Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wouldn't you LOVE to be able to use your Flex Spending Account to buy your Supplements?

Tell Congress! Support the Family and Retirement Health Investment Act of 2011

NPA Endorses Hatch-Paulsen Bill Expanding HSA and FSA Coverage to Dietary Supplements
NPA Members and the Industry Asked to Contact Capitol Hill to Express Their Support 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Statement from Natural Products Association (NPA) Executive Director and CEO John Gay about the “Family and Retirement Health Investment Act of 2011” recently introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Orrin Hatch and in the U.S. House by Representative Erik Paulsen:
“The Natural Products Association supports legislation introduced in Congress by Senator Orrin Hatch and Representative Erik Paulsen that would allow Americans to use their Health Spending Account and Flex Spending Arrangement dollars on dietary supplements and meal replacement products. We believe this would be an important step in promoting preventative health and wellness, and reducing overall health care costs.
Current law allows these dollars to be spent on prescription drugs but not supplements. NPA supports increased access to supplements as part of our health care system so that it is truly a health care system and not simply a disease treatment system. Letting HSA and FSA funds apply to supplements would bring us closer to that goal.
In the long run, wider use of supplements can lead to substantial health care savings. For example, studies have shown that an increase in omega-3 fatty acids can reduce coronary heart disease among people age 65 or older, saving an estimated $3.1 billion. By establishing tax deductibility for specific products through HSAs and FSAs, the legislation encourages preventative care and promotes public health. That’s not just the smart thing to do. It’s the right thing to do.
NPA thanks Senator Hatch and Representative Paulsen for their leadership on this timely and important issue. We encourage NPA members and the industry to ask their senators and representative to join them in supporting this legislation as it works its way through Congress.”
To learn more about this issue or to contact a member of Congress, visit www.npainfo.org.

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