Little Black Book Of Health, Beauty And Wellness Practitioners

Against the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic, one’s health and wellbeing feels more important than ever before. And while it is hard to travel to find winter sun or to visit a leading health practitioner on the other side of the world, sometimes the tweaks are as simple as a good night’s sleep, an inviting new yoga mat, or a restorative plant-based meal.

Heaven Skincare

Deborah Mitchell, the founder of Heaven Skincare, has launched a series of new vegan products. The brand’s new plant-based range contains a patented ingredient found in British nettles that works much in the same ways as the bee venom product on which Mitchell built her brand’s reputation. All the packaging in the range is recyclable and the bamboo lids were chosen based on the plant’s sustainability.

Fable Yoga

U.K-based yoga brand Fable has launched its first eco-friendly yoga mat collection alongside a new range of smaller mats for commuters. Created and tested by yogis, for yogis, all of their mats have been crafted using natural tree rubber and vegan PU. Created by a yoga practitioner, every detail has been considered to ensure the very best in performance. The mats are wider and longer than is standard, providing extra space to practice, and their non-slip technology ensures you won’t slip and slide. Add to that, the mats are biodegradable so won’t sit in a landfill when you’re eventually ready for a new one.

LYMA Laser

Lyma founder Lucy Goff has spoken at length about what makes her product unique, and it comes down to the fact that it has a 500-milliwatt laser inside, which is far more intense than other at-home lasers on the market. That targeted power paired with how the controlled dispersion causes beams of light to shoot straight into the skin up to eight millimeters deep, make this a powerful wellness tool. And unlike many competing beauty treatments, such as micro-needling, the laser doesn’t work off of a stress-damage response. Instead, the Lyma laser stimulates the skin to produce collagen, which generates new skin cells (along with other by-products like elastin). The impact? Transformative results combating wrinkles, pigmentation and scars.

London Serenity

Taking place the comfort of your own home, London Serenity offers a range of mobile beauty treatments and high-end fitness classes across London. A couple-owned business, the brand is trusted by leading luxury hotels, including, The Four Seasons, The Connaught, Claridges, The Ned and Shangri-La. Bid farewell to the aches and pains of working from home with a full-body massage, or feel glamorous again with any number of well-executed treatments, including blow dries, manicures and pedicures. And beyond beauty, London Serenity has recently launched a programme of fitness classes, taught either in person or over Zoom.


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Had COVID-19 In 2020? Be Extra Careful In Shopping For Your Health Plan : Shots

Headaches, lung issues and ongoing, debilitating fatigue are just a few of the symptoms plaguing some “long hauler” COVID-19 patients for months or more after the initial fever and acute symptoms recede.

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Headaches, lung issues and ongoing, debilitating fatigue are just a few of the symptoms plaguing some “long hauler” COVID-19 patients for months or more after the initial fever and acute symptoms recede.

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People buying their own health insurance have even more to think about this year, particularly those post-COVID-19 patients with lingering health concerns — the “long-haulers,” who join the club of Americans with preexisting conditions.

What type of plan is best for someone with an unpredictable, ongoing medical concern? That question is popping up on online chat sites dedicated to long-haulers and among people reaching out for assistance in selecting insurance coverage.

“We are hearing from a lot of people who have had COVID-19 and want to be able to deal with the long-term effects they are still suffering,” says Mark Van Arnam, director of the North Carolina Navigator Consortium, a group of organizations that offer free help to state residents enrolling in insurance.

The good news for those shopping for their own coverage is that the Affordable Care Act bars insurers from discriminating against people with medical conditions or charging them more than healthier policyholders. Former COVID-19 patients could face a range of physical or mental effects, including lung damage, heart or neurological concerns, anxiety and depression. Although some of these issues will dissipate with time, others may turn out to be long-standing problems.

So sign up, say Van Arnam and others to whom KHN reached out for tips on what people with post-COVID-19 should consider when selecting coverage. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer, they say; all emphasize the need to consider a wide range of factors.

But don’t delay. Open enrollment in ACA plans is ongoing until Dec. 15 in most states — longer in some of the 14 states and the District of Columbia that run their own marketplaces.

