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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for the monitoring of heart disorders will no longer be covered as the physician-led group claims the devices are an outdated form of technology OHIP will continue to fund more effective testing to diagnose infertility, but post coital testing of cervical mucous will no longer be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 →

Live Well, Work Well – October 2019

Live Well, Work Well – October 2019

October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths for women in Canada. To help spread awareness of this disease, October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Prevalence of Breast Cancer About 1 in 8 Canadian women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. While there are some breast cancer risk factors that you can’t control, these prevention strategies can help you reduce your risk: Maintain a healthy weight. Exercise regularly. Abstain from drinking alcohol, or limit intake to one drink per day. If you’re concerned about your personal risk of developing breast cancer, call or visit your doctor. Breast Cancer Awareness Month and You There are a variety of ways that you can support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are just a few ideas: Participate in a…read more →

International Marketplace Insights | October 2019 Edition

International Marketplace Insights | October 2019 Edition

International Marketplace Insights | October 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 UK Employers’ Liability & Excess General Liability for a client specializing in the installation of home improvements & renovations. Placed Delay-in-Start-Up /…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – September 2019

Live Well, Work Well – September 2019

The Live Well, Work Well newsletter is an employee newsletter that is produced monthly and covers topics like health, wellness, fitness, nutrition and personal finance. Getting Outside May Be the Key to Boosting Your Physical and Psychological Well-being A recent study published in Scientific Reports revealed that spending 120 minutes a week outdoors can improve your health and psychological well-being. Remember, well-being refers to feeling good and living both safely and healthily. And, the concept of well-being can have implications on your overall quality of life, health and happiness. What are the benefits of spending time outside? Exercising in nature has been proven to improve one’s mental and physical health. Being outside also helps to promote higher vitamin D levels, a vitamin the body makes when skin is directly exposed to the sun. Many people are deficient in vitamin D,…read more →

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