The jobless rate remains grim in many parts of the country. It could take several months, even a few years, before we can enjoy an economic turnaround. What does this have to do with health? Plenty. When you’re laid off, you lose your health insurance, unless you’re fortunate to have a good company Cobra plan.  Without insurance, it’s hard to come up with money to see the doctor; you may let medical issues slide.

Internist Danielle Ofri, MD, writing in the New York Times,  introduces us to Ms. C., a long-time bank employee who lost her job at the age of 52.

As pointed out in Ofri’s piece, stress can be a huge consequence of unemployment. When you’re stressed, it’s easy to pig out and let your weight balloon. Job searching is a full-time job. No doubt. But as you spend each day sending out resumes, try to limit your calories. Stick to the good stuff:  whole grains, fruits, veggies, low-fat meats and dairy. Try to add a daily (brisk) walk to your routine.  That daily stroll may very well pump much-needed energy into your job search.