Here are tips if you are shopping for health insurance, especially if you are a COVID-19 long hauler or have other health issues:

Make sure to select an ACA-qualified plan

It may be tempting to consider other, often far cheaper types of coverage offered by insurers, brokers, organizations and private websites. But those non-ACA plans offer less comprehensive coverage — and are not eligible for federal subsidies that help people who qualify cover the cost of the premiums. These are key factors for patients experiencing medical problems after battling the coronavirus.

Short-term, limited-duration plans, for example — which are not sold on the Affordable Care Act exchangesare cheaper, but the insurers offering them don’t have to accept people with preexisting conditions (or, if they do enroll those people, the plans don’t cover the members’ medical conditions). Many short-term plans don’t cover benefits such as prescription drugs or mental health care.


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Gift An Evertonian Howard’s Way Film And Support Mental Health Project

Evertonians can get the perfect gift this Christmas with the definitive story of the Blues’ glorious trophy-winning side of the 1980s – and all while helping fund Everton in the Community’s purpose-built mental health facility in Liverpool 4.

The acclaimed documentary Everton – Howard’s Way tells the inside tale of Howard Kendall’s magnificent side and charts the Blues’ rise from a previous decade of struggle and misfortune to an era which saw them win two league titles, an FA Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup. 

It’s the perfect film to watch around Christmas with all the family. And with all proceeds from sales of the film being donated to EitC’s The People’s Place, your purchase really will make a difference to the lives of so many people living with poor mental health. 


In May, it was announced that Phil Brown – lifelong Evertonian and Executive Producer of Howard’s Way – pledged to give all proceeds from the film to The People’s Place, which will provide tailored support to promote positive mental health and deliver programmes relating to suicide awareness and prevention. 

The need for a dedicated mental health facility is greater than ever before as the coronavirus pandemic has amplified many of the associated risk factors for poor mental health and suicide such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress and, with thanks to funding received from the sales of Howard’s Way, the Club’s charitable arm is able to move a step closer to construction and hope to begin work on the Spellow Lane site in early 2021.  

Premiered in November 2019 – and featuring names including Andy Gray, Kevin Ratcliffe, Peter Reid, Graeme Sharp and Neville Southall – Howard’s Way is more than the tale of Kendall, a man with Everton in his blood; it is the story of a team intent on greatness and a city united in defiance. It is a football film for all the world to enjoy; a story told by all the heroes of the day – the men who made history. 




The People’s Place will provide a space for people to access a broad range of activities including exercise, arts and culture to improve mental health. People will be able to connect with like-minded individuals who may have experienced similar challenges such as ex-forces personnel, men becoming new parents or families affected by suicide. 

The facility will offer advice and support to users and direct them to the many specialist mental health and crisis centres in the centre whilst it will also incorporate a flexible space to engage with the community as well as gym and activity space as mental health is often improved by physical activity. 


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Be Part of Women’s Health’s Next Virtual Health & Fitness Event

Women’s Health’s next virtual event is coming soon – and it’s going to be our biggest one ever.

Of course, we don’t want to give away too much just yet, but considering past events have seen tens of thousands of women tune in from the UK and beyond to work out with and hear talks by the likes of Jillian Michaels, Davina McCall and Kayla Itsines…

Well, you know this one is going to be *big*.

This time, we’re inviting brands to take part, and reach our audience – for starters, that’s a social media following of 1.4 million strong. Interest piqued? Here’s more info.

What are WH Virtual events?

While getting together to get sweaty is not an option, we connected with our audience in two groundbreaking virtual events in 2020.

In both, we’ve beamed fitness, health and wellness sensations like Jillian Michaels, Davina McCall, Kayla Itsines, Kelsey Wells, Dianne Buswell, Simone De La Rue and Jessica Skye straight into our readers’ living rooms for a series of thought-provoking interviews and star-studded workouts.

In our next virtual event – WH Weekenders – we’re looking to build on this incredible success.

What’s new this time?

We mentioned bigger, right? Instead of a two- or three-day event, our next virtual event will last four weeks.

