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Forward Thinking Magazine : December 2010
33 Make sure your insurance is up to date Most of your clients will ensure that their car and house insurance is up-to-date before they go on holiday, so now is the time to talk to them about getting their life insurance organised as well. Macquarie Life Active is a great option to discuss with your clients to ensure they get the cover they need this Christmas. Macquarie Life Active offers a broader range of cover of many disorders and diseases, together with the ability to make multiple claims that matches the financial payouts to the severity of the condition. Macquarie Life Active combines death, terminal illness and health events cover in one package, helping give policyholders and their families peace of mind should they suffer a difficult illness or injury this Christmas, or if they have not kept up with last New Years’ resolutions. Insurance Exercise Just because it is Christmas do not turn your back on your usual fitness regime. The summer holidays can be a great opportunity to stay fit and active. Kick a ball at the beach or at the local park, go for a swim or walk your dog. Rather than having a snooze after the Christmas lunch, go for a brisk stroll around the block and encourage the family join in. Get a check-up People die of heart attacks more frequently during the Christmas season than at any other time. In addition, the temptation to over-eat and increase drinking levels during the festive season can contribute to diabetes. Diabetes UK’s research has found that “excessive food and drink consumption over the festive period could increase your risk of developing prediabetes – an under- diagnosed and symptomless condition that makes you up to 15 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.” This Christmas, reduce the risk of serious illness or disease spoiling your holiday by getting a check up in December and talking to your doctor about what you can do to live a healthier life. We wish all readers a healthy, happy and safe festive season. Phillips D, Barker GE, Brewer KM (2010), “Christmas and New Year as risk factors for death”, in Social Science and Medicine, 5 August 2010. The Age, 13 December 2009 Heart Foundation media release, 10 December 2008 Menz V, Grimm W, Hoffmann J, Maisch B (1996), “Alcohol and rhythm disturbance: the holiday heart syndrome”, in Herz, August 1996 National Asthma Council media release 30 November 2005 Phillps. D P, Jarvinen J R, Abramson I S and Phillips R R (2004), “Cardiac mortality is higher around Christmas and New Year’s than at any other time: the holidays as a risk factor for death”, in Circulation, December 2004 Diabetes UK media release 28 December 2009