7 Fall Activities for Fitness and Fun

With gorgeous foliage and cooler temperatures, fall is the perfect season for outdoor activities. There’s something invigorating about a breezy fall afternoon that quite simply revives the soul. If you’re looking for ideas on making the most of this season, below are a few suggestions for fall activities for fitness and fun.

* Hiking. Whether hiking along a rugged mountain trail or in a wooded area, the time of year is just right for this endeavor. With a sense of adventure in the air, you may find yourself tackling trails that before seemed too challenging. If you own a mobile GPS device, use it to create some new hiking paths.

* Flag football. Reminiscent of a movie scene on a college campus, get together with a few friends for a game of flag football. With high school, college and professional football in full swing, your competitive spirit should be up for the challenge. Flag football is a great way to spend a fall afternoon.

* Jogging or walking. For those who enjoy jogging or walking, fall makes this exercise just a bit more pleasant. Enjoy taking in the sights and sounds of the season on an extra long route on weekend mornings.

* Raking the yard. Who says raking the yard is just hard work? You can actually have some fun with it. Share the task with family members and think of creative ways to make raking a game. No matter who wins, all can enjoy the sense of accomplishment with a cleanly raked yard.

* Bike riding. Another way to get in a solid and enjoyable workout during the fall is to ride your bike. Whether competing in a local race or going for a more leisurely ride, your spirits will soar will when biking on a cool fall day. If you have children, bike riding makes for a nice family activity.

* Yoga. For those who are passionate about yoga, try an outdoor session as the sun sets on a glorious autumn day. The serenity of nature will map to the inner serenity you’ve found. Yoga is such a relaxing form of exercise and meditation, and the fall weather truly compliments this discipline.

* Camping. Finally, if you’d like a weekend filled with both fun and exercise, go camping. Whether setting up camp or scouting for wood for a bonfire, you’ll truly enjoy the camping experience during autumn.

Clearly, fall is a great time of year to pursue countless activities. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy autumn to the fullest. After all, winter is right around the corner.

Medicare & Medicaid Doctor Directory – How to Find Doctors Who Accept Medicare and Medicaid

If you are receiving Medicare and/or Medicaid, it can often be difficult to find a doctor, be it a general practitioner or specialist, who will accept your insurance. Unfortunately the payment schedules set up by the government have resulted in many doctors opting out of the system because they simply cannot afford the substantially lower payments for Medicaid/Medicare services as well as afford to pay for the substantially greater paperwork involved in taking such patients.

Sadly, government has had a tendency to reduce reimbursement payments, not increase them, and do not seem to be interested in covering the actual cost of providing services.

Not only that, but private insurers are not longer willing to “subsidize” public patients by paying higher rates, so doctors cannot shift the ever-increasing costs to them.

As a result, at a time when more and more doctors are opting out of the system, those doctors who still take Medicare and Medicaid patients generally limit the number they will serve, so finding a doctor who will take your Medicare or Medicaid insurance is not as easy as simply opening the phone book and making a phone call. Indeed, it probably will take some real time and effort on your part.

There is not, and never has been, any requirement that doctors treat patients insured by Medicare or Medicaid. Therefore, people with Medicare or Medicaid are increasingly turning to federally funded clinics, or even to emergency rooms that cannot, by law, turn them away. Sadly, using emergency rooms for non-emergency health care is unbelievably expensive, making the lower reimbursement Medicare/Medicaid rates not financially wise in the long run.

So, how do you find a doctor that will take new Medicare/Medicaid patients?

Well, first of all, do not expect to find a doctor or, should you find one or a clinic taking Medicare/Medicaid patients, do not plan on getting an appointment quickly. Sadly, that will not happen very often. Indeed, if you need quick care, the emergency room is likely to be your only recourse.

To track down Medicare/Medicaid providers, you can contact your local health department or social service agencies to find out more information and there are a number of Medicare and Medicaid doctor directories online. While they cannot guarantee you an appointment, they do have access to information about current providers.

You can also go to the Medicare website at Medicare.gov or call them at 800-633-4227 (TTY 877-486-2048) to find Medicare providers in your area, although there is no guarantee they will be accepting new patients. It is worth a try, though.

Also, managed care is probably a better bet than private practice. HMOs organized by private insurers have a practical interest in having HMO doctors taking government-insured patients, while Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs) are generally run by hospitals or medical schools, and often only accept Medicaid patients.

Importance of Bathrooms in Modern Homes

Modern bathrooms are one of the specialties of every home these days. People are crazy about the type of bathrooms to be built inside their homes. Bathrooms are one of the most important and decorated portion of all modern homes. People always take extra care in making their bathrooms more feature rich, attractive and unique.

Nowadays, you can find enough kind of accessories to make bathrooms more functional and feature rich. Unique and elegant furniture are also available to make your bathrooms classic and attractive. Some modern day bathrooms accessories that are integrated part of every bathroom are, bath tubs, bathroom showers, hand showers, modern design taps, faucets, designer toilets, ceramic basins, etc.

