New Vision Program Available Through NYSBG!

We are excited to announce our three new Vision options, developed with input from our brokers and clients. Through the New York State Business Group (NYSBG), we have secured exclusive rates and underwriting for plans from The Standard Life Insurance Company of NY.

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Survive the New Year’s Gym Rush

It’s no secret that one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is to live a healthier lifestyle. According to, 3 of the top 10 are “Eat Healthier, Get Fit, and Lose weight.” Whether looking to lose weight, improve physique, or just improve overall health, this means that gyms and fitness centers around the country experience increased traffic during the first months of the year. Many gyms experience a 25% boost in attendance during January, and most don’t stick with it through February. For those who regularly attend year round, this causes a unique challenge: navigate the unusual crowd and still get in your workout. For those set on sticking to their resolution the challenge is much more daunting: find a rhythm, schedule, and routine during one of the most hectic times of the year.

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10 Suggestions for Healthy Living

One of the best ways to start living a healthy lifestyle is to create a plan and stick with it. Many people develop a guideline using tips to help them stay on track.

The following “healthy lifestyle” tips, taken from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, are simple suggestions for healthier living. See how many you can incorporate into your life.

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Got Sleep?

We live in a get-it-done-today, multi-tasking society, where statistics show that only about 60% of Americans get the prescribed “8 hours of sleep” each night.

Yet researchers believe people should sleep more because their very lives may depend on it. In two recent, large studies, participants who got 7 to 8 hours sleep per night lived significantly longer than those who got less.

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Quit Smoking and See the Results!

If you’re a smoker, you probably know that this addictive habit is bad for you. But if you realized the positive health results just minutes after quitting, perhaps you could kick this habit for good.

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“Cardio” for Heart Health

Cardio-respiratory endurance is at the “heart” of the most positive and dramatic effects of physical activity and fitness on overall health and wellness. Exercising to make your heart stronger allows it to pump more blood (and thus, oxygen) and to more efficiently burn fat for energy.

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Sun Protection Q & A’s

Q: When do I need to protect myself from sun exposure?

A: Protection from sun exposure is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach. Any time the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are able to reach the earth, you need to protect yourself from excessive sun exposure. UV rays can cause skin damage during any season or temperature.

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Maintaining a Healthy Weight

As people age, their body composition gradually shifts — the proportion of muscle decreases and the proportion of fat increases. This shift slows their metabolism, making it easier to gain weight. In addition, some people become less physically active as they get older, increasing the risk of weight gain.

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Arthritis Management: Protect Your Joints!

Nearly 27 million American suffer from osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis. No longer considered just a consequence of aging, researchers now have several candidates when looking for a cause: musculoskeletal defects, genetic defects, obesity, or injury and overuse.

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Calories: Questions & Answers

Q: Are fat-free and low-fat foods low in calories?

A: Not always. Some fat-free and low-fat foods have extra sugars, which push the calorie amount right back up. The following list of foods and their reduced fat varieties will show you that just because a product is fat-free, it doesn’t mean that it is “calorie-free.”

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