Congratulations to our 2015 President’s Club Members!

By Shane Power, President of Watertree HealthWH_presidentclub_logo2015

The Watertree Health® President’s Club (PC) is made up of the top talent and leaders in our company, and I was privileged to spend time with them last week.

We set up this program to recognize representatives who have achieved remarkable script productivity, and who have shown their dedication and passion for our mission to help people in their community afford their medications, so they can improve their cycle of health.

This year, the 31 PC members were rewarded with a 4-day Norwegian Cruise® to the Bahamas. This trip was a way for Watertree Health to say “thank you”, honor, and reward everyone for their hard work, and give back to the representatives what they have given to Make-A-Wish®, Food Bank, and their communities.

The Watertree Health team members had a chance to meet in Miami Sunday night at The Marriot Key Biscayne, and Monday night at a party on the ship. Seeing everyone get together for the first time is always exciting and fulfilling. The bonds they’ve had over the phone were strengthened by hugs, stories, and laughs.

The first morning of the cruise, everyone gathered for a leadership meeting. The room was filled with emotion as people shared their heart-felt stories. For example, before joining Watertree Health, one of our top-performing reps in Detroit struggled to pay for basic necessities. Now, he has grown to a 6-figure income and mentors other reps in our company. One other PC rep shared, “Watertree Health has given me my life back.”

Hearing these personal stories and having the opportunity to get to know one another throughout the week has made the team stronger than ever. Talking casually at a sushi dinner, laughing at karaoke, and enjoying a cold drink on the beach were just some of the special experiences shared together.

With hearts softened and goals solidified, we said our farewells. In the end, I think everyone feels even more connected, inspired, and motivated as a team to serve the millions of people in need across the nation.

Congratulations to the President’s Club of 2015!

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Pictured above:

Catherine Blake, Cheryl Borstad, Amanda Childers, Amy Heard, Kelly Harding, Kari Kircher, Susan Malicki, Noelle Maloney, Mercy McCusker, Anita Dameron, Bonnie Panagiotou, Sharon Power, Candace Sleight, Shannon Williams, William Ackerman, Kevin Cooper, Derek Crawley, Wayne Dalton, Jeffrey Gruber, Richard Hogue, Evan Lister, Ken McCune, Charles Peay III, David Price, Rich Rosen, John Schweininger, David Servente, Norman Waid Jr., Raymond Winepol

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Marianne King, Jeffrey Shellito

Maximize Fall Fitness

The first day of autumn is September 23, 2015. Like spring, fall offers the perfect time to exercise outdoors and make fitness a priority. Here are some great tips to help you get started:


21-day-challengeCommit for 21 days Try making a commitment to at least one healthy habit for 21 days. Some ideas include: cooking for yourself, going to yoga or the gym, taking the stairs when you can, only drinking water, or going vegetarian. Small changes and short-term commitments may turn into a long-term routine.
 
outdoorsTake workout routines outdoors
– Whether you’re in the city or the suburbs, try exercising outside of the gym. Think pushups on a park bench or ab exercises in the grass. New technology such as the Apple Watch and Fitbit® are great for tracking progress . You can also try downloading a free or affordable app. Plus, before the days get shorter, you’ll soak up vitamin D out in the daylight. 

target-areasFocus on certain areas
– Everyone has a “trouble zone” they want to work on. During your workout, focus on a specific area of the body each day. For example, you could work on your abs on Monday, legs on Tuesday, and arms on Wednesday. This way you’ll get the most out of your workout without being too sore to kick it up a notch the next day.  Don’t forget to stretch!


multitask Use exercise equipment on busy days – If you don’t make it outside for your daily workout, hop on an exercise bike, treadmill, or other piece of equipment and distract yourself with great music, a book, or the TV. Treat it as a time to focus on you for 30 minutes to an hour every day, and it may not even feel like work.

strength-trainingBoost your metabolism with strength training – Remember that building muscle burns more calories, so muscle and fitness go hand in hand. Even if you can’t squeeze in cardio, do some simple strength training exercises like squats, pushups, and planks. 


join-a-gymJoin a gym – With colder months around the corner, it might be a good idea to start planning for an indoor workout routine. Whether you prefer class-based studios or a traditional gym, there are a ton of ways to stay in shape. Companies like ClassPass make it easy to switch it up and keep your workout interesting. 

