Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fruit-tastic - Watermelon News for Your Summer Health

BE SURE TO READ TO THE BOTTOM - THERE'S A CONTEST INVOLVED!

Summer is probably my most favorite time of year!  Not only because it is hot and sunny, but oh - the food!  Creativity on the barbecue is key!  I grab fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans from the garden; visit the local farms and pick fresh fruit.

This turns in to fresh strawberries over homemade short cake, grilled zucchini and peaches on the grill.   Soooo many choices of healthy, juicy, luscious foods to add into my diet that makes me feel good and improves my health.

I agree with Krysta's blog on Monday about watermelon becoming a food group (nutrition.gov) in the summer.  It has to be my favorite - I can eat a half of one every day!  I eat it, juice it, add it to other recipes - the options are endless.  But this fruit isn't just a good tasting treat on a hot day.  The nutritional properties of watermelon can improve your health.  For beginners, a one cup serving size of watermelon has:
  • Only 46 Calories; 0 grams Fat and Cholesterol; 11 grams Carbohydrates; 1 gram Dietary Fiber; 1   gram Protein; 2 mg Sodium; 865 IU Vitamin A; Less 1 mg of Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Thiamin and Vitamin B6; 12 mg Vitamin C; 11 mg Calcium; 170 mg Potassium; 7,481 micrograms Carotenoids
So how does this amazing fruit improve health?

Because it is loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids (proteins) such as L-Citruline, which creates L-arginine, and Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. (You may be saying "HUH?" on the last few - but read below and I will share.)

Watermelon is full of nutritional benefits.

Like what you ask?  It is good for:
  • Arthritis, kidney and bladder issues - because it is 92% water it is a natural diuretic thus reducing inflammation. This is also great for pregnant women and water retention.
  • Cholesterol - A University of Kentucky (Oct. 2011) study showed that watermelon in mice reduced fat mass and cholesterol.  Watermelon also provides good HDL cholesterol. 
  • Asthma and overall healing - the antioxidants, Vitamin C, A, and Carotenoids by combating free radicals.
  • Blood pressure, prehypertension, and atherosclerosis - According to the American Journal of Hypertension, Dr. Arturo Figueroa, lead food scientist, from Florida State University conducted a study which indicated that eating watermelon can help reduce these risks aiding in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Cancer (prostate cancer) - the pink middle (in most watermelons) or meat of the melon is high in lycopene and carotenoids reduces the risk of cancer especially prostate cancer.
  • It is even good for skin care - just rub it on your face and leave the juice on for 10 minutes before washing to help control blemishes.
Watermelon minerals vitamins
Watermelon a great summer snack and Lycopene rich food.
The list of health benefits goes on.  The bottom line is - watermelon isn't just my favorite sweet, refreshing, fiber filled treat.  It is a really HEALTHY treat!  And there about 100 varieties to choose from.

CONTEST STARTS HERE!
There are hundreds of recipes on the Web, but please share with me some of your favorite recipes using watermelon!!  Then we will have everyone vote on the recipes. (Voting link forthcoming.)  The recipe with the most votes will be posted on the FamilyWize Facebook page and will receive a $25 Gift Card from Barnes & Noble!

Contest begins today and ends June 30th!  We will share the winner in time for your July 4th picnic!

Be sure to subscribe to our blog.  We will be sharing great topics as we grow our blog!

Donna
Online Marketing Manager

*Please note:  even though watermelon is a great source of nutrients, it is not a replacement for your prescription medications, so do not give those up.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Vacation - Don't Forget to Pack!

Ah, summer --  the time of year when kids are off from school, The Beach Boys never grow old, watermelon becomes a food group, and bathing suits are considered clothing. 

Summer is also the prime season to vacation.  But when leaving for vacation, have you ever had that feeling of "I'm forgetting something" cloud your mind?

You can tie a string around your finger, leave Post-its all over the place, but there is always that one item (or five) that forgets to make the trip. 

Before you venture out for summer vacation, here is a list of of commonly forgotten items.  (Our helpful way of making sure they ARE in your suitcase.)
  • Shampoo, Conditioner
  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Razor 
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen, Lip Balm
  • Bug Spray
  • Glasses/Contacts
  • Cooler
  • Chair
  • Shoes
  • Clothing 
  • A Great Book  
  • Phone Charger
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Snacks 
  • Prescription Medications
  • And last, but not least...your FamilyWize Card
Medications summer vacation pharmacies
FamilyWize prescription drug card saves on medications nationwide.
Just in case you lose or run out of your medicine, the FamilyWize card can be used at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide.  Whether you are traveling from Concord, New Hampshire to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina or Helena, Montana to Honolulu, Hawaii, the FamilyWize prescription drug card can accompany you on your travels and still help you receive a discount on your medication- even when you are hundreds of miles from home sweet home.

When tying a string around your finger doesn't work, what is the most common item you forget on vacation? Let us KNOW!

Krysta W.

Monday, June 4, 2012

FamilyWize Showers Amber!



Amber opens shower gifts at FamilyWize.org


Oh, boy!  The FamilyWize family will be getting a little bit bigger! Team leader, Amber, and her husband are expecting their first child, so we threw her a little "surprise" baby shower at the office. 

And oh, was she surprised! Amber was showered with tons of loot for her baby boy who will be here before we know it! 

As with planning the perfect surprise baby shower, having a baby requires planning.  One of the many decisions a woman has to make concerning her pregnancy, besides which color to paint the baby's room or what to name the baby, is which prenatal vitamin to choose.  

