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Live Well, Work Well – January 2020

Live Well, Work Well – January 2020

Don’t Fall Into This New Year’s Resolution Trap One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Unfortunately, many people look to fad diets and weight loss products in hopes of achieving their goals quickly. While fad diets may prove effective initially, research shows that many people don’t find long-term success with these types of diets. Lasting Lifestyle Changes vs. Quick Fixes Instead of setting a goal to lose weight quickly in the new year, it can be more effective to set goals that lead to a healthier lifestyle overall. Common lifestyle New Year’s resolutions include: Exercise regularly—Aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, and to do strength-training exercises of major muscle groups at least twice a week. Maintain a well-balanced, healthy diet—Try to…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – December 2019

Live Well, Work Well – December 2019

Tips for Managing Your Stress During the Holidays Although the holidays can be an exciting and special time of the year, they can also bring about increased levels of stress. Long-distance travelling, preparing for a large party, navigating crowded stores, the increasingly cold temperatures and unforgiving weather can all contribute to heightened anxiety. In addition to external factors, internal factors such as unrealistic expectations, social anxiety, financial pressure and loss of sleep can also make the holidays more stressful. Consider the following tips to make the holidays less stressful and more enjoyable: Manage expectations—Whether they’re your own or someone else’s, it’s easy to get swept up in the “holiday spirit” and plan for more than can reasonably and healthily be accomplished. Carefully assess what you and others expect of the holiday season, and plan accordingly. Set a budget—The holidays can…read more →

International Marketplace Insights | December 2019 Edition

International Marketplace Insights | December 2019 Edition

International Marketplace Insights | December 2019 Edition Events, developments, and opportunities in the international marketplace. We occupy a unique position in the international risk management and employee benefits marketplace, and have the ability and resources to help you globally. We provide our clients exclusive access to a dedicated, in-sourced international department, effectively on their payroll and fully integrated within their operations, acting as an extension of their team. Our network provides access to more experience, technical resources, and innovative industry expertise. We are able to provide direct local involvement worldwide and strengthen insurer relations, providing regional knowledge and expertise as well as regulatory compliance. Please contact us at 1-800-661-1518 if you have any questions or concerns regarding international insurance. Recent Successes: Placed primary & excess Products Liability policies in China for the in-country sales of a locally based sugar substitute manufacturer. Placed Products Liability…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – November 2019

Live Well, Work Well – November 2019

It’s That Time of the Year Again: Flu Season Is Here The arrival of the fall and winter months signals many things, including the beginning of flu season. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, flu activity peaks between December and February. Flu Symptoms Seasonal influenza can cause serious complications for people of any age, but children and the elderly are more vulnerable. The flu is most often associated with the sudden onset of fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, congestion, cough and sore throat. Most people recover within a few days to less than two weeks. Occasionally, complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis or other infections can occur. Flu Prevention The flu vaccine is your best chance of preventing the illness. Currently, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that anyone over 6 months of age receive an annual flu…read more →

Benefits Connection- OHIP is Changing October 1st, 2019

Benefits Connection- OHIP is Changing October 1st, 2019

Changes to OHIP Effective October 1st, 2019 Changes to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) are now in effect, as a result of the Appropriateness Working Group’s (AWG) review: Some of the changes include: De-listing imaging for most sinus problems Loop recorders used for the monitoring of heart disorders will no longer be covered as the physician-led group claims the devices are an outdated form of technology OHIP will continue to fund more effective testing to diagnose infertility, but post coital testing of cervical mucous will no longer be covered Patients who ask their doctor to remove ear wax when it’s not medically necessary may be required to pay Dipstick urine pregnancy tests performed in a physician’s office will only be covered by OHIP when it’s imperative to determine pregnancy to prevent patient harm Physician premiums for house calls will be…read more →

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