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How To Road Trip--A Survival Guide (NAPS)--With summer in full swing, now is a perfect time for a vacation. If you're planning to be among the one in four 15eople expecting to take a road trip this year according to AAA, there are a few steps you can take to prepare for your trip to ensure it goes off without a hitch. Whether you are traveling near or far this summer, these five tips will keep your car and travel companions in good spirits from point A to point B and everywhere in between. 1.Plan ahead and include all your travel companions. Be sure everyone in the car will have a special destination or point of interest to look forward to during the trip. Gather ideas of potential pit stops along your route in advance and let your group weigh in to chart the course. There are ;a variety of online trip planning tools that make it easy for everyone to offer suggestions and rank their choices. 2.Road trip activities. Good playhsts and great conversations are the cornerstone for all memo- rable road trips. The games you played on road trips during your childhood are still fun and enter- taining. Eye Spy, the license plate game and 20 questions are all good, low-tech ways to engage all your travel companions who are along for the ride. Try a seated "scavenger hunt." Write out a list of likely items to spot along the route or at the sites you visit and the first one to check off the whole list gets to choose the next rest stop. 3.Keep the car comfy. Antici- pate the various needs and com- fort of your travel companions by stashing a few pillows and blan- kets in the car. Having a pillow will allow your passengers to take a quick nap before it's their turn to drive. And keeping an extra blanket or two in the car will eliminate the battle over the air conditioning. Bring along cookie sheets or cutting boards for the kids to have on their laps so they For an easier time on your next family trip, be sure to take along plenty of smart snacks and amusements. can write, draw or do small puz- zles in the car. 4.Pack smart snacks. Keep your body fueled while you're on the road with portable and share- able snacks. Granola bars, fruit and crackers are easy options for snacking in the ear. If you can't decide between sweet and savory, try COMBOS Sweet & Salty Caramel Cr~me Pretzel and COM- BOS Sweet & Salty Vanilla Frost- ing Pretzel. The new snack is per- fect for road trip noshing and satisfies both sweet and salty cravings! For more information visit www.Facebook, corn~CoMBOS and 5.Prepare for the unex- pected. Even the best-laid plans can hit a bump in the road. Road construction, flat tires and traffic can all put a damper on your road trip causing delays and frustra- tion. Make sure your car is road ready before you head out--check the oil and wiper fluid levels and make sure all the tires, including the spare, are properly inflated. And as a precaution, program the number of a nationwide emer- gency automobile service in your phone. Portable Food Ideas Two new snacks feature sweet and salty flavors combined: COM- BOS Sweet & Salty Caramel • Crbme Pretzel and COMBOS Sweet & Salty Vanilla Frosting Pretzel. They're handy on car, plane and boat trips or tucked into your purse or backpack. Learn more at and ,ementary Tues. Jan. 24, 2017 Hinton News - 7 2nd 9, Roll A HonorRoll 4th Grade: Joshua Meadows Jake Boone Desirae Plumley Brooklyn Caldwell Kaden Richmond Matthew Cox Saigan Sims Christian Dillon Jaida Smith Sophie Ford Jessie Smith Alexis Gore 2nd Grade: Avery Lilly ~ A Honor Roll Abigayle Persinger Jaelynn Boone Jacob Smith Gabby Chapman 4th Grade Brailyn Cook B Honor Roll Brayden Fox Shekeela Chapman Gabe Franklin Breanna Coleman Payton Johnson Tristin Johnson Baylee Jones Bruce Richmond Winter Knapp Emily Stapleton Braxton Lambert 3rd Grade: Dominick Rexroad A Honor Roll Makynzie Taylor Trinadee Brown Lillian Whitt Christopher Fox 2nd Grade Jacob Morrison B Honor Roll 3rd Grade Angel Bonds B Honor Roll Jayden Bragg Rachel Cales Chloe Cole Kaylee Cole Madison Cook Cambree Cooper Isian Farmer Eli Franklin Taylor Hoke Braydon Gilbert Kaiden Keleman J T Gravely Shelley Lanier Kolton Harper Chase Richmond Colten Jones Lakin Richmond Sebastian Logston There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change. --Euripides A society can be no better than the men and women who corn- Medical Identity Theft: Another Reason To Protect Your Wallet (NAPS)--CelI phone? Check. :: ..... ...... .~ : ~ Credit Card? Check. Health Insur- ~~~:~ .......... : ,:~ , ance Card...? " ~i:!:i.: Most people are sure to protect ~ their cell phone and credit cards. ~ .... ~~.~. You should have the same sense of urgency to guard your health Medical identity theft is a corn- ; plicated, costly crime that is diffi- Do you protect your heaffh insur- cult to resolve, can negatively affect your reputation and poten- ance card? You should. tially harm your health. It can Consumers should work with happen simply by someone bor- their health insurers to help them rowing or stealing yore2 health protect their medicalinformation. insurance card and using your information to: • Have health services per- formed and file for reimbursement • Bill for health services that didn't happen • File claims for health services or drugs not received • Forge or alter bills, receipts and other health care forms • Go "doctor shopping" to get multiple prescriptions Stealing health information is a crime that's on the rise. In the past five years alone, the number of victims has nearly doubled to more than 2 million annually, For instance, health insurer Health Alliance Plan (HAP) helps protect its members by using special soft- ware that continuously looks at claims data and other ir~formation to identify claims that look suspi- cious and may need to be investi- gated. HAP also employs a team of highly skilled professionals who are dedicated to identifying instances of health care fraud.