For all those soon to be moms out there like Amber, do you know that FamilyWize can help with prescription prenatal vitamins?
participating pharmacies FamilyWize card
Team Leader Amber at Family Wize surprise baby shower

FamilyWize saves an average of 18% on prenatal vitamins. DuetDHA, PreNexa, Prenate, NataChew are just a few of the prescription vitamins we have helped women fill.  To see the other prenatal vitamins the program can help with, use our Drug Price Lookup tool.

If your doctor writes you a prescription for a FDA approved prenatal vitamin, check out the list of our participating pharmacies to see where you can take your prescription.   Don't forget to use the FamilyWize Card to see if you can get additional discounts on other medications you are prescribed as well.

If you have questions about your prenatal vitamins, only your doctor can provide advice on which one to take.  If you have any questions about FamilyWize, visit our FAQ Page

Krysta W.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

FamilyWize’s Five Degrees of Separation

"Can the FamilyWize Program Help Me?” 

That is one of the questions asked frequently by consumers calling in to learn more about the little orange discount card that is FamilyWize.

Many people believe that the program can only be used by those who are uninsured. Good news!  There are so many other predicaments in which the FamilyWize discount prescription card might be able to come to the rescue.
  • My employer offered insurance and I didn’t take it…
  • I’m a Medicaid/Medicare recipient and have medications that aren’t covered… 
  • I turned 26 and was removed from my parent’s insurance…
  • I’m a Medicare recipient and in the "donut hole"…
  • I have a health savings account...
  • I can’t afford my insurance premium but have medications to take…
  • I have a high deductible…
  • I’m a part-time employee/student and not eligible for benefits…

FamilyWize Can Help

Have four legged friends? Fido the dog or Fluffy the cat can benefit from the program if they come under the weather.  As long as the medications are FDA approved, Fido and Fluffy can be up and running in no time.

Even if a person can’t directly benefit from the program, nine out of ten times they know someone who can. They might have parents who have medications that aren’t covered by their insurance plan.  They might have a grandparent who is caught in the Medicare "donut hole."  They might have a sibling who has a health savings account.  They might have a dog that is going through a “ruff” time and needs medication to get back on its feet.

Everybody knows somebody or some doggy. J

Krysta W.


FamilyWize card participating pharmacies
If she ever gets tired of retrieving her pink tennis balls, my dog Mya might have a career as an actress! 

Monday, May 21, 2012

The FamilyWize Fever!

Part of what we do here at FamilyWize is answer calls from consumers.  There is one call in particular that stands out to Amber and David, our team leaders.

A woman from Arizona called in towards the end of the day and spoke with David.  She used the card recently and raved about how well it helped her.  She requested ten FamilyWize cards to be mailed to her so she could give them out.

She called back about an hour later after David had left for the day and spoke with Amber.  The woman said she started to ponder about all of the people in her life who could benefit from the program that were in the same boat as her—uninsured.  She requested 50 cards to give to her relatives in California and 30 cards to give to her boss who is a caseworker.  She shared that she was going to discuss the program with her pastor to see if the 10,000 members of her church could use assistance from FamilyWize as well.

“All it takes is one person to become an advocate,” Amber said.  “This woman is a such a great example. I have been with FamilyWize for almost two and a half years and have spoken with individuals who literally take the cards EVERYWHERE with them, and give to EVERYONE they come in contact with.  Once you see what the cards can do, it’s like you immediately want to share the wealth.”

“We really get all sizes of advocates,” David said.  “Some people can connect with hundreds of friends, relatives, and neighbors who they may see as possibly needing the card.  Other people may only have a small handful of people they see as needing help.  Either way we all know someone who may need help.  Advocating on any scale is a tremendous help to anyone in need.”

One song can spark a moment.  One flower can wake the dream.  One tree can start a forest.  One bird can herald spring.  One FamilyWize advocate can light the pathway to prescription assistance.

Krysta W. 
prescription drug card summer vacation
FamilyWize's pet eagle hanging out in our backyard. Good thing statues don't eat because all we could feed it is discount cards!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

United Way #CLC - Nashville, TN - 2012 FamilyWize Savings

This was a great chance for the United Way folks at the 2012 #CLC to show their communities' savings and have a bit of fun with the FamilyWize team doing it!

Monday, May 14, 2012

If the Tables Were Turned

May 3rd marked my seven month anniversary with FamilyWize.

When I first started working for FamilyWize, I was completely blind in the world of
prescription discount cards.  I was always lucky enough to have parents who both had full-time jobs that provided great health insurance for all three of their kids. I was biased and thought everyone was insured one way or another.

But without the new federal health law that started in 2010, I would have been in need of a FamilyWize card for a handful of months.

The new health law currently allows adult children to be covered by a parent’s health insurance until the age of 26.  Before the new law kicked in, adult children could only stay out their parent’s health insurance until the age of 19 or as long as they were enrolled as a full-time student.  Every year, I used to send my dad’s insurance company my tuition bill as proof that I was still in school and therefore insured.

After graduating from college last May, I didn’t start working at FamilyWize until October.  Even though I started applying for a job months before I graduated, not one of the positions I applied for would consider me because of a quality I lacked—experience.

If the new healthcare law wasn’t in existence today, I would have been uninsured for five months and not able to take the medications I am prescribed.

By working for FamilyWize, I am able to hear about situations people are in every day that poses a road block between them and their medicine:
  • Someone over the age of 26 quits their job and goes back to school full-time
  • Someone is laid off due to the lousy economy; 
  • Someone’s insurance does not include a prescription plan. 

Everyone’s relationship with prescription insurance is different whether it's not ideal or even non-existent.
Facebook often hits the nail on the head with its option to describe a relationship—“it’s complicated.”
Here is to FamilyWize making prescription coverage a little less complicated!

Krysta W.