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Health Literacy

Posted on August 13th, 2019 in Individual Resources

A series of educational articles raising awareness of consumer health care issues with the purpose of improving health literacy.

Learn how you can earn two $25 gift cards by participating in our new, Jeopardy-like monthly quiz program,  Quizzify. You will also become a wiser health care consumer, save money and improve your health! Every month we will send you a 10-question quiz about healthcare, health and lifestyle. Learn more and register to play.

Heartburn -- also known as indigestion or acid reflux — seems to be a part of the human condition. Likely a third of the American adult population experience this condition at least once a month. Many suffers reach for a drug remedy, yet simple lifestyle changes can reduce the need, and nobody should be taking any drug designed as a remedy every day. Learn more by reading Six Things Employees Should Know about Heartburn – Part 1.

Trouble sleeping? You are not alone. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, each night millions of Americans struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. At some point, many adults experience short-term (acute) insomnia which can last for several days or weeks. Read Six Things You May Not Know about Sleep to learn more about sleep inhibitors.

You probably want to eat a healthy diet most of the time…. but that turns out to be much harder than it would appear because of "hidden" sugar in our foods. Six Things People Don’t Know about Sugar helps you make more informed choices.

Learn more about when you need the following and when you don't.

Colonoscopy -- Protect yourself from unnecessary tests and colon cancer.

Health Checkups -- Learn more about when to schedule and what tests are appropriate.

Allergy Tests -- Read how to manage allergies and hives.

Bone-density Tests -- Keep your bones strong.

Antibiotics -- Discover steps you can take to reduce use of antibiotics.

Medical Scans -- Learn about the hazards of medical scans.