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ACHY, WINTER JOINTS? We know how to take your knees from “ouch” to “ahh”

NEUROPATHY PAIN

Our favorite HM experts answer your most important health questions

10 WAYS TO BE MORE POSITIVE – NOW!

Expert advice from best-selling author, Janette Gleason

HOLIDAY RECIPES WITH ½ THE CALORIES (cocktails, too!)

Say “NO!” to Holiday Overeating We’ll show you how

2 SECRETS FOR BETTER HEALTHCARE

Pro tips from Redirect Health CEO, Paul Johnson

BRIAN JENNINGS From troubled teen to football superstar to concussion care pioneer. This ASU and 49ers alum is changing the way the world treats head injuries.

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Contents

Editor’s Letter ....................................................................... 3 Seize opportunities in 2015 with advice from Healthstyle’s Editor-in-Chief.

Healthy Appetite Food Therapy with Bethany Lindsey .............................. 4 You’ll be drooling for more of these healthfully amazing holiday recipes.

Doctor’s Orders Ask the Experts .................................................................. 10 What is neuropathy? HM health pros, Dr. Iversen and Dr. West, answer your biggest questions about this complex medical condition.

HM EXCLUSIVE:

ASU and San Francisco 49ers alum, Brian Jennings, is drastically changing the world’s current standard for concussion care. PAGE 16

When Winter Weather Makes Your Knees Say ‘Ouch!’ ............................................................... 12 Beat osteoarthritis pain for good – without surgery!

Weird Science Head Games ......................................................................... 16 Learn how former ASU and San Francisco 49ers long snapper, Brian Jennings, is changing the way the world treats head injuries.

Mindful A Positive Mindset Means a Healthier You ................ 30 Award-winning entrepreneur and best-selling author, Janette Gleason, shares her favorite tips for positive thinking. How to Get Better Healthcare at Work ....................... 32 Are you asking your employer these two important questions? Former Phoenix mayor and CEO of Redirect Health, Paul Johnson, shows you how to make the most out of your company’s insurance dollars.

Just for Fun Puzzle Page .......................................................................... 34 Exercise your brain with fun, health-minded games. Can you find all of the words in this issue’s word search?

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SPECIAL THANKS

Mike Bechtol David Berg Guy Berry Deborah Brandon Aaron Castiglione Lisa Conrad Amy D’Acquisto Rob Davidson Danielle Giordano Janette Gleason Kathy Heasley Doug Houvener Bob Iversen Brian Jennings Jackson Jennings Jacky Jennings Max Jennings Nicole Jennings Tom Jennings Paul Johnson Janice Johnston Cadynn Kohler

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Rebekah Knoll Theresa Lambe Ken Levin John C. Lewis Bethany Lindsey Sara Mead Naomi Neal Megan Quezada Mary Ann Rausa Dianne Salazar Gail Shoultes Annette Valenzuela Talia Vandegrift Aida Vega Gary Ward Michael Wells Robert West

Model: Brian Jennings, CEO of Concussion Care Center Photography by: Deborah Brandon Photography

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Editor’s Letter

A Great 2015 Starts Before January 1st In previous years, when someone used the words “dashing,” “dancing” and “prancing” in the same sentence, my mind skipped right over Santa’s reindeer and headed straight for my seasonal to-do list. It seemed as though every free moment I had was spent searching for internet bargains, driving across town to run errands or making my best attempt to coordinate the equally busy lives of people I hadn’t seen in 365 days. Instead of appreciating what the holiday season was supposed to bring about – warm feelings, relaxation, celebration, togetherness and the opportunity for self-reflection – I found myself counting the days until I could get back to my normal life. Not exactly what the holiday spirit is supposed to look like, if you ask me. The vicious cycle of winter anxiety continued until the year I discovered Grownup Cocoa (see page 4) and decided to entertain myself by drafting an early New Year’s resolutions list. After I blotted the chocolate stains from my notebook, I could clearly see all of my future goals – line items that ultimately revolved around balance, planning and positive thinking. In other words, traits I needed immediately, as well as in the upcoming year. In that

moment, I decided to quit feeling sorry for myself during the holidays and make a conscious effort to change the way I handled the seasonal pressure. Focusing on healthy goal setting a few months early actually relieved more stress than it caused. I created a realistic exercise regimen, planned healthy meals, set (and stuck to) a budget and scheduled uninterrupted relaxation time. The result: everyone in my life – including me – became happier. The extra “me time” revitalized my mind, body and spirit and helped me realize the concept of giving of myself was better in terms of quality rather than quantity. If the purpose of setting resolutions is to ultimately build a stronger, better, healthier and happier you, what’s the point in waiting until the following year to get started? Think positively (take a tip from Mompreneur, Janette Gleason, on page 30) and get motivated to make a difference in your community (incredible story on page 16). I know you can do it.

Sarah Perry is an Arizona native and NAU alumna who has always had a passion for storytelling and helping others. Her zest for life and experience as a marketing pro and communications expert at Arrowhead Health Centers has helped her explore new ways to find happiness through healthier living. This year, she’s asking Santa for a fitness tracker and pair of purple running shoes. Deborah Brandon Photography

Cheers to a healthy holiday season and a prosperous 2015!

Sarah Perry Editor-in-Chief Editorial@healthstylemagazine.com

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Healthy Appetite

Food Therapy

Want to dine in health and style this season? Take a tip from Bethany…

with Bethany Lindsey It wouldn’t be the holidays without seasonally inspired food. The bummer is most versions tend to be heavy on fat and sugar – not ideal if you’re trying to stick to a healthy eating plan. But you don’t have to be a Grinch when it comes to your most desired holiday dishes. Try substituting your traditional favorites for these diet-friendly, low-calorie alternatives.

Green Beans Almondine Serves 4 75 calories per serving: 6 g carbohydrate, 2 g protein, 5 g fat Ingredients: 1 – 10 oz package of frozen French-style green beans 1 small onion (diced) 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil ⅓ cup sliced almonds Sprinkle of cinnamon for garnish Directions: 1 Steam green beans (about 10-15 minutes, or until softened). 2 While green beans are cooking, in a medium skillet, sauté diced onion in olive or coconut oil. When onion is softened, add about ⅓ cup of sliced almonds and continue to sauté until just beginning to brown slightly. Stir in cooked green beans and mix well.

