Family Matters- USFHP Blog

5 Ways to Win the War on Closet Clutter this Fall

Posted by Kay Lucas on Sep 27, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Alas, the cool breeze of fall has arrived and the sultry summer days are gone. It’s time to pack up those shorts, t-shirts, and sundresses, and replace them with sweaters, fall suits and holiday attire. The process of decluttering a closet can be intimidating and time-consuming. Why? Because many of us tend to hold on to stuff too long.  This tendency can make the fall switcheroo that much more difficult.  

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Topics: TRICARE, stress, US Family Health Plan, TRICARE Prime, Clutter, Donating Clothes

5 Ways to Sleep the Pounds Off

Posted by Kay Lucas on Sep 20, 2016 8:00:00 PM

New research shows that watching your diet and working out are just two of the ways you can get or stay slim. You can now a third technique to the list -- a good night’s sleep. Did you know that if you sleep less than 7 hours per night you risk gaining more weight over time? A recent study showed that than those who get 7 hours or more sleep each night have a clear weight loss advantage. This means you can literally just snooze off the pounds. Yes, that’s right! You heard us! Your weight loss dreams have finally come true.  

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Topics: TRICARE, US Family Health Plan, weight loss, TRICARE Prime, good sleep

5 Ways Walking is Better than Running

Posted by Kay Lucas on Sep 13, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Running and walking are both awesome physical activities. And for weight loss, running will always win hands down.  Fall is a great time to get outdoors for a regular workout.  The air is crisp, and the temperatures are cool, and the beauty of the season is everywhere. Most experts agree that a good walk or run can have great health benefits. These include higher energy levels, better mood patterns, regulated blood pressure and healthier cholesterol. Most importantly, both activities reduce the risk of three major health risks -- cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. 

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Topics: US Family Health Plan, TRICARE Prime, walking, working out, Cardio Health, Running, Joint Damage, Autumn Outdoors

4 Tips to Stay on the Highway to Happiness

Posted by Kay Lucas on Sep 6, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Amidst all of our daily challenges – at work, at home, and in our health – it is important to keep focused on staying centered and happy.  This focus allows you to avoid unnecessary stress, depression or anxiety and helps you make the most of every moment.  A positive outlook trumps a negative outlook any day of the week, and it paves the way for better outcomes in life.  It’s called staying on the highway to happiness. The entrance is right in front of you.

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Topics: TRICARE, Mindfulness, US Family Health Plan, happiness, TRICARE Prime, random acts of kindness, flow

5 Food Back to School Performance Boosters for Kids

Posted by Kay Lucas on Aug 23, 2016 8:00:00 PM

In a week or two, summer vacation will be officially over.  Most kids will be returning to the classroom, either reluctantly or with a high level of enthusiasm. The one common thread is they will all return. Once school starts, so will the daily routine of taking notes, listening to the teacher, reading, doing homework, getting along with other kids, and taking exams or test.  It’s also a time for competitive sports try outs, school socials, and meeting new friends.    

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Topics: TRICARE Prime, School Lunch, After School Snacks, School Performance, Back to school