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Covid Causing A Global Mental Health Crisis, Warns Red Cross

1 in 2 people suffering anxiety, depression during Covid.

By Samantha Walravens

As 2020 drags on and the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world, the number of people reporting mental health issues, including anxiety, depression and stress, has skyrocketed.

According to recent data, symptoms of anxiety and depressive disorders have more than tripled among U.S. adults compared to this time last year—with women and Black and Latinx communities most acutely impacted. 

And in a study released today, on World Mental Health Day, by the International Committee of the Red Cross (IRCR), over half — 51 percent — of respondents surveyed across seven countries reported that the global health crisis has negatively impacted their mental health.

The data are disturbing, but

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How Allina, Blue Cross define the ‘value-based’ trend sweeping health care



The idea of new deal is that Allina Health will get a significant amount of its revenue based on how well it keeps 130,000 members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota healthier, as opposed to the volume of services provided.


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The idea of new deal is that Allina Health will get a significant amount of its revenue based on how well it keeps 130,000 members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota healthier, as opposed to the volume of services provided.

A new deal between Allina Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota may be a long-promised fix to incentives in health care that create higher costs without making people better.

In health care jargon, the fix is called value-based care, a term that’s close to meaningless to an industry outsider.

The idea is that Allina will get a significant amount of its revenue based on how well it keeps 130,000 members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota healthier, as opposed to the volume of services provided.

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The leaders of Allina and Blue Cross “have been envisioning a

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Where Do Bounty Hunters and the Martial Arts Cross Paths?

Many people who write me asking how one should get started in the bail enforcement industry often include their martial arts backgrounds as a lead in to the question at hand. I often chuckle at that but one rent email did pose the question, “How will my martial arts background apply to bounty hunting?”

Bounty Hunters, I prefer Bail Enforcement Agents or Bail Investigators, by definition deal with dangerous situations every day they go to work. We are often sticking our heads into the proverbial lion’s mouth every time we attempt to take a bail-secured defendant into custody by serving a civil bond forfeiture warrant attached to a criminal failure to appear capias. It’s easy to forget that what we do on a daily basis, oftentimes alone and poorly armed, is a MAJOR EVENT requiring highly trained SWAT teams within most law enforcement departments!

In my experience, which is longer … Read More

Gym Equipment Review: The ProForm 500 ZLE Cross Trainer

Introduction:

We’ve found that cross trainers are the hottest, fastest growing category of fitness equipment. A cross trainer is one of the best ways to get a total body workout in 20 to 30 minutes. Walk into the cardio room in any gym or health club and you’ll notice that there are more cross trainers are in use than treadmills, stair steppers or stationary bicycles. Why? Because people who are truly committed to a serious fitness regimen know that they get a superior workout on a cross trainer. One cross trainer we really like comes from industry giant gym equipment manufacturer ProForm. Here’s our review of the popular 500 ZLE model

Overall Rating:

4.5 out of 5.0 stars

Key Features:

The ProForm 500 ZLE is a rear folding cross trainer that has a 3-level adjustable stride length. This allows the user to easily focus their workout on a specific muscle … Read More

Refurbished Fitness Equipment Review: The Livestrong Incline Elliptical Cross Trainer

Everyone has a hero or two — a person we admire and respect. In the sporting world, one such hero is cycling great Lance Armstrong. An outstanding athlete, he’s also won a difficult battle with cancer, along with competitive cycling victories too numerous to list. So when Lance Armstrong put his name of a line of fitness machines, people took notice. While many of us may not be able to afford Armstrong’s products when they’re new, certainly another option is to find one selling as a piece of refurbished fitness equipment. Here’s some information about the Livestrong 12.9E incline elliptical cross trainer.

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars

Key Features:

This elliptical trainer is an exceptionally popular type of fitness equipment. It provides an efficient full body workout that also has significant cardiovascular benefits. These machines are not difficult to use, and the 12.9E is no exception. It’s packed … Read More