Lebanon security update launching

April 29, 2015


Safer In Lebanon

Accurate, Fast and always alert

29.4.2015 – Zouk Mosbeh

On Tuesday, April 28th, Swan International Assistance released “Lebanon Security Update” mobile application, a unique application that provides users with security up-dates, precise risk zones alerts due to geo-positioning technology.

The application will appeal to a wide variety of users such as non-Lebanese residents working or visiting Lebanon i.e. tourists, diplomatic missions and International NGOs.

Lebanese worldwide Diasporas will also greatly benefit from this application when visiting their homeland. In addition to this, we anticipate that the wider Lebanese public will find this application of great use.

With this new application, users will be able to:

  • Receive instant push alerts regarding security incidents, risk zones, natural hazards and traffic information which may affect their stay and travelling in Lebanon.
  • Assess their security risks using an animated map of Lebanon with low, mid and high risk zones with geo-positioning technology for better orientation.
  • Contact essential security, medical and assistance related authorities such as Embassies, Red Cross, Internal Security Forces, Civil Defense and others.
  • Receive all information in English.

The launch was held at MJC educational center, Zouk Mosbeh, on April 28th, 2015 at 11:00 am. Representants of the embassies and diplomatic missions in Lebanon attended the event alongside International NGOs and members of the press.

The application is available on google play and the app store. More information about it is accessible through the website www.swanassistance.com .

About Swan International Assistance:

Swan International Assistance (SIA) is a third Party Administration (TPA) that provides a number of assistance services including healthcare solutions etc. in Lebanon and West Africa.

SIA is part of Swan Group Holding, a multi-national group of companies specialized in insurance, healthcare and assistance.

For more information about Swan International Assistance and Swan Group Holding , visit our websites on:



You can also view our promotional video about the application by click on the below link



Roland Aoun

Group Marketing Manager

Swan Group Holding

How to Quit Smoking

April 17, 2015


There’s no single method that works for everyone. You need to prepare and get support. Here’s how to start:

  • Pick a date to stop smoking and tell your doctor about it.
  • Write down your reasons for quitting. Read the list every day, before and after you quit.
  • Stop smoking in certain situations first (such as during your work break or after dinner).
  • Make a list of things you can do instead of smoking. Be ready to do something else when you want to smoke.
  • Ask your doctor about using nicotine gum or patches. Some people find them helpful.
  • Don’t carry a lighter, matches, or cigarettes. Keep all of these smoking reminders out of sight.
  • If you live with someone who smokes, ask that person not to smoke around you.
  • Don’t focus on what you are missing. Think about the better health you are gaining.
  • When you get the urge to smoke, take a deep breath. Hold it for 10 seconds and release it slowly. Repeat this several times until the urge to smoke is gone.
  • Keep your hands busy. Doodle, play with a pencil or straw, or work on a computer.
  • Take a walk or read a book instead of taking a cigarette break.
  • When you can, avoid places, people, and situations linked to smoking. Hang out with people who don’t smoke, and go to places where smoking is banned.

Complications of Hypertension

March 23, 2015


Brain stroke:

Reduced blood supply to the brain can lead to rapid loss of brain function or stroke.

Vision Loss:

Hypertensive retinopathy, high blood pressure can damage blood vessels in the retina, resulting in loss of vision.

Blood Vessel Damage:

Atherosclerosis, hypertension is a leading cause of atherosclerosis, the artery-narrowing process that can result in heart attack and stroke.

Heart Attack:

Hypertension causes the heart to pump against high blood pressure, making it work harder than necessary. Over time, this causes the heart muscle to thicken, restricting blood flow which can lead to heart failure.

Kidney Failure:

Damaged blood vessels in the kidneys can’t effectively filter your blood, resulting in a dangerous accumulation of fluid and waste.

Bone Loss:

High blood pressure may increase the amount of calcium in your urine. That excessive elimination of calcium may lead to loss of bone density( osteoporosis).

How diabetes can affect your body?

March 23, 2015


How diabetes can affect your body

  • Brain:

People with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely to suffer a stroke than people without disease.

  • Kidneys:

High blood sugar can cause kidney damage and lead to dialysis.

  • Feet:

Gout and type 2 diabetes often coincide, due to high blood sugar and poor diet.

  • Eyes:

Blurred vision, caused by high blood sugar, high blood pressure and poorly controlled diabetes, can lead to blindness.

  • Heart:

Heart disease is the number 1 killer of people with diabetes and is caused by high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

  • Legs:

Damaged nerves and blood vessels can cause poor circulation in feet and legs, requiring amputation in the most severe cases.

For a healthy body

March 02, 2015

healthy body tips

Having a healthy attitude is always contagious. Don’t stand there and wait to catch it from others. Work yourself off for a clear mind and a healthy body.
Here are some tips that will keep you in shape in a short period of time; but remember, more effort means a better result.

