A healthy diet and exercise… diet and exercise… diet and exercise! This is the mantra that most healthy people practice and preach daily. As such, it is no wonder that health clubs are very popular. But wait… before you dive in and get a membership subscription from the smooth-talking health club “consultant”, take a moment to understand exactly how they were able to convince you.

Many health clubs are employing rather dubious techniques to lure unsuspecting customers into their fold. Do all these marketing tricks really make you save money – or does the opposite happen? Below are some of the classic techniques used by gyms and health clubs to downright fool customers into spending more than they were led to believe.

See Behind those Health Club Marketing Tricks

Get a Free Year – Ever hear those health club gimmicks that allegedly give you 1-year of free membership when you pay for an entire year in advance? You are probably just really paying for two years worth of subscription. Ask around and see other health clubs and you’ll see that you’re not really getting much of a bargain. Don’t forget that gyms and health clubs are high-maintenance businesses. They need a lot of income to ensure optimal service for their clients so throwing in a full year of free health club access may indeed be too good to be true.

Low Monthly Rates – Is there really no catch to those extremely low monthly subscription rates? Well, no – most of the time there is a catch. And this usually comes in the form of very long contracts. These, of course, are not good. What if their service deteriorates a few months since you’ve started? This effectively puts you in a trap where you would have to pay for the entire duration of the contract regardless if you wish to leave later on.

Win a Free Membership Raffle – Fill a form for a chance to win a free membership to the health club. Few people have ever heard of anybody winning these dubious raffles but plenty have heard from unrepentant sales people over the phone trying to convince you to sign up in their health club! This is of course, thanks to the telephone number you conveniently provided to them by filling out the so-called raffle stub.

Free Training Sessions – Spending time with their exercise or fitness trainers won’t provide you with much information, but you’ll get plenty of sales talk. If they offer free training sessions, prepare yourself for a lot of hard selling and incessant talk about getting a membership. Let’s face it, after being entertained for so long, you’ll probably feel guilty not to sign up! You would do better by inspecting the premises instead.

Exaggerated Advertising – Ever see such low rates being advertised by certain health clubs? How about those money back guarantees? Or how about those state of the art gym equipment that promise to make your workouts painless? You would be surprised how far some health clubs go just to make a sale. Yes, many would stoop

According to one of the researches, it has been found that the smell and taste of cigarettes play a greater role in women’s smoking behavior than in that of men. Another study found that cognitive-behavioral therapy aimed at changing attitudes about weight promotes smoking cessation by women. Even if we compare their stats with men, we’ll be surprised to know that the guys who smoke are one out of every three. However, while smoking as well as smoking-related deaths from such diseases as lung cancer have been falling in men, they have been increasing in women. Smoking, in fact, takes a greater toll on the health of women than men; a smoking woman loses, on an average, 15 years of her life while a smoking man loses just over 13 years.

In the first half of the 20th century, lung cancer in women was extremely atypical. In addition to that smoking wasn’t very ubiquitous. Unfortunately, that soon changed when the tobacco industry started targeting women. In 1964, the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was released and it became clear that smoking was a deadly habit which engulfed 45 percentages of women all over. A media campaign followed and smoking rates began to fall, as did tobacco industry profits. But the rates declined more in men than women; the tobacco industry had started their own media campaign, once again marketing directly to women.

Health insurance is a type of insurance policy in which the insurer provides for the cost of any or all of the health care services. Today, there are many types of health insurance such as fee-for-service, managed care, and more. Health insurance is offered to individuals as well as groups. Group health insurance is designed to meet the health care needs of employees of large as well as small companies. Group health insurance policy provides medical expense coverage for many people in a single policy. Under group health insurance, the cost of premium is spread out among the members of the group.

Group health insurance offers health care coverage for student organizations, religious organizations, employers, professional associations, and other groups. Most Americans get group health insurance from their employer. In most cases, employer pays all or part of the health care insurance premium.

Group health insurance benefits both employee as well as employer. Employees covered by group health insurance plan, get medical treatment quickly with little or no cost. Compared to individual health insurance, group health insurance is less expensive. Another advantage is that no medical exam is required to qualify for group health insurance.