Holiday Cheers!

3 Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve; reheat briefly.

Feeling festive? Show off your holiday spirit(s) in your glass, rather than your waistline with these lower-calorie alternatives.

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Healthy Appetite Directions: 1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Place a wire rack in a shallow roasting pan. 2 Make short, deep slits all over lamb with a sharp knife and fill with garlic slices. Rub the lamb with oil and sprinkle with oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. Transfer to the prepared pan.

Roasted Leg of Lamb Serves 8 – 10, with leftovers 143 calories per 3 oz serving: 1 g carbohydrate, 35 g protein, 22 g fat (9 g saturated, 9 g monounsaturated) Ingredients: 1 – 4 or 5 pound bone-in leg of lamb, shank portion, trimmed of fat 3 cloves garlic, sliced 1 ½ teaspoons olive oil 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste ¾ cup water

3 Roast the lamb for 1 hour. Add water to pan and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 135°F. Transfer the lamb to a serving platter, tent with foil and let rest for 15 minutes before carving. *Note: For medium-rare, cook 15 to 20 minutes more. 4 Meanwhile, skim off any fat from pan juices and pour juices into a small saucepan. Reheat gently over low heat. Carve the lamb into thin slices and serve with pan juices.

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Directions:

Naughty: This holiday favorite is usually around 350 calories for a one-cup serving

1 Beat egg yolks until lightened in color. Add sugar, beating until dissolved; set aside.

Nice: Our version is only 148 calories for the same amount Ingredients: 2 egg yolks ⅓ cup and 1 tablespoon sugar 2 cups 1% low-fat milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Dash of cinnamon and nutmeg ¼ cup bourbon 4 egg whites

2 Combine low-fat milk, vanilla, and 1 dash each cinnamon and nutmeg in a saucepan over high heat; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. 3 Remove from heat and gradually whisk into egg mixture. Return to pot, cook to 160°. Remove from heat, stir in bourbon and pour mixture into a bowl; set in the refrigerator. Beat egg whites in separate bowl until soft peaks form; with mixer running, gradually add 1 tablespoon sugar, beat until stiff peaks form. Whisk egg whites into chilled mixture; sprinkle with cinnamon.

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Healthy Appetite Pumpkin Custard Serves 8 132 calories per serving: 23 g carbohydrate, 3 g Protein, 4 g fat Ingredients: 2 eggs ½ cup agave syrup 2 cups canned pumpkin 1 cup lite coconut milk or evaporated skim milk 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon ginger ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves ⅛ teaspoon salt Directions: 1 Preheat oven to 325°. Butter a 1 or 1 ½ quart baking dish. In a medium mixing bowl, mix spices and salt. Add eggs and mix to combine well. Mix in agave syrup and pumpkin, then stir in coconut milk or evaporated skim milk. Pour into the prepared baking dish. 2 Set dish in a larger baking pan and add hot water to the large pan to a depth of about 1 inch (it should come about halfway up the side of the inner baking dish).

3 Bake for about 50 minutes or until custard is set and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely before serving. *Note: Custard may be covered and refrigerated overnight. Bethany Lindsey is a Nutrition Coach and Lifestyle Educator at Arrowhead Health Centers in Glendale, AZ. She particularly enjoys helping people lower their cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure to prevent debilitating illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other health-related conditions. She is dedicated to helping people eat healthier, lose weight and overcome obstacles to live better, healthier lives. To request more information, e-mail Bethany at firstlinetherapy@arrowheadhealth.com.

Grownup Cocoa Naughty: Your childhood favorite could cost you 326 calories or more Nice: Our chocolaty cocktail recipe boasts a mere 141 calories Ingredients: 1 ½ oz espresso vanilla vodka 1 packet sugar free hot cocoa mix 8 oz hot water Dash of cocoa powder Directions: 1 Pour hot water and cocoa mix over vodka and stir. 2 Garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder. 6

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Doctor’s Orders

I’ve been experiencing a lot of tingling, numbness and discomfort in my legs and feet. One of my friends said I might have peripheral neuropathy, but I really don’t know much about it. What is peripheral neuropathy and how do I know if I have it?

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How can you tell if you have PN?

If you experience any combination of these symptoms in your legs or feet, it could be a sign that you have PN.

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy (PN) affects the microscopic blood supply to the microscopic nerves in your extremities and is often a result of damage to your peripheral nervous system. These nerves communicate important sensory messages from your brain and spinal cord to every other part of your body. Like static on a telephone line, PNPrickling can interrupt and even distort messages between your brain and the rest of your body. PN can greatly affect your limbs and lead to balance issues, trouble sleeping, falling, hospital stays and more serious Prickling early. Shocks problems if it isn’t caught and treated

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fragile nerve fibers, causing diabetic neuropathy. The American Diabetes Association notes that about half of all people with diabetes have some form of PN.

Extreme sensitivity to touch or temperature Many PN patients report that their bed sheets feel intolerable or that their Slow Healing feet are ice cold – even when temperatures are over 100 °F outside.

Physical Trauma Injuries caused by auto accidents, falls, and sportsrelated activities can be the leading cause of PN. If your peripheral nerves become completely or partially severed, strained, compressed or stretched, the acute damage can cause PN.

Cuts that don’t heal Small sores or lesions on your feet that don’t heal or grow worse over time.

Chemotherapy For people who have undergone chemotherapy treatment for cancer, PN can be a crippling side effect. The American Cancer Society notes several chemotherapy drugs are known to damage peripheral nerves, causing chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN).

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Expert Advice: If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s best to visit a doctor or clinic that specializes in neuropathy treatment because these sensations can become much more serious over time. If diagnosed and treated early, PN can be controlled.

What causes PN?

While there are a number of ways you can get PN, some of the most common causes are diabetes, physical trauma, chemotherapy and autoimmune disease. Diabetes Extended exposure to high blood glucose can damage the microscopic blood supply surrounding

Autoimmune Disease Autoimmune conditions like shingles, Epstein-Barr virus, HIV, Lyme disease, diphtheria and viral or bacterial infections can attack nerve tissues and cause PN.

Have a question for our health experts? Send your thoughts to editorial@healthstylemagazine.com or visit mypnprogram.com to learn more.

Meet the Experts Dr. Robert Iversen is the Program Director and a peripheral neuropathy expert at Arrowhead Health Centers. He has over 24 years of experience in the healthcare field including work as an esteemed consultant, entrepreneur, owner of his own private chiropractic practice and acting as President for the Arizona Association of Chiropractic. He is passionate about helping people of all ages live long, healthy, happy lives and believes that holistic health care and a multi-specialty approach to wellness are the best ways to reach those goals.

Dr. Robert West is a peripheral neuropathy specialist and the Director of Family Practice at Arrowhead Health Centers. He is a Board Certified Internist and family practice provider with over 18 years of experience treating an array of health conditions including peripheral neuropathy, skin cancer, osteoarthritis, diabetes and more. Dr. West believes strongly in teamwork and the idea that the best health outcomes occur when a variety of healthcare professionals work together. When he’s not in the office helping patients, you can find Dr. West hiking, biking or sailing with his family.

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Doctor’s Orders

When Winter Weather Makes Your Knees Say

‘OUCH!’ “Snap, crackle, pop!” If you’re one of the 27 million Americans living with osteoarthritis, you know those sounds aren’t coming from your cereal bowl. “While there may not be scientific studies that prove this theory, chilly winter temperatures are notorious for amplifying joint pain,” says Mike Bechtol, director of the nationally recognized OsteoArthritis Programs at Arrowhead Health Centers. “The good news is our patients don’t have to live with these sneaky symptoms because we know exactly how to help ease their knee and back pain.” The secret? Mike says there are several techniques – especially when combined – that you can use to abolish seasonal aches and kick joint pain to the curb.

Joint pain making you feel less than merry this season? Try these tips from osteoarthritis expert, Mike Bechtol.

1. Make your move When it’s cool and damp outside, you may be less likely to get up and exercise, but being a couch potato is bad news for your joints. Regular exercise – especially physical rehabilitation – warms up your joints and helps improve your flexibility and 12

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range of motion. Expert suggestion: make regular appointments (inside a warm, cozy office) with a licensed physical rehabilitation specialist or chiropractor who can show you how to exercise your injured joints properly without causing further damage or pain.

2. Take a shot

While a quick dose of spiked cider might help you forget about your sore joints, Mike recommends


Doctor’s Orders a different type of shot to his patients with achy knees. “Hyaluronic acid (HA) is an all-natural lubricating medication that can be injected into your knees to ward off chronic pain,” says Mike. “The shots are safe, painless and also approved by the FDA – making them a great option to use along with physical rehabilitation.” BONUS TIP: “Make sure you get your injections done at a doctor’s office that has a live image guidance machine called a C-arm,” says Mike. “Studies from the OsteoArthritis Centers of America show that even an experienced clinician can miss the joint space between 30 and 50 percent of the time without a fluoroscope.”

3. Fight OA on a Cellular Level

4. Save the cookies for Santa We know it’s hard to resist tasty treats, especially when they’re everywhere this time of year, but carrying excess weight can be dangerous for your joints. “Every extra 10 pounds you carry on your body is equal to 1,000 pounds of pressure on your knee joints,” says Mike. “Extra weight speeds up the degeneration process and causes more pain.”

5. Brace yourself Feel like you could use a little extra support sometimes? We bet your joints feel the same way. Unloading knee braces create a small space inside your joint to provide stability and immediate relief from bone on bone osteoarthritis. Additional braces and durable medical equipment (DME) are also available – and helpful – for your wrist, back elbows and other joints.

Amniotic tissue, sometimes referred to as placental tissue, is the latest and greatest thing 6. Dress the part in healthcare. A special formula, Brrr! Those frigid temperatures are A special formula, called called BioDRestore, containing enough to make your whole body BioDRestore, containing placental tense up, which can cause additional placental stem cells and other special growth factors that stiffness and restrict blood flow to stem cells and other special can help the body build new your joints. Fortunately, this is the growth factors that can help tissues of its own, is now best time of year to cuddle up with available to patients who enroll the body build new tissues of its a blanket or nestle your sore joints in Arrowhead Health Centers’ own, is now available to patients inside a fluffy jacket. The extra OsteoArthritis Program. layers will warm your body and who enroll in Arrowhead Health promote better circulation to help Amniotic tissue contains a high concentration of stem Centers’ OsteoArthritis Program. your joints move better. cells that aren’t rejected when introduced into another body. The amniotic tissue is gathered from women who have C-sections, then Want more helpful tips from Mike Bechtol? thoroughly tested and prepared as an injectable Call the Arrowhead Health Centers material. “We’ve seen meaningful results where OsteoArthritis team at 888-550-6063. a patient’s knee pain from osteoarthritis, for example, has been significantly reduced as a result of these injections,” said Mike. “Amniotic tissue has Mike Bechtol is the OsteoArthritis been shown to support soft tissue repair, reduce Program Director at Arrowhead Health inflammation and minimize scar tissue formation. Centers where he has helped thousands of people find relief from osteoarthritis Another great part of BioDRestore is that it’s pain. He is passionate about helping combined with your first HA injection so there’s no people of all ages overcome chronic need for an extra shot. This formula has long-lasting pain and improve their quality of life. For effects that strengthen your knee joint and can more information about Mike or the OsteoArthritis Program at actually help reverse the damage done Arrowhead Health Centers, visit arrowheadhealth.com or send by osteoarthritis.” e-mail to mike.bechtol@arrowheadhealth.com. Winter 2014 • Healthstyle Magazine™

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Weird Science

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HEAD GAMES FORM ER N FL STAR FIGHT S CONCU SSION S – H E AD ON With a career that spanned twenty-three years, from age 14 to his NFL retirement just shy of his 37th birthday, Brian Jennings is no stranger to concussions. The former ASU Sun Devil and San Francisco 49er great is joining forces with Arrowhead Health Centers in rolling out a new service dedicated specifically to treating those suffering concussions. Concussion Care Center’s first office will open inside the Arrowhead Heath Centers Glendale office in February. Jennings laughingly points out that the grand opening is appropriately timed to coincide with the Super Bowl! Indeed, it is difficult to separate the topics of football and concerns about concussions.

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Weird Science According to the Center for Disease Control, 3.8 million people suffer concussions annually. These are primarily attributed to falls or other inadvertent impacts, automobile accidents, assault, and sportsrelated injuries. Concussions are often suffered by those serving in the military, as well. Because the numbers are so great, leaders in the healthcare and sports industries are intent on improving how we treat, prevent, and minimize the symptoms of concussions. A personal interest in changing the nature of care for those experiencing concussions led to Jennings’ decision to establish Concussion Care Center, and an alliance with Arrowhead Health Centers was a natural next step. “We are excited that Brian has chosen Arrowhead Health Centers as his partner in this effort,” says Guy Berry, Director of Operations for Arrowhead Health Centers. “Building on Brian’s experiences with concussion therapy, this approach to treatment has the potential to help many people and impact the way health professionals care for patients with concussions.” According to Jennings, “The current standard for concussion care is to rest and take pain medications. The big problem with that is … it’s impossible to rest, sleep or dream, and avoid physical or mental activity when you have a concussion. And speaking from personal experience, it’s difficult to rest when you’re concussed even if you want to. Medications may help you relax or relieve some symptoms, but there’s a huge risk for dependency. And that dependency can lead to other serious issues, too. Current ‘treatment,’ or management, of concussions is completely unacceptable.”

From Personal Experience to Personal Challenge Jennings is speaking from first-hand experience. In November 2005, he suffered a concussion during a game between the 49ers and the Chicago Bears. “It was the first time I ever heard the word ‘concussion’,” Jennings says. “During a play, I was trying to tackle the ball carrier but I was hit from the side and my helmet started to pop off. Then, I 18

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As a little boy, Brian would play sports with his brother in his Mesa neighborhood, dreaming of one day becoming a professional athlete. Photo courtesy of Jacky Jennings

got tripped, and my face hit the ground hard. I was knocked out. On film, I saw that I got back up and ran a few more yards, but I don’t remember anything after I fell. The next thing I knew, I was in the locker room throwing up during halftime.” Because there weren’t any backup long snappers and Jennings didn’t want to disappoint his team, he opted not to report the injury, a mistake that would haunt him for the duration of the game. His sense of duty overrode his thoughts of personal safety, and he finished the game. He said later that he didn’t know all the risks associated with head injuries. By the time the team headed home, however, Jennings was in excruciating pain. At that time, the NFL didn’t really know how to handle concussions. They were able to provide little relief. Upon returning home, Jennings consulted his personal team of health professionals who helped relieve his symptoms. With the right care and treatment, he was able to sleep. He experienced increased function and decreased pain. He began to feel like himself again. What’s more, the experience left him with a new interest in helping others with similar physical problems.


Weird Science “Since I had started my career with the NFL, I saw guys getting knocked out every game,” Jennings recalls. “It was crazy, and I had never seen anything like it. I noticed that a week or two later, they would have a seemingly unrelated injury – like a shoulder, knee or something that would require surgery and make them miss months of work. I wanted to avoid the secondary injury at all costs.” Jennings met with his personal trainer, Jay Schroeder, whom he had been working with since his rookie year. Jay had developed a unique system for athletic training geared at avoiding injury and increasing physical performance. “Jay taught me that when you get injured, if you don’t rehabilitate it, you will develop compensation patterns that put strain on other body parts, eventually making them weaker,” said Jennings. “You end up moving out of sequence and position because the injury won’t allow you to move properly. Jay’s system kept me in a constant state of rehab. I also learned the power of aligning my nervous

In his 13 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Brian was the longest-tenured player on the team. He never missed a single game, ending his career with 208 consecutive games. system to work properly so I could hold position and move in sequence. I looked at Jay, my chiropractors, trainers, naturopaths and other doctors as a team who would support me, the same way I supported my team while I was at work.” While Jennings’s healthcare team and unique treatments were unconventional compared to what others were doing, they were successful. And Jennings was living proof. Because he refused to accept status quo medical treatment, Jennings achieved unlikely greatness. In his 13 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Jennings was the longest-tenured player on the team. He never missed a single game, ending his career with 208 consecutive games. Played in two Pro Bowls and one Super Bowl. He broke records, knew his role and was a model of consistency, game in and game out.

A New Concept for Concussion Care Jennings left the NFL in 2013, but his desire to improve methods for working with concussion was ignited. He had learned so much about the business of professional athleticism and how to maintain health, despite numerous injuries. His own experiences and his interest in concussions led to additional research. He learned that concussions impact military personnel, auto accident victims, children and seniors in addition to professional and amateur athletes. He read numerous studies showing the long term effects of traumatic brain injuries, and what he learned was terrifying. Among other statistics, he learned that a high percent of individuals who have been incarcerated suffered a brain injury earlier in life. “My wife and sons are the best support system I could ask for,” says Brian. “They encourage me to help people who are suffering and always remind me that anything is possible with family.” Photo courtesy of Brian Jennings

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Brain injuries can be devastating for families, relationships, coaches, medical professionals and everyone else when a concussed person doesn’t get the help they need. The cascade of a concussion can slow brain speed, create chemical dependence, and negatively affect time away from work or school. else. The cascade of a concussion can slow brain speed, create chemical dependence, and negatively affect time away from work or school. Some of our best and brightest people played sports, served in the military or were involved in another trauma that damaged their brains, and their lives were derailed as a result. I know we can do something about it. Our children, veterans, or any other people who suffer concussions don’t have to become drug addicts, unemployed, incarcerated, or suicidal.” Jennings wanted to help make a difference and started speaking with hospital groups who were doing concussion education and baseline testing. He felt confident that he could use his personal experiences as a catalyst to improve concussion care. “I thought it was great and wanted to start a foundation to research concussion therapy after retiring,” says Jennings. “But I realized no one was doing therapy – just evaluations and education. I had already found a viable solution for treating concussions and was shocked to learn no one had introduced these amazing therapies to the people who needed it.” Jennings recruited a team of medical professionals and trainers to help him develop treatment programs for victims suffering from various levels of traumatic brain injury. Concussion Care Center was born. “We developed targeted therapies to help injured people achieve their goals,” says Jennings. “We start with self-assessment because the injured person’s 20

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In 2005, Brian became the first long snapper to play in the Pro Bowl since the 1970s. Photo courtesy of Jacky Jennings

point of view is vital to accurate rehab. Then, we move to a thorough practitioner evaluation that will collect any information that the concussed person may miss. After that, a functional brain map will document the specific injuries in the brain. We put together a targeted rehabilitation plan that may include; quiet mind therapy, nutritional supplements to reduce inflammation, body manipulation therapies, coordination therapies and an at-home recovery kit. These are the same steps I followed when seeking treatment for myself and my teammates in the NFL.” To further enhance the recovery experience for patients, Jennings and his team have partnered with Arrowhead Health Centers, a multi-specialty healthcare company that puts a special emphasis on comprehensive care. “Teaming up with Arrowhead Health Centers means more resources for concussion patients,” says Jennings. “Working with other expert providers gives Concussion Care Center’s medical experts access to the knowledgeable insight of other medical pros. And, if a patient needs supplemental or additional treatment outside of Concussion Care Center, they will be able to receive the care they need, no matter what.”


Weird Science Jennings is hopeful that more organizations will adopt similar models as therapies become more well-known and available in the medical community. He is certainly no stranger to setting goals and being driven to success, as the story of his career (below) exemplifies.

Brian’s Story FINDING FOOTBALL

In 1990, 14-year-old Arizona native Jennings played his first football game. Little did he know, the sport would completely change his life. Football would help him survive difficult teenage years, lead him to faith, provide him with an Arizona State University scholarship, and build a hugely-successful career with the San Francisco 49ers. “Every single aspect of the game heightened my senses and brought me a feeling of power and purpose,” says Jennings. “The smell of freshly-cut grass, the adrenaline rush of meeting the opponent on the field, and the sound of the crowd cheering fueled a greater feeling of working together with my teammates to accomplish a shared goal. I couldn’t imagine my life without the game.” Football was the focus for Jennings. “I was a pretty smart kid, but when it came to school, I never really cared about academics or being a good student. What I loved most about school was going to recess so I could play sports with my friends.”

“Traumatic brain injuries happen every day in the military as a result of training injuries, explosions and other environmental hazards that come along with this job. The results can be devastating so I’m proud to see that Brian and others like him care enough about the work we do to take action and help veterans. It gives me hope.”

Jennings’s childhood wasn’t all fun and games. While his parents did everything they could to provide for their three children, focusing on the family business left the children with little supervision. Long work hours and frequent moves meant an inconsistent environment with lots of free time. Unfortunately, as Jennings grew into a teenager, that free time turned into boredom which eventually led to experimenting with alcohol and getting into trouble. Despite football, Jennings started hanging out with the wrong people. “I was unguided and then misguided; I didn’t have any direction,” says Jennings. “Looking back, I probably had Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, but back then, that sort of condition wasn’t diagnosed like it is now. At 15, I started drinking and getting into trouble and at 17, I was put on probation – kind of like house arrest – for vandalizing.” The experience led him to rethink his future. It was an uneasy time because he had always thought of himself as a good kid, despite his problems. “I knew I had to make a change in my life and I decided to start with the things in front of me,” said Jennings. “I focused all of my energy into football. It was a great

I was unguided and then misguided; I didn’t have any direction.

“As a mom, I want to do everything I can to keep my daughter safe and happy but I don’t want to tell her she can’t play soccer or ride her bike because I’m scared she’ll get hurt. Knowing that Concussion Care Center exists gives me peace of mind and helps me worry less.” – Megan Quezada, dedicated mother and healthcare worker

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Weird Science way to get my aggression out and pour my energy into something positive. It took away my boredom and kept me from getting into trouble.” The more Jennings concentrated on improving his football abilities, the happier and more fulfilling his life became. And his coaches took notice. They noticed his potential and taught him how to channel his aggression and use it to develop his game. His strength, focus and attitude improved, and he was eventually awarded a spot in the starting defensive lineup. “Football became fun,” says Jennings. “It was an outlet for all of my aggression, disappointment, boredom and frustration. Football gave me a new thing to do and I was perfectly suited for it; I was a maniac, I was

strong, I was tough, I was angry and I was good at it. It empowered me.” Jennings’s schoolwork improved and he put more effort into extracurricular activities, joining student council and becoming an active member of the track team. He was voted class clown and star athlete his senior year and was accepted to all three major Arizona universities. “I went from feeling like a nobody to a star with lots of potential,” says Jennings. “Division two and three schools started recruiting me with full scholarships. Just a year before, I was sitting in a juvenile detention cell. It’s kind of weird to say, but football saved my life. That’s the real value of youth sports. There are so many benefits.”

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Concussion? For some people, symptoms of concussion can last for days, weeks, or longer. In general, recovery may be slower among older adults, young children, and teens. Those who have had a concussion in the past are also at risk of having another one and may find that it takes longer to recover if they have another concussion. Symptoms of concussion usually fall into four categories: Thinking & Remembering

Physical

Emotions & Mood

Sleep

Difficulty thinking clearly

Headache

Irritability

Sleeping more than usual

Feeling slowed down

Nausea or vomiting (early on)

Sadness

Sleep less than usual

More emotional

Trouble falling asleep

Fuzzy or blurry vision

Dizziness Difficulty concentrating

Sensitivity to noise or light Balance problems

Difficulty remembering new information

Feeling tired, having no energy

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Weird Science admired Tom and felt lucky to be his friend. It seemed so unfair that he never had the opportunity to fulfill his potential. Jennings was overwhelmed, but he devoted his athletic career to his friend, and he headed back to rehab with a new resolve. This time, rehab worked. Jennings’s focus led to a fast recovery and he was soon back on the field with his teammates. Brian talks to Army veteran, Staff Sergeant John C. Lewis, about the effects of concussion in the military. Deborah Brandon Photography

Division two and three schools started recruiting me with full scholarships. Just a year before, I was sitting in a juvenile detention cell. It’s kind of weird to say, but football saved my life. OVERCOMING INJURY

At a high school training camp at Camp Pendleton, Jennings realized that football required the same strength and dedication needed in the military. (He saw serving in the military as a possibility in his future if his football career didn’t pan out). He began to think strategically about aligning himself with a college that could mold him into a top athlete. After much soulsearching, he opted for the largest football-focused school that offered him an acceptance letter: Arizona State University. He had faith that if they trained him well and he could become a star player, he might have a shot at the NFL. Unfortunately, in the fall of 1995, Jennings’s career plans were shaken when he severely damaged his ACL. “The injury was really bad,” says Jennings. “Typically, ACL injuries take between six and eight months to heal, but mine was much worse. The rehab went horribly, and I knew something was really wrong. I thought my football and military career options were over. At 18, I felt myself slipping into depression.” To compound his problems, his childhood friend, Tom Eaton, was killed in a car accident while traveling to play in a college baseball game. He had always

“It was great to be back in the game,” says Jennings, “because this time I had a greater purpose; I was playing for Tom, too. And I think it’s because of him that I found long snapping.” During practice one day, Jennings and his teammates were standing on the sidelines playing catch when Jennings snapped the ball for the first time. “I was just joking around,” says Jennings, “but my teammates said I was really good and should be a long snapper. I was really insulted because I thought I should be a tight end. I didn’t want to get my butt kicked as a long snapper on the field.” But others told him the same thing, and he began to practice long snapping and discovered he enjoyed it. BECOMING INVINCIBLE

“I realized that I needed to use my gift with intention, and after questioning what my purpose was, I realized that it was to support my teammates and help them win. Every minute of every day, I would be a good teammate and player. Helping my team win meant helping them become their best, while I was becoming mine.” Jennings used his own personal challenges as a way to unlock conversations and create a collaborative environment with his teammates and coaches. His positive attitude and willingness to communicate

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Weird Science openly enhanced his relationship with his team and improved his performance on the field. The following year, Jennings’s dedication to his team earned him a scholarship… under two conditions: “My coach, Bruce Snyder, told me (1) ‘Don’t screw this up’ and (2) ‘You’re not allowed to get hurt.’ “ Knowing the dangers inherent in the game, Jennings sought ways to prevent injury. He took inspiration from a teammate, Pat Tillman. “I took an invincibility oath, inspired by Tillman,” says Jennings. “He was my teammate for three years so I got to know him really well and I studied the way he played. He was slower and smaller than some of the guys, but he made up for it by being smart,

enthusiastic and having unyielding willpower. He was successful because he was unwilling to let the game break him. I wanted to play like that, too.” In addition, Jennings began training in an uncommon manner; on his own time, he practiced as if he had been wounded. “Sometimes I would tape my fingers or hands or other body parts to restrict movement, even when I wasn’t hurt,” says Jennings. “I did whatever I could to practice and be good no matter the circumstances. If I practiced like I was injured, I knew I would be able to play when I really was injured. I practiced that way for about 10,000 hours. I wanted to be perfect so I could get into the NFL.” LUCKY NUMBER 49 Jennings’s dedication and strategy paid off. His skills had improved drastically over the years and he was playing so well that scouts flooded Sun Devil Stadium. “I had no clue who they were,” laughs Jennings, “until one of my teammates told me they were NFL scouts who were interested in drafting me to be a long snapper. I didn’t even know that was a thing I could do in the NFL. I was just trying to be a good college player.” Jennings’s dreams of becoming a professional athlete were coming true. He was an NFL Draft prospect, and was immediately enrolled in tests and training drills. But testing well wasn’t enough. He realized that with the competition facing him, he needed to have an NFL personality that would set him apart from the others. He was determined to be known as someone with not only great skills, but also a great attitude. Jennings’s strategy was a success. Scouts took a special interest in Jennings because of his positivity and enthusiasm during the drills.

With two children of his own, Brian understands the importance of safety when it comes to youth sports. The experts at Concussion Care Center have taken special care to develop programs that cater to the needs of children. Deborah Brandon Photography

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“I found out that they were going back to their organizations with stories telling them that I had a great personality and competitive attitude,” Jennings says. “I started paying close attention to my overall attitude, how I spoke to coaches, and even


Weird Science how I presented myself through body language. I knew communication was key and that it would be imperative to my success in getting drafted.” In 2000, Jennings was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the middle of the seventh round, 230th overall. His dreams had finally come true.

When Dreams Turn Into Nightmares Like many young athletes, Jennings struggled during his first two years in the NFL. He was no longer with his college buddies. He was worried about potential injuries. The competition was like nothing he had ever experienced and he was concerned that he wasn’t measuring up. He asked his coach for a performance review to learn what he could do better. To his surprise, his game was stronger than he thought. “My coach showed me some film and talked to me about how well I was doing,” says Jennings. “He noted how my skill actually changed the opponent’s game plan. I would snap the ball and get down the field so quickly that they had to account for me in kick coverage – something most teams don’t plan for. My coach’s feedback helped me relax and embrace my role on the team. For the first time in the NFL, I felt confident as a player.”

For the second time in his life, Jennings was feeling extremely depressed. “I only left the house to perform my job and keep my football career,” says Jennings. “I questioned the meaning of life and my purpose in it. What did it matter if you lived valiantly or insecurely? The outcome might be the same no matter what.” Jennings struggled with depression for months, until an unusual dream broke the spell. “I dreamed I was in a hospital and I walked into a room where Pat was lying there in a full body cast,” Jennings remembers. “I asked if he was okay and he said yes. He told me not to worry about him, and he started asking me about my life. It was like he knew I was going through a really difficult time. I started telling him about my struggles and then switched back to him and asked what I could do to help. He said he was fine, but that I needed to stop worrying about him and everyone else and live my life. ‘Just live,’ he said. ‘Live your life!’”

For the first time in a long time, I was happy. There hadn’t been a long snapper in the Pro Bowl since the ‘70s and this was a huge accomplishment for me.

But that confidence was short lived when tragedy once again impacted Jennings’s life. His friend and former teammate, Pat Tillman, was killed in action while serving in the military. Jennings was devastated to lose someone who embodied strength, tenacity, intelligence and compassion. To compound the tragedy, upon returning from Tillman’s funeral, he learned that a childhood acquaintance, Brett, had taken his own life that same day. The tragedies brought back a flood of memories from when Tom Eaton died during college.

When Jennings awoke, his positivity was restored and his life renewed. He says he stopped focusing on what was wrong and did what Pat had told him – focusing on living his own life. His renewed energy enhanced his performance on the football field and he was invited to play in the Pro Bowl in the spring of 2005.

“I felt like, once again, that could have been me,” Jennings says. “Brett took his own life. I was headed down that road when I was 17 and that could have just as easily happened to me. Pat was killed during his military career – a career I would have pursued myself if football hadn’t worked out.”

“For the first time in a long time, I was happy,” says Jennings. “There hadn’t been a long snapper in the Pro Bowl since the ‘70s and this was a huge accomplishment for me. I had gone from probation and a path of destruction to Pro Bowl in just seven years.”

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Weird Science Jennings invited his entire family to Hawaii to watch him play in the Pro Bowl. It was a great experience, but at the same time, he learned his brother was going through a divorce and a business debt was proving challenging for his parents. It was a difficult time. Only a few weeks later, Brandon Faulkner, one of Jennings’s former ASU teammates, was shot and killed leaving a nightclub in Scottsdale. “I was at [Brandon’s] funeral when I hit rock bottom as far as depression,” Jennings says. “Everything I thought I knew about money, relationships, or my future was broken. Everything I knew about life had been proven wrong. My spring of redemption had turned into a new nightmare. We went to the cemetery after Brandon’s funeral and I dropped to my knees, praying to God and begging him to help me. I was so defeated on all fronts and I didn’t know what to do.”

Redemption, At Last The stress was affecting him physically, and a few weeks later, Jennings found himself walking into a chiropractor’s office. “I wasn’t getting any results during my offseason workouts because I was so depressed – but even though I was breaking down emotionally, I couldn’t compromise my physical health or it would ruin my career,” said Jennings. “Chiropractors have always been really important in my life as an athlete, but this one began changing my life.” He helped Jennings improve every aspect of his life. He restored Jennings’s body with chiropractic therapies, improved his diet and encouraged him to take better care of himself. “That same year,” says Jennings, “I found my faith and was baptized as a Christian. I felt spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally reborn. I realized I had gone through so much trauma and the chiropractic therapies, along with my newfound spirituality, helped me unravel that trauma so I could live my life again.” Jennings felt healthy – healthier than he ever had before – and he never wanted to let depression 26

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I felt spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally reborn. I realized I had gone through so much trauma and the chiropractic therapies, along with my newfound spirituality, helped me unravel that trauma so I could live my life again. monopolize his life again. He began seeing an array of medical professionals to get insight and advice about how he could reach optimum health. “I started seeing osteopaths, naturopaths, dietitians, more chiropractors and every other kind of health professional I thought might be able to help me,” Jennings says. “I purchased light and laser machines and other therapy equipment that could help heal my physical and energetic body. I became fascinated by traditional and non-traditional treatments alike, and started investing my own money to research and test them.”

Coming Full Circle The non-traditional approach taken by Jennings’ team of specialists and his own involvement in his treatment came into play once more when he suffered the concussion in 2005. As he had with former injuries, he

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Weird Science met this one with determination and fortitude. The unconventional therapy and a team approach to total healthcare made the difference. Since his retirement from football in 2012, he has demonstrated that same purpose and tenacity in establishing Concussion Care Center. “This isn’t a local issue,” says Jennings, “it’s global. And I won’t rest until the world is getting the care it needs. I want to keep telling this story to help other people. I want to encourage everyone to keep going, even when life isn’t looking so positive. It’s really difficult when you feel like you have something that’s wrong with you and no one can help you. But what if you knew help was on its way? Well, help is on its way. I’m so excited for the future of Concussion Care

I want to keep telling this story to help other people. I want to encourage everyone to keep going, even when life isn’t looking so positive.

Center because this is such a huge issue, and so many people will finally be able to get the care they need. Concussion Care Center is here.”

What Causes Concussions? A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. • Falling • Professional and recreational sports • Auto accidents • Chemical exposure or poisoning • Physiological trauma • Physical or blunt force trauma • Percussion trauma (proximity explosions) Sources: Mayo Clinic, Concussion Care Center

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POSITIVE MINDSET (Healthier You)

With hectic schedules and overflowing “to do” lists both at home and at work, it’s no wonder we are stressed out. But believe it or not, there is one good outcome of stress, and it’s something called endorphins, substances released by the brain. Put another way, endorphins are chemicals in the brain that lead to feelings of happiness and a positive mindset. We know that a positive mindset has several health benefits, including:

positive outlook, ultimately they will help each of us be healthier, too. 1. POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS. Have a quote, book

excerpt or song that inspires you? Choose a few favorites and read them out loud when you wake up to start your day in the right frame of mind. Review them again at night so the positive messages are the last thing you’re thinking about as you fall asleep. 2. LAUGH. Dr. Hunter Adams, better known as Patch

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An increased life span Lower rates of depression Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease Higher resistance to the common cold

Sounds great, right? Sure, but for many, having a positive mindset is easier said than done. Amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life – especially during the holiday season, many of us often dwell on the negative things taking place in our lives. But the good news is there are some quick and easy techniques that each of us can incorporate into our actions and thinking. Not only will these behaviors influence our mindset and help us maintain a 30

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Adams, knew the importance of bringing smiles and laughter to patients. We can all learn from his example so tell a favorite joke, watch a funny show or read the comics. Whatever makes you laugh, do it and do it often.


Mindful 9. ELIMINATE WORRY. Worry is just fear (False

3. EXERCISE . Do something that you enjoy so it

doesn’t seem like a dreaded task but rather an activity you look forward to. For me, it’s Crossfit. For others, it may just be a 20-minute brisk walk, a dancing class or water aerobics. 4. VISUALIZATION. Think about yourself achieving

a goal and how you’ll feel when you’ve accomplished it. This is another technique that’s great to practice as you’re falling asleep. Give it a shot. When you wake up in the morning, I bet you’ll realize it’s one of the most restful nights of sleep you’ve gotten in a while.

Evidence Appearing Real). I eliminate worry in three steps. First, I identify the worry. Second, I think about the worst-case scenario that could happen because of this worry. Third, I ask myself, “So what?” After going through this three-step process, I consider the lesson that can be learned from this worry and move on. 10. SAY THANK YOU. Express appreciation for

someone every day and say it with your words and actions. Send a handwritten note or email, post a thoughtful message on social media or pick up the phone to tell someone why you’re grateful (s)he is in your life. By incorporating even just a few of these strategies into your life each day, you’ll notice a change in yourself. It’s the positive mindset you’ve adopted and the healthier you!

5. A POSITIVE MOMENT. Reflect on your day and

pinpoint something positive that happened to you. Then tell your family about that moment and encourage them to share something positive about their day, too. My family and I make this part of our dinner routine. 6. HUG. National Hug Day takes place each year on

Jan. 21, but don’t reserve your hugs for only that day. Hugging can have an effect on your mindset so be generous with your hugs and when you give them, mean it. 7. GET RID OF NEGATIVE THOUGHTS AND WORDS. Come up with a phrase that you say

aloud whenever a negative thought enters your mind. For me, I’ll say assertively, “Delete!” or “Cancel that thought!” 8. HO’OPONOPONO PRAYER. Say this Hawaiian prayer to make things right with situations that aren’t going well or troubled relationships. You do this by thinking of the situation or person, and saying, “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.” You’ll soon come to find that the situations resolve themselves very easily with little effort on your part.

What Is Mental Health? Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. If you’re still having difficulty thinking positively after trying these feel-good strategies, set an appointment with your family doctor. Health professionals can identify biological factors, life experiences and family history that could be contributing to negative feelings. Learn more at mentalhealth.gov.

An award-winning entrepreneur and best-selling author, Janette Gleason takes great pride in empowering people to create their dream lifestyles. She is a contributing author to the bestselling book, Transform, co-written by Brian Tracy, an expert in the field of personal and organizational development. Janette also wrote Confessions of a Mompreneur: My Journey from Stressed-Out, Stay-at-Home Mom to Successful Entrepreneur. She is currently working on her third book. Want to learn more about Janette? Visit janettegleason.com.

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How to get

BETTER HEALTHCARE at work

By Paul Johnson, CEO Redirect Health

TWO QUESTIONS

your employer needs to ask before buying your company’s health insurance; the answers mean savings for you. Too often when your company is shopping for healthcare for you and your coworkers, business leaders believe the only power they have is to choose the cheapest plan so it’s affordable for both you and them. They know that sometimes low cost means sacrificing the amount of care or limiting your choice of providers. They also hope that annual rising costs will not put the company in peril, jeopardizing its very existence and your job! Employee healthcare is a delicate balance, and many business leaders are thankful even for a few dollars of cost they can negotiate away. To your employer, this feels like enough of a win in a game they know they cannot really be winners. Because they have played the game before, they know their pseudowin is temporary and that any cost savings one year will quickly evaporate the next thanks to increasing premiums. That’s the nature of the healthcare insurance game. No one wins... or do they? During the research and implementation of our own healthcare systems, we discovered two very important

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things you might want your employer to know. Two simple questions will show your employer that your company has more power than you might think. Why should you bother? Because if your employer can find a better way to provide healthcare coverage, you win and your family wins!

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Does every hospital system charge the same prices?

The short answer is “no.” Different hospital systems charge you different prices, so it’s important to know what each hospital systems will charge you should you need care there. Wouldn’t it be great if your employer could help you get better value by proactively directing you to providers with the best prices? Of course it would because the lower the cost of care the less out of pocket cost you will have


Mindful data will give your employer the confidence to safely budget for healthcare costs to stay level year-overyear. That’s a competitive advantage, but without the data, your employer can’t even begin to think this way. And did I Redirect Health mention, it’s your data? So let your company know. helps Arizona companies

to pay. It’s kind of common sense isn’t it? Shouldn’t we be able to know what something costs BEFORE buying it, in this case before choosing a facility or doctor? We think so too.

Often your employer’s insurance broker will tell you that this pricing significantly lower the cost of information is not available, This one thing is absolutely or that it depends on which employee healthcare coverage non-negotiable when your procedures are performed, while improving the quality of company talks to its broker: or that the information is care. It’s a new way to think about Your employer must own its own proprietary. Share with your healthcare, and employers and data. If an insurance company employer that none of that is true. will not agree in writing that all employees alike are starting Keep asking, and encourage your your company data belongs to to enjoy the benefits. friends’ employers to ask too. Share you, regardless of whether your this fact with your local politicians as employer renews with them in future well. We believe that it is a broker’s job to years (especially if your employer doesn’t get this information for your company for the renew!), then your company should walk away. benefit of employees, and now that you know, you It cannot let its current insurer hold them and you should want it too. hostage by not providing your past data. When your employer wants to price your company’s healthcare And just so you know, lower prices in healthcare plan with another insurance company in future years, do not mean lesser care. It just means more money the data will matter. Having it will save your company in your pocket. We get this information for our and you a lot of money. companies and employees, so we know it is possible. Of course, it is seldom exact, but it is always close enough to make a difference for you and your company.

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How do we get access to employee health data?

This is the most important thing your company can ask for. Once your employer gets its healthcare experience data, and it belongs to your company, it will have the greatest impact on your company’s ability to get fair healthcare prices now and in the future. Tell your employer when asking for the data to be sure it is complete and in an actionable format that can be analyzed. That is key. This is the single most important thing your company can do to lower healthcare costs and improve your benefits. From your company’s perspective, this

Companies across Arizona are beginning to recognize that something has to change when it comes to providing healthcare coverage to their employees. These two simple questions can put your company on a path of saving money and improving the quality of care for you and your family. Change is seldom easy, so if you need assistance, Redirect Health is ready. Contact us at 888-550-6063. This article is inspired by a soon-to-be-released book about how business can use healthcare as a competitive advantage. Paul Johnson is a former Phoenix mayor and the current CEO of Redirect Health, a new kind of healthcare company dedicated to helping Arizona companies significantly lower the cost of employee healthcare coverage while improving the quality of care. To learn more about the process, partnership and providers behind Redirect Health, visit redirecthealth.com.

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