• According to HAP, there ~r,~ a number of steps you c~v take to help prevent becoming ~ victim of medical identity fraud: • Be careful with whom you share your medical information. according to the Medical Identity .Carefully review the EOB Fraud Alliance (MIFA), which from your insurance carrier and studies medical theft to help . alert your insurer if you ~ee unfh- miliar providers or servJc,.,s. • Alert your doctor or clinic immediately if you receive a re- minder for an appointment you didn't make. • Regularly review your medical records (under federal law, health insurers must give you a copy of your records upon request). If anything looks odd or incorrect, a!ert your insurer immediately. Access your records online to help expedite this pose it. *** Telestroke---Going The Distance reduce medical identity fraud. If someone steals your health insurance information, the conse- quences can be detrimental. Med- ical identity fraud can be: • Dangerous to your health. If your medical records have been compromised and show incorrect allergy information or negative results on a test you haven't had, you're at risk of getting the wrong medical care. • Costly. In 2014, medical iden- process. tity theft cost consumers more •Make sure your doctors and ~Adlai E. Stevenson than $20 billion in out-of-pocket other health care professionals expenses, according to MIFA. The authenticate you at every visit. At number of victims who expert- a minimum, they should ask yot~ i enced out-of-pocket costs rose sig- for your full name and date of nificantly to 65 percent in 2014 birth and ask for a photo ]D. from 36 percent in 2013. Sixty-five • Shred your EOB--it contains percent of the medical identity personal health, informaLion that theft victims who were surveyed is very valuable to an imposten for the 2014 study reported pay- Health care fraud increases total To Improve Access To Stroke Care ing more than $13,000 to resolve health care costs, which means every- the crime, one could end up paying more in the " (NAPS)--When it comes to treat- ~~ • Difficult to detect and long run. If you suspect h~alth c~re ingastrokevictim, immediatemed- ~~~ resolve. 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The report, =Turn and Face the Strain: Age Demographic Change and the Near Future of American Education," by Dr. Matthew Lad- ner, contends the aging of the U.S. population between now and 2030--what Ladner refers to as "Hurricane Gray~--will profound- ly impact all aspects of the financ- ing and operation of American social welfare fimctions. He points to the fact that: • Every day between now and 2030, 10,000 members of the baby boom generation will reach the retirement age of 65. • The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 National Population Projec- tions indicate the country will gain over 4.6 million residents ages 5 to 17 between 2010 and 2030. • By 2030, 45 out of the 50 states will have a higher percent- age of their population aged 65 or older than the oldest state (Florida) did in 2010 and all 50 states' elderly populations will be higher than they were in 2010, also according to the Census Bureau. All of which means that the percentage of those receiving state benefits is growing while the per- centage of those who are working and can be taxed to fund benefits, such as public education and se- nior health care, is shrinking. i ΧI00 i i .I00 ! ........................ 2010 ! ............................. 2030 The age-dependency ratio of tax- payers "pushing the carts" of Amedcans dependent on govern- merit services will reach historic proportions over the next 20 ysem. Ladner argues that this re- duced funding base will make it difficult for public schools to pre- pare all students adequately. Pri- vate and charter schools of choice, he says, can help at a fraction of the cost. Ladner contends that expand- ing school choice for all families would reduce the cost of public • education and allow government to increase funding for other ser- vices, particularly for seniors. He further argues in favor of shifting how states fund public education, from sending tax dol- lars directly to public schools to a system where families receive those tax dollars in government- authorized education savings accounts, or ESAs. In Arizona and Florida, parents can use ESA pro- grams to pay for their children's school tuition, tutors, therapists, online courses, curricula or a com- bination of each: Becat~se Stu- dents receive 90 percent of their dedicated public funding, ESA families actually save the state money. To learn more, visit www. Summers County ARH Auxiliary Friendship Tree finding appropriate stroke care can be a challenge, as more than 75 per-. cent of U.S, counties do not have hos- pitals that are equipped to treat stroke patients. However, advance- ments in telemedicine (the remote delivery of health care services)pro- vide the promise of improved access to health care, especially in areas where there are geographical barri- ers and reduced resources. Telestroke (the use of telemedicine specifically for stroke care) can be used to nar- row the gap in access to expert stroke care and may improve overall stroke management. What Is Telestroke? Telestroke enables neurologists at Certified Stroke Centers to remotely evaluate people who've had acute strokes and make diagnoses and treatment recommendations to emergency medicine doctors at other sites. Doctors communicate using digital video cameras, Internet telecommunications, robotic