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Hard Knocks: How to Spot a Concussion

September 12, 2017

We've all seen the cringe worthy hits on the NFL highlight reels. Sports like football, boxing, and hockey are well known for the rough and tumble action that causes concussions. You don't have to be a professional athlete to be at risk for a concussion though. In fact, concussion injuries have doubled over the last ten years. Let's explore the risk factors, symptoms, and best ways to prevent concussions. What is a Concussion? Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury that results from a jolt or hit to your head or body. Your brain is soft like Jell-O. As extra protection, it's...Continue Reading

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Stay Safe & Healthy This Summer: Watch It in the Water!

June 30, 2017

Temperatures are rising and days are getting longer—it's summer! While it's a great time of year for outdoors activities, the warmer weather, sunshine and longer days do present some seasonal health concerns. Here are some tips and information to help make this summer a great one and a healthy one. When the temperatures start to reach the 80s and 90s, everyone starts to head towards the water. Families go on beach vacations, head to their neighborhood pool, or maybe even the slip-n-slide. Every summer countless lives are lost to drowning. It is one of the leading causes of death in children,...Continue Reading

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Stay Safe & Healthy This Summer: Fun in the Sun

June 28, 2017

Temperatures are rising and days are getting longer—it's summer! While it's a great time of year for outdoors activities, the warmer weather, sunshine and longer days do present some seasonal health concerns. Here are some tips and information to help make this summer a great one and a healthy one. Skin Cancer Statistics There is nothing better than sitting outside and soaking up the sun, but there are serious consequences to not protecting exposed skin. Exposure to sun without using skin protection can cause skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the United States. On average, about...Continue Reading

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Stay Safe & Healthy This Summer: All You Need to Know About Ticks

June 26, 2017

Temperatures are rising and days are getting longer—it's summer! While it's a great time of year for outdoors activities, the warmer weather, sunshine and longer days do present some seasonal health concerns. Here are some tips and information to help make this summer a great one and a healthy one. Summer months bring about lots of fun outdoor activities, but with those activities come an increased risk of encountering a tick. Although these small creatures might not seem like a threat to health, they can be carriers of serious diseases. How to avoid them It is simple to be proactive in...Continue Reading

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Stay Safe & Healthy This Summer: Beat the Heat

June 20, 2017

Temperatures are rising and days are getting longer—it's summer! While it's a great time of year for outdoors activities, the warmer weather, sunshine, and longer days do present some seasonal health concerns. Here are some tips and information to help make this summer a great one and a healthy one. Each year, hundreds of people die because of heat-related illnesses, so it's important to be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and what to do when they occur. It's also important to know what you can do to protect your health when temperatures are extremely high. It all comes down to...Continue Reading

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The 5 B’s of Children’s First Aid

November 28, 2016

As parents, you're expected to be experts in more areas than ever before. Not only do you need to be able to help with math homework, teach them how to throw a curve ball, feed them a healthy (and tasty!) diet, and even play the role of doctor when they hurt themselves. While we may not be able to teach you advanced calculus or how to throw the perfect curve ball, we wanted to share with you not only what you should do when you're tasked with tending to the inevitable bumps and bruises your little ones will encounter, but also the things you should avoid to prevent making things worse. Lucky...Continue Reading

Recognizing poison ivy is easier once you’ve seen what it looks like.

Recognizing Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac (and How to Treat if you Don't)

August 23, 2016

Recognizing poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac is essential if you want to avoid the unpleasant burning and itchy rash that accompany these common plants. Luckily, they aren't hard to identify. Recognizing Poison Ivy Poison ivy can grow as both a vine and a shrub. Its leaves are pointed at the tip and grow in groups of three. In spring, the leaves are green, while in fall they turn reddish-orange. The plant also has small clusters of white berries, which it drops to reseed itself and grow larger. These berries can be seen starting in spring all the way through to the end of winter. The...Continue Reading