; you can pop in a DVD and work up a sweat to ballroom dancing, zumba or kickboxing; and if your budget allows you can hire a personal trainer to craft a program specifically tailored to your needs.  You can even find a wide array of help right in the palm of your hand.  That mobile device that you can't part with is a portal to a plethora of helpful apps that can be your key to a healthier you in 2014.   A quick search of the app store and you’ll find training programs, accountability partners, healthy recipes, and nutritional advice.  You can find programs to monitor your sleep cycles, help you with portion control, calorie counting and other components to weight management.  

Taking care of your health is about balanced diet, proper sleep habits, and regular exercise, but it also includes taking charge of you healthcare.  DC Health Link is an on-line marketplace designed to help you select an insurance plan that will meet the needs of you and your family.  It’s important to take care of the things you can, but it’s vital to prepare for the unexpected with a quality healthcare program.

If you have questions and concerns about the changes in coverage for private health plans, you can learn more by visiting  The website is a comprehensive resource designed to answer questions and connect you with trained experts who can help you make informed decisions on healthcare issues that will impact you and the ones you love.

Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!