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LHS Wins LPGA Golfer Austin Ernst
Tens of thousands of people of varying ages, cultures, and occupations make up the diverse Liberty HealthShare family. Moms, children, working professionals, students, and even professional athletes are among the like-minded Americans taking charge of their healthcare decisions while enjoying the freedom and community healthcare sharing provides. For LPGA golfer Austin Ernst, a healthy body and a healthy mind are imperative. As a professional athlete, she can’t afford to take health care lightly; her career depends on it. But life is so much more than a successful athletic career.
Life Is A Garden, So Dig In
In today's world of ever-changing technology – computers, iPads, smart phones, etc. – our culture has become increasingly plugged in even as we lose touch with nature. Publicly available data show healthcare costs are the highest they have ever been, and they continue to increase. 33% of U.S. adults are obese, incurring $148 billion in medical costs annually and contributing to 18% of adult deaths. Our population spends more than 90% of their time indoors, leading a sedentary, disconnected, unhealthy, and unnatural lifestyle. These figures are sobering, but there is good news, and it's right outside your door.
Cap Haitien Compassion Project
It was autumn 2009 when Pastor Kip Smith and his wife Lora first learned about the mission work being performed at Cap Haitien in Haiti. They attended a talk in Cleveland, Ohio, where missionaries and volunteers told of the desperate need for medical supplies and healthcare workers in Haiti’s second largest city. While discussions were being held as to what sort of involvement was possible for their small parish, disaster struck.
It's OK to Treat Yourself – and Your Valentine!
Ladies, do you want to make your Valentine happy and also keep him healthy? Gentlemen, do you want to earn bonus points with a romantic and healthy meal for your Valentine? Are you afraid I’m going to say chicken? A salad with low-fat, low-calorie dressing? Grilled fish with a spritz of lemon juice? Think again. Healthy doesn’t have to mean boring.
The Voice Of Utah Is Heard
Liberty Healthshare Members in Utah Advocate for Healthcare Sharing Last fall, we informed existing Liberty HealthShare members in Utah that their state legislature was considering a bill that would lock in protections for members of healthcare sharing ministries. Early in 2016, the bill was sponsored in the House by a legislator who is also a physician. For the last couple of weeks, we have been encouraging our Utah members to reach out to state legislators and advocate for healthcare sharing, and what a great response we've had!
5 Ways Health Sharing Is Like The Force
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away existed a movie franchise that united and inspired millions, shaping the very fabric of planetary pop culture. You don't need to be one of the die-hard fans that bought your advance tickets for multiple showings of its latest installment to be somewhat familiar with Star Wars. Its pervasive influences are tough to miss in our world.
Giving is st the Heart of Christmas
Giving is at the heart of Christmas. The Bible even says, "it is better to give than to receive." Giving elevates the spirit and brings significance to both the giver and the recipient. When we give, we change someone else's life. Whether it’s our children, a family member, a friend, or a stranger, giving impacts others with joy, gratitude, and meaning.
New Year's Resolutions
Is there a magic formula to setting and then sticking to a New Year's Resolution? Do you have to have super human willpower? Is there any hope for us mere mortals? The short answers are no, no, and yes! The new year can be a great time to make changes and set out to improve whatever aspects of your life YOU believe need improvement. Plus, there are ways to increase your odds of success.
Student Project Becomes Answered Prayer
Andy and Tiffany Clark are a young couple from Canton, Ohio. Like many young people, the Clarks had begun to face financial difficulties due to student loan debt. These difficulties prompted tough decisions as the couple faced choosing between paying healthcare costs or neglecting basic necessities of life such as food and rent. Andy and Tiffany’s faith in God’s provision led them to pray that He would intervene and provide a solution that would meet all of these needs rather than accepting the frightening realities of living without help in case of unexpected medical costs. What happened next was an answer to prayer and a chance for the Liberty HealthShare family to grow.
Staying Healthy This Winter
by Elaina George, MD The winter months increase the chance of illness. Two contributing factors are limited sun exposure and close proximity to others who are sick. There are plenty of natural steps you can take to decrease your risk of illness. Here are several:
Stretch At Your Desk
With the cold weather and less sunlight that characterize the winter months, many of us find it difficult to continue with our warm weather exercise routines. Most of us will find we spend a lot more time sitting, whether it's at work or doing other indoor activities. However, we all know continued activity is best no matter what the weather. One of the ways you can combat sluggishness is through stretching. With just a little ffort, you can do these stretches at your desk and enjoy their energizing benefits.
Time and Effort Pays Off
Robert K. of New Jersey was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 16. It was a worrisome diagnosis for an athletic young man, and at the time, diabetes was more difficult to track and treat. Lifestyle changes were needed and Robert rose to the occasion, saying, “It was never difficult for me to manage the inconvenience of having diabetes. I would not accept complications arising from my disease."
Who Says You Can't Have Dessert? - Healthy Tips From Sue
Now that November has arrived, we are well into pumpkin season. If you want, you can find pumpkin coffee, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pancakes, even pumpkin pasta! Pumpkin is everywhere, and especially on the dessert table. If you're watching what you eat (and I hope you are!), there are plenty of ways to make a pumpkin dessert that will scratch your dessert itch without sabotaging your healthy efforts. Here is a quick and easy recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth!
Refer a Friend and get Rewarded
One of the most rewarding things we learned in September’s member survey was that 30% of our members were referred by a friend or family member. We work every day to serve our members, so this was great news to us. Knowing you are so satisfied with your membership that you will refer people to Liberty HealthShare confirms we are on the right track.
Help In Frightening Circumstances
While the Willingtons initially expressed an immense amount of uncertainty about their decision to join the Liberty HealthShare ranks, their trepidation turned to relief when they realized this community of members was there to support them and their family.
Time For Soup Yet? - Healthy Tips From Sue
Autumn - what a beautiful and enjoyable time of the year. Leaves are changing their colors, football games are being played or watched, and outside, the temperature is beginning to change. It is a reminder for us that it’s time to prepare for winter AND time to get out the big soup pot.
Liberty HealthShare and Mobile Membership
Most people dream of retirement. They envision that once the kids are grown, they can sit back and take things a little bit easier. For many, that may be the dream, but for others, the empty-nest years mean a new adventure. This past April, one such couple, Liberty HealthShare members Jerry and Sheila Wise, embarked on their new journey to become work-campers.
Saving Your Brain From Dementia
Viewpoints from a Naturopathic Physician by Dr. Kendra Pearsall, N.M.D. Member of the LHS Physician Review Board An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease or dementia and two-thirds of these are women. One in three seniors (those 65 and older) die of dementia. Your odds of being diagnosed with dementia after 65 are high UNLESS you undertake preventative measures to protect and preserve your brain.
Stress: Helpful and Harmful - Healthy Tips From Sue
Stress can start with money worries or a health scare. It can be instigated by a traffic jam, a disagreement with a partner, or unreasonable demands at work or at school. Recently, several people have asked me about stress and how it affects us physically. How can a six-letter word wreak so much havoc and bring so much turmoil to our lives and health? Or does it?
The Power Of Praying For The Sick
Have you ever wondered if praying really works? We have all received news of a family member, friend, or acquaintance suffering from an illness or injury. Oftentimes, we are asked to pray for the afflicted person’s healing and comfort. Many of us do so gladly, adding a name to our daily prayers, offering a specific intercession or even going the extra mile and encouraging others to pray as well. Have you ever wondered if praying works?
Provisional Program Graduate is a True Success Story
LHS Health Coaches help member make positive changes in his life. When Crestline, Ohio residents John and Lora Troiano heard about Liberty HealthShare, they were happy to learn that the program met the religious exemption under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As self-employed business owners of JLS Surplus, an industrial machinery company, they were responsible for satisfying the requirements of the ACA. After researching their options, they decided on enrollment with Liberty HealthShare.
The Facts and Fiction of Supplements - Healthy Tips From Sue
Supplements are quite the topic of conversation lately. Many people wonder, "Should I take supplements?" "Are supplements safe?" Ideally, we should be getting our vitamins and minerals through foods in their whole, natural, and organic form. However, health professionals may prescribe supplements for a variety of reasons, such as poor eating habits, nutrient depletion from the medications we take, food processing and cooking that can deplete nutrients, stress, and disease processes.
A Call to Church Leaders Across The Nation
Representatives of Liberty HealthShare recently had the privilege of participating in the Future Conference at Skyline Church in La Mesa, California. The Future Conference is a gathering of pastors, church leaders, and Christians interested in discussing difficult topics. It is a four-day event that covers more than twenty topics.
Goodbye Winter, Hello Summer - Healthy Tips From Sue
Summer has finally arrived! Of course, we are all excited that vacation planning has begun. While some families are planning beach activities, others are planning barbecues, reunions, outdoor parties, and hikes in the mountains. All of these activities are fun, but summertime can also mean dehydration, sunburn, exposure to the elements, and heatstroke if you are not careful. So, before you take out those swimsuits and hiking boots, here are some tips to help you stay safe.
Mammography: More Harm Than Good?
Viewpoints from a Naturopathic Physician What Every Woman Needs To Know About Mammograms. Mammograms are x-rays of the breast that are used in screening for breast cancer. The current conventional medical recommendations are that all women aged 50-74 should get a mammogram every two years in order to screen for breast cancer. However, one of the largest and longest studies of mammography to date, involving 90,000 women followed for 25 years, found that mammograms have absolutely NO impact on breast cancer mortality. In other words, the death rate from breast cancer was virtually identical between those who received an annual mammogram and those who did not. In fact, the latest research shows that in addition to having little to no diagnostic value, mammograms can actually cause a number of problems: