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Want To Keep Medical Costs Down? Hit The Gym

We all know that exercise is good for your health. But did you know that it’s also good for your wallet?

A recent study found that adults with cardiovascular disease ― think: coronary artery disease, stroke, heart attack, arrhythmias or peripheral artery disease ― who also exercised regularly spent $2,500 less on health care than their sedentary counterparts.

The study, which was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, looked at data from a 2012 national survey of 26,000 American adults and used the American Heart Association’s exercise recommendation of at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise five times a week as the benchmark for recommended exercise.

“The message to the patient is clear,” Dr. Khurram Nasir, a cardiologist and the paper’s senior author, author, told The American Heart Association.

“There is no better pill in reducing the risk of disease and healthcare costs than optimizing physical activity.”

Healthy people saved money too

The results for healthy participants were more modest ― but not insignificant. Those without heart disease who reported no more than one cardiovascular risk factor saved $500 on average in yearly medical costs if they met exercise recommendations, compared to the participants who didn’t exercise.

It’s encouraging news on top of what we already know about exercise’s myriad health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as improved mood and help preventing excess weight gain, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Of course, splurging on pricey fitness classes and gym memberships can eat into those savings, but if that’s what gets you working out, consider this permission to sign up and shell out. That Pilates class may pay for itself.

SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/want-to-keep-medical-costs-down-hit-the-gym_us_57d2d7b9e4b00642712d23c6?section=&section=us_healthy-living


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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