The Affordable Care Act

I have always believed that everyone should have access to affordable healthcare. I praise countries that provide healthcare to all of their citizens and visitors.

Healthcare should not be a privilege to those who can afford it. I believe it is a human right and should be accessible to everyone.

With that being said, today Curt and I become recipients of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

This doesn’t mean we are getting free healthcare. We still have to pay. But it is much more reasonable than paying out of pocket without the ACA option.

It was easy to sign up. And we had many options for our medical and dental.

I have been a tax paying citizen since I was 15. My first “real” job (besides babysitting) was scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins for 2 bucks an hour. Yup, you still pay taxes even when you make that little.

I don’t really want to get into the whole argument about whether or not the ACA should exist. I believe it should. AND there are many things my tax money goes toward that I don’t agree with. But that is part of being a citizen of the United States.

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Burning calories, having fun while hula hooping

On Wednesday and Thursday my company hosted a Wellness Fair.

Biometrics (blood pressure, glucose, BMI, cholesterol, etc.) were taken along with consultation and advice from nurses.

The Wellness Fair had booths from our various insurance providers, dental provider, eye care provider, Mental Health Network and for cooking demonstrations, Cross Fit and Yoga representation. And the Wellness Committee represented with a booth, which I personally thought was the best booth.

I am part of the Wellness Committee. Our booth had a “Wheel of Fortune,” where you could spin the wheel and answer a question about health/nutrition/wellness correctly and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win an iPad mini.

There was a second chance to win as well with the hula hoop. Get the hoop around any body part 10 times for another entry into the drawing.

For me hula hooping is pretty easy. I enjoy it and find it fun. I figured it had to be pretty good exercise. So, of course, that meant I had to do a little research.

Apparently there are bonafide hula hoop routines. This routine seems pretty good.

I found a Hoop Boot Camp routine on YouTube. The term Boot Camp might be … Continue reading