November Letter from the Publisher

Dear Readers,

Thank you for picking up the November issue of Healthy Living News. The little boy on this month’s cover is just one of nearly 400 people in Jordan refugee camps who were recently given the gift of hearing by a team of area audiologists and volunteers, including regular HLN contributor Dr. Randa Mansour-Shousher of Northwest Ohio Hearing Clinic. Check out the full inspirational story on page 4.

The inset graphic on the cover highlights our annual sponsorship of the Rick Gomez Memorial Smoke the Turkey 5K (p. 5), to be held at 9:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at the St. James Club. This burgeoning family friendly event is expected to attract around 3,000 participants and is the perfect way to offset any holiday overindulgence that might take place later in the day.

Also in this issue, Janeen Shipp and Lisa Shipley of ProMedica Hospice share their insights on hospice care at end-of-life (p. 10); Jeannie Wagner, Clinical Coordinator for Diabetes Education for Mercy, discusses the diabetes epidemic and the importance of education in the prevention and management of this insidious disease (p. 20); Dr. Charu Trivedi of The Toledo Clinic Cancer Centers emphasizes that smoking avoidance remains the best defense against lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in the US (p. 6); and Dr. Bashar Kahaleh of the UTMC Rheumatology Clinic sheds some light on the disease process and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (p. 26). And that’s just scratching the surface of the diverse content you’ll find in this jam-packed, 
52-page issue.

Last month, we debuted our Senior Living Guide, which lists all the senior living properties that regularly support HLN through their advertising. We’re thrilled that the feedback we’ve received from the new guide thus far has been overwhelmingly positive! If you or someone you love is exploring the various options for senior living in our area, this invaluable resource (p. 24) is sure to simplify your search. As you tour these different communities, learn about the amenities and services they provide, and meet the staff, be sure to let them know you read about them in Healthy Living News.

Happy Thanksgiving to all, and until next month, stay safe, active, and healthy!

Medicaid expansion and marketplace insurance

In October 2013, we saw the first open enrollment for insurance through the federal Marketplace. Later that year in December, the state of Ohio expanded Medicaid in connection with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which went into effect on January 1, 2014. Despite several road bumps with, more than 143,959 insurance plans were purchased during open enrollment. However, in Lucas County alone, only 4,759 out of the 22,715 uninsured individuals (based on the 2012 US Census) actually purchased a plan.

Healthy eating for the holidays

It’s November. The leaves are changing colors, and a chilly breeze is in the air. Soon it will be the holiday season. At this time of year, everyone is looking forward to celebrating with family and friends and a feast of delicious food. However, since most people indulge in meals during the holidays, it is also a time for overeating and weight gain.