The holidays are coming up soon, and the mild weather won’t last forever. So, now’s the time to get back into the fitness groove. 

By WHBlogger 
9/18/2015 

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What Is Reye’s Syndrome?

Baby suffering with chicken poxYou may be familiar with “Reye’s syndrome”, either from warnings on the back of certain medications like aspirin, or from discussions with your pediatrician when your child had the flu or chickenpox. What you may not know is exactly what the condition is or how it may seriously affect a child or teenager who is not diagnosed with it quickly enough.

The Facts
Reye’s syndrome is a rare and potentially deadly metabolic disorder; however, it is not contagious. While scientists do not know the exact cause, they have identified a connection between the disorder and the use of aspirin or exposure to certain viruses.

The condition is marked by the development of fatty growths around organs, particularly the liver, and increased pressure in the brain. Within days, the subsequent liver and brain damage may be fatal. Early diagnosis may significantly reduce the risk of death or other long-term consequences. 

Signs of Reye’s Syndrome
If your child has recently had aspirin or another medication that lists Reye’s syndrome in its warnings, or had a virus like the flu, chickenpox, or gastroenteritis, look for any abnormal behaviors as well as vomiting, fatigue and sleepiness. Physicians diagnose the condition based on an understanding of the symptoms, prior medicine use, viral history, and any indications of liver damage.

After a Diagnosis
Physicians typically keep patients with this condition in ICU for monitoring, to control cranial pressure, and for any additional steps, like preventing degenerative liver failure. Treatments may include intravenous fluids, diuretics, and medication to prevent bleeding. Every case is different, but an early diagnosis of Reye’s syndrome seems to be the key to a successful recovery. 

By WHBlogger 
9/15/2015 

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September is “Hunger Action Month”

happy kid eating banana fruit. healthy food eating concept.Feeding Americaa nationwide network of food banks and the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, has designated September “Hunger Action Month”. It’s part of a national initiative to help raise awareness about hunger in our communities.

A recent Hunger Study conducted by Feeding America suggested that nearly 66% of the population receiving government food assistance must regularly choose between food and medicine. Can you imagine having to make that choice for yourself or your family?

Families with children and single-parent households, particularly those headed by women, are two demographics that show the highest rates of food insecurity (at risk of hunger). Currently, there are no counties in the nation exempt from this issue.

Hunger in America is heartbreaking. However, we do have the power and the means to significantly reduce the statistics we hear about on a daily basis. Federal programs like SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) help. Food banks and other outreach programs also help in the fight against hunger. Every can, hour, and charitable donation made to one of these worthy causes can make a difference in the life of someone in need.

Interested in getting involved? Here are some of the many ways that people like you can take action:

  • Raise awareness online and through community outreach – this year, Feeding America is asking people, “What can’t you do on an empty stomach?” Write it on a plate, take a selfie, and post to your social media channels with #HungerActionMonth.
  • Volunteer your time – you can help at a food bank or other food distribution organization in your community. Find your local food bank by inputting your zip code here.

girl holding vegetablesAlso, throughout the year you can help make donations to local food banks just by using a Prescription Discount Card benefitting one of Watertree Health’s 15 regional food bank partners. Every time you save money on a prescription using one of these cards, Watertree Health makes a donation to that food bank. To get a free card benefiting one of our partner food banks, visit www.watertreehealthcard.com/food-bank

One donation, one hour, and one person will make a difference. We promise! Together, we can help those in need find access to the healthy, wholesome foods necessary for strengthening immune systems, fueling growing bodies, and providing comfort.

