Category: Living Well

Six Tips for Reducing Health Care Expenses


Understand your health plan coverage so you can get the most out of your plan, stay healthier, and even help save money in 2018.

Fully understanding how your health plan works not only can help reduce your out-of-pocket costs but also avoid surprise bills.

The following tips can help you get the most out of your benefits:

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?


Studies show one in three people are not getting a full night’s rest. (

Thomas Edison famously considered sleeping a “criminal waste of time, inherited from our cave days.”

Russell Foster disagrees with the prolific American inventor.

Local Farmers Are Back


Dallas Farmers Market. (Photo: Will van Overbeek)

Spring is rolling in and local farmers have been cultivating since January to bring us fresh veggies at area farmers markets.

Eating seasonally is a joy if you are a true foodie. Fruits and vegetables are a real pleasure at their optimum flavor and texture.

The Identity a Plastic Surgeon Sees


Dr. Jay Burns.

Attaining a true sense of oneself is something most people struggle with and unfortunately, something that is becoming increasingly problematic

Aaron Kheriaty, an associate professor of psychiatry and the head of Medical Ethics at University of California, Irvine, shines light on the concept of a healthy identity in his article, “Dying of Despair.”

He shares that smartphones have added to our already misguided sense of identity as we have become more self-absorbed, isolated, and are now comparing our lives to the “perfect” lives portrayed on social media.

The Sit-Up Septuagenarian


Ted Gambordella has authored 43 books, including his latest, Fit for Life. He has tutorial videos on YouTube and

Ted Gambordella figures he has done 7 million sit-ups during his 70 years of living – 2.5 million of them at the Lifetime Fitness near SMU.

It takes about a second per sit-up, he said, explaining how he started at age 15, first doing at least five minutes of sit-ups daily and eventually increasing that to 15 minutes.

Spring Inspires Cleaning, Decorating, Cooking


Sea Scallops with Triple Sec Orange Sauce and Fresh Mango Salsa. (Photo: Christy Rost)

Open the windows and pack away the sweaters. Spring is here!

After a cold winter of heavy rains spring has finally arrived, and I’m ready to celebrate. Everywhere I gaze, I see pale green leaves and colorful blossoms of every hue – a sign that it’s time to freshen my indoor rooms, just as Mother Nature provides a fresh canvas outdoors.

Dallas County Flu Deaths Reach 82 With Three More, Including A Child, This Week


The Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported three more flu-related deaths this week, including an 11-year-old Dallas County resident with a high-risk health condition.

This is the third pediatric death in Dallas County for the 2017-18 flu season, bringing the total number of flu-related deaths to 82. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.

A 33-year-old from Lewisville and a 77-year-old from Dallas also died. Both had high-risk conditions.

Gala Celebrates Sweet Stories of Survival


Twenty-two pediatric cancer patients, ages 5 to 15, will model fashions by Dillard’s and be escorted by celebrities. (Courtesy photos)

When celebrating 30 years of sweet smiles, styles, and stories of survival in a candy-themed wonderland, some young Children’s Cancer Fund Gala models can’t help but think about the food.

“I am very excited to participate in the gala, because I get to cheat on my diet and help other kids with cancer,” 8-year-old Liam Moon said.

Finding Inspiration For The Dinner Table


This festive springtime table setting was inspired by a set of teal cotton napkins. Paired with woven blue towels, sky blue glass chargers embellished with a white swirl, scalloped-edged salad plates, and Chinese bread-and-butter plates, this simple but impressive table setting features depth, texture, and the beauty of brilliant color. (Photo: Christy Rost)

Some of my favorite dishes begin without the benefit of a recipe.

Instead, I spot a single ingredient in the market, and before I know it, my mind is playing with spices, herbs, and complementary ingredients that when combined, will create a medley of flavors to tantalize the taste buds, while the dish dazzles the eye.