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HAP Balanced Living

Since 2013, HAP Balanced Living has been providing health and wellness information right to the homes of HAP members as a print magazine.  Now expanding digitally, HAP’s Balanced Living blog will continue its commitment to helping you live a balanced life.  We’ll feature stories about moving more, eating right, managing your health, understanding your plan and how to get involved in the community.

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Contributor since May 16, 2016

129 posts

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Letting Go: When It’s Time to Start a New Family Tradition

Are holiday celebrations getting too stressful? Bring more peace into your life by changing your family traditions.Read More

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This Thanksgiving, Cut the Calories and Add Some Color to Your Plate

This holiday season, make your plate colorful with fruits and veggies.Read More

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It’s Okay to Be a Quitter: How to Stop Smoking Today

Of the more than 7,000 chemicals in a burning cigarette, 69 are cancer causing.Read More

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What Happens to Your Body When You Sleep?

You may be resting when you sleep, but there's a lot going on behind the scenes.Read More


Chew on This: Good Oral Health Can Help Fight Major Diseases

Your teeth can be a sign of potential health issues, such as a stroke and heart disease, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Be sure to make regular appointments with your dentist, and check out this handy infographic about how to keep your teeth healthy in between visits.Read More

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Facing Diabetes On Her Own Terms: How One Woman Took Control of Her Life

The healthy changes Shannon Prano made to turn her life around.Read More

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Five Tips for Planning Your 2018 Personal Health Care Budget

Health care costs may be the last thing on your budget list, but they shouldn’t be. Get prepared with these tips.Read More

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Understanding Your Health Plan: Key Terms and What They Mean

Copays, deductibles, coinsurance, premiums and out-of-pocket costs and limits. What do they all mean?Read More

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Urgent Care or ER? Knowing Which to Choose Could Save You Money!

Plain and simple, in most cases it will cost you less money to visit an urgent care center than an emergency room (ER).Read More

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Should You Track Your Physical Activity? Yes! Here’s why

Reach your goals by tracking your movement.Read More

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