By WHBlogger 
original: 9/10/2015 
edited: 8/29/16

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Cancer-Fighting Superfoods

Body building and super health food selection with supplement powders in bowls and spoons over lokta paper background.While there is no legal or medical definition for superfoods, they are considered nutrient powerhouses with a concentration of  antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Some nutritionists recommend them, along with a healthy diet, to strengthen your ability to fight infection and disease. Specifically, some research has shown that the following superfoods may help boost your body’s natural ability to prevent cancer. 
Remember, always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet. 

Spirulina 

Otherwise known as green-blue algae, is used to help boost the immune system. Spirulina’s high chlorophyll content may explain its ability to stop cancer colonies from forming. One of many health food brands that sells spirulina powder is BoKU®

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All cruciferous vegetables (Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy, kale) contain cancer-fighting properties, but broccoli contains the most amount of sulforaphane. This is a particularly potent compound that may boost the body’s protective enzymes and flush out cancer-causing chemicals. Try adding broccoli into your diet more regularly, even if it ends up on your pizza. 

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain lycopenea carotenoid that gives this fruit their red hue, and has been found to stop some cancer cell growth. In fact, the biggest benefits come from cooked tomatoes (pasta sauce), since the heating process increases the amount of lycopene the body is able to absorb. Beware of processed tomato productsthese will have significantly less health benefits. 

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Blackberries, in particular, contain very high concentrations of phytonutrients called anthocyanins. They may slow down the growth of premalignant cells and keep new blood vessels from forming (and potentially feeding a cancerous tumor). 

Garlic

This may be surprising, but the phytonutrients in garlic have been found to halt the formation of carcinogens formed in the stomach (and in the intestines, in certain conditions). In fact, the Iowa Women’s Health Study found that women with the highest amounts of garlic in their diets had a 50 percent lower risk of certain colon cancers than women who ate the least.

WTH_webcard_081716_printedWhether you’re trying to save money on prescriptions or supplements, use the Watertree Health Greatest Prescription Savings (“GPS”) tool to look up the discounted price with our card in your area. Simply provide the medication name and your zip code to find the best price at a pharmacy near you at wtree.us/SavingsTool

By WHBlogger 
9/4/2015 

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The Harsh Consequences of Rising Drug Prices

By Shane Power, President of Watertree Health

A recent survey by Consumer Reports sheds light on the rise in drug prices over the past year and its negative impact on consumers.

From a poll of 1,037 adults in America, 33% reported paying an average of $39 more out-of-pocket for their regular prescription medication and 10% were paying as much as an extra $100 compared to last year. Among the drugs that saw the highest increases were those prescribed for chronic conditions including asthma, high blood pressure and diabetes, which went up by more than 10%.

blood pressure, diabetes, and asthma medication prices rose 10% compared to last year

As a result of this “sticker shock”, one in five skipped scheduled doses and one in four stopped getting their prescriptions filled.

These stats are alarming. However, you should know that they don’t take into account the potentially high number of hand-written prescriptions that don’t even make it into the system at the pharmacy and, therefore, get counted in the “unfilled” category. We believe that many people don’t bother dropping their prescription off at the pharmacy because they assume they can’t pay for it, making the number of unfilled prescriptions even higher than reported.

WH_GPS_logo_SM_webThis is why we created the Greatest Prescription Savings℠ (“GPS”) tool—to show people that they can afford to get their prescription filled at their favorite pharmacy, with the Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card. To use the GPS, consumers simply enter the name of their prescription and zip code at wtree.us/savingstool. Here they’ll find their pharmacy on the list of results. If they don’t have a card already, they can get one on this website.

With our GPS tool and free prescription discount card, it is our goal to help reduce the high number of prescriptions unfilled due to cost, help people continue taking their medications as prescribed, and help improve the cycle of health for people in America.