Flex-Ed: Gift yourself some health this Father's Day

Father's Day is this Sunday. While the dads reading this probably have received their share of personalized mugs, new ties, or even a homemade pencil cup, there's a good chance they aren't getting things they actually need to keep them safely and happily "dadding" throughout the year.

And since you can't use an FSA for anyone but yourself and eligible dependents, it's the perfect time to get yourself something that promotes better health. We decided to break from the norm with this week's Flex-Ed to highlight some top FSA-eligible picks for all our favorite dads this year. Because the last thing you need is another grill apron.

Ultimate Foot Circulator with Remote

This foot circulator delivers prescription-strength relief, treats stiff muscles, and increases circulation in both your feet and ankles. It even comes with its own remote. A few nights with this awesome form of relief and you'll be back in those lawn-mowing shoes in no time. After all, no one mows symmetrical stripes in a lawn quite like dad.

CPAP Mask and accessory cleaner

Like it or not, you probably snore. In fact, about 40% of men are snorers. (That's compared to only 24% of women, but who's keeping track?) But jokes aside, snoring can be indicative of more serious (and even life-threatening) conditions like sleep apnea.

This Father's Day, perhaps it's time to come to grips with this sobering fact and look into CPAP therapy for your own snoring. If doctors agree you'd benefit, you can use your FSA to invest in a CPAP mask and accessory cleaner, which uses UV light to kill 99% of the machine's bacteria in just five minutes.

Maybe it's not the most fun item on this list. But there's nothing more enjoyable than a healthy dad and a good night's sleep (for everyone).

Acid reflux relief system

If dad's not already grilling, Father's Day often ends up in a nice dinner out -- usually at one of his favorite chain restaurants. Think Applebee's, Chili's, or if you're feeling fancy, The Olive Garden. And let's face it, the never-ending breadstick bowl can result in some pretty gnarly heartburn.

That's where the MedCline Acid Reflux Relief System comes in. It creates the ideal inclined, left-side sleeping position to help ease the pain while promoting better digestion. It's also really comfortable and ergonomic, so dad wins twice on this one.

Nausea bands

Traveling this Father's Day? Chances are an amusement park is on your short list of destinations. Remember when you used to be able to ride roller coasters and not need to sit down immediately afterward? Yep, those were the good ol' days.

Since your kids will likely show no mercy when you take them to an amusement park, you'll need the Reliefband 2.0 Nausea Relief band. It's a drug-free, fast-acting way to relieve the effects of motion sickness. It also kinda looks like an Apple Watch, so there's that.

Owlet Baby Monitor

And for you newly minted members of the dad club out there, perhaps investing in the Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor. This isn't just your run-of-the-mill baby monitor. The sock portion wraps about your baby's foot, tracking heart rate, oxygen levels, and sleep then sends the info to the base using Bluetooth technology.

While you probably won't be getting much sleep with a new baby at home, this will help everyone sleep a bit easier. Because it's probably going to be a few years before you're putting your child to sleep with your arsenal of dad jokes.


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Avoid hiking injuries this summer with FSA eligible foot care products

No matter if you're a hiker, enjoy a day at the beach, or you're an athlete, summer is the time to be outside and take in the beautiful weather. Hikers all over the U.S. are gearing up to explore their favorite trails, state parks and nature walks. Of course, after a long winter being cooped up inside, outdoorsmen need to re-orient their “trail brain” to ensure that they pack intelligently to handle any issue that arises while out in the backcountry.

In addition to the basics like first aid kits, bug spray and other necessities, you should place a premium on foot care when you’re trekking through unknown territory. Blisters, sprains and other injuries can turn a great day into a downer very quickly, but if you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), protecting your feet is easier than ever.

As you make the final preparations for your upcoming camping or hiking trip, check out these FSA eligible products from FSA store, that can keep you on the trail and on the way to reaching your destination.

Cushioned insoles

No matter how comfy your hiking boots may be, adding another layer of protection along the sole of your shoe can provide additional padding that can keep you going all day long on the trails. According to REI.com, there are a number of considerations you should keep in mind when choosing your insoles, including the pronation of your feet, what type of footwear you’ll be using during your hike and their overall shelf life. Ideally, you’ll want a balance between fit and stability to offer optimal support during your time out on the trails.

Moleskin protective padding

Hot spots, or the tender areas on your feet are the tell-tale signs that a blister is forming. If you don’t look after it quickly, it can turn into a debilitating condition that will throw a major wrench in your hike. Moleskin is a great FSA eligible product that can be cut to any shape to provide padding for sensitive areas, and can be pivotal in preventing blisters and other maladies before they have a chance to form.

Heel cups

If you suffer from a lack of heel support in your hiking boots or feel that you are experiencing pressure unevenly over this portion of your foot, heel cups are a smart solution. According to PowerFeet.com, heel cups are ideal for those who suffer from frequent bouts of plantar fasciitis, providing additional support to worn out shoes and generally reducing the overall strain on this part of your foot.

You won’t be able to reach the summit unless your feet can get you there, so be sure to visit FSAstore.com before your anticipated hiking trip to put those tax-free funds toward reducing pain and improving your enjoyment of the great outdoors!