A wide range of group health insurance plans are available to choose from. Fully insured employer group, small employer group, large employer group, health maintenance organization (HMO), self-funded ERISA, group managed care, and preferred provider organization are some types of group health insurance.

Getting group health insurance quote through websites is quite easy. In order to qualify for a group health insurance policy, employer must have at least 2 full time employees on the payroll. While purchasing a group health insurance, it is advisable to seek the assistance of group health insurance broker. Golden Rule Insurance Company, UniCare, Aetna Inc., Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Health Net of California, and Time Insurance Company are some of the leading health insurance companies that offer group health insurance.

Doctors are firmly of the opinion that smoking is a very dangerous habit. As a matter of fact, health experts believe that this habit is far more dangerous than another social vice, namely drinking alcohol. One statistic should help illustrate this fact: almost 20 percent of all adult deaths in the United States are attributed to smoking.

Certain other facts should also be brought to the attention of smokers: (more…)

Gone are the days of blissful ignorance, when just about everyone seemed to smoke cigarettes. Keep in mind, those days of blissful ignorance were littler more than 5 decades ago, during the 1950’s and 60’s, when everyone was lighting up, from your average Joe Shmoe Janitor to your upper class stockbroker on Wall Street and socialites on Fifth Avenue. Back then, no one really knew the true, long term dangers of smoking.

Sure, the doctors were starting to see serious correlations between smoking and heart disease, smoking and cancer, and smoking and lung disease, among other things, but it was still pretty much a socially acceptable, and medically acceptable vice to indulge in. Then, the truth started to really make itself evident in the rising rates of heart attacks, increased incidence of lung cancer, and other health related issues.

This increasing awareness eventually lead to a ban on cigarette advertising in the early 1970’s, and of course that ban still exists today. In fact today, even though there are still quite a few people who smoke cigarettes, there is an increasing pressure to kick this habit to the curb once and for all. People can’t even light up in several states if they are in a public area or a public place of business.

This smoking ban, incrementally increased tobacco taxes, educational programs aimed at stopping smoking, and the increased media awareness of smoking’s bad rap all have contributed to a sort of mentality that smoking is bad and smokers are foolishly putting their lives in jeopardy.

This in itself has been a deterrent, but if you are a smoker, you know how hard quitting smoking can be, and you know that there are lots of ways you can fall off the wagon if you are trying to quit. But there are also ways you can make quitting much, much easier on yourself and elevate your chances of success exponentially.

If you were one of the thousands that made the New Year’s resolution to quit smoking, then right now at this very moment you may be craving a cigarette, and wondering if this is really worth the cravings, the irritability, the various individual withdrawal symptoms that you inevitably have that maybe you didn’t even count on.

FUNCTION umbrella is to protect you from the pouring rain. But this time, wearing an umbrella when the sun is blazing better help you to prevent skin damage.

According to a new study by the Dermatology at Emory University in Atlanta said that the umbrella can help to shield the skin from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) that harm, so that was launched Healthmeup.

Exposure to the sun itself is known to increase the risk of skin cancer, especially in those who are often outdoors or body hang shore.

In the study, the researchers found that each umbrella can block more than three-quarters of UV light in the summertime. Black umbrella could even deter at least 90 percent of the sun’s harmful rays.

The use of an umbrella when the hot days this is not yet so common. But for those who are frequently outdoors and want to address the risk of skin cancer and prevent skin damage, could try wearing an umbrella or a hat for protection from harmful UV rays.

High blood pressure or hypertension can be an early indication of kidney disease in children. High blood pressure in childhood is not something normal that one should be wary as early signs of kidney malfunction.

According kidney and hypertension consultants from Faculty of medicine / RSCM Prof.Dr.dr. Endang Susalit Sp.PD-KGH, not unlike kidney filters. Its job is to filter waste and throw it through urine. Inability of the kidneys in performing its functions can be serious implications. If the damage is severe, it can lead to other diseases in which one marker is increased blood pressure.

