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Buying My Way In Shape

by Luke Landes

In January, I wrote about one of my goals for this year: getting in shape. Now that I’ve posted a recent photograph of myself, you can see that getting in shape is a worthwhile issue. My lifestyle is sedentary, involving a large amount of sitting at computers and driving (commuting). My girlfriend already expressed interest ... Continue reading this article…

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The Finance of Sleep Loss

by Luke Landes

One thing that is important to remember is that parial sleep loss is cumulative. That means that if you get 30 minutes less sleeping time than your body needs each day during the week, your body will want to make up two and a half hours of sleep during the weekend, or whenever you can ... Continue reading this article…

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Ten Free Ways To Improve Sleep, Part 2

by Luke Landes

This is the second and last part of a short series on suggestions for improving sleep without spending a ton of cash. I published part 1 yesterday. We’re continuing with the second half of suggestions provided by Melinda Fulmer from MSN Money. Here are the remaining tips. 6. Set your thermostat between 60 to 68 ... Continue reading this article…

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Ten Free Ways To Improve Sleep, Part 1

by Luke Landes

I’ve never been a good sleeper. Even as far back as high school, I remember lying in bed for hours before finally drifting off and having trouble getting out of bed in the morning. This continued for a long time. College wasn’t much better, and after college it was more of the same. I’ve used ... Continue reading this article…

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Prices for Healthcare in Retirement Up

by Luke Landes

If you and your significant other retire right now, and if you represent the “average” couple, the two of you will need $200,000 to cover health care for 20 years. This is based on research by Fidelity, a company offering, among other things, investment products for those thinking about retirement. This amount is up more ... Continue reading this article…

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Cell Phones and Radiation

by Luke Landes

A while ago, I used to hear those “exposé” news stories present reports on the health hazards of cellular phones, usually with hints that extensive use of the devices leads to exposure to radiation (in the form of radiofrequency absorbed by the body) and possibly cancer. I was happy to see a CNET report on ... Continue reading this article…

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Portable Health Insurance

by Luke Landes

On the radio this morning listen to the report), the news anchor mentioned Bush would be proposing portable health care insurance in which workers can take your benefits with you from job to job. My gut says it sounds like a way to make insurance less costly for business and more costly for individuals.

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Getting In (Physical) Shape

by Luke Landes

One of my personal goals this year — the year I’ll be reaching the big Three-Oh — is to get into better physical shape. It’s been a goal of mine for a while, but working, driving, working more, sleeping, and seeing my girlfriend always seem to take precedence and leave me with precious little time. ... Continue reading this article…

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No Need To Panic About Flex Spending Accounts

by Luke Landes

Many people take advantage of employer’s flexible spending accounts. These accounts allow you to defer income which can be drawn upon to reimburse you for medical expenses. The benefit is the funds in these accounts are not considered income for tax purposes. In order to make the best use of these accounts, you have to ... Continue reading this article…

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Working Environments With High Health Risk

by Luke Landes

I had a frustrating morning with one of my bosses today. It was the kind of encounter where you have to get up and walk away for a few minutes to refocus. I stool in an empty conference room for some time, talking myself down from my crazy thoughts such as quitting before I had ... Continue reading this article…

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Reasonable and Customary?

by Luke Landes

This coming Friday, I’ll be the happy recipient of oral surgery. My third molars (wisdom teeth) have been slowly creeping towards the surface of my gums for the last ten years, and I’ve decided it’s time to get them yanked. My company’s health plan requires that these expenses are covered by dental insurance rather than ... Continue reading this article…

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Employee Health Plans

by Luke Landes

Marketwatch reports that “Two out of three adults would rather have their employer pick a set of health plans than be given an employer-funded account so they can go out and buy it for themselves on the individual market.” My company provides several options for health coverage, but the selection is getting more complicated next ... Continue reading this article…

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Stress Management

by Luke Landes

Workers in the United States put in more hours on the job per year than those in other countries, according to the International Labour Organization, an agency of the UN. The survey finds that there is a higher level of worker stress in the U.S. With baby-boomers getting set to retire, a large portion of ... Continue reading this article…

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A Fattening Career

by Luke Landes

CNN/Money asks, Is your job making you fat? This article stresses the importance of proper eating and exercise specifically for sedentary worker bees. Today for the first time in a long time, I had breakfast (bagel with cream cheese and orange juice) before heading to the office. Not only that, but being overweight takes a ... Continue reading this article…

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