1 – Start off right with drinking more water. Keeping your body hydrated with several glasses of water a day will help regulate metabolism, purify your body, lose weight and boost your immune system.

2 – Maintain a regular sleep pattern: getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep is a major factor of being healthy. Enough sleep minimizes anxiety.

3 – Eat breakfast everyday: starting with a good breakfast will keep you concentrated during the day, it is the first fuel for your body.

4 – The food procedure:

Avoid junk food. All food with limited to no nutritional value qualifies as junk food. Stick to healthy food that is high in proteins, vitamins, and minerals, such as unsalted nuts, dried fruits & salads.

Replace unhealthy food with healthy food: white bread with wheat bread, swap crisps /potato chips to nuts or crackers.

Eat meals slowly and stop eating when you are full. You will get hungry every couple of hours, which is a good thing. This means your body is using what you give it.

Anything healthy as a snack will help maintain your energy level throughout the day, and help you prevent blood sugar spikes.

5 -Exercise at least 3 to 5 times per week. Work out for at least 20 to 30 minutes( preferably up to an hour). Don’t limit your activities at the gym, go out or work out with someone or join sports team.

6 – Wash your face in the morning and at night before bed to keep your skin healthy and clean. Brush your teeth 2 to 3 times a day for a clean fresh mouth. Take care of your appearance, always wash your face after sometimes it will make you feel better about yourself

Maintain good eye health

March 02, 2015

eye health

– Good diet/ good vision

Studies show that certain nutrients help to keep from age related vision problems (degeneration and cataracts). Work on foods and supplements with omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin C, lutein, and vitamin E into your diet.

– Stop Smoking for healthier eyes

Smoking increases your risk of developing macular degeneration, optic nerve damage, and cataracts.

– Protect eyes with sunglasses

You are more likely to develop vision problems if your eyes are exposed to too much UV. Good quality sunglasses help to protect eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

– Use safety eye-wear at work, playing sports and at home.

Wear safety glasses or protective goggles whenever you handle hazardous materials at home or at work. Wear sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses or a helmet with a protective face shield to protect eyes.

– Give eyes a break from the computer screen

Take an eye break every 20 minutes. Rest your eyes by gazing 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Get up and take a 15 minute break at least once every two hours.

– Visit you eye doctor regularly

Even young children should have their eyes examined routinely. It helps to protect eye health and make sure that your vision is as good as possible.

Dandruff and its symptoms

February 19, 2015

dandruff symptoms

A common skin condition caused by the overproduction of sebum oil that lubricates the skin and hair, it may be caused by the way some people’s immune systems react to an overgrowth of natural fungus on the skin.

Who Gets Dandruff?

All people are prone to getting dandruff

  • Men and women of all ages
  • Worsens during an eczema flare-up
  • Worsens during cold weather (winter)

Symptoms of Dandruff

  • White/ Brown flakes
  • Itching, irritation
  • Scaly formation
  • Fungal infections
  • Hair fall, poor growth of hair
  • Lifeless hair

Common Locations:

  • Head
  • Inside the Ear
  • Armpits
  • Belly Button

Dandruff Is Not Contagious and Can Easily Be Treated

Most cases can be treated using over-the- counter shampoos

Some worse cases may require prescription shampoos, steroid creams or antifungal creams to help relieve irritation

How to Live with Dandruff

  • Don’t wear dark colored clothing
  • Treat it by using a shampoo recommended to you by a doctor

There Is No Cure for Dandruff, but If You Treat It Then No One Will Have Any Way of Knowing That You Are Affected By It.

Beauty tips

February 19, 2015

beauty tips

With the popularity of go green everywhere, many people are choosing to get go green when it comes to personal skin care and health care.

Though there are various alternatives for chemicals available in nature that is good for skin, some of them used for conditions like wrinkles don’t have natural alternative.

Apart from wrinkle treatment, there are many other homemade tips for enhancing beauty to employ to have natural beauty that will help you in preventing aging before time.

  • Taking proper care of your skin is one of the great things you can do.
  • Discovering beauty tips that are suitable for you and your skin is one of the pleasant gifts you can present to yourself.

The different skin types include:

  • Dry
  • Normal
  • Oily
  • Combination of both and sensitive

And they respond in different way to various other beauty products and tips.

There are different beauty products and also natural homemade beauty recipes for cleansers if you don’t want to apply chemicals.

  • A good cleanser will help you in eliminating dirt and additional oil that is clogging your pores to allow different products to enter your skin.
  • Clogged pores cause various skin conditions such as dull skin complexions, blemishes, acne….
  • You should use lukewarm water in the process of cleansing; it is the best way since hot water can harm your skin.
  • On the other hand cold water will not let the pores to open up to remove oil and dirt.
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