“Damaged kidneys are not able to perform his duties as a filter,” said Endang.

He stated, kidney damage is said to have reached the stage when entered in End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). At this stage of ESRD, waste able to get out of the kidney. This waste is then inhibited the rate of blood in the blood vessels. Inhibition of the rate of blood causing various diseases, one of which is hypertension.

Renal Consultants of RSCM Prof.Dr.Talaran children Tambunan Sp.A (K) explains, hypertension in children are different from adults. A variety of unusual circumstances in the child’s potential to increase blood pressure.

Condition that causes hypertension in children also often have no known cause (idiopathic). Whereas in adults, hypertension due to diet, work, and irregular breaks.

Blood and urine examination must be done regularly in children with hypertension to examine the possibility of kidney failure. Including urine tests are intended to check the content of creatinine and potassium.

According Talaran, protein in the urine examination will determine the type of diet, which will help the kidneys work. If found high amounts of creatinine, the child will be on a diet to regulate protein intake. While if found potassium, then the child will undergo a diet that regulates the intake of green vegetables.

Cliff Mambu Ezekiel (13), children with kidney failure from Gorontalo also showed symptoms of hypertension before finally recovering after undergoing successful kidney transplant in the RSCM.

“Her blood pressure could reach 210/135, but not as high as it should be,” said Serli Katili, Cliff’s mother.

Cliff successful kidney transplant surgery at General Hospital National Center Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo (RSCM), Jakarta, on March 13 last. He was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2010 and has grown to stage five.

Serli said, when the kidneys are recurrent son looked limp. Cliff also complained of dizziness, nausea and want to vomit. When this happens, quickly brought his son Serli treatment or dialysis.

Best medicine when sick with the flu is the total resting at home. Sebentarnya long rest periods required men and women currently suffering from flu turned out differently. Women take longer than men.

According to statistics in Australia, the average woman needs a period of rest 3 days, while in men only an average of 2.8 days. Of these data is considered more powerful men face a severe flu that decided not to leave the work to rest. In addition women are also more difficult to recover from the flu virus than men.

Public health experts from the New South Wales Dr. Craig Dalton said he was feeling sick, but they tend to be able to help feeling it. Plus, women are more susceptible to colds than men.

A new study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine supports the statement of the statistical data. Study with a survey method in 5000 that found that women tend to be easy to complain when sick with the flu.

Study researcher Dr. Alma Adler said, there has been a myth that men tend to be more “whiny” when sick. However, these studies indicate otherwise.

“There is no evidence to suggest differences in the way the flu virus in women and men. So it can not be said women have more severe symptoms so much suffering,” said Adler.

Participants in the survey were asked to answer a few questions about their symptoms on a scale of 0 to 100. Both men and women who are healthy have almost the same score an average of 90.

But when asked at the onset of symptoms, the man gave a score of 60, while women gave a score of 50.

Are you an individual who is interested in helping people recover from physical injuries or physical limitations due to disease, age, or birth defects? This is the world of physical therapy, and it is one of the few professions that have not been hard hit by our economy, making it a great career choice. Also, because the unemployment rate is so high, now would be the perfect time to start getting the education that you need to enter the world of physical therapists!

You will need a Master’s degree to work as a physical therapist; however, you should always first check with the state that you reside in to make sure what is required for licensure before you enroll into any degree program. Each state varies with its requirements for state and national testing, plus they will all want that the school where you earn your degree to be current with its accreditation.

In the year 2020, the American Physical Therapy Association will require for an entry-level position, a Doctorate degree. When searching for a degree program that is right for you, it might be beneficial to find one that combines the Master’s degree with a Doctorate degree, which would definitely give you a jump on the competition.

Most schools do not make it mandatory that you have earned your Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy; however, there are a number of prerequisites that are necessary before you can enter into Master’s degree program. These generally include organic chemistry with lab, general biology with lab, general physics with lab, statistics, calculus, and psychology. One way to complete these classes is online, which will help you with your time frame, while you continue working during the day.

