Simple, fun articles to help you save on healthcare (and more)!

  • June 07, 2018

Does Wine Have Health Benefits? 3 Points

Did you ever take a class in school that seemed too good to be true? My college had (and still has) one of the top-rated hospitality programs in the country. One of the courses offered was Beer & Wine Tasting. My degree was in psychology, but I needed a social credit and this counted...score! 

We learned about the different regions, varietals, and even health benefits of wine. While it’s definitely true I received credit for this course, there are arguments on both sides of the table concerning the genuine health benefits of wine.  

  • May 22, 2018

Can Pets Really Help Us Live a Healthier Life?


If I asked you to name your immediate family members, would you include a pet? We definitely think of our animals as part of the family. My dog, Shaka, is often the first living being I speak to each morning.

 Perhaps this strong connection between pets and owners is why so many studies have popped up over the years to answer this question: are pets the key to living a healthier (and perhaps, longer) life?

  • April 25, 2018

A Living Will: How Good Came From Our Family Tragedy


Have you ever gotten one of those dreaded phone calls in the middle of the night? In my case, my father-in-law had suffered a heart attack and was in the ER. I remember holding my husband’s hand and praying in the car on our way to the hospital for more time with this man who meant so much to the entire family.

  • April 11, 2018

What does your poop tell you about your health?


This is a guest post by Dr. Val Jones who works with our Doctors Online partners at eDocAmerica.

Stool analysis can be helpful in diagnosing gastrointestinal disorders, but without laboratory testing, I would be hesitant to go too far with self-diagnosis. However, there are a few things that you may notice as a casual (adult) onlooker that could be medically important.

  • March 27, 2018

Have you taken the Diabetes Risk Test?

It’s almost Easter, for Peep’s sake!  Growing up, we'd come home from church on Easter morning to a basket left by the Easter Bunny full of assorted candies, which always included those colorful marshmallow treats,

I LOVE Peeps! But, I also love staying healthy. You see, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2008. While I have success in maintaining good blood glucose levels for long periods at a time, this was not always the case. Knowing the triggers is always top of mind.

  • March 21, 2018

Health Tip: Chronic Insomnia


This is a guest post by Dr. Val Jones who works with our Doctors Online partners at eDocAmerica.

  • March 14, 2018

4 Toddler Tips: Rock Parenthood Like a Boss (well, mostly)


What parent doesn't struggle sometimes with their little ones? I'm certainly no expert, but I think we're doing pretty well with our toddler. Sure, I've turned to Google at times -and found varying opinions on almost EVERYTHING! (Hint: the freshbenies Doctors Online service is a GREAT way to ask specific questions and get expert advice from a pediatrician). 

Today, I'm sharing some of the best tips I've learned to help you rock parenthood during the toddler years!

  • March 08, 2018

Top 12 Reasons to Fund Your 2017 HSA

Do you feel yourself getting upset about the increasing cost of healthcare? Are you looking for ways to save on your out-of-pocket costs? Have you tried a Health Savings Account (HSA)? 

  • February 28, 2018

Vitamin D Deficiency: 3 Things I Learned


Got the winter blues? Trouble sleeping at night? Can't find the sunshine even when the sun is out? You might need to check your Vitamin D levels!

About a year ago, I discovered my Vitamin D was "critically low." A simple bottle of Vitamin D3 from the local store and one week later, my symptoms had all subsided. Wow! Could it really be that simple?

Today, I'm sharing 3 things I learned from my Vitamin D deficiency journey...

  • February 20, 2018

Aging Parents: 4 Tips for Caregivers


Remember that song from The Lion King, "The Circle of Life"? That soundtrack plays in my head these days.

As a teenager I thought, "Wow, my parents have a lot of people to take care of."  We lived in New York City with one set of grandparents next door and the other set across the street. My parents had all of them plus three daughters depending on them for A LOT.

  • February 14, 2018

My LASIK Results: 8 Years Later


Are you considering LASIK surgery? Maybe you've worn glasses or contacts for years, like me. I got glasses in the 2nd grade. Let me just say that 30+ years ago, the options for children's glasses all had one thing in common: oversized! 

  • February 02, 2018

3 Tips to Embrace Heart Health


Did you know that women are less likely than men to survive their first heart attack? …that the signs of a heart attack can be different for women than for men - especially when under the age of 55? Watch this funny video with some serious info…

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