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After School Activities to Keep Your Kids Fit!

August 5, 2019

School is starting back up and what better way to kick the back to school blues than with some fun after-school activities to keep your kids active! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, nearly 1 in 5 school-aged children and young people (ages 2-19) has obesity. Childhood obesity is a national epidemic, and Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular risks are attacking children at a young age due to their poor diet and lack of exercise. Based on an interview that Care.com conducted, Dr. Christopher Ledingham, an assistant professor in the...Continue Reading

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Manage Your Back-to-School Stress

August 2, 2019

It feels as if the summer has barely even started by the time we have to start talking about going back to school. There's a good reason for that though—for all the excitement that comes with a new school year, there's also plenty of opportunities for students and their families to be confronted with new challenges, fears, and other stressors. But this year, you can get ahead of that stress for both you and your family. Here are some strategies that you can use to prepare you and your family for the coming school year. Make a Habit of Listening One of the most important things you can do to...Continue Reading

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Safe Swimmers: What is Dry Drowning?

August 23, 2018

Swimming has long been a favorite summer activity. Nothing cures the heat of a sweltering summer day more than a nice dip at your favorite swimming spot. Most of us are aware of the basic safety guidelines for being a safe swimmer and enjoy the relaxation of swimming without incident. However, there's a less well-known danger that threatens swimmers called dry drowning. Let’s look at what causes dry drowning, how to recognize the symptoms, and what steps to take to prevent it. What is Dry Drowning? Dry drowning is a term that describes water entering the airway causing the vocal chords to...Continue Reading

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Autism: Debunking the Myths and Stereotypes

April 9, 2018

What do Dan Aykroyd, Susan Boyle, and Temple Grandin have in common? Even though these famous people have different talents, they all live with autism! In their own ways, they’ve also helped shed light on this often misunderstood condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States have autism. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls. A total of 1.5 million American adults fall within the autism spectrum. Unfortunately, several stereotypes about autism contribute to misguided generalizations about the condition that can be...Continue Reading

Teens and Drug Misuse

January 22, 2018

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week ® (NDAFW), January 22-28, 2018, is a national health observance linking teens to science based facts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs! Over 18.5 million persons 12 and older have misused prescription drugs in the past year. When asked how they obtained prescription opioids, a majority of the 12th graders surveyed said they were given the drugs or they bought them from a friend or relative. These statistics are particularly worrisome as youth who misuse prescription medications are more likely to report use of other drugs. Monitoring the Future is an...Continue Reading

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Teeth are Essential to get Vital Nutrition

October 2, 2017

Teeth are an essential piece to individuals getting vital nutrition. Without teeth, we would not be able to enjoy a lot of the foods that we eat. Have you ever thought about how well you take care of your teeth? Many of us can still hear our moms in the back of our heads nagging us to brush our teeth before bedtime. But sadly, there are many people that are skipping out on the necessary measures that need to be taken when it comes to oral health. Fluoride is a paste that the dentist often uses on our teeth right before we leave the dentist's office, but only getting fluoride at the dentist's...Continue Reading

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Safety First! An Essential Guide to Baby Proofing Your Home

September 28, 2017

Having a baby is one of life's most joyous occasions. As a parent, you want to do everything possible to take good care of your new bundle of joy. So, before heading home from the hospital, you'll want to make sure your home is baby ready. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that accidents are the leading cause of death and injury for children ages 0-19 years old. Over 12,000 children die annually from these accidents. An additional 9.2 million will have injuries from accidents that require an emergency department visit. While these statistics are alarming, there are...Continue Reading

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How Breastfeeding Benefits a Mother's Health

September 21, 2017

We know that breastfeeding is optimal for a baby's health. Studies show that breastfeeding can boost health benefits by improving the immune system, preventing chronic disease, and even increasing IQ scores. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends breastfeeding as the optimal way to nourish your baby. Breast milk is a powerful all-natural combination of vitamins, protein, and fat that your baby needs to grow and thrive. The good news about breastfeeding extends beyond just the health of the baby though. It turns out that breastfeeding is just as beneficial for mothers. Here are...Continue Reading

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Beat the Flu with These 7 Immune Boosting Foods

September 14, 2017

Body aches, fever, congestion, and swollen lymph nodes – Ugh! You may be getting the flu. If your symptoms are bad enough, a visit to your doctor is certainly in order. However, a visit to your local grocery store can also help. Immune boosting foods may provide some relief and extra protection from the aches and pains of the flu. Using food in addition to medicine to treat what ails you isn't a new concept. In fact, an ancient Greek physician named Hippocrates is quoted as saying, "Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food." In other words, what you eat has a powerful impact on...Continue Reading

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Back to School Shots: The Little Ouch With Big Results

September 8, 2017

Beyond backpacks, notebooks, and pencils, vaccinations are a vital part of preparing your child for school and a healthy life. In fact, vaccinations are the most powerful tool we have to prevent death and injury from diseases worldwide. For a little ouch, you can give your kids big results in the fight against disease. What is a Vaccination? A vaccination refers to the shot that contains a vaccine. A vaccine is a substance that makes a person immune from certain diseases. You may also hear the term immunization in relation to vaccinations. An immunization is the process of becoming protected...Continue Reading

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