Happy Hand-Washing Song

This animated video, sung to the tune of Happy Birthday, encourages kids to wash their hands to keep germs away. The song is sung twice through, the recommended length of time to wash hands.

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Hidden Sodium

Reducing sodium intake by knowing what to eat and main sources of sodium in the diet is important for a healthy lifestyle. Most sodium consumed is in the form of salt, and the majority of that is consumed in processed and restaurant foods. Too much sodium is bad for your health and can increase your blood pressure and your risk for a heart attack and stroke. Watch this short, fun, informative video and learn how to live a healthier life.

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Blood Pressure Check - Audio Podcast

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects one in three adults in the United States. Of these, only half have it under control. In this podcast, Dr. Amy Valderrama discusses the importance of getting your blood pressure screened regularly.

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Cholesterol is a Major Risk Factor for Heart Disease

High Cholesterol: Major Heart Disease Risk Factor

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs. When you have too much cholesterol in your blood, it can build up on your artery walls. But you can take steps to manage your cholesterol levels and lower your risk.

About 71 million Americans have high cholesterol.1 Only 1 out of every 3 adults with high cholesterol has the condition under control.1 Having high cholesterol puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the United States.

There are no signs or symptoms of high cholesterol. Getting your cholesterol checked with a simple blood test is the only way you can know if you are at risk for high cholesterol or already have high cholesterol. Knowing your cholesterol level will help your doctor suggest steps for you to take to prevent high cholesterol or to reduce your levels if they are high.

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Are Over-the-Counter Medicines and Drugs Deductible?

1. How are the rules changing for reimbursing the cost of over-the-counter medicines and drugs from health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs)?

Answer. Section 9003 of the Affordable Care Act established a new uniform standard for medical expenses. Effective Jan. 1, 2011, distributions from health FSAs and HRAs will be allowed to reimburse the cost of over-the-counter medicines or drugs only if they are purchased with a prescription. This new rule does not apply to reimbursements for the cost of insulin, which will continue to be permitted, even if purchased without a prescription.

2. How are the rules changing for distributions from health savings accounts (HSAs) and Archer Medical Savings Accounts (Archer MSAs) that are used to reimburse the cost of over-the-counter medicines and drugs?
A. In accordance with Section 9003 of the Affordable Care Act, only prescribed medicines or drugs (including over-the-counter medicines and drugs that are prescribed) and insulin (even if purchased without a prescription) will be considered qualifying medical expenses and subject to preferred tax treatment.

3. When will the changes become effective?
A. The changes are effective for purchases of over-the-counter medicines and drugs without a prescription after Dec. 31, 2010. The changes do not affect purchases of over-the-counter medicines and drugs in 2010, even if they are reimbursed after Dec. 31, 2010.

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