Add These Foods to Your Diet to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Eating these foods can help you lower your blood pressure.Add These Foods to Your Diet to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Did you know that May is National Stroke Awareness and National High Blood Pressure Education Month? In honor of this month, you should make a conscious effort to control your blood pressure. Want to take care of your health, but not sure where to start? Try incorporating these foods into your diet to help you lower your blood pressure naturally.

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens such as romaine lettuce, arugula, kale, turnip greens, collard greens, spinach, and so on are a great source of potassium. As potassium helps the kidneys eliminate sodium from the body, a diet rich in these types of veggies can help you reduce your blood pressure levels.

Berries

Berries, particularly blueberries, are rich in natural compounds called flavonoids. Research has linked the consumption of flavonoids to a reduction in blood pressure levels. Luckily, incorporating more blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries into your diet is a sweet way to help you stay healthy.

Beets

Beets are rich in nitric oxide, a compound that can help widen your blood vessels and lower your blood pressure. Additionally, research has shown that the nitrates found in beet juice helped reduce blood pressure in a span of just 24-hours.

Low-Fat Dairy

Low-fat dairy is an excellent source of calcium, which plays a significant role in the reduction of your blood pressure. Studies have shown that people who have diets rich with skim milk and low-fat yogurt experienced a 20% reduction in their risk for developing high blood pressure.

This May, work these foods into your diet to help you better manage your blood pressure.  Want another way to take care of your health this month?  Then make sure you have the proper health insurance to address all your needs.  To find the right policies for you, contact the experts at Miller Carlisle Insurance Services.  We are ready to assist you with all your coverage needs.

Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly This Earth Day

Try out these easy suggestions to make your home more eco-friendly this Earth Day.Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly This Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22nd. In honor of this day, we should all make an effort to be more environmentally conscious. Want to go green, but just not sure where you should start? Try out these easy suggestions to make your home more eco-friendly.

Switch to LEDs

One easy way to make your household greener is by switching all of your light bulbs to LED bulbs. LEDs are a great option for the environment because they require 90% less electricity than standard light bulbs. Additionally, with an average lifespan of about 10 years, these bulbs have the added benefit of not needing to be replaced very frequently.

Boost Your Recycling Efforts

Another way to make your home more eco-friendly is by increasing your recycling efforts. While most Americans do a good job of recycling things like aluminium cans, plastic bottles, and paper products, there are many other household items that can be recycled. For instance, dead batteries, old electronics, broken appliances, old clothes, and even cooking grease can all be safely recycled.

Save Water

While our planet is mostly covered in water, only a small percentage of it is fresh water safe for human use. This is why we should all make an effort to conserve this precious resource. Luckily, there are many easy changes that we can make to save water. For instance, reducing the length of our showers, upgrading to water-efficient appliances, and adjusting our home’s sprinkler settings are all ways to use less water.

Make these easy changes to make your home more environmentally-friendly this Earth Day.  Are you looking for assistance with your insurance this month?  Then don’t hesitate to contact us at Miller Carlisle Insurance Services.  We are eager to assist you with all your insurance needs today.

Miller Insurance Associates Inc. Announces Merger

We are excited to announce that Miller Insurance Associates Inc. and Carlisle Insurance Services LLC will be joining forces!Miller Insurance Associates Inc. Announces Merger

Recently, Miller Insurance Associates Inc. and Carlisle Insurance Services LLC have decided to merge to create Miller Carlisle Insurance Services LLC.  While the physical merging of the new company has yet to take place, we are happy to report that it will take place sometime in the near future.

What does this mean for you?

Our clients do not need to worry; this merger only means good things for you!  The merger does not require any effort on your part.  Your current insurance program will not change and we will still have the same carriers.  Additionally, we will maintain our current office (on 19 Brookwood Ave.) and you can still contact us using our main phone numbers.  While you might see some new faces around the office, rest assured that you will still work with and speak to your usual agent.

Our merger also means that we can now offer you expanded services.  Miller Carlisle Insurance Services LLC can now represent more insurance companies, can offer more products and coverage options to our clients, and will have more leverage with our carriers.

Please look forward to more information regarding our merger.  A new and improved company website, updated email addresses, and a redesigned company logo are all coming your way!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the merger, do not hesitate to contact us.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful and loyal clients.  As always, we are excited to offer and expand our services to you.

Say Thanks This Veterans Day

Veterans Day is almost here; how will you show your gratitude?Say Thanks This Veterans Day

On November 11th, America will celebrate Veterans Day, a national holiday dedicated to those that have served in the United States Armed Forces.  This Veterans Day, make an effort to show our veteran community that you appreciate their brave service and selfless sacrifice.  To show your gratitude, try out these suggestions to celebrate Veterans Day.

1) Donate

One of the easiest ways to get involved this Veteran’s Day is by donating to organizations that offer support and services to our veteran community.  There are many charities, such as Operation Gratitude, that accept physical donations to create care packages that they send to veterans, deployed troops, and many others.  Additionally, there are many other organizations that are deserving of your financial support, including: Homes for Our Troops, Wounded Warrior Project, DAV (Disabled American Veterans), and so many more.

2) Write

For a more hands-on way to get involved, you can write letters that thank veterans for their service.  This is a great opportunity for your friends and family to get involved as well.  Even children can do their part by drawing pictures and writing little notes.  Once all the letters are complete, take them to the nearest military or VA (Veterans Affairs) installation to be distributed.  Your words of support will let our veterans know that you care.

3) Visit

Finally, the most direct way to show your appreciation is to simply say thanks.  Almost everyone has a friend or family member that has served in the military.  This Veterans Day, reach out and do your best to express your gratitude.  If you don’t personally know anyone who has served, then consider visiting a VA hospital.  Many patients do not receive regular visitors, so spending a little time with them will brighten their day and let them know they are appreciated.

This Veterans Day, try out some of these suggestions to let our veteran community know how grateful you are.  We at Miller Insurance would like to extend our thanks to all our veterans, active service members, and families of military members.  Your brave sacrifices make you true American heroes.

For all your personal and commercial insurance needs, contact us in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

It’s American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month.  In honor of this month, learn more about this serious health condition.It’s American Diabetes Month

American Diabetes Month is an annual campaign held every November that looks to spread public awareness for diabetes.  One of the main goals of the month is to promote healthy lifestyle decisions that can reduce individual risk of developing diabetes.  This November, do your part by learning more about diabetes and finding out how you can make your health a priority.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a health condition that affects the pancreas’s ability to produce insulin.  Insulin is a hormone that works to regulate the level of sugar in the bloodstream.  When someone suffers from diabetes, their pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin to properly manage their blood sugar levels.  As a result, they experience sudden spikes and drops in their blood sugar.  These fluctuations can lead to serious health complications if not carefully monitored.

There are two main forms of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.  Type 1 diabetes is most commonly diagnosed in children and is a lifelong condition.  Type 2 diabetes is the more common type of diabetes and is usually developed later in life.  While some people are more prone to developing Type 2 diabetes, there are certain lifestyle decisions that everyone can make to reduce their risk for developing the condition.

What can I do for my health this month?

One of the best ways to get involved this month is by taking a vested interest in your health.  This November, schedule a doctor’s appointment and get a blood test to screen for diabetes.  Many Americans are pre-diabetic or already have diabetes without even realizing it.  Another way to observe this month is by making healthier lifestyle decisions.  Being overweight and inactive can increase your chances of developing diabetes.  So, exercising regularly, eating healthy, and shedding some excess pounds can help decrease your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.

This American Diabetes Month, do your part by learning more about this condition and taking the necessary steps to reduce your risk for it.  Another way to prevent diabetes is by having the right health coverage.  To get the right health coverage to fit your needs, contact the experts at Miller Insurance in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  We are ready to assist you with all your insurance needs.

Crime Prevention Month & Halloween

Crime Prevention Month & Halloween

Crime Prevention Month and Halloween both fall in October; learn how you can celebrate both together.

Halloween is a time for costumes, candy, and fun.  However, Halloween also poses certain risks for your kids and your home.  In honor of Crime Prevention Month, learn how you can keep your loved ones and your property safe this Halloween with these easy safety tips.

Halloween Safety Tips for Your Kids

Costumes: Make sure that your children’s Halloween costumes are made from non-flammable materials.  Additionally, make sure that you avoid floor-length costumes.  These can increase your child’s chances of falling.  Finally, try to use face makeup rather than Halloween face masks.  Masks can obstruct your child’s vision and can make it difficult for them to move around safely.

Trick-or-Treating: Do not let your children go out by themselves.  Accompany younger trick-or-treaters and make sure your older children go out with a group of friends that you know and trust.  Ask your kids to stay in neighborhoods that you are both familiar with and warn them not to take any short cuts through parks, alleys, or backyards.  Finally, remind your kids that they should never enter someone’s house or accept a ride without first getting your approval.

Candy: Before your child starts digging in, make sure you inspect their candy haul.  Look for any unwrapped, unlabeled, or homemade treats and discard them.

Halloween Safety Tips for Your Property

Decorating: If you’re decorating your home this Halloween, make sure you use non-flame lighting sources.  This means avoiding using candles in things like jack-o-lanterns.  Using candles increases your chances of a house fire, so it’s better to avoid them altogether.  Additionally, if you’re planning on using props to decorate your home, make sure they are made of plastic or rubber.  Hanging a real axe right above your front door is definitely not advised.

Car: If possible, keep your car in the garage or at least covered on Halloween night.  Unfortunately, vandalism is a popular occurrence on Halloween and more car claims are filed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.  Keeping your car inside or at least covered can help reduce your chances of being vandalized.

This Halloween, do your best to deter crime by following these simple safety tips for your kids and your home.  Remember, another important part of keeping your loved ones and your property safe year-round is having the right insurance coverage.  To find the right policy to fit your needs, contact the experts at Miller Insurance in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  Our professional team is ready to assist you with all your insurance needs.

Fire Prevention Week: Practicing Your Escape Plan

Fire Prevention Week: Practicing Your Escape Plan

Fire Prevention week is October 8-14.  Learn how you can prepare for a fire.

The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”  In honor of Fire Prevention Week this October, make sure your family has a fire evacuation plan.  Learn how to make your plan and how to practice it using these easy steps.

1) Start by drawing a map of your home.  Make sure you include all the doors and windows in your home.

2) On your map, mark at least two ways out of every room.

3) Make sure that none of the doors or windows in your home are blocked by furniture or other obstacles.

4) Decide on an outdoor meeting place for your family to reunite after everyone has exited the house.  Make sure everyone knows where the meeting spot is and how to get there.

5) Test your smoke alarms.  You can do this by pressing the “test” button to sound the smoke alarm.  Please note that you should test your smoke alarms at least once a month and should completely replace them every ten years.

6) Practice your drill with everyone in the home.  Try to practice twice a month, once during the day and once at night.  The more you practice your drill, the more relaxed everyone will be during a real fire.

7) Finally, as part of your drill, make sure everyone gets outside to the family meeting spot.  Remind your children that once they get outside, they should never try to re-enter the home while it’s burning.

Use these simple steps to make sure you and your family are prepared this Fire Prevention Week.  Remember, another important part of being prepared for fire is having the right insurance.  To find the right policy to for your needs, contact the experts at Miller Insurance in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  Our team of experts is ready to assist you with all your insurance needs.