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Four Refreshing Summer Fruit Recipes

July 31, 2019

Getting all of your recommended fruits and vegetables is so much easier to do during the summer than at any other time of year. With strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, and more coming into season, there's no better time to make sure your grocery cart (or farmer's market basket) is stacked with in-season fruits. But it's sometimes easier to stock the house with fresh fruit than it is to make sure it all gets eaten by the time it goes bad. With that in mind, we wanted to offer up some ways to incorporate some healthy and refreshing fruit into snacks all summer. With these...Continue Reading

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Heart-Healthy Ideas for Your Summer Picnic

July 24, 2019

When it's nice outside, it's easy to want to ditch the dining room table and get outside. A picnic is a perfect way to go about it - with the grass between your toes and a nice spread of food in front of you, there's no better way to spend a day off. For many, however, picnic foods are an invitation to eating some of the least healthy food options available. Bags of potato chips with French onion dip? Pasta salads with heaps of mayonnaise? Fried chicken and cookies? These are not exactly the epitome of heart-healthy living. Never fear, we have scoured the web for some picnic ideas that are...Continue Reading

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Beat the Heat by Taking Your Exercise Routine Indoors

July 22, 2019

If you're a jogger, then the winter can be a tough time for you. Between plummeting temperatures, icy (and dangerous) roads, and fewer daylight hours - it can tough to take your exercise regimen outside. That means, when the spring gets here, you can open up wide, right? Well… not exactly. Because as spring folds into summer, the season can bring its own challenges to those of us who prefer to do our exercising outside. Thunderstorms, excessive heat, crowded parks and lack of childcare could all be reasons that you find yourself having to keep your exercise regime indoors this summer. And...Continue Reading

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5 Surefire Ways to Avoid Heatstroke

July 18, 2019

Heatstroke is no small medical issue. It requires immediate medical attention and can be life-threatening. But with the proper precautions, here are five ways you can avoid heat illness this summer. Recognize the Symptoms Heatstroke is the most severe in a series of increasingly severe heat-related conditions that can cause damage to your body. In order to prevent heatstroke, one should first identify the symptoms of heat cramps and heat exhaustion, both of which occur before heat stroke. Heat cramps are the mildest of heat-related conditions. They feel similar to nighttime leg cramps, but...Continue Reading

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That Beautiful Tan May Cost You Your Life

June 18, 2019

Ah, the warmth of the sun on your face. The glow of a tan from summers spent at the beach or on the water. The simple pleasure of soaking up some rays. Many of us love spending time outdoors in the sunshine. While some exposure to sunlight is important for our health and feelings of wellbeing, too much sun causes skin damage, premature aging, and can lead to a variety of skin cancers. Skin cancer is by far the most common cancer. Skin cancers range from easily treated or removed small red, dry patches, to more serious melanoma, which can travel throughout the body and be fatal. Repeated...Continue Reading

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Is the Sun Helpful or Harmful to Your Health?

May 16, 2019

Receiving health advice can be tricky. It can be difficult to track what is good for you and what is bad for you as the scientific community constantly finds new ways that everything from red wine to chocolate to cholesterol affects your body. And there are few things out there that have more conflicting evidence than the sun. We know for certain that the sun is the leading cause of skin cancer. But evidence is building that by avoiding the sun as much as possible, we may be losing out on vital health benefits. Today, we’re going to explore some of the ways that you can incorporate those...Continue Reading

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6 Ways to Get Fit as a Family This Summer

May 7, 2019

May is the month when we can finally begin to count on the great outdoors for some comfortable temperatures. It's also the month when most students begin their summer breaks and many families take their vacations. As our schedules begin to take advantage of the longer days, it can be overwhelming to think of May as National Fitness Month. "How can I take on ONE more thing this summer?" Well don't worry, you don't have to do it alone. Here are tips to help the entire family get healthier this summer. Engage in Group Activities One of the benefits of exercising with your family is that it can...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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SPF Challenge: How to Choose the Best Sunscreen

July 24, 2018

With hundreds of sunscreen brands crowding the shelves, how do you choose the best one? No worries, we have you covered! Here are the tips you need to choose the best sunscreen to protect your skin. Understanding Sunscreen Labels Remember, it's important to wear sunscreen year-round to protect against skin cancer and aging. However, during spring and summer the sun is stronger and the days are longer. Wearing sunscreen prevents sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging. When choosing the best sunscreen you'll need to know these key terms: UV: Ultraviolet Rays The sun produces UV rays that are...Continue Reading

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The Relaxed Vacationer's Guide to Staying Healthy While Away!

July 17, 2018

You look forward all year long to those days of carefree relaxation. Vacations are great for stress relief, adventure, decompressing, and checking items off your bucket list. However, certain unhealthy pitfalls can turn your vacation bliss into a bad ordeal. Use the following preventative measures to have an enjoyable and healthy vacation! You are what you eat! Vacations are often a time to through caution to the wind when it comes to your diet. Here are some easy to maintain diet tip to keep you on track: The most important meal of the day Don't miss the most important meal of the day -...Continue Reading

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