Modern day bathroom furniture plays an important role in deciding the look and feel of home as well as bathrooms. Both men and women love bathroom with all designer amenities inside their bathrooms. Who would not love the most attractive bathroom inside their home? Although designer bathrooms are not essential requirements, they are just another way of flaunting wealth. But people want it to be according to their own expectations.

Bathrooms are not only a place where people freshen up every day; they also spend their time in grooming them at bathroom. Women specially spend longer duration in bathrooms if compared to men. But, bathrooms are always a fantasy for both of them. Bathrooms accessories and furniture are among hot products of home furnishing. Orkey Bathroom Furniture and Horzt Bathroom Furniture are hot in demand. Other popular bathroom accessories in use include tempered glass design elements, Eden tempered glass design, Victorian design taps, classic design taps, classic design basins, Victorian design basins, water closet, one piece toilet, two piece toilet, ceramic artistic basins, ceramic above counter, glass basins, ceramic below counter, ceramic wall hung basin, retro bathtubs, contemporary bathtub, massage bathtubs, shower bar, rain shower series, tall basin mixers.

Apart from the bathroom accessories, one this that is very important in making of an attractive and modern bathroom is the flooring and tiling. Marbles and Granite are the most preferred products for use in bathroom flooring and tiling. You can spot granite countertops along with ceramic basins in most of the modest bathrooms.

Choosing A Preparatory Course In Medicine

Preparatory courses usually are college degrees that are taken prior to the medicine courses from medical colleges and universities. The number of years ranges from two to four years depending on the requirements stated by governing laws per country that confers an individual of a Bachelor’s degree.

Preparatory courses are pre-requisites to a course in the field of medicine to equip students with general knowledge as well as assess IQ and their overall academic performances that gauge them whether or not they are capable of pursuing another step of a higher level of education. Most of these courses are science in nature although a course in other entirely different field such as in the Arts is allowed depending on every country as long as students pass the entrance exams or qualify the general admission examinations for medicine known as GMAT or NMAT, depending on every country.

A Bachelor’s Degree in Science definitely opens up to larger career possibilities as science courses are becoming valuable and diverse. One of the courses that students pursue in preparation for medicine is a degree in Biology. As medicine is composed of many science-related subjects, a course in biology has initially prepared students and given them a better and profoundly larger and wider scope of understanding of the different science subjects in medicine. In biology, students have already been exposed to the human anatomy and physiology, a field which is predominant to medicine course as medical students will be dealing their entire medicine career with the human body and its diseases.

Another well-preferred preparatory course is Bachelor of Science in Nursing. With such degree, a graduate nurse, aside from having finished the basic science subjects has already been oriented to the basic internal activities of a hospital through the clinical exposure which is an advantage and an edge over other graduates of non-nursing courses. Nurses spent most of their time attending to the sick and answer holistically to the ill in a general aspect guided by their own distinct and unique nursing diagnosis. Nurses do not treat disease like doctors however they act and provide care in response to individual problems done in the nursing way and in an individualized manner.

Another preferred course is Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. Graduates of such course have been well-versed with the different causative agents of diseases, its mode of transmission and medication for which type of drugs that such microorganism are highly susceptible or resistant that will effectively and immediately curtail the growth of the causative agents.

Why Is Obesity Unattractive? It’s Not Because Obese People Are Ugly

A few days ago, I stumbled across an article on the Citizen Renegade blog about the effect of obesity on relationships. I’m not going to link to the article itself, because while I agree with the article’s general premise, I don’t approve of the obscene images that the author used to illustrate his point. Those who are brave enough to visit the blog may be interested in what’s over there, but be assured that most of the articles are not safe for work.

The premise is that high obesity rates are the sole factor responsible for the rise in pickup artists and the various commercial companies that prey on men who aspire to become like them. With 60% of women either overweight or obese, the number of available, attractive women has dwindled to the point where there are 2.5 men for every one woman of normal weight – and therefore, a large number of men are left out of the “game.” But I think that the article misses a key premise that makes the weight-dating relationship more complicated than simply stating that all men chase a limited number of women.

First, I need to point out that the author neglects that obesity rates rise with age. If we assume that the bars and clubs typically frequented by the pickup community tend to be populated by people between 18 and 29, the number of obese people in bars and clubs will be only half of the number obese people in a similar sample size of 45- to 64-year-olds. (Source: Gallup.) It seems that obesity, while present in about a fifth of young people, tends to become a concern to most overweight people later in life. It’s more likely that someone will gain weight after meeting someone than beforehand.

Furthermore, the author only claims that the problem with obesity is that women who are overweight are less visually attractive to men. While that’s certainly true, I find it hard to completely believe, simply from experience, that women are turned on by a fat man as much as they would be by a fit one. They may settle for fat men simply because they are too scared to approach thin men or because they believe in some “Rules” that they are not allowed to approach men, but just as the Renegade blog states that men deep down want to marry thin women, I bet that women deep down want to marry men of normal weight. However, is it possible that both women’s and men’s attractions to normal weight people could be for different reasons? If we adhere to the pickup artists’ assumption that women are more motivated by character than by appearance, then perhaps there is something else going on here that he missed.

