Is Your Food Healthy?

Staying healthy is not easy.  There are many tools to track our calories, macros and build meal plans.  How do you know that the label and advertisements on your product are accurate? It is now common knowledge that not all our food is as healthy as we may think.  When you are at the store, if you see a label for organic, vegan or no added sugar you may think that item is your best option.  But is it?  Reading ingredient labels is a great way to make sure what you are buying is good, but do you always know what all the ingredients are?  And how do you know what would be a better alternative? We have found a resource to help, the Yuka app.

The Yuka app should be available to download from Google Play or the Apple Store, this is a free app.  Yuka gives an unbiased review of your products simply by scanning a barcode.  As with any app, it is not infallible or something you need to live by, but it is a helpful tool. 

When you scan a product using Yuka you will get a score out of 100 for your product along with a rating and information on why the rating is being given.  Maybe your food has additives that may be risky, you can click on a drop-down menu that will list the additives and if there is any risk associated with them.  The information on the additives is extremely helpful in that so many of these things have unfamiliar names.  Most people would not know that methylcellulose is a risk free additive, but titanium dioxide can be hazardous. If your item has a low rating, Yuka will also offer recommendations for similar items that have a better rating.  Once you start scanning you may be surprised, things you thought were healthy may have additives or be high in sodium.  Likewise, you may think something will show a low rating and get a good or excellent rating. 

We hope you find this tool as helpful as we have!

Medicare in the News Spring 2024

Is it covered?

This is often a question we get at our office and under most plans in the under 65 market that question often requires some research but when you are on Medicare you can call us to ask but you can also use the tool Medicare provides all beneficiaries. If you are on Medicare with a supplement or on a Medicare Advantage plan you have the same coverage rights. If Medicare says its covered then the Medicare Advantage plans also must cover it.  We are always available to make sure you understand your benefits but if you want to explore the tool, please read more.

About the website…

Navigating the complexities of Medicare coverage can be daunting, but offers a user-friendly solution. By accessing the official website, beneficiaries can easily determine what services and treatments are covered under their Medicare plan. With a few clicks, users can explore comprehensive lists of covered services, from hospital care to prescription drugs, tailored to their specific Medicare plan type. For instance, beneficiaries seeking clarity on coverage for a common medical need like a vaccine can quickly ascertain whether it’s included under their plan, thus eliminating uncertainties and potential out-of-pocket expenses. This invaluable resource empowers individuals to make informed decisions about their healthcare, ensuring they receive the treatments and services they need without unexpected financial burdens.

Furthermore, provides transparency and clarity, offering detailed explanations of coverage criteria and any associated costs. Users can access helpful tools such as the Medicare Coverage Database, which allows them to search for specific items or services to see if they’re covered.  With, individuals can confidently navigate their Medicare coverage, gaining peace of mind and assurance in their healthcare decisions.