For most schools offering a master’s degree in physical therapy, students must have a minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) of 3.3 along with some experience working/volunteering as a physical therapist assistant. Some degree programs also have a mandatory requirement of 150 hours of clinical experience and a satisfactory score on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) prior to admission.

The curriculum of any Master’s degree program in physical therapy will more than likely include courses in basic medical sciences, biomechanics, neuroanatomy, pathology, and rehabilitative procedures. If you are interested in taking the courses through an online program, you should inquire with the American Physical Therapy Association, whether or not it is recognized and accepted by them before you enroll. After you complete the classroom courses, you will also be required to complete an internship for clinical experience.

Once you have graduated you will need to take and pass the National Physical Therapist Examination (NPTE), and meet any additional requirement your state has before you can become employed. Many physical therapists decide at this point to obtain their certification in a clinical specialty such as pediatrics, geriatric or sports physical therapy. Of course the more qualifications you have the better the job prospects will be.

There are many ways to avoid chronic disease, in addition to routine morning run. One of them could eat a pomegranate after eating heavy meals.

Pomegranates are known to have a function to clean your arteries that have piled up fat. Indirectly, eating pomegranate can keep you from the heart and coronary disease, where the disease is generally derived from the thickening of the artery walls due to fatty deposits.

Meanwhile, many people who do not know that the pomegranate has many benefits, in addition to maintaining heart health. Therefore, here are some of the benefits of pomegranates that escaped attention of many people, including the following:

Reducing fat in heart muscle

Eating pomegranates regularly can reduce the fat that is stored in the muscles of fat. So the possibility of a heart disease, or heart failure decreased. Similarly, as reported by Fox News.

enlarged heart

Sometimes the heart muscles develop because of stress or perform overtime job. However, enlargement of the heart can return to normal when someone is eating a pomegranate.

Avoid coronary disease

When you eat a pomegranate on a regular basis, ECG or electro cardiogram report that trigger the symptoms of heart disease will decrease. So that your heart health continues stable and protected from heart disease or coronary.

Avoid aging heart muscles

Someone who consumed pomegranate, oxidation in the body will continue to run. This condition is necessary for the body to carry out activities smoothly. Conversely, if you are subjected to oxidative stress, this would lead to aging of muscles in the body, particularly the heart muscles.

Avoid swelling in the joints

Inflammation of the content of pomegranate can make free muscle swelling. In short, eating a pomegranate will be protected from pain and pain in the body.

General fitness refers to overall health. It means having the correct body weight and an ability to handle physical activity without wearing down too quickly. General health is being fit in a well rounded kind of way. Weight loss and maintenance of that loss is considered general fitness if varying activities were used to achieve good health. These activities include over all toning exercises or cardiovascular exercises. (more…)

THE growth is one important moment for your child. Good growth will form the ideal posture for your child.

Forming the ideal posture for children is very important. It is also associated with child health. But a lot of activities or habits that can lead to a form that is less good posture, such as slouching.

“Postural Kyphosis or humpback is one posture disorders are common in children. Fact occurs mostly in girls. Habits are not sitting upright, playing computer too long, they cause slouch in children,” said dr. Siti Annisa Nuhoni, rehabilitation medicine specialist fissile RSCM, in an event Recognize Kifosi, Stay away Cause: Osteoporosis, in Kasablanka City, Jakarta.

In order not to trigger a worse condition. Parents should know the child’s symptoms are felt, especially on the back.

“The symptoms can include muscle pain and weakness in the back. Weakening of the back muscles, ligaments also can lead to postural kyphosis,” said the doctor who is familiarly called dr. this Honi.

As long as we think it might be the most important source of vitamin C found in citrus fruits. The content of vitamin C in fact most populous in the chili. Even vitamin C in a chili sauce more than one citrus fruit.

Benefit chili efficacy:

Chili is one of the types of foods that are rich in nutrients. Cayenne pepper has many levels of vitamin C and beta-carotene, higher than fruits like orange, pineapple, mango, and watermelon. Even the mineral content in the chili, particularly calcium and phosphorus, beat fresh fish. But the vitamin C of green peppers richer than cayenne pepper. (more…)