The issue that he missed is that being overweight is a reflection upon the person’s character. It is true that the jury is still out on whether there is a genetic component to obesity – but the scale of the problem has led to many effective treatments for the disease. The most obvious one, to simply eat less, is an option for everyone. If we give the benefit of the doubt and make the unproven assumption that obesity is a genetic rather than willpower issue, then medications are available to reduce appetite. As a last resort, gastric bypass surgery, while dangerous, almost always results in profound weight loss.

To me, nothing is more attractive than someone who decides to take action on something and devotes themselves to accomplishing their goals, and when I see an obese person, I find myself turned away not because of ugliness, but because of that person’s lack of ambition to recognize their problems and take action to correct them. Some might say that since I have a BMI of 21 and body fat of 11%, I have no right to criticize others who are not “fortunate” enough to be of the correct weight, because losing weight is hard.

But life itself is hard. I hate going to the gym almost every day, and the first thirty minutes are painful because of a lack of energy. But I go anyway. I attend parties where there are brownies and chocolate cakes that I really want, but I don’t eat any. I don’t drink alcohol because it’s hundreds of calories of sugar. I love pizza so much that I could walk to the Papa John’s down the street and have lunch there every day, but I limit myself to once per week. Nothing goes better with that pizza than a Coke, but I buy a zero-calorie diet Sierra Mist instead. Making healthy dinners with vegetables eats up all your free time in the evenings, but it’s what you have to do to live a long time. Expanding to other areas of life, I hate how my company’s morale and working conditions have plummeted, and my job stinks. But I still get up every day and spend nine hours slaving away because that’s what one needs to do to live a decent life free of being a burden on other people. The hard truth is that you spend 90% of your life doing things you don’t want to do so that you can spend 10% of it doing the things you want.

My viewpoint in the hundreds of articles written for this blog are shaped by my experiences of so many people who have “let themselves go” by losing their drive to earn money, to experience new things, and to keep themselves in shape. While it’s difficult to be sure what effect obesity has had on the “game” of dating and relationships, I do know that personally, my bar for marriage is extremely high for the simple reason that the person I marry might “let herself go” a few years down the line. And yes, the general decrease in civility, increase in self-centeredness, and increase in laziness-inducing technology makes this possibility more likely now than it was for the previous generation.

In short, people who complain about obesity often criticize obese people for being ugly – but that is the wrong reason for criticism, and there are a few obese people taking steps to improve their lives who should be exempt from that criticism. While it may not be easy to lose weight, everyone can certainly take some small steps towards fitness, and a person who doesn’t care about his or her health is extremely unappealing for both short- and long-term relationships.

Caribbean Medical School: Fastest Way to Be a Doctor?

Caribbean medical schools have long been the butt of jokes but their graduates are the ones having the last laugh. There are thousands of licensed physicians from Caribbean schools practicing all across the country. Over 25% of all doctors in the US are from international schools. Do you know where your primary care physician went to medical school? This is the field where Caribbean graduates are expected to dominate with a large percentage of graduates training in Internal and Family Medicine. They are expected to fill a nationwide shortage that is currently occupied by Physicians Assistants and Nurse Practitioners.

Picture this. A 17 year old high school graduate enrolls in a pre-medical program at a Caribbean university. Schools will automatically accept students to their medical programs as long as they maintain a certain GPA in the pre-program. This means there is no need to take the MCAT so you can save yourself the headaches from preparing for that. The program is completed in 2 years and the student enrolls in the first year of the medical degree program at 19 years old.

Numerous Caribbean schools offer an accelerated curriculum that divide the year into trimesters. Students attend school year round and are able to complete their M.D. in less than 36 months. Not to mention you only spend 18 months studying on the island. The clinical years are spent training alongside American medical student at hospitals in the US. St. George’s medical school has hospital affiliations that match any US school. Our fictional student graduates with his Doctorate in Medicine at the ripe age of 22 (going on 23).

Our new graduate is eligible to practice in any state in the country as long as he attended one of the “Big 4” Caribbean medical schools (St. George’s University, Saba University, Ross University and American University of the Caribbean). Internal Medicine residencies last 3 years so we have a residency trained physician ready for board exams, licenses and employment at a mere 25 years old. Not quite Doogie Howser but it’s impressive to say the least.

This accelerated path also benefits those seeking a new career or chasing their dream of being a doctor. Time is of the essence and wasting summers off in the traditional semester system is not time well spent. Caribbean medical schools are littered with nurses, pharmacists, dentists, chiropractors and many other health care practitioners. Many schools offer several different entrance times during the year giving flexibility for students who want to begin their medical education immediately.

There is risk involved in attending a medical school overseas but there have been thousands who have blazed the trail before you and set the precedent. Caribbean medical schools produce capable physicians and fill an integral need in the health care system of the US.