27 February 2015

Starting a Healthy Year



The year is still young and perfect for a fresh start. Have you made a resolution yet? If not, it might be a good idea to work on improving your health and well-being. 

“The beginning of the year is a time for resolutions for many Pinoys. Usually at the top of our resolution list is the pledge to become healthier and fit. That is why many are keen on dropping bad habits and starting a new diet or fitness regimen,” says Dr. Nicky Montoya, president of MediCard Philippines.

Here are some tips to stay healthy throughout the year:

Stop smoking 
Most Pinoys are aware of the bad effects of smoking, but the addictive nature of nicotine in tobacco makes it difficult to quit through willpower alone. Smokers can achieve a lasting abstinence from cigarettes through the help of clinical experts in smoking cessation clinics. These treatment centers are specialized to help smokers drop the habit and avoid subsequent relapse by using different techniques, like counseling, telephone and online support and safe pharmaceutical aids.

Lose weight and be fit
Due to the extra pounds most of us gained from the holidays, it’s natural to develop a strong desire to get a leaner body by the start of the year. We can achieve our fitness goals by following a healthy eating plan and exercise routine. Simple daily habits, like eating meals in small portions and doing a 30-minute jog, can set us off to a great start. 

Look and feel young
We grow older every year but we can always delay the signs of aging by taking care of our skin. Drinking adequate amounts of water and getting enough sleep can keep our body hydrated and repair cell damage. Wearing enough sunscreen and moisturizers can also minimize wrinkles, skin dryness, sagging, age spots, and even skin cancers. 

Socialize more
Bonding with family and friends can uplift our mood and stop us from feeling depressed. Thus, we should find the time to socialize with other people despite our busy schedules. There’s always an opportunity to reach out to others—from talking to our loved ones at home to lunching out with our colleagues at work to hanging out with our friends on weekends. Meeting new people and making new friends in real life also develop our interpersonal skills and maturity. 

Avoid stress
Stress is almost impossible to avoid, but there are ways to manage it and feel more relaxed. These include organizing our daily schedules, simplifying our activities and eliminating unnecessary commitments. Exercising, eating healthy and staying in a relaxing environment can also put our mind at ease. We also need to nurture optimism and tolerance to not get easily upset by unfavorable situations and difficult people.

“Personal goals, especially those that focus on our health and well-being, are easy to start but can be difficult to sustain if they are unrealistic. The key to achieving our health goals and maintaining them is to take the transformation slowly and enjoy the process,” advises Dr. Montoya.

The MediCard Lifestyle Center is a modern edifice in the heart of Makati that offers diverse clinical, dental and specialty services. To know more about its services, visit http://mlc.medicardphils.com.

XO, Mish


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25 February 2015

Essilor launches the Seeing The World Better campaign



I started to wear prescription glasses when I was in my first year law proper, although I felt like there was a need to wear prescription glasses already as early as when I was in high school. Generally, my poor vision has something to do with my reading habits. Back then, I would read books while lying down under bad lighting. It became worse in law school when all I did everyday was to read books. I wasn't really excited with the thought of wearing glasses because I find it unattractive and hassle. I guess this negative idea people have with wearing glasses is what prevents them from having their visions corrected. During Essilor's launch of the Seeing the World Better campaign, I further learned the importance of healthy vision and vision correction as early as possible.

Piolo Pascual is Essilor’s brand ambassador for its Seeing The World Better campaign

Founded in 1972, Essilor is a worldwide leader in developing and manufacturing ophthalmic lenses, lens coatings and dispensary technologies. Premium eyeglass lenses from Essilor are the result of more than 150 years of advanced research, innovation and technology. A true leader in innovation, Essilor revolutionized the vision correction industry in 1959 with the invention of the world’s first progressive lens. The brand provides consumers and the eye care professionals with quality spectacle lenses, diagnostic tools, services and support in business. 

From design to manufacture, Essilor develops a wide range of lenses to protect and correct eyesight.  Its mission is to enable everyone in the world to see well using lenses tailored to their needs.  The company devotes 150 million euros a year on research and development to offer increasingly efficient products.   


 “Across the globe, 4 billion people need visual correction, and in the Philippines, over 20 million individuals need visual correction. As a leader, we feel it is our responsibility to do something to alleviate the situation and this is the reason we are doing this campaign,” said Dr. Emelita Roleda, Essilor general manager. 


“Essilor's ‘Seeing the World Better’ campaign is our company's way of helping the world see better by raising awareness about the importance of healthy vision and address the alarming number of visual impairment cases in the country. We also hope that through this campaign, Filipinos will start paying more attention to their eyes so they can see the world in a clearer and brighter view,” Dr. Roleda added.


Headlining the campaign is top actor Piolo Pascual who will appear in Essilor’s latest TVC and educational materials. A sportsman and a known health buff, Piolo believes prevention is the first step towards healthy vision.  “Good eye health is a serious matter because it is essential to performing practically all our daily tasks. Without good vision, we can only do so much and this limitation can stand in the way of achieving our goals.” 


To effectively raise awareness, Essilor launched its latest infomercial featuring brand ambassador Piolo Pascual performing various activities – swimming, reading, driving – and how good vision helps him accomplish these tasks effectively. The newest TV ad will air on March 1, at primetime slots on select cable channels. 

The campaign will drive three important messages: Prevention: Essilor lenses help prevent age-related eye diseases, 2) Protection: It also helps provide everyday protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays and harmful blue light 3) Correction: promote the initial purpose of Essilor which is to help correct eyesight.


Dr. Roleda cites the plethora of electronic devices that we are exposed to everyday, which emits harmful blue lights that damage the retina. “Repetitive exposure to blue light posts threat to our eyes. It may cause oxidative damage, and may be responsible for causing age-related macular degeneration, which can result to blindness.”   Wearing protective lenses like Crizal Prevencia, she adds, can do a lot in preventing the detrimental effects of harmful blue light. Crizal Prevencia is the only clear lens that selectively filters harmful blue light from gadgets, LED and UV light while letting through the healthy blue light.


Ultraviolet (UV) rays, on the other hand, contribute to the development of cataracts. Wearing Crizal Forte UV lenses can protect our eyes from these harmful rays. 

For those starting around age 40, our eyes can gradually lose the ability to focus on nearby objects; this is an unavoidable condition but it can be corrected, says Dr Roleda. “Essilor Varilux progressive lenses offer a smooth transition from distance vision through intermediate vision to near vision.  This means that instead of having just two different viewing zones (near and distant), like with bifocals, Varilux provides the most natural vision correction,” said Dr. Roleda.
 

Honestly, wearing glasses may be quite a hassle sometimes but it definitely helps a lot. I am able to see things clearer and I actually feel safer. No more headaches, too! I wish I started wearing glasses before my vision got poorer. The best thing about wearing glasses nowadays is that there are now more frames to choose from and lenses that would match your lifestyle. And that is what Essilor's wide range of products do for us. Don't forget to ask your eye doctor for Essilor lenses!

XO, Mish


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23 February 2015

Free HP color printer with your new Citi Card





Want to take home a Hewlett-Packard Deskjet1010 Printer for free? Follow these easy steps: apply online for your first Citi credit card at www.citibank.com.ph; once approved, spend at least P5000 within 60 days from getting your new card; plus sign up for a Citibank Online account and electronic statements. It’s that simple!  Citi will contact you via SMS or email on how to redeem your welcome gift. Promotion period runs until February 28, 2015, while redemption period is from February 16 to June 30, 2015.

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