Why You Should Care that October Is Health Literacy Month

Health LiteracyEveryone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thousands of people in our local communities, and millions of people around the world, will be going on runs, walks and bike rides to raise money for breast cancer research and encourage women to have regular mammograms. Throughout the month, we’ll see pink ribbons everywhere.

I applaud the individuals who work tirelessly to support these efforts, and my heart goes out to anyone who has lost a loved one to breast cancer.

October is also Health Literacy Month. I think it’s fair to assume you’ve probably never heard of that one.

According to the Affordable Care Act, health literacy is defined as “the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.” Continue reading

About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Want to Reduce Health Insurance Costs and Boost Employee Productivity?

Corporate Wellness programsOn January 1 of this year, the Affordable Care Act enacted new rules that make it possible for employers to reward employees for improving their health – or penalize them for failing to do so.

More specifically, an employer can implement a wellness program and offer financial incentives with the goal of improving the employee health. The most common incentive for meeting the standards of a wellness program is a discount on health insurance premiums. Some companies have offered cash rewards and gift cards.

Employees can also be forced to pay higher premiums for failing to adhere to an approved wellness program, although most companies prefer incentives over penalties. Of course, the more serious penalty is likely to come in the form of illness and chronic disease that could have been prevented if employees had embraced a wellness lifestyle.

Companies can reduce health insurance premiums for employees by as much as 30 percent if standards are met. In certain cases, like programs that involve reducing or stopping the use of tobacco, employees can have their premiums cut in half.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.