TIP OF THE WEEK

To help you stick to your intentions to get in shape, try one of these tips from Summer’s Eve to make sure your workout is always a positive experience, before, during and after your sessions.

Get a workout buddy: You’re more likely to show up for the your session, plus it will be more fun.

Streamline your routine: Even when you lack time for a shower, don’t let your fear of sweat keep you from getting fit. Cleansing cloths let you freshen up on the go.

Inspire your ears: Upload your playlist with fast-paced music that gets your heart racing and lifts your mood.

Be ready for action: As soon as you’re home from your session, re-pack your gym bag as soon as possible so you’ll never waste a moment hunting for essential gear.

DIABETES

3 ideas to cut diabetes medication costs

Controlling the “ABCs of diabetes,” — A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol levels — is difficult, but when you add that second C — costly medications — it’s easy to see how one’s levels can spiral out of control quickly. The good news is there are ways to save money on diabetes care without compromising on quality, according to Inside Rx.

First, shop around. Medication prices can vary greatly by pharmacy.

Second, if you are not using insurance to cover prescription drug costs, there are many ways to obtain prescription assistance.

Third, explore pharmaceutical assistance programs. Most pharmaceutical companies offer financial assistance programs to persons who have trouble affording medications and supplies.

DIABILITY

Considering disability benefits? Answer these questions first

The costliest health conditions in the U.S. include: heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke and type 2 diabetes. These health issues also place in the top 10 conditions of former workers who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

Following are answers to some top questions about applying for disability benefits.

1) Who applies for disability benefits? People who have experienced a work-disrupting severe health condition that will last for 12 months or longer, or is terminal.

2) How do I apply for disability benefits? Much like filing taxes, you have different options when applying for disability benefits. You can try it on your own, or enlist the help of a professional.

3) How much money will I receive? Your monthly benefit will be calculated based on past earnings and the amount of FICA taxes paid.

For more information, visit FileSSDI.Allsup.com.

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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

High costs keeping cancer patients from needed drugs

According to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the out-of-pocket costs for cancer drugs is keeping many patients from getting potentially life-saving medicine. Researchers found that among those whose out-of-pocket cost for a prescription was less than $10, about 10 percent did not fill their prescription, but 32 percent of patients did not fill their prescriptions when they had to pay $100-$500. Nearly 50 percent did not refill prescriptions if the drugs cost more than $2,000.

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