Over the course of four weekends, we’ve scheduled in workouts with some of the world’s hottest trainers and celebs – but WH Weekenders is not all about getting sweaty.

Our audience will also be able to tune into fascinating panel talks with some of WH‘s editors and the UK’s top experts in fitness, health and wellness. We’re also spicing things up with several cook-alongs by top chefs, foodies and brands.

The line-up WH Weekenders will be announced in the coming weeks (and we can’t wait!)

Of course, the event length and line-up is not all we’re building on. We recognise that a big part of our in-person Women’s Health Live event was the opportunity for brands to showcase their products and services to our audience – so we’ve devised a few new ways for you to reach them. Virtually, of course.

1. WH Weekenders Marketplace

The first, our WH Weekenders Marketplace, will offer businesses the chance to exhibit with us. On the final weekend of January, event attendees will be able to attend our the online marketplace, where they’ll be able to shop and receive discounts to their favourite wellness brands.

2. WH Weekenders E-Zine

As an event bonus, our registered attendees will receive our free e-zine – a digital event guide and marketplace electronic magazine, which will feature a selection of our favourite wellness brands.


When + where is it happening?

The event will take place over the last 4 weekends of January 2021 – that’s Saturday 9 – Sunday 31 Jan.

The workouts, panel talks and cook-alongs will all be hosted on Women’s Health’s YouTube channel.

How to get involved

If you’re a band looking to get

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Connecting Style & Health – Amazfit Launches Contest for Fans in the US, UK, France, Germany & Russia to Win Its Market Leading Wearables

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Amazfit, one of the leading players in the smart watch market, today launched an international marketing campaign themed “Amaze Your Wrist”. Amazfit is encouraging fans to share a stylish photograph on Instagram to show the world why they should win its latest wearables[1].*

The Amaze Your Wrist Grand Prize winner will receive FOUR Amazfit wearables – a GTR 2, a GTS 2, a Bip U, and a Band 5. Runner-up will win a GTR 2 or a GTS 2 and second runner-up will receive a Bip U or Band 5.

The campaign is part of Amazfit’s strategy of creating dynamic, fashionable watches for youthful, active lifestyles. Packed with the latest technology including online and offline voice control, plus comprehensive health features, Amazfit wearables are designed to make life easier, more efficient and more fun.

The Amaze Your Wrist Contest is open to Amazfit fans living in the United States (excluding Rhode Island), United Kingdom, France, Germany and Russia. The contest runs 30 November through 14 December 2020, giving winners the chance to post pictures and win the latest Amazfit wearable in time for the upcoming holiday season.

  • The Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 are classic and fashionable smartwatches suitable for active lifestyles, with a comprehensive range of health features and Alexa Built-in[2].
  • The Amazfit Band 5 takes the “band” category of wearables to a new level, with its science-based personal health management system.
  • The Amazfit Bip U Series is a fun lightweight smartwatch packed with technology that gives users the must-have details about your health metrics

All #amazeyourwrist entries will be judged on the creativity, originality and uniqueness of the Instagram photo.
It’s Your Time to Be Amazing. Get Ready to Amaze Your Wrist.

Start shooting now and find the best look that shows the world why users should Amaze Your Wrist.

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Lembo: CT to change health care pay model and will be ‘realigning the incentives’

For decades, Connecticut and other states have used a fee-for-service model to pay for health care: the provider bills for each service, every consult, every procedure, every test, every pill.

State Comptroller Kevin Lembo and others have come to view that system as seriously flawed. It not only contributes to skyrocketing medical costs but also fails to deliver optimum care, Lembo said.

“The incentives in that model are problematic,” Assistant Comptroller Josh Wojctik said. “It incentivizes volume. It does not incentivize quality.”

A year ago, Lembo did something about it. With the state’s health insurance contract up for renewal, he did major surgery to its terms: the state will dump fee-for-service in favor of an “episode of care” — also known as bundle payments — model. Hospitals will no longer be allowed to bill for each service. Instead they would receive a lump sum for the entire course of care, even if the patient has to be readmitted.

“It’s heavy lifting, and it’s important because we are talking about realigning the incentives in the health care system,” Lembo said.

