What is HPV and should you vaccinate your child?

With kids starting back to school soon, schools will be checking vaccinations, making sure each child is up to speed when it comes to vaccinations. The newest vaccination now being recommended by doctors and schools systems for children between the ages of 11-14 is the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccination. It’s all over the television, on almost every channel you see a commercial about the HPV vaccine.  Some parents are hesitant to get this vaccination because it is relatively new and involves safeguarding against a sexually transmitted disease his/her child could get in the future. 

How to prevent and treat a sunburn

The Florida Keys are known for its beautiful beaches and bright sunshine. People from all over the world vacation here for that very reason. What many tourists don’t realize before arriving with sun glasses and flip flops in hand, is just how direct and strong those sun rays are down here. Key West is a little over 1,500 miles from the equator where the sun’s rays are the most intense.

How to treat a jellyfish sting

It is another beautiful Keys day and you’ve decided to go out on the water.  You are snorkeling, diving or just taking a dip in the ocean when you suddenly experiencing a sharp, piercing pain.  JELLYFISH!!  Although you may not see them, you know when you’ve been hit.  There are many old wives tales when it comes to treating a jellyfish sting and if you’ve ever been stung you know you would try just about anything to make that awful irritation go away.

How do you address a challenging employee?

“There are three sides to every story: your side, my side, and the truth.” -- Robert Evans, American film producer.

As a leader, those are the three things to keep in mind as you enter a situation where you are meditating or addressing difficult issues with an employee or employees. In the heat of the moment, everyone remembers the situation differently, from his or her perspective.  These remembrances can be very different when recalled later. 

How to make your work environment enjoyable without a huge investment

We spend on average eight hours a day at work. That translates to roughly 2,080 hours per year. This means we spend about a quarter of our life each year at work. With another quarter spent sleeping and a third quarter keeping our households running, this leaves only 25 percent for fun and relaxation. It’s no wonder we run around stressed all the time, feeling as if there’s no time to do the things we want to do.  

Congressional bill to allow corporate wellness programs to require employees get genetic testing

Very little is being said about a bill moving through Congress that would allow employers to require its employees enrolled in the company’s wellness program to submit to genetic testing. Under this bill, if the employee does not comply, the employer could require them to pay up to 50% more for their insurance.  The bill, HR1313, was approved by the House in mid-March of this year and is set to be folded into a second ACA-related measure.

Gen Z: The ‘just Google-it’ generation

Imagine growing up in a world where Google has always existed. Where Facebook is as much of a staple as Nickelodeon or the Johnny Carson Show. A world where terrorists and 9/11 is reality, but also a history lesson, told and explained to them like D-Day and Hiroshima was to older generations.

Living gluten-free

There’s a lot of hubbub about gluten these days. The most frequent questions I hear are, “What is gluten?” and “Why is it put into food in the first place?” Gluten is the name for proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale, which is a cross between wheat and rye. It’s put into foods to help them keep shape, almost acting as a glue holding food together.

5 basic ingredients in effective leadership

Leadership at its heart comes down to how well you are able to connect with people. It doesn’t matter how much education or business training you have. Some of the world’s best leaders have had little to no education [Steve Jobs, Abraham Lincoln, John D Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and Mark Twain just to name a few].  It’s simple. If you are unable to connect to people on a basic level, you won’t be a good leader.

Top 4 ways to PREVENT a hangover

We are fast approaching the largest party night of the year -- New Year’s Eve. Which also means that we are approaching a day-after of .... you got it... hangovers. Aside from abstaining entirely from the pretty bubbly beverages inevitably served during your celebration, here are ways to prevent or lessen the affects of alcohol:

Horrors of Heroin Addiction

The U.S. government signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law on December 13, 2016. The Act aims to “expedite the discovery, development and delivery of new treatment and cures,” which includes $1 billion over 2 years time to opioid abuse prevention and treatment.  Below is an interview with Kim Bassett, an RN and healthcare executive with more than 25 years experience. Kim speaks candidly about heroin and the dangers of its use.