tele- presence, smartphones, tablets and other te'.chnology. Telestroke net- works provide the potential to greatly extend the reach of stroke systems of care into rural, remote and under- ' served regions. The need for more widespread, organized expert stroke care is evi- denced by the substantial burden that stroke imposes on patients. and society: • Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United states and a leading cause of long-term disability. • Every year, approximately 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. • Immediate medical attention may limit the effects of stroke, so it is imperative that people call 9-1-1 at the first sign of stroke. Luckily, telestroke units can pro- vide sustained high-quality stroke OVER 75% OF US COUNTIES lack a hospital with neurological services capable of treating stroke care to more regions throughout the country, including rural and under- served areas. Knowing the signs Did you know that one in every three Americans does not know any of the warning signs of stroke? Recognizing the signs and acting immediately could be the difference between making a recovery and liv- ing with long-term disability: • If you suspect that you or some- one you know is experiencing a stroke, there's a four-letter acronym, "F.A.S.T.," which corresponds to a test that can be used as a quick screening tool: • F=FACE, loss of function on one side of your face, which may look like drooping • A=ARMS, sudden weakness on one side, which may mean you can't hold the arm up • S=SPEECH, like slurred speech • T=TIME, time to call 9-1-1. If the person shows any of these symptoms, please call 9-1-1 and get to the hospital immediately. Learn More For more information about stroke, visit strokecall911. Content sponsored by Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. Genentech is committed to stroke education and awareness. The Friendship Tree in the lobby of the Summers County ARH Hospital was decorated with school buses for the month of September. Names were placed on tree in memory of: llene Edwards, Robert Patrick, Theresa Patrick, Ovid Graham, Mattie Graham, Pansy Seldomridge, C. H. Seldomridge, Blub Westmoreland, Marie Jackson, Russell Pierce, Jim Wingfield, Mamie Wingfield, Bob Wingfield, Bill Helton, Kat Helton, William Helton, Howard HeRon, Michael Helton, W'dlie C. Hawkins, Linnle B. Hawkins, James Hawkins, Lucy Canterbury, Jo E. Hawkins Canterbury, Irwin Maddy, Marie Maddy, Norma June Allen, Henry Noel, Dickie Noel, Bill Thomas, Penny Ra~sey, Jeff Ramsey, Joyce Ramsey, R~hard Ramsey, Leon Ramsey, Ann Ramsey, Cecil Patrick, Billy Turner, James Nickelson, Azeala Nickelson, Mary Sue Frazier, Betty Joyce Adkins, Darrell "Doc" Fox, Cleatus Gwinn, Kenneth Lambert, Tommy Crook, Margaret Miller, Eddie' Willey St., Eddie W'dley Jr., Kenneth 'Buck' Harvey, Dorothy Lee Harvey, Betty Burdette, Flora Cyrus, Spurgeon Ward, Connie Ward, and Gary Ward. Prayers for Emily Briers, and a Happy Birthday to Gloria Grimmett. For $1.00 per month you may have a name placed on the tree in memory of a deceased loved one or if you wish to honor someone for a birthday or anniversary. If you would like to be considered for volunteering, please stop by our gift shop and pick up an application. Submitted by: Jeanne Duvall Au dliary secretary ----- Get Into Pri General Tips • Set up your photo by getting close to your subject. Pictures taken from a distance often lack the detail that is necessary to show up well in the newspaper. If people are in the photo, focus on their faces; a full length shot is rarely necessary. • Choose a photo that is in focus and that frames the subject well. A photo that is too dark or is "fuzzy" will only be darker and fuzzier on newsprint, which is very porous paper, and will not be accepted. • Each photo must have an accompanying caption--"outline" in journalism terms. That Caption should describe what is taking place in the picture. • Each person in the photo must be identified. Group photo identifications should be from left to right, starting with the front row. • Always include the name and a daytime telephone number for the person submitting the information, That way, if the e is a question about the information (spelling of a name, identification of a person pictured, etc.), the issue can be resolved quickly. • Do not fax photos; the image cannot be reproduce. They may be mailed, dropped by our office or e-mailed. Mailed/Dropped Off Photos • Never send/drop off an irreplaceable photograph, While newspaper staffers are as careful as possible, photos may be damaged or lost, either in the office or in the mail. • Every effort will be made to returri a photo which is accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope of the appropriate size. Once printed in the paper, other photos are placed in a box in the front-office of the newspaper and may be picked up in a reasonable amount of time. • Don't tape, staple or otherwise affix a photo to anything else. • If you must write an identifier on the back of the photo, use a ball-point pen, not a gel-writer or marker that will rub off on other pictures. E-Mailed Photos • When e-mailing a picture, send it as a high-resolution J!:'9. Do not embed photos into any Word documents. • If e-mailing directly from a digital camera, do not make adjustments to the image. • If e-mailing a scanned imag$, send it at least four inches wide, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). • The best way to send the accompanying text is to include the " words in the body of the e-mail, with the picture only as the attachment. The newspaper cannot accept Publisher, Wordpad or Wordperfect files. The Hinton News P O Drawer 1000 Hinton, WV 25951-1000 if" (