Leading HMO company launches the first obstacle challenge

Medicard Supremo Obstacle Challenge to encourage a healthier lifestyle Makati, Philippines – February 04, 2020 – Medicard, a leading health and maintenance organization in the country, enjoins the public to live a healthier and active lifestyle through the Medicard Supremo Obstacle Challenge. This first and one-of-a kind activity will gather both beginners and fitness enthusiasts who want to start their way to a healthier and fitter lifestyle. The Medicard Supremo Obstacle Challenge will kick-off with a conditioning program for the first two weeks beginning March 16 and end on May 31 at the Glorietta Activity Center. The activity is open to all individuals who want to start living a healthier and fitter lifestyle by conquering a series of obstacle course challenges. Before participants can join the culminating event, they must first pass a two-week conditioning program from March 16 to 27 at Centris in Quezon City, from April 20 to May 1 at Filinvest in Alabang, and from May 5 to May 15 at Ayala Triangle in Makati. The conditioning program will run every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6pm to 8pm. Participants who complete the two-week conditioning program will qualify for the Supremo Obstacle Challenge culminating event on May 31. The top three male and top three female participants from both the beginners and advanced categories will compete in the culminating event. Only 36 participants will be selected for this. “We are excited to launch the first ever Medicard Supremo Obstacle Challenge. This is part of our advocacy to enjoin Filipinos to live a healthier and fitter lifestyle,” said Dr. Nicky Montoya, MediCard President. “This activity brings together as well, coaches from Affiliate Alliance. Their expertise will ensure that those who participate will push themselves to be the best that they could physically be.” Unlike other aerobic and exercise activities, Supremo Obstacle Challenge combines several workout routines that are meant to test the agility, flexibility, balance, cardiology, dexterity, endurance of each participant through a combination of cardio, running and rope exercises, Crossfit workouts through the use of dumbbells, and short but high-intensity exercises. Moreover, professional coaches closely monitor and supervise the progress of the participants and make an evaluation of their readiness before they are profiles either as a beginner or an advanced athlete. The coaches also develop workout programs that are suited to the participants of both categories. The Affiliate Alliance is a network of CrossFit-affiliated boxes...

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Building a healthier community – online

MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization, recently launched its new lifestyle website for your quick reads at wellness — anytime, anywhere! Enjoy healthy, easy-to-cook meals, articles in improving your lifestyle and tips in maintaining a tip-top shape through simple exercises. The MediCard Lifestyle website also comes with health calculators to check your Body Mass Index (BMI) and calories, plus a calculator suggesting the right water intake based on your body type and activity. You will also find lifestyle events staged by MediCard that you may find interest in. Kick-off your journey to wellness with us now! Visit www.medicardlifestyle.com...

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Medicard spreads holiday cheer to Metro’s road heroes

It was the end of what may have been another grueling eight-hour shift. At 6 a.m. one Saturday morning, some 100 traffic enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) were ready to call it a day, preparing for a general formation to signal the end of their shift. As they assembled at the MMDA headquarters in Guadalupe, Makati City, these weary traffic personnel were, most likely, already looking forward to getting a much-needed sleep after what could have been a long, traffic-ridden, bonus payday Friday night. A pleasant surprise, however, awaits these unsung road heroes. Medicard Philippines Inc., in partnership with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, hosted a breakfast surprise for some 100 traffic personnel at the MMDA headquarters as a way of giving back. An informative talk by Dr. Christian Kiel Martin, gifts, games, prizes and a fun dance showdown with Inquirer’s beloved mascot Guyito not only gave the enforcers that extra energy boost for the next hour, but also a well-deserved pat on the back for all their hard work. MEDICARD: SUPER SURPRISE DECEMBER 14, 2019. Medicard Super Surprise at the MMDA head office in Makati City. INQUIRER PHOTO / LEO M. SABANGAN II. “It’s our way of giving back,” said Medicard Philippines president Dr. Nicanor S. Montoya. “If you think about it, our traffic enforcers are among the hardest at work particularly during this time of the year, and so we deemed it best to show our appreciation for them. We hope to send good vibes across everyone with our simple surprise for them.” Avoiding hazards at work Medicard and Inquirer started the morning right with a short exercise led by Medicard marketing services manager Kate Cruz-Joaquin, which was followed by a talk by Dr. Martin, who discussed the possible effects of work on their health and wellness, and how they can better manage it. Dr. Martin likewise reminded the MMDA personnel to observe certain safety precautions, which include wearing a mask while on duty to protect themselves from air pollution and drinking lots of fluids to avoid dehydration, to avoid hazards at work. And what an attentive crowd it was, as they threw questions at Dr. Martin, who gamely answered the health concerns they raised such as numbness, back pains, and other similar ailments, for Dr. Martin who gamely answered them. It was one healthy discussion indeed as the enforcers asked about numbness, back pains and...

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RxER Flash Sale 2019

Give the gift of health this 12-12! Buy 1 Take 1 on MediCard RxER Virtual Card! How? 1. Visit www.medicardphils.com on December 12, 2019 2. Click RxER under the Quicklinks Menu to apply online – https://www.medicardphils.com/terms-and-conditions/rxer/ 3. Pay via credit card, bank transfer or over-the-counter* 4. Wait for your virtual RxER card via email For a one-time payment of only P1,998 (good for 1 year already), RxER members (no age limit) get the following services in our free-standing clinics. Click here to see our branches: https://fsc.medicardphils.com/: 1. Unli check-up with select doctors 2. 30% discount on labs, dental procedures and on services at MediCard Skin & Body clinics 3. One-time Annual Physical Exam 4. One-time oral prophylaxis PLUS! ER coverage on select cases in MediCard-accredited hospitals nationwide *Payment must be made within December 12. Email a scanned copy of your deposit slip to mbrazon@medicardphils.com for validation Hurry! How else can you give love this Christmas than to give health? For more info,...

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Medicard Sprint Triathlon draws huge crowd in its second year

For the second year in a row, the Medicard Sprint Triathlon attracted hundreds of participants—both veteran triathletes and newbies alike—who swam, biked and ran to complete the tough-but-enjoyable racecourse. The triathlon was held at Fontana Leisure Park in Clark, Pampanga, early November. It was a sunny day, with a cool breeze for good measure. Suffice it to say, it was the perfect condition to complete a race of this caliber. The #MediCardSprintTri is a beginner-friendly triathlon which consists of a 600-meter swim, 20-km bike, and 5-km run. There’s also a relay category which splits the swim, bike and run portions of the race among friends and family. Last year’s racecourse was perfect for veteran triathletes in their off-season looking to sweat it out or for newbies training for their A-races. This year’s course is no different. “The MediCard Sprint Tri is our way of continuously encouraging everyone to adopt a healthier lifestyle. We want to show Filipinos that keeping fit can be fun and exciting,” said MediCard president Nicky Montoya, who also participated in the triathlon. MediCard is the country’s leading health maintenance organization (HMO), dedicated to building a culture of health awareness and behavior. MediCard’s extensive connections with outpatient clinics, partners, and affiliate doctors nationwide allow it to offer an array of total healthcare services. Montoya said they look forward to hosting this family-and-beginner-friendly triathlon—the first of its kind in the country that was spearheaded by a HMO. “It’s always nice to see a healthy turn out of participants in these kinds of events—from all walks of life. As an HMO, we’ll continue to find creative ways to encourage people to move, exercise, and sweat it out in a fun way,” he said. Organized by Bike King, the triathlon takes participants through several laps in the Olympic-size pool of the Fontana water park to a single-loop bike course around the Clark grounds, ending in a one-loop run on the rolling paths of the resort. The event was supported by official timekeeper Garmin, Standard Insurance, and recovery partner Air Relax. Other sponsors include Klean Athlete, Smart, Pocari Sweat, sip purified water, and partner hotels The Villages at Global Clark, Fontana and Royce Hotel & Casino. Finishers took home a beautifully designed medal, while podium finishers bagged trophies and gift items for the different age-group categories, Team Competition, and relay category. Watch an exclusive Inquirer video that features highlights from the...

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What’s App Doc?

MACE is a powerful application that allows MediCard members to use their smartphones to avail themselves of MediCard benefits and services. We are a society driven by digital technology. Such is its impact that there are households that don’t even have running water, yet each family member owns a smartphone that’s connected 24/7. Digital technology has made our lives quite easy and efficient. All it takes is just a snap of one’s finger — with which one can scour the internet — and get all the information and services we need in a blazing fast way. From paying our bills to doing the grocery, ordering food, even paying respects to a deceased loved one (online burol), everything is just an app away. Add to that, medical services. MediCard, the country’s leading Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) that’s run by doctors, has developed a mobile-based application that allows members to use their smartphones to avail themselves of MediCard benefits and services. Aptly called MACE (MediCard Access Express), this free mobile phone app offers convenient means to avail yourself of MediCard’s healthcare services. “We envisioned this app to open a world of convenience to our members. Through the new MACE app, MediCard members can request for approvals on laboratory and diagnostic tests using their mobile phones,” enthused MediCard president Dr. Nicky Montoya. MACE is a powerful application that allows MediCard members to transact in a non-terminal based mobile platform such as Android smartphones or tablets. “It is the more advanced alternative to the MediCard Online Settlement System or MOSS, which was used to automate the provision of healthcare services in accredited hospitals/clinics,” explained Dr. Montoya. IT’S  A-MACE-ING! With MACE, active MediCard members can view information about their health plan, generate their Quick Response Code (QR Code), register their dependents, request for consultation, generate LOA (letter of authorization) for lab tests, view their utilization (and your dependents’ utilization, with consent), search for accredited dentists, doctors and clinics/hospitals without going to a MediCard facility. You need not brave heavy traffic and waste time in getting all these things done. SIGNING UP IS EASY Here’s an easy way to get you started. First, be ready with your member code and date of birth. Search and download MediCard Member app on Google Play or App Store. After installation, open the app and tap “Sign Up.” Fill in other required fields such as username, password, contact number and email...

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