Every person experiences stress at one time or another. Hearing a co-worker or family member say they are stressed has become so common that most of us probably fail to give it a second thought. But stress is not to be ignored, according to Kelly Hagan, AssuredPartners regional vice president of operations.

Nearly five years ago, approximately 40 employees at AssuredPartners’ Lexington, Kentucky, office raced around the building in their desk chairs, hustled up stairwells and participated in other unusual activities for the right to win “medals” – which were actually small plastic condiment cups spray-painted gold, silver and bronze.

As the 12th-largest and fastest-growing independent insurance agency in the united states, AssuredPartners has for the past three years been looking for ways to increase participation in wellness programs by its more than 5,000 employees.

Treatment paradigms are changing for the end-user, and new insurance coverage provided by AssuredPartners is keeping up with the times with multiple programs aimed at ensuring customers receive the best care possible.

Indiana Regional Medical Center has served the people of Indiana County for well over a century, dedicating its resources to operating the best health care system in the community. Backed by innovation in technology and personnel, IRMC continues to make strides in maintaining the health and well-being of every patient and employee in the county. With his return from service overseas in Kuwait, Brian Stone, D.O., is primed to continue his work in furthering osteopathic medicine to the benefit all of Indiana County and beyond.

The period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day is a season filled with food and drinks that — although very tasty — threaten to increase your waistline.

On the list of what frightens people the most, ranking right up there with spiders, snakes and heights are needles. In fact, the extreme fear of medical procedures involving needles is a valid phobia with an ominous name: trypanophobia. Charyn Caruso, a phlebotomist for Grove City Medical Center, has worked with her share of patients who have suffered from the condition throughout her 20-year career.

Each year, hundreds of thousands suffer from cardiac arrest in the U.S. Anytime, anywhere, an emergency can strike, leaving many with little chance for life-saving personnel to make a difference. These numbers would be decreased dramatically if more people were CPR certified. Currently at Seneca Valley School District, students and staff are training to be ready for any dire situation thrown their way.

Trying to attain perfection, especially during the holidays, can leave a person financially stressed and spiritually depleted.

If you’ve ever been a pet parent, you know animals love to explore and taste just about everything in their path. Unfortunately, there are things at home that our furry friends shouldn’t eat. In fact, according to the ASPCA in 2018, the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) received an average of 1,200 calls daily and assisted 266,554 animals.

For the past 24 years, Arthur Dilg did some pretty fun things, including taking his wife, Marilyn, on multiple trips to Germany to visit family. The semi-retired Christ Episcopal Church clergyman also had a chance to be a part of some blessed events, including baptizing the majority of his nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren as well as countless others outside the family. He performed numerous weddings, and he and Marilyn were able to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary six years ago.

Whether you’re out with family eating dinner, celebrating a promotion with co-workers after hours, or just looking for a quick-fix of caffeine or an energy boost in the morning, sugary drinks are just about everywhere — and they often can be hard to avoid.

For anyone considering a plant-based diet as part of a healthier lifestyle, you might want to hear what Sarah Goodenough has to say.