How Packing Your Own Lunch Improves Your Health

If you work, then you know how hectic life is. Lunch is frequently an afterthought, a hasty bite picked up at a fast food place.

However, those greasy burgers are not good for your health. That’s why there’s a growing movement toward bringing a lunch to work. It’s not just a trend that employers should embrace — although lower healthcare costs are nothing to balk at — it’s also something that individuals should consider to improve their health.

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4 Lab Tests to Help You Achieve Your New Years Resolutions

Every year when January 1 rolls around, the gyms get packed and the health food aisles grow sparse. Most people commit themselves to diet and exercise plans blindly, without real regard for how effective they’ll be.

While we applaud any attempt to get healthy, we also think that it’s important that realistic and achievable resolutions are made. Fortunately, there are a number of basic lab tests that can help you learn more about your individual health and achieve resolutions in 2016!

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With Healthcare Open Enrollment Impending, Know Your Options

Have you marked November 1st on your calendar?

It’s an important day, as it marks the start of Open Enrollment for 2016 plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Likewise, at many companies, open enrollment occurs around the same time, allowing employees to weigh their options.

When you’re making decisions that affect cost of medical care, you should consider all the choices you have. This includes nontraditional healthcare, such as telehealth.

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Diet & Exercise Prove Effective in Diabetes Prevention

Per the CDC, 29.1 million Americans — 9.3% of the population — had diabetes as of 2012. Many of these — up to 8.1 million — are undiagnosed.

Clearly, diabetes prevention needs to be a priority for all Americans. Some recent research is shedding light on what is the most effective preventative measure against the disease: diet and exercise.

Here’s what you should know about the study results.

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Stroke Prevention Tips Everyone Should Know

May is American Stroke Month. As part of this initiative, ARCpoint Labs is sharing stroke prevention tips.

First, the basics on strokes: a stroke is like an attack on the brain, and it’s an event that nearly 800,000 Americans experience every year. Strokes happen when blood isn’t able to circulate to the brain, causing blood cells to die. Knowing the warning signs of a stroke and understanding stroke prevention can mean avoiding this particularly hazardous condition.

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Make Your Diet Vitamin-Rich

March is National Nutrition Month, and that makes this the perfect time to start working on eating right.

In our last post, we shared how to start your diet off right with basic health tests like a cholesterol check, heart health panels, and more — and we’re adding another test to the list this week: a vitamin and minerals deficiency test.

A simple blood draw can reveal what vitamins or minerals your body isn’t getting enough of so that you can adjust your diet and supplement as needed.

To help make sure you’re getting the proper nutrition you need, check out our list of vitamins and minerals that you should be getting in your diet – and the foods you can eat to get the right levels.

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How to Start Your Diet Off Right

It seems like eating a healthier diet is on a lot of people’s minds. Whether you want to lose weight or hope to be fitter in the future, your diet can make a big difference when it comes to whether or not you achieve your goals.

No matter what diet you decide to pursue, it helps to know where you are so you can decide where you want to be.

Here’s how we approach dieting at ARCpoint Labs — and why we think our way is the healthy way to lose weight.

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Celebrate National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time for individuals to learn more about colorectal cancer, particularly its risk factors.

Since early detection leads to early treatment, preventing the spread and severity of cancer, educating yourself on colorectal cancer is one of the most important ways to celebrate this month.

Along with learning more about this disease, there are other key ways to participate in this awareness holiday.

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4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

February is American Heart Health Month, an awareness designation we like to call attention to every year.

We’ve compiled a hearty (ha, ha!) list of resources on heart health, ranging from the basics on heart disease and prevention to how cholesterol relates to heart health.

In case you don’t have much time for browsing our articles, though, we’ve also made a list of 4¬†quick ways you can improve your heart health starting now. Your heart health is your choice — so follow our advice below!

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Learn the Basics on Congenital Heart Defects

Since Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, it only makes sense that the week leading up to the day is Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week.

We’ve written extensively about heart disease in general — from the basics to prevention to heart healthy foods — but never more specifically about congenital heart defects. Since they are the most common¬†form of birth defects, affecting 40,000 babies in the US annually, it’s important that people know about congenital heart defects.

Today, we’re providing basic information on congenital heart defects, including prevention.

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