The contract’s second big change will be the introduction of “centers of excellence.” The state will identify hospitals that provide the highest quality care for certain procedures, such as knee and hip replacements. They will then encourage state employees to have those procedures done at those facilities, even if they are some distance from their homes, using cash payments of as much as $500 and free transportation as incentives.

The comptroller’s office also is not going to use the winning insurer’s existing payment arrangements with providers. Instead Lembo and members of his office negotiated the state’s rates with the hospitals. In those talks, Wojctik said, the state has sought a 5 to 10 percent discount per procedure on the facility’s best price.

“We’re not just telling them what we are going to pay them,” he said. “We’re negotiating. We expect savings.”

Taken together, the comptroller’s office estimates that these reforms, which are in partnership with the state employee unions — chief negotiator Dan Livingston says he has long pushed for such changes — will produce about $95 million in savings, according to Assistant State Comptroller Tara Downes. That would reduce the projected increase in the state’s fiscal 2021 health care bill from 8.2 percent to 1.6 percent, she said.

Now, after being delayed more than six months because of COVID-19, implementation of this new system is imminent, Lembo’s office says.

The comptroller’s office isn’t the only one who thinks the approach is likely to result in

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Holiday Gifts for Health and Wellness

Give someone the gift of healthy living this year with one of these gift ideas from the writers and editors of Well.

What gift has made your life better?

That’s the question I posed to the editors, writers and contributors to Well, and the result is our first-ever Well holiday gift guide. This list is packed with surprising ideas, many of which were influenced by the changes we’ve all had to make in pandemic life. You’ll find gifts to help you build exercise habits outside the gym, new ways to clean, ideas to lower stress and gifts to help you feel safer during the coronavirus crisis. Here’s to a healthier holiday for all of us.

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Employers start sending workers shopping for health coverage

Instead of offering one or more options, some companies are turning health insurance shopping over to employees.

A federal rule change last year stoked this new approach. It allows employers to reimburse workers for coverage they bought without paying a tax penalty.

The concept sends employees to individual insurance markets where they can find more choices for coverage. It also protects employers from huge annual cost spikes. But it’s a big change for workers who are used to having their employer give them benefit choices every year.

This new approach — known as an Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement or ICHRA — started with coverage plans for this year. More workers will likely see them offered this fall during their company’s annual sign-up window for 2021 coverage.

Benefits experts say the idea is drawing interest from employers, but they expect the option to grow slowly over the next few years.

“We are seeing much more cautious adoption of it,” said Alan Silver, senior director of health and benefits for the consulting firm Willis Towers Watson.

Here’s how it works: Employees pick a plan that works best for them, sometimes with help from an outside company hired by their employer. Then the employer reimburses them, at least partially, for the cost.

Benefits consultants say the accounts can be attractive to companies that have been hammered by insurance costs or want to offer benefits to attract new employees but haven’t been able to afford them.

Element Designs, with about 65 employees, switched earlier this year. The Charlotte, North Carolina, custom door maker was facing a 60% price hike for its old coverage plan. That would have followed a 50% increase from the year before.

The company couldn’t absorb those hikes. But human resources manager Kymberlee Hernandez said they also couldn’t tell employees in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, “Hey guys, by the way, we’re not going to have health care this year.”

“This was definitely a good alternative for us,” she said.

The company is reimbursing employees $500 per month for their coverage and another $300 if they have dependents.

Employee Olivia Banks found the new approach daunting at first. But a company hired by her employer, Take Command Health, helped Banks figure out which plans would include her doctors and what sort of expenses she could handle.

“The benefit on the other side is a plan that’s tailored more towards you,” said the account manager.

The federal government estimates that once employers get used to the new rule, more than 11 million workers and family members will get insurance this way.

That’s a relatively small slice of the market for employer-sponsored health insurance, which covered about 157 million people last year, according to the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation.

HealthSherpa, a company that helps people find coverage in the insurance marketplaces, said it is working with more than 50 employers to start the coverage switch between this month and January. Separately, it also is helping individuals